General Treatment

Our dental practice provides a wide range of services without referring you to other dental specialists. Having your total dental needs provided in one location can save time and provide a greater sense of familiarity. We focus on complete preventive dental care, and believe that this begins with regular checkups, professional cleanings and consistent home dental health habits.

We offer only the highest quality dental services. At our practice we treat patients requiring restorative services because of injuries, dental disease and other problems that may require cosmetic dentistry. Our main goal is to help our patients maintain great oral health by using the latest technology and techniques. Our patients assist in that goal by consistent home care and regularly scheduled exams.

Dental Fillings

The purpose of having a tooth treated with a “filling” is to restore tooth structure that has been damaged by fracture or decay. Older amalgam or metal fillings that could contain a trace of mercury can be replaced with white composite fillings. The white fillings provide a much more natural feel to your teeth and a more natural look to your smile.

The technology of today allows us to eliminate that black look to your teeth caused by the unhealthy metal fillings used in the past. Today’s materials provide a more pleasing, healthier smile with the use of state-of-the-art porcelain or tooth-colored resin materials.

The White Filling Versus the Silver Amalgam Filling

* Today’s White fillings fuse to the tooth to strengthen it and restore it to its former shape. Silver fillings have been known to cause teeth to weaken and, in many cases, break. It can be very expensive to replace a broken tooth, so white fillings are a more cost effective way to fill a cavity.

* The majority of our patients prefer the white filling composites. The composites feel more comfortable, the color is more natural, and they provide a more pleasing appearance. They are also stronger and have a better feel to them.

* The silver/mercury amalgams are more sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, whereas the white composites reduce that issue immensely.

* With Composite restorations less of the original tooth needs to be removed. Amalgams mean that there is more structure to place, particularly with new cavities. Composites also allow for much smaller holes to be drilled.

* Silver fillings are known to contain traces of mercury making them unhealthy, whereas white fillings are considered a healthy alternative treatment.

Composite Bonding

Bonding is commonly used to:

* Reduce unsightly spaces or gaps between teeth
* Repair or fix cracked or chipped teeth
* Hide faded or discolored areas on the surface of a tooth

A composite material such as a resin or a plastic will bond to an existing tooth and is frequently used to enhance your smile or improve the appearance of your natural teeth. Composite bonding requires that only a small portion of the original tooth be removed, unlike crowns or veneers.

The Benefits Of Composite Bonding Treatment

* The relatively inexpensive process does not interfere with the original structure of the tooth
* The bonding process is fast, generally requiring one hour or less
* Various shades are available, allowing you to find a better match to your teeth’s natural color
Keep in mind: composite resins do not last as long nor are they as durable as crowns and veneers, so may require retouching or replacement later.

Composite bonds also tend to stain, so must be cared for correctly and cleaned regularly. The composites should be flossed and brushed daily. Common substances that may stain composite bonds include: tobacco, certain foods, candy, tea and coffee.

Root Canal Treatment

A root canal may be required when the center of a tooth contains decayed pulp. This must be removed and replaced with a strengthening filler.

Superficial decay on a tooth can cause a cavity to develop. If the cavity is ignored the decay may end up beneath the tooth and cause pervasive damage to the structure of the tooth. If left untreated the damage cannot be rectified with an ordinary filling and the dentist may recommend a root canal (endodontics). The treatment will preserve the tooth; restore it to its former state and save the tooth from being extracted.

The Procedure

* The patient is anesthetized
* The tooth is isolated using a dental dam
* Dead or infected dental pulp is removed when the tooth is opened
* The tooth is thoroughly cleaned – this includes cleaning canals and cracks
* The dentist uses special tools to reshape the canals
* The tooth is refilled using cutting edge biocompatible material
* A temporary cover is placed over the surface of the tooth

It is absolutely necessary that the patient visit their own dentist as soon as possible. He or she will be able to restore the tooth permanently.

Tooth Extraction

The third molars or “wisdom teeth” generally appear in your late teens or your early twenties. Some people have insufficient jaw space for them to surface. This condition is referred to as impaction. If a tooth has insufficient space to break through the gum or comes through in the wrong place it can become impacted and can cause problems such as crowding or damage to adjacent teeth.

Occasionally, a wisdom tooth that is unable to erupt through the gum causes inflammation under the gum or in the jawbone and a liquid-filled sac develops around the root of the tooth. Left untreated, this can lead to an abscess or cyst and become infected, causing serious damage to the surrounding teeth and the underlying bone and tissue.