Initial Oral Examination

As the most important procedure, your initial oral exam includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. We will also take a series of x-rays including bitewing x-rays and/or a panoramic x-ray to ensure a proper diagnosis. Our digital X-ray system helps minimize radiation compared to conventional chemical X-rays.

 

Scaling and Root Planning

Scaling and Root planning is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease. It cleans between the gums and teeth down to the roots. It is also known as deep cleaning. Typically cleaning precedes other restorative treatments.

 

Composite Resin Filling

A composite resin, also known as a white filling, is a tooth-colored filling that is used today to restore damaged or decayed teeth with better cosmetic results than traditional "silver" fillings.

 

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by deep decay or infection. In order to save the tooth pain-free the nerve, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the space is filled with medicated materials, sealer. Then tooth can be restored to its full function with a filling or a crown.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that pulling a bad tooth is the best solution, but in fact a missing tooth can cause more problems to adjacent/opposing teeth in the future.

 

Crowns and Veneers

A tooth with large restoration often fractures regardless of what you eat due to weakened tooth. When fracture happens sometimes the tooth cannot be saved. When it can be saved a crown restoration is recommended. A crown restoration covers the whole tooth around, 360 degrees and the top. The outside of the tooth is prepared/shaved down for a crown and typically a temporary crown is placed on the same day. A crown is also recommended for any tooth with large, old restoration(s) to prevent an accident of fracturing.

You can have a new smile with all-porcelain crowns on the front teeth. For the back teeth, we recommend porcelain fused to metal crowns for better durability and longevity.

Bridge

A bridge is the other permanent restoration for missing teeth. Adjacent teeth are shaped down and work as anchors. The solid crown will be attached to the crowns of the adjacent teeth. Then the whole piece is cemented with permanent cement. The length of the bridge, the number of teeth involved can vary.

 

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by deep decay or infection. In order to save the tooth pain-free the nerve, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the space is filled with medicated materials, sealer. Then tooth can be restored to its full function with a filling or a crown.

Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that pulling a bad tooth is the best solution, but in fact a missing tooth can cause more problems to adjacent/opposing teeth in the future.

 

Implants

Implants are one of the permanent restorations for missing teeth. An implant is surgically placed into the bone mimicking the root of a tooth. Then a crown is cemented/screwed on top of the implant after proper healing. Healing time depends on the characteristic of the bone, the location of a missing tooth, and other factors like smoking, diabetic, etc.

 

Extraction

At times a tooth has to be pulled due to severe bone loss(loose tooth), infection(swollen face), poor restorability(broken tooth), etc. There are treatment options for missing teeth to restore cosmetic and function which include implants, bridge, and removable dentures.

 

Mouth/Night Guards

Mouth guards protect teeth from sport injuries and night guards protect teeth from grinding and TMJ(Jaw pain).