Cosmetic/General Treatment

Vizilite | Interceptive Periodontical Therapy | Sealants
Basic Restorative Dentistry | Cosmetic Dentistry | Veneers | Crowns
Bridges | Inlays and Onlays | Dental Implants

Our practice can provide a wide range of general and cosmetic dental services. We can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines.

Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.

A BEAUTIFUL SMILE IS PRICELESS

  • Show the world your smile with confidence!
  • Show the world who you are!
  • Show the world how proud you are!
  • Show the world your confidence!

Don’t hold back that beautiful smile. Let us help you achieve the "smile of your dreams"!

Do you often get embarrassed of your smile due to…

  • Faded, chipped or cracked teeth?
  • Crooked or crowded teeth?
  • Stained or worn teeth?
  • Uneven spaces in your teeth?

You don’t have to be ashamed of your smile anymore.

We can provide the results you are looking for at an affordable price. We understand our patients’ needs and will make every possible attempt to accommodate your schedule, concerns and financial needs.

Don’t just smile in your dreams, make it a reality!

Services we offer:

Vizilite

Vizilite is a new screening tool for oral cancer. In addition to our visual exam, Vizilite enhances our ability to detect abnormal tissues.  We recommend the Vizilite exam once a year in conjuction with one of your dental hygiene visits.

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Interceptive Periodontal Therapy

Interceptive Periodontal Therapy is done in our office once periodontal disease has been diagnosed in order to slow the progression of the disease and avoid surgical intervention.  See more information on Periodontal Therapy under the Treatment tab on our home page.

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Sealants

Sealants are recommended for children when their six year molars erupt and again when their twelve year molars erupt. We also recommend sealants for adults on all unrestored molars.  This is a preventive procedure aimed at lessening the risk for decay and the need for restorative procedures and some insurance carriers are beginning to cover these for adults too!

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Basic Restorative Dentistry

Basic Restorative Dentistry including Root Canal Therapy and Oral Surgery are performed in our office. Referrals may be made to specialists as the need presents itself.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry is truly the most exciting area of dentistry to evolve in quite some time. With today’s technology and new procedures (e.g. veneers, implants, whitening) we have the ability to give patients the smile they’ve always dreamed of! Ask us about Lumineers for your smile! We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Veneers

Veneers are thin, semi-translucent “shells” typically attached to your front teeth. Veneers are customized from porcelain material and permanently bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits. 

We are a Lumineers certified provider.  For more information on Lumineers, click on the link on this page.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions on veneers.

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Crowns

A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
  2. Re-shaping the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
  3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown which usually takes about two weeks.
  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
  5. Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
  6. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.

This process generally consists of a minimum of 2 visits over a 2-3 week period.

Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.

 

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Bridges

A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent:

  • Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.
  • Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

There are three main types of bridges, namely:

  • Fixed bridge- this is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.
  • The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.
  • The Cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.

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Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are a great alternative to traditional metal fillings, primarily because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed. Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations, suitable for treating mild to moderate decay, and can be used to restore a cracked or fractured tooth if the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown.

Generally, inlays are small restorations that fit within the contours of the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays cover a portion or the entire chewing surface.

Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin, but porcelain yields the most natural-looking result. Once fabricated, they are securely bonded to the tooth.

The advantages of inlays and onlays include:

  • Being more aesthetically pleasing since they can be fabricated from tooth-colored materials. Unlike traditional metal fillings, the inlays and onlays are virtually invisible.
  • Removing less of the tooth structure to achieve optimal results.
  • Not causing excessive wear and tear to opposing tooth structures.
  • Preventing the need for more significant treatment in the future.

The process for placing inlays and onlays generally requires two or more office visits. Initially, once the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. A temporary restoration is placed until the custom-made inlay or onlay is manufactured in a laboratory.
Following a proper oral hygiene regimen daily ensures the success and longevity of your new restoration. Ask how inlays and onlays can help improve your smile today!

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Dental Implants

 

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Anterior Replacement
  • Posterior Replacement
  • Full Upper Replacement

Types of Implants
There are three main types of implants:

  • The root implant
  • The plate form implant
  • The subperiosteal implant

The root implant—by far, the most popular—is the most effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. This implant is often as strong as the patient’s original tooth. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.

The plate form implant is ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant. The plate form implant is long and thin, unlike the root implant, and anchors into thin jawbones. It is inserted the same way as a root implant. In certain cases, the plate form implant is immediately fitted with the restoration without waiting for the healing process to run its course.

The subperiosteal implant is used when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support a permanent implant.

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