are types of synthetic resins (mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium) which are used in dentistry as restorative material. . Unlike amalgam, they come in various shades, translucencies and strengths which gives us the ability to create a more natural looking smile. Composite fillings are also considered more conservative as the preparation in the tooth can be made smaller. Composite fillings are bonded into place and a chemical adhesion is created. Using these dentin and enamel bonding techniques restoring the tooth back to near its original physical integrity is possible. On the other hand, amalgam (silver fillings) just fill a hole and requires retention features to hold the filling in place.
are type of dental restoration which completely caps or covers a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth using a dental cement or resin. Crowns can be made from many materials including zirconia, lithium disilicate (all porcelain crowns), gold or a combination of the two. Crowns are often used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth. The most common method of crowning a tooth involves reshaping the tooth and taking an impression of the tooth to fabricate the crown outside of the mouth. The crown can then be inserted at a subsequent dental appointment. Bridges are multiple units of crowns connected together and are used to replace missing teeth.
are thin layers of restorative material placed over the front of a tooth , either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. Typically we prefer porcelain veneers fabricated by a ceramist in a laboratory. These restorations can be multilayered and have the translucency and depth of a natural tooth, while only being .3 mm thin.
is a sequence of treatment for the pulp of a tooth which results in the elimination of infection and protection of the decontaminated tooth from future microbial invasion. This set of procedures is commonly referred to as a “root canal.” Root canals and their associated pulp chamber are the physical hollows within a tooth that are naturally inhabited by nerve tissue, blood vessels and other cellular entities. Endodontic therapy (root canal) involves the removal of these structures, the subsequent cleaning, shaping, and decontamination of the structure with tiny files and irrigating solutions, and the obturation (filling) of the decontaminated canals with an inert filling such as gutta percha and sealer. During your treatment you may feel some pressure on the tooth as the doctor is performing the procedure, however we are definitely sympathetic to the fact that infrequently patients feel some pain. Always remember that while you are in our office we will do everything possible to make sure you are anesthetized and comfortable.
is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including periodontal disease or tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment. We believe that teeth should be removed as atraumatically and painlessly as possible. Therefore most teeth are gently removed here in our office but in the right situation we may refer patients to an oral surgeon who can use IV sedation.
are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some of which rely on clasps or anchors to attach onto teeth or dental implants.
are titanium posts used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth in the form of crowns, bridges or dentures. These devices are a great way to replace missing teeth without the need to reduce permanent tooth structure on adjacent teeth as is needed for bridge preparations. Dental implants are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. After initial healing the implants will fuse with bone, therefore they lack the periodontal ligament and will feel slightly different than natural teeth during chewing. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them. This gives someone who has lost teeth the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that their teeth appear natural. In addition, implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are missing. To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants
cosmetic braces are a way for us to provide you with straight teeth in anywhere from 4-9 months. The idea is simple, we use white brackets and white wires with clear elastics. We correct only what your main concerns are. Most adults are unwilling to spend two years in braces to get that perfect bite with the back teeth aligned just right. So by just aligning the front teeth in the smile zone we can save time and money. Most adults fall into this category, however we may recommend treatment with an orthodontist if there are severe changes that need to be made, or if you are younger than 18.
commonly known as laughing gas is a chemical compound with the formula N2O. It is known as “laughing gas” due to the euphoric effects of inhaling it. It can make appointments less stressful and more relaxing. It also gives the patient the ability to drive to and from their appointment by themselves.
is a type of conscious sedation, in other words it allows the dentist to sedate the patient but not put them to sleep. The sedation is performed by taking medication prior to the appointment as well as the proper amount of medication titrated during the procedure. Oral sedation gives patients the option to be more relaxed during the procedure and does have a hypnotic effect so that memories of their dental visit are less likely. It is necessary to have someone accompany the patient for the procedure, both driving them to the appointment and returning them home.