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Restorative Dentistry
FILLINGS
BRIDGES
CROWNS
FULL DENTURE
PARTIAL DENTURE

Cosmetic Dentistry
PORCELAIN VENEER LAMINATES
BONDING
TOOTH WHITENING

Periodontic Dentistry
IMPLANTS

Orthodontics
MALOCCLUSION
CONSULTATION

Endodontic Dentistry
ROOT CANAL

Pediatric Care
CHILDREN DENTISTRY

Post Treatment Instructions
for Periodontal Surgery
PAIN MEDICATION
ANTIBIOTICS
SWELLING / BRUISING
ACTIVITY
BLEEDING
HYGIENE
SMOKING
DIET
TOOTH SENSITIVITY

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Restorative Dentistry

FILLINGS
Fillings are used to maintain the integrity of a tooth after a decayed portion has been removed, relieving pain and preventing further decay. Most of our patients choose white composite fillings instead of metal fillings for aesthetic reasons. Somewhat more expensive than traditional materials, most patients feel that the added expense is well worth it. Composite fillings consist of a strong and durable resin material that matches your own natural teeth.

BRIDGES
A dental bridge is indicated when one or more teeth are congenitally missing, have been extracted or are non-restorable and need to be removed. A bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that consists of one or more artificial teeth. Bridges restore the appearance, form and function of natural teeth; they help maintain the contour of your face and give proper support to your lips and cheeks. Failing to replace missing teeth can cause teeth to shift and drift out of proper position resulting in additional stresses on existing teeth and jaw joints, which turn can give rise to pain. Bridges are permanently attached to one or more crown(s) or implant(s)

CROWNS
A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps a tooth. It's purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. It may be used to achieve a cosmetic result; to improve the appearance of a poorly shaped, badly decayed or discolored tooth or for more practical reasons, for example, to anchor a bridge. Modern crowns are both durable and exceptionally natural-looking.

FULL DENTURE
If you have lost all your natural teeth, whether it's from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, full dentures can replace your missing teeth-and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit not only your appearance and help your confidence; it will also improve your health. You'll be able to eat and speak-two things that most people tend to take for granted until their teeth are permanently lost. While dentures are a viable solution for many patients, the treatment of choice for a full lower, as recommended by the American Dental Association, is to place implants in the lower jaw and fabricate an implant supported lower denture. This a more permanent solution that greatly increases your capacity to eat and speak and is far more efficient than a traditional denture.

Cosmetic Dentistry

PORCELAIN VENEER LAMINATES
One of the most durable and versatile cosmetic procedures, both laminates and veneers (the terms can be used interchangeably and refer to the same treatment) are used to improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers are used to fill in spaces between teeth, improve the appearance of poorly shaped teeth, teeth that are slightly crooked and those that are chipped or worn. They are also routinely used to whiten discolored teeth.

Porcelain veneers are thin custom made porcelain or composite resins that are bonded to the outside of existing tooth structure. The application of dental veneers requires two visits. At your first visit, the teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for the thickness of the veneers and to ensure a strong seal. Under the supervision of your dentist, an impression is taken and sent to the lab along with instructions outlining the work to be done. At the second appointment your veneers will be cemented and shaped, resulting in an improved appearance.

BONDING
Bonding is an extremely versatile way to improve the appearance of your smile. Similar to laminates or veneers, bonding is commonly used to fill in spaces between teeth, improve the appearance of poorly shaped teeth, teeth that are slightly crooked and those that are chipped or worn. They are also routinely used to whiten discolored teeth. While bonding is very versatile it is inferior to both laminates and veneers because the material used is more prone to stain and fracture.

One advantage that bonding holds over porcelain veneers is that treatment can generally be completed in a single visit, and in some cases can be done without the use of an anesthetic. Bonding involves mixing composite materials which are then applied to existing tooth structure. The application of a special light or chemical process hastens the hardening of the material which can then be shaped, smoothed and polished.

TOOTH WHITENING
We all want a white, brilliant smile, but very few of us are lucky enough to have naturally brilliant-white teeth. Our teeth discolor as we age, they absorb stains from smoking and the foods we eat and drink; foods like coffee, tea and red wine. Calculus or tartar also contribute to discoloration and certain antibiotics are known to discolor teeth. As a result of this daily assault on the natural color of our teeth, tooth-whitening has become widely available and proven an extremely popular and cost effective means to improve one's smile.

Periodontic Dentistry

IMPLANTS
Periodontics is the area of dentistry involving treatment of the supporting structures of the teeth. This includes the gums (also known as the gingiva), the bone, and the periodontal ligament. Periodontal disease is an infection of these supporting structures. It is caused by a varitey of factors, including; Genetics, Smoking ‚Poor oral hygiene‚ Bacteria (left around the teeth and below the gumline)

Bacteria produce toxins which destroy the bone and the attachment of the gingiva (the gum) to the tooth. This disease can be localized (involving one or two teeth in an area of the mouth, or generalized (involving several teeth in different areas of the mouth). Periodontal disease can start in one of the mouth and then spread to other areas. If diagnosed early, periodontal disease can be controlled by you and the dental team with a combination of improved home care, regular maintenance (cleanings every 3-6 months) and deep cleanings (also known as scaling).

