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Tooth Colored Fillings

Tooth colored fillings (white fillings) directly bond to the teeth, providing strength in addition to aesthetics. Composite fillings are preferred over amalgam fillings (silver fillings) due to their ability to bond and become a part of the tooth structure, whereas amalgam fillings are held in place by the shape of the prepared tooth structure.

Implants

An implant is placed in the gums where teeth are missing. When the implant is ready to be restored (usually within 4-6 months after placement), impressions are taken and sent to the lab to make the permanent crown that will be attached to the implant. Implant restoration can last a lifetime.

Crowns

A crown is done to strengthen the tooth that is otherwise weakened by a large filling, fracture, decay or when it is badly damaged. There are several indications for placing a crown on a tooth, these can be due to aesthetic considerations, but most are due to considerable loss of tooth structure. A crown also protects the tooth from heavy biting forces we generate on our teeth while chewing. Once restored with a crown, the tooth functions as a natural tooth.

Bridges

A bridge is a tooth replacement option. It is done to replace a missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth permanently to the adjacent teeth on each side of the missing area. The teeth on each side of the missing area will be prepared for a crown, another crown will be made to replace the tooth on the missing area. This will be attached to the crowns adjacent to it. A bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces missing teeth.

Invisalign

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.

Veneers

Dental veneers are custom-designed thin layers of porcelain material that are placed only on the front of the tooth to improve the appearance of the teeth. Veneers can be used to fix worn tooth enamel, chips, cracks, and even overlapping tooth alignment or spacing with minimal reduction of tooth structure.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin is bonded to the teeth's surface to enhance aesthetics. Bonding is usually applied in areas of very low bite pressure such as the anterior (front) teeth. Dental bonding can be used as an option for correction of the following:

  • To repair chipped or cracked teeth
  • To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
  • To close spaces between teeth
  • To make teeth look longer
  • To change the shape of teeth

Scaling and root planning

Scaling and root planning is the most common and conservative form of treatment for periodontal (gum) disease. The process involves the removal of plaque and tarter that has moved below the gumline. Scaling and root planing treatment is usually divided into multiple visits. The hygienist uses special instruments to reach below the gumline. Local anesthetic may be used to numb the area being treated during each visit.

Periodontal Maintenance

After the scaling and root planing treatment is complete, patients return on a 3-4 month periodontal maintenance schedule as part of the periodontal therapy. It is important to frequently monitor the health of the gums as well as keep the periodontal pockets clean and free of infection.