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Dentistry is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of oral diseases and conditions. Dentists and dental hygienists partner with you to ensure dental health for yourself and each member of your family through routine exams, cleanings, and much more. Regular dental care is essential to your overall well-being. It helps keep your mouth healthy and comfortable while improving the appearance of your smile at the same time. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is also the best way to prevent cavities, gum disease, and other serious oral health issues.

By visiting your dentist twice a year for a checkup and cleaning, you can catch potential problems before they get too severe. Our dentists are able to treat a variety of common dental problems to help you maintain your oral health. These include:

  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Gingivitis
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Bad breath
  • Teeth grinding
  • Jaw pain
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Chipped teeth

If you are dealing with one of these problems or other dental concerns, we invite you to schedule a dentist appointment at our practice today! Call our team to schedule your upcoming appointment at our dentist's office.

Cosmetic dental procedures are designed to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. Different procedures focus on different issues to achieve the goal of making teeth look white and straight or replacing missing teeth with prosthetics such as dental implants.

There are many cosmetic dentistry options you can choose from to help perfect your smile. Some of the most popular options include veneers, bonding, crowns, bridges, and tooth whitening. If you're wondering what services are right for you, schedule a consultation with a cosmetic dentist today to discuss your needs in detail.

The common cosmetic dentistry procedures include the following:

  • Braces: Traditional metal braces and ceramic braces straighten teeth and correct alignment issues to create a more attractive smile.
  • Crowns: A dental crown covers a broken or damaged tooth to provide protection from further damage and restore the tooth's appearance.
  • Dental implants: Dental implants are used to permanently replace missing teeth and provide a strong anchor for dentures as well.
  • Dentures: When many or all teeth are lost, full or partial dentures can provide a natural-looking way to restore your smile.
  • Fillings: Dental fillings restore a tooth after treatment of a cavity or hole and help seal teeth to prevent future decay and pain.
  • Invisalign: Invisalign clear aligners can straighten your teeth without the look of metal braces or even wires.
  • Veneers: Veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the fronts of teeth to correct a range of cosmetic concerns, from discoloration to gaps between teeth.
  • Whitening: Teeth whitening is a fast and non-invasive way to rejuvenate the shade of your teeth for a whiter, brighter, smile.

Thankfully, most cosmetic dental procedures are not painful. Your dentist will plan your appointments carefully and use anesthesia when necessary to prevent pain and keep you comfortable. If your procedure does cause some discomfort, your dentist may recommend over-the-counter pain relievers.

If you have a tooth that's sensitive to heat or cold, you may want to avoid hot or cold foods and drinks for a few days after your treatment. This should minimize any sensitivity you may experience to extreme temperatures.

Dental treatments like implants and veneers do require some time to recover after the procedure is complete, so be sure to follow your post-treatment instructions as closely as possible to ensure the best results possible. In most cases, you'll simply need to practice good oral hygiene habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and making regular appointments with your dentist for exams and cleanings. If you experience severe pain after a treatment, however, you may need to take additional steps to ensure your recovery goes smoothly. Contact your cosmetic dentist right away if you experience severe jaw pain or facial swelling that lasts longer than a few days. These could be signs of an infection that requires professional attention as soon as possible.

There are two options for professional whitening performed by your dentist. The first involves an in-office treatment that can be completed in a single visit. Your dentist will apply the whitening solution directly onto your teeth and then activate it with a special light or laser. The other option is a set of custom-fitted trays that you can use with a prescription-strength whitening gel at home over a period of several weeks until you achieve your desired level of whiteness. Some dentists even offer a combination of these two methods!

Both methods of professional teeth whitening can achieve great results when performed under the direction of a dentist.

A mouthguard can protect your teeth from breaking if you grind them at night or during physical activities such as playing a sport. Mouthguards can cushion a blow to the face and teeth, preventing chips, fractures, or even tooth loss. Mouthguards are also useful for patients who struggle with tooth decay due to clenching or grinding their teeth while they sleep.

Mouthguards can be made from different materials, including plastic, acrylic, or laminates. The best type of mouthguard for you will be one that fits your mouth well and offers the most protection while being comfortable for you to wear. Your dentist can fit you for a mouthguard that is right for you. The custom fit of the mouthguard will fit more securely than an over-the-counter option, and you will know your mouth is safe and healthy while wearing a custom-made mouthguard.