When periodontal disease is more advanced, your dentist may advise a more aggressive treatment, involving surgery. In many cases, this can allow you to keep teeth that otherwise would be lost, and prevent the advancement of the infecion. Patients who have this diagnosis must be followed on a more strict regimen by the dental team to be sure that the infection is under control and does not recur.

In patients who must have teeth removed due to Periodontal Disease which is too advanced, or patients who have lost teeth previously for one reason or another, teeth can be replaced in most cases with Dental Implants.

Orthodontics

MALOCCLUSION
An orthodontic problem is known as a 'malocclusion', or in plainer terms, a bad bite. Some causes of malocclusion are crowded teeth, extra teeth, missing teeth or a jaw that is out of alignment. Most malocclusions are inherited, although it can come about due to an accident, early or late loss of baby teeth, or prolonged sucking on the thumb or fingers.

CONSULTATION
We encourage you to make an appointment; we would be happy to sit down with you to evaluate your bite and outline available treatment options. If you decide to proceed, you'll have an opportunity to meet with a Payment Coordinator to discuss the cost of treatment and payment options.

Endodontic Dentistry

ROOT CANAL
Endodontics is more commonly known as root canal therapy. Root canal therapy involves the removal of the pulp or soft tissue, in addition to the nerve, at a tooth's interior. This tissue is important to the development of a tooth, but once a tooth matures, the tooth can survive without the pulp. After the infected material is removed the canal is filled with an inert material to prevent further complications.

Pediatric Care

The American Dental Association recommends that every child receive an orthodontic evaluation by age seven. We monitor your childs development and will keep you apprised of the need for orthodontic treatment. For additional information about orthodontic treatment. Teaching your child the importance of good oral health, at an early age, ensures a healthy smile for years to come; making their initial visit comfortable is an important first step.

Post Treatment Instructions for Periodontal Surgery

PAIN MEDICATION
After your periodontal surgery your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid any chewing until the numbness wears off. When the anesthesia wears off, you are expected to feel some discomfort in the region of the surgery. To help limit the discomfort and swelling take 600mg Ibuprofen (same as 3 tablets Advil if you can tolerate it) every 4-6 hours as needed. If you are prescribed another regimen please disregard this.

ANTIBIOTICS
If antibiotics are prescribed please take them on time and finish them as instructed. Do not take medication on an empty stomach or nausea may result. Please do not discontinue the antibiotic unless you suspect an adverse reaction (rash/itching), in which case, contact us immediately!

SWELLING / BRUISING
Temporary swelling can be expected. Apply ice pack to the affected area 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off for 6 hours following the procedure to reduce swelling and pain. If possible, an extra pillow should be used during the first two nights to reduce swelling. After 2 days, place a warm compress over your face.

ACTIVITY
Please avoid strenuous activities such as jogging, exercise programs, heavy lifting for 48 hours.

BLEEDING
Some slight bleeding (pink saliva) is normal after the procedure. To help reduce bleeding, do not spit or rinse your mouth for 24 hours. If bleeding is severe or lasts more than a few hours, do this: fold a piece of gauze or use a teabag. Dip the gauze or tea bag into cold water and press it against the area where you see the blood. Keep it there for 20 minutes. Do not remove it during the 20 minutes to examine it. If you can’t stop the bleeding please call the office.

HYGIENE
Do not brush or floss the surgical area for the first week until we see you for follow-up. Please brush all your other teeth as usual. The prescription mouthwash (Chlorhexidine) that is prescribed to you should be swished very gently in the surgical area 2 times per day. You may also rinse with warm salt water 2-3 times a day 24hours after the procedure. No vigorous rinsing. No electric toothbrush (Sonicare, Oral B, Rodadent) for 6 weeks following the surgery. No Water Pik for 6 weeks following the surgery. After 1 week you may start brushing the area with a soft bristle toothbrush unless otherwise instructed by your doctor.

SMOKING
We recommend that you not smoke for 3 weeks after surgery. Smoking is detrimental to healing tissues and will affect the results of surgery. If you can stop smoking for 3 weeks post-operatively, you may as well quit altogether!

DIET
For the first 48 hours restrict your diet to soft nutritious food. No hot or spicy food. Try to avoid chewing on the surgical side for at least first week.

TOOTH SENSITIVITY
The teeth in the surgical area are frequently very sensitive, especially to cold for several weeks to months after surgery. This sensitivity is usually temporary and will decrease more rapidly with good daily brushing. Avoid using whitening toothpastes and start brushing with toothpaste for sensitivity such as the brand name Sensodyne (available over the counter).

We are always happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please feel free to call us.

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