Periodontics and Preventive Care
Gingivitis (bleeding gums) and periodontal disease (bone loss and loose teeth) are caused by bacteria living above and below your gums. Scaling (cleaning above the gum line) and Deep cleaning (cleaning below the gum line is needed to rid the area of this bacteria in order to promote an healthy foundation for your teeth.
Sealants are also performed in our hygiene department to help prevent tooth decay.
Tooth Colored Restorations (fillings)
If you have chipped, broken or discolored teeth, tooth colored fillings can change your entire smile by bonding a layer of resin to your existing teeth to create a natural looking white smile.
These are fillings that are also tooth colored, with the added advantage of being stronger and more durable.
Can transform your smile into a dazzling, Hollywood white smile. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain customized and bonded over your existing tooth structure, hiding any imperfection that will prevent a picture-perfect smile. Say cheese!
Veneers are very thin shells or laminates of ceramic, porcelain or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth.
The procedure of veneer fabrication requires little or no anesthesia and can be the ideal choice for improving the appearance of the front teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile.
In many situations, Veneers are an excellent alternative to crowns. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury or as a result of a root-canal procedure. Patients with spaces between their teeth or have chipped or worn dentition may consider veneers.
Generally, veneers will last for many years, and the technique has shown remarkable longevity when properly performed.
Teeth that are too broken down for a filling or a root canal treated tooth may require a crown. These porcelain crowns , sometimes called caps, give full coverage to the broken tooth and restores it back to it’s original beauty and strength.
A crown is a restoration that covers a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening it and improving the appearance of the tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings are not indicated to solve the problem. If a tooth is fractured, a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse. Crowns are also used to restore a tooth when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling or attach a bridge. Other indications for crowns are: week teeth that can fracture, fractured teeth, root canal treated, or badly shaped or discolored teeth.
There are several steps to have a crown placed on your tooth/teeth. First, the tooth has to be prepared (reduced) so the crown can fit over it. Second, an impression of the prepared tooth and gums is made and sent to the dental laboratory for the crown fabrication. Third, after the tooth is prepared and the impression is made, your dentist will fabricate a temporary crown that will be temporarily cemented to the prepared tooth until the permanent crown is made and returned to your dentist for permanent cementation. Forth, during the next visit, your dentist will remove the temporary crown and then cements the permanent crown onto the previously prepared tooth and the occlusion (bite) is verified.
As an alternative to partial dentures , porcelain bridges literally bridge two or more teeth together if you are missing any teeth. This can be an excellent option if you want a permanent discrete solution for your missing teeth. Bridges can improve your overall smile as well allow you to bite and chew properly
If you have any pain in your teeth or fractured teeth ,which cannot be saved ,
Then an extraction (teeth-pulling) may be needed. After an extraction (s) is performed, it may be necessary to replace that tooth with a bridge, implant, or partial. In some cases, we are also may be able to extract erupted 3 Rd molars or wisdom teeth.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues surrounding those teeth. It is made of acrylic plastic and sometimes porcelain and metal materials. A denture closely resembles natural teeth and gum tissues. Dentures are not just for elderly patients. They can be for anyone who has missing teeth.
Depending on the number of teeth the denture replaces, dentures can be:
Complete: – replaces all teeth
Partial: – replaced one or more missing teeth
Also, depending on the time the denture is delivered/inserted, dentures can be:
Immediate: – inserted/delivered on the same day, immediately following the extraction of the natural teeth.
Conventional: – inserted/delivered about 8 to 12 weeks after the teeth have been extracted and the bone and gum tissue have gone through its initial healing stage.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into your jaw bone to hold a replacement tooth/crown or bridge in the area of missing teeth. Dental implants allow for the restoration of crowns and bridges in areas of missing teeth and may resemble the feeling and appearance of natural teeth. Dental implants may be a little more expensive than dentures but implant restorations may last longer and feel more Natural” than removable restorations (dentures). It is important to know that not all patients are good candidates for implants. It depends on the patients dental and medical conditions so be sure to talk to your dentist about which treatment option is best for you.
Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching of the teeth, this may cause patients to experience facial pain. People who grind and clench their teeth are called bruxers. Bruxers unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. About one in three people suffer from bruxism, which can easily be treated by your dentist.