Our Dental Health Services
Spaces between front teeth, chipped and discolored teeth or even irregularly placed teeth can be corrected with new materials and techniques in as little as two visits making a beautiful new smile
These are thin leaves or laminates of porcelain or resin that are cemented on the front surface of teeth that can completely change the shape, color or position of the teeth.
Teeth can be whitened to different degrees depending on the type of discoloration and the whitening method. Whitening toothpastes promise the change of a shade or two over time, whitening strips whiten a little more.The strips may not adhere very well to lower teeth, and may not reach upto the gumline of the upper teeth . Professional whitening uses a higher concentration of bleaching agent. We offer one hour power whitening with the Zoom System featured on ABCs Extreme Makeover. Another option is take- home bleaching trays made specially to fit your teeth.
These are resin fillings that are tooth colored . They need minimal removal of tooth structure. Smaller cavities can sometimes be filled without the need for anesthetic.
Composite resin or white fillings are bonded to front teeth to restore their shape and color. They work very well with chipped broken or decayed teeth or even to close gaps between front teeth.
A sealant is a resin material flowed into the grooves on the chewing surface of the molar teeth and some times premolars when they first come in at about 6-7 years of age. Grooves on these teeth may be very deep and narrow preventing toothbrush bristles from getting in to clean them. At this age the child is likely to eat sugary snacks and not brush properly afterward. Sealants will prevent decay in these grooves. They do have to be checked at each dental visit to make sure they are not chipped or broken.
Root canal treatment is most often done when a tooth is decayed so deep that the nerve in the tooth is inflamed or dead. It involves cleaning out the decay and the pulp of the tooth ,and placing a filling right down to the root tip. With deeply decayed teeth it is the only way to save the tooth. We use the same anesthetic that is used for a filling. Once the tooth is numb there is no pain during the procedure. Patients will watch a movie or even fall asleep while getting it done.
A crown or a cap is placed on a tooth after a root canal , to protect it from breaking, or on cracked teeth or teeth with large fillings to prevent them from chipping or breaking. Teeth with large fillings, especially silver can break over time and if the break is below the gumline then sometime the tooth has to be taken out. It is not to say that all teeth with large fillings need crowns, but some of them, over time, do.
Plaque or bacterial deposit is a sticky film that builds up on teeth within a few hours of brushing. If it is not removed by brushing and flossing regularly, it hardens to form calculus- which then does not come off with a toothbrush, it has to be cleaned by the dentist or hygienist. Plaque irritates the gum causing it to swell and bleed. It can also irritate the bone underneath causing the bone level to go down and reduce support to the tooth. This is the beginning of gum disease.
A deep cleaning or scaling and root planing is generally the first step in treating gum disease. Gum tissue has separated from the teeth creating gum pockets. These are measured and cleaned and sometimes treated by placing local antibiotics. The whole aim in treating gum disease is to make all the surfaces of the teeth accessible to cleaning.
Removal of teeth is done when too much loss of tooth structure has occured and there is not enough tooth to build on.Wisdom teeth sometimes require removal when they come in crooked or develop infections around them, or cause food entrapment and decay of the molar in front of them.
Implants are proving to be very successful replacements for natural teeth . In many instances they are the best option. An implant is like a small titanium screw that is placed as a replacement for the root of a tooth. A small stub that sticks out above the gum is meant to replace the core of a tooth and this called the abutment. The abutment is then covered by a crown and makes the whole assembly complete.
Dentures have been around for a long time to replace loss of a few teeth to the loss of all teeth. Denture materials have vastly improved making them look very natural. Implants have been used along with dentures where just a few implants make a denture feel much more secure,improving chewing ability and allowing the denture wearer to talk smile and eat with greater confidence
A childs first dental visit should always be a happy one. We like to see children as young as one year of age. They come in usually with no decay or other problems , they get their teeth polished, they go up and down in the chair and leave with a goodie bag. Most important, this way they like going to the dentist so regular visits become easy. Once they are seen regularly, taught and reminded to brush and floss,they have less chances of developing big dental problems. Dental problems in children are always easier to prevent than treat. At about seven years some of them will be advised to visit the orthodontist either to prevent a tooth alignment problem from developing or to rule out the need for braces in the future.
Mouth guards are worn during several sports.A properly fitted mouthguard can help prevent broken teeth and injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. It stays in place while being worn, making it easy to talk and breathe.A custom mouthguard made by the dentist fits comfortably and offers the best protection.
Many types of manual or electric brushes,floss, interdental brushes,gum stimulators flood the market. Once you find the aids that work for you ,work them into your routine so you use them consistently. One of our most important goals is to help you get on this track so it keeps you out of dental trouble!
We are growing a referral network of Specialists who will help us give you the best care possible.