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Get that super clean feeling after visiting the dentist. Sit back and relax and let the professionals brush your teeth today. Take some X-rays to make sure there isn’t something going on under the enamel. You’ll walk out with confidence that your teeth are good to go until your next check up.
Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures. Crowns ride over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.
It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made, usually of high-strength porcelain over metal alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.
Veneers are a great option for those that want to dramatically improve the look of their smile. We are able to change the shape, shade, and size of each tooth. We can create your perfect smile suited to the look you are going for.
We offer two different ways to whiten your smile. For those who need a quick fix for important photos tomorrow, or who just don’t have the time to mess around with trays and gel every day, the in office bleach might work best. Others who like to be in control of their whitening, maybe have more sensitive teeth and don’t mind wearing thin clear trays on their teeth, then the take-home kits are perfect. Please give us a call or ask at your next appointment so we can get you started on the road to a whiter brighter smile!
Children as young as two are encouraged to start getting dental check ups. This can alert you to any warning signs regarding their oral health. Sometimes children have soft enamel which can be identified and treated early to prevent cavities. If things are going well, they can begin regular checkups just like the other members of the family.
We’ll give you tips on getting your kids to allow you to brush their teeth. We can suggest books and videos to discuss dental care.
There are many reasons braces are a treatment of choice. Some might include pain management, preventing further wear and tear or crooked teeth. Whatever the diagnosis may be we offer metal or clear orthodontia for adults and children. If we care for your child regularly every 6 months we will be diagnosing their ortho needs as they grow. If we haven’t seen you before we’d still love to schedule a consult visit today.
A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.
Implants can also be used for support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth. Second, this slows the bone loss occasioned by missing teeth. Third, there is no discomfort or difficulty in eating. And, best of all, of course, they don’t have to be taken out all the time.
We also offer mini dental implants. These implants are about half the diameter of traditional implants are used mainly to stabilize lower dentures. These implants can be placed in one appointment and be immediately used. The cost is 50-70% of standard dental implants.
Gum disease is a serious issue and can have detrimental effects on overall health. Make sure your gums stay healthy with daily care and your regular dental checkups. Here are some warning signs of gum disease:
Come in and put your worries to rest if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Receding gums is a problem that occurs when the gums shrink back and expose more of the tooth. This can occur gradually over time. Unfortunately the only real solution to it is surgical in nature.
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it’s where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
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