A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
A Crown, or Cap, replaces badly broken down tooth structure and allows for a tooth colored and much stronger restoration to strengthen the remaining tooth.
A bridge is a restoration that literally "bridges" a gap in the mouth utilizing connected crowns with a metal or ceramic substructure. The aspect that is seen is covered in porcelain as to provide a beautiful appearance, while closing unsightly and poorly functioning areas of the mouth.
When teeth have been lost in the mouth, one terrific way to replace them is by placing an artificial root in the mouth and then placing a crown over it so it acts as your own tooth! We can even use implants to help support a full or parital denture, so that it remains stable in the mouth - this allows the wearer to not worry about loose dentures falling out when eating or talking.
Your gums, and the underlying bone, are crucial to maintaining your teeth. When gums bleed, it is an indication that irritants are attacking the supporting structures of your teeth. By measuring the space just under the gums, along with x-ray analysis, it can be determined if periodontal (gum) therapy is needed. Bone loss as shown below is not reversible, so early detection is very important.
Bleaching is a safe and easy way to brighten your smile. There are several methods of applying the bleach, but we have found the most effective bleaching is achieved by applying nightly tray applications of a strong bleach preparation. Most people will see up to two standard (VITA Shade Guide) shade improvements with a two to three week series of home treatments.
The most common way to replace missing teeth is to place a partial or full denture. There are several types available, some with metal frames, some without, depending on your needs and wishes. Implants are now commony used to anchor a denture in place. Lets discuss what type is best for you.
ClearCorrect Clear Aligners: In cases of mild to moderate crowding, the ClearCorrect system of clear removable aligners can help straighten and beautify your smile. Great for "relapse" cases where you once had orthodontic treatment and teeth have drifted over time. http://www.clearcorrect.com/