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Adult & Pediatric Dentistry
Dental appointments for children are important not only to evaluate tooth and gum health but also to educate the young patient in how to prevent dental problems and maintain a healthy smile throughout his or her life
Cosmetic procedures are performed to correct yellow, crooked, stained, injured, misshapen, missing or deformed teeth, improving the patient's smile as well as his or her self-confidence. Cosmetic dental procedures include whitening, porcelain veneers, tooth-colored fillings, dental implants and dentures.
Oral surgery may be required to diagnose or treat injuries and diseases in the mouth. Biopsies can determine the presence of oral cancer or tumors, which may then be surgically removed (excised). Tooth extractions prevent or treat damage caused by impacted wisdom teeth or crowding. Surgical contouring of the jaw or gum line can correct jaw alignment problems, malocclusion ("bad bite") or other problems.
Crowns & Bridges
Bridges are natural-looking tooth replacements which help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to the existing teeth and do not come out. Removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned at home.
Patients who have lost their natural teeth due to decay, periodontal disease or injury can suffer from related problems including further decay, difficulty eating and speaking, and drooping of facial muscles. Full and partial dentures replace the missing teeth both aesthetically and functionally, providing support and restoring the smile. Full (complete) dentures are used when all of the natural teeth have been lost, while partial dentures fill in the gaps between natural teeth. The gums, dentures and any remaining natural teeth will need to be cleaned regularly to prevent staining, sores and plaque build-up.
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Once upon a time, patients with gum disease could expect to lose their teeth at an early age. Gum disease has also been shown to increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease. Surgical treatment used to be the only option to try and prevent this, but dentists were not always able to stop the disease from progressing. Now we have learned that gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection, and have developed non-surgical treatment plans to stop or slow down decay so patients can keep their natural teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel, and function like natural teeth. With dental implants, a person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat and smile with confidence. Teeth appear natural and facial contours are preserved.
Dental implants serve as the base for many types of tooth replacements. Implants can replace one tooth or several missing teeth with crowns or bridges that are fixed in place. For replacement of many teeth or all of the teeth, implants can support very secure removable dentures. Dental implants allow outstanding results in both appearance and function of replacement teeth.
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Root Canal Treatment
Root canals can prevent tooth decay and loss when there is damage to the soft core of the tooth (the pulp). Despite its reputation as a painful ordeal, a root canal is actually not very uncomfortable. During the procedure, the damaged pulp is removed, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off, and a crown is bonded to the tooth to maintain strength.
We are trained to care for dental emergencies, including broken or knocked-out teeth, toothache, objects stuck between teeth, bitten tongue or lip, and other trauma to the teeth, tongue, lips and cheeks. Patients with emergencies are given priority.
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