Anti snoring devices are small mouth appliances that are custom fit over your teeth and are fabricated from dental impressions. The appliance gently positions your lower jaw forward while sleeping which opens your airway allowing you to sleep with out snoring. These devices have shown documented clinical success in reducing the effects of snoring and sleep apnea. Studies also show that approximately 50% of patients have difficulty getting accustomed to CPAP/BPAP machines. These intraoral appliances can provide an alternative treatment option for patients who do not feel comfortable using forced air-breathing machines such as CPAP and BPAP.
Missing teeth can cause significant changes to your mouth if they are not replaced; including shifting of remaining teeth, changes to your bite and over eruption of opposing teeth. In many cases, missing teeth can also create challenges during speaking and eating. Dental implants are a strong, long lasting option to restore single or multiple missing teeth. They are also very effective at creating more stable dentures. For patients with partial dentures, implants can be a great way to restore missing teeth in an esthetically pleasing way.
A dental implant is made of two parts, which include a medical grade titanium screw, which is inserted into the jaw. After healing, a porcelain crown is attached to the implant creating a truly esthetic, functional, and long lasting restoration
Crowns, commonly referred to as "caps" are used to restore and strengthen teeth have large fillings or cavities, root canals, fractures, or large missing portions. Crowns can also be used to restore unattractive, broken or discolored teeth. Crowns are both a cosmetic and functional restoration and can be made from porcelain, metal, or gold. In our practice, porcelain crowns are the preferred choice as they are very strong and can be made to match the color and translucency of the surrounding teeth.
A bridge is a fixed, non-removable restoration, which can be used to replace single, or multiple teeth. Bridges are a great way to restore missing teeth and are essentially crowns which “bridge the gap” when a tooth is missing. As with crowns, bridges can be made from metal, porcelain or a combination of these materials. In highly visible areas, porcelain is the preferred choice as it can be made to match the size, shape and color of adjacent teeth.
Teaching children the importance of home dental care and regular dental visits is incredibly important. We offer a full range of dental services for children of all ages. We generally recommend that younger children (ages 1-3) accompany parents to their dental visits to get accustomed to our office and to watch mom, dad, sisters, or brothers have their teeth checked and cleaned.
Extractions are the complete removal of a tooth and its roots from the mouth. Occasionally teeth are deemed to be unsalvageable and need to be “pulled” due to infection, fracture, deep decay, or periodontal disease. In teenagers, impacted wisdom teeth may require extraction to prevent problems in the future. In most cases this procedure is performed in the office under local anesthesia (“novocaine”) however if you desire, referral to a specialist for sedation can be arranged. Please note that it is important and always preferred to have a plan with your doctor for replacement of missing teeth, as the spaces created by extractions can create challenges with speaking and eating if left unrestored for long periods of time.
A root canal is a procedure in which the nerves and blood vessels, also called the pulp of a tooth are removed with the use of small files and antibacterial agents. After removal of the pulp, the roots are sealed with a specialized rubber filling which will remain in place for the life of the tooth. Root canals are necessary when a tooth is badly decayed, fractured, abscessed or causing pain. Although generally performed on teeth which are causing pain, the presence of a chronic abscess which is visible on a dental x-ray but not painful or in the case of a severely broken tooth, root canal treatment may be required. On many teeth, it is recommended that a crown or "cap" be fabricated to ensure complete sealing and strengthening of the recently root canaled tooth.
Fillings are used to restore the function and integrity of teeth that are broken or have cavities. They can also be used to replacing missing tooth structure prior to the fabrication of a crown (this is known as a build up) Fillings can be made of either amalgam (silver fillings) or composite resin (tooth colored). In most cases, composite resin is used as it can be made to match the tooth and surrounding teeth.
Amalgam fillings commonly referred to as silver fillings have been used for decades to restore decayed and broken teeth. Numerous studies have shown that these restorations are safe and effective and their use is supported by the ADA. In our office we prefer to use tooth colored restorations for the majority of our restorative care and will place amalgam restorations only when dictated by the clinical situation.
Complete dentures are removable restorations and are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth or in cases when all remaining teeth are deemed to be unsalvageable due to decay or periodontal disease. Dentures generally can be fabricated in 4-5 visits and are an esthetic and affordable solution to missing teeth. The function of dentures, particularly lower dentures can be greatly enhanced with the placement of 2-4 dental implants. The implants are used to stabilize the denture and improve patients’ ability to both eat and speak.
Partial dentures or "plates" are removable restorations and are an affordable solution in cases where patients are missing multiple teeth on one or both sides of their mouth. Partial dentures are generally preferred to be made of a combination of metal, acrylic and plastic, but can be made completely of acrylic/plastic at a patient’s request. Partial dentures are also excellent temporary restorations which can be used after tooth extraction to fill gaps created by missing teeth until a fixed restoration (implant or bridge) can be fabricated.
Regular dental cleanings are an important part of maintaining long-term dental health and the prevention of gum disease and cavities. The process involves the removal dental plaque (bacteria) and tartar (calcified bacteria) from the teeth and surrounding tissues by a registered, licensed dental hygienist. Every patient is different and our cleanings our tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs, however we recommend everyone have regularly scheduled cleanings at 3-6 month intervals.
At every six-month cleaning, our doctors will perform a "check up" examination to ensure that there are no developing problems in the teeth, gums and surrounding tissues. An integral part of this evaluation is the use of dental radiographs or X-Rays to evaluation areas of the teeth that cannot be seen during the clinical examination. As with dental cleanings, the amount and regularity of X-Rays is tailored to each individual patients needs.
Scaling and root planing or "deep cleaning" is a procedure that is used to treat patients with periodontal disease or the lose of bone surrounding the teeth. This procedure is generally completed in 1-3 visits based on severity, and involves a below the gum cleaning of teeth. This is usually performed with local anesthesia (“novocaine”) and requires a follow up visit to evaluate the success of the treatment. Patients with periodontal disease generally require more frequent dental cleanings (3-4 months) to ensure stabilization of the disease process.
In most cases, patients with periodontal disease can be effectively treated with conventional periodontal therapy or scaling and root planing. In some instances however patients with periodontal disease show no improvement or worsening of their condition after several attempts at conventional therapy. In these cases, periodontal surgery can be performed to remove the causative agents in gum disease and to allow patients better access for cleaning and thus prevention of further disease progression.
A specific type of surgery called crown lengthening can be used prior to restoration of teeth that have broken off or decayed below the level of the jaw bone. This procedure can allow teeth, which would otherwise require extraction to be restored to proper form and function.
Laser dentistry involves the use of a laser to remove cavities with minimal or no use of local anesthesia ("novocaine") or to remove excessive gum tissue in areas which would be difficult to access with conventional dental therapies. Our Waterlase laser can also be used to treat benign soft tissue irritations allowing for easier, shorter healing times than with traditional treatment modalities
We offer 7 day a week emergency availability with one of our doctors whether it is during office hours or late at night. New patients are welcome on an emergency basis however please note prescriptions will NOT be called in over the phone without clinical evaluation for patients who are not of record in our practice.