General Dentistry

Dedicated to providing excellent family dentistry, our dentists are happy to see patients of all ages. We skillfully and carefully manage your oral health care needs, and with our team, will perform the routine fillings, hygiene, root canal treatment, orthodontics, extractions, etc. and will coordinate treatment with specialists when required.

After a complete dental exam, we can assess your overall dental health. From there we can tell what factors, if any, are contributing to the detriment of your oral health. Together with each patient, we develop a personal treatment plan that aims to restore your oral health, including your teeth, jaw and supporting structures.

Dental Hygiene

Research shows that regular dental hygiene maintenance is good for your overall good health. 

Scaling and root planing are effective treatments for gum disease or gingivitis. Uneven tooth surfaces, especially underneath the gums on the roots of the teeth, are common places for bacteria to collect, causing plaque and eventually tartar to form. Left untreated, this build-up can cause gum disease and can weaken the surrounding structures. 

Scaling and root planing target the removal of bacteria above as well as beneath the gums. The treatment is done by one of our hygienists, using handheld specialized instruments for reaching those target areas. The result of the treatment is healthier, stronger gums and teeth and a smoother tooth surface, making it difficult for bacteria to form in the future.

Cosmetic Dentistry

A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of your face.  Our dentists can help make a big difference in the way you look and feel just by making subtle changes. New techniques like bleaching, enamel shaping, veneers, and white fillings allow us to create a beautiful smile with minimal changes to existing teeth.

We can also fabricate veneers to improve the shape and shade of your teeth, crowns to restore broken down teeth or bridges as an option to replace missing teeth.  Many crowns and bridges can now be made from porcelain to give you the beautiful, natural smile you have been wanting.

Veneers

Veneers are custom, porcelain facings that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth to whiten teeth, close spaces, straighten teeth, or repair chipped or worn teeth. The veneers are only about 1 mm thick (the thickness of a fingernail). That same thickness is “shaved” off the natural tooth surface so when the veneer is bonded to the tooth, the tooth doesn’t feel or look “thicker”.

Crowns (Caps)

Dental crowns are helpful in increasing the strength and durability of a single tooth.  Whether the tooth has been damaged in an accident, or weakened over time by grinding or decay, a crown is often the best treatment to strengthen the remaining tooth structure, restoring its form and function and saving the tooth from being lost.

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are an effective way of filling in a gap in the smile after the loss of a tooth. Aside from the cosmetic purpose, dental bridges also allow for proper eating and talking, and give stability to the remaining teeth by preventing them from shifting into the space.

Bridges are made from durable material made to match the color and texture of your natural teeth. The teeth on either side of the gap act as anchoring support for the bridge. By taking impressions of the patient’s teeth, a natural looking bridge is created, improving the overall smile and appearance.

Implants

If you are missing one or more of your teeth, there are several options for replacing them.  A dental implant is a durable, titanium-alloy post which serves as an anchor to hold a natural-looking artificial tooth in place. 

Dental implants offer several key advantages over traditional tooth replacement solution:
• Unlike dental bridges, implants do not rely on altering the adjacent teeth.
• Unlike dentures, dental implants do not slip or rock while the patient is chewing or talking.
• Since the titanium-alloy posts are designed to be biologically compatible and resistant to wear-and-tear, this treatment is considered by many dentists to be today’s best solution in replacing missing teeth.

Whitening (Bleaching)

Teeth whitening can dramatically brighten up a person’s smile by removing discolorations caused by tea, coffee, red wine and other factors. Whether it is to put your best smile forward for a special occasion or just to look your best every day, a tooth whitening treatment can improve your overall appearance and confidence.

We offer safe effective treatments to give you a whiter smile in one appointment in the office, or with a take-home kit of trays and gel, which will gives great results in a matter of days. We can discuss which technique would be the best option for you.

Invisalign

Our dentists are all preferred Invisalign providers. Invisalign is an alternative way to straighten your teeth without braces. It consists of a series of clear, almost invisible, custom-fitted trays that you switch approximately every two weeks.  Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place.  For the right type of cases, invisalign is a great way to straighten teeth, and gives you freedom from wires and brackets, for more comfort and ease with brushing and flossing.

Visit www.invisalign.com for more information about this product.

Orthodontics

If you are unhappy with your smile because of crowded or spaced teeth, ortho may be the answer.  Orthodontics is also the treatment-of-choice when teeth are crowded or positioned in a way that interferes with proper chewing or jaw functioning.  

When describing orthodontics, most people think of braces, and while the majority of orthodontic cases involve braces, there are alternatives which may be used for younger children. Functional appliances, used while the child is still growing and teeth are erupting into place, can sometimes minimize or eliminate the need for braces later on.  Or if you are hoping for an alternative that is more comfortable and nearly invisible, Invisalign may be the option you are looking for.

What are the Benefits of Orthodontics?

• Reduce the risk of injury – prominent teeth are more prone to trauma

• Reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease– crooked teeth are harder to clean

• Reduce the risk of developing TMJ problems

• Eliminate the excessive wear on your teeth that can be caused by a poorly aligned bite

• Straight teeth provide a healthier, more attractive smile

• A beautiful smile increases your confidence and self-esteem

Adults are finding that having braces isn’t kid stuff anymore. Many adults are turning to braces to correct problems with their bite. They recognize the benefits of reduced wear, reduced incidence of TMJ problems, and increased self-esteem. 

TMJ and TMD Treatment

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone). The lower jaw and the skull are connected by a number of muscles and ligaments, which function in harmony with each other if the lower jaw is in the correct position.  The TM joint resembles a ball and socket and for normal joint function to occur, a piece of cartilage called an articular disc acts as a cushion or shock absorber between the two bones.

What is TMD?

Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) is the condition referring to a joint that is not normal.

The position of your teeth can affect the position of your jaw joints. The articular disc acts as a cushion and allows the joint to move smoothly. Each disc is held in place and guided by muscles and ligaments. If your bite is not right, as in cases where the following may occur: deep overbite, lower jaw too far back, narrow upper jaw or upper front teeth crooked and tipped backwards, this can cause the jaw to become dislocated.

When the disc becomes displaced, it can cause various noises within the jaw joints such as clicking and popping sounds. Any noises or pain while opening and closing the jaw is an indication that the jaw joints have become dislocated.

Our dentists are here to help, and patients are advised to seek treatment as soon as possible to avoid having the problem get worse.