This dentist office has been providing dental care for over 45 years. Over time we have changed and will continue to change our services and products to present to you the most advanced techniques and products.
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The first of step of The Nupro White Gold/Illumine Teeth Whitening Treatment involves an in-office treatment applied to the mouth using trays custom-made for each individual patient.
We have a lot to offer to redefine your smile. Ask us about these services.
We offer two different whitening treatments: In-office whitening and At-home whitening.
The first of step of The Nupro White Gold/Illumine Teeth Whitening Treatment involves an in-office treatment applied to the mouth using trays custom-made for each individual patient. Without the use of an uncomfortable laser or bleaching light, a tray is created then administered to the patient for take-home whitening for optimal brightness. The application of the Nupro White Gold/ Illumine whitening treatment involves three separate applications of the bleaching gel. The gel is left on the teeth for about 15 minutes at a time. After the quick in-office treatment, your dentist may recommend a home treatment, a simple program that keeps your teeth a bright, sparkling white. Call today to schedule an appointment, you could see up to a 9-shade difference with one visit!
The take-home whitening is a professional whitening system specially formulated to whiten your teeth day or night-up to 7 shades brighter. Bleaching gel is worn in customized trays specifically designed for each person to wear at home.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
Snap-On Smile is a patented, revolutionary dental appliance that requires no prepping, no injections, and no adhesives. Its exclusive design is flexible, incredibly strong, and snaps right over a patient's natural teeth. Its retention is completely tooth-borne, so the appliance does not impinge on the gum tissue nor cover the palate, making it look and feel very natural. Snap-On Smile is easily removable, completely reversible and is an excellent option for patients looking for a non-invasive, affordable approach to restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Having properly aligned teeth is not only vital for your appearance, but it affects the overall health of your mouth. Swollen, red gums can often be the result of having teeth that are too crowded or too widely spaced. When teeth are properly aligned, it helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems. Straightened teeth will also help to prevent speaking or chewing difficulties, jaw problems, and increased wear on the tooth enamel, which can lead to chipped or broken teeth.
Invisalign is the best way to transform your smile without interfering with your day-to-day life. This treatment consists of a series of nearly invisible, removable aligners that you change every two weeks for the next set of aligners. Each aligner is individually manufactured for your teeth, and your teeth only. As you replace each aligner, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position prescribed.
The aligners are completely transparent, therefore far more difficult to detect than traditional wire and bracket braces. This makes the method particularly popular among adults who want to straighten their teeth without the look of traditional metal braces. Because the aligners are removable there are no restrictions to eating. Aligners are only removed to eat, drink, to clean the teeth, or to have them checked by the clinician.
If you are ready for perfectly aligned teeth that improve your appearance and health, Invisalign is the answer.
This is always true in dentistry. If you detect any discomfort in your mouth, it is better to get it checked out by your dentist right away. It will save you time, money and, most of all, it will save you a lot of pain.
Preventive care is provided as a means of detecting any current problems in your mouth and identifying any problems that may occur. A complete dental check up, a thorough cleaning and x-rays should be a part of your preventive care.
Often, if detected early, small cavities can be taken care of with a filling. If allowed to progress, they may turn into serious lesions requiring root canal treatment or extraction. Early detection and treatment of gum disease will also prevent periodontitis and the possible need for surgical procedures.
Regular dental check-ups, including an examination of the entire mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and pre-cancerous conditions. You may have a very small, but dangerous, oral spot or sore and not be aware of it.
You should schedule your preventive appointments every 6 months. Make them in advance so that you can get the time that is most convenient for you.
Children's primary or baby teeth are as important as adult or permanent teeth. They help the child speak and eat. They also hold the space for the permanent teeth to erupt and guide them into their proper place.
It is recommended that a dentist examine a child no later than their first birthday. The first few appointments will generally consist of just an examination. This not only checks for any tooth decay, but also allows the child to get comfortable with being at the dental office. Once the child is about three or four years old, she can get a cleaning and flavored fluoride treatment. X-rays are usually not taken until the child is about six, unless there is a specific need for them.
Once a child's permanent teeth erupt they may need sealants. Children's primary or baby teeth are as important as adult or permanent teeth. They help the child speak and eat. They also hold the space for the permanent teeth to erupt and guide them into their proper place. Parents should start brushing their children's teeth twice a day as soon as the first tooth erupts. Use just a wet toothbrush for children under two years of age. Once the child is about two, toothpaste can be used but brushing should be monitored carefully to avoid swallowing of toothpaste and making sure the child spits out and rinses with water afterwards. Children should be able to brush by themselves at about six or seven years of age, but should still be supervised.
Sealants are a thin resin coating placed on the biting surfaces of the teeth to provide a barrier against decay causing bacteria.
Parents can help their children maintain lifelong healthy habits by limiting sugary foods, making sure they brush twice a day and get regular dental check-ups.
