Cosmetic dentistry includes any procedure that restores the natural beauty of your teeth, so you can smile with confidence. Some of these procedures include veneers, crowns & bridges, teeth whitening, and replacing old silver fillings with tooth colored restorations.
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your appearance. A beautiful, bright, healthy smile can increase self confidence and overall life satisfaction. Many regular dental treatments can be cosmetic. Modern tooth-colored fillings are virtually invisible when compared to traditional silver fillings. Tooth-colored crowns or caps can be placed instead of gold or silver.
Dental Veneers are an excellent cosmetic remedy for a variety of dental conditions that affect the appearance of the front teeth. Durable and color-stable, veneers are, in many cases, the perfect way to restore the natural function and beauty of your teeth, so you can smile with confidence!
Porcelain veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” of porcelain that are permanently bonded to your teeth. While they are not suitable for every patient. Each porcelain laminate is a work of art, carefully crafted in a laboratory to fit your individual smile. Often it is advantageous to whiten all teeth before treatment because the laminates allow color transfer from beneath. This further insures a whiter, brighter smile. Porcelain Veneers are a cosmetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions of the front teeth.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
If you’re faced with tooth loss, crown and bridge treatment may be the right restorative option for you. This long-term solution can help prevent the cycle of problems that can occur when one tooth or several teeth are missing, such as shifting of the remaining teeth, decay, periodontal disease and bone loss.
A crown (often called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a core build-up is placed to insulate the pulp. Then a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared surface. This mold is used to create a model of the tooth which is then sent to a special laboratory that will create a gold or porcelain (tooth colored) crown. Approximately two weeks later the crown is available for cementation onto the prepared surface of the tooth.
A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. An artificial tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills in the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate impression or mold is made of the prepared area. This mold is used to create a gold or porcelain (tooth colored) bridge in a special laboratory. The bridge is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the teeth, effectively creating the appearance of a “new” tooth.
Often it is advantageous to whiten teeth before treatment so that the new restoration color matches the desired whiter, brighter smile.
Ever notice how some people can practically light up a room with their bright, beautiful smiles? A natural-looking, sparkling white smile can be yours with a safe, painless and effective professional tooth-whitening procedure – and a little help from us!
Under the doctor’s supervision, you can whiten your teeth in a matter of days with a safe and effective process. Through the use of a custom-made delivery system and the latest materials in tooth-whitening technology, you can have whiter and brighter teeth.
MERCURY-FREE, TOOTH COLORED COMPOSITE FILLINGS (BONDING)
White composite resin fillings look just like natural teeth. These fillings are done with state-of-the-art materials that will make your teeth stronger, healthier – and much more attractive!
Composite filling is a tooth colored quartz-like material that is 100% mercury-free. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, this tooth colored material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with highly intense visible light, and the final surface is shaped and polished to match the tooth. The final restoration is virtually invisible.
FULL MOUTH REHABILITATION
Full mouth rehabilitation is a comprehensive, step-by-step approach to treatment for your overall dental health. It can be used to correct imperfections in bite position and enhance the appearance of your smile. If you have short, worn teeth or chipped and broken teeth throughout your mouth, then you could be a candidate. Combining the science of ideal harmony of the muscles, joints and teeth with the artistry of cosmetic dentistry, full mouth rehabilitation creates a smile that is functional, comfortable and beautiful.
Prevention is always better than treatment. By actively preventing disease and decay through regular home care, professional dental cleanings and regular exams, you will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. In addition, effective prevention can help you avoid costly treatments in the future to remove decay, restore teeth and treat gum disease. Regular prevention is truly your best investment.
We are committed to optimizing conservation of tooth structure and surrounding tissue. We emphasize prevention by controlling the process of tooth decay and gum disease. Routine dental check ups, which include an examination of the entire mouth are essential in the early detection of a potential problem.
Includes routine cleanings, oral cancer screening, fluoride treatment, sealants, night guards and athletic guards.
Professional cleanings (dental prophylaxis) performed by a certified dental hygienist from the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. In a professional cleaning, our hygienist will:
- Remove plaque from the teeth — Plaque is a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria. Plaque sticks to teeth and causes tooth decay and gum disease.
- Remove calculus (tarter) above the gum line — Calculus is plaque that has hardened on the tooth surface and is difficult to remove. (Calculus below the gum line indicates gum disease and requires a different procedure to remove it.)
- Polish and remove stains from teeth
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
A thorough screening is conducted during routing checkups for oral cancer. If in the examination, a suspicious looking red or white spot is found, we may administer a new, painless brush biopsy test to determine if there are any potentially pre-cancerous or cancerous cells present or suggest another appropriate treatment option. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, early detection is key to increasing the survival rate for oral cancer and plays a significant role in patients’ success in fighting the disease.
If needed, professionally administered topical fluorides, such as gels or varnishes, are applied by the dentist and left on for about four minutes, usually during a cleaning treatment. For patients with a high risk of dental cavities, the dentist may prescribe a special gel for daily home use to be applied with or without a mouth tray for up to six weeks.
