Tooth loss is a common condition that can occur as a result of disease, trauma or poor dental hygiene. The best treatment for tooth loss is to replace the missing tooth, which can help prevent gum damage and tooth damage, as well as restore comfort and confidence in social situations. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root used to support tooth replacement structures such as crowns, bridges and dentures. Dental implants help patients regain the ability to eat, speak and smile without the pain and embarrassment of missing teeth.
Dental implants are titanium cylinders that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace the roots of the missing tooth. The replacement structure is supported by the implant, and looks and feels like a natural tooth. Implants offer permanent results and full functionality, which can result in people not knowing that you lost teeth in the first place.
Smile makeovers, or “smile lifts,” rejuvenate and beautify the entire smile by correcting “gummy” smiles, gaps between teeth, and stained, yellowed, chipped, worn, uneven or missing teeth. The procedure widens and brightens the smile, providing support to the lips and helping make the entire face appear younger and healthier. At the initial consultation, patients will be able to see a computer-generated “preview” of their new smile. A cast of your mouth will be made so the dentist can determine which treatments are best (i.e. whitening, bonding, veneers/laminates, crowns, inlays and onlays). In as little as one visit, patients can stop being self-conscious and enjoy the freedom and confidence of an attractive and natural smile.
Porcelain veneers are a fantastic way to repair or enhance the appearance of front teeth. They can be used to whiten teeth, close spaces and create a great smile. Using veneers, we can even perform virtually "instant orthodontics" to straighten crooked teeth and give you the bright smile you always wanted.
Invisalign clear aligners are virtually invisible solution, so you can smile confidently both during treatment and after. Using a series of clear, removable aligners, Invisalign treatment gradually moves your teeth toward the smile you've always wanted. And, almost no one will know you're wearing them unless you tell them.
Crowns & Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements which help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to the existing teeth and do not come out. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned at home.
Crowns are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size or color of teeth. They can support broken or weak teeth or those with large fillings; provide a smooth, strong, attractively contoured surface for stained, misshapen or otherwise abnormal teeth; and aid in the implantation of bridges and other implants.
CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics) is a state-of-the-art system that allows dentists to create custom-fit ceramic restorations in a single appointment. First, the dentist examines your tooth and determines the proper treatment, whether it's a crown, onlay, veneer or filling. Next, the damaged part of the tooth is removed and an optical impression (digital photograph) is taken. The computer converts this data into a three-dimensional virtual image that allows the dentist to design the restoration that’s right for you. A milling machine then shapes a ceramic block to create the restoration in 10-20 minutes. Finally, the restoration is fit into your mouth, polished and bonded to your tooth.
Unlike metals and alloys, ceramic is similar to the natural tooth, so cracking is minimized. Other benefits of CEREC treatment include fewer injections, less drilling, less material removed from the damaged tooth, and minimal time commitment.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Bleaching products brighten teeth that have been stained or darkened by food, tobacco use, injury or aging. In-office bleaching takes place over a series of one-hour appointments at the office. First, your teeth will be examined and cleaned to make sure there are no cavities, loose fillings, gum problems or other issues that may be exacerbated by the bleaching process. A custom-fit mouthtray will be made for your teeth. Then the bleaching gel is applied to your teeth in the tray.
The back teeth are noticeable when we talk and especially when we laugh. Seeing dark, unsightly areas of metal can detract from an otherwise perfect set of teeth. Now there are fillings available that are specially designed to match the natural color of the tooth. These directly placed, bonded resin fillings can make a tooth look like new, whether they are used for small areas of decay or to replace current fillings.
Many patients are uncomfortable with the whir of drills and the pinch of anesthesia shots that often accompany a trip to the dentist. We use state-of-the-art technology in our quest to give you painless dentistry. With tools such as the dental laser for drill-free, needle-free surgery, and topical anesthesia to numb your gums if shots are required, you can stop dragging your feet on the way to the dentist.
Root canal is a surgical procedure used to both diagnose and treat condition within the dental pulp, the soft core of the tooth. The dental pulp contains nerves, blood vessels and tissue and stretches from the crown of the tooth to the root of the jaw bone. Cracked or infected teeth can cause severe damage to the dental pulp and may cause it to die. A root canal removes the damaged pulp and helps save decayed or infected teeth.
The dental pulp may become damaged as a result of decay, cracks, chips, trauma or repeated dental procedures. Damage can cause severe toothache, increased sensitivity to hot or cold, discoloration and swelling and tenderness of the gum. Dental pulp damage can also eventually lead to bone loss, drainage problems and swelling that spreads to other areas. Timely treatment of this condition is necessary in order to avoid these complications.
