Dental Services

GINGIVAL BONDING

 

When the gumline around a tooth recedes, it exposes the root surface of the tooth. This is not good, because as the gum recedes, the bone level, which supports the tooth, also recedes.. can’t afford to lose that bone support, or the potential for periodontal issues also begins. This recession can start for several different reasons. It can be from stress and trauma of your occlusion, or how your upper and lower teeth meet each other. It can also start from aggressive tooth brushing, which will cause ABRASION, and  a major factor is also the grinding and bruxing of your teeth, especially when sleeping that also makes this problem develop. Once this recession starts, then you also have another issue. The root surface of the tooth, the CEMENTUM layer, does not have the protection that ENAMEL gives the tooth As a result, especially once the cementum, or root surface is exposed, the EROSION of the tooth structure occurs. The erosion occurs from the exposure to the acidity of various drinks especially, either with high sugar content, or citrus juices with high acid levels, or sports drinks like Gatorade or even white wine. Ever since the “BONDING” materials were first developed, we have been using these light-activated resins, tooth-colored “bonding” materials to add to the tooth structure and artistically recontour the tooth to protect the exposed root surface. This serves to insulate the tooth, eliminate sensitivity, deflect food away from the  gum, and long term either totally stops, or dramatically slows down the rate of recession.


TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS
 

Fillings on either the front or back teeth look so much better, and are physically and chemically bonded to your tooth structure., which effectively seals your tooth. These restorations have a life expectancy of 7-10 years. Much of this depends on how stressful the individual's bite relationship is , and also how much surface area of the tooth is actually filling material. Many, or actually most of these fillings can last much longer, in fact could last even 20 to 30 years.


PORCELAIN CROWNS

 

Many times, and for a variety of reasons, crowns to cover and protect the tooth are the treatment of choice. When a tooth has broken or fractured, or when extensive decay has occurred, or even gone unnoticed, then a crown is the best way to restore the tooth to health. Sometimes crowns can be done for purely cosmetic reasons, or in the case of teeth with different enamel discrepancies or teeth with severe Tetracycline staining, the crown is often the only way to achieve the best aesthetic and functional result.


PORCELAIN BRIDGEWORK

 

When an individual has missing teeth, crowns can be designed to fit the good, strong adjacent teeth, and the laboratory can design additional crowns, supported by these teeth to “bridge the gap” between the good and missing teeth. This can offer the patient a beautiful, healthy, comfortable, functional, cleansable, and long lasting result. What more could you ask for?  The state of the art in more recent times allows for these bridges to be designed on and supported by dental implants also, which really is a godsend for the patient that eiither has weakened teeth, or even no teeth at all.


DIGITAL XRAYS

 

Radiographs, or X-rays of your teeth can now be  taken with a digital sensor which connects right to The computer program. Instant readable results. No waiting. No chemicals. And up to a 90% reduction in radiation exposure to the patient. The cvelscopeomputer program allows for multiple ways to interpret the image of the teeth. We can zoom, colorize, texturize  for enhanced readiing, take  measurements, go positive to negative, instantly print, and even E-mail the X-ray images.


DIAGNODENT

 

With the simple use of a laser beam, we are able to examine your teeth and determine if there is any early decay. This decay does not usually even show up on an X-ray. The laser is able to determine the depth of fluorescence  into the tooth that has occurred due to  demineralization or early carious breakdown (decay) of the enamel.
More information can be found here


VELSCOPE

 

VELSCOPE is a new specialized piece of equipment designed to give FLUORESCENCE  VISUALIZATION IN THE MOUTH FOR ORAL CANCER SCREENING. This device helps the dentist see areas of chronic  irritation and   inflammation, areas of altered pigmentation, asymmetrical or irregular shapes , high-risk locations, and unusual growths. Photographic images can be taken in conjunction with this apparatus for further diagnosis.

More information can be found in the Patient Knowledge Center


KINETIC CAVITY PREPARATION

 

KINETIC CAVITY PREPARATION (KCP) or ”air abrasion” is a wonderful apparatus that allows the dentist to remove decay, staining or roughen parts of a tooth or on a porcelain crown, which can then be appropriately prepared to accept the bonding material to restore a tooth. This can usually be done for the patient without having to use local anesthesia, and is really great for young kids (or in fact for kids of all ages!) without the noise of the dental drill.


INTRA-ORAL CAMERA

 

The intra-oral camera is a digital handpiece with a built-in camera that can create images in the oral cavity of all teeth and surrounding soft tissue. The image comes up instantly on the computer monitor,  and can then be enlarged for viewing and explanation to the patient. The patient can then really see what the dentist and hygienist see, which makes decision-making related to recommended treatment much easier.


PROVISIONAL LABORATORY RESTORATIONS

 

There are many different circumstances when planned treatment cannot be taken to completion on an immediate basis. This could be because healing time and maturation of gum tissue must occur after extractions, or after more involved gum treatment procedures. It could also be simply for financial reasons, that make it difficult for a patient to go ahead with completion of a case on a more timely basis. First class  laboratory provisional restorations can be made that will hold up very well and look terrific, and be a real problem solver.


PORCELAIN VENEERS

 

Laboratory processed PORCELAIN VENEERS are a beautiful way to improve the aesthetics of a patient’s teeth. Veneers are ultra-thin slivers of customized porcelain designed by the laboratory from an impression of the patient’s teeth. The look, and cosmetic appeal can really create a glamorous and  very attractive  appearance to  one’s smile, overall appearance, and self-esteem. Usually, the scheduling of this type procedure is for two visits to complete from start to finish.


FRACTURED TEETH

 

Although enamel is the hardest structure in the body…….harder than bone, it still can crack or fracture, or undergo wear and tear to a level that needs repair. If a small corner or portion of a tooth is missing, or breaks away, with the great advances made with the “BONDING” light-activated resins, which come in a huge variety of shades to match tooth color, repairs can be done very easily. A beautiful match with the adjacent teeth can be created, and sometimes even better than the tooth looked before. Sometimes, if the trauma or breakage of the tooth is significant enough, treatment of the nerve (root canal therapy) might be necessary. Also, if the damage to the tooth is too severe, a crown might also be the necessary treatment long term for that tooth. And in the worst case scenario, if the breakdown of the tooth is beyond what would be considered repairable, the tooth might even have to be removed. In that case, either an implant-supported  crown or a fixed bridge (crowns connected together to bridge the missing tooth gap) would be necessary.