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Why do you need it? Plaque and calculus (tartar) that sits on the teeth provides an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and multiply, leading to gingivitis, a condition that causes the gums to bleed and become red and inflamed. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the plaque on the teeth hardens into tartar and progresses down the roots of the teeth. When this occurs, the bone, which is the supports for the teeth, starts to deteriorate. Left untreated, periodontal disease can result in loss of teeth. It is a common, and sometimes silent condition in many adults.
How is it done? Treatment for periodontal disease involves scaling and root planing, which is designed to remove the toxins and bacteria from the root surfaces of the teeth, thereby allowing the body's immune system to begin the healing process. Calculus will be removed from the root surface which is then planed smooth so that the gum tissue can heal and reattach to the root surface. The procedure can be done in conjunction with another Laser procedure, which removes and infected tissue from the periodontal pocket.
What’s the aftercare like? After being treated for periodontal disease, a standard cleaning and checkup recall is no longer appropriate. While a standard cleaning addresses scaling and polishing above the gum line, a person who has experienced periodontal disease requires meticulous below the gum line maintenance at more frequent intervals, usually every 3-4 months.
How does it affect my overall health? Periodontal disease has a significant negative impact on the overall health of the body, especially in people whose health is compromised by heart disease, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and osteoporosis. Increased risk of stroke and pre-term birth weight babies is also attributed to periodontal disease. By treating the disease with scaling and root planing you can be sure your overall health will improve!
Veneers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your smile. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. In placing these new veneers on your teeth, you are able to address issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, and chipped teeth.
Placing veneers is a process that takes approximately two to three visits. In the first visit, the new shape and look of your teeth will be discussed. Once we have put a plan in place, we will carefully prepare the teeth for the placement of the new veneers and a scan will be taken. While the new veneers are being fabricated at the lab, we will provide you with a beautiful set of temporary veneers.
As the veneers are finalized, we will make every effort to ensure that your new veneers feel just like your natural teeth. We will bond them into place ensuring that you can enjoy your new smile for a very long time!
Composite veneers are a popular treatment to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Similar to porcelain veneers, composite veneers can be used to correct shape, color, and position of the teeth, and also cracks or gaps in teeth. The difference is that the teeth generally don’t need to be prepared or “shaved down” in order to do this procedure.
A color stable white filling material is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the filling material has been applied, an LED light is used to harden it. It is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
With the advancements in dental technology, composite veneers usually last for over 10 years. They are a safe and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like. At our office we have multiple different whitening options to choose from!
We have two in-office whitening systems in our office:
- The first system is called GLO. This procedure is typically about 1 hour, during which we are typically able to whiten your teeth about 5-8 shades! This option comes with our Glo at home whitening kit as well so that you can touch up or continue whitening on your own.
- The second system is called SMYLE. This procedure takes only 30 Minutes and is awesome for patients who are nervous about sensitivity. We usually see a change of 3-5 shades with this procedure and it comes with some “Maintenance Pens” to helps your results last longer!
We have three at-home options for our patients as well:
- For patients that know they will be diligent on their own, we typically recommend our Glo at home whitening system, which is also great for patients with sensitive teeth! This system provides up to 10 days of whitening and we also have refill packs available in the office if you need more gel!
- A second option is our Custom Whitening trays. This option is awesome for patients that want to whiten just one arch or specific teeth. We first take an impression of your teeth to fabricate custom whitening trays. These trays are specifically fitted to your teeth and designed with a well for the whitening gel to be placed in without overflowing onto the gum tissue. The whitening process takes between a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on both the starting natural shade of your teeth and the desired brightness you would like to achieve.
- Finally, we offer Opalescence Go professional strength whitening strips for those patients that want an inexpensive option to whiten before an upcoming event, or just want to touch up their smile. These are similar to Crest White strips, but the gel is about 3x stronger!
For all whitening options, it is very important to DISCONTINUE use of any sensitivity toothpaste for AT LEAST 2 weeks prior to the treatment, as it will significantly decrease the results.
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate whitening and if you have questions on which type might be best for you!
Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.
Our gum lift procedure is a quick and painless way to correct a gummy smile! We use our laser with a little numbing to reshape the gum tissue and make the teeth appear larger! Healing takes 3-5 days and the gums will stay at their new height permanently.
Our amazing new Icon White Spot removal treatment quickly and conservatively removes white spots or calcium deposits from your front teeth. In just 30-40 minutes a gel is used to painlessly remove the spots and a clear resin material is used to fill in the area of tooth structure removed. No numbing or drilling needed!