Gum disease (also called periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues surrounding and supporting the teeth. It is a major cause of tooth loss in adults. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not even know you have it.
Gum disease is caused by plaque (a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on the teeth) and calculus or tartar (plaque that over time has calcified and hardened). The bacteria create toxins that can damage the gums.
In the early stage of gum disease, called gingivitis, the gums can become red and swollen and will bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a regular professional cleaning or prophy.
In the more advanced stages of gum disease, called periodontitis, the gums and bone that support the teeth can become seriously damaged. The teeth can become loose, fall out or have to be removed by a dentist. At this stage it may be necessary to have a "deep" cleaning or scaling procedure to remove deposits under the gums. Sometimes antibiotics or antimicrobial medications are needed. These come in the form of mouthrinses, gel, pills, or tiny round particles that the dentist places directly in the pocket. http://www.arestin.com/
Normal, healthy gums
Recent research has shown that there is an association between periodontal diseases and other diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, treating inflammation may not only help manage periodontal diseases but may also help with the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions. http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/features/health-perils-of-gum-disease
The good news is that you can help prevent gum disease by taking good care of your teeth every day and having regular dental checkups. Here's how to keep your teeth and gums healthy:
Crowns or "caps" are restorations that cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving its appearance. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is so broken down that a filling is insufficient to restore the tooth to its normal form and function. Crowns may also be indicated to protect weakened teeth (such as root canal treated teeth), cover badly shaped or discolored teeth, or to restore an implant. There are three basic types of crowns: all metal, all-porcelain (ceramic) and porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM).
exhibit high strength and toughness that resists fracture and wear. This allows the dentist to remove the least amount of healthy tooth structure when preparing the tooth for the restoration. Metal crowns are also gentle to opposing teeth and are well tolerated by patients. However, their colors do not mimic natural teeth.
are extremely esthetic and work very well for restoring front teeth. They tend to be more fragile and are prone to fracture when placed under tension or on impact. Their strength depends on an adequate thickness of porcelain and the ability to be bonded to the underlying tooth.
Another use for all ceramic restorations is porcelain veneers; these are thin, custom-made porcelain shells designed to cover only the front portion of teeth.
crowns have a metal core with porcelain baked on top. This combination creates a restoration with the strength of metal and the esthetics of ceramic. These are the most common type of crowns.
replace missing teeth with artificial teeth, look great, and literally bridge the gap where one or more teeth have been lost. The artificial teeth are anchored on either end by crowns, which give support and stability to the bridge. Once completed the bridge is cemented on to the teeth and can only be removed in the dental office.
Once a crown or bridge has been cemented in the mouth there are certain things you must do to maintain and care for the restoration. To prevent damaging or fracturing the porcelain, avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard objects. You also want to avoid teeth grinding. Besides visiting your dentist and brushing twice a day, cleaning between your teeth is vital. Floss or interdental cleaners are important tools to remove plaque from the crown area where the gum meets the tooth. Plaque in that area can cause dental decay and gum disease.
Root Canal Treatment (RCT) is generally a simple procedure with little or no discomfort to the patient. Usually a RCT is required when the pulp (soft tissue containing the nerves and blood vessels) inside of a tooth has died. This can happen if the pulp becomes diseased or injured due to some trauma to the tooth. If at this stage the pulp is not removed the tooth can become infected (abscessed) and result in severe pain and swelling. Once the infection has reached a certain stage it becomes impossible to save the tooth and it has to be extracted.
The treatment may require one to three visits, depending on how extensive the infection is. The treatment involves the removal of the diseased pulp and the cleaning and shaping of the pulp chamber and canals. Depending on the condition of the tooth medication may be placed in the tooth between appointments and/or the patient may be prescribed antibiotics. In the final step of the RCT the canals are filled with a rubber like material called gutta percha and sealed.
Once the pulp is removed from a tooth it is no longer "alive" and becomes brittle, thus the tooth has a higher chance of fracturing. For this reason, it is usually necessary to place a crown on the tooth after the completion of a root canal. If the tooth has a lot of missing structure, a metal post may also be required to strengthen the tooth. Once these procedures are completed the tooth has a 95% chance of lasting for your lifetime. However, sometimes a case needs to be redone due to diseased canal offshoots that went unnoticed. Occasionally, a root canal therapy will fail altogether, marked by a return of pain.
No one wants to wear dentures, but when made properly they will help you eat better, speak better, and look better. When teeth are lost the facial muscles tend to sag creating deep wrinkles and making the person look much older...
The standard of care today is a denture supported by implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto the implants making it more stable than a regular denture. Implant-supported dentures are usually made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there, but in your upper jaw the denture can be made to cover less of your palate (roof of your mouth) than a regular denture.
That's because the implants are holding it in place instead of the suction created between the full denture and your palate. With an implant supported denture you will find it easier to speak and eat and you won't have to worry about the denture becoming loose or falling out of your mouth. We encourage all patients needing dentures to have implants placed prior to making the denture