General Dental Treatments
Professional dental examinations are all about preventing existing problems from getting worse or developing in the future. Regular check-ups make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There’s nothing to fear with a dental check-up. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay as part of our general dentistry. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease.
A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your examination, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Check-ups typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Today’s techniques are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than those used in the past.
Digital X-rays, often referred to as digital radiography is one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies. They produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information.
Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional radiography. With this type of photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth.
Professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems.
While traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give many more options.
f you’ve been told you need a dental filling, you’re not alone: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are the tried-and-true treatment for treating cavities and there are a variety of options to suit every need.
Fillings can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. But composite types, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred product due to their natural appearance and durability.
A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the top treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage.
Dental crowns can also used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure.
Made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or gold, crowns are placed during a multi-step process and sometimes require more than one dental visit. The first step is an impression of the tooth. A temporary protection is then placed over the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory who create the final restoration. With good oral hygiene and minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns can last up to 15 years.
Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth. Today, these are still considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective options for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth.
Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, a dental bridge helps prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improves chewing and speaking, and helps to keep your natural face shape in tact.
There are three types of dental bridges: 1) traditional, 2) cantilever and 3) Maryland.
Traditional types have either dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the missing tooth, plus a replacement tooth, which is held in place by a post-like structure called a dental abutment. Cantilever bridges are used in cases where there are surrounding teeth only on one side of the missing tooth. Finally Maryland bridges are made of a specialized resin that is cemented to a metal framework and cemented to the enamel of surrounding teeth.
Treatments typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other options, such as implants.
Using dentures to replace missing teeth is not only great for your oral health; it’s a great way to look and feel younger!
Dental crowns can also used to hold a bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure.
Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth.
Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and either resin or porcelain replacement teeth.
Dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth. If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, a full set may be your best option. Partial sets, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.
Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance. With regular wear and tear, they can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your teeth fit and function perfectly. If you break your ‘false teeth’, it’s critical to bring them to your dentist for professional repair. Home repair kits can cause more damage and be even more costly to fix.
When it comes to invisible braces, we use orthodontics from Invisalign. These are the gold standard. Unlike traditional orthodontics, using brackets and wires to straighten teeth, Invisalign use a custom-made series of clear plastic aligners that are completely removable.
The comfort and convenience of our braces are unbeatable. You can eat whatever you want; you can remove them whenever you need to; and you can brush and floss more effectively.
Invisalign braces are effective for patients who have problems with crowding, spacing, crossbites, overbites and underbites.
If you’ve been living with persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, you could have temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ).
This disorder can often be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face. Specialized treatment from a dentist can relieve the discomfort. Although treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards. The goal of the treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain and without pain!
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