Comprehensive exams are conducted by the dentist for new patients or for patients who we have not seen in a long time. Periodic oral exams are conducted when patients are seen for preventive appointments. Both of these exams include the screening for head and neck and TMJ disorders as well as for oral cancers, gum disease, and tooth decay.
Smile Lift/Full Mouth Makeover
If you would like to improve your smile along with your dental health, we can remake your smile here at our office. We can use veneers and crowns, among other procedures, to give you that beautiful smile you have always wanted.
Amalgams vs. Composite Restorations
Fillings are needed when you have cavities or perhaps a fractured tooth. The 2 primary types of fillings are Amalgams and Composites.
Amalgams, or “silver” fillings, are the type most people are familiar with. The metallic color of the fillings has made it less popular these days.
More than ever, the Composite, or “white filling,” is the preferred choice of patients, because the material blends with the natural tooth color. The material bonds with the natural tooth and can help to prevent fractures. White fillings do not darken teeth, improving the appearance of your smile and also making the tooth less sensitive to hot and cold temperatures.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns, also known as “caps,” can give teeth a new lease on life. When a tooth has extreme decay and is too weak to withstand a filling, a crown might be an option. A crown may also be used for a chipped tooth. It completely covers the partial tooth that exists and becomes the tooth’s outer surface. Porcelain or metal-free crowns are the most commonly used crowns.
A bridge is a tooth created to replace a missing tooth and is cemented to the existing tooth next to it. It allows the dentist to replace a tooth without the use of a denture or implant. Missing teeth will cause your existing teeth to shift in order to close the gap created by the missing tooth, causing bone loss and also loss of chewing surface as they do not meet with the opposite teeth. This also creates uneven separation of teeth. A bridge is a possible remedy. It improves chewing, appearance, and stops the shifting of teeth.
Dental implants can be an ideal replacement solution for missing teeth. It has 3 components: the implant itself, abutment, and crown. Dental implants prevent bone loss in the jaw and do not require support from other teeth like bridges do. Implants are the only structurally complete tooth replacement solutions available that function similarly to the root of a biological tooth.
Crooked teeth, lightly discolored teeth, lengthening short teeth, and repairing a chipped tooth – these are just a few reasons a dentist might use veneers. It’s one of the most popular services offered by dentists.
So what is a veneer? It’s a thin shell of porcelain custom made to the exact color and shape of your teeth and bonded to secure. To properly complete this process, you might need multiple visits to your dentist.
Making good dental hygiene a priority is just as important as keeping the rest of your body healthy. Our dental hygiene team is committed to assisting you in maintaining good habits at home. We offer comprehensive dental exams, such as checking for gum disease and cavities. Daily preventative care will help stop problems before they develop and is much less troublesome than allowing problems to progress. Remember, the result of good oral hygiene is a mouth that looks and smells healthy.
Without the support of dentures, your facial muscles will sag, and it could make you appear older. Dentures are not a one time purchase. They are custom made and as you age and the structure of your mouth changes, new dentures may be required, but if properly placed, the benefit is worth the process. There are various types of dentures available depending on the number of missing teeth and remaining bone structure.
Partial Dentures: One of the options to replace missing teeth is the partial denture. It is also used as a temporary replacement before having implants placed.
Complete Dentures: When you have enough bone to hold the dentures in place, complete dentures are a great option to replace all missing teeth.
Overdentures: There are many designs for dentures that can actually be attached to remaining permanent teeth, tooth roots, or implants, making the dentures more stable and retentive.
Tooth whitening is a procedure that lightens teeth and helps to remove stains and discoloration. Whitening is among the most popular cosmetic dental procedures because it can significantly improve the appearance of your teeth at much less of a cost and inconvenience than other techniques.
There are many ways to whiten your teeth, but the “take home” tray is one of the easiest and convenient. Thin trays filled with whitening gel are placed over your teeth and can be left on for a few hours. Other whitening options are bleaching treatment in the dental office or over-the-counter gel strips that are more economical.
When a tooth becomes badly infected or decayed, the root canal removes the nerve and pulp inside the tooth. The tooth is cleaned out and sealed. If this is not done, the area can become infected and the tooth could become abscessed, which can create a completely different set of problems that could extend beyond the inside of your mouth. A root canal can usually be completed in one visit at our office. A crown is typically recommended for most of the back teeth that have had root canal treatment to prevent fractures of these teeth.
In medical terms it is called Bruxism, but to most people it is known as “Teeth Grinding.” This is a common finding, and some people who grind their teeth don’t always realize it. Bruxism can be caused by stress and anxiety. Frequently, teeth grinding happens when you are sleeping and you may not be aware, but if noticed, ask your dentist about the most appropriate solution for you, possibly a mouth guard. Failure to address this problem could result in more complicated oral problems, such as tooth loss and TMJ disorder.
Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on these surfaces. During the first few years after the eruption of the molars, they are more susceptible to developing decay, particularly within the pits and fissures of chewing surfaces.
We recommend that children be seen by the dentist as soon as they grown in teeth, or by the age of one. We are committed to putting children on the right track for excellent oral health and extraordinary smiles.
Dental emergencies can affect people of any age. Luckily, our family dental practice is able to accommodate anyone in need of emergency dental treatment.