Bonding is a multi-purpose technique that can help repair and enhance your smile. We can repair decayed, cracked or chipped teeth, close spaces or gaps between teeth and help change the shape of teeth. It can also improve stained, discolored or yellow teeth.
Bonding has many advantages. It is minimally invasive, usually involves one office visit and is virtually pain free. Its greatest benefit, however, is how it boosts self-esteem. If you are reluctant to smile because of the appearance of one or more teeth then bonding may give you the confidence you need to smile freely.
A crown is a cap that is placed over your tooth to help restore it to its normal size and shape. Its purpose is to make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance. A crown is recommended if decay has consumed enough of the tooth that there is no longer a stable tooth structure remaining, and to protect week teeth from fracturing. Other reasons include restoring fractured teeth, attaching a bridge and to cover a dental implant. Most of our crowns are made of tooth colored porcelain for a natural look.
Crowns typically require 2 visits.At the first visit, the tooth will be prepared.This involves cleaning out all the decay and taking an impression for the crown.A temporary crown will be placed at this visit and the impressions sent to a lab for custom fabrication.At the second visit (generally 3 weeks after the first visit) the permanent crown will be placed.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are dental restorations that offer a more conservative alternative to full coverage dental crowns. Preserving the maximum amount of healthy tooth structure while restoring decayed or damaged areas, the procedure ensures functional longevity. Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays offer a well-fitting, stronger, longer lasting solution to tooth decay or similar damage. These restorations are beneficial from both an esthetic and functional point of view.
Like a crown, the procedure is done over two visits. At the first visit, the decayed tooth is prepared, and an impression is taken and sent to a lab where the restoration is fabricated. A temporary restoration will be place. During the second visit the temp will be removed and the inlay or onlay will be placed.
Bridges do exactly what their name suggests – they serve as a bridge between two teeth to cover the space left by one or more missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, they aren’t anchored into the jaw. Instead, they are anchored by the 2 adjacent teeth. Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a bridge. Dental health suffers when teeth are not replaced. When a tooth is lost, the nearby teeth may tilt toward the empty spaces and change your bite. This places unusual stress on both the teeth and tissues of the mouth. Bridges, like crowns, help with maintaining the shape of your face, distributing the force of your bite by substituting for your missing teeth, and restoring your smile.
Bridges are fixed prosthetics. This means that once they are placed in your mouth you treat it just like a natural tooth and do not remove it to clean or maintain. Just like crowns, bridges are a 2-visit procedure. The teeth will be prepared at the first appointment and a temporary bridge will be placed. Several weeks later the permanent bridge will be placed.
In order to have a healthy smile it is important to brush and floss daily. Even with excellent home care it is important to have a professional teeth cleaning and exam at least twice a year. We will perform a physical examination of your gums and teeth to assess the current state of your oral health and hygiene and. Our hygienists will remove plaque and tartar which can cause decay and gum disease, polish your teeth and remove stains and apply fluoride treatment if indicated. During the cleaning we will discuss with you which cleaning techniques are working and what may need more attention.
A sealant is a resin that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This resin covers the pits and fissures in these teeth, covering them fully and forming a strong barrier against acid and plaque attacks. Sealants may last several years before they need to be replaced; each time you come in for a dental checkup your hygienist will check for loose or worn sealants that will need to be replaced.
A filling helps restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape and helps prevent further decay by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter the tooth. Decay will be removed from the tooth and the affected area cleaned so that it can be filled with a composite resin that will match the color of your natural teeth. The material is bonded to the tooth, offering support to a tooth weakened by decay. Composite fillings are durable and resistant to fracture in small to medium sized fillings.
Dental implants are artificial devices that are used to replace missing teeth. They are surgically placed in the jaw where they form a strong foundation for teeth and keep the jaw healthy and strong. Done over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, or secure specialized dentures in place.
If you have periodontal disease you will need more frequent, deeper teeth cleanings. Periodontal disease and gingivitis occur when bacteria from plaque colonize on the gum tissue, either above or below the gum line. These bacterial colonies cause serious inflammation and irritation which in turn produce a chronic inflammatory response in the body. As a result, the body begins to systematically destroy gum and bone tissue, making the teeth shift, become unstable or completely fall off. As the pockets between the teeth and gums become deeper, more bacterial is housed in the mouth and may travel via the bloodstream and infect other parts of your body.
Scaling and root planning will be recommended every 3 – 4 months in order to keep your mouth healthy and halt the progression of gum disease. This involves a thorough cleaning above and below the gum line and into the gum pockets with a scaling tool, which will remove calculus and bacteria. Root planning is the smoothing of the tooth root to eliminate any remaining bacteria.