Dental Cleanings & Checkups
Seeing your dentist and dental hygienist every six months plays an important role in preventative dental care. An exam and oral cancer screening is performed at every cleaning appointment and check-up x-rays are usually taken once a year. If you maintain your dental cleanings every six months, your teeth and gums will be healthier!
Periodontal maintenance is performed on patients who have periodontal disease, which causes an infection within the gums and bone. This treatment is primarily designed to prevent periodontal disease from progressing. It can also prevent tooth loss and lower your risk for requiring periodontal surgery. Periodontal maintenance is typically an ongoing treatment that you receive every three months, although you may require more frequent appointments depending on the severity of the infection.
Fillings & Restorations
Restorations, such as fillings, are used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite or amalgam filling. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. As with most dental restorations, fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced in the future. Good oral hygiene, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth) is removed and the bacteria is cleaned out from the root and tooth. Sometimes medication is placed to fight the infection and eventually the remaining space is replaced with a post and a crown.
A crown is a restoration that covers the entire tooth. Crowns are used to restore a fractured or chipped tooth, a tooth that has decayed too much for fillings, or for cosmetic purposes. A crown will require two appointments. On the first visit, the tooth is prepared for the crown and a temporary crown is placed. On the second visit, the permanent crown is then inserted leaving the patient with the look and feel of a natural tooth.
A bridge is used to fill a space between two teeth. Crowns are made on both sides of the space and a false tooth is attached in the middle, supported by the adjacent crowns. A bridge may consist of three or more teeth. Bridges are often used to replace a missing tooth and to keep adjacent teeth from shifting out of place.
Dental implants are an excellent solution for patients who have missing teeth but want long lasting, natural looking results. Dental implants look and function just like natural teeth and they allow the patient to speak, eat and smile confidently.
Removable Dentures & Partials
A denture is a dental appliance that is removable and replaces missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. They are custom made to resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. A partial denture is used to fill a space created from missing teeth and helps prevent adjacent teeth from shifting, Complete dentures are used when all teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Bonding material can be used to correct gaps in teeth as well as any cracks or a chipped tooth. Bonding can also be used to cover up discoloration or stains on teeth. A composite resin, the same material used for white fillings, is molded and sculpted to the affected tooth with other bonding agents. After the tooth has been perfected, it is then polished to look like a natural tooth giving you a beautiful smile.
A veneer is a thin layer of material placed over a tooth, either to improve the aesthetics of a smile or to protect damage done to the tooth’s surface. It is similar to a crown, only less tooth structure is removed to prepare for the veneer.
ZOOM Teeth Whitening
The quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth is in-office treatment with Philips Zoom White Speed. Zoom White Speed is the only in-office system that has variable intensity settings so each treatment can be customized to maximize patient comfort. The system also includes desensitizers to help minimize sensitivity and protect your enamel. This dentist-supervised, in-office procedure is safe, effective and clinically proven to whiten up to eight shades—for a brighter, whiter smile in just one office visit. ZOOM White Speed uses an LED lamp that does not produce heat. Our in-office whitening includes custom made trays that you can take home for whitening touch ups.