Treatments

Veneers

Veneers are very thin pieces of tooth shaped porcelain custom fit to your teeth. Veneers are used to correct cosmetic imperfections such as crooked, discolored or misshapen teeth. They are very effective in creating a uniform, white smile and can completely cover chips, stains and uneven teeth.   Veneer treatment usually takes two office visits. During the first the teeth are prepared by lightly buffing and shaping them to allow for the thickness of the veneer. An impression or mold of the tooth/teeth is taken and the tooth color or shade will be determined.   On your second visit...

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a non-invasive dental treatment. It is a simple way to help you achieve a brighter, whiter smile. There are several whitening treatments available, including at home whitening systems, that can be effective. Fluorosis (excessive fluoridation during tooth development), stains due to medications and discoloration can be improved through whitening.   Tooth whitening systems work only on natural teeth. Teeth that have crowns or veneers, fillings and artificial teeth cannot be whitened. Before you plan to whiten we will discuss any recommended restorative treatment so the...

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Crowns

Sometimes called a cap, a crown encases the entire tooth surface. When teeth are damaged to the extent that fillings or other types of dental restorations will not be effective, we will recommend a porcelain crown. Crowns are often used to improve the appearance of broken or fractured teeth and are required if the tooth has undergone root canal treatment.   Porcelain crowns are tooth colored, very durable and will last for many years. They are made to match the shape and size of your tooth as well as the color, giving you a natural look.   Patients receiving crown treatment will...

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Implants

The use of dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth is a very effective, fixed solution for patients. Removable partial or complete dentures are still an option but many people prefer the stability and appearance of dental implants. Your dentist and periodontist will evaluate your jaw and bone structure to determine if you may be a candidate for dental implants.   The are several steps in achieving this treatment and may include appointments with your dentist and periodontist. The first step is for a periodontist to insert a titanium screw in the jaw where the tooth is...

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Bridges

A porcelain fixed bridge is a non-removable dental appliance used to replace missing teeth. When a patient experiences tooth loss  it may be difficult to chew, other teeth may shift from their proper position and they may have difficulty speaking properly. A fixed bridge will correct those problems and let you smile again.   During treatment, the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth, the anchor or abutment teeth, will receive crowns. The new artificial tooth will be attached to the crowns, filling the space and creating a beautiful smile.   Bridge treatment requires...

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Bonding/Composite Fillings

When a tooth is damaged by decay, crack or fractures a filling is used to repair the damage. There are several materials available to us, and each has its advantages. Composite or tooth colored fillings are often recommended because we can match the filling to the color of your teeth. Nearly invisible, composite fillings look natural and are very durable. We may recommend a different filling material and will always discuss the options available to you.   Replacing silver amalgam fillings or placing a new filling can be done in one appointment. Your dentist will numb the tooth then...

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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Replacing missing teeth resemble your natural teeth can be accomplished with partial or complete dentures. Dentures are removable dental appliances made to resemble your natural teeth and will enhance your smile.   A partial denture is used to fit the space left by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting. The partial built around remaining natural teeth, anchoring to those teeth with metal “hooks” that keep the partial denture in place.   Complete dentures replace all the teeth on either the upper or lower jaw, or both. Patients requiring complete dentures will receive...

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Root Canals

Teeth are made of three main components: the hard outer shell or enamel, a softer, more sensitive middle layer called dentin and a soft tissue inner layer referred to as dental pulp. Dental pulp is made up of nerve tissue, lymph tissue and blood vessels. When dental pulp is traumatized by decay and bacteria, a fracture or even a forceful blow to the face, the tooth begins to die. Root canal therapy is often required to prevent or eliminate infection and tooth loss.   During root canal therapy your dentist will make an access opening on the tooth to allow removal of pulp, nerve tissue...

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