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The bleaching of teeth is one of the most popular things to do to help create a gorgeous smile. We recommend the home bleaching method with custom made trays. The trays are made in the dental office and are worn ½ hour per day for two to three weeks. Results may vary, but are usually noticeable after the 1st several applications.
These enable patients who are fearful or anxious about dental treatment to receive the dental treatment they need.
Oral sedatives - medication which is taken prior to the dental appointment, to lessen anxiety and increase relaxation.
Nitrous Oxide Gas - also known as laughing gas is used to induce a state of relaxation. An anesthetic is also used in combination with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.
Our office stresses early preventative care for children. Proper oral hygiene, sealants and nutritious diets can all prevent future problems. We want to help guide your children’s dental growth and development, and help them to avoid future dental problems.Although baby teeth eventually fall out, they are very important to the growing child. They help children bite and chew food, speak correctly, hold space for the permanent teeth, and guide the permanent teeth into place.
Your regularly scheduled check-up is commonly referred to as a “cleaning”, but there is so much more to it than that! During your visit, the health of your gums is monitored, harmful plaque and tartar are removed and you are given individualized instructions on how to keep problem areas clean. Your dental restorations are checked, and you are screened for many other oral health conditions including: cavities, oral cancer and periodontal (gum) disease. Many systemic physical conditions also manifest themselves in the mouth, and your dental professionals are trained to recognize threats to your general health. During your check-up, your blood pressure and pulse will be taken and your health history will be monitored. You will have a thorough visual inspection, which includes the use of x-rays and measurements of the supporting bone around your teeth. The hygienist and doctor will customize a dental hygiene treatment plan to fit your individual needs and to give you the best chance of keeping your teeth for the rest of your life.
Restorative dentistry involves procedures to fix broken or decayed teeth and restore them to a beautiful, healthy state. Restorative dentistry includes fillings, crowns and bridges.
Fillings - The most common materials for fillings are tooth-colored composites which are bonded to the teeth or the traditional silver amalgam fillings. The choice is yours.
Crowns - A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a tooth-shaped covering that is placed over a tooth. Crowns are generally used when fracture or decay is so extensive that filling materials cannot make the tooth strong enough. Crowns are made from a mold of the prepared tooth, and then seated after a couple of weeks.
Bridges - A bridge consists of 2 crowns and a false tooth in between. Bridges are cemented in and are not removable. They are used to replace one or more missing teeth
Endodonics (Root Canal)
This is a precedure where the nerve and pulp tissue are removed from the affected tooth and a special filling is placed. This is done to emlimante pain from a damaged tooth and get rid of the infected tissue. All of the tissue from within the pulp chamber and root canals (the hollow channels reaching from the central chamber to the bottom of the tooth roots) is removed. The empty space is filled, and the tooth is usually capped with a crown.
Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth and are generally the best alternative to conventional bridges and dentures. Dental implants act and look like natural teeth. An artificial root is embedded in the jaw and topped with a prosthetic tooth.
What is Periodontal (gum) Disease?
Periodontal disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. It is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding structures holding teeth in the jaw. This condition affects three out of four people at some time in their life. It starts when plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate at the base of your teeth. Toxins produced by bacteria in plaque and tartar cause an irritation in the gums called gingivitis which left untreated eventually destroys the fibers that hold the gum tissue tightly to the teeth and dissolves the bone that holds teeth in place, a condition known as periodontitis. The infection of periodontal disease releases toxins into the bloodstream, which can lead to serious health risks such as: Stroke, Diabetes, and Heart Disease.
What are the Signs of Periodontal Disease?
Gums that easily bleedRed, swollen and tender gumsLoose or drifting teethPersistent bad breathGums that have pulled away from the teeth
How do I prevent Periodontal Disease?
Brush with a soft bristled brush and floss daily. Visit our office regularly to prevent the build-up of tartar, determine the health of your gums, check for cavities and insure that your dental restorations are in optimal condition. Regular visits may be every three, four or six months depending on your condition.
Complete Dentures-These are removable appliances that replace all of the teeth. Unlike dental implants and bridges, which are more or less permanently affixed to the bone, dentures are prosthetic teeth attached to a supporting structure. Dentures can be removed at night for cleaning, or whenever desired.
Partial Dentures - Partial dentures are for those who have lost some teeth, but don’t want to get dental implants or bridges. Partial dentures are held in place by natural teeth, gums and the supportive plastic and metal structure.