Whether your teeth are the wrong shape, crooked, stained, or chipped, our cosmetic dentists can treat your teeth with minimal methods using the latest techniques and the finest materials. Research has shown that almost everybody is prone to experiencing some tooth decay and when tooth decay does occur, it is highly important to remove the decay as soon as possible, clean the tooth, and repair the tooth with some type of restoration. Also, lost or missing teeth need to be replaced to protect your overall oral health.
Here we will help you understand more about the various restorations available to you at our office to protect and restore decayed or missing teeth.
Silver fillings are an inexpensive way to restore most tooth decay.
Silver fillings can be used to restore small to moderate-sized tooth decay on a portion of a back tooth.
The benefit of silver fillings is that it has been used for over 150 years and is very durable. It is also placed quickly. The downside to silver fillings is that it does not adhere to tooth structure. Thus, it requires a preparation where the filling is chambered, where it is smaller towards the surface of the tooth and larger inside. This prevents the filling from falling out of the tooth. The chambering of the filling requires more of the tooth to be removed, taking more of the healthy tooth structure away than is actually necessary. This can weaken the tooth and makes it vulnerable to fracture when biting into hard items. Since these fillings will break down from normal wear and tear, they eventually need to be replaced, and subsequent procedures will require more removal of healthy tooth structure.
An alternative to silver fillings is composite (tooth colored) fillings. In the case of extensive tooth decay, inlays/onlays or crowns are the only alternatives.
Composite fillings are great for replacing traditional silver fillings. Composite fillings can be used for small to moderate-sized decay on a portion of any tooth and are more cosmetic.
The advantage to composite fillings lies beyond just attractive teeth. Composites contain no mercury and bond directly to the surface of the tooth, thus protecting the tooth from fracturing because they do not require the “chambered preparation” for placement.
The downside to composites is that the investment is generally higher than for silver fillings. This is due, in part, to the materials being more expensive and the time to place the restoration slightly longer. However, bonding a tooth can help reduce the chances of restoring fractured teeth caused by large silver fillings.
Alternatives to composite fillings include inlays or onlays. When indicated, these restorations offer long-term durability. In cases of extensive decay, inlays/onlays or crowns are the only alternatives.
If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is the most common disease here in America. The good news is unlike most other diseases, gum disease is easily prevented and treated. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and bone structure in the gums that surround the teeth. This infection cannot be cured by the immune system. Untreated gum disease is a major cause of adult tooth loss. Recent science has proven that the infection from gum disease is more serious than originally believed, and can travel to other areas of the body. There are four stages of gum disease. When the gums are healthy they generally have a healthy pink color, the gum line hugs the teeth tightly, and they do not bleed. The four stages of gum disease start at:
Gums bleed easily when brushing teeth or when probed gently during an exam. Gums are inflamed and sensitive to touch. Possible bad breath and bad taste. Gums between teeth may look bluish-red in color.
2. Early Periodontitis
Gums may begin to pull away from the teeth. Bleeding, puffiness, and inflammation more pronounced. Bad breath and bad taste. Slight loss of bone, horizontally, on X-ray. Pockets of 3-4mm between teeth and gums in one or more areas of the mouth.
3. Moderate Periodontitis
Gum boils or abscesses may develop. Teeth look longer as gums begin to recede. Front teeth may begin to drift, showing spaces. Bad breath, bad taste. Both horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray. Pockets between teeth and gum range from 4-6mm deep.
4. Advanced Periodontitis
Teeth may become mobile or loose. Bad breath, bad taste are constant. Roots may be exposed and are sensitive to hot and cold. Severe horizontal and angular bone loss on X-ray. Pockets between teeth and gum now in excess of 6mm deep.
Having a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.Also called caps, crowns are used to restore and preserve badly decayed or fractured teeth. Crowns can also be used cosmetically to enhance the appearance of teeth. They may also be recommended to correct a bite problem.
