Regular dental visits are essential to make sure oral health problems — from tooth decay to oral cancer — are detected and treated in a timely manner. At our office, your oral health is our paramount concern. We want to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great! From regular cleanings and exams to advanced restorative treatments, all of your routine dental needs can be met right here.
Services we offer include:
- Bonding: Tooth bonding, also known as dental bonding is a procedure that involves using composite resin (soft) to repair minor cracks or chips on teeth. This is one of the more cost-effective solutions since it's a lot less expensive when compared to the other types of cosmetic procedures such as veneers or crowns. Tooth bonding is often used to fix an imperfection or defect in a tooth. Many patients use tooth bonding to fix or repair a discolored, cracked, or decayed tooth. The resin that is used in these procedures is pliable. This allows the dentist to mold the resin into the desired shape. A light is then used to harden the bonding.
- Crowns & Bridgework: Most bridgework and all crowns are permanent prosthetic devices. They differ from dentures, which can be easily removed and cleaned daily because they are secured to implants or existing teeth. Crowns are used to restore a fractured tooth, replace a large filling, attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from fracturing, or cover a dental implant.
Bridgework is usually done if you have more than one tooth. They simply span the empty space between the missing teeth. A bridge of artificial teeth is cemented to the implants or natural teeth surrounding the empty space. Both crowns and bridgework utilize ceramic or porcelain to match the color of your existing natural teeth.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants are a type of surgery where the roots of a tooth are replaced with screw-like, metal posts. Artificial teeth, or crowns, are then secured to the posts. Patients typically have this done to replace missing or damaged teeth. Dental implants function and look similar to a patient's real teeth. Dental implants are an excellent alternative to bridgework or dentures that do not fit or function well.
The type of dental implant surgery will depend on two factors, the condition of a patient's jawbone and the type of implant being used. Several procedures may be required as the jawbone heals. However, the final result will be strong, natural-looking teeth.
- Fillings: Dental fillings involve using an artificial substance to fill gaps or holes in a decayed, damaged, or broken tooth. Fillings are used mainly to restore the stability and shape of teeth to prevent further decay, damage, or losing the tooth.
Fillings are often used for tooth decay. The filling fills up holes present in the enamel. Fillings are also used for a broken or injured tooth when enamel has broken or chipped off exposing these areas to tooth decay.
The dentist will numb the gum that surrounds the tooth using a local anesthetic or an injection. The dentist then removes any areas of decay and the tooth is then washed, cleaned, and dried. The filling is then placed into the tooth.
- Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage
- Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss
- Porcelain Veneers: Porcelain veneers also known as porcelain laminates are custom-made, wafer-thin shells. These tooth-colored materials are used to improve the appearance of a tooth, by covering up imperfections. These shells are used to change the length, size, shape, or color of the tooth.
Veneers are commonly used to repair or fix a discolored tooth often caused by excessive fluoride, root canal treatments, stains caused by drugs such as tetracycline, or from resin fillings. Dentists often recommend porcelain veneers for patients with worn-down teeth, broken or chipped teeth, teeth that are irregularly shaped, uneven, or misaligned. Veneers are also used to closed spaces such as gaps.
- Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health
- Prophy/ Dental Prophylaxis: Cleaning procedures that are performed by dentists to clean their patient's teeth is known as dental prophylaxis. Prophylaxis is one of the important dental treatments used to stop the progression or onset of gingivitis and periodontal disease.
Prophylaxis is either performed under anesthetic or during regular dental visits. Dentists usually recommend prophylaxis under general anesthetic for patients with severe or advanced periodontal disease.
Prophylaxis is suggested every 6 months as one of the preventative measures. Even though it is not possible to completely reverse gum disease, prophylaxis is a tool dentists use to slow down its destructive and harmful progress.
- Removable Dentures: Has smiling been awkward for you because of those "gaps" in-between your teeth? No matter what the reason is for getting your tooth (or teeth) extracted, you can bring back that confidence and a beautiful smile with removable dentures. These dentures are mostly attached to a plastic base that matches the color of your gums. Once done, the denture is ensured that it matches the color of your teeth to ensure that it looks natural. This is one of the most popular alternatives because it is cheaper than other options. There is also a small learning curve, and people who tend to wear dentures usually adapt to it for only a short while.
- Root Canal Treatment: A root canal treatment procedure is performed if there is an existing pulp within the tooth. This is performed by creating an access cavity to remove the pulp, clean the tooth, and shape the roots. This procedure is often done to prevent the spread of infection among surrounding teeth, as well as to preserve the tooth and its surrounding tissues. Not all root canal procedures are the same. Your dental health care provider will examine the affected tooth, and decide which among the treatment options work best for your condition. There are rare instances that the entire tooth cannot be saved and a tooth extraction is the best dental plan available. Understand what your options are and speak with a dental professional today to help you determine whether this treatment is right for you.
- Sealants: Dental sealants are an alternative type of dental treatment designed to prevent further tooth decay in the long term. The teeth are basically made of three parts - the enamel, the dentin, and the periodontium. Tooth decay is a condition where the periodontium becomes soft, loosens, and becomes vulnerable to bacteria growth, and the enamel will start to erode away. Dental sealing of the teeth is done by means of an adhesive gel that holds the affected area together and acts as a shield against the rest of the tooth. Dentists use this gel by applying it to the affected areas on your teeth. Dental sealant is used for a specific time period, which ranges from 2 months to a year, depending on the extent of the damage. This process will also depend on the type of tooth decay you have.
If you suffer from tooth decay, then you should see us as soon as possible. The dentist will suggest a dental sealant so that your teeth will be protected from further deterioration and damage. It is important to discuss all your oral health concerns with your dentist, so we can determine the right procedure for you.
- Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile
- TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain
- Tooth Extractions: When a tooth is badly damaged and can't be repaired, it may be necessary to remove the tooth from its socket. Tooth extractions can be nerve-wracking, but we will work to pull teeth safely with minimal pain. Teeth are extracted for a number of reasons, such as: Tooth decay, Trauma to the tooth, Infection, Crowded teeth, Gum disease. Before a tooth is pulled, a local anesthetic will typically be used to numb the mouth. In some cases, it may be necessary for a patient to undergo a general anesthetic. Patients are generally able to recover from an extraction within a few days.
Emergency Dental Treatment:
Dental emergencies have a way of striking at the most inconvenient times. Excruciating tooth pain in the middle of the night, a broken tooth from biting into something, or a tooth being knocked loose or out of your mouth by accident. These all constitute dental emergencies.
Emergency dental treatment for these incidents is first and foremost aimed at alleviating pain and discomfort. Your emergency dentist will then prioritize stemming any bleeding as well as preventing infection from occurring. Lastly, they may take interim measures such as providing a temporary filling, crown, or bridge until you are able to see your regular dentist for a more permanent solution.
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.