Our Services

              

 

 

Comprehensive Evaluation

The cornerstone of our dental services is a comprehensive evaluation. This process helps us develop an understanding of what you want for your dental health and smile in order to make appropriate recommendations. At the same time we want you to understand your dental health well enough to make informed choices that will give you the result you desire.

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Porcelain Veneers

                                                                             

Porcelain dental veneers are a wonderfully beautiful way to brighten the smile, correct stained and crooked or chipped teeth and otherwise revamp your smile.  Porcelain veneers are custom made, ultra-thin porcelain facings that are bonded to the teeth to create bright, straight, and natural looking smiles. They are similar to crowns, usually placed on front teeth to affect changes in shape, position or color.(See Emily, Brent, Tara)

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Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth, covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.The crown is then cemented into place and fully encases the entire visible portion of a natural tooth. There are many types of dental crowns used for a variety of situations such as protecting a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth, restoring an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down, covering and supporting a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left, holding a dental bridge in place, covering misshapened or severely discolored teeth, or to cover a dental implant.

Crown placement is often a great solution for correcting major functional (bite) or structural problems (See Suzanne,Sammy, Teddine), or bite dysfunction. (See Gracie, Robbie, Dennis, Gene ).

Today's materials and techniques make it hard to distinguish crowns from beautiful, natural teeth. 

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Fixed Bridgework

Missing teeth can cause serious dental problems. Often they can be replaced with fixed bridges, which are permanently secured to the surrounding teeth; the goal is to replace the both the function and beauty of the natural teeth (See Lindsey).

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Dental Implants

                                                                             

Dental implants are long-term replacments for missing teeth, and usually the best treatment option for replacing the feel, function, and appearance of a natural tooth. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone and take the place a natural tooth. Replacing a missing tooth with an implant is frequently the most predictable treatment because the implant tooth does not depend on adjacent teeth for support. (See Madelaine). You can read more about dental implants at the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)

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Smilelift

The appearance of the teeth can often be improved by reshaping or repositioning the gums. This can correct irregularities in the gum line or compensate for teeth that appear to be too short, or simply diminish excess visibility of the gums in a smile. (See Gracie, Emily, Robbie).

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Tooth Whitening

 

                                                                             

Our teeth naturally get darker and more opaque with time. Whitening is a simple and easy process that can produce a more youthful smile. Sometimes referred to as bleaching, this process brightens stained, aged, or discolored teeth. (See Lindsey)

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Resin Bonding - Resin Veneers

A composite resin or resin veneer is used for a variety of structural as well as cosmetic purposes. An enamel like material is applied to the tooth’s surface and sculpted to an ideal shape and color.  Composite resin bonding can restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile.This procedure often can be done in a single visit. (See Smile Gallery 3)

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Resin Fillings

Resin fillings are tooth colored fillings we favor for their strength and esthetic appeal. We believe silver fillings are an archaic and crude treatment and we discontinued their use in our practice over 20 years ago.

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Dental Hygiene Maintenance

Periodontal disease is not only the leading cause of tooth loss for adults, but current research has also identified it as a factor for heart disease and low birth weight babies. We create for you and help you implement an individualized plan of treatment and/or prevention treatment for this chronic debilitating disease.

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Oral Sedation

We want you to be relaxed and completely comfortable during your treatment. It is quite common that we administer sedation with oral medications for dental treatment (See Sedation Dentistry).

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Bite Rehabilitation

Two common reasons for bite reconstruction or rehabilitation are improper bite (malocclusion) and bite collapse (loss of vertical dimension).

Improper bite or malocclusion or is a misalignment and/or incorrect relation between the upper and lower teeth causing the teeth to not fit together properly. Most people have some degree of malocclusion, although it isn't usually serious enough to require treatment. However, misalignment of the teeth along with bruxism (tooth grinding habit) can be devastating to the teeth, jawbones, and jaw joints (TMJ).

Bite collapse is a condition caused by loss of several teeth and/or grinding of the teeth. A patient can grind ("bruxe") the teeth aggressively enough to reduce or wear the biting surfaces so extensively that the upper and lower jaws rotate closer together than normal (also called "loss of vertical dimension). 

Bite collapse can also happen in patients who are not bruxers. This occurs when enough teeth are lost that the remaining teeth and supporting bone are unable to withstand even normal biting forces, and begin to tip sideways, resulting in over-closure of the jaws (collapsed bite).

This can result in damage to the jaw joints; severe pain or dysfunction in the jaw joints (TMJ); frequent muscle tension headaches; tooth fractures and tooth loss; aggravation of periodontal disease, if present, poor chewing function and nutrition; gastrointestinal issues from the inability to chew properly; reduced lower face height; change in physical appearance; and chronic chapping/cracking of the lips, especially at the corners of the mouth.

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Dental Specialists

A deliberate effort has been made to focus our attention on the above procedures. Sometimes dental treatment is indicated that can best be provided by specialists. In these instances, we utilize a team approach to provide you with the highest level of care. On an ongoing basis, we maintain a close working relationship with specialists to assure you receive the same high standard of service you would expect in our office.

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