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Tooth whitening is an easy, effective and inexpensive way to enhance the beauty of your smile.
The Opalescence Tooth Whitening System is the easiest, and fastest way to put the white back in your smile. Three affordable options are available from in-office whiteing to custom take home systems.
Keeping your gums in good condition is important for good dental health. Perhaps even more importantly, uncontrolled, long term chronic gum inflammation places you at an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis and other health problems. This is why treatment and prevention of your gum inflammation is so important to improve and protect your overall health. Healthy gums never bleed.
HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOU HAVE GUM DISEASE?
- Healthy gums NEVER bleed
- Red, inflamed gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together
- Loose teeth
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF GUM DISEASE
- Improve your body’s ability to heal your inflammation.
- Proper diet rich in vegetables and fruits.
- Moderate exercise.
- Develop your effective personal stress management program.
- Multivitamin/mineral and antioxidant supplements.
HOW TO REDUCE OR ELIMINATE THE CONTRIBUTING CAUSES OF YOUR INFLAMMATION
- Effective preventive home care – brushing, flossing.
- Schedule professional cleanings with your hygienist as recommended.
- Make your mouth easy to clean. For example, straighten crowded, overlapped teeth; renew broken or leaking fillings. Eliminate or correct other contributing factors such as smoking and clenching and grinding.
- Consult your physician or pharmacist about your medications and medical conditions.
- Periowave Therapy to eliminate gum disease causing bacteria around your gums.
Oral Cancer Screen:
You may not be aware that you have had any type of oral cancer screening done at the dentist. Have you ever noticed that the dentist or hygienist tells you to move your tongue around when he or she checks you at your exam? They are looking for visual signs of any abnormalities that could be cancerous. We will also feel around for any abnormalities.
Peiowave is a quick and painless, technology that works to kill the bacteria associated with periodontal diseases, without the promotion of antibiotic resistance.
Periowave utilizes a non-thermal laser light combined with a photosensitizing solution designed to kill bacteria associated with the disease and allows your healing to begin.
Many people clench and grind their teeth, sometimes even unconsciously. This habit is called bruxism. Bruxism incrreases your risk of premature wear, teeth breaking, gums receding, migraine headaches and jaw joint discomfort. Bite guards are recommended to reduce your risk due to bruxism. Night guards and your effective personal stress management strategies are effective tools to control and manage bruxism.
"The Tongue Trick"- Helps Reduce your Risk of Bruxism:
Place your tongue lightly behind your upper front teeth just where your gums touch your teeth. When you do this, your teeth separate slightly and all your jaw muscles relax. The trick is to make this your "go to" position at all times.
Sometimes orthodontic treatment is recommended to improve your bite relationship. Please refer to Invisalign below.
During a dental visit, we may identify certain teeth that are prone to decay. A common preventative measure is the use of sealants. Food and plaque become trapped on the surface of your teeth and cause decay if the plaque is not removed. Once sealants are in place, they are an effective barrier against decay in the deep pits and fissures of your teeth.
When your teeth are straight and properly aligned they function well. When your teeth are crowded and misaligned you have increased risk of premature and excessive wear, gum recession, loose teeth, jaw joint problems and teeth breaking. Orthodontic treatment like Invisalign realigns your teeth to a healthier and safer bite relationship.
Invisalign’s clear, custom designed aligners are an inconspicuous and removable way to capture your beautiful new smile. Many complex cases that once required braces can now be treated with Invisalign, often in about a year.
Plaque forms on your teeth every day. The sugar in the food that you eat reacts with the plaque and produces acid. Without proper brushing and flossing , and regular visits with your hygienist. the acid wears down the tooth's enamel causing teeth to decay. The decay is removed and the composite filling (white filling) is placed, smoothed, and contoured to your bite.
Bonding is a composite resin filling used to make cosmetic improvments to a tooth or teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you may have, close up minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth. After this, your cosmetic dentist will apply a bonding material and sculpt, color and shape it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic, and the surface is finely polished.
There are many reasons why a dentist would recommend getting a crown or cap, the most common is when tooth decay damages a cusp (large corner) of a tooth. To begin the restoration, the damaged tooth is first prepared by removing any decay or old filling. New filling is then placed to support the crown restoration. Next an impression is taken in order to model the exact shape required for the crown. A temporary crown is made and inserted until the final crown is ready from the lab. Around 2 weeks later the lab has prepared the final crown and temporary crown is removed, and the doctor will cement the permanent crown in place.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
This procedure is a team effort between you, your dentist and your periodontist. Your periodontist and dentist will consult with you to determine where and how your implant should be placed. Depending on your specific condition and the type of implant chosen, your periodontist will create a treatment plan tailored to meet your needs.
In dentistry, a veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using a resin cement .
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. It is made of acrylic plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials. Complete dentures replace all of the teeth, while partial dentures fill in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevent other teeth from shifting position. Complete dentures are "immediate" or "conventional". An immediate denture is a complete denutre or partial denture that is inserted on the same day, immediately followiing the removal of the natural teeth. The immediate denture acts as a Band-Aid to protect the tissues and reduce bleeding after tooth extraction.
Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic treatment, is the process of removing infected, injured or dead pulp from your tooth. The space inside the hard layers of each tooth is called the root canal system. This system is filled with soft dental pulp made up of nerves and blood vessels that help your tooth grow and develop.
When bacteria (germs) enter your tooth through deep cavities, cracks or flawed fillings, your tooth can become abscessed. An abscessed tooth is a tooth with an infection in the pulp. If pulp becomes infected, it needs to be removed. An abscessed tooth may cause pain and/or swelling. Your dentist may notice the infection from a dental x-ray or from other changes with the tooth. If left untreated, an abscessed tooth can cause serious oral health problems.
The process of removing a tooth from the mouth is called dental extraction. This is performed when dental restoration is impossible, to prevent other teeth from decaying as well. Dental extractions are also performed to remove impacted teeth or problematic wisdom teeth. Sometimes orthodontic treatment requires dental extractions, as well.