Definition of Services

Bridge: Dental fixed bridges (or cemented bridges, not removable) are used to fill a space left between two or more healthy teeth. A dental bridge has one or more false teeth (known as a “pontic”) which are fused between supporting crowns to fill the area left by missing teeth. It is of great importance to keep the bridge and pontic area clean and the use of floss threaders will aid in this.

Cavity (Filling): Dental fillings are placed in the tooth after decay has been removed. Dental fillings are white (composite). After the cavity has been properly removed, a dental filling is placed to restore the space left in the tooth.

Cosmetic Dentistry: With options of porcelain veneers and Lava™ crowns, maybe now is the time to improve your smile.

Crown: Dental crown (or “caps”) are placed to give teeth strength. Teeth that are cracker, those with very large fillings and/or teeth that had root canal treatment may require a crown. Additionally, crowns may be done to improve the appearance of your smile and give a better shape t your teeth. Dental crowns are restorations that are cemented in place and cover the entire tooth; they can be porcelain (tooth-colored), gold, or silver.

Endodontics (Root Canal):

Fluoride Treatments: Fluoride is an important factor in dental health. Fluoride is found in most of our tap water, however, with the increasing trend of drinking bottled water, many of us are not getting enough fluoride to keep our teeth strong. Fluoride is particularly important to oral health of growing children as it has cavity-fighting ability.

Implant Restorations: Some missing teeth can be replaced by placement of one or more implants by a periodontist or oral surgeon. Proper treatment planning and execution of implant restorations require the general dentist to work very closely with the periodontist or oral surgeon to get the best result. Once the implant and bone have healed, a crown may be placed in the missing tooth site. Implants are the preferred restoration in many cases and have many advantages including:

Lava™ Crowns: Lava Crowns are full coverage crowns made with Lava™ zirconia porcelain instead of metal. The Lava™ zirconia makes this crown most esthetically appealing as it eliminates the “black line” noted around traditional porcelain crowns with metal.

Night Guards: Dental night guards may be helpful to prevent tooth grinding or clenching while awake or asleep. TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders include clicking and pain on opening or closing of the mouth may be due to heavy grinding of your teeth. Some headaches may be caused from unconscious clenching and grinding (also called “bruxism”). Excessive bruxism may begin to wear down teeth and change chewing surfaces. To prevent wear due to grinding and to treat TMJ disorders, a night guard may be recommended. In some cases, a referral to a TMJ specialist may be needed.

Nitrous Oxide: Nitrous Oxide is available at our office and can be used to help prevent patient anxiety it is administered while the patient is in the chain and is cleared from the patient’s system prior to leaving the office.

Oral Cancer Screening: Regular dental checks that include oral examination are important in maintaining healthy tissues as well as detecting cancerous and precancerous conditions. If a suspicious lesion is noticed, the dentist will inform you and a possible biopsy may be done to ensure proper diagnoses.

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Scaling & Root Planing: Scaling and Root Planing (SCRP) or deep cleanings are done to remove heavy tartar and calculus that is filled with bacteria from the enamel and root surfaces of teeth. SCRP is recommended for patients with bone loss visible on x-rays and/or with multiple pocket depths of 5mm or more. Cleaning the surfaces of teeth will reduce the inflammation process and help begin gingival (gum) healing. Although bone will never grow back one it has been lost, this procedure, along with appropriate home care, can stop bone loss where it is and help us keep periodontal disease under control.

Sealants: Dental sealants (or pit and fissure sealants) are professionally applied by the dentist or hygienist and form a protective coating on the biting surface of back teeth to prevent cavities. Sealants provide a physical barrier so that cavity-causing bacteria cannot invade the pits and fissures (grooves) on the chewing surfaces of teeth.

Teeth Whitening (Bleaching): Whitening your teeth can change your smile dramatically! Our Opalescence® Whitening System is effective in removing some or all internal tooth discolorations due to congenital, systemic, pharmacologic, fluorosis and as well as tetracycline discoloration.

Veneers: Dental porcelain veneers are laboratory fabricated thin shells of porcelain bonded to enamel surfaced of teeth to improve cosmetic appearance. Veneers can visibly change discolored, chipped, and worndown teeth. Usually at least some reshaping of the teeth is required to prepare them to receive veneers. Evaluation of the patient’s bite is necessary to do prior to beginning the veneer process.