- Diagnostic / Preventive
- Root Canal
The foundation for every treatment, we offer complete oral hygiene services as well as periodontal maintenance programs. Oral soft tissue health is essential to successful dental restoration and has been shown to contribute to cardiovascular health and stroke prevention.
We feature a state-of-the-art computerized digital X-ray system which gives us instant access to X-ray images while reducing radiation exposure dramatically and completely eliminating hazardous chemicals and photographic wastes.
Bonding restores teeth that are chipped, cracked, misaligned, decayed, or discolored. A plastic resin somewhat like putty is used to rebuild the teeth and make them look natural. Bonded restorations are done completely by hand and cases are completed in one visit. They usually last three to five years before needing to be touched up to correct wear or discoloration.Today, almost all fillings front and back are tooth-colored and are applied using bonding techniques and materials.
Plaque, a sticky, almost colorless layer of bacteria that forms on your teeth, mixes with the sugars in food to produce decay-causing acids. When decay creates a cavity, the dentist usually fills it with a durable material, most often a composite (a tooth colored material), a metal alloy called amalgam (no longer offered in this office but, once the most common filling material), porcelain, or gold. A filling can last from five years to a lifetime, depending on its location, the material used, and the care you give your teeth. Gold has the longest lifespan, followed by porcelain, then amalgam, and then composites. Most fillings are completed in one visit with the exception of gold or porcelain inlays which are custom made in the laboratory
Crowns (sometimes referred to as caps) are used to completely cover teeth that have been weakened by decay, or are severely damaged, chipped, discolored, or misaligned. They are frequently needed after root canals or when a tooth chips or breaks. Most crowns are made from porcelain fused to gold or entirely of ceramic. Crowns can last from five to more than 15 years depending on the materials chosen and the care you give your teeth.
Bridges are tooth replacements that are permanently attached to adjoining natural teeth or implants. The conventional fixed bridge requires crowns for attachment while bonded bridges have special "wings" that are adhered to the teeth. Both types require that the supporting teeth be healthy and have adequate bone and root support. Bridges can last as long as individual crowns with the key element being your personal care and hygiene.
Veneers are ceramic shells that are custom made in the laboratory and bonded to the visible surfaces of prepared teeth. They are used to improve tooth shape, color and alignment. Porcelain veneers are stronger than bonding, look better longer, and can be used to achieve much more dramatic color changes.
Implants are artificial tooth supports surgically set in the jaw; they can be thought of as tooth root replacements. Used in combination with bridges, dentures,
and crowns they replace any number of missing teeth.
Who is a candidate?
Adults who have healthy gums, adequate bone to support the implant, and a commitment to meticulous oral hygiene.
What is involved?
Implants require careful planning. The best results are obtained when the treatment is designed by the restorative team that includes the prosthetic dentist, the oral surgeon and the laboratory professional. The usual sequence starts with a consultation that establishes the esthetic and functional needs of the patient. If implants are indicated an examination by the oral surgeon is arranged to determine if the patient is a good candidate. So, the prosthetic dentist creates a surgical guide to assist the surgeon in placing the implants for ideal results. The surgical phase involves one or two outpatient or office surgeries and it takes from three to nine months for the implant and the bone to integrate. Monthly checkups are usually recommended between surgeries.
Bleaching lightens teeth discolored by coffee, tea, food, certain medications, or age. Two different processes are available depending upon the needs and
preferences of the patient. In-office, we offer "laser-bleaching" where the lightening agent is applied to the teeth and exposed to a powerful light beam. Results are immediate and often
Six to eight teeth can be bleached during one visit, but teeth may need to be bleached several times to achieve maximum results.
Home bleaching requires a custom fabricated tray that is worn at night to hold the bleaching gel in place against the teeth. Results are usually seen in ten days to two weeks as the bleach works gradually. This technique allows for tremendous control over the final result. We recommend periodic touch ups to keep teeth at their whitest.
If a tooth's pulp, which contains nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged because of decay or injury, root-canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth and repair the damage. Complicated cases involving difficult tooth placement or unusually complex canal shapes are referred to endodontic specialists to insure the best possible outcome. Root canal can take one to three visits, depending on the pulp's condition. If the tooth is abscessed (the pulp has died and infection has entered the bone), the infection may have to be drained before the root can be filled. The material used to fill the root canal will probably last a lifetime, but eventually the filling or crown may need to be replaced. Frequently, we recommend that a reinforcing post be placed in the canal to guarantee that the root and its restoration stay connected.
Dentures are sets of artificial teeth set into plastic or metal frameworks that replace missing teeth. In the case of complete tooth loss they rest directly on the gums and rely on good fit for stability and function. Where several teeth are missing and the remaining ones are not strong enough to support a fixed bridge, a partial denture may be constructed that includes clasps to attach to the remaining teeth. This allows for increased stability since the teeth and gums share the burden of supporting the partial denture. Three to five visits are required to obtain gum impressions and fit the dentures properly. After you receive the dentures, several more visits may be necessary to make minor adjustments.
In many cases, dentures are used as transitional appliances to be worn temporarily while more permanent restorations are being made. This occurs most often while waiting for implant healing.