We are pleased to offer the following services and technologies to our patients.
Oral Hygiene Care
Good oral care is part of a healthy life style. It’s easy to keep your teeth and gums in good health. A simple routine of daily teeth cleaning, good eating habits and regular dental visits can help prevent tooth decay (cavities) and gum disease.
Tilt the brush at a 45° angle against the gum line and sweep or roll the brush away from the gum line.
Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back-and-forth strokes.
Gently brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen breath.
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surface, usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) to prevent from cavities. The sealant works as a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth. Children and teenagers are obvious candidates.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure in which a tooth-colored composite material is applied to a tooth, sculpted into shape, hardened, and polished. It’s called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth. It’s ideal for small cosmetic dentistry work, such as fixing a broken or chipped tooth and also closing small gaps between teeth.
Fillings is needed when cavities or decay happens when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that attack teeth. In time, this acid can dissolve away the enamel on your teeth and cause a hole. To treat the Dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills cavity with a filling material. This is a type of filling that can be done.
A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons; like the tooth decayed so much that the tooth is non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom tooth, some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment, if teeth is fractured and many more reasons. After the tooth is removed, you may need couple of stitches and cotton gauze pad to help bleeding to stop.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is a dental procedure to treat infection at the center of a tooth (the root canal system). Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.
A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is used as a cover or “caps” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance and shape. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function.
- Replace a large filling when there aren’t enough teeth remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Attach to a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A Bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Space left by missing teeth can result causing the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite.
Space around the teeth are prepared
Bridge is mounted and adjusted to fit
FInal bridge is cemented
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support.
Implants can also be used as support for an implant bridge or a partial dentures.
You may wonder what the advantage Dental Implants is.
There are many advantages to dental implants like..
- Dental implants are designed to fuse with your bone and they become permanent. So the Appearance is like your own natural teeth
- With poor-fitting dentures, the teeth can slip within the mouth causing you to mumble. Dental implants allow you to speak without the worry that teeth might slip
- Sliding dentures can make chewing difficult. Since dental implants function like your own teeth, you can eat your favorite foods with comfort
- Lastly, dental implants can give you back your smile and confidence
Success rates of dental implants may vary from person to person. It also depends on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a good success rate. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime!
There are different kinds of dentures, but they all share the common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it’s time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.
The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, you may take some time getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can be used to further stabilize the dentures.
Complete dentures replace all of your teeth, or all of your upper or lower teeth. If all your teeth were missing, you’d probably consider complete dentures. There are two types of complete dentures; immediate and conventional.
Following tooth removal and before the permanent conventional dentures are ready, you’d need what is called an immediate dentures, which you’d wear for some time until healing following full tooth loss or extraction is healed. The reason for this wait is that, while healing, the gums and jaws shrink, changing the shape of your mouth. Please note immediate dentures will need frequent visitation to doctor’s office for adjustment, until you’re fitted for permanent dentures.
Over dentures are a newer alternative to dentures, combining traditional denture technology with modern advancements in dental implants. By establishing two implanted attachments to the lower jaw, an over denture is able to sit securely in place to instantly increase retention, stability, and comfort. This is especially important in lower-jaw full-denture situations where traditional dentures tend to have less adhesion due to a limited foundation.Another benefit of over dentures compared to traditional dentures is the limited amount of bone loss where the implants are placed, making the procedure more successful in the long run and helping to preserve facial structural integrity.Even if you wear full dentures, you still have to practice good dental hygiene. Brush your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. Brushing also can help keep the teeth from staining.
Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time. Occasional teeth grinding also known as bruxism, usually not a serious condition, but when teeth grinding occurs on a regular basis the teeth can be damaged.
Although teeth grinding, usually occurs during your sleep and is more likely caused by an abnormal bite or crooked teeth. Because grinding usually happens in your sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. A dull, constant headache or sore jaw could be a symptom of bruxism. Severe grinding can damage your teeth and result in tooth loss, affect your jaws causing TMJ.
Based on your dentist’s diagnosis, one or more treatment may be recommended. He may suggest a night guard that can be worm during sleeping. If you routinely grind your teeth, see your dentist.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry is aimed to create a positive change to your smile, even your self-esteem, and confidence. Today, cosmetic dentistry is more popular than ever, from teeth whitening, veneeer, invisalign, recontouring to closing spaces and replacing teeth. And dentists have a wide array of tools and techniques for improving the look of your smile.
We offer a wide variety of cosmetic options.
WHITENING – INCLUDING Zoom!
Zoom! Is a bleaching process that lightens discoloration of enamel and making teeth whiter, and therefore more attractive? Our office uses several methods: Zoom!, passive whitening tray, and professional strength white strips.
Zoom is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It’s safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. The Zoom Whitening procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation by covering your lips and gums. Whitening gel is applied to your teeth. This gel will start working with our Zoom light. The light and gel works together and whitens your teeth discoloration. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You’ll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure. Trays with gel are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance.
The tray method involves having impressions taken from which laboratory fabricated custom vinyl trays are made. Whitening gel is placed in these trays and the trays with gel are worn for about 3 hours, or overnight. The entire process takes 3-4 weeks of daily use. Three different strengths of gel may be used, however the higher the strength the greater the likelihood of reactions or tooth sensitivity.
The difference between the two whitening treatments are, Trays are in home method and Zoom is done in an office and you can see immediate results.
The dentists can also fit you with custom veneers. Veneers are a thin tooth-colored porcelain covering placed over the front side of the tooth. They are generally placed on the upper front teeth that are severely discolored, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.
The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The Dentist will trim the veneer as needed to achieve the proper fit; the veneer color can be adjusted with the shade of cement. Next, to place veneers to your tooth, the teeth will be cleaned, polished, and etched — which roughens the tooth to allow for a strong bonding process. Special cement is applied to the veneer and is then placed on your tooth. Once properly placed on the tooth, your dentist will apply a special light on the tooth, which activates chemicals in the cement, causing it to harden or cure. The final step will involve removing any excess cement, evaluating your bite and making any final adjustments in the veneer if needed. Your dentist may ask for a follow-up visit check how your gums are responding to the presence of your veneer.
The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure.
Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners. By using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign straightens your teeth with results you’ll notice sooner than you think. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shifts your teeth into place. Moving your teeth into a straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.