A root canal procedure involves a deep cleaning of the inside of the tooth in order to remove bacteria, decayed nerve tissue and other debris. A hole is drilled into the tooth to allow your doctor to reach the inside with a root canal file. After being cleaned, the tooth is sealed and then filled at a later appointment. This restores the health of the tooth and helps prevent against future infection and contamination.
Despite the common belief that a root canal is a painful procedure, most patients report the procedure to be no more painful than other dental procedures. You can take anti-inflammatory pain medications to help reduce pain after a root canal. Root canal procedures have a success rate of over 95 percent and are a permanent solution that often goes unnoticed by others.
Patients who are uncomfortable with needles and drills, who have sensitive teeth or gums, or who have a strong gag reflex can be helped with dental sedation. After one pill or injection, many patients feel no discomfort whatsoever during and after treatment. They often have little or no memory of the visit. Another benefit is that extensive treatment can be done in one or two appointments, including whitening yellow or stained teeth, replacing crowns or dentures, fixing chipped or damaged teeth, and restoring sore gums to good health.
Lasers allow many dental procedures to be performed with no noise and very little pain. They are versatile tools that can be used in oral surgery, curing of restorative materials, and removal of soft tissue. Other benefits of laser dentistry over traditional methods can include:
We routinely use the soft-tissue laser in our office for non-surgical periodontal (gum) treatment. Lasers are also very beneficial for treating painful canker sores. Many patients find that laser dentistry is far more comfortable than traditional methods.
Dental appointments for children are important not only to evaluate tooth and gum health but also to educate the young patient in how to prevent dental problems and maintain a healthy smile throughout his or her life.
During a check-up we will evaluate:
We will also speak with the parent(s), guardian(s) or accompanying adult(s) about how to care for the child's teeth and also answer any questions they may have.
Partial & Full Dentures
Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile. Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up.
The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is the small joint located in front of your ear where your skull and your lower jaw meet. The TMJ moves every time you talk, yawn, chew or swallow. It is one of the most frequently used joints in your body.
If you place your fingers in front of your ears, on the triangular structure in front of your ear, you can feel the joints on the left and right sides of your head. Then move your finger just slightly forward and press firmly while you open your jaw all the way open and shut. The motion you feel is in the TMJ.
There are a variety of treatments available for TMJ, please schedule your free consultation today to discuss which option would be best for you!
The ZOOM!® chairside whitening system is a safe, effective and fast way to brighten your teeth in a single office visit. The ZOOM! procedure is much more convenient than wearing trays or strips, making it a great choice for our busy patients.
ZOOM! is done in the office during one visit lasting 1-2 hours. At your appointment we apply a gentle, hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel to your teeth. The gel is then exposed to a high-intensity light. After the treatment, your teeth will be up to 6-10 shades whiter.
Dentist-supervised whitening is one of the safest and most conservative cosmetic dental treatments available. The most common side effect is an increased tooth sensitivity to cold for 1-3 days after treatment.
BioHorizons produces a wide range of prosthetic materials that can restore the health, appearance and functionality of your smile with reliable, long-lasting results. Using the same design aspects used in orthopedics and aerospace technology, these abutments offer patients the tightest, most secure restorations available for missing or diseased teeth caused by poor dental hygiene, gum disease, infection or trauma.
The most appropriate prosthetic for each patient will be chosen by the dentist to ensure the most effective results. Within the BioHorizons line of abutments, many patients can benefit from the versatile 3inOne device applied by an experienced professional.
People with sleep apnea stop breathing while they sleep, sometimes hundreds of times per night, and sometimes for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea affects about 18 million people of all ages in the U.S. and takes three forms: obstructive, central and mixed. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common form, occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes, blocking (obstructing) the person’s airway. The airway remains open in central sleep apnea, but the brain does not send signals to the muscles involved in breathing. Mixed sleep apnea combines aspects of the obstructive and central types. A common warning sign of sleep apnea is snoring (especially snoring interspersed with gasps or lack of breathing) although it is not always as a result of sleep apnea.
Because sufferers are roused from sleep briefly to resume proper breathing, disrupting and lowering the quality of a person’s rest, sleep apnea can cause a number of problems. If left untreated, it can result in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, headaches, and daytime fatigue leading to job impairment and motor vehicle crashes.
There are a variety of treatments available for sleep apnea, including oral appliance therapy, mandibular repositioning and tongue-retaining devices, nasal sprays, traditional surgery, laser-assisted uvulopalatopharyngoplasty and nasal surgery. If you think you are suffering from sleep apnea, talk with your dentist. He or she will discuss which treatment is right for you.