A crown is a covering placed over an existing tooth. A crown may be necessary due to a cracked or discolored tooth, to strengthen a tooth with little remaining tooth structure, following root canal therapy, or to anchor the attachment of a fixed bridge. The materials we use allow us to provide a crown free of metal, in order to create the most natural look as possible.
A bridge is one option used to replace a missing or lost tooth. A bridge permanently anchors a replacement tooth or teeth to the tooth on either side. With the materials available today, we are able to achieve a natural appearance while preserving quality function. It is necessary to replace missing teeth in order to restore and maintain the natural bite, prevent shifting or tilting of surrounding teeth, discourage further bone loss or periodontal disease, and to enhance your smile and speech.
If you have missing teeth, custom dentures can be an affordable solution. Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that are typically made from an acrylic resin. There are generally two types of dentures, complete dentures or partial dentures. Each are carefully designed and custom-fitted to each patient.
Dental implants are the latest and greatest tooth replacement option! Dental implants are small, metal posts made of titanium that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the jawbone surrounding the implant has healed, it allows for a permanent crown or denture to be placed.
There are many benefits of dental implants. They help maintain the existing jaw bone, preserve the surrounding teeth, feel and look like natural teeth, and encourage overall oral health by allowing you to brush and floss your teeth as normal. Dental implants are a great way to restore your smile and give you the confidence you deserve!
This procedure is amazing and is such a simple procedure that provides such a dramatic difference in the appearance of a person’s smile. A laser is used to remove excess gum tissue or reshape the gums to give a beautiful symmetrical smile. With the laser we are able to do this procedure without surgery or sutures and very little if any anesthesia. The visit is very simple and short and provides a beautiful smile instantly. Some patients who feel like they have short little teeth and want them longer often have nice beautiful teeth but they are covered up by excess gum tissue and once this is removed using the laser, they can see their full tooth instantly. The laser can take a tooth that looks like a small baby tooth and instantly make it look like the adult tooth that it is. Often patients who have had orthodontics to straighten the teeth still may not like how much gums they show when they smile although the teeth are straight. This can often be corrected using laser gum recontouring.
Periodontal or gum disease is one of the most common diseases affecting Americans today. This inflammatory disease can range from mild gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. If left untreated it can lead to bone and tooth loss.
Gum disease is caused by bacteria that creates a tooth-colored film called plaque. Eventually plaque may harden creating tarter, which can form above and below the gum tissue. Plaque and tarter react with the sugars and starches found in the diet to create an acid, irritating the vulnerable soft tissue. As the tissue becomes infected, gums pull away from the teeth creating a pocket of bacteria. This can lead to further tissue damage and bone loss around the teeth.
You may have periodontal disease with little or no symptoms. Some of the symptoms that are associated with periodontal infection include: bleeding when flossing or brushing, red, swollen, or tender gums, persistent bad breath, loose or shifting teeth, and pain or sensitivity.
A thorough examination, including x-rays, is necessary to diagnose periodontal disease. In order to determine the extent of the damage or to catch problems early, a special instrument called a periodontal probe will be used to measure the depth of the pocket between the tooth and the gums. If it is determined that you have active periodontal infection, a treatment plans will be devised in order to treat the problem.
Scaling and root planing is the best non-surgical treatment once a patient is diagnosed with periodontitis. This involves removing the plaque and tarter from the teeth and smoothing the root surfaces. This procedure is generally painless, as local anesthetic is often administered to eliminate any discomfort. Often times antibacterial therapy is also recommended. This includes oral medication, topically applied antibiotics, and rinses to help fight bacteria. In certain cases, a referral to a specialist may be indicated.
Root canal treatment is used to treat a diseased or infected nerve (pulp) of a tooth. Symptoms of diseased nerve may include hot and/or cold sensitivity, pain and swelling, and a bad taste in your mouth. In some cases, there are no symptoms present and a person may not know there is a problem.
Root canal treatment is determined based on x-rays and a clinical examination. In years past, a diseased or infected tooth would have to be removed, but that is no longer the case with the technology today. Our goal is to save teeth rather that remove them!
Dental injuries are perhaps the most common orofacial sports injury in athletes of all ages. A well constructed sports mouth guard can benefit any level of athlete participating in sports. The cost associated with the loss of tooth (or teeth) during a sports related injury can reach thousands of dollars per tooth. Considering both the benefits and cost of a custom fabricated sports mouthguard, the added protection can potentially save you several times the expense associated with a sports dental injury.
Often times the typical boil and bite type mouthguards fail to provide sufficient protection against dental injuries. Our custom fabricated mouthguards create a more comfortable fit, allowing the athlete to both speak and breathe easier. Based on your needs and type of sport, we are able to designate a specific level of protection that is right for you. Our custom fabricated mouthguards can save you money while giving you a real competitive edge!
One common way people react to tension or stress is through grinding (a condition also known as bruxism) or clenching their teeth. The constant pressure and motion associated with grinding and clenching can have detrimental and costly effects on the teeth and supporting tissue. It can lead to significant wear and damage to the teeth, TMJ (temporomandibular joint) problems, and unnecessary head, neck, and shoulder pain.
Veneers are a thin “shell” custom made of porcelain to fit over an existing tooth. Veneers are bonded to the front surface of the tooth to dramatically improve the appearance of crooked, stained, or chipped teeth. They are also a great way to close gaps or change the size or shape of a tooth. Veneers create a very natural appearance. Unlike other bonding techniques, veneers are resistant to staining and with proper care can last years.