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A fixed bridge is recommended when we need to replace one or more missing teeth and there are relatively healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. A bridge provides a natural looking replacement that is permanently cemented. The bridge is made up of several attached crowns. The ones on either side of the missing tooth or teeth that are serving as anchors for the bridge are called abutment teeth, the ones that are filling in the gap and are replacing the missing teeth are called pontics. Abutment teeth can be natural teeth or implant supported teeth. They can be made from alloys, gold, or a combination of these materials.
Crowns or Caps are dental restorations that fit over the entire tooth structure and sits above the gum line. They are prescribed when a tooth or teeth are too badly decayed, broken or cracked to be easily restored with a filling. There are several additional indication for crowns. Crowns may be needed for teeth that have had root canals and are also placed on dental implants to replace missing teeth. They can be made entirely of gold or porcelain fused to a gold substrate for strength and beauty. With new technology, however, crowns can be made entirely from high strength ceramic and porcelain for beautiful cosmetic results.
If you’ve lost some or even all of your teeth due to gum disease, decay or injury, dentures can be a great replacement choice, improving your health, as well as your appearance. Dentures can prevent the sagging of facial muscles and improve the way you eat and speak. There are several types of dentures:
- Full dentures are removable appliances that are fitted to your bone ridge and replace all your teeth.
- Partial Dentures replace some missing teeth and are secured by metal or plastic clasps that fit on the stable remaining natural teeth.
- Overdentures are replacement teeth that are secured by fitting over remaining stable natural teeth or implants, (which are small titanium screw like cylinders that are integrated into the jaw bone.) These dentures usually provide the best retention and function.
We use state-of-the-art digital X-rays and digital cameras to help with an accurate diagnosis. This technology gives an instantaneous image of a higher quality than conventional X-rays. Digital X-rays use less radiation to get a diagnostic picture of your teeth and it helps the environment by eliminating the use of chemicals to process the film.
Dental fillings are used to restore teeth where the dentist has had to remove part of the tooth’s structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years, filling materials have been substantially improved by technological advancements. We can offer several choices of materials for these fillings from silver amalgam, gold, porcelain or composite material to match your natural teeth.
Sound dental care is based on routine cleanings and maintenance. Hygiene appointments are important in maintaining oral health. During these routine appointments we not only do a comprehensive prophylaxis, (dental cleaning), we monitor your overall dental health checking for periodontal involvement, cavities, as well as doing an Oral Cancer screening. We provide individualized care to patients who may require local antibiotic, or medicated chips placed in periodontally affected areas. We offer special products for patients suffering from dry mouth or gum sensitivity.
In some cases saving natural teeth is not possible. Replacing one or more teeth with a dental implant(s) may become the treatment of choice. Implants are bio-compatible posts that replace the roots of your missing teeth. These posts are physically and biologically designed to attach to your jaw bone just like the natural root would, and become the foundation for a natural-looking restoration. Your new teeth will give you excellent stability and strength and will look, feel, and behave like your natural teeth.
Dental inlays and onlays are lab processed restorations used when a portion of a tooth is compromised due to extensive decay or a fracture. As a result, the lost tooth structure is too large for a filling but does not require a crown. The tooth is prepared the same way it would be for a standard filling, an impression is made and sent to the dental lab. You will be provided with a temporary restoration until the permanent one is ready. There are choices of material that can be used for the permanent restoration from gold, to porcelain or tooth colored composite. With proper care the inlay or onlay will increase your overall health and give you confidence and comfort for years to come.
Invisalign® & Orthodontics:
Invisalign® is a course of orthodontic treatment using clear aligners to provide an effective way to straighten your teeth while remaining virtually invisible. Wearing the comfortable, customized aligners will gradually shift your teeth into the correct position.
Orthodontic treatment is prescribed to correct a number of common problems:
- Many people may need orthodontic treatment to correct an unsatisfactory bite that’s caused by crowded teeth or even extra teeth.
- Others may need treatment to realign a jaw that is out of place due to genetics or due to an accident.
- Many people want to correct one or more crooked teeth.
Invisalign® is a perfect way to achieve great function and esthetic results.
Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible part of the tooth.
This ultra thin Ceramic veneer is bonded to your natural teeth. Veneers provide a way to change the shape, size, or color of your teeth.
With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance, giving you that confident smile you’re going to enjoy for years to come.
Everyone loves a bright, white smile, and these days, it’s easy enough to go to the corner drugstore and choose from a variety of whitening products. But for a lasting, sparkling white smile, dental office whitening is the only way to go. We now also offer the newest laser technology, which provides wonderful results.