Resin Composite fillings, also known as “tooth-colored” or “white” fillings are used to replace tooth structure damaged by cavities or other forms of tooth structure loss.
Proper preventive care is essential optimal oral health. Through the process of twice-yearly cleanings, x-rays, and exams, many dental complications can be prevented or more effectively managed. Plaque and tartar that builds up on teeth facilitates the collection of bacteria in the mouth, which leads to tooth decay. Hardened plaque, known as calculus, must be removed by a dental professional.
A sealant is made of resin material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth and flows into the pits and grooves in the teeth. Sealants prevent the collection of bacteria and are a very effective preventive treatment for children and teenagers.
A crown is a restoration used when a tooth is severely broken or decayed. They are designed to replace missing tooth structure, and cover the entire tooth. Crowns utilize the remaining tooth structure for support and in turn protect the tooth from further damage or decay. Crowns are made with metal, porcelain, or a combination of metal and porcelain.
When one or two teeth are missing, a bridge can be used to replace the missing teeth. A bridge is essentially three or four crowns functioning as one unit, and is a permanent restoration.
Root Canal Treatment
When a cavity reaches the middle of a tooth (the pulp chamber, where the nerve and blood vessels are), a root canal treatment is necessary to preserve the tooth long-term. Bacteria in the pulp chamber signals an irreversible infection of the tooth and must be treated in a timely manner to prevent further dental pain or infection from occurring. Due to the brittle nature of root canal treated teeth, crowns (caps) are recommended to protect the teeth long-term.
Sometimes tooth decay or tooth fracture necessitates the removal of a tooth. It is in your best interest to have broken-down non-restorable teeth removed. This is done to prevent toothaches and dental infections from occurring.
If you are missing several teeth, a partial denture may be an appropriate treatment for you. Partial dentures are designed to utilize the remaining teeth to hold in an appliance used to replace missing teeth.
Complete dentures (false teeth) are used when no teeth remain on either the top or the bottom. Dentures enable you to speak and eat much more effectively and can help prevent the sagging of facial muscles.
We are happy to see all children at our practice! We love seeing and working with kids, and we offer special treats to help make every dental visit a fun experience for the little ones!
Nitrous Oxide (Happy Gas)
Nitrous Oxide is available at our office and is recommended for patients with dental anxiety.
Digital Radiology (X-rays)
Digital x-rays are faster, safer, and more efficient than conventional x-rays. Digital x-rays also greatly reduce the amount of radiation you receive.
Whitening can help you achieve the brighter, whiter smile that you desire. We offer in-office and take home whitening options. The in-office whitening utilizes highly concentrated whitening materials and an activating light, and the take home whitening utilizes whitening trays custom fit to your teeth that can be filled with different concentrations of whitening solution.
Gum disease is caused by plaque and bacteria that forms between teeth. This bacteria can cause pockets around teeth to form and the bacteria will then migrate into the pockets, where it causes irritation and inflammation. This process can continue and lead to the gum disease gingivitis, the bone support disease periodontitis, and ultimately tooth loss. Periodic deep cleanings, known as scaling and root planing, can stop these disease processes and promote healthy gums.
Clear Correct is essentially Invisalign with a different name. It is a clear aligner therapy designed to orthodontically move teeth to create a more desirable smile appearance. The treatment trays utilized are made of clear, sturdy material that is almost invisible to the naked eye. This is an excellent treatment alternative to traditional, visible braces.