Dental Cleaning
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
Cosmetic Smile Makeover
Veneers & Bonding
Crowns & Bridges
Dental Implants
Crown Lengthening
Mercury-Free Esthetic Fillings
Root Canals


Dental Cleaning
For patients with healthy gums, we offer dental prophylaxis. Our highly trained hygienists will help you to keep your teeth and gums in great shape. For patients that have signs of gum infection, such as bleeding gums, we suggest a program of periodontal (gum) therapy.
 
Non-Surgical Gum Treatment
For patients that have active gum disease, a simple cleaning will not remove infection. Treatment including thorough cleaning of the tooth surface below the gumline is called scaling and root planning. This is a process of smoothing the root of the tooth so that any remaining tartar is removed. This also serves two other purposes: it clears away any rough areas where bacteria below the gum line thrive, and it makes it much easier for the gingival (gum) tissue to re-attach to the tooth, effectively reducing the size of the pockets that the plaque and bacteria hide in. This re-growth of tissue is key in stopping a recurrence of gum disease and happens very quickly once the calculus has been removed.
 
Cosmetic Smile Makeover
Whether you are looking to replace lost teeth or simply whiten your smile, we can offer you several options to give you the great smile you desire. Over time, age, beverages, and food can discolor your teeth, leaving you with a dull, yellow smile. Today, there are options that can help you achieve a brighter smile in almost no time. Using porcelain veneers and porcelain crowns, we can transform your smile into the one you’ve always wanted, making it beautiful for years to come.
 
Over the counter bleaching products have some of the same ingredients as the products a dentist offers. However, these products are not allowed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to contain the same levels of active ingredient as those administered by licensed professionals. Also, the methods of applying these solutions to your teeth (strips, make-at-home molds, trays) usually don’t fit or adhere properly to the teeth, causing uneven or insignificant bleaching to occur.
 
The process we recommend offers amazing results and is easy to use. It requires you to have impressions made of your teeth at the office, after which you receive custom-fitted mouth trays. At home or work they are filled with a peroxide gel and are nearly invisible when they are in place. Optimal results are usually achieved in 1-2 weeks. The benefit from this system is the higher concentration of active ingredients, guaranteeing a brighter smile.
 
Veneers & Bonding
Both veneers and bonding are used to address minor cosmetic problems like discolored teeth (when bleaching is not an option), slightly crooked teeth and gaps between teeth.
 
Veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain or composite resin that act like a jacket to your tooth. To place the veneers, the doctor removes a small amount of the surface of the tooth to allow space for the veneer to be placed. The thickness of the veneer is about that of an average fingernail—this is about the amount of surface of the original tooth that will be subtracted.
Veneers are very durable and slightly transparent, so they look and last just like real teeth. Unlike your real teeth, they will never become discolored.
 
Bonding is used to correct color, gaps or chips in your teeth. Using a malleable “paste”, the doctor will color match, sculpt, harden and polish the bonding material to look just like your other teeth. Done without the need for anesthetic, bonding application can usually be completed in a very short amount of time.
 
Crowns & Bridges
 

Crowns and bridges are porcelain caps used to protect an entire tooth. They are placed when your dentist feels that your tooth or teeth are damaged beyond the capabilities of a filling.
 
Crowns are used in circumstances where just one tooth needs to be repaired. First the doctor removes decay and then shapes the tooth so that the crown can be placed over
the top of the old tooth. The doctor will take an impression of the newly shaped tooth
and place a temporary covering (like a crown) over the tooth.
 
That impression will be sent to a lab, where the permanent crown will be shaped and polished to look nearly indistinguishable from the rest of your real teeth. At your second visit, you will have your temporary crown removed and your permanent crown inserted. Now you are on your way to a new and beautiful smile.
 
Bridges are used when more than one tooth is missing or needs extensive work. Much like a crown, bridges require the surrounding teeth to be prepared by removal of decay
and shaping. After the tooth/teeth surrounding the space is prepared to receive the anchoring crowns, an impression is made of the whole area.
 
The impression is sent to the lab to have the bridge sculpted to the new shape of the
teeth. A temporary bridge will be fitted in anticipation of the new permanent bridge to
be placed at you next follow up visit.
 
Dental Implants
 
Do you wish that you could replace one or more of your teeth but don’t want to wear dentures?
Dental implants are a natural looking, long lasting, comfortable, and safe alternative to bridgework or dentures. For people with good oral health, replacing a lost tooth with an implant is an ideal option.
Implants look like your natural teeth, and because of their “root” being secured to your jaw like a real tooth, neither you nor anyone else will know the difference. You don’t have to worry about implants
coming loose and embarrassing you; you won’t have to take them out to soak; and you don’t worry
about losing them, either.
 
Crown Lengthening
 

Teeth that appear to be short or have uneven gum lines can be beautifully enhanced with this process. There is an ideal height versus width ratio for teeth. Ideally, your teeth should be longer than they are wide. As a result of heredity or improper wear, this is not always the case. By lengthening the exposed tooth, the doctor can create a more aesthetic and balanced appearance and smile. Crown lengthening is also performed in circumstances in which the tooth has significant infection or decay below the gumline. This allows the doctor to access the affected area in order to clean and repair it. Often, this approach is coupled with cosmetic restorations.
 
The dental laser removes the excess gum and/or the bone that surrounds you teeth in such a way that more of the crown of your tooth is exposed. Usually performed under local anesthesia, you will probably be able to return to your normal activities the same day. Whether for aesthetic or medical reasons, crown lengthening is just one of the ways we can help you obtain a smile you can be proud of.
 
Mercury-Free Esthetic Fillings
 

Although silver or amalgam fillings have been the norm for many decades, our office proudly offers composite fillings that look more natural. Amalgam fillings can eventually reduce the strength of the tooth and lead to cracking or breakage. Composite fillings are tooth-colored restorations that are bonded to your teeth and can strengthen the tooth by restoring most of the original shape.
Fillings
 
BEFORE AFTER

Root Canals
 
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what
can be treated with a filling, root canal therapy is performed, preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity. A root canal is a procedure that removes pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with filler.