Implants are an effective alternative for traditional bridges or dentures to permanently replace a missing tooth or missing teeth as they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants, which are commonly made out of titanium and ceramic, are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.READ MORE
Completing the implant process requires some time and a few visits. Surgery is necessary to place the implant in the bone; afterwards, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to buildup and anchor the tooth (generally 3-4 months). Once the implant is properly anchored, an artificial tooth that looks and functions like a natural tooth can be fitted. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure that they last a long time.
CEREC is state-of-the-art dental restoration technology that allows us to provide you with crowns in one visit. Say goodbye to the inconvenience of wearing temporary crowns for two weeks while you’re waiting for the crowns to come back from the lab!READ MORE
Advantages of CEREC include:
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We use these to repair a large variety of tooth problems:
Crowns are most often used to replace the top of a tooth that has been severely damaged. They can also be used for Bridges & Implants.
Bridges are used to bridge the gap between teeth.READ MORE
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but they are quite different. Crowns can serve an esthetic function and be used when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure like a root canal. Crowns are also used to prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, when decay has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be restored or when an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, which are placed on the top of a tooth.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth by “bridging” between your existing teeth. Bridges are custom made and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Caring for your crowns and bridges is very important. Proper oral hygiene, especially flossing, will minimize excess plaque or collection of debris around the margins of the restoration and thus help insure the longevity of your crown. Certain behaviors such as jaw clenching or grinding (bruxism) and eating ice, hard candy or brittle foods can significantly shorten the life of a crown by affecting the adhesion or even causing a fracture of the crown.
Veneers offer an amazing way to improve the look of your smile. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth. This solution can be used to improve the appearance of oddly shaped, worn down, or chipped teeth; to close gaps between teeth; to mask undesirable defects such as teeth stained by tetracycline; or teeth that are discolored due to injury, root canal therapy; or to fix stained fillings.READ MORE
Typically veneers require two visits. During the first visit, which lasts usually 1-2 hours, the teeth are prepared and a mold is taken to send to the dental lab technician for the fabrication of the veneers. Veneers are irreversible because it is necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your teeth to accommodate the shell. During the second visit, the veneer is checked for fit and esthetics. After final approval of the shape and shade, the veneer is cemented to the tooth.
We all want a white, bright smile. There are so many lifestyle factors that can stain your teeth such as certain foods (ex: berries, soy sauce), drinks (ex: coffee, tea & wine), smoking, and natural aging can cause your teeth to lose that “pearly white” color we all desire. But you don’t have to settle for a stained smile! With our multiple teeth whitening options, we can provide a safe and effective solution to get you the smile you’ve always wanted.READ MORE
Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method. Over-the-counter whitening systems and some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. But your dentist is an expert at achieving even more effective results. Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but are only effective on certain types of stains. For example, whitening agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products are also not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth. It is important to remember that whitening agents do not work on crowns, bridges, veneers, bonding or tooth colored fillings. We offer different types of whitening, including ZOOM whitening, for your convenience.
Grinding and/or clenching your teeth may seem like a harmless (though somewhat annoying) habit. But the damage both habits can inflict on your mouth can be very detrimental – this can include harm to your teeth, jaws or bite relationship. These behaviors can lead to a condition called Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD)READ MORE
Teeth grinding or clenching is abrasive to your teeth. This wear and tear can prematurely age and loosen your teeth and can make them hypersensitive to temperatures. It can even lead to headaches and facial, neck or back pains. Some common signs of grinding/clenching are:
We are knowledgeable in the treatment of grinding, clenching and TMJD. A common therapy involves wearing a special appliance while you sleep (occlusal guard/night guard). There are over-the-counter versions of these appliances, but they do not provide all of the benefits that a custom fitted and adjusted guard will provide. We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about the benefits of a custom fitted occlusal guard.
