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SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY

Our office has provided personalized dental care to thousands of families, using the most modern equipment and methods available.
Learn more about the services we offer and the state-of-the-art technology we use.

ORAL HYGIENE CARE

Proper and adequate oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth are critical to eat and speak properly and can also help you to look and feel good. Good oral health is important to your overall well ­being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems.

These include:

  • Properly brush twice a day for two minutes fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss daily.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit sugar and other carbohydrates between meals.
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to.
  • Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-­fluoridated area.
DENTAL CLEANING

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning from a dentist or dental hygienist. To prevent excessive plaque and tartar buildup, cleanings should be performed at least every six months. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.

Scaling is needed occasionally when periodontal disease is present. This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from tooth surfaces above and below the gums.

FILLINGS

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will remove the affected tooth structure and then fill the tooth with a filling material.

There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver and white fillings. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:

  • Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well­tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.
  • Amalgam (silver) fillings are a less expensive choice and are tolerant to wear.However, due to their dark color they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth. Silver fillings can cause your teeth to turn a dark color and are also prone to expanding over time which can cause your teeth to crack.
  • Composite (white) resins are custom made to the color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
  • Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining , and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment is needed when a cavity is neglected and allowed to reach the nerve. Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs a root canal. If a damaged or infected nerve is left untreated, it can extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone, which is called an abscess. By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. Symptoms nerve infection may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Crowns and bridges are used to restore, strength, and enhance teeth that are damaged. A crown, also referred to as a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment. Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side for support. It is an great method to fill the space and replace the missing tooth or teeth, both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used for crowns and bridges may be gold, porcelain bonded to metal, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. We use a special porcelain in our office, called zirconia, that has many of the benefits of gold crowns, but has the color of the surrounding teeth. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

VENEERS

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a porcelain covering is placed over the outside of the tooth. Veneers can be accomplished directly by placing white fillings on the outside of the tooth using bonding. An indirect technique is used for porcelain veneers and usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.

DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY & RESTORATIONS

Dental implants are often the first choice for patients and dentists compared to other options to restore missing or damaged teeth.

Dental Implants are the next best thing to healthy, natural teeth. A dental implant restores a lost tooth so that it looks, feels, fits and functions like a natural tooth. Other treatment options can lead to bone deterioration, and may interfere with eating, smiling, speaking and other activities.

Dental implants are built to last. They are a long-term solution. Dental bridges only last five to ten years, but at some point they may need to be replaced. While dental implants may need periodic adjustments, they can last a lifetime when properly placed and cared for.

TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

When teeth have been destroyed by cavities, have broken due to trauma, or are unstable due to loss of surrounding bone, they may require extraction.

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop in the back of the jaw. Wisdom teeth may erupt in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16­20, but are many times impacted and cannot erupt. Often, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

Tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia to ensure that no sharp pain is felt during the extraction. When a patient is very anxious for this treatment, sedation can be offered by an oral surgeon.

After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur. Some pain and swelling may occur but it will normally go away after a few days; however, you should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaws. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned). Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so you are asleep during the procedure.

After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, you may be asked to bite down softly on a piece of gauze for 30 to 45 minutes after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding that may occur. Some pain and swelling may occur but it will normally go away after a few days; however, you should call your dentist if you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

PERIODONTAL (GUM) TREATMENT

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one’s teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.

DENTURES

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth. Patients notice the highest level of satisfaction from their denture when used in conjunction with dental implants. Implants can be placed in the bone and allow the denture wearer to connect their denture to the implants to provide better stability and retention of the denture.

NIGHTGUARDS / MOUTHGUARDS

Custom designed mouthguards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth and should be worn during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. These guards also protect the soft tissues; your tongue, lips and cheek lining.

Patients who clench or grind their teeth at night are also advised to wear a nightguard as a way to protect their teeth and bite. Nightguards are made of hard acrylic. Nightguards can even be used to help treat TMJ issues.

If you choose to use a guard, the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. That impression will then be sent to a lab to make your custom fit guard which will, on average, last between 3 and 10 years. In most cases you can choose from a variety of colors and styles for your guard.

TMJ TREATMENTS

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it’s where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.

Problems in this area can cause:

      • Headaches
      • Earaches
      • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
      • Clicking or popping of the jaw
      • Pain in the jaw muscles
      • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.

WHITENING

Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure ideal for most patients.

Tray whitening is a treatment you can use while in the comfort of your own home to gradually whiten teeth. We will first take an impression of your teeth to create a customized clear tray that you will wear. The bleaching gel is then added to the trays and worn for the recommended amount of time. At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatment can be used at your convenience to maintain your new smile.

BONDING

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling comes in a variety of tooth­colored shades. It “bonds” with your teeth, closely matching the appearance of your natural teeth.

Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on all teeth depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Less expensive than other cosmetic treatments, bonding fillings can often be completed in one visit. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your dentist. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired.

SEALANTS

Sealants are used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing because they’re too narrow to allow even the bristles from your toothbrush into them. Over time, these grooves can develop cavities. The sealant is done by conditioning the tooth and applying a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

ELECTRONIC CLAIMS

Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that we send your claim to the insurance company electronically, rather than sending your dental claim through the mail. Your information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turn around time on your claim is faster with fewer claims being returned or denied.

TELESCOPIC LOUPES

The dentist performs most of his procedures while wearing funny looking glasses called surgical loupes. These powerful glasses have magnifying lenses on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.

X-RAYS

X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.