Healthy teeth can last a lifetime. But when infection or cavities strike, timely restorative treatment is the key to preserving your smile. Our office offers a comprehensive menu of restorations to choose from, depending on your situation.
Cavities are bacterial infections that erode the outer and inner structures of teeth. Once the enamel had decomposed, cavities can continue to grow and spread to other teeth in the mouth. To stop this process, we remove the decaying areas and fill them with restorative materials that seal, protect, and rebuild the tooth structure. Instead of silver amalgam fillings that contain mercury, we use white fillings that match the color of the tooth being treated.
Sometimes called “caps,” dental crowns protect and encase your tooth’s surface above the gums. They’re necessary when too much structural damage has occurred (such as large cavities and cracks) or after root canal treatment. Each crown is made of porcelain and can be matched to your other teeth, so that it isn’t noticeable when you’re talking or smiling.
Biocompatible dental implants function like artificial tooth roots. Each one is set into the jaw, where it fuses with the bone and becomes a permanent part of your bite. After integration occurs, we attach a fixed implant restoration such as a crown, bridge, or a denture. The best part? 98% of dental implants last for a lifetime.
One or two missing teeth can have a tremendous impact on your bite’s function and appearance. Bridges take two functional crowns that are anchored onto the adjacent teeth, and suspend an artificial crown (or two) between them, filling in the open space. A bridge can also be attached on top of dental implants to replace several teeth at one time (eliminating the need for a partial denture.)
Replacing missing teeth has never been easier and more affordable than with our custom dentures and partial dentures. Each removable prosthesis is handcrafted to fit your individual mouth for enhanced comfort and confidence.
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a safe and simple way to help you relax during your treatment, no matter how simple or complex it may be! Our custom sedation dentistry options put your mind at ease, so that you can relax and we can work more efficiently.
We recommend scheduling a checkup every six months, so that potential dental problems can be intercepted as early as possible. If you do feel something that needs to be checked, it’s best to schedule an exam at your earliest convenience.
During your visit, we will examine each tooth and order a set of X-rays to evaluate the areas that can’t be seen clinically. If findings such as cavities, abscesses, or other dental anomalies are noted, we’ll create a customized care plan that outlines our recommended treatments to restore your oral health back to its full potential.
When possible, we’ll also discuss alternative treatments that may be available, so that you can select the best one for your individual needs and priorities.
Your treatment plan will outline all of the fees involved, the number of appointments necessary, and an estimate of how your insurance benefits will be applied. If you need assistance financing all or a portion of your dental treatment, we offer two Dental Care Plans to help you get the treatment you deserve.
If you’re not sure what your smile needs, but it’s time to get your oral health back in shape, contact us today to book a new patient exam!
Getting a root canal is a lot like having a filling, but the process takes longer because a larger area is being filled. Once the cavity is removed, the nerve inside the tooth is also taken out. Then the open canal is thoroughly cleaned, medicated, and sealed off to prevent the chance of reinfection.
Thanks to modern anesthetics and technology to make the treatment more efficient, having a root canal done is a relatively straightforward process. The overall length of treatment depends on the tooth, as some have more roots than others.
It is no secret that dentists are committed to saving teeth. This is why we fill a cavity, instead of pulling the tooth.
Cavities can decay a tooth to the point where restoration is virtually impossible without a procedure called crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a routine surgical procedure, which remodels the contour of the gum line. The procedure does not actually lengthen the crown, but rather lowers the gum line. When there is not enough tooth structure to affix a crown, this is the only option. Sometimes a tooth has been broken below the gum line. In this instance, crown lengthening is very successful in exposing more of the tooth, so that the dentist has something to work with.