RESTORATIVE / COSMETIC SERVICES
Composite fillings match the shade of your natural teeth and are used to restore teeth that have cavities or that have been chipped. Composite fillings work in the same way that amalgam (sliver colored) ones do, so they are effective for restoring teeth that have suffered from fracture or decay. However, unlike amalgam fillings, composite fillings are not made of metals and are mercury-free. In our office, we only use composite fillings to restore teeth.
Root canal treatment is the process of removing the nerve in the tooth. When a tooth becomes infected, the infection can spread into the center of the tooth, called the dental pulp. Inside of the dental pulp are the nerves, connective tissue, and blood vessels. If decay or infection reached the pulp, this can cause the patient to feel sensitivity and even pain. At this point the tooth will need a RCT. A root canal endodontic procedure works by creating a small hole in the tooth so that all of the infected areas can be removed. The dental pulp is removed, and oftentimes so are the roots. Once done, the dentist will clean the area to ensure that the infection is gone. In order to complete the root canal, the dentist will seal up the canal and the hole. The material used is called gutta-percha and helps stabilize the tooth now that a portion is missing. At our office, the dentist place a filling or crown after the RCT in order to further strengthen and protect the damaged tooth.
A dental crown is a cap that surrounds the tooth. A crown is used to repair a damaged tooth, replace large broken filling, or protect a tooth after root canal treatment. Crowns can also be used to improve the appearance of your smile. A crown can consist of three different materials, all-metal, ceramic-on-metal and all-ceramic. The location of the crown will determine the best material to use. A crown usually requires two visits in our office. At the first visit, the dentist will remove the decay, take impression of the tooth to send to the lab and place a temporary crown. On the second visit, the temporary crown is removed and the final crown is fitted and cemented into place.
A dental bridge is a way to replace a missing tooth. If you are missing one or more teeth, our dentists may recommend a fixed bridge, which is a prosthesis of artificial teeth that fills the gap between missing teeth. The new tooth is held in place by two or more crowns, depending on how many teeth are missing. A bridge usually requires two or more visits in our office. The dentist will prepare the teeth and take impression to send to the lab at your first visit. On the second visit, the final fixed bridge is fitted and cemented into place.
At our office, we provide in-office whitening using a professional-grade bleach solution. We also offer at-home whitening where we fabricate a customized tray and give you the whitening solution for you to use at home. This is an important distinction to make because the whitening kits that are sold in the store contain solution that is not nearly as strong and will not produce the same level of results. Before determining if someone is a good candidate for teeth whitening, the dentist conducts a thorough examination. This is to determine if there are any signs of cavities, infections, or gum disease. These oral health problems require treatment prior to performing any cosmetic dentistry procedures because placing the whitening solution on a tooth that is decaying or any periodontal issue can cause the teeth severe discomfort. If we do find any oral health problems, we can correct them and then schedule you for a whitening treatment.