Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry
We offer a variety of dentistry services to restore your teeth back to health and create your perfect smile. Below you will find information about a few of our offered procedures, along with educational videos to help you make informed decisions about the best treatment for you and your family. If you have any questions, please contact our office, and one of our knowledgeable staff members will walk you through each process.
Fillings are used to restore damaged teeth to normal shape and function. If a tooth has decayed due to cavities, the dentist will remove the decay, clean the affected area, and place a filling material. Fillings are also used to restore cracked or fractured teeth, preventing bacteria from entering the tooth.
Our office offers both amalgam (grey) and composite (tooth-colored) fillings. The type of filling used will depend on your individual oral health needs.
A dental crown is a physical cap made of metal or porcelain that covers the entire surface of the tooth, restoring it to its normal shape and size. Crowns may be used to strengthen damaged or weak teeth, replace large fillings, cover implants, or improve tooth appearance.
Crowns are completed in two visits. First, we will take an impression of the tooth, which will be sent to our dental labs to create a crown customized to fit and match with your existing teeth. The dentist will then prepare the tooth by shaping it and removing decay, and a temporary crown will be placed. At the second appointment, the dentist will carefully place the new crown, ensuring the appearance, spacing, and bite are accurate and to your satisfaction.
A dental bridge is a non-removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. It is made up of a false tooth/teeth connected to two or more crowns on anchoring teeth. The supporting teeth may be natural or dental implants.
In addition to cosmetic appeal, replacing missing teeth as soon as possible is extremely important. If gaps are left open, the surrounding teeth may drift into the open space, which can cause changes to the occlusion (bite), gum disease, and the development of jaw problems, such as TMJ.
The procedure for bridges is similar to that of a single crown and also requires two visits:
1) Impression and preparation of the tooth
2) Cementing the permanent bridge
Complete and Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable prosthesis used to replace missing teeth and the surrounding tissues. They can be either complete (all the teeth in the arch are missing) or partial (some natural teeth still remain).
We offer two types of complete dentures: conventional and immediate. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth are removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal. During this time, the patient will be without teeth. On the other hand, immediate dentures are made before teeth are extracted and can be placed as soon as teeth are removed. Thus, the patient will not be without teeth during the healing period. However, immediate dentures often require more adjustments, because the bones and gums may shrink during the healing period.
The process of making dentures occurs over a series of appointments, with a minimum of four visits and potentially more for adjustments.
Root Canal Treatments
Root canal therapy is necessary when tooth pulp becomes damaged or the nerve of the tooth is infected. The pulp chamber is the soft area within the center of the tooth, and the nerves lie within the root canals, which are in the "legs" of the tooth.
To save the tooth, the dentist will remove the decayed pulp, nerve, bacteria, and debris and fill the resulting space with special dental materials. Because of its weakened structure, the tooth will require a crown to restore it to its normal appearance and function.
We offer in-office teeth whitenings using Philips Zoom! Professional Whitening kits. This fast, non-invasive procedure involves the application of a whitening gel chemical followed by exposure to a proprietary LED light to accelerate the reaction, resulting in a smile up to 8 shades whiter.
The whitening can be completed in one office visit, and the patient will leave with an at-home touch-up kit.
Temporary tooth sensitivity after the whitening is normal.
Source: Web MD