A crown can be made of gold, porcelain, zirconia, or other metals. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages. Gold crowns have a long track record, wear similarly to natural teeth, and can last a long time; however it is unaesthetic to many people. Porcelain offers great aesthetics but can be more fragile and can wear opposing teeth more rapidly in certain situations. The combination of materials in a PFM (porcelain fused-to-metal) crown often provides a good compromise between affordability, strength, and aesthetics. Zirconia, a non-metal material newer to dentistry, has excellent strength and esthetics, but is more expensive to fabricate.
If a tooth breaks-down severely or is extracted, a bridge or an implant can be used to replace it.
Fixed bridges are, quite simply, several “units” of crowns fused together to replace missing teeth.
Many people who lose teeth are inclined to do nothing to replace them, especially with back teeth since they were never visible. Unfortunately, losing a tooth/teeth can start a vicious cycle of destruction. In a healthy mouth, teeth have a natural balance.
Each upper tooth connects with the corresponding lower tooth, allowing for well-balanced chewing. Losing a tooth destroys this balance. Movement of remaining teeth, periodontal disease, and abnormal decay can occur when a tooth loses the support of a companion tooth. Left untreated, this neighboring tooth may eventually be lost, and a chain reaction of tooth loss is started. With each lost tooth, problems become magnified. For example in the picture below, a lower molar has been lost. Its neighboring teeth and biting partners are jeopardized.
What happens is:
The opposing molar may over-erupt (drift down).
The unprotected ridge is subject to trauma.
The neighbor teeth tilt, destroying proper functional balance.
Drifting teeth create plaque-trap areas where decay starts.
Drifting teeth increase the risk of periodontal disease.
Bone is destroyed as teeth drift and tip.
Placing a fixed bridge to replace the missing tooth can prevent from all the above from happening.
Placing a fixed bridge to replace the missing tooth will prevent all the above from happening.
Prevention is always better than treatment. By actively preventing disease and decay through regular home care, professional dental cleanings, and regular exams, you will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
Also, effective prevention can help you avoid costly treatments in the future to remove decay, restore teeth, and treat gum disease. Regular check-ups and cleanings is truly your best investment.
It is important for parents to take their children to the dentist every 6 months. Regular visits allow us to: prevent and treat disease, consistently evaluate your child’s growth, and also help children become comfortable with the dentist and our staff. Treating primary teeth, such as when there are cavities or even tooth loss is important because it aids in the development of the child’s adult teeth and facial features.
Orthodontics is a specialty of dentistry that is concerned with the study and treatment of malocclusions (improper bites), which may be a result of tooth irregularity, disproportionate jaw relationships, or both.
Orthodontic treatment can focus on dental displacement only, or can deal with the control and modification of facial growth. In the latter case it is better defined as "dentofacial orthopedics."
Although orthodontic treatment can be carried out for purely aesthetic reasons with regards to improving the general appearance of patients' teeth, treatment is most often prescribed for practical reasons such as providing the patient with a functionally improved bite (occlusion).
Traditional Braces are stainless steel, used in combination with nickel titanium, and are the most widely used. These include conventional braces that require ties and newer self-tying (or Self-Ligating Braces) brackets. More cosmetically oriented brackets are also available.
An alternative to traditional braces, these are clear, custom-made, removable aligners that incrementally adjust teeth. For the self-motivated patient who does not want the appearance of wearing braces, this is an excellent alternative to straightening teeth. Please see www.clearcorrect.com for more information.
Inhalation Sedation. Nitrous Oxide Gas, often referred to as laughing gas or sweet air, is an effective anesthetic drug that has many benefits for patients seeking dental treatment. Nitrous oxide is one of the safest anesthetics available. Nitrous oxide is especially useful for fearful patients as well as young children. The effect of nitrous oxide is often remarkable. A patient that was anxious just a minute or two before treatment will become relaxed and calm. Unlike other forms of anesthesia, the patient can almost always leave the office by themselves, without an escort.
The gas is administered with a comfortable mask placed over the nose, and the patient is instructed to breathe in through the nose and out through their mouth. The patient begins to feel a pleasant level of sedation anywhere from 30 seconds to three or four minutes. The cheeks and gums will also begin to feel numb in about a third of the patients. After the gas is adjusted to the appropriate dose and the patient is relaxed and sedated, the dentist can comfortably give the injection (if needed) to the patient, and then proceed with dental treatment.
