General Dentistry

Our staff is dedicated to providing the finest and most comprehensive dental care to our patients. Along with general preventive dental care, we are pleased to offer a wide range of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures designed to help you have a beautiful smile. Our friendly staff is highly experienced and provides an atmosphere that is comfortable and safe.

>>Preventative Care:

Dental Examinations and Cleanings
Regular dental exams and professional cleaning visits are instrumental in preventing dental problems and maintaining the health of your teeth and gums. You should have your teeth checked and cleaned at least twice a year. Some patients may require more frequent visits as recommended by the dentist or hygienist.

Dental X-rays are pictures of the teeth, bones, and soft tissues around them to help find problems with the teeth, mouth, and jaw. X-ray pictures can show cavities, hidden dental structures (such as wisdom teeth), and bone loss that cannot be seen during a visual examination.

Sealants are a clear material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars). These surfaces naturally contain pits and fissures where plaque can accumulate making the tooth vulnerable to decay. The sealants act as a barrier to protect these decay-prone areas from plaque and acid attack.

Periodontal Maintenance
Periodontal maintenance is an additional professional dental cleaning necessary for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases, which affect the gum and supportive tissues of the oral cavity.

Night Guard
A night guard is a plastic appliance used to protect the teeth from grinding against one another (bruxing) or clenching during sleep. Bruxing can damage teeth and cause soreness in the jaw muscles, and the night guard helps to prevent this.

>>Restorative Dentistry:

Composite (tooth colored) fillings are used to repair a tooth that is effected by decay, fractures, or cracks. Composites can also be used for esthetic reasons, such as closing space between two teeth. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth.

A crown (or cap) covers the entire tooth surface in order to restore it to its original shape and size. A crown, usually porcelain over a metal base, is considered when there has been a significant loss of tooth structure and the tooth cannot be restored with a filling, and to maintain the strength of a tooth which has received root canal therapy.

Dental bridges literally "bridge" the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and at least one false tooth in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.

A dental implant is a type of prosthetic device that is surgically inserted into the upper or lower jawbone, onto which an artificial tooth, crown or bridge can be anchored. Implants are typically constructed from titanium.

Dentures are artificial teeth that are intended for the partial or complete replacement of missing teeth. Dentures differ from other replacements, such as a dental bridge or implant, in that they are removable.

>>Cosmetic Dentistry:

Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are porcelain ceramic fronts designed to improve the color, shape and straightness of teeth.

Dental bleaching, or whitening, is a cosmetic procedure to brighten and enhance your smile. Whitening can either be done in-office with a one-hour laser whitening system, or custom trays can be made for at-home whitening.

Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light which bonds the material to the tooth. Bonding can be used to repair chipped or cracked teeth, to improve the appearance of discolored teeth, to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer, or to change the shape of teeth.

Before and After

>> A 16 year old boy presented with front tooth broken in an accident. A porcelain veneer was chosen to restore the function and integrity of the tooth, and to retain more of the original tooth structure than a crown would have allowed.

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>> A 25 year old patient had the lateral incisor extracted after failed endodontic treatment. An implant with ceramic crown was utilized to replace the missing tooth.

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>> Young adult male with severe caries on the upper front teeth. Some teeth needed root canal therapy before full coverage with porcelain crowns were created.

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