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We have chosen the Zoom Chairside Whitening system for our same day whitening procedure. The procedure is simple. It begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only your teeth exposed. Then the Zoom whitening gel is applied and exposed to the Zoom lamp for four 15 minute sessions. The whole appointment takes about 2 hours and you will leave with your new bright smile. BACK TO MENU
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain we place over teeth to correct malpositioned, discolored, or misshapened teeth. This new technology can quickly transform a smile disfigured with dark crowded or worn teeth into a brilliant beautiful smile. This transformation can change someone who avoids smiles that show their teeth into the happy smiling person they really are. BACK TO MENU
Lumineers are very conservative Porcelain veneers. They can be made as thin as a contact lens and are translucent enough to look like your real teeth. And even better, there’s minimal to no drilling involved, so in many cases no anesthesia is needed and there are no temporaries to worry about. What could be better than a beautiful smile in two easy visits with no novacaine and no drilling? Please ask if you could benefit from Lumineer Veneers. BACK TO MENU
Implants can be the best option for tooth replacement. This is because once in place, an implant maintains the bone in the area where your natural tooth was and it replaces a tooth without relying on the adjacent teeth to do so. We can also use implants to hold dentures in place. To take loose uncomfortable dentures and anchor them in place to bite and chew in comfort, is one of the most successful uses for implants. BACK TO MENU
Composite fillings are a plastic like filling material which closely resembles your tooth structure. It is bonded in place which gives the best possible seal against bacteria and saliva. Over time composite fillings do less damage to your tooth because physical properties of the material are the closest we have to natural tooth structure. BACK TO MENU
Laser technology is the newest addition to our clinical system. With our soft tissue laser we can now perform biopsies, frenectomys (tongue tie corrective procedure), soft tissue crown lengthening and gingivectomies( to correct uneven gingival heights or reduce appearance of a gummy smile). We can also use the Biolase laser in our treatment of gum disease. The best part of using the laser is we can perform most of these procedures without conventional anesthesia and there is no bleeding. The benefit of this new technology is faster easier pain free care. BACK TO MENU
Why are regular teeth and mouth exams so important?
Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies.
We will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.
Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. BACK TO MENU
Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth.
2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left.
4. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth.
Lisa Daft, DMD & Associates, PC