These are procedures that restore the function and aesthetics of either one tooth or many teeth. Our goal is to return your oral health to optimum function, aesthetics, and length of service.
These are some of the procedures that we use:
At our office, we believe in placing the most conservative, most natural looking, and strongest fillings that dentistry has to offer. We only offer tooth colored filling for these reasons. We also couple this with the use of the diagnodent laser to find the decay before it has a chance to destroy much tooth structure. This makes for longer lasting, more conservative restorations.
Crowns (or caps) are used to restore teeth which are cracked, broken, damaged with decay, worn, or misshapen. A crown is cemented (or bonded) onto the portion of the tooth that is above the gum. It surrounds the tooth thus strengthening the tooth to withstand biting forces. The crown is utilized over the filling when there is insufficient tooth structure to hold a filling. The larger the filling, the quicker the filling or the tooth breaks down.
When your teeth have reached the point where we have few options, dentures may be your best option. Dentures can give back a semblance of beauty and health that may have been missing for a long time. We take the time to ensure the best-fit and most natural look that can be achieved with the latest technology. If you are contemplating dentures, we would like to discuss your options and the pros and cons of this decision.
Mini Dental Implants
One of the problems with dentures is the fit of the lower denture. It cannot form a seal (to create suction) like the upper denture can. Now, with mini dental implants we can stabilize the lower and vastly improve the biting force of the dentures. Patients who have had this procedure done were surprised that they left in one appointment with the implants and the lower denture more secure. The wonderful thing about the implants is they also preserve the bone height which would normally shrink away with time. This procedure is fast becoming the standard for stabilizing lower dentures.
Implants are one of the greatest advancements in dentistry. We now have the ability to replace a missing tooth, teeth, or the entire mouth with implants. Implants consist of a titanium root form which the oral surgeon places in the bone to heal (osseointegrate). After the implant is firmly fixed to the bone, the surgeon uncovers it and we start the restoration process. This may consist of a single crown, multiple crowns, or support an entire arch. All the teeth can be replaced with just 8 implants (with a procedure called all on 4).
A bridge is used to replace missing teeth with a nonremovable appliance. It is like crowns which have been fused together with a false crown replacing the missing tooth. Bridges look great and literally bridge the gap between the teeth. The success of the bridge depends on the supporting teeth and how they are kept clean. Since they are fused together, you can no longer floss as usual. We will show you how to use floss threaders to keep your bridge in top shape.