Cosmetic dentistry is one of the most cost-effective ways to improve your appearance. A beautiful, bright, healthy smile can increase self-confidence and overall life satisfaction. A nice smile is something you take with you wherever you go!
Many necessary procedures can be cosmetic. For example, tooth-colored fillings are basically invisible compared to silver fillings and tooth-colored crowns (caps) can be used instead of gold or silver crowns. Here, we will show you some of the procedures available to improve your smile.
Teeth whitening can change the dull-colored or stained teeth you may have to being brighter and whiter. Two different ways our office offers whitening:
1. Take Home Whitening Kit- this is where custom plastic whitening trays for your teeth are made. You place a special whitening gel in each tooth pocket of the tray and wear the trays for several hours per day (many patients wear their trays before bed). Normally, a significant change is seen within two weeks.
2. Chair Side Whitening- this is done at the dental office. It is highly effective and the results are incredible. This is an hour procedure where you see the changes instantly.
Alternatively, you can use a combination of both procedures for maximum effectiveness in whitening.
If your teeth are stained, broken, spaced-out, or shaped in a way that’s not pleasing to you, then you may want to consider having porcelain laminate veneers to enhance your smile and image. Veneers are coverings that are custom made from porcelain to conceal the surfaces of your teeth. They can make uneven teeth even, make stained teeth appear white, fill in gaps between teeth, and make broken teeth appear whole.
Veneers are extremely strong and durable and will generally not need to be replaced for several years. Plus, they usually require only a very small amount of enamel (and sometimes none) to be removed.
Dental implants are the most natural tooth replacement option available. Implants are designed for toothless areas; they are like a “second permanent tooth.” Treatment involves implanting artificial dental roots made of a special metal (titanium) to the jawbone.
What if a tooth is lost and the toothless area is left alone?
1. The alignment of teeth change.
2. Cavities and periodontal disease can occur.
3. The gap between teeth widens, thereby compromising the esthetics.
4. Wearing a denture becomes difficult with time.
5. You look older than your age.
6. Less digestion occurs because chewing foods is difficult.
7. You lose your natural smile.
8. Speaking precisely is difficult.
The Benefits of Implants
An implant has roughly the same strong chewing force as that of a natural tooth. In contrast, the force of a denture is 5% that of natural teeth. Thus, with an implant, you can chew more naturally.
Economical and Semi-Permanent
Implants can last as long as 10-30 years, depending on care and other factors.
Protection of Adjacent Teeth
An implant is placed only in the space where the lost tooth was located; however, adjacent teeth are not prepared like they would be preparation for a bridge.
Relief from the Discomfort of Wearing a Denture
You can be relieved from the periodontal pain, discomfort, and bad breath that are related to wearing dentures.
As Comfortable as a Natural Tooth
An implant feels permanent, since it is attached to the alveolar bone like a natural tooth.
No Chance of Cavity
There is no chance of the implant developing cavities because it is an artificial tooth.
Root canal treatment (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. This treatment prevents a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed to be saved. The pulp is the internal part of the tooth that contains the nerves and blood supply. Pulp problems generally occur when the crown of the tooth is severely decayed or injured. The pulp gets inflamed and becomes infected when bacteria enters. The infection can spread to the tip of the root where it will invade the bone. When this happens, an abscess (pocket of pus) may form and when this is left untreated, the infection can cause bone loss and tooth loss. The purpose of a root canal treatment is to stop the infection by removing dead or dying tissue, so that the tooth can be saved. After the root canal is done a crown is normally placed over the remaining structure of the tooth to protect it.
Inlays and onlays are an excellent way to restore small to moderate-size decay on a tooth. They are used for conservation of tooth structure when the only other alternative is to eliminate cusps and perimeter walls for restoration with a crown, which completely covers all surfaces of a tooth. The advantage of this restoration is that it can be incredibly strong since it is made in a laboratory.