Your first visit to our office is very important with regard to establishing your oral health baseline. We will begin by carefully reviewing your medical and dental histories and taking special note of all of your dental concerns, as well as any symptoms that you may be experiencing. This will be followed by a thorough clinical examination, including an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) plus a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures, and the complete orofacial area. Any needed diagnostic dental films will be taken at this time.
An intraoral camera is a miniaturized camera that can take high-resolution images inside of the mouth and display them for viewing in real time on a computer screen. It is a pen-sized device that provides an up close, full-color and high-resolution view of the teeth and surrounding soft tissues.
An intraoral camera is a wonderful communication tool that allows the dentist to directly show a patient a close up view of every tooth and the nearby soft tissues. With this technology any areas of concern can be instantly displayed and discussed.
The intraoral camera can also capture individual images that can be saved as part of a patient’s permanent record. These saved images can be reproduced when needed for use by other dental specialists, a dental laboratory, insurance companies, and others.
Digital radiography utilizes computer technology and digital sensors for the acquisition, viewing, storage, and sharing of radiographic images. It offers several advantages over the older traditional film based methods of taking x-rays. The most significant of these advantages is that digital radiography reduces a patient’s exposure to radiation. Other benefits are that images can be viewed instantly after being taken, can be seen simultaneously as needed by multiple practitioners, and can be easily shared with other offices. Digital x-rays are also safer for the environment as they do not require any chemicals or paper to develop.
An electronic pad, known as a sensor is used instead of film to acquire a digital image. After the image is taken, it goes directly into the patient’s file on the computer. Once it is stored on the computer, it can be easily viewed on a screen, shared, or printed out.
Dental Implants are artificial teeth roots used to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth. An implant offers the patient the opportunity to regain normal tooth function without damaging other teeth. Dental implants often coincide with crowns and dental bridges.
Surgery is used to place implants in the jawbone. We make an incision in the gum and carefully drill a hole in the bone. A metal implant is placed in place. If you need more than one implant, they may be placed at the same time. Arrange to have someone to drive you home after procedure.
It will take 4 to 6 months for the bone in your jaw to grow and fuse to the implant. This fusing is called Osseo integration. During this time, you may have a temporary replacement tooth. keep it and the areas near your incision very clean. Go in for checkups as directed
An abutment is the link between the implant and the artificial tooth it supports. We may place the abutment at the same time as the implant or after the bone has grown and fuse to the implant
After the bone has grown and fused to the dental implant, the periodontist places a replacement tooth on the abutment. This tooth looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Missing teeth can make you self-conscious about your appearance. With one of several techniques, gaps in teeth can be bridged, covered or “replaced” to give the appearance of full set of natural teeth.
Inlays, similar to a filling, is laboratory made and works as a puzzle piece to fill a tooth/teeth with mild or moderate decay. Usually made from porcelain, composite resin and sometimes even gold.
Crowns are a restoration technique which completely cover a tooth or implant. Crowns are used to improve the strength and appearance of teeth and prevent possible tooth fracture. They are usually made from metal, porcelain and gold.
Cosmetic Crowns are a metal free restoration technique with a natural appearance, eliminating grayish line at the gum line.
Endodontics involves the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of a tooth. Tooth pulp refers to the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. Procedures include root canal therapy, endodontic treatment, surgery, treating cracked teeth and treating dental trauma.
An endodontic treatment where the pulp of the tooth is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled. Usually done under local anesthesia.
Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth and sensitivity to temperature and pressure. Regular checkups and timely fillings can prevent the need for root canal therapy.
If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and most of the time can be completed in one visit. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases. If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident. We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort. In addition, we will provide nitrous oxide analgesia (laughing gas) if indicated. You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening is safe, effective and very fast, and performed only by a dental professional.
Your smile is important. It's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression.
Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, cola and red wine or smoking.
Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available.
Our dentists provide personalized examinations and care, specializing in dental implants, teeth whitening, root canal work, gum disease, periodontal disease, receding gums and other dental procedures. We also offer Zoom! Teeth Whitening. We also create night guards to help prevent grinding while sleeping.
Dental emergencies can lead to more than just cosmetic problems or pain – they can pose serious health risks in the medium and long term. For this reason, dental emergencies are best dealt with immediately.
Whatever you do, DO NOT WAIT. Contact us immediately to schedule emergency dental services. While minor issues can be corrected via routine maintenance, severe ones that involve bleeding or pain should absolutely not wait. It’s better to get examined and cleared by your dentist than to let the problem persist or worsen. Scheduling emergency dental services with us could mean the difference between going through a relatively minor dental procedure now and having to deal with a much worse problem down the road.
