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Bonding / White Fillings

Silver fillings and the cracks that are associated with them are a thing of the past. Innovative technology in bonding has produced fillings that have many advantages over the previous treatment options. These fillings bond far more tightly with your natural teeth. This means that the cracks that were routinely associated with silver fillings can now be avoided. It is also far simpler to repair these fillings in the unlikely event that they were damaged.

Bridges

Over the course of time, our natural teeth tend to get stained or worn. A porcelain bridge can provide a natural-looking repair when multiple teeth have been damaged. A bridge is basically a set of several crowns. Existing healthy teeth are used to anchor the bridge, while the missing teeth are replaced by custom-fit crowns. With proper care, a bridge should give you a healthy looking smile for many years.

Crowns

When a patient has only a couple of teeth that are stained or damaged, a porcelain crown will provide the needed repair. If the damage is minimal, the crown may simply involve an onlay. In cases of more severe damage, a full crown will provide the tooth much greater stability. These more severe cases can include teeth that have had root canals or mercury fillings. In any case, the porcelain crown provides a natural looking repair that will allow you to smile with confidence.

Hygiene / Periodontal Health

Good oral hygiene is crucial to the long-term health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. What many people do not realize is that the overall health of your gums also has a direct impact on the health of your whole body. When the dentist tells you to brush, floss, and rinse, he is looking out for your wellbeing in a powerful way. In spite of good oral hygiene, gum disease may still be introduced by stress, medication, puberty, pregnancy, or nutritional deficiencies. If you are facing gum disease, we offer a variety of treatments to return your oral health to its proper state.

Veneers

Veneers are popular with dentists as well as patients for several reasons. Their simplicity, versatility, durability, and longevity all make them attractive. A thin shell of porcelain is custom fit to the front of a stained tooth or chipped tooth. The discomfort in this procedure is minimal. The veneers are highly stain resistant. The look is natural and appealing.

Inlays / Onlays

Many times a dentist will recommend that you do everything possible to save your natural tooth rather than having it extracted. The solution for saving a tooth is often some variation of an inlay or an only. An inlay is known to many people as a filling. There are several solid substances from which to choose, and these are molded to fit the hollow cavity that is in the tooth. The substance is then cemented into the cavity to provide strength for the tooth and aesthetic appeal. An onlay is similar to an inlay, but it is extended to replace the cusp (a pointed or elevated feature of the tooth).

Teeth Whitening

Teeth become discolored and stained over the passage of time. Sometimes crowns or veneers are the only solution. However, for many people a simple teeth whitening treatment may be the perfect solution. The cost is certainly affordable enough to make it a worthy consideration for the first step towards a bright smile. There is no doubt that most people interact with others with far more confidence when they have an attractive smile. There are certainly a variety of options when it comes to whitening, but the most effective options employ a “bleaching” solution. In many cases, you can see near immediate results. Visit our office to find the solution that best suits your situation.

Dental Implants

Dental implants have become a popular way to restore the natural smile of one with missing teeth. The process involves three appointments during which realistic-looking replacement teeth are embedded into the actual jawbone of the patient. Patients report that these are more comfortable to deal with than dentures. They are also very natural looking. Most people will never know that you have implants. They also last much longer than dentures.

Dentures / Partial Dentures

Dentures have long been a solution for those who must replace multiple teeth. A partial set can replace a few teeth that are missing. When all of a patient’s teeth have been extracted, a full set of dentures can replace all of his teeth. By replacing the missing teeth, a much needed support is also provided for cheeks and lips. Dentures are usually replaced about every 15 years due to wear and realignment problems.

Soft Tissue Grafts

In some cases, the gum line can recede beyond what is natural or healthy. This may not be aesthetically pleasing, and it may expose the root of the teeth and make it more vulnerable to decay. The dentist may suggest a soft-tissue graft which involves removing soft skin tissue from some part of the mouth and grafting it to the area that has receded. There are several types of soft-tissue grafts, and your dentist will recommend the one that best suits your needs.

Crown Lengthening

There can be several scenarios in which your dentist may recommend a crown lengthening. It may be out of necessity if there is an excess of gum tissue in your mouth. Crown lengthening may also be done if a dental procedure needs to be done to part of a tooth that is below the gum line. Whatever the purpose, the procedure will involve reshaping excess gum and bone tissue in order to expose more of the natural tooth. This procedure can be performed on one tooth, several, or many.

Extractions

In some cases, there is no procedure in which an infected or damaged tooth can be saved in its natural state. This may make an extraction a necessity. Most extractions are simple and can be performed with little or no pain. More serious cases may require extraction by a specialist through the use of oral surgery. However, even in these cases a skilled dentist can greatly minimize the pain and discomfort.

Invisalign

When crooked teeth are what keep you from smiling, Invisalign can be the perfect solution. Through the use of smooth, transparent trays, the teeth are gradually straightened over several months. Invisalign is attractive to most patients because it is more comfortable than braces, it is more hygienic than braces, it is more aesthetic than braces, it is quicker than braces, and it is less food-restrictive than braces. The treatment generally lasts 9-15 months, and the process is very simple. Because the devices are transparent, most people will never even know that you have them on.

Braces

For some situations, braces will be the only option for straightening your teeth. The advantages include a beautiful smile, improved chewing, and improved speaking. Metal wire and brackets that are attached to your teeth are used to gradually bring your teeth into alignment. There are a variety of options involving braces, and your dentist can help you know what is best for you. You will be given clear and specific instructions for getting the most benefit from your braces.

Root Canal (Endodontics)

Probably no dental treatment has a worse reputation than root canals! However, they are an important and effective part of the options available to a dentist. A dentist who is well-trained and experienced can definitely reduce the pain and discomfort to a very minimal level. This procedure involves the removal of the infected nerve and any damaged pulp in an infected tooth. The procedure is completed when the tooth is sealed to protect against additional infection. At times, this is the only option left for a dentist to save your natural tooth rather than extracting it.

Bone Grafting

Bone grafting involves increasing the amount of bone in a patient’s jaw. This is most often done to provide a stable ridge for the successful use of dental implants. Depending on the bone grafting technique that is necessary, it may be done as part of the implant placement or it may be done as a separate procedure. The bone graft material for grafting onto your jawbone can come from several sources. The preferred and most common method is to retrieve it from your own available bone.