Clear Braces: For those whose lifestyles preclude wearing traditional brackets and braces, clear braces can be ideal. Clear braces are able to make minor tooth movements and work especially well for those who have had braces before but have noticed shifting in the front teeth. To Learn More About ClearCorrect Click Here
Bridge: A bridge, sometimes called a Fixed Partial Denture, is one option sometimes available to patients who are missing one or more teeth. Unlike a Removable Partial Denture, a bridge is cemented and can only be removed by a dentist. Bridges are an excellent way to replace missing teeth and alleviate stress caused by tooth loss. They can be made from several different materials, including gold, alloys, and porcelain. A bridge usually consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutments) that are attached to artificial teeth (pontics) in between to fill the missing space created by tooth loss.
Crown: A crown is recommended when an implant is placed or when a tooth is worn, broken, or weak. A crown can restore a tooth back to its original shape and size. Crowns can be beneficial to teeth by making them stronger and more esthetic. Like bridges, crowns can be made from several different types of materials to resemble and match your natural teeth and give you a beautiful, long, lasting smile.
Implants: Implants are an alternative to bridges and removable partial dentures, and are the best option available to those who are candidates when replacing missing teeth. A patient must have healthy gums and adequate bone support in order to have an implant placed. Your dentist will work together with an oral surgeon to determine if implants are right for you. Unlike bridges, teeth on opposite sides of the space do not have to be cut down in order to replace the missing tooth. Implants are also beneficial in preventing bone loss, as after a tooth is lost, the bone starts to shrink away. They offer stability and feel most like a natural tooth because they are placed below your gums and fuse to the bone. After adequate healing time, a crown is then placed over top of the implant to complete the restoration. Implants are very successful, and in most cases, last longer than any other restoration available.
Dentures/Removable Partial Dentures: These appliances are made for people who have either lost all or some of their teeth due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or trauma. When a person is missing multiple teeth, support of the facial muscles is lost, and can make a person appear much older than what they really are. Dentures and partials can be made to closely resemble natural teeth and can benefit both your appearance and your health. Your dentist will make models and take measurements of your mouth, and through a series of appointments, make an appliance that is custom fit just for you.
Veneers: Veneers are an excellent way to fill gaps, change the shape, alignment, and color of the front teeth. They require a small amount of enamel to be removed from the front surface of the tooth and then a thin porcelain shell is custom made and bonded to the tooth. They can achieve outstanding improvements in one's smile, and if taken care of properly, can last many years.
Extractions: Sometimes a tooth is extremely damaged or broken and cannot be saved, thus requiring removal. Most simple extractions can be done here at this office using local anesthesia. If a tooth is severely compromised, impacted, or has had a root canal, however, your dentist may choose to refer you to one of our local Oral Surgeons.
Tooth Whitening: Tooth whitening (bleaching) can be a very cost effective way to a dazzling new smile. A simple and quick in-office product application is the first step to brighter teeth. A custom bleaching tray will be fabricated for at-home use for approximately a week and for touch-ups.
Root canals: When a tooth becomes infected or the nerve dies, a root canal and crown (in most cases) are indicated in order to save the tooth. If left untreated, a very painful abscess can occur, and if left too long, bone loss and subsequent tooth loss will result. Most simple root canals in front teeth can be treated in this office, however, if the tooth is a back tooth or has been previously treated with a root canal before, a referral will be made to an endodontist (a root canal specialist).