General Checkups & Bi-Annual Cleanings
We recommend that our patients come see us twice a year for checkups and cleaning in order to keep their smiles bright and healthy. While in for a checkup, your teeth will be cleaned, polished, and given preventive care and further instructions for home.
Regular checkups prevent small problems from becoming larger issues down the line. Your dentist can also detect the beginnings of future cavities and provide a treatment plan to resolve it before it becomes harder to deal with.
Talk to us about what works best for your dental health and smile.
Removable Partial Dentures
If you are missing several teeth from your upper or lower jaw, a removable partial denture may be right for you! A removable partial denture is supported either by adjoining teeth or by a dental implant that can replace the missing teeth and give remaining teeth stability. Replacing your missing teeth will help you chew more naturally and keep your remaining teeth from shifting, keeping your smile bright. Partial dentures are easily removed for brushing and cleaning. Talk to us to see if you are a candidate for a partial denture.
If all your permanent teeth have been extracted due to decay, disease or trauma, complete dentures can be created to replace them. Much like partial dentures, complete dentures can improve your ability to eat, speak, and smile. A complete denture can be secured in your mouth by dental implants and are easily removed for cleaning. Talk to us to see if you are a candidate for complete dentures.
To brighten up your smile, we can now repair and restore your teeth with natural-colored fillings, inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers that will look and function just like your teeth.
Also known as dental fillings, tooth colored restorations are an effective way to help stop tooth decay before there is enough damage to warrant having to pull the tooth. Tooth-colored restorations bond to your tooth, helping prevent cracking or breaking of the tooth.
When your decayed tooth needs more than a filling but less than a crown to repair it, we may use either an inlay or an onlay to bring your tooth back to a healthy state.
Composite Inlays & Onlays
Inlays are used when the decay is within the indented top surface (cusp) of a tooth and an onlay is used when the cavity involves one or more cusps. If the cavity or tooth damage is more severe, it may be necessary to have a crown placed.
Composite inlays and onlays are tooth-colored in appearance, actually strengthen the structure of the tooth and can last up to thirty years.
Crowns & Bridges
When a tooth becomes damaged because of decay or fracture, a dental crown may be needed. A dental crown can also be used for cosmetic purposes. It is placed by first grinding away the tooth so that it is smaller. A crown is then placed over the tooth like a little cap and secured. If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may suggest the use of a fixed bridge and dental crowns. Since the gap left by a missing tooth can cause the remaining teeth to shift or move, a fixed bridge can be used to aid against this. Bridges consist of an artificial tooth and crowns, which goes over the teeth on both sides of the bridge and serve as anchors to stabilize it.
If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a good candidate for dental implants. An implant is a titanium screw that functions like a tooth root and stimulates the bone and tissue, keeping them from disintegrating. An artificial tooth that looks, feels, and functions like a normal tooth is attached to the implant, returning your smile to you.
Dental implants can also be used to secure partial or full dentures. Implant-supported partials or dentures function just like normal teeth, allowing you to bite and chew just as you did with your permanent teeth. Dentures secured by implants can be removed for cleaning.
Veneers are bonded to the front surface of a tooth to cover teeth that are discolored, stained, chipped, cracked, have gaps between them or are misaligned. An impression of your teeth is made to create the veneers. These personalized veneers are carefully applied and then bonded to your teeth using a special light to harden the bonding agent.
Veneers can be made to match or whiten your teeth and typically last for five to ten years. They are cared for like regular teeth and do not require any special care outside of your regular visits to the dentist.
Teeth Whitening – Zoom!
Your whitest smile in just 1 hour
Your smile can be up to eight shades whiter in just a one hour office visit to our office.
Ask us if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening and which whitening process will give you even, natural looking results. If teeth whitening is a good option for you, in-office whitening will give almost immediate results and teeth whitening trays and gels created by your dentist can be done at home over the span of three days to two weeks.
Periodontal Disease Care & Treatment
Periodontal Disease, or gum disease, is a serious infection in your gums that is mainly caused by bacterial plaque on your teeth. When plaque isn’t removed by brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, it can turn to tartar—a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist. When left in your mouth, plaque and tartar can cause inflammation of your gums which can develop into infections below the gum line causing the gum to separate from your teeth creating pockets that become infected.
As the pockets deepen and the disease becomes more pronounced, bone and gum tissue are destroyed which can ultimately result in tooth loss. Regular dental checkups can detect periodontal disease at even its earliest and otherwise undetectable stages.
Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning)
Even with good daily oral hygiene, some plaque still remains in your mouth and over time it can harden and becomes tartar. Tartar can only be removed by a dentist with a process called ‘scaling’ where either ultrasound vibrations or a manual tool called a scaler are used to remove tartar from the portion of your tooth that is below the gum line.
Once the built-up tartar has been removed from your tooth, the surfaces are smoothed with a process called ‘root planing.’ This process is used to prevent periodontal disease, reverse any early signs of gum disease and to prevent any existing periodontal disease from spreading.
Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)
The space within the root of each of your teeth is called a ‘root canal’ and within that canal there is dental pulp which consists of soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels. Tooth decay or trauma can cause damage to your dental pulp which results in infection that, if left untreated, can spread to the bone around your tooth resulting in the loss of the tooth.
To save the tooth, your dentist will first remove the dental pulp and then the area that held the pulp is cleaned and shaped to hold a specialized filler material that will protect your tooth from any more infection and reduce any sensitivity of the tooth.
Once the root canal is cleaned, filled and restored, your tooth is capped with a crown. This crown will protect the mended root canal and it looks and functions like a normal tooth.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
Wisdom teeth usually come in somewhere in our late teen years, often coming in sideways and pushing at an already established tooth due to inadequate space in the jaw. When a wisdom tooth cannot fully erupt, it can become impacted under the surface of the gums.
Bacteria can grow around a partially erupted wisdom tooth causing periodontal disease or food can get caught between the wisdom tooth and the adjoining tooth creating tooth decay in both teeth. Talk to your dentist about whether your wisdom teeth are causing problems to your dental health or are causing you pain.
Bonding & Enamel Shaping
Dental bonding is a process where a tooth-colored resin material is used to repair chips and cracks on teeth as well as to change the shape of a tooth or to close gaps between teeth. It can also be used to repair a decayed tooth or to fully restore badly damaged teeth. The resin that is used is matched closely with the color of your teeth so that it looks exactly like your natural teeth when the process is done.
A tooth repaired by dental bonding can last from three to ten years before needing to be touched up or replaced
Enamel shaping, also known as contouring, is a process that can be used to fix minor problems in the shape or texture of your teeth such as small chips or pits in a tooth’s enamel or even irregular or uneven teeth.
In enamel shaping, your dentist will sand your tooth or teeth to remove any roughness, pits or to slightly reshape them. Once your teeth are smoothed and/or reshaped, they will be polished to finish the process, restoring your smile to its full brilliance!
Invisalign® Orthodontic Braces
Invisalign® is a nearly invisible way to straighten your teeth without the use of traditional braces. The Invisalign® system employs a series of clear, removable aligners that move your teeth, over time, to give you the smile you always dreamed of. Invisalign is very versatile, helping to correct a wide range of dental and orthodontic issues such as over-crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, overbite and underbite. These situations can contribute to gum disease and wearing of teeth, as well as painful jaw and joint problems.