If caught early, cavities can be treated easily and painlessly with bonded tooth-colored composite resin fillings.
Bonding is done by adhering tooth-color composite resin to the front of a teeth in order to repair damage done by decay, alter their alignment, and close gaps.
Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves on teeth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. This minimizes the chance of developing cavities. Non-surgical Gum Treatments: The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth serve as their foundation and are collectively called the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, teeth are jeopardized. Symptoms of an unhealthy periodontium (gum disease) include the following: red gums that bleed easily, bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the teeth, loose teeth, and changes in the position of teeth or the overall bite. It is possible to restore the periodontium to health (as long as it is not too severe) using non-surgical treatments such as a deep cleaning, root planing, and antibiotics.
X-Rays are used to diagnose problems quickly and accurately. Taking an X-Ray involves focusing a beam of particles through bone, which produces an image on special film of the structure through which it passes. We use digital radiography that exposes the patient to 50-70% less radiation than conventional X-Rays. The digital technology also allows us to enhance the images for better clarity and diagnosis.
Panoramic X-Rays, also called radiographs, give dentists a complete view of the mouth. This provides information about a patient's teeth, jaw bones, sinuses, and other tissues of the head and neck. A pan X-Ray is an additional tool used to reach an accurate diagnosis.
Cosmetic dentistry corrects imperfections in the appearance of the teeth or smile. The color, alignment, spacing, and regularity of teeth can be repaired by treatments such as whitening, smile design, re-contouring the shape of teeth, veneers, bonding, and ceramic or porcelain crowns.
Our office has several methods of whitening teeth, including the Zoom! system, passive tray whitening, and professional strength white strips. Zoom! is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. Safe, effective, and conveniently fast, it will whiten your teeth dramatically in just over an hour. Teeth typically become six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. Gel trays are recommended afterward for maximum whitening and maintenance. The tray method, on the other hand, takes a total of three to four weeks and involves wearing a carbamide peroxide gel tray nightly. Three different strength gels are available. The tray method is recommended for badly sained teeth, and it may take up to several months to see significant color improvement. For maintenance, the trays should be used every everal months. The end results of the different treatments are the same, but the cost of the tray method is half that of Zoom! and patients usually experience less post-treatment sensitivity.
Veneers are covers for the parts of the teeth visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect. The direct technique involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth by means of bonding. The indirect technique requires two appointments because the veneers are made by a dental laboratory. At the first appointment, impressions are taken and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks, the lab sends back the veneers and the second appointment involves removing the temporaries and bonding the veneers.