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To help you better understand your treatment options and visualize what may be possible for you, take a look at what we’ve done for our other patients.
Before we ever provide you with treatment or a treatment plan, we will do a complete and comprehensive clinical examination. You will always receive a letter going over, in layman terms, what we determined and what we recommend. You will always be informed of fees prior to beginning treatment and, if you experience economic hardships, we will be understanding and cooperative.
The most important service we provide is a complete, thorough dental examination, including a thorough oral dental-medical health history. Your general physical condition and medical history are recorded and regularly updated. This information is invaluable since your oral health is directly connected to your overall health.
We use bonding to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth, and the procedure allow us to
- Repair chipped teeth
- Reduce spaces between teeth
- Cover discolored areas on the tooth’s surface
The process is typically completed in one appointment and the results look beautiful and natural. Composite material is not as durable or long-lasting as porcelain and therefore may need to be replaced or re-touched in the future.
A crown is a permanent covering which fits over a tooth which is decayed, damaged, cracked or broken. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials such as porcelain, gold or a mix of these materials. Crowns which are constructed entirely of porcelain material have a natural appearance.
The process typically requires 2 appointments spanning a three-to-four-week period. The first appointment allows us to prepare the damaged tooth, record a set of impressions and determine the color the crown should be in order to match your other teeth. We share the information we collect with a dental technician who works in a dental laboratory where they will create your crown. Once that process is complete, usually within 2 weeks, we will receive your new crown from the laboratory and you will come in for an appointment for us to place it in your mouth.
Once the procedure is completed, daily brushing and flossing are required to maintain healthy gums.
Tooth reshaping can improve the appearance of your smile, boost your self-confidence, and help you feel better about your teeth. This cosmetic procedure, also known as dental contouring is designed to correct minor or subtle imperfections on your teeth. Reshaping reduces the tooth slightly, therefore it is the opposite of bonding where we add material to your teeth
We recommend cosmetic reshaping when you have:
- Slightly uneven edges
- A single tooth which is slightly longer than your other teeth
- A single tooth or a couple of teeth that are slightly misshapen
- Slight misalignment.
This procedure is done in a single appointment, in fairly quick and is completely painless. Ideal candidates for cosmetic reshaping need to have healthy teeth and gums.
Porcelain veneers recreate the natural look of your teeth. Veneers are made of very thin porcelain which is bonded to your natural tooth. The veneer provides strength and resilience to your natural enamel while also helping us to create a more beautiful smile.
Similar to a composite bonding, porcelain veneers allow us to:
- Repair chipped teeth
- Reduce spaces between teeth
- Change the color, shape and size of teeth
- Slightly change the appearance of the position of teeth
Porcelain veneers are made by a dental technician and usually require at least two appointments. Porcelain is a more durable, longer lasting solution when compared with composite bonding.
Dental Implants are titanium tooth root replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist. Implants arose from the need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:
- Single Tooth Replacement
- Multiple Tooth Replacement
- All Upper or Lower Teeth Replacement
- Securing Loose Fitting Dentures
The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is completed and the implant has attached to the jawbone, the patient returns to the dental office and the implant is fitted with the new tooth (in the form of a crown placed over the implant). This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.
Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and could make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.
A “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure which is damaged due to decay or fracture. We replace old, amalgam/metal fillings which contain traces of mercury, with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
You no longer will you have to suffer with the unsightly silver/mercury fillings or metal margins. We can eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
Comparing White Fillings vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings:
- White fillings bond to the tooth; they strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking.
- White filling composites are preferred due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel.
- Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
- Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth.
- White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.
Tooth Whitening / Bleaching
It is natural for your teeth to darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth are caused by the foods and beverages you consume (coffee, tea, wine and soda). Other factors for discoloration include childhood medications (i.e., tetracycline), illnesses, tobacco use or improper oral hygiene. Restoring your natural white smile is possible through teeth bleaching.
We are trained professionals using industry-approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different. The most commonly used method by our practice is a hydrogen-peroxide gel-activated solution. We provide a whitening evaluation beforehand and we monitor the shade changes of your teeth. Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright white smile!
Bite and TMJ Appliance Therapy
If you are you experiencing:
- frequent headaches
- ear aches
- jaw/ jaw joint/ face/ neck / shoulder pain
- popping or clicking sounds from you jaw
- tingling hands and feet
Or you have:
- broken one or more teeth
- chipped the edges off of your front teeth
- chipped or crack a crown
These are signs that you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep at night. Doing so can cause significant dental concerns and health problems. When the jaw joints, or temporomandibular joints (TMJ), are misaligned, nerves and muscles can become fatigued. They may react at night, which causes grinding teeth, a condition known as bruxism. Bruxism is a symptom of TMJ dysfunction and can result in the issues described above.
Treating TMJ Disfunction
Our TMJ exam will evaluate possible problems including swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Our goal is to ease your symptoms by creating a long-term solution. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ. By correcting your bite with a customized oral appliance and / or building up worn teeth with white restorations, we may alleviate your TMJ dysfunction symptoms and prevent future tooth wear.
Snoring Appliance Therapy
Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for the most severe snoring problems. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing orthodontic-related appliances that help open the airways during sleep. If you are experiencing poor sleep, fatigue or snoring, allow us to evaluate you.
Although snoring may be common and something that we joke or are embarrassed about, it is a sign of a compromised airway during sleep and it may have a significant impact on your quality of sleep and overall health. The United States Center for Disease Control considers sleep disorders one of the top impediments to health and has listed sleep apnea as a serious illness affecting Americans.
Common causes for snoring:
- Health Problems
- Obstructed Nasal Passages – Deviated Septum
- Poor Muscle Tone of the Tongue
- Sleep Apnea
Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression. It is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep related problems.