Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used cosmetically to change the size, color and shape of teeth.
Crowns & Bridges
Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. A crown is used to entirely cover or "cap" a damaged tooth. Bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap.
Veneers, (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates), are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Root canal therapy, (endodontic therapy), involves the inflamed or infected pulp being removed and the inside of the tooth being carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterward, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection.
Mouth guards are custom-fit appliances which are used to treat teeth grinding (bruxism), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and protect teeth from damage during sports.
An extraction, (having a tooth removed), is normally attributed to disease, trauma, or crowding. We perform some surgical extractions, as well.
Dentures & Partials
Dentures and paritals are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. Both are removable and color-matched to either your existing teeth or your personal preference. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth of your upper and/or lower arch are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Read more about Miniature Dental Implants below, which help stabilize dentures and partials.
MDI (Miniature Dental Implants)
MDIs (Miniature Dental Implants) are used to stabilize dentures. To read more about MDIs, click here.
Preventative Hygiene Services
Proper preventive dentistry and oral health care can help prevent cavities and gum disease, keeping your smile happy and healthy and saving you time and money.
Considering that oral health is linked to overall health, preventive dentistry is important to your overall well being. Oral diseases can interfere with eating, speaking, daily activities and self-esteem. In children, severe decay can affect growth and development. Preventive dentistry can result in less extensive – and less expensive – treatment for any dental conditions that may develop, and help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.
Dental cleanings and screenings are recommended every six months to remove dental plaque and stains you're unable to remove yourself, as well as to check for signs of tooth decay.
Non-Surgical Gum Therapy
What is gum disease?
Bacterial infection of the tissue and bone that surrounds and supports the teeth.
Two types of gum disease:
Gingivitis – affects gums and soft tissue ; reversible
Periodontitis – destroys tissue and bone through toxins given off by bacteria ; irreversible
What is gum therapy?
Gum therapy is the process of removing hard deposits below the gum line caused by bacteria.
Gum therapy consists of three visits:
Clean upper and lower right quadrant
Clean upper and lower left quadrant
Follow up visit (scheduled at least 3 weeks after deep cleaning)
Who needs gum therapy?
Patients who have the following:
bone loss (visible on x-ray)
heavy generalized build up
inflamed gum tissue that bleeds easy