GENERAL AND FAMILY DENTISTRY
Whether it is a simple filling or a more complex case, we have the knowledge and expertise to execute beautiful results. We utilize updated technology to provide the best care. We also take the time to explain what to expect with procedures and make sure that all questions are addressed. Our patients appreciate the quality of dentistry we offer, however, I believe they stay with our practice for very different reason. Our staff cares about the patient, their families, and their concerns.
Fillings or restorations are placed when a tooth is either damaged from chipping, fracturing or decay. Composite or white fillings are the most common filling material placed today. Our goal is to retain as much of the original tooth as possible. When completed, the tooth looks like the original tooth in size, shape and color
Crowns and Bridges
A full covering over an individual tooth is called a crown or a cap. A crown is recommended when the tooth is weakened by decay, cracks or fractures or when a tooth has had a root canal. It strengthens the tooth by covering over the remaining tooth and filling. It is cemented or bonded permanently in place. Crowns are similar in size, shape, and color of the original and surrounding teeth. This can be a one or two step process depending on the situation. A bridge is a similar restoration on a larger scale. It consists of crowns on either side of a missing tooth, and provides a replacement for the missing tooth by connecting them all together.
The most ideal treatment in many cases for missing teeth is an implant. Implants are made of titanium screws. When placed, the screw will fuse directly to the bone. After three or four months, an abutment or post is attached to the implant. The final procedure is the placement of a porcelain or zirconium crown. Implants are very strong and cannot decay like a natural tooth.
Partial and Complete Dentures
For patients missing several teeth, partials are another option. These are removable appliances. A partial replaces only the missing teeth and attaches to the remaining healthy teeth. Dentures are a restorative option when all of the teeth are missing. Dentures are removable appliances. When in place, they look natural and help support the face, lips and smile line. Sometimes, especially with lower dentures, patients may elect to have implants placed to help hold their dentures in place.
After your periodontal screening at your cleaning and exam, we will discuss our findings. If we diagnose gum disease, we will deveop a plan with you that may include in office treatment and home care. We may recommend a deep cleaning, more frequent cleaning, different oral hygiene strategies, or even a referral to a periodontist.