Root Canals

A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it. The common causes affecting the pulp are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, repeated dental treatment to the tooth or trauma. The term “root canal” comes from cleaning of the canals inside the tooth’s root.

4 Types of Brushing Techniques

1. Horizontal Reciprocating Motion:

Place the brush on either on left or right side of the teeth and the brush is moved along the side of the dentition to the back region and pull towards the front region.

2. Vibratory motion technique

  • Bass Method

Bass method : It is one of the effective type of the brushing technique. In this type bristles are placed directly apically 45-degree angle to the tooth surface or place parallel to the tooth surface press the bristles slightly so that they enter the gumline vibrate the brush back and forth with the 10-15 strokes for each position and move next to the teeth.

  • Stillman Brushing Technique

Stillman Brushing Technique: it is similar to bass technique with just slight modification of occlusal movement with short horizontal strokes. Bristles are directed apically & angles same as bass, Bristles are placed partly over cervical part of tooth and partly on adjacent gingival.

  • Charter Brushing Technique

Charter brushing technique: it is the technique mostly used in presence of any appliance in oral cavity position the bristles towards the crown of the teeth the sides of the bristles are placed at gingival margin 45 degree to the long axis of the tooth short back and forth motions are given directly

  • Modified bass / Modified Charter Method

Modified Bass / Modified Charter: follow the techniques mentioned in above technique at the end of each technique roll the brush towards the occlusal surface of the teeth full tuft occlusally after cervical area is cleaned by the prescribed method.

3. Rotary Brushing Technique

  • Fones Brushing Technique

Fones Brushing Technique: it is simplest way for children tooth brushing place the toothbrush on a set of the teeth then activate the bristles by slightly pressing against the teeth 4-5 times on each set of the teeth and move to the next.

4. Roll stroke brushing technique:

It is the method in which one does not need practising the bristles are pointed apical towards the root and placed on the gingival margin and then the stroke is given to the roll brush occlusal cleaning inter proximal areas and the tooth surface in one stroke.

Orthodontic

Invisalign

Invisalign is a new system of straightening teeth without the use of conventional braces. A series of clear plastic aligners are utilized to create tooth movement. Moving teeth with removable aligners is not new. However, the computer program, which can generate a series of aligners with small changes is the new part. Invisalign is recommended for orthodontic situations with mild to moderate spacing or crowding. They are virtually undetectable, easy to use and comfortable to wear.

Clear Braces

Whether you’re an adult or a teen, we all want to look our best at all times. Changing the way your teeth are structured takes time and there are now ways to keep you looking your best during this period. Clear braces or ceramic braces are translucent. This new technology is available for most cases. The great benefit of these braces is that you won’t have to have that metallic look. In addition, clear braces are specifically designed so that they won’t stain or wear over time.

Give us a call today to see if you’re a candidate for ceramic braces!

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces have been around for many years. They are the standard among patients looking to straighten their smile. Today’s contemporary braces are made of exceptionally strong metals as they need to be able to stand the test of time while they are on your teeth. While contemporary braces are metallic colored, there are a number of bands and features that can be utilized to spruce them up. Give us a call today so we can discuss in more detail about getting you that perfect smile!

TMJ

TMJ is the initialism for temporomandibular joint, which connects your lower jaw (the mandible) to your skull at the temporal bone. This joint controls many jaw functions, like chewing. If the chewing muscles or the joint itself are causing you pain you may have temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. TMD can be caused by stress, continual clenching of the jaw muscles, or teeth grinding.

Some of the symptoms of TMD are:

  • Pain when opening or closing mouth
  • Trouble chewing
  • Jaw becoming stuck open or shut
  • Headaches or ear pain
  • Clicking or popping sounds when opening your mouth
  • Teeth Grinding

Many of these symptoms can often be associated with other health problems, so only a medical professional can tell you if it is due to TMD. Teeth grinding is an especially problematic symptom because it can lead to further problems. Prolonged teeth grinding, or bruxism, can cause enamel to wear off teeth and expose dentin. This material is softer than enamel and more susceptible to decay. Sensitivity to hot and cold food or drink may also develop from excessive teeth grinding.

If you suspect you may have TMD come in for a consultation. We can help diagnose you and provide relief for your symptoms. Pain relievers and hot/cold compresses are short term methods to provide relief for pain symptoms. A night guard can be used to help prevent or lessen the effects of teeth grinding at night. This can lead to a more permanent solution. In very severe cases of TMD surgery may be required, but behavioral treatments to change the way you use your jaw muscles are usually enough to provide relief.

Crowns and Bridges

Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.

A crown is used to entirely cover or “cap” a damaged tooth. Besides strengthening a damaged tooth, a crown can be used to improve its appearance, shape or alignment. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure for function. Porcelain or ceramic crowns can be matched