From cosmetic dentistry to full-mouth rehabilitation, our practice is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.
Initial Oral Examination
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
The Preventive Program
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit with our hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite. With the advent of the newest technologies in dental science, today's state-of-the-art restorative materials include ceramic and the latest composite materials. These materials are not only strong and durable, but restore the look of natural teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing.
Crowns & Caps
The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, or to prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.
CEREC 1-Visit Crowns
What is CEREC? CEREC means we can rapidly and economically restore damaged teeth using a ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth in your mouth.
First and foremost, the restoration can be performed in a single session, usually in about one hour. With CEREC there's no need for us to take an impression and send it to a lab. We don't inconvenience you by asking you to return for a second visit. You get your crown on the same day.
Second, the restoration is natural looking, because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It's metal-free --no silver fillings to discolor your smile! The ceramic material is compatible with tissue in your mouth and is anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant.
Bridges & Dentures
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. There are two basic types of bridges. A fixed bridge which remains in your mouth at all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures) are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.
Pediatric Dental Care
We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.
Our in-office state-of-the-art bleaching system will make your teeth whiter and brighter. You may also use our take home bleaching system to achieve a brighter and whiter smile in a matter of days.
Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can now be treated with wonderful results and very conservatively using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
Invisalign ® is a form of orthodontic treatment that works to correct many different types of malocclusions through the use of a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. Invisalign® was developed to eliminate the use of unsightly metal brackets and wires and allow orthodontic treatment to occur almost "invisibly".
Historically, most patients did not commence orthodontic treatment until all of their permanent teeth had erupted and then had a malocclusion diagnosed and addressed at the age of about 12-14. Waiting this long often necessitated the extraction of several permanent teeth in order to create space for orthodontic movement. More extensive movement necessitated the use of headgear and other orthodontic appliances. It was noted that teen cooperation in wearing such appliances was often problematic.
Interceptive orthodontics is a technique and philosophy which was developed to address certain orthodontic problems between the ages of 7-11.This early intervention and phased treatment can result in fewer extracted teeth and better patient compliance.
Some of the techniques used in this interceptive orthodontic phase include arch expansion, which allows more room for permanent teeth and orthopedic growth appliances which enhance jaw growth and make later orthodontic treatment much simpler.
These early interventions act as Phase 1 of a two step orthodontic treatment. Phase 2 will occur closer to the time when standard orthodontics generally takes place. Interceptive orthodontic techniques will allow Phase 2 of the treatment to become simpler, less extensive and less expensive than it otherwise would have been.
The goal of orthodontics is to correct a malocclusion – a bad bite. Teeth may be crowded or crooked or the upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment. Occasionally, even when teeth appear straight, the patient may have a bite which is not even and which may be causing further dental problems.
Orthodontics utilizes physics to slowly move teeth into the proper position. This is performed by using corrective appliances, including braces and retainers. Brackets are placed on the teeth using bonding technology. Arch wires are then threaded through these brackets . The tension and tightness of these wires determines the individual movement of each tooth. Orthodontics applies constant pressure on each tooth in a desired direction. By making adjustment to the pressure at follow up visits, our orthodontists control the slow movement of the teeth until the malocclusion is corrected. Generally speaking, orthodontic treatment can last from one to three years or longer depending on the patient's age and severity of the malocclusion. Retainers are often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed.
When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform simple and surgical extractions using local anesthesia.
If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants. An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.
All-on-4 Dental Implants
At one dental visit following x-ray and clinical examination, four (4) implants are placed on either the upper or lower arch and teeth are immediately screwed in. The patient leaves the office with either a temporary or final set of teeth held securely in place. It truly is the ultimate in Implant Dentistry.
If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a bite guard will reduce symptoms of TMJ problems. We custom make mouth guards in both soft and hard materials.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal therapy 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 may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
Sedation dentistry is oral conscious sedation. Unlike general anesthesia, which is generally administered in a hospital setting, sedation dentistry is a safe and effective technique which we can provide in our dental office. During sedation, the patient is conscious at all times and is breathing on his own. IV sedation allows us to perform all dental procedures while the patient is in a relaxed state and unaware that dentistry is being done. This technique is very effective for people who are excessively nervous about dental treatment.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no permanent damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths.
Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that affects many people every evening while they sleep. If a person is suffering from sleep apnea, they temporarily stop breathing many times during sleep. The consequences of this problem can be severe. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, take heart as there are some effective solutions to this problem.
When a patient suffers with sleep apnea they can begin to experience many consequences of sleep apnea during the day. A patient who suffers from sleep apnea at night will have many symptoms during their waking hours including: tiredness; difficulty concentrating; a failing memory; headaches; and even personality changes. When a person with sleep apnea is sleeping, he or she will most likely snore loudly, and then at times seemingly gasp for air. Sometimes a patient with sleep apnea will even inadvertently wake themselves up. Anyone with sleep apnea will most likely be able to be helped with a sleep apnea device.
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) is a great treatment option for many patients with sleep apnea. The oral appliance is actually a small plastic device that is kept in the patient’s mouth during sleep. It is often compared to a sports mouth guard. The appliance will help keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat from collapsing, enabling the airway to stay open during sleep.
Dermal fillers are safe, non-surgical procedures performed with virtually no down time. We offer the following treatments at our office:
- Botox Cosmetic – for wrinkle correction and prevention
- Juvederm – injectable filler and lip enhancement
- Radiesse – restores loss of volume
- Restylane – restores facial volume and structure
- Perlane – dermal filler for deeper wrinkles and lip enhancement
- Selphyl – natural filler using body’s own Platelet Rich Plasma
The Homeoblock appliance is the first of its kind. While it looks much like a retainer, it only needs to be worn at night. And the results go way beyond teeth straightening. People who use The Homeoblock appliance can achieve any of the following results at any age:
- More prominent cheekbones
- Wider smile
- Decreased lines and wrinkles
- Straighter teeth
- Better facial symmetry
- Treatment of sleep and breathing disorders
- Facial enhancement and anti-aging
When a tooth is extracted, the bone where the tooth once was will resorb over a period of time. This may leave a situation where the bone is too narrow or insufficient to accept a dental implant.
Bone grafting procedures will allow for adequate bone height and width to accept dental implants. Using bone grafting procedures, we can actually stimulate bone growth in areas where bone is insufficient.
Bone grafting can repair implant sites with inadequate bone structure due to previous extractions, gum disease or injuries. The bone is generally obtained from outside sources but may sometimes also be taken from the patient’s own bone.
Once bone growth is stimulated and bone height and width are adequate, implant placement is possible.