Teeth cleanings are a vital part of oral hygiene and involve the removal of dental plaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Even with good oral hygiene, plaque can accumulate and mineralize forming hard bioform deposits on the teeth that are called calculus (also referred to as tartar). Tartar can form and only be removed by specially designed instruments at your dental office. Removal of these plaques helps decrease the inflammatory response of tissue leading to periodontal disease and is essential to overall health.
Dental fillings or restorations are used to restore missing tooth structure usually from cavities or trauma. After the decayed or unsupported tooth structure is removed, dental filling materials are used to restore tooth function.
Due to recent advances in strength and durability, dental resins have emerged as the top standard for direct dental restorations. Dental resins, often referred to as tooth colored fillings, are bonded to tooth structure, and allow the dentist a conservative approach in tooth preparation. In addition, dental resins offer superior esthetic and strength properties in comparison to the use of older materials.
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented into place, fully cover the portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line. In comparison, fillings are dental restorations that fill in or cover over just a portion of a tooth. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of a tooth, a dental crown in effect becomes the tooth's new outer surface just like a motorcycle helmet. Crowns are often used to restore a tooth to its original shape, to strengthen a tooth because of cracks and fractures, or to improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth.
Alternatively, dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials. A dental bridge is supported by natural teeth or implants.
We understand emergencies can happen anytime. In the event of a dental emergency occurring after hours, our office offers an emergency line for all patients of record.
Toothache: Contact us as soon as you can to schedule a visit. Meanwhile, rinse with warm water and remove food particles with dental floss. Contact the nearest Emergency Room if swelling is noticed by you.
Chipped or Broken Teeth: Call or email our office for an appointment. Rinse with warm water. If you need to reduce pain and swelling, use ibuprofen rather than aspirin, and hold a cold compress to your cheek or lip where the tooth is broken. Meanwhile, avoid chewing with that tooth.
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to ill-fitting dentures or bridgework.
How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. But all dental implant surgery occurs in stages and involves several procedures. The major benefit from implants is solid support for your new teeth — a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant. Because this healing requires time, the process can take many months.
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Dental radiographs, commonly referred to as X-ray films, or informally, X-rays, are pictures of the teeth, bones, and surrounding soft tissues to screen for and help identify dental problems that cannot be seen during a visual examination. The radiation received by dental x-rays is typically small, equivalent to a few days’ worth of environmental radiation exposure, or similar to the radiation received during a cross-country airplane flight. Incidental exposure is further reduced by the use of a lead shield, often referred to as a lead apron. Digital radiography takes advantage of computer technology to reduce even further the amount of exposure to radiation.
A removable partial denture is a prosthesis that is made of acrylic and metal that offers a removable alternative to fixed bridges.
A removable partial denture is for patients who desire to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons. A partial denture rests on a metal or acrylic framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the removable partial denture.
Occlusal splints (also called bite splints, bite planes, or night guards) are removable dental appliances carefully molded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth. They are used to protect tooth and restoration surfaces, manage mandibular (jaw) dysfunction, and stabilize occlusion or create space prior to restorative procedures. People prone to nocturnal bruxism, or nighttime clenching and athletes should routinely wear occlusal splints to prevent future problems and trauma.
We strive to create a warm and inviting environment for children. Through education and positive experiences, we hope to improve your child’s oral health.
We provide a variety of restorative and hygiene services for children.
We look forward to making your child smile.
Untreated gingivitis can advance to periodontitis. With time, plaque can spread and grow below the gum line. Toxins produced by the bacteria in plaque irritate the gums. The toxins stimulate a chronic inflammatory response in which the body in essence turns on itself, destroying the tissue and bone that support the teeth. The gingival tissue separates from the teeth, forming pockets (spaces between the teeth and gums) susceptible to infection. As the disease progresses, the pockets deepen, resulting in further destruction of tissue and bone. Often, this destructive process has very mild symptoms. However, untreated periodontal disease results in the loosening of teeth and inevitably extractions.
Root Canal, or endodontics, is the process of removing the nerves from the roots of a tooth. A root canal is often necessary to save an infected tooth. If an infected tooth is left alone for a long period of time, an abscess can form. An abscess will show up on an x-ray as a dark spot below the apex of the root. This is actually bone loss in the jaw. It is very important to catch this problem before it deteriorates too far.
There are a number of reasons why one of your teeth may need a root canal. These include but are not limited to, a very deep cavity that extends into the nerve, trauma to the tooth that exposes the nerve, or a crack that extends into the nerve of the tooth.
Teeth Whitening is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and offers an ideal way to enhance your smile.
During the initial appointment impressions will be made of your teeth to fabricate custom, clear plastic trays. At the 2nd appointment, adjustments if needed will be made to insure proper fit and you will receive care instructions. You will need to bleach for a couple weeks everyday depending on the degree of staining you have and the shade you wish to achieve.
Veneers are a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, which are either composite or porcelain.
Veneers can dramatically change the appearance of your smile. You can correct shape, position, and color. After an initial consultation, it usually takes two appointments. During the first appointment a minimal amount of tooth is removed, impressions are taken, and a reproduction of your mouth is sent to a Dental Studio for fabrication of the veneer. During the second appointment the veneers will be permanently cemented to your teeth.