A crown, or cap, is a cover for a decayed or damaged tooth; the crown is made of ceramic using CAD/CAM technology. A crown covers and protects the tooth while maintaining the appearance and function of the damaged tooth. When a significant portion of a tooth has been damaged by decay, the dentist will remove a part of the tooth in order to remove all the decay. The crown will then provide strength and stability that was lost with the original damaged tooth.
A dental bridge can be used to provide stability to the patient’s mouth by replacing one or more missing teeth. The bridge is usually attached on both sides to adjacent teeth by crowns. The bridge is used to maintain space and function for missing teeth.
Veneers are usually used to cover only the front and top of a tooth and are used to correct the shape or color of the tooth. A veneer is used often to cover stained teeth, to close the space between teeth, and to add length to small or misshapen teeth. The veneer itself is a thin covering of plastic or porcelain that is cemented or bonded to the tooth. Veneers essentially become a part of the teeth and can be used as one would use normal teeth.
When decay or fracture incorporate areas of a tooth that make a composite restoration inadequate, such as cuspal fracture or remaining tooth structure that undermines perimeter walls of a tooth, an onlay might be indicated. An onlay is an indirect restoration which incorporates a cusp or cusps by covering or onlaying the missing cusps. The onlay allows for conservation of tooth structure when the only alternative is to totally eliminate cusps and perimeter walls for restoration with a crown.
White Fillings ( Composites)
With a white filling, only the decayed portion of the tooth need be removed, which leaves more of the original tooth structure in place. This makes for a healthier tooth structure. Instead of silver amalgam, porcelain and composite resin are used to fill the decayed tooth. These tooth colored options are more attractive and will not leak or darken your smile, as a silver amalgam filling will.
Dentures are a partial or complete set of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw. This appliance is used to replace all missing teeth in one arch. If the teeth are loose or painful, it may be too late to save them, and replacement with dentures may be necessary.
An extraction is the excision of a tooth by simple removal or surgical means.
An implant is a screw or a titanium shaft that is placed into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. A bridge or crown can then be attached to the implant.
New technologies in dentistry are providing a variety of new methods to diagnose and treat dental problems and correct damaged or discolored teeth. These technologies include power whitening, micro dentistry, soft and hard tissue lasers, air abrasion, intraoral cameras, digital impressions, single visit crowns, guided implantology and digital x-rays.
Orthodontic treatment is the adjusting of misaligned teeth by various methods in order to correct the position of the teeth. Orthodontic treatment usually involves braces or a retainer and is used to bring teeth into proper alignment.
Pediatric dentistry specializes in the treatment of children's teeth. As soon as a child gets his first teeth, you should begin cleaning the teeth after feedings with a moist cloth or gauze pad. When your child is comfortable with a toothbrush, brush his teeth twice a day with an extra-soft toothbrush. Caring for baby teeth (primary teeth) is very important to the child’s overall dental health.
Root canal therapy is a method used to save an abscessed tooth. In the treatment, the small space at the center of the tooth, called the pulp or nerve, is cleaned out, disinfected, and filled with a permanent filling. The tooth is then prepared for a crown or cap.
A restoration refers the placement of an indirect resin, which is a specially made tooth colored plastic piece that is bonded in place to restore a damaged tooth. It usually takes several appointments to fully restore a tooth with an indirect resin. The tooth-colored indirect resin is made of plastic or a plastic material mixed with glass.
A temporomandibular disorder refers to the occurrence of pops or pain in the temporomandibular joint. This joint connects the lower jaw with the skull. This condition is often characterized by limited ability to chew and also by facial pain.
In Office Whitening
We are now offering in office whitening. Whether your teeth have yellowed due to age or been stained by coffee or tobacco use, we have the ability to make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile. Who knows...it may take us only about an hour to give you a whole new smile.
For at home whitening procedures, an impression is made of the patient’s teeth and a form or model is created. Then a custom tray for whitening is made from the model. The custom trays are filled with a mild whitening solution. Whitening agents force oxygen through the enamel of the tooth. Stains disappear and the tooth’s structure is not damaged. Patients wear the whitening solution over their teeth at night.