Our family dental pratice provides restorative treatment in all phases of dentistry, including tooth bonding, tooth-colored composite fillings, inlays, onlays, dental crowns, bridges and implants, root canals, dentures, and more. We provide the highest quality treatment using today's advanced dental technology, such as the newly installed Sirona Shick33™ digital radiography sensors. Our office is here to help you achieve optimum dental health quickly, safely and with as little discomfort as possible.
Used for both cosmetic and restorative procedures, tooth bonding is a simple way to improve the appearance of your smile or repair areas of the mouth where gums are receding and sensitivity is present. Bonding of teeth does not typically require the removal of any tooth structure, making it a healthy and safe choice. The composite material used for tooth bonding comes in many different shades, so it can be matched precisely to the color of your teeth. The result is a natural-looking means of restoring your smile that can be completed in a single appointment. Ask our team to take your shade!
White composite fillings
Modern dentistry has increasingly turned to composite fillings as a strong, safe and more natural looking alternative to amalgam (metal) fillings. Tooth-colored composite fillings strengthen the tooth and provide a better seal against recurring decay over metal fillings. Composite fillings utilize a soft white plastic material that includes a hardening agent and fills the space left by the cavity.
Since tooth-colored fillings come in a wide variety of shades and colors, our practice is able to effectively match the color of your filling to your natural tooth color. Unlike metal fillings, it is virtually impossible to detect tooth-colored fillings. As a cosmetic option, our team can replace metal fillings in your mouth for a more natural looking smile.
Inlays and Onlays
When a cavity has become too large to fill with a composite filling, inlays and onlays can be used to restore the tooth if enough tooth structure is left to support it. Tooth-colored onlays are made of porcelain, which match your natural tooth shade. These restorations are custom-made at an off-site dental lab and two visits are required to complete the repair of the tooth. The first visit is to prepare the tooth and take an impression, and the second to place the lab fabricated inlay or onlay. Onlays protect teeth similarly as crowns but conserve more natural tooth structure.
When a tooth is cracked, broken, chipped, or badly decayed, a dental crown may be the best solution to restore the tooth. A dental crown is used to protect and cover a damaged tooth and restore its functionality. Crowns can also be used to cover dental implants, or to cover a tooth after root canal therapy. A crown functions like a natural tooth and requires the same daily care.
Today's technology allows our team to provide our patients with porcelain crowns, providing the most natural-looking smile possible. A porcelain crown procedure requires two visits to our practice; the first to prepare the remaining tooth structure and take an impression of the prepared tooth, and the second to place the crown. The porcelain crown will match your teeth so well that you may forget which tooth was damaged.
In cases where a tooth is missing or needs to be removed, dental bridges are one of the more common options. Bridges anchor an artificial tooth between the surrounding natural teeth, restoring the patient’s oral functionality. Filling in empty spaces in your smile is important for aesthetic reasons, and it is also critical to saving adjacent teeth and reducing the risk of gum disease and shifting.
For individuals who wish to replace missing teeth in the best manner possible, dental implants are available. Dental implants serve as the artificial root to which new teeth are attached. Dental implants are typically constructed of titanium, a strong and safe material that effectively attaches to bone. The process for dental implants involves working with an oral surgery office and includes three steps: the implant insertion stage, osseointegration (the period of healing for the jawbone), and the attachment of the restoration or new tooth.
Root canal therapy
Root canal or endodontic treatment—treatment done to the inside of the tooth—is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.
During root canal or endodontic treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for ongoing dental work.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one's natural teeth, today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. There are two main types of dentures: full and partial.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth and take up to five visits to complete.