Bonding and white fillings
Tooth colored fillings (composites)
Oral Cancer screening
Silver Amalgam fillings
Bleaching-Our easy to use, at home tray bleaching system will make your teeth whiter giving you a fresh new smile.
Bonding and white fillings- In some cases bonding is an excellent and easy way to cover dark areas on teeth or close gaps.
Tooth colored fillings (composites)- Many people prefer the look of a tooth colored filling. Modern composite materials are very good but the life span of these fillings is one half that of silver fillings and they are not appropriate for very large fillings on back teeth.
Bridges- Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.
Crowns- Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others If your tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient. Crowns are durable and frequently last decades. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
Dentures- Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
- Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
- Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed.
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Emergency care- Our office is committed to providing high quality, accessible emergency care for current patients as well as for new patients on prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of dental emergencies.
Extractions- I regularly do routine extractions but refer most wisdom teeth needing extraction to an oral surgeon.
Dental Hygiene- To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. Establishing a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well.
Implant Services- Dental implants are an excellent way of replacing missing teeth. They have a long and successful track record and we see many patients for this type of care since 1990. It involves a two step process, I have a surgeon place the implant, then following appropriate healing I place a post into the implant and build a crown over it.
Night Guards- Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums
If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing.
Oral Cancer screening- Oral cancer screening is an important part of your dental exam. We routinely do this as part of each exam and cleaning.
Root canals- A root canal is a dental procedure that is used to eliminate infections that have spread to the pulp tissue from the interior of a tooth. If dental pulp is sufficiently infected, the tooth begins to die and a root canal is required in order to prevent tooth loss. The root canal procedure requires removal of bacteria and stopping additional infection.
Root canal therapy has a high rate of success and is designed to save a problem tooth.
Second Opinions- If you feel like you want a second opinion about a dental health concern, we are available to provide our perspective to help provide an informed decision about treatment. If current x-rays are available, there is no charge for a 2nd opinion.
Silver Amalgam fillings- Many patients still prefer the use of silver amalgam fillings. The cost is lower and they will usually last longer than tooth colored fillings. Opinions vary as to the effect on the body from the mercury present in these fillings. The Food and Drug Administration and The American Dental Association both approve of their use. As of 2013 nearly half of the fillings being done in the US are of this type. You of course have this choice.