Cleaning and Prevention
Dentistry is founded on the principle of prevention. The A.D.A. recommends biannual cleanings and examinations along with dental x-rays . Early detection and intervention of dental problems can help prevent more extensive and higher cost procedures. A professional cleaning removes hard plaque that cannot be removed by brushing and flossing alone. Left untreated, this can lead to a breakdown of the tissue and bone around the teeth and eventual tooth loss. Prevention also involves a fluoride treatment and polish to help protect your teeth and gums. Even if you haven’t had a cleaning in over two years, it’s never too late to treat your teeth.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth, our dentists can help you choose the best solution. Crowns are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Crowns are the best way to protect a tooth after root canal therapy and when an existing filling breaks down or becomes larger than the remaining natural tooth. Our dentist will take impressions, reduce the tooth by height and circumference and make you a temporary crown to wear until the permanent crown is made.
Veneers are a less invasive alternative, and may be a solution for those with slight tooth damage, miss-shaped or discolored teeth. These thin porcelain shells come in beautiful, natural looking customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth. A minimal reduction is performed to the front and biting edge of your tooth or teeth, impressions are taken and a shade is chosen with your help of course! We will make you a natural looking temporary to wear until your beautiful new veneers are made.
Invisalign is an esthetic clear aligner system that helps straighten patient’s teeth. Clear aligners are removable. They are to be worn 24/7 and taken out to eat.
What are the advantages of invisible alignment?
Corrected bite and straighter smile
Improved comfort over traditional braces
No restrictions on foods or activities
More reasons to smile!
Malocclusion is often a contributing factor to many dental conditions such as: Periodontal Disease, Recession Grinding and Restorability of teeth. Correcting ones crossbite, openbite, deepbite, overjet, crowding and rotations can often help improve a person’s long-term dental health. Invisalign is one option that may help correct your malocclusion and improve your smile.
Missing teeth can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth look sunken. More importantly, your diet can suffer. We have an answer for those missing multiple teeth in a row…you may want to consider dentures for both cosmetic purposes and overall wellness. Depending on the amount of teeth missing, we may suggest partial or full dentures. The best solution for you may be hybrid implant supported dentures. During your consultation, we’ll assess all your options and help you choose what option is best for your personal needs and budget.
Hybrid Implant Supported Dentures
If you want to replace your missing teeth with the best fit and longest lasting denture…Implants are the way to go! If your teeth are already missing or if they need to be extracted we can work with our local oral surgeons and devise a treatment plan that will have you smiling and eating whatever you want again. Implants are surgically placed in your jaw, allowed to heal and integrate with your bone. Once the surgeon has determined they are ready to have dentures placed, we take impressions to start the process of making your hybrid dentures.
Partial dentures are designed to replace multiple teeth in an arch. They attach to remaining teeth and rest on your gums. They can place extra pressure on the teeth they attach to. They also have less of a natural feel than other tooth replacement options but can be more cost effective when replacing multiple teeth.
When your dental arch no longer has any teeth, a complete denture is the optimal solution. You can choose the traditional kind that rest on your gums. These dentures can be made to look very natural and function quite well.Our dentists can discuss all the details so you can make an informed decision.
Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are sometimes necessary. Tooth decay can make the tooth unsalvageable or if you have advanced periodontal disease. Sometimes a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown. Different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. We do some extractions here at our office and sometimes patients are more comfortable at an oral surgeons office where they can receive more than a local anesthetic. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
A filling is used to replace natural tooth structure that has been damaged from tooth decay, fracture or malformation. There are two different types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin, the color of which can be customized to match your natural teeth. Front teeth always receive a composite filling and the material for the back teeth is based on which the doctor feels will hold up better in your bite or which you prefer.
Composite resin fillings are the most common type of restorations. They are tooth colored and used on both front or back teeth. Composite resin can be used for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. Composite resin is also used for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth and therefore require less drilling away of the natural tooth. Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is also the most aesthetically pleasing option. The bonding of the material to the tooth tends to put less stress on the remaining tooth over time.
An amalgam fill is made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin. This material is commonly used for fillings in molar teeth. Amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure better than resins. Amalgam fillings do not bond directly to the tooth and is held into the tooth my mechanical retention. This can cause the need to remove more natural tooth structure than with a composite filling. The lack of bonding can also put stresses on the remaining natural tooth structure over time. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings are perfectly safe.
A dental implant is a titanium post that replaces the natural root of a tooth. One implant can be used to replace one tooth. Multiple implants can be used to replace multiple teeth or give addition support to dentures. When a patient has lost a tooth due decay, periodontal disease or fracture, an implant is the most ideal option for the tooth replacement. A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The new implant tooth actually made up of three parts:
The implant itself (the root).
The abutment (connects the implant to the crown).
The crown (the artificial “fake”tooth)
Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism can accelerate tooth and jaw deterioration. To help our patients most comfortably avoid this, we customize night guards to their bite. A night guard, worn on one arch acts as a cushion between the top and bottom dental arches. Night guards relieve the stress on the jaw and on your teeth.
What are the causes of teeth grinding?
Stress or anxiety
Obstructive sleep apnea
Certain medications or recreational drugs
Periodontal disease (gum disease) is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth. Gum disease can become a serious health problem if left untreated. Plaque and tartar build up around the teeth and under the gum line, the bacteria break down the gum tissue and bone around the teeth. As the disease gets worse, bacteria also attacks the bone. As the disease continues to progress, your teeth may become loose, start to move and could eventually fall out or need to be removed.
Most gum diseases are preventable with proper oral hygiene. However, what can start out as gingivitis (inflamed or bleeding gums) can quickly turn into periodontitis. In such cases, gums pull away from the tooth to create “pockets,” thereby exposing a dental root to infection. It can also lead to prolonged bad breath, loose teeth, painful chewing and other complications.
Common Warning Signs
Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing
Gums that are red swollen and puffy or tender
Gums that no longer “hug” the tooth tightly
Bad breath that does not go away.
Pus between the teeth and gums
Feeling that the teeth are loose
Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
A change in the way or partial denture fits
If your teeth are discolored or have darkened over time, whitening may help. We have 2 types of tooth whitening products:
This is done in our dental office. In office whiteners are much stronger therefore have a faster, more dramatic result than toothpastes and take home whiteners. Patients can get up to 4 shades lighter in just one appointment. Patients will often choose an at home whitening option to maintain or touch-up.
At Home Whiteners
At home whiteners can be an option if you are concerned about sensitivity and want to whiten gradually. We carry pre-loaded take home trays. The concentrations of these products are less than in-office treatment, the results can take days or weeks depending on the concentration of the product and how long or often the product is applied.
Maintaining good oral hygiene and steering away from certain foods and beverages will help keep any future whitening services to a minimum.
Things to avoid:
Coffee and tea
Any bright-colored drinks