Root canal treatments are necessary when the nerve of a tooth becomes infected or inflamed. The pulp of the tooth is the area that contains the nerves and blood vessels, which become irritated when bacteria take hold in an area of the body that it cannot fight on its own. A root canal is necessary to remove the infection and prevent it from spreading to surrounding tissues. Without this treatment, the infection could spread throughout the body and endanger the patient's overall health.

Patients usually need to have local anesthesia before the dentist begins cleaning out the tooth. He drills into the dentine of the affected tooth to access the canals and removes the dead and damaged tissue. Then he uses an antibacterial solution to kill any remaining bacteria in the tooth and cleans the canals to remove any debris. Once all of the damaged material is removed, the dentist shapes the canals and seals them with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Finally, he places a temporary crown over the treated tooth to protect it until the permanent restoration is ready.

Teeth extractions are a common procedure used to remove one or more damaged, decayed, or impacted teeth from a patient's mouth. When teeth are extracted, they are usually replaced by a removable bridge, implant, or partial denture. Extractions may be recommended for a number of reasons, such as to prevent crowding, to prepare the jaw for orthodontic treatment, or to prepare the mouth for a dental implant.

A tooth extraction may be the best option if you have severe periodontal disease or are suffering from an abscessed tooth, but the entire situation can be remedied with proper care of your teeth and regular cleanings.

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that removes plaque and tartar buildup from below the gum line. As your hygienist cleans the areas affected by bacteria, they will smooth out the surface of your teeth in order to remove bumps and pits that can harbor these harmful bacteria. Root planing and scaling are used to treat gum disease as well as prevent further complications.

Emergency dental treatment involves treating painful or serious conditions affecting the teeth and gums. Some common emergencies include:

  • Toothaches
  • Bitten lips or tongue
  • Broken braces or wires
  • Lost fillings or crowns
  • Abscesses
  • Severe toothaches

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, we welcome you to call our dental office to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Delaying care after receiving emergency care can cause your condition to worsen. We will provide you with prompt and effective relief appropriate for your needs so you can return to your daily routine as quickly as possible.

Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth set into a base that matches the color of your gums. Dentures can be full sets, which replace an entire arch of your teeth, or partials, which fit just a few of the teeth in a row. Typically, full denture sets require the use of a "flipper" to stay in place while you eat. Partials can clasp around some of your natural teeth for support.

A dental crown is a cap that is placed over a damaged tooth, which restores the shape and function of the tooth. The crown covers the entire surface of the affected tooth and is custom-made for a snug fit. Dental crowns are commonly used to cover broken teeth or teeth that are severely discolored or misshapen. Although dental crowns can be made of different materials, porcelain is the best material to use because it can be color-matched to your natural teeth. Porcelain is also very durable and provides a natural appearance. Dental crowns can also be used to anchor a fixed bridge. If you have a missing tooth, your dentist may recommend attaching a bridge to the two surrounding teeth with a dental crown on each supporting tooth to hold the prosthetic in place. This restoration prevents your remaining teeth from moving out of alignment. If you have several missing teeth in a row, we may recommend a partial or complete denture instead of a bridge. While removable dentures would be more affordable, fixed bridges are more stable and comfortable.

If you take good care of your oral health, you will enjoy several benefits for life. A lifetime of good oral health helps prevent both tooth decay and gum disease, which are two common causes of tooth loss among adults. Also, a lack of oral care can lead to missing teeth which can cause problems with chewing, speaking, and other essential functions. So maintaining good oral health is essential for maintaining your quality of life. But it's not just your oral health that dental implants support. Your smile plays a big role in your overall appearance, and most people feel self-conscious about an unattractive smile. By maintaining good oral health, you can have the confidence to flash your grin.

There are several different types of dental insurance plans, such as HMO, PPO, Delta Dental, Careington, and Premier Access. The type of plan you have will determine your out-of-pocket expense when visiting our office. Some insurances require you to visit an in-network dentist in order to receive your benefits; some allow you to see any dentist and still cover a percentage of treatment costs, and some only cover preventative care. You may also have deductibles to meet each year before your insurance covers any dental work. These out-of-pocket expenses can add up quickly if you don't take care of your teeth and oral health on a regular basis!

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