Preventive dentistry is the best means of maintaining proper oral health, which is connected to body health as a whole. Because the mouth is a breeding ground for harmful bacteria, maintaining good dental hygiene greatly benefits overall health. Our goal is to catch the problems in their early stages when they are easier and less expensive to treat.
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Crowns & Bridges
When teeth are heavily damaged or decayed sometimes they cannot be restored with a traditional filling. In such circumstances it is necessary to modify the existing tooth (or teeth) so a crown or bridge may be placed upon them. This restores the size, shape and look of your tooth, and more importantly restores function.
Partials & Dentures
Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture covers only part of your mouth. Patients who have lost most or all of their teeth are candidates for complete dentures. Partials are for those who have some natural teeth remaining. Dentures fills in the areas created by lost teeth and allow the facial muscles and jaw to function as they were meant too. Dentures are custom made to each individual’s mouth therefore maintaining the look and structural integrity of the face. They are made in a lab and shaped to exact proportions based on impressions made of your mouth and your dentist’s prescription.
Cosmetic dentistry includes various dental treatments to improve the appearance of the teeth such as bleaching, bonding, veneers, reshaping or implants.
Tooth colored fillings are dental fillings that look and respond more like your natural tooth. In some cases they can be used cosmetically to change the shape of a tooth, fill in a gap or repair a chipped tooth.
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There are a variety of treatments for gum disease depending on the stage of disease, the patient’s response to previous treatments and your overall health. Some non-surgical treatments may include professional dental cleaning more than twice a year and/or scaling and root planing, where plaque and tartar are scraped away from above and below the gum line.
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Cavity Preventing Sealants
Sealants are a thin coating painted on the chewing surfaces molars to act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria. Brushing and flossing cannot always get into all the tiny spaces of your back teeth. To protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay sealants can be beneficial for overall oral health. Children and teenagers are obviously great candidates for sealants however but there are many adults that have not experienced tooth decay where this procedure would add value to their long-term oral health.
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