Sealants help protect the chewing surfaces of back teeth from decaying. Normal pits and grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth can trap food that can’t be removed by brushing or washed out by water or saliva. A sealant is a tough, plastic material designed to bond (stick) to tooth enamel. These clear or tooth colored sealants are painted onto the tooth surface to “seal” the pits and grooves and protect against decay. They are generally applied to children’s first permanent back teeth. They can also be useful for adults in certain situations. Sealants are an excellent way to protect chewing surfaces of teeth from decay. They are a much better financial investment than treating decay after it has started. Sealants are not permanent. They generally last about five years with normal wear, but can wear off or chip off earlier in certain instances. Also, sealants do not prevent decay between teeth or the onset of gum disease, so regular home care and dental visits are important.
All mouth guards are not created equal. Depending upon the design and materials used, mouthpieces will vary in fit, protection, ease of maintenance and longevity. We offer custom-made mouth guards. Formed from a cast model of your teeth, these custom-made guards are designed to cover all the teeth and are shown in the literature to be the best type of protection. These mouth guards can cushion falls and blows to the chin. Custom-made mouth guards may be slightly more expensive than commercially produced mouthpieces, but they offer the best possible fit and protection and are the most comfortable.
Clenching your teeth while you sleep and during the day is the result of some of the strongest muscles in your body tensing-up (up to 6 to 20 time more intensely then non-sufferers), which can cause morning and tension headaches and even damage surrounding joints, teeth and other muscles. A custom made night guard can relieve that stress on your teeth and joints.
BOTOX & FILLER
- Can be used to treat TMJ symptoms
- Noticeable results
- Requires no surgery and no recovery time
- Quick, 10-minute procedure
- Temporarily improves moderate to severe frown lines between the brows in people aged 18 to 65
- See results within 24 to 48 hours
- Notice significant improvements at 7 days
- Results last up to 4 months
- High satisfaction rate
- Helps to frame the teeth and the mouth
- With long-lasting JUVÉDERM® XC, you can treat those parentheses lines on the sides of your nose and mouth for up to 1 year with 1 treatment
- JUVÉDERM® has unique HYLACROSS™ technology, which gives JUVÉDERM® XC its special smooth-gel consistency. You’ll get a smooth, natural look and feel that holds up over time
- #1 Selling dermal filler in the United States
SIX MONTH SMILES
- The Six Month Smiles technique employs the latest technology and techniques in dentistry to move your teeth quickly and safely.
- Clear or tooth-colored brackets and ultra-thin wires makes these braces barely visible.
- Uses low force to move teeth gently.
- Have straighter teeth in only six to nine months!
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Implants are the modern choice for tooth replacement. Dental implants have helped hundreds of thousands of people regain the function and confidence they once took for granted. Whether you’re missing a single tooth or require a complete set of teeth, with dental implants, you can laugh, bite and chew just as you would with your natural teeth.
A dental implant is an appliance used to replace the roots of teeth. The implant is surgically attached to the jaw bone and an artificial tooth is attached to the top of the implant, creating a natural looking, undetectable replacement for the missing tooth. In the event that more than one tooth is missing, several implants may provide a base for a series of artificial teeth known as a fixed bridge. Implants can even be used to secure a full set of removable dentures for people who have no remaining natural teeth. This can greatly improve chewing ability and reduce the risk of choking. It generally takes about six months for the surgical implant to heal before the final installation of the artificial tooth or teeth can be finished.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
If you have been told that a root canal is necessary to save one of your teeth, it is important that you understand why this procedure is necessary and what happens during root canal treatment. This procedure can be done painlessly and is an effective way to treat a tooth that is infected.
Inside each tooth is a pulp chamber that contains the nerves and blood supply for the tooth. When the pulp becomes infected due to decay, fracture or injury to the tooth, the pulp must be removed from the center of the tooth and the canals of each root. Once the infected pulp is removed, the remaining chamber is filled with a rubber-based material to seal it off. All teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected with a tooth-like artificial covering known as a crown. This is because teeth that have had the pulp removed are more susceptible to fracture. Most patients report that having root canal treatment today is as unremarkable as having a cavity filled.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) TREATMENT
Periodontal disease, called gingivitis in its early stages, is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues and bone. Early warning signs of the disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage or, if detected late, we can use periodontal treatment followed by maintenance procedures to restore your mouth to a healthy, beautiful state.
While there are many forms of gingival and periodontal diseases, the most common types are gingivitis and adult periodontitis:
Gingivitis is the earliest stage, and affects only the gum tissue. At this stage, the disease is still reversible.
Periodontitis is the more advanced stage of periodontal diseases. The gums, bone and other structures that support the teeth become damaged. Teeth can become loose and fall out – or may have to be removed. At this stage, the disease may require more complex treatment to prevent tooth loss. Usually, however, there are no painful symptoms of periodontal disease until it is at a severe stage, so often it goes untreated.
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TREATMENT OF HEADACHES & TMJ PAIN
If you suffer from a painful and aching jaw. If your teeth are sore and sensitive. If you wake up with a stiff neck. If you suffer from frequent and recurring tension headaches and/or morning headaches then you might find the tension suppression system a big source of relief.
Clenching your teeth during the day or at night can cause headaches and migraines. The NTI Tension Suppression System is a dental device that can help stop headaches, sore jaws, stiff necks, and sensitive teeth. It is a prefabricated polycarbonate device that a dental practitioner retrofits to the patient’s teeth to reduce intensity of involuntary clenching at night while you are asleep. The NTI device may eliminate the need for prescription and over the counter pain medications that you take for morning headache, sore neck, sore jaws, and related pain associated with involuntary clenching of the teeth.