TREATMENTS & FAQ
Whether you need to whiten your smile or need a whole new smile, we and our knowledgeable staff can help. Great dental care doesn’t just make for a fantastic smile, it also helps promote overall health and wellness. We want you to have the confidence to share your smile with the world!
We provide the following services:
- Preventative Dental Care
- Restorative Dentistry
- Esthetic and Cosmetic Dentistry
Please take the time to read about these dental services in the FAQ boxes below. To learn more about each individual service, click on the “+” button on the right side of each box.
The Importance of Preventative Care
Professional preventive dental care can play a major role in supporting your efforts in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Although it’s crucial to visit a dentist when you experience dental pain, or notice a troubling symptom (like bleeding gums), the foundation of a healthy mouth begins with preventative care.
Regular preventive dental care can help patients avoid, or minimize, the risks of:
Erosion of tooth enamel, and
Regular dental cleanings help keep your gums healthy and teeth cavity-free by gently removing tartar, plaque, calculus, stains, and irritants from your teeth and gum line. Polishing your teeth at the end of the cleaning removes stains and brightens your smile. Please let us know if you would like us to apply a topical anesthetic before your cleaning. Keep in mind that while twice-daily tooth brushing is essential, it does not take the place of twice-yearly cleanings at our office.
Our office recommends treating our younger patient’s teeth with the fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel and prevent the formation of cavities.
Oral Hygiene Evaluation
Our dental hygienist carefully assesses the health of your teeth and mouth as part of your regular cleaning appointment.. Regularly scheduled X-rays allow us to detect cavities and other problems that are not visible to the eye.
Oral Cancer Screening
As part of your regular visit, our dental hygienist uses a UV light to check your mouth for signs of oral cancer or precancerous lesions. Cancers that are detected early have the best chance for successful treatment. Patients who smoke, use oral tobacco products, and/or are heavy drinkers are most at risk for oral cancers.
Regularly scheduled X-rays allow us to detect cavities and other problems that are not visible to the eye, and to follow the progress of your dental procedures. We display your X-rays on a screen so that we can discuss findings with you and compare current X-rays to previous ones.
Restorative dentistry refers to various dental procedures that are used to repair or replace damaged teeth. Most people will require some kind of restorative dental care during their lifetime, whether it’s in the form of filling a cavity, a crown, a dental implant, or other procedures.
Here are four reasons why it’s worth the time and cost to have your teeth restored:
Improved dental function
Preserving Bone Strength
A filling patches a tooth that has been treated to remove decay. We carefully shape fillings to match your teeth and bite surface.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped replacement that goes over an existing tooth. We recommend crowns for certain broken teeth, as well as for teeth that are not intact or strong enough to support a filling without breaking. Your crown is carefully matched to the natural color of your existing teeth.
A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth by anchoring replacements to the adjacent teeth. The procedure to install a bridge is less invasive than placing a dental implant.
A dental implant can take the place of a natural tooth in appearance and function. The implant procedure involves removing the damaged tooth, stimulating bone growth, placing an implant root into the bone, and installing a crown. Replacement of multiple teeth may require a combination of implants and a bridge.
ESTHETIC & COSMETIC DENTISTRY
Esthetic and cosmetic dentistry are terms that are used to describe dental practices that help your teeth look better. This is different from general dentistry, which is focused solely on the health of your teeth.
While esthetic and cosmetic dentistry are often used interchangeably, the truth is that there are some major differences between them. The biggest difference between these two forms of dentistry is that cosmetic dentistry focuses on things that will make your teeth look better. This includes things like teeth whitening and veneers.
Esthetic dentistry serves to help fix problems like missing teeth, which not only repairs a function problem, but also helps you to look and feel your best.
Whitening, also known as bleaching, brightens the color of your smile. Our office uses a combination of a specially formulated whitening agent and a laser light to enhance the whitening power. This system is more powerful and lasting than over-the-counter kits.
Bonding uses a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) to restore a discolored or decayed tooth. This material, called composite resin can not only repair the tooth but can improve its overall appearance.
Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Veneers are thin sheets of tooth-colored porcelain that restore a natural look to your smile. We prepare your teeth for veneers by removing a very thin layer of enamel, attaching the veneers to your teeth with a dental adhesive, and hardening the adhesive with a curing light. We carefully match veneers to your natural tooth color.
An inlay or onlay replaces part of the missing tooth. We recommend an inlay or onlay for teeth that do not yet need a crown to cover a large filling or broken area.
For those patients who want to correct minor crowding or spacing issues without going through complete orthodontic treatment we are proud to offer Invisalign therapy. Using a series of custom-made aligners we can straighten your teeth in a short period of time., These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.