Inspiring Your Best & Most Confident Smile
What does it mean when a dentist says that you have a cavity and it requires a filling? A cavity is a hole in a tooth created by bacteria, which breaks down the enamel, or first layer of a tooth. When a cavity is detected, a dentist may suggest a tooth-colored filling, known as composite. Composite is a material that can be used on both front and back teeth to restore normal function and get teeth back to a healthier state.
A dental crown, or cap, is a custom-made covering designed to fit over the whole tooth in order to restore it to its original shape and size. Crowns are used for a number of restorative and aesthetic purposes, including:
- Protecting a tooth following root canal treatment
- Covering and completing a dental implant
- Improving a misshapen tooth
- Supporting a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
- Enhancing the beauty of your smile
Dental crowns can be made of gold, ceramic, or porcelain that are fused to metal. Our dentists can help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
A dental bridge is a custom-made replacement tooth that can fill the space where one or more teeth are missing. It is a non-removable restoration anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns that sit over your natural teeth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to complete a dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty and health of your smile.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatments are often necessary when a cavity gets too big and irreversibly damages the nerve of the tooth. During a root canal treatment, the dentist will remove the infected nerve, clean the tooth, and fill it with a medicated material. Afterward, a crown or cap will be placed on the tooth to prevent it from fracturing in the future.
In most cases, a root canal treatment can be completed in one or two appointments. In the past, root canal treatments have had a history of being uncomfortable. However, thanks to advancements in technology, radiography, materials, and anesthesia, we can confidently provide a quick and comfortable experience.
Sometimes our dietary habits can negatively affect the color of our teeth. Zoom! Whitening is an in-office teeth whitening treatment that can be used to reverse the discoloration.
We do this by first isolating the teeth from the lips and gums. A special lamp is then used, in combination with the hydrogen peroxide Zoom whitening gel, to remove stains from your teeth. We apply this gel every 15 minutes over multiple sessions that take between 30 and 60 minutes.
Once the whitening is complete, a different gel is applied to your teeth to mitigate sensitivity.
Invisalign® aligners are a series of custom-made, computer-generated clear aligners used in sequence to straighten misaligned teeth. Each set of aligners is designed to make small changes to the position of the teeth. As you switch sets of aligners, your teeth will gradually and gently move to their proper positions. Progression of treatment is evaluated on a monthly basis to ensure the teeth are moving predictably.
During your initial visit, we will determine whether you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment. This treatment is often a good choice for adult patients and others who are interested in a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. In addition to being discreet, Invisalign aligners are very comfortable because they are custom made from smooth, thin plastic. The aligners are removable as well, which allows you to easily remove them as needed to eat, brush, and floss.
A Botox injection into the masseter muscle is ideal for patients who catch themselves grinding, clenching, or who have frequent tension or migraine headaches.
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