The practice of dentistry encompasses an amazing array of services and procedures, all with a common goal: to help you to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, ensure your oral health, and keep you looking and feeling great throughout life.
- Cleanings & Oral Exams: Keep your teeth and gums healthy and catch early signs of dental disease.
- Cosmetic Bonding: Repair small chips or cracks.
- Crowns & Bridgework: Replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth.
- Dental Implants: Benefit from the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today.
- Extractions: Remove unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved.
- Fillings: Restore decayed teeth.
- Inlays & Onlays: Fill teeth with larger cavities.
- Oral Cancer Screenings: Detect a dangerous disease that can be cured if caught early
- Removable Dentures: Restore your smile
- Root Canal Treatment: Rescue diseased teeth
- Sealants: Help prevent cavities
- Teeth Whitening: Brighten a faded or discolored smile
- TMD Treatment: Relieve pain in the jaw area that can interfere with biting and chewing
- Tooth-Colored Fillings: Enhance your smile with a completely natural, healthy look
- Tooth Decay Prevention: Keep your natural teeth as long as possible
The first step in proactive primary care is a thorough dental examination to make sure that your cosmetic problems really are just that, and not a sign of underlying dental disease. Once your health has been established, your smile can be cosmetically enhanced in a variety of ways.
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Cleanings and Oral Exams: Regular dental visits play a critical role in maintaining your oral health — not only to find and remedy any problems with teeth or gums, but also to assess the general condition of your oral health, point out potential trouble spots, and offer suggestions for preventive care.
Cosmetic Bonding: To help improve the appearance of your smile, a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth and restores your smile to the quality you desire.
Crowns and Bridgework: Dental bridges and crowns are fixed procedures to optimize your oral efficiency. A bridge literally bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth and is made up of two or more crowns (a fixed overlay that covers the entire tooth) on either side of the gap.
Dental Implants: Of all the ways modern dentistry has to replace missing teeth, dental implants are by far the best. There is no tooth-replacement option that will give you a longer-lasting result. Implants also help preserve tooth-supporting bone that naturally deteriorates when a tooth is lost.
Extractions: There are a variety of reasons why you may need a tooth or teeth removed. You may have a wisdom tooth that is impacted; a diseased tooth that can’t be saved; or overcrowded teeth that need to be removed so more room can be created to facilitate proper alignment during orthodontics.
Fillings: Once a cavity has been detected, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area where the decayed material was removed. Fillings can also be used when repairing teeth that have been broken, cracked or worn down due to normal wear and tear or misuse in some way.
Inlays and Onlays: Sometimes used instead of fillings to replace any small portion of the tooth that has been compromised by decay, an onlay covers the cusp of the tooth while an inlay can be used to fill the area between the cusps.
Oral Cancer Screenings: Regular screening for oral cancer is one of the most important services provided to you at the dental office. Your regular dental checkup includes a visual and tactile (touch) examination for any signs of oral cancer or precancerous lesions in and around your mouth and throat. Anything that looks suspicious may be analyzed with a routine procedure called a biopsy, in which a small amount of the suspicious tissue is sent to a laboratory for microscopic inspection. This is the best way to get a definitive diagnosis.
Removable dentures: A removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues, dentures are offered in two variations: complete and partial. Complete dentures are recommended when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures can be used for instances where some of the natural teeth still remain.
Root Canal Treatment: A procedure which effectively eases the pain associated with a bacterial infection deep within the pulp of the tooth, root canals stop the infection by removing dead and dying tissue from the tooth’s pulp. It also helps to save the tooth, which is in danger of being lost if left untreated.
Sealants: Dental sealants are best described as thin, clear coatings that, when painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars), have the potential to prevent cavities for many years to come.
Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening done in a professional dental setting is a safe, effective way to brighten your smile. It’s also perhaps the most economical cosmetic dental procedure.
TMD Treatment: If you experience ongoing pain in the area near your ear, your jaw or the muscles on the side of your face, possibly accompanied by a clicking or popping sound or restricted jaw movement, you may be suffering from TMD — an abbreviation for Temporomandibular disorder.
Tooth-Colored Fillings: If you could have fillings that matched the natural color of your teeth so well that nobody could tell the difference, would you choose them over metal? We thought so! Both scientific studies and clinical experience have shown that tooth-colored restorations (fillings) are safe, reliable and long-lasting
Tooth Decay Prevention: Tooth decay is often called the second most prevalent human disease, after the common cold. Without effective treatment (as was the case through most of history) it can lead to pain, tooth loss, and sometimes worse illnesses.