The application of tooth colored composite resin. Cosmetic bonding is generally done to improve the esthetics of a chipped or stained tooth. Bonding can also be used to improve the appearance of misaligned teeth, close gaps, change shape or length, and even brighten the shade of your teeth.
Veneers can improve damaged, crooked, chipped, cracked, discolored, or misshapen teeth. A thin custom- made layer of tooth colored material is fabricated and bonded on the front of your teeth to improve the appearance. The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring little to no tooth reshaping. Materials can vary, from composite resins to porcelain. A minimum of two visits is usually required to create your beautiful new smile.
A crown covers the entire tooth and may be necessary to correct some cosmetic problems such as severely worn or broken teeth, or to replace a an older crown that is no longer pleasing to the eye (discolored, chipped or black at the gumline).
Our dentists will conduct an examination that may involve x-rays to determine if your dental problems can be solved with Cosmetic Dentistry. If you are not a candidate, other restorations or procedures maybe recommended to meet your long-term goals.
-Trauma such as a physical blow
-Irritation caused by deep decay
-Pain or throbbing
-Sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures
Without treatment, infection can occur and result in loss of the tooth. Root canal therapy replaces the diseased or damaged pulp with a permanent filling material that will keep the tooth functional and maintain your smile.
When a tooth is broken, fractured, or severely decayed, even advanced restorative efforts are not an option. A fractured tooth can often extend below gum line, making it difficult to restore with a filling or crown. Many times after a traumatic injury, a microscopic fracture in the root structure of tooth can make it non-restorable. The most ideal treatment is sometimes tooth extraction.
Having a tooth removed may sound like a negative alternative, but you should keep in mind that this choice could be the best decision for your health. You will be given the opportunity to select a treatment to replace your tooth, such as an implant, bridge, or a partial denture.
Both Composite Resin (tooth colored) and Amalgam (metal) fillings are done in our office. Your doctor will discuss each option with you and offer their expert advice to give you the best treatment for your teeth.
Bite Guards are known by many different names: Splints, Occlusal Guards, & Night Guards. This an easy and common solution to a variety of dental problems:
A sore tired jaw
Worn, broken or loose teeth
Clicking sounds when you open your mouth
Your Bite Guard is custom designed with a comfortable dual layer (a softer cushion inside and durable acrylic outside) to fit over top or bottom teeth. Impressions of your teeth and a bite registration are taken on the first visit. One week later you will return to have your Bite Guard carefully fitted and adjusted.
Wearing a BITE GUARD can help you sleep better, relieve pain and protect your teeth from damage.
CUSTOM TEETH WHITENING TRAYS – We would love to make custom fit whitening trays for you after you have visited with one of our dentists to ensure your gums and teeth are healthy. For best results, we recommend you have your teeth cleaned to remove surface stains and buildup for the products to be useful and beneficial. We will then take impressions of your teeth to create your individualized trays. Safe and effective, professional-strength whitening gels are used at home for your convenience. Results may vary but can usually be seen in 2-3 weeks. With proper routine cleanings and home care, you can maintain your brighter smile with an occasional application of the whitening gel. Our teeth whitening products are easy to use and safe for your teeth.
Prophylaxis is also known as a “cleaning” or prophy. A prophylaxis removes plaque, calculus and stains on the tooth surface. A routine prophy is preformed on patients that have relative healthy tissues or early gingivitis. A Teeth Cleaning is often recommended every 6 months.
Root Planing is also known as a deep cleaning or deep scaling. Scaling and root planing is a procedure for treating periodontal disease when the gum pockets are greater than 3mm. Local anesthetic is used for patient comfort during the long, meticulous appointments. Scaling is focused below the gum line on the root surfaces to remove the hard, rough calculus. A glassy smooth, planed root surface promotes healing. After root planing is complete, 3 month periodontal maintenance appointments are scheduled with the dental hygiene department. Patient compliance is the key to success. Daily plaque removal is essential.
Periodontal maintenance appointments are more that “just a cleaning.” These 3 month appointments involve scaling not only on the tooth surface but primarily below the gum line into the pockets and on the root surfaces. Studies have shown that plaque that is undisturbed in the base of a gum pocket becomes destructive enough to destroy more bone after only 90 days. Since there is no cure for periodontal disease, continual life-long 3 month appointments, along with excellent home care are essential. Patient compliance is the key to success.