If you have issues with most or all of your teeth, we can help. Do you have teeth that have been lost due to decay or trauma? Damaged teeth due to injury, grinding, or excessive wear? If so, you may be a candidate for full-mouth reconstruction. The time frame and full plan for this process varies on a case-by-case basis. But you can rest assured that we will plan your reconstruction to achieve the most optimal results. We’ll utilize an appropriate combination of all of our skills (crowns, bridges, implants, veneers, gum specialists, orthodontics, and endodontists) to bring your mouth back to its optimal look and feel.
Our goal is to restore your teeth to their healthiest – “a healthy smile is a beautiful smile!”
With current advancements in implant dentistry, people who are missing multiple or all of their teeth now have another option to consider. Using implants placed into the bone, a complete or partial denture can be fabricated that does not have to be removed at night like conventional dentures. This implant retained denture also allows better comfort and function for the wearer. We are excited to provide this solution for those patients who have been living with loose or poor-fitting dentures for many years and are eager for a more stable solution.
By the time a baby reaches their first birthday, their first teeth (or primary teeth), are beginning to erupt from the gums. Generally, the primary dentition will finish erupting by the time your child is 2½ years old. We recommend that you bring your child in for their first dental visit when they’re about 2 years old. Early intervention and education is critical to prevent many of the common problems that arise such as “baby bottle tooth decay,” gum irritation, issues related to thumb-sucking, malocclusion and crowding.READ MORE
Make sure your child, no matter what age, is brushing their teeth regularly (babies can be brushed with special toothpastes or water). You can also check your local fluoride content to make sure your child is getting enough. We also provide sealants for older children that are beginning to get permanent teeth. Sealants fill the ridges of your teeth to block plaque and other harmful build up in order to prevent cavities.
Kids play hard. If your child is involved in sports, make sure they have a mouth guard to protect not only their teeth, but their gums, lips and jaws as well. If there is a dental emergency, don’t hesitate to contact us as we offer 24 hour emergency services in case your child injures his or her mouth or teeth.
Each time you visit our office, we will make sure to let you know what you can do to keep your mouth healthy, beautiful and pain-free. We understand that the idea of getting serious dental work done can make you feel apprehensive about following through. That is why we try our best to encourage and educate you about how important dental hygiene and preventive measures are so that your gums and existing or restored teeth stay strong and healthy. Regular cleanings and checkups (at least two times a year) are great ways to help prevent painful and unexpected problems.READ MORE
In-between your appointments with us, here are some steps that can keep your mouth healthy:
In general, gingivitis can be caused by long term exposure to plaque and tartar. Plaque is the sticky, but colorless bacterial film that forms on teeth between brushing. Tartar is mineralized plaque that forms when plaque is not removed regularly. When plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, gingivitis can turn into gum disease, also known as periodontal disease.READ MORE
Early warning signs of gingivitis and periodontal disease include chronic bad breath, minor bleeding after brushing or flossing, and tender, painful or swollen gums. If periodontal disease goes untreated, the bacteria can eventually cause the gums to separate from the teeth, creating even greater opportunities for infection and decay. More advanced periodontal disease can lead to very serious problems such as abscesses, bone loss and tooth loss. Although gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, in many cases it is avoidable. Regular flossing, brushing and professional cleanings can help you control gingivitis and reduce your risk of progression to periodontal disease.
As part of your initial visit, we perform a complete periodontal exam to assess your risks and inform you of your recommended therapy to maintain your teeth for a lifetime. Our dental hygienists are experts in all aspects of periodontal disease and they are ready to equip you with a personalized approach to maintaining healthy gums
No one enjoys being in pain ─ especially in the mouth. Pain can occur in your teeth, gums, roots, cheek, tongue, palate and jaw. Needless to say, it’s time to come and see us. In order to properly alleviate your pain, we’ll first identify what is causing it.READ MORE
Most commonly, cavities are the culprit. Untreated cavities can cause sensitivity or pain. If left untreated, a small cavity can escalate and turn into infections of the tooth and/or gums. Treatment of small cavities is simple and often painless, so if you have one, don’t suffer another minute! Toothaches can also be caused by debris or plaque. Make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and rinsing your mouth out after meals. If this does not help with your toothache, it may be more serious and our doctors will determine how best to proceed. Other causes of pain can be impacted teeth (usually wisdom teeth) and abscessed teeth (caused by infections in the root of your tooth).
