Preventive and Diagnostic
Teeth over time will darken and stain. ZOOM!® Whitening, a form of bleaching, is an in-office procedure used to remove much of this stain and brighten your smile. It uses a specialized LED light to activate a whitening agent on the surface of the teeth, helping to lift the stain out of the enamel surface. This results in a whiter, brighter more youthful smile. Most people will lighten 6 to 8 shades with a single session.
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Complete (Full) Dentures are made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. The denture includes replacement teeth that are attached to an acrylic base that is custom made in a dental laboratory. The denture sits over the gums or can be anchored to dental implants for additional comfort and support. If multiple teeth need to be removed, an immediate dentures can be made ahead of time so that our patients are never without teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures are made when only a few teeth need to be replaced. They most commonly consist of teeth that are attached to either a metal or acrylic base. Often there are clasps, which are disguised or hidden for cosmetics, that hook on to the patient’s own teeth.
Fluoride is a natural substance that helps strengthen teeth and prevent decay. Fluoride treatments are administered at the office and are applied to the teeth in a gel, foam or varnish form.
Sportsguards are worn to help prevent damage to the teeth and gums while participating in physical activity. Unlike store bought versions, custom sportsguards are made specifically to fit each patient. They offer a greater amount of protection to the teeth and are more comfortable to wear than their one-size-fits-all counterparts. These sportsguards greatly reduce the risk of getting a sports related dental injury.
To treat TMJ disorders, first the cause has to be identified. In less severe cases TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (soft diet, moist heat, anti-inflammatory medications, and avoiding extreme jaw movements). Often a lab made night-guard is indicated. This allows the teeth to glide smoothly and free up stress on the joint. In extreme cases, a surgical correction to the joint may be indicated.