The following are common dental emergencies that require emergency dental services. We've also included remedies you can use to mitigate any discomfort or pain you experience as a result of these dental problems. THESE REMEDIES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR A VISIT TO A DENTIST. If you experience any of the following dental problems, call us IMMEDIATELY for emergency dental service.
If one of your tooth becomes partially dislodged, DO NOT WAIT. Call us immediately for emergency dental services. In the meantime, you can apply a cold compress outside the affected area to reduce swelling, and take an over-the-counter (OTC) pain reliever such as Tylenol or Advil. Objects Caught Between your Teeth–Use dental floss to carefully remove the object. If you are unable to remove it, see your dentist. Do not use a sharp object to remove the object–this can injure your gums or scratch the enamel on your teeth.
If you lose a filling, call us for emergency dental services immediately. As a temporary measure, you can use sugar free gum or OTC dental cement as a substitute for your lost filling.
If you lose a crown, make an appointment to see us for emergency dental services. While you are waiting for your appointment, you can apply a small dosage of clove oil using a cotton swab to help ease any pain and discomfort. If possible, attempt to slip the crown back over the tooth using OTC dental cement, dental adhesive or toothpaste. NEVER USE SUPER GLUE TO FIX A CROWN! Only use adhesives that are specifically formulated for dental use.
If you experience a dental abscess, make an appointment with us for emergency dental services IMMEDIATELY. An abscess is an infection, and if it is not treated right away, the infection can spread throughout the rest of your mouth and cause further complications. These are infections that occur around the root of a tooth or in the space between the teeth and gums. A pimple like swelling that is painful is evidence of an abscess and it should be treated right away. To ease the pain and draw the pus towards the surface, rinse your mouth with a mild salt water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt, 8 ounces of water).
If you experience soft tissue injuries to your cheeks, gums, tongue, or lips that result in severe bleeding, call us right away for emergency dental services. Injuries to the cheek, gums, tongue and lips that result in minor bleeding and swelling can be controlled simply by
Head to your dentist or to an emergency room right away if the bleeding persists. Continue to apply pressure on the bleeding area until treated.
Dental fillings are the most common type of dental restoration used to replace sections of teeth that are missing, damaged or decayed. While traditional dental materials like gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite successfully restore teeth; recent advances in dental technology have made a wider and improved selection of restorative choices available. Mercury free restoration of damaged and decaying teeth by filling cavities with any one of a variety of fillings which will provide a natural tooth appearance.
When teeth are missing, a series of changes that can impact your overall dental health and jaw function may begin to develop. The adjacent teeth may start to drift or tilt into the space, and teeth in the opposing jaw may start to shift toward the area of the missing tooth. It is therefore important to replace either the single tooth or multiple teeth that are missing from this area. One of the best options to prevent the consequences of shifting teeth and to restore full function to a small edentulous section in the mouth is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge replaces the missing teeth with artificial teeth called “pontics,” and is supported on the ends by prepared natural teeth. Once fabricated and fitted a dental bridge will be permanently “fixed,” or cemented into place. Like crowns, bridges can be made of either porcelain baked on to a metal substrate or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.
Dentures are removable prosthetic devices used to replace missing teeth. They are designed to resemble your natural teeth so that you can maintain a more natural appearance.
Partial dentures are removable prosthetic devices for patients who are missing some of their teeth on a particular arch. Made from metal or plastic could be done in cosmetic form to eliminate metal hook.
Complete Dentures are removable prosthetic devices for patients who are missing all their teeth on a single arch.
Sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth. This can happen for a variety of reasons. Extractions are commonly performed in cases where a deciduous “baby” tooth is reluctant to fall out, a severely broken down and non-restorable tooth is present, or “wisdom tooth” is poorly positioned and unable to fully erupt into place.
To reduce any anxiety and insure patient comfort whenever a tooth extraction is necessary, the procedure, the post surgical instructions, as well as any restorative follow-up care will be carefully and completely explained. We will use nitrous oxide (if decided by patient) and complete the procedure with local anesthesia. If the extraction is not a "baby" tooth, a bone graft to fill bone defect after extraction is recommended.
We aim to cover an area of exposed tooth surface with artificial, organically modified gum tissue. This procedure aids in the prevention of further root exposure and decrease or eliminate sensitivity. This is not just a cosmetic procedure! This periodontic treatment is essential for your overall oral health.
Night guards are custom made plastic appliance which can be worn on either the upper or lower teeth. To protect teeth from pressure of clenching and grinding by providing a protective cushion, by keeping mouth in a relaxed position which helps relieve pain from TMJ.
