With the use of modern technology and improved techniques, our team is able to provide a variety of options for restoring a tooth back to its normal shape, appearance and function.
If restorative treatment is needed, we promise to discuss and offer all treatment options available to you. We will provide high quality care, ensuring a minimally invasive treatment plan. It is our top priority to provide comfortable and quality care for you and your new smile.
Harmful bacteria in plaque on the tooth can lead to decay. We can remove the decay and fill the area. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down. Tooth colored fillings are made of tooth colored resin. A composite filling protects the tooth from infection and further decay and it restores natural function and aesthetics.
When decay is left untreated, it can worsen, causing further infection and even more severe pain. The infected tooth may eventually require a root canal or extraction.
The process for placing a composite resin dental filling is as follows:
- The tooth is isolated from saliva to keep it dry.
- The decayed portion is removed from the tooth, leaving healthy tooth structure.
- A bonding agent is used to coat the opening.
- A special light is used cure the bonding agent.
- The composite resin is added, shaped and cured.
- The cured composite filling is polished to look like your natural tooth.
We can help you decide whether composite resin fillings are right for you. Composite resin not only restores your teeth but also gives a natural-look.
You can decrease your risk of cavities and other dental diseases by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Keeping up with regular professional cleanings
- Avoiding eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods and beverages
They all make you feel cared for and important. There is no judgment and lots of compassion
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Dentures are custom-crafted to fit your mouth and your specific tooth replacement needs. They provide a cosmetic and functional replacement solution for tooth loss. To make your dentures, our dentist will take a series of impressions of your mouth, including several measurements. A model will be crafted, tested, and adjusted until the color, shape, and fit of the denture are right for your needs. Once the model is ready, it is sent to the dental lab and used to produce your permanent denture. Finally, you will receive your permanent denture and minor adjustments will be made, if necessary, to ensure comfort and fit.
Depending on the needs of your smile, you may benefit from a full or partial denture:
Conventional Full Dentures are a great option if you need replacement for all of your upper and/or lower teeth. Impressions will be taken and from these impressions a model will be made. This model will be used to create a try in denture. This try in denture allows the Dentist to check the positioning of the teeth, the positioning of the teeth affects the look or aesthetics of the denture and will also affect the bite of the denture. Once it is determined that the try in denture is correct the laboratory will construct the final denture. Upon delivery of the final denture the fit is evaluated and any adjustments are made. Before the patient is released complete instructions in wear and caring for their new denture are explained.
Immediate Full Dentures are an excellent choice for patients who need the last remaining upper and/or lower teeth extracted. These dentures provide replacement for your teeth while your gums heal following extraction. The immediate denture is placed immediately following extraction, which allows you to have the appearance and function of teeth during the healing process. In fact, immediate dentures act like a sort of bandage in your mouth and serve to promote healing in your gums.
Partial Dentures, also known as Removable Bridges, are a replacement for one or more missing teeth. Besides the aesthetic reason for bridges, patients often choose to have a bridge to prevent teeth from rotating or shifting into the empty spaces caused by tooth loss. Our dentist will help you match the replacement to your natural teeth for a consistent look to your smile.
Dentures provide many benefits as a method of tooth replacement. Some of these include:
- Smile improvement – dentures restore a full, natural-looking smile
- Functionality – dentures restore the ability to chew foods evenly throughout your mouth
- Oral health – partial dentures prevent shifting of teeth surrounding empty spaces from missing teeth
- Overall appearance – dentures can prevent the facial sagging that can be caused by missing teeth
- Speech- correctly shaped and positioned teeth help you speak clearly and effectively
With any form of dentures, you should follow up with our doctor as recommended. We may need to make adjustments or relines to your dentures over time to keep proper fit and full comfort. You should clean your dentures regularly using a soft bristle toothbrush and a non-abrasive cleanser to avoid build up of plaque. Generally, dentures should be replaced approximately every 5 years. Ask our doctor to evaluate whether your dentures should be refit or replaced.
Dental implants provide a safe, permanent, durable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants function well and have a very natural appearance within your mouth. Our doctor is committed to ensuring your optimal comfort and quality care. To that end, we make use of the latest techniques and technologies that allow efficient, stress-free treatment. Many of our patients find dental implants to be an appealing tooth loss solution and are pleased by how relaxed and comfortable their experience can be.
Placing an Implant
Placing the implant is the first stage in a two-part process that provides a long-term solution for tooth loss. The dental implant, a small titanium cylinder, is gently placed into your jaw by a surgeon. This cylinder functions as an artificial tooth root. As it heals, the bone will grow and attach to the implant, creating a strong, secure foundation for the replacement tooth or denture. Throughout the process, our team takes great care in ensuring your optimal comfort. We want you to have an excellent implantation experience as well as beautiful results.
Dental Implant with Replacement Crown
A replacement crown is a prosthetic tooth that is attached to the dental implant. This crown is custom-designed to look and function like one of your natural teeth. In some cases, a temporary crown may be provided, to provide aesthetic and functional benefit while your implant heals. Once the implant has fully healed, the custom-crafted permanent replacement crown is affixed, restoring the fullness and functionality of your smile. Replacement crowns are a great option for replacing any number of teeth.
Implant-supported dentures provide another teeth replacement option that can be a great alternative to conventional dentures. Our doctor will recommend a teeth replacement plan based on your individual needs and preferences.
- Removable Implant-Supported Dentures provide replacement for all upper and/or lower teeth. They can be removed for cleaning like conventional dentures, yet are far more secure than unsupported dentures. These dentures can be attached with as few as 2 implants, though are more secure with additional implants. Our dentist will advise you on how many implants are best for your removable implant-supported dentures.Fixed Implant-Supported Dentures also replace all upper and/or lower teeth. This may also be known as an “All on 4 Bridge” or “teeth in a day”. These dentures are permanently anchored to your dental implants. They are used to replace an arch or jaw of teeth, and can be helpful in preventing bone loss. The strength of dental implants provides an ideal anchor for dentures that will function and look like natural teeth.
- Implant-Secured Partial Fixed Dentures are a type of bridge that is anchored to several dental implants. This bridge is a type of partial denture that replaces one or more teeth. With implant-secured partial fixed dentures, the implant provides the anchor, so your natural teeth do not need to be compromised by this tooth loss solution.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are an aesthetic, effective solution for tooth loss. There are many great benefits to choosing dental implants.
- Natural looking smile: Dental implants are crafted to closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring a natural-looking smile.
- Improved oral health: Since there is no need to alter surrounding teeth to anchor implants, more of your natural teeth are preserved intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Improved speech: Implants are solid replacements for natural teeth and they help you to speak smoothly and clearly.
- Improved comfort: Dental implants avoid movements of removable dentures which can cause pain or impair function
- Improved function: Dental implants function much like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat without pain.
- Protect healthy bone structure: Empty spaces caused by tooth loss can, over time, lead to deterioration of the jawbone. Since dental implants function like tooth roots, they are able to prevent this type of deterioration, just as natural teeth do.
- Long-term solution: Dental implants, when cared for properly are very durable and last a very long time.
There are several factors that our doctor will consider before recommending dental implants. Some of these include:
- Adequate bone support to anchor the implant
- Healthy gum tissue
- Anatomy of the mouth including position of the sinuses and nerves
- Overall health, including any chronic illnesses