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Beyond the regular treatment we offer, please inquire about special dental services. As these can change with new developments, we are constantly devoted to learning and perfecting the most recent techniques in aesthetic and general dentistry.

Cleaning & Exams: Exam: A comprehensive evaluation of the patient using medical history, clinical findings, and x-rays to diagnose and treat, if necessary, any abnormality. Prophylaxis: (Also called a "prophy" for short.) The professional cleaning and removal of plaque, stains, and calculus on the teeth ideally performed at least once every six months.

Digital X-ray Service: The use of computer imaging rather than traditional x-ray film to create and store images of teeth. Problems are diagnosed and discussed at chair side.

Sealant: Plastic coating applied to grooves of the teeth to prevent decay, generally performed on children who are more prone to dental caries, or cavities.

Fillings: Restoring lost tooth structure with amalgam, metal, porcelain, or composite resin. Used as part of the treatment of cavities.

Composite Filling: A tooth-colored filling composed of a polymer material that looks like a natural tooth. Used instead of metal amalgam.

Amalgam: The most common filling material used, also referred to as mercury or silver, which are often contained in the mixture.

Root Canals: (endodontic treatment) A procedure in which the diseased nerve (also called the pulp or inside core) of a heavily decayed or damaged tooth is removed and the central pulp space of the tooth is filled and sealed with dental cement.

Crowns: Also known as "caps", is a dental procedure, which includes reshaping a tooth and reducing its size by about 25%, then affixing a natural looking covering, or a crown fabricated in a lab. Dental crowns can be used to replace chipped, decayed, broken, misaligned, or discolored teeth.

Implants: A fixed replacement for a missing tooth. The procedure involves the implanting of a metal shaft, usually titanium, implanted in the jawbone. A prosthetic (artificial) tooth is then affixed to this shaft, providing a strong permanent replacement for a lost tooth. Implants also prevent the gradual loss of bone material in the jaw that occurs over time with the use of dentures.

An individual crown or a bridge may be cemented to the portion of the post, which rises above the soft tissue. An individual implant may be used to restore an area where a single tooth is missing, eliminating the need for dental bridges. Multiple dental implants may be used to restore an edentulous area or a series of missing teeth, eliminating the need for partials or dentures.

Dentures: A removable set of artificial teeth. Dentures may be partial, that is, replacing only a section of teeth, or full, which would replace the entire upper or lower sections of teeth.

Veneers: A very thin outer shell of ceramic, or a poly-ceramic material placed on the tooth surface. Veneers are a conservative application of cosmetic dentistry where reducing or reshaping the natural tooth's structure is minimal. Veneers can however result in a very positive improvement to a person's smile.

Bleaching: A process of whitening teeth that uses special compounds usually containing hydrogen peroxide. The over-the-counter whitening products are not the prescription strength that dentists use and are therefore less effective.

Bruxism: Involuntary, "nervous" grinding of the teeth while the patient is asleep. Can eventually cause headaches, TMD, loss of tooth surface and cracking. Treatment includes a night guard custom-made by the dentist from impressions made of the patient's teeth.


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