Chronic jaw clenching and grinding one’s teeth is called bruxism. While it can happen any time of day, it often occurs at night causing an individual to wake up with any number of symptoms including jaw pain, headaches, and sore teeth that may feel loose. Although, stress and anxiety are the most common causes of bruxism there may be other contributing factors such as a sleep disorder, an abnormal bite, as well as teeth that are missing or poorly aligned.
To alleviate the symptoms of bruxism, wearing a night guard while sleeping is frequently recommended. This appliance is designed to fit over the teeth and to keep the jaws slightly apart. Wearing a night guard prevents a number of damaging events including muscle strain, excessive pressure on the jaw joint (the TMJ), and such dental damage as chipped or cracked teeth resulting from the teeth grinding against each other.
In addition to preventing damage to the soft and hard tissues surrounding the orofacial cavity, a custom night guard fabricated at the dental office can help curb a bruxism habit and give the wearer a better night’s sleep.
Oral cancer accounts for 2.9% of all diagnosed cases of cancer in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society it is estimated that 51,000 people across the country will develop oral cancer this year and that 10,000 fatalities are expected from the disease.
Oral cancer can occur anywhere in the orofacial complex but is most often found on the tongue, the tonsils and oropharynx, the gums, floor of the mouth, lips, cheek lining or the hard palate. While the disease can affect anyone, men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer as women. Those particularly at risk for oral cancer are men over the age of 50 who are heavy smokers and frequently drink alcohol. Additional risk factors may include UV exposure from the sun or sunlamps, GERD (gastro-intestinal reflux disease, prior head and neck radiation treatment, exposure to certain chemicals and poor diet. While the death rate from oral cancer has been decreasing in the past several decades thanks to early detection and advanced methods of treatment improving the outcomes of care, there has been a recent rise in the incidence of oropharyngeal cancer due to increased transmission of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV).
As part of a comprehensive exam, the dentist will perform a screening for oral cancer. To start, the dentist will review the patient’s medical and dental histories and ask if there have been any changes to his or her oral health or overall health. The dentist will then carefully check in and around the oral cavity as well as the head and neck area for any of the following signs or symptoms that may indicate the presence of a problem
Periodontics is the study of supporting structures of teeth, and the diseases and conditions that affect these structures. Periodontics can reveal serious oral health conditions such as gum diseases such as receding gums, exposed roots, and tooth grinding. Our periodontal experts strive to detect periodontal disease early and treat initial lesions before they become more serious and require more extensive treatment. Early exams and regular checkups are essential. Periodontal disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Our practice leads in the treatment and prevention of all forms of periodontal disease, gum disease, receding gums, and related disorders.
At each routine visit, we thoroughly clean your teeth using a variety of methods, from traditional to state-of-the-art, to ensure that plaque and tartar buildup doesn't cause more severe issues that force you to undergo more invasive treatments in the future. Keeping teeth healthy and clean promotes better overall health.
We use the following methods for teeth cleaning:
Teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, age, medications or injury can be lightened and brightened by means of a non-invasive process known as teeth whitening.
Teeth whitening or bleaching simply refers to any process that will make the teeth appear whiter. While there are many over the counter options for teeth whitening, the most effective and safest teeth whitening systems are the professional strength ones available at the dentist’s office. A dental professional whitening system offers a higher concentration of whitening components and delivers them to the teeth in the most efficient manner to achieve optimal results.
At our office, we create custom made mouth trays which can be re-used multiple times.
If you experience tooth pain or a toothache, CALL US IMMEDIATELY FOR EMERGENCY DENTAL SERVICE. Even mild pain in your teeth can be a sign of a serious underlying issue. Prompt treatment of dental problems that cause pain in your teeth can prevent bigger problems down the road.
Tooth pain can vary in severity. You may experience sharp, severe pains that happen suddenly when you take certain actions. The pain may be throbbing or constant. You may experience swelling, fever, or headache. You may not have any visible symptoms. Even if your tooth pain doesn't seem severe, come to us as soon as you can for diagnosis and treatment.
These wafer-thin shells of porcelain which are bonded onto the side of teeth that are stained, chipped or slightly misaligned laboratory made. These can also assist with teeth whitening. Veneers can help you have a better looking smile. But be sure to practice good oral hygiene and have regular dental checkups. This will help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Veneers may require 2 or 3 office visits from start to finish. First we examine your teeth, then we will discuss what kind of veneers will be used. We will choose the right veneer color for your smile. Your teeth are then prepared and veneers are bonded to your teeth.
Veneers can correct many dental problems.