Dental cleaning by a registered dental hygienist aims to remove plaque, tarter and stains that have accumulated on the teeth. Even with routine brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums, tarter can develop.
Dental sealants are a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth — usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) — to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Composite Fillings, often referred to as “tooth-colored fillings”, are a restorative material used in dentistry to build back tooth structure lost from cavities, wear, or tooth chipping/fracture. The material comes in multiple different shades to
match flawlessly to your existing teeth, and is chemically bonded to the teeth using a
high-powered light source.
Crowns and Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that are used
to replace or restore damaged or missing teeth. Crowns, sometimes referred to as
“caps”, are fixed over the surfaces of natural teeth or dental implants to prevent any
further tooth breakdown and restore your smile. Bridges are used to fill in the gaps left
by missing teeth and anchored in place by the natural teeth on either side of the empty
space. Both crowns and bridges are “fixed” meaning they cannot be taken in and out of
the mouth. These restorations are custom stained and glazed from the lab to achieve a
very natural look with the rest of your teeth.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are
thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface
of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth
changing their color, shape, size, or length.
When teeth are unable to be saved with traditional restorations, tooth extractions may be required. For this, your dentist or a surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth (oral surgeon or periodontist) can remove the tooth/teeth. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.
Complete Dentures are an effective and affordable way of replacing missing teeth.
Impressions of the mouth are taken and sent to a laboratory that specializes in these
dental prosthetics to recreate a life-like and functional smile for the patient.
Partial dentures are dental appliances that utilize cast metal or flexible base resin to
fabricate a durable framework with which artificial teeth are attached. These appliances
are similar to bridges in the sense that they use the remaining natural teeth as anchors
to hold the prosthetic in place. However, partial dentures are fully removable and can
be taken in and out as needed.
Dental braces are a form of orthodontics that consist of wires, brackets, and rubber
bands used to straighten malpositioned teeth. The brackets are firmly attached to the
teeth, and different sets of wires are used throughout treatment to level and align the
dentition. Typical treatment ranges from 12-24 months.
Invisalign is another form of orthodontics that utilizes clear aligners or “trays” to level
and align the patients dentition. This form of tooth movement has gained popularity
with many adult patients due to the aligners appearing “invisible”, but is a treatment for
young adults as well.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth, and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.
Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down to the roots. Your dentist may need to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth.
The VELscope® Vx Enhanced Oral Assessment System, which centers on a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence visualization to help discover oral mucosal abnormalities that might otherwise have been overlooked.
Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination. Dental X-rays may also be done as follow-up after dental treatments.