Take a look through our mini-brochures to learn more about different dental procedures and problems. While these explanations should not serve as a susbtitute for specific, personalized dental advice, they can help you become more familiar with dental procedures and practices!
Fillings don’t have to be an extremely noticeable part of your smile. We can create tooth-colored fillings which won’t even be noticeable when you speak to people and smile in public.
If your tooth has lost a lot of its structure, then we might have to fix it with a dental crown, or cap. Crowns can be made of different materials like porcelain and metal, and the specific kind of crown that you get will be determined by your dentist based on your specific needs. Preparing you for a crown takes many steps which includes taking impressions and having a lab create first a mold of the teeth and then the crown, itself. We will prepare your teeth and when the finished crown is received, it will be cemented to your teeth after any necessary adjustments are made.
Porcelain Veneers & Laminates
Transform your smile from lackluster to lovely with veneers or laminates. These thin pieces of porcelain are attached to your existing teeth in order to change their shape, color and placement. If you’ve lost tooth structure, have gaps between certain teeth or have a hard time getting the white teeth you want, the veneers and laminates might be the perfect solution for you. As one of the most conservative methods for cosmetic teeth treatments, veneers and implants are a quick, easy and cost-efficient way to improve your smile.
Inlays & Onlays
If you’ve had a cavity or lost a part of a tooth which is too large to be replaced with a simple filling, then an inlay or onlay will have to be used instead. Basically, these are lab-created restorations of your teeth which can cover more area than a regular filling. These tend to last longer, though, so while they are usually needed for a more serious situation than a filling, they can end up being more cost-effective.
It’s a simple fact that teeth get stained over the course of your life. Different substances, foods and drinks can stain the teeth more than others, but all teeth will experience the effects of staining. Our society is very focused on white teeth as a part of a beautiful, youthful smile, so it’s important to a lot of people to have reliable tooth whitening services available. While there are OTC whitening procedures available at most grocery and drug stores, the quickest and most effective whitening comes from dentists’ offices. At our office, we can use whitening procedures which are remarkably effective and will not damage your teeth in order to give you a bright new smile.
Deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, is a provcedure which goes beyond the normal dental cleaning you’ll receive in our office. This procedure involves thoroughly scraping and cleaning the teeth and will need the mouth to be numbed. Because the whole mouth will eventually need to be numbed in order to complete the procedure, the deep cleaning process is usually done in two rounds, so that the entire mouth isn’t numbed at one time.
Periodontal diseases refer to any diseases which affect the tissues that surround and support the teeth. Most periodontal diseases are caused by inflammation due to plaque build-up. Gingivitis and periodontitis are the most common forms of periodontal disease.
Dental implants are used to replace a missing tooth and technology in this field has come a long way over the last few decades. Titanium is used to replace the root of the missing tooth and once the new “root” has taken, the tooth will look—and largely behave—like any other tooth in your mouth. When you come in for a consultation about your missing tooth, we will be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for dental implants.
Root Canal Treatment
When the pulp (or innermost layer) of a tooth is damaged to the point of infection, then a root canal treatment must be performed. While root canals get perhaps the worst reputation of all of the dental care treatments, modern technology allows this procedure to take place with less pain and frustration than it used to. In this procedure, the infected pulp material is removed, the area is disinfected and the tooth is then sealed so that the pulp doesn’t continue to be exposed.
The Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint which connects your jaw to your skull and it is one of the most complex joints in the human body. TMJ problems are often manifested through pain in that area, the clicking of the jaw, muscle spasms and movement restriction. The causes of TMJ problems range from genetic to behavioral, infectious to hormonal—so treating your TMJ issue will be largely based on the cause of the condition. Consult a dentist right away if you’re experiencing problems with your TMJ.
Dental sealants are very thin pieces of resin which are sealed into the crevices of a tooth if fissures are present in order to prevent future decay. Sealants are one of the most effective ways to prevent decay on areas which might be susceptible.