From a routine exam and cleaning to full-mouth rehabilitation, our practice is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand more about our dental office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.
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.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Six Month Smiles utilizes specialized clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
CEREC is a device, composed of high-tech equipment, used to design and fabricate ceramic crowns and other restorations while the patient waits! Recent innovation, has enabled us to do away with the standard two visit appointments for crowns because the restoration is made by a computer while you sit in the dental chair. Because CEREC crowns are made in one visit, considerable time is saved for the patient allowing for the highest level of treatment with convenience in mind.
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.
Zoom! Teeth Whitening
If you're concerned about the discoloration of your teeth, which may be caused from among others: coffee, cigarettes, medication or just getting a little older-- we have a solution that will make you proud to smile again. Let us show you how we can easily and painlessly brighten your smile and improve your self-confidence.
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.
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.
Laser dentistry is a recent advance in the field of dental procedures that has many benefits. Comfort, Safety and Effectiveness are of utmost importance. Laser dentistry is probably most closely associated with tooth whitening, but it has other uses as well. They can be used to detect cavities early in their development, allowing dentists to treat the problem before too much damage has occurred. Laser dentistry can also be used to remove decayed portions of teeth and prepare them for fillings. As far as cosmetic dentistry goes, lasers can be used to reshape the soft tissue of the gums, creating a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Laser dentistry can also be used alone or in conjunction with traditional options to treat everything from sleep apnea to TMJ problems, cold sores, periodontal disease, and oral tumors.
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.
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. It's been proven effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide. So whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted since wearing braces, you'll have a new reason to smile.
This purified toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles to give the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance. Studies have also suggested that Botox is effective in relieving migraine headaches, excessive sweating and muscle spasms in the neck and eyes.
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.
When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform simple and surgical extractions using local anesthesia.
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.
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.
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.
Initial Oral Examination
Your first visit at our dental 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.