Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services. We can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular checkups and continued home oral health routines.
Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We offer both composite resin fillings and amalgam fillings.
Composite resin fillings are tooth colored and make for a very natural looking smile. Amalgam fillings are silver and mostly used to fill teeth in the back of the mouth. While questions and concerns have arisen about the safety of the amalgam fillins and its mercury content, the major U.S. and international scientific and health organizations have been satisfied that dental amalgam is a safe, reliable and effective restorative material. Some of these organizations include the National Institute of Health, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the F.D.A., and the American Dental Association.
Upon patient request we will replace old amalgam fillings with the more natural composite resin.
Pros and Cons for Amalgam
- Amalgam fillings are strong and can withstand substantial biting pressure
- Amalgam fillings are less expensive
- Most insurance policies will cover the amalgam fillings
- It is normally a shorter appointment time
- Some patients experience some sensitivity to hot and cold after an amalgam filling
- Amalgam fillings don’t harden immediately, so the patient must wait a minimum of one hour prior to eating
- In some cases more tooth structure is lost, because an amalgam filling requires a larger preparation
Pros and Cons for Composite Resin
- The composite filling material does not contain any mercury
- A composite filling looks more natural
- The composite filling is hard when you leave the office, so there is no waiting to eat
- More tooth structure is maintained , because a smaller preparation is used
- Composite fillings are more costly
- In some cases the composite material may stain over a period of time, especially when drinking tea, coffee, or using tobacco.
- If you are bleaching your teeth, the composite fillings do not change shades, but once bleaching is complete the fillings can be replaced with a lighter shade.
- Insurance companies may not pay for composite fillings on back teeth.
- It is normally a longer appointment time
Bonding is a common solution for:
- Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
- Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface
Often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.
Composite bonding has many advantages:
- It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
- It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
- Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
- Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.
Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.
A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
- The patient undergoes anesthesia.
- A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
- The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
- The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
- With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
- The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
- A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
- Patients MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.
Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth.” Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If the wisdom teeth are impacted, we refer most patients to an oral surgeon. For most other extractions, we have the equipment and training needed to perform those extractions, with an absolute minimum of discomfort. Ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.