Educational Videos for Dental Procedures
- VIDEO – Learn what’s involved in most common procedures
- VIDEO – Learn about CEREC (the One-Appointment Crown)
- Invisalign® Tooth Straightening
- CEREC (a revolutionary way to restore damaged teeth in a single visit)
- Teeth Whitening
- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Laser Hygiene Therapy
- Oral Cancer Screening
Dental Health Issues
Laser Hygiene Therapy
We offer our patients an exciting and gentle alternative to oral surgery in treating periodontal (gum) disease. Laser Hygiene Therapy takes our scaling and root planning standard to a new level when we feel that the disease is progressing despite good homecare and regular cleanings. The laser uses light energy to reduce the bacterial count in pockets surrounding the teeth after regular debridement is completed. This treatment can be added to a regular recall appointment or as a separate procedure. It is quick and rarely requires any anesthetic. Have you been told that you need gum surgery and are fearful about the invasiveness of the procedure? Do you have bleeding gums, pockets, recession and bone loss and feel that, no matter what you do, your oral health continues to get worse? Call us or ask about Laser Hygiene Therapy the next time we see you.
Oral Cancer Screening
We provide yearly oral cancer screenings to all our patients. Most cases of oral cancer occur in smokers and heavy drinkers but there are an increasing number of cases in otherwise young and healthy individuals. Our screening includes a thorough visual and tactile exam as well as the use of a fluorescent light called the Velscope. Early stages of oral cancer often go unnoticed by the patient, so early detection is our goal.
Bonding, also known as composite bonding, is a cosmetic dentistry procedure that can be used to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. Bonding can also be used to fill in gaps between teeth, protect the root of a tooth, or as an alternative to silver amalgam fillings. Bonding takes approximately 30 minutes to one hour in a single visit to the cosmetic dentist.
The Bonding Procedure – The cosmetic dentist begins by selecting a shade of composite resin (bonding material) that is closest to the shade of your teeth. Then, the dentist abrades the teeth and applies a liquid that helps the bonding material adhere to the teeth. The composite resin is applied to the teeth, smoothed into the desired shape, and hardened with a high intensity light. After the resin has hardened, the cosmetic dentist will make the final touches and polish the tooth until it resembles the other teeth. If more than one tooth is being repaired it may take several visits to the cosmetic dentist in order to achieve the desired results.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism may result from a bad fit between the upper and lower teeth when you close your mouth. More often, however, it’s associated with tension or suppressed anger. Symptoms include tooth grinding during sleep, jaw clenching, jaw pain or earache, jaw muscle contractions, abnormal alignment of teeth and worn or abraded tooth enamel. It sounds like you may have worn your enamel down far enough to expose the sensitive second layer of tooth material, the dentin.
If your dentist rules out physical causes of bruxism, you may just need to learn how to rest your tongue, teeth and lips properly. Or you may need to address the stresses that cause you to grind your teeth. Stress management, biofeedback, self – hypnosis and even acupuncture have been successfully used to treat anxiety – related bruxism.
Your dentist may construct a plastic mouth guard for you to wear during the night to protect your teeth from further damage.