Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients with a gentle touch, and stunning results. Your smile is our first priority, and we’ll give you something to smile about.
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Cleanings should typically be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A dental cleaning can also include scaling, root planning and polishing.
Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar.
Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has lead to more modern methods such as sonic scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. To achieve best results, both sonic and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, sometimes there are still necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
A crown, also referred to as a “cap”, may be the restorative choice for teeth that may have had large fillings that have failed, teeth that have been fractured, and teeth that have received a root canal filling. Crowns can be made with life-like porcelain materials, a combination of porcelain and metal, or gold.
Fillings (Amalgam and Composite)
When a tooth develops decay, a filling can help restore the tooth back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, we will first remove the decay, clean the affected area, and then restore the tooth with an appropriate filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces in which bacteria can enter.
A root canal is performed to remove diseased and infected tissue within a tooth. The process leaves the inside of the root disinfected so that we may fill and seal to prevent further infection. A tooth that has been treated may need a crown to prevent fracture of the compromised tooth structure after therapy. Properly treated teeth can help restore health and proper function of the tooth.
Veneers, also known as porcelain laminates, are a dental restoration in which a porcelain covering is placed over the visible area of the tooth. These beautiful, lifelike restorations can correct crooked teeth, spaces between teeth, and chipped or fractured teeth to restore and reinforce existing tooth structure and give you that natural beautiful smile.
Tooth whitening is an effective way to make teeth whiter and brighter. It can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Custom made mouth trays are made to hold bleach gel on the teeth for the appropriate amount of time and maximize the whitening effect.
A bridge is a restorative option when you are missing one or several teeth. A bridge is anchored by crowns on both sides of the missing teeth to restore both function and esthetics and prevent shifting of teeth.
Custom designed Nightguards are made of a durable hard plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. They are crafted to give you an ideal bite and relax jaw muscles. Nightguards are recommended for patients to treat TMJ disorders and for those who clench or grind their teeth at night as a way to protect the teeth, bite, and temporomandibular joint. Athletic Guards are made of soft plastic and are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth may get hit. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
Dentures are made when all of your teeth are missing. There is an adjustment period, but in time, you will be able to speak and eat normally. Dentures may be made to have a more natural feel and become more stable by using dental implants.
Implant Crowns (Restoration)
A dental implant may be an ideal tooth restoration when missing one or more teeth. A dental implant is a titanium root form that is surgically placed into the jaw. Once the implant is in place and bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth or bridge is attached to the implant(s). Implants may be a more favorable approach than a bridge since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support. Implants can help further stabilize dentures that have become loose due to the progressive loss of bone.
Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as “laughing gas” is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a nasal mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.