Dental Services


Veneers are a wonderful way to transform a smile. veneers are thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the teeth. They are used to shape and align teeth, to close spaces between teeth, to repair chipped teeth, and to brighten discolored and stained teeth. The procedure is painless and does not require excessive drilling. It also does not require wearing uncomfortable temporary crowns.


In the old days the only treatment option for an infected tooth was extraction. Fortunately, in many cases teeth can now be saved with Root Canal therapy. After anesthetic is administered, a hole is drilled into the tooth and the nerves and infected tissue are removed. A rubbery material called gutta percha is used to ?ll the roots of the tooth. The missing tooth structure is then replaced with a ?filling. A crown is usually recommended to strengthen and protect the tooth.


Many people clinch and or grind their teeth. This may be caused by stress, habit, trauma, or tooth alignment. Clinching or grinding may result in headaches, fractured teeth, tooth mobility, and pain. Occlusal guards or night guards are used to protect the teeth and to prevent damage. Custom guards are made from dental impressions. They can be worn overnight or whenever needed.


There are many factors that influence the color of our teeth. If you are unhappy with the color of your teeth, there are several whitening option available. In office whitening produces results in about an hour. Tray whitening is a very popular option. Custom trays are made and worn by the patient at home for 15 minutes to overnight depending on the strength of the whitening agent. Whitening strips are the least expensive option. They are available over the counter and in many dental offices.


When a tooth is not restorable and cannot be saved with root canal therapy it must be extracted. The most ideal way to replace the tooth is with a
dental implant. Dental implants are titanium posts that are placed into the bone to mimic the natural root. Restorations such as crowns or bridges are then cemented over the implant. These are permanent restoration and do not need to be removed. Dental implants can last a lifetime. Implant
supported dentures are also available. This type of denture snaps onto the implants providing the comfort and stability that a traditional denture cannot.


Dentures are one of the oldest and most reliable ways to replace missing teeth. The three types of dentures are: Full, Partial, and Implant
Supported. The type of denture chosen depends on the number of teeth being replaced. Denture wearers sometimes require relines and repairs due to broken or missing teeth, broken clasps, or loose dentures. These can be cared for in the dental office.


Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. There are three types of dental bridges: Traditional, Cantilever, and Maryland. A traditional bridge is supported by natural teeth on both sides of the space. Crowns are made to fit over these teeth and an artificial tooth is welded in between. The bridge is then cemented in place. It can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or ceramic. A cantilever bridge is used when there is only one natural tooth adjacent to the space. Maryland bridges do not require crowning the adjacent teeth. This type of bridge is supported by a metal framework with wings that are bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. Maryland bridges are used on anterior or front teeth.


Dental radiographs are safe and essential in dental treatment. There are four common types of dental x-rays: Bitewings, Periapicals, Occlusal, and Panoramic. Bitewings are used to detect cavities between the posterior or back teeth. Periapical x-rays show the entire tooth from root to crown. An occlusal x-ray shows all of the upper and lower teeth in one shot. The film rests on the biting surface of the teeth to capture this image. Panoramic x-rays use a special machine that records an image of all of the teeth and jaw joints.


The purpose of a dental exam is to detect and prevent problems before they become serious and expensive issues. Dental exams are usually accompanied by cleanings. Sometimes radiographs are taken to check areas that are not visible in the mouth. The radiographs are safe and necessary for a thorough exam. The following may be evaluated: Occlusion (bite), Decay, Mobility (loose teeth), Gum Health, Oral Hygiene, Temporomandibular Joint, Soft Tissue, Recession and Wear. If teeth are missing, replacement options will be presented.


Dentists have extensive knowledge of facial structures. This makes the dental office an ideal place to receive Botox treatments. Dental uses for Botox include treating high lip lines, uneven smiles, smoothing facial wrinkles, and lip augmentantion. Besides cosmetic use, Botox can also be used in TMJ and bruxism cases. The treatment is minimally invasive and may last up to three or four months.


Oral cancer can be detected in as little as two minutes with the VELscope system. The Velscope light detects abnormal tissue on the lips, mouth, and upper throat. The exam is painless and can save lives by detecting oral cancer early.


Regular dental cleanings are important because studies have shown that oral health can affect overall health. Even when good oral hygiene is practiced at home, periodic professional cleanings are needed. During a dental cleaning, measurements are taken and recorded of the pocket depth of the tissue surrounding each tooth. Calculus or tartar is removed using hand instruments and or an ultrasonic scaler. The teeth are then polished using a rotating prophy angle and paste, or a prophy jet which sprays water and an abrasive powder onto the teeth to polish them and remove stains. A fluoride treatment may then be administered.


When a baby tooth is lost prematurely, the adjacent teeth may begin to shift into the empty space. The space must be maintained to allow room for the permanent tooth to erupt. If this is not done the permanent tooth may be misaligned. A space maintainer can be cemented onto the teeth to prevent this problem. Once the permanent tooth begins to erupt, the space maintainer can be removed.


Tooth decay must be removed to prevent further damage. Once the decay is removed the missing tooth structure must be restored with a filling. There are two main types of fillings: Amalgam and composite fillings. Both materials are strong. Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth. Many people choose composite fillings because the shade of the material matches the shade of the tooth.