Regular preventive dental exams provide the following benefits to your oral health:
Our team strives to provide compassionate, skilled, and experienced dental care to address children's dental needs.
Our goal is to help children establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. With that in mind, we do our very best to make every visit to our office a positive and engaging experience. Our team is sensitive to the unique needs of children and understands how to help them feel comfortable and to put them at ease.
The first professional option is commonly referred to as in-office whitening. This procedure is performed in a dental office. During an appointment, your dental professional will apply a whitening gel to the surface of your teeth. The entire office visit generally takes about 90 minutes, and you will be able to see results immediately.
Tray bleaching is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist. The whitening gel is placed in custom-fitted trays that fit perfectly over your teeth. As the peroxide in the gel breaks down, hydroxyradicals help whiten stained teeth. Unlike strips, this process whitens all your natural teeth and may contain ingredients intended to provide maximum comfort. At-home professional tray whitening generally takes ten to 14 days, although you may notice results in as little as three to five days.
If you want to learn more about teeth whitening, please contact our practice to schedule an appointment.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored porcelain or resin that cover the front surface of the teeth. After removing about a half-millimeter of enamel from the tooth surface, these thin shells are bonded (cemented) to the front of the teeth, changing their color, shape, size, or length. Veneers are often called “Hollywood teeth."
In dental bonding, a tooth-colored, putty-like resin, which is a durable plastic material, is applied to the tooth and hardened with an ultraviolet or laser light, bonding the material to the tooth. Your dentist then trims, shapes, and polishes it. Bonding can repair decayed, chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth; it is also an excellent cosmetic alternative to, or replacement for, amalgam or silver fillings. Bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes.
A dental crown, also called a cap, fits over and replaces the entire decayed or damaged tooth above the gum line, restoring its shape, size, strength, and appearance. Crowns keep a weak tooth from breaking or hold a cracked tooth together; they can be used cosmetically to cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth. Crowns can be made from metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, resin, or ceramic.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays, also called indirect fillings, are made from gold, porcelain, or composite materials and fill decayed or damaged teeth. Dental fillings are molded into place during an office visit; however, Inlays and Onlays are created in a dental laboratory and bonded into place by your dentist. The filling is called an “Inlay” when the material is bonded within the center of a tooth; it is called an “Onlay” when the filling includes one or more points of the tooth or covers the biting surface. Inlays and Onlays preserve as much healthy teeth as possible and are an alternative to crowns.
Dental implants are titanium replacement tooth roots inserted into the missing tooth's bone socket. As the jawbone heals, it grows around the implanted metal post, anchoring it securely in the jaw and providing a foundation for a replacement tooth.
A bridge is made of crowns for the teeth on either side of a gap with false teeth in between. A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth.
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