Pain in the teeth, mouth and gums are usually signals that something isn’t quite right. Our dentists assess your oral health and, when needed, help restore your teeth to keep your mouth healthy and functional.
A natural tooth has a crown – the part which shows above the gumline, and a root – the anchor hidden below the gumline. When a tooth is missing, a dental implant takes the place of the missing root.
You don’t need to live with an imperfect smile. Dental implants are as close to your natural teeth in both form and function. We can give you a beautiful smile that you will love to show off!
To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. Complete dentures can be either “conventional” or “immediate.” Made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has begun to heal, a conventional denture is ready for placement in the mouth about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.
A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. It is held in place by your existing teeth. It is important that these teeth be healthy in order to support your partial; often they may need treatment prior to making the partial. A partial can restore aesthetics and function to your mouth. With the loss of your teeth you may find it more difficult to chew as well as you used to. The partial can give you back much of this function, though not as much as natural teeth. A partial can also help stabilize your remaining teeth. This stabilization can minimize tooth drift, bite changes, and periodontal problems.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment removes the pulp from the center of a tooth when decay will likely damage or has already killed the tooth. It is done to prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth and to treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
A crown can restore the shape to teeth that have been broken, suffered extensive decay or been worn down. They can also be used to strengthen a weak tooth or add beauty to a discolored or misshapen smile. Crowns can be gold, porcelain or a combination of porcelain over metal.
Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to correct discoloration of the teeth by removing the brown and yellow staining. The term “teeth whitening” can refer to a number of techniques to improve the brightness of the patient’s teeth. Among them are chemical whitening, mild acid whitening, abrasive teeth brightening and the newest technique, laser teeth whitening.
Your teeth are not all naturally the same color. The goal of teeth whitening is to achieve each tooth's optimum whiteness and uniformity of color while still looking natural. During your first consultation for tooth whitening, your dentist will go over what you can personally expect for your smile.
The dental bonding procedure utilizes a composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps, and reshape or recolor your smile.
Porcelain veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. This procedure requires little or no anesthesia, and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects like teeth staining from tetracycline, injury, or root-canals. This is an ideal method for masking discolored fillings in the front teeth. Highly resistant to permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking, the wafer-thin porcelain veneers can achieve a tenacious bond to the tooth, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing naturalness that is unsurpassed by other restorative options. We offer and recommend Lumineers ™ for most patients. Lumineers are thinner and stronger than other forms of veneers and do not require drilling.