Fillings are done to remove decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. Caught early enough, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly. If not treated, decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth might need root canal treatment or extraction.
Mercury-free, tooth-colored fillings offer a stronger, more attractive alternative to traditional amalgam silver fillings.
This style of fillings are more like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile with an increased confidence and comfort.
Another advantage of these fillings is that they are more resistant to breakage and come in a broad range of shades to closely match the color of your tooth.
Due to the increased strength of modern composite material, we use it in your back teeth as well. We do not use amalgam filling material.
A small filling can last a lifetime, while larger fillings should last for many years with proper care.
A broken beyond repair tooth or one that has extensive decayed or is in the advanced stages of gum disease and can not be saved are all reasons for a tooth to be extracted.
We preform simple, routine extractions in our office using a local anesthetic.
Because of the complexity of removing wisdom teeth, oftentimes we will provide a referral to an oral surgeon.
Crowns, also known as caps, securely cover fractured, cracked, decayed, or broken teeth, conceal chips, stains, and other imperfections.
Functionally crowns are just like your natural teeth, allowing you to speak, smile, and eat with confidence by restoring the tooth's structure, shape and strength.
They can be made from gold, porcelain, or a composite material depending on what is right for your tooth.
During your first visit an impression of your teeth is taken. Then we remove all decay in or around the tooth. Next we sculpt the tooth for the crown which is a painless process. We send the impression to our dental lab where the custom-made crown is created.
During the interim a temporary crown is fitted onto the tooth.
On your next visit, the temporary crown is removed and we will cement the permanent crown into position.
Given proper daily brushing and flossing crowns can last a decade and more.
Missing teeth can lead to problems with chewing, occlusion (biting), speaking, jaw issues or spur periodontal disease.
It can cause multiple teeth to shift in your mouth or the space can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile.
A bridge can be used to fill in this gap giving your teeth a natural look again.
The bridge is anchored between two teeth with crowns on either side of the space. If no tooth is available to anchor from then a dental implant may be an option.
There are several styles and ways a bridge can be implemented based upon the final solution desired. Dental bridges are semi-permanent, and only a dentist can remove them.
Dental bridges are a good way to restore full function to your teeth and help you maintain a healthy, smile.
However, dental Implants are used much more frequently now and are often the more desirable solution to replacing missing teeth. They have proven to be much more trouble free than bridges and last much longer.
Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses; including crowns, implant supported bridges and dentures.
The implant is placed by either an oral surgeon or a periodontist and we will place the final crown, just as we would on a natural tooth.
Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth.
This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes.
First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it.
A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface.
Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light.
The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.
NON-SURGICAL GUM TREATMENTS
The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth.
All structures are also referred to as the periodontium.
When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house.
Signs of unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) may be as follows:
- Gums that are red and bleed easily
- Persistent bad breath
- Gums that are pulled away from the tooth
- Loose teeth
- Changes in the position or bite of the teeth
Any of these signs may mean something is wrong.
With the proper care, however, it may be possible to return them to a healthy state.
This is where appropriate gum treatments come in. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we can take care of it right away.
The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents.
If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to get it treated at the first sign of a problem.
Temporomandibular joint ( TMJ ) is the joint located near each earlobe where your upper and lower jaws are joined together.
TMJ disorder can be a constant source of nagging pain and discomfort without truly understanding where the problem started from.
Symptoms of TMJ disorder can include pain in the jaw area when eating or chewing. You may hear or feel a clicking, popping sensation in the jaw area, as well as have headaches.
If you are clenching your jaw or are having any of the other TMJ disorder symptoms, it could be that your bite is out of alignment or you may need a night mouth guard while you sleep.
TMJ therapy treats the problem by restoring balance to the muscles, teeth, and joints that make up the bite. It can also mean adjusting the angle at which the upper and lower teeth meet by reshaping the teeth or through the use of fitted mouth guard easing the stress to the joint.
We are here to help evaluate all the possible symptoms and find a solution that helps you get back to feeling better again
This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles through bone which produces an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed.
This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems.
X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease.
Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.