Take a look at our most common procedures to get you a beautiful smile!
Regular Exams and Cleanings
Regular exams are essential to your dental health. Our team will perform the following:
- Check for underlying issues
- Detect cavities or other signs of tooth decay
- Scrutinize teeth and gums for gingivitis
- Teeth cleaning
- Remember, visit us every 6 months to maintain a beautiful smile!
Dental bonding is a great way to repair slightly chipped, or crooked teeth. A white filling is placed onto your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling “bonds” with your tooth and matches the natural color of your teeth. The resin is white in color that goes nearly undetectable!
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and prevent premature aging. A bridge utilizes false teeth and literally “bridges” the gap in that area. Your bridge may be composed of gold, alloys, and porcelain to support the area. This is crucial to keeping your teeth, and gums as strong as they can be.
Crowns are a restorative procedure used to improve your tooth’s durability. You may be a good candidate for crowns if you have broken, worn-down, or parts of your teeth damaged by decay. A dental crown is a “cap” that is cemented onto a tooth and covers your tooth above the gum line. Porcelain crowns are often preferred because they mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Partial crowns are needed when your tooth lacks support to hold a filling. Your dental crown is custom-made from an impression of your teeth. Therefore, your mouth and jaw movements will function like normal.
Dentures are a great, removable way to replace missing teeth. Full dentures are provided to patients when all of their natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures fill in the space where permanent teeth have been removed.
Tooth extractions may be needed if it is not growing properly or experiencing severe tooth damage. In that case, your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may require tooth extractions. Your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. Each tooth root has its own “tooth socket” which requires expert extraction methods. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist may separate the tooth from the ligament.
Fillings are used to restore a damaged tooth due to damage or tooth decay. Silver amalgam is the most common because of its durability and ability to withstand strong bite and chewing forces. Modern-day fillings comprise ceramic or plastic material that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. Direct fillings only require one dental visit. Indirect fillings require multiple dental visits. Indirect fillings are best used for damaged teeth to support a filling but not enough to maintain a crown.
Fluoride reduces plaque build-up. After treatment, patients will be directed to avoid eating or drinking for at least half an hour. This helps your teeth better absorb the fluoride. Depending on your oral health, you may be required to have a fluoride treatment every 12 months depending on your dentist’s recommendations.
If you have missing teeth, you may need an implant restoration to replace them. Without all of your teeth, you may expereince shifting teeth and premature aging. Implants combine metal and porcelain material that looks like your natural teeth. Implants are composed of the titanium implant and the crown that is affixed on top of the implant.
If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, it is recommended to wear a mouthguard. The most important part of choosing the right mouth guard, is one that is comfortable, tear-resistant, breathable, and easy to take care of. Ask your dentist about how to properly get and take care of your teeth.
Bruxism occurs when you have frequent jaw pain. If left untreated, bruxism can lead to tooth loss. Nightguards are an easy way to prevent the wear and tear over a period of time. Night guards are soft in material and made to suit the natural ridges of your mouth.
When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp and cause an infection inside the tooth. If the infected tissue is not removed, you may experience pain and swelling. During treatment, your endodontist will remove the infected pulp. The canal will be cleansed and sealed for future purposes. The canal is sealed with gutta percha—a rubber-like substance. With regular dental checkups and good oral hygiene, you can expect your teeth to be healthy for a long time!
Sealants provide an extra means of protection for your teeth against decay and cavities. Dental sealants are plastic layers that bond onto your teeth. Both children and adults alike can receive the benefit of sealants for many years to come!
Veneers easily correct crooked, misshapen, or discolored teeth to achieve a confident and beautiful smile. Veneers resemble your natural teeth for a visually beautiful smile! Veneers are shells that attach to the top layer of teeth. They are specifically designed to cover the front layer of your teeth. An impression of your teeth will be taken and your veneers will be custom-fitted to your teeth.
Wisdom teeth are a set of molars located in the back of your mouth. Typically appearing in the late teens or early twenties, wisdom teeth may become impacted due to lack of space in the mouth. If the wisdom tooth is impacted, it needs to be removed. If left untreated, gum tenderness or severe pain may begin to set in. The area around the mouth will be numbed to prepare for extraction. If a tooth is impacted, your dentist may break it off in pieces to safely remove the tooth in its entirety. After treatment, your dentist will inform you about what to do in the days following the extraction.