Composite (Tooth-Colored) Fillings
During your visit, you will be anesthetized with a local anesthetic for your filling. Once the filling area is numb, the decayed or damaged part of your tooth will be removed. We use a series of steps to ensure that the composite filling bonds to the tooth, and then add composite to replace the missing tooth structure.
Crowns and Bridges
Please remember that temporary crowns are not permanent, and are cemented with temporary cement. Anything you eat that is sticky or chewy may pull the temporary crown off. We advise you to stay away from sticky or chewy foods, as well as chewing gum until your permanent crown is cemented.
Dental implants may suit you if you have missing, broken, or severely decayed teeth, and are in relatively good health. The only way to be sure they are a good fit for you is to consult with a dentist to identify if you have adequate bone support and healthy gums that will support the new tooth structure.
The placement of implants is a multi-step process typically taking 6 to 9 months to complete. It begins with a surgical procedure where a titanium rod is placed where a natural tooth root existed. You will be given a local anesthetic for the procedure, and the implant will be covered with a healing cap after placement. At the conclusion of the healing period, you will be fitted for permanent crowns and have them placed.
Discomfort, such as bruising and swelling is normal after an implant procedure. However, inflammation can be managed with over the counter analgesics, or if necessary, a prescription pain reliever. You may be asked to eat only soft foods for a few days to a few weeks until the surgical site heals.
Many patients think all root canals involve pain and discomfort. Advancements in modern dentistry have made root canals very tolerable procedures, often similar to getting a filling. More than 9 out of 10 root canal procedures are successful, and most treatments last many years to a lifetime.
The first step is to numb your tooth with local anesthetic. Once you are numb, the diseased pulp will be removed and the canals cleaned and shaped. The canals are then filled and sealed, and the tooth is restored, often with a crown.
First, the teeth must be prepared, removing a small amount from their surface. A mold is then created and sent to our dental lab, which will lead to the creation of your veneers. When the veneers are ready, you return and have them bonded to your teeth.
Normal brushing and flossing can be resumed immediately. It is normal to experience some sensitivity during the veneering process. This dissipates quickly after the final bonding.
Teeth naturally darken as we age. Also, certain foods, beverages, medications, and habits can create a darker, yellowed or stained smile. It is possible to erase or lessen these stains with a professional whitening treatment.
An examination of your teeth and gums as well as measurements of the pockets around your teeth will be completed. An oral cancer screening as well as a comprehensive evaluation of your oral soft tissues will be done. If you haven’t been to the dentist in a while, x-rays may be taken for a more comprehensive view of your teeth. The dental hygienist will clean your teeth using special instruments to remove hardened plaque. Finally, your teeth will be polished and your dentist will complete a comprehensive exam, discussing treatment recommendations as well as any oral health problems or questions you may have.
If your teeth are healthy and you would like to change imperfections in them to enhance the appearance of your smile, cosmetic dentistry may be of help. Cosmetic dental procedures will change your smile and compliment the natural appearance of your teeth.
Cosmetic dental services can range from teeth whitening to totally changing your smile. Available treatments include – whitening, tooth-colored fillings, bonding, veneers, crowns, bridges and implants.
We ask you to avoid certain foods and keep the extraction site clean. Please complete entire course of all prescriptions given. Also, avoid smoking and drinking through straw to avoid a dry socket.
You will need to care for your partial dentures by:
- Soaking them in a solution when not in the mouth
- Clean them daily
- Protect from droppage, as they may break
- Keep away from pets, they like to eat them.
First, an impression is made of the affected area, which is sent to our dental lab. The lab will fabricate a prosthesis to fit over your remaining teeth, which has a gum colored base and plastic teeth. A framework with clasps will attach this appliance to your natural teeth.
This is dependent on whether you are edentulous (no teeth) or have teeth needing to be removed and dentures placed. If you have teeth needing to be removed, impressions will be made of your existing teeth and dentures will be fabricated. You will return for tooth extractions and denture seating. If you have no teeth, the denture process involves several appointments where your teeth are fitted and then delivered to you.
It takes time to adjust to dentures. You will have to learn how to use the muscles in your cheeks as well as your tongue to keep them in place. Over time, you will feel more comfortable with your new removable prosthetic.
Inlays and Onlays
Your tooth will be prepared at the first visit, an impression made and a temporary placed. The restoration is made in a lab and when finished, will be placed in your tooth at another visit.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Full mouth rehabilitation is essentially a work of art, restoring health, beauty and function to your mouth in the most efficient, cost effective way possible. Full mouth rehabilitation is a highly individualized treatment. The reason for this treatment is to optimize the health of the entire mouth, including your teeth, gums and bite.
- Dental bridges
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants
- Inlays or onlays
- Porcelain veneers
- Tooth whitening
Ideal candidates for full mouth rehabilitation are in good general health but have multiple missing or badly damaged teeth. Many patients also require the replacement of existing restorations which have worn over time.
Most full mouth rehabilitation plans require extensive work over multiple appointments. The result is a fully functioning mouth and excellent oral health that can last for decades. This involves the individual recreation of each tooth where they are worn, broken, extensively decayed or missing. Some patients may wish for a more attractive smile, while others yearn for teeth allowing them to eat comfortably.