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Dental Services

Children's Dentistry

Over the years, the children we have treated have enjoyed their visits to our office. We enjoy our ‘little’ patients and make every effort to make their visit stress free and fun.


Our goal is to help children develop dental habits that will ensure they maintain excellent dental health over their lifetime.


It is our experience that children introduced as early as three years old to regular dental checkups are more likely to maintain good dental health practices into their teenage and adult years. We’ve also noticed that children introduction at a young age have fewer phobias.


From a health standpoint, early diagnosis of potential tooth problems may prevent the issue from ever developing. Over time, a child’s consistent record of dental health and development will enable us to make proactive and informed decisions.


As a child develops to their adolescent years, changes to oral health can cause anxiety and apprehension. Regular visits to their dentist can go a long way to helping a child deal with these issues.


Tips for a child’s first visit:

-Take your child for an online ‘office tour’

-Let your child know your positive dental experiences

-Find materials (books, Internet..) to introduce your child to the dentist


During your first visit the dentist will:

-Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking

-Check to see if the child needs Fluoride

-Examine your child’s teeth, gums and mouth

-Teach your child how to clean their teeth and gums

-Discuss a schedule for regular dental checkups

Comprehensive Exams

The ADA defines a ‘comprehensive oral exam’ as “.. an extensive evaluation and the recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues”.


The ADA defines a ‘periodic oral exam’ as “..an exam that is done on established patients to determine any changes in dental and health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic evaluation”.


The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends new patients have a comprehensive dental exam on their first visit and established patients undergo this exam every 3 years.


A comprehensive dental exam takes an entire appointment. Following is a general overview of what should be included in a comprehensive exam.


Areas to check:

Periodontal exam (gum and bones supporting the teeth)

Dental Exam (teeth)

Head and Neck Cancer Exam (soft tissues of mouth, throat and surrounding structures)

Occlusal Exam (Bite analysis

TMJ Exam (jaw joints)

Radiographic Exam (x-rays and various scans)

Salivary Function Exam (quantity and quality of saliva

Esthetic Exam (appearance of teeth and gums related to the face)


A comprehensive dental exam means no stone is left unturned and your dentist will know everything there is to know about your oral health. 


An exam is recommended before undergoing the following procedures:

esthetic changes to your smile

implants to replace lost teeth

updating old dental restorations

new dentures

been diagnosed with a medical problem or disease

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cover placed over a tooth and secured with dental cement. Crowns are generally used to improve the strength or appearance of the tooth. A dental impression usually takes place in order to fabricate the crown.


Most crowns are made from Gold and Porcelain:

Porcelain crowns are aesthetically more appealing and very natural looking.

Gold is usually used on the back teeth, is easier to use than porcelain and requires less tooth be drilled away.


Crowns are used to protect broken, worn down teeth. They are also used to cover dental implants, a dental bridge or a tooth with a large filling.


Bridges

Bridges are used as a replacement for a missing tooth by attaching permanently to adjoining teeth or dental implants. They are an alternative to dental implants or dentures. Bridges are important because the teeth on either side of a missing tooth can shift and potentially lead to gum disease. Bridges are most often made with porcelain and gold.


Benefits of Dental Bridges:

Prevents moving and erosion

Last a long time

Restore ability to chew properly

Maintain the shape of the face

Restore smile

Aesthetically appealing 

Dentures

When people lose one tooth or several permanent teeth due to an accident, illness, or aging, they may experience the negative effects on their self esteem or an inability to chew.

When patients experience tooth loss your dentist can give you back your beautiful smile by implementing a Partial or Full Denture treatment plan that suits your needs both financially and aesthetically.

Advantages of full and partial dentures include improved chewing ability, improved speech, improved aesthetic appearance and improved oral health. The tooth portion of the denture consists of ceramic or ceramic-like material so they are strong and durable. The base of the denture is made of a acrylic which fits comfortably over the gums.

Full and Partial Denture Treatment Process
Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and jaw alignment and match your dentures to the color and shape of your teeth. Temporary dentures will be provided to patients transitioning from failing teeth to dentures.

For patience transitioning to a full denture, the denture is created after all remaining teeth have been removed and the gums have healed, a process that takes around 3 months.

For patients receiving partial dentures, replacement teeth are bonded to a gum-colored base which is attached to a metal framework – this framework is held in place by attaching to the natural teeth on either side of the empty space.

Flexible Partials
Flexible partial dentures are an alternative to the traditional rigid metal-based dentures. They don’t require rigid attachment to the remaining natural teeth, provide a better fit and look more natural.

The appeal of flexible partials has to do with their better design, fit and materials. They are also made more quickly than traditional dentures, and the nylon resin does not break.

Digital X-Rays

How digital x-rays benefit you.

Over the past 60 years science has helped improve the dental profession. One good example - today, dental X-rays are safer and more convenient.

Today’s traditional dental X-rays emit much lower amounts of radiation than in the past and are considered extremely safe, digital radiography is a high tech alternative with the following benefits:

Uses 90% less radiation
Ability to transfer Dental Records by email
No chemicals involved, so Environmentally friendly
Shorter Dental Appointments
Higher quality images

Extractions

Some common reasons for dental extractions (tooth removal) include removal of wisdom teeth, badly fractured teeth, or to make room for orthodontic treatment.

Extractions are done surgically or non-surgically depending on the condition of the tooth. A surgical extraction is done when a tooth is not easily accessible because it hasn’t fully broken through or it has broken under the gum line. An incision is made to access the tooth, then the tooth may be broken in to pieces for ease of removal.

Non-surgical extraction require dental forceps and an elevator for careful tooth removal. Anesthesia may be given to relieve the pain.

Post-extraction Healing
Following a tooth extraction, bleeding is common during the first hour. It takes roughly this long for a blood clot to form in the socket. The open wound overlying the dental socket will take roughly a week to heal and the socket will fill in with soft gum tissue over the next one to two months. The final socket closure with bony remodeling can take six months or longer.

Implant Restorations

If you lost one or more teeth or have dentures and you’re ready for a permanent solution, consider an implant restoration. Replacing missing teeth can improve a patient’s self-esteem, the way they chew and how they talk.

Losing permanent teeth due to an accident, aging, or periodontal disease can be difficult, but you can get back the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.


Dental Implant restorations facts:

Durable – the implant fuses to the bone making implants the most durable tooth replacement option

Long-Lasting - Implants can last a lifetime if properly maintained

Healthy Oral Solution – Implants don’t require reduction of bordering teeth

Natural Looking – Implants are designed to look like natural teeth

Improve Appearance and Restore Confidence


The Dental Implant restoration process:

The dental implant takes the place of the old root in the jaw bone

Over the next 2-6 months the implant fuses to the bone becoming an anchor for the artificial tooth.

The next step is to design the new replacement tooth. Once ready, the new tooth is attached to the implant – the patient will be able to chew and speak normally

When a patient loses several teeth, an implant supported bridge can be created to replace the missing teeth.

Intra Oral Cameras

An intra-oral camera is a tiny video camera that captures magnified images within the mouth and displays them on a computer monitor. Both dentist and patient can clearly see irregularities not visible by the naked eye.

Since its introduction in the early ‘90s the intra-oral camera has grown in popularity. Today, its use is widespread. Dentists that use this device have found it very helpful at diagnosing dental conditions such as tooth decay and cracked teeth and in educating the patient.

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