If your jaws are sore, or you wake up with a headache, you may be grinding or clenching your teeth. Often this occurs during the night while you are sleeping and you are unaware that you are doing it. There are many solutions to managing your jaw pain and we look forward to finding your personalized solution.
If you are in pain right now and need to do something to alleviate it before you can see us, try icing or applying a cold compress to your cheek. If you are able to take Advil (Ibuprofen) or Aspirin, taking one of these anti-inflammatories can help; use these as directed. If your tooth is hurting, avoid hard foods, candy and biting ice (which you should always avoid!). You can also buy over-the-counter numbing agents that may help temporarily.
Make sure you do not use any of these methods long term instead of making an appointment with us – we can fix your issue and alleviate your pain for the long term!
Our practice knows that sometimes emergencies happen after office hours. That’s why we are available 24 hours a day for emergency services for our patients.READ MORE
Broken, Fractured or Displaced Tooth – A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not cause for alarm, as long as you take quick action.
Oral injury – In the event of an oral injury such as a cut on the inside of your mouth or on your lips, rinse the mouth to remove any blood or other debris. If the bleeding is not stopping, use a soft cloth or gauze with firm pressure to try to stop the bleeding. Place a cold cloth or compress near the injury and use ibuprofen if you are able to help keep down the swelling.
Extreme Tooth Pain – If you are experiencing extreme tooth pain, it is likely coming from an abscessed tooth. Until you are able to reach us, take Ibuprofen if you are able and use a cold compress. You can also try over-the-counter numbing agents, although these will only dull the pain, not take it away completely.
There are many reasons why you might be living with a missing tooth or teeth. But this doesn’t have to be the case! We can work with you to determine which solution is best for your particular smile.
Implants – a more permanent and esthetically-realistic looking than bridges. Implants are a lot more like a regular tooth and are implanted into the jawbone and the restoration looks just like a real tooth.READ MORE
Bridges – serve as a bridge between your existing teeth, filling the gap in-between. The bridge is shaped and colored to match your existing teeth and can be a very good, semi-permanent solution to missing teeth.
Dentures – If you are missing a number of teeth in an arch, a partial denture can be used to fill in multiple gaps with one piece. Full dentures are also available.
Invisalign® provides invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that will give you the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted without wires or brackets. Best of all, no one can tell you’re wearing them. The average treatment time is about 9-15 months, with an average of 18 to 30 aligners. Obviously this varies from case-to-case.READ MORE
Wearing Invisalign retainers is a simple process. You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them to eat, drink, brush and, of course, floss. As you move forward to your next set of aligners, your teeth move little by little, week by week. They quickly straighten to their final position. You only have to make the trip to our office once approximately every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is going as planned.
Visit the Invisalign® website for more information.
Once a tooth has become infected, the only option to save the tooth is performing root canal therapy. Root canal therapy generally has a bad reputation! The procedure itself is very similar for the patient as having a filling done. Most patients who have a root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain and enjoy a restored tooth that has the opportunity to last as long as its healthy original.READ MORE
Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward until they reach the tip of the root. All of your teeth have between one and four root canals. Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the pulp becomes infected it can spread and cause an abscess in the tooth (pockets of infection and pus in your tooth, root, gums and bone). This can become very painful if left untreated.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent structures. Most dentures are made from a combination of synthetic materials like acrylic resin and metals. There are two basic types of removable dentures: complete dentures (all teeth in an arch are missing) and partial dentures (multiple teeth missing in an arch).READ MORE
Denture candidates can expect to have their appliances fitted after about five visits, which takes about 4 - 6 weeks. This process will include measuring your mouth and trying in a preliminary version of your denture to ensure that the fit, color and shape are suitable. New dentures do take some time getting used to, so give it some time. Ask us for information about keeping your dentures clean and other care tips.
We use top of the line equipment to make sure you get the best results and are getting the benefits of the strides of improvement in medical research and technology. In case you are up on your equipment, and want to know what we use, here is a list.