Nitrous Oxide Anesthesia
A combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen is breathed through a nasal mask to give a sensation of relaxation and euphoria. Patients may also know this as "laughing gas." The gas is odorless. It takes about three minutes to achieve a comfortable state. The patient is totally awake during this procedure and can direct the doctor if they feel any discomfort. Nitrous oxide is completely eliminated from the patients' system within a few minutes after the procedure, so that you are able to drive. This is a significant help for relieving mild to moderate anxiety and helps eliminate the gag reflex. Nitrous oxide oxygen can be used for children and often eliminates the need for a local anesthetic (needle) or numbing. This can be a big help for positive management of younger patients.
Composite Bonding (Tooth-colored Fillings)
Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. They are sometimes referred to as composites or filled resins. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. ?In many instances it is the modern replacement for old black fillings many of us received as children. Through the bonding technique these white composite restorations actually strengthen the remaining tooth structure unlike mercury amalgam which often causes teeth to break.
The cost is moderate and depends on the size of the filling and the technique used by the dentist to place it in the prepared tooth, and they are subject to stain and discoloration over time.
Crowns and Bridges
You are eating dinner and suddenly you are holding half of one of your teeth in your hand. Weakened by a fracture or a large filling, the tooth is now in obvious need of repair. Your dentist may suggest a crown, an artificial replacement of the upper part of the tooth, to restore the function and look of the damaged one. Crowns slip over the damaged tooth like a jacket. They can restore strength to cracked teeth and cover significant areas of decay. Crowns can be made from several different kinds of materials, and based on location, esthetics, and cost, the right one to repair your damaged tooth can be selected.
You have one or more missing teeth due to decay or an accident. This loss changes the look of your smile, your bite, and puts stress on surrounding teeth to compensate for the lost tooth. One option your dentist may suggest for replacing the lost tooth is with a bridge. The missing tooth is replaced with an artificial tooth connected between two crowns (caps) which are permanently cemented or bonded on the adjacent teeth. They are called bridges.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is designed to correct disorders of the dental pulp -- the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Teeth with abscessed, or infected, nerves were once removed with corrective therapy. But now, in 95 percent of these cases of pulpal infection, the natural tooth can be saved through modern endodontic procedures. (Also called pulp specialists, endodontists have undergone specialized training in performing root canal therapy.) Doctor will discuss with you what is best for you and the success rate is about 90-95%. However, this is the last treatment to save the tooth and relieve the pain.
Oral Surgery (Including Removal of teeth)
Oral surgery is commonly performed to remove wisdom teeth, prepare the mouth for dentures, and repair other oral problems. We may refer our patients to oral surgeons who may also perform more advanced procedures as required after trauma or severe disease damages the structures of the mouth.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, and clenching teeth are common problems that afflict as many as 30% of adults. Grinding can eventually lead to more serious concerns, including damage to the teeth and supportive structures of the mouth. A nightguard is a simple solution that can prevent the long-term effects of bruxism, clenching and alleviate headaches and other discomfort associated with this condition.
Teeth Cleaning (Scaling and Root-planing)
Our practice is based on comprehensive care that includes hygiene and cleaning. Our department boasts two of the finest hygienists with excellent educational background and clinical skills. The frequency of your hygiene visits will be custom tailored to your needs. For most patients this will be every six months. The hygiene staff has available to them the latest in scaling technology for more comfortable cleanings and Prophy Jet for removal of tough stains. For those patients requiring more advanced treatment for a periodontal condition (gum and bone disease), gentle multi-visit root planing and scaling by dental hygienists is available. For those patients requiring surgical intervention, our office will be happy to refer you to one of our affiliated specialists. Our Hygiene service includes
- Blood pressure screening
- Periodontal evaluation
- Prophylaxis or full mouth debridement
- Prophy jet therapy (stain removal)
- Taking digital radiographs
- RDD (root planing, detoxification and debridement) using micro-ultrasonic, manual scaling, followed by a soft tissue laser therapy
- Administering local anesthesia and nitrous oxide
- Application of antimicrobials and desensitizer, and fluoride gels
- Oral hygiene instructions
Full and Partial Dentures
We offer not only conventional resin dentures and metal framed partials, but also Valplastic flexible dentures with gum colored clasp, tooth-colored clasp on metal frame and/or combination of them.
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Your dentist will determine which of the three types of dentures described below is best for you.
Conventional Full Denture
A conventional full denture is placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. Healing may take several months, during which time you are without teeth.
Immediate Full Denture
An immediate full denture is inserted immediately after the remaining teeth are removed. (Your dentist takes measurements and makes models of your jaw during a prior visit.) While immediate dentures offer the benefit of never having to be without your teeth, they must be relined several months after being inserted. The reason is that the bone supporting the teeth reshapes as it heals, causing the denture to become loose.
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Resin Based Dentures without metal frame are also available.
Temporary ¡®Stay Plates¡¯ (Flipper) can be used until you get the permanent prosthesis, such as implants, bridges, and partial dentures.
Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves.
Permanent molars are the most likely to benefit from sealants. The first molars usually come into the mouth when a child is about 6 years old. Second molars appear at about age 12. It is best if the sealant is applied soon after the teeth have erupted, before they have a chance to decay.
We offer application of fluoride gel with Prophy/scaling. Peer- reviewed scientific research done over many decades has demonstrated that fluoride is an essential component to improve the oral health of Americans during the past 50 years. What we can see from the reliable scientific research that we have available is that fluoride is safe and it has many benefits. Improving the health of our teeth far outweighs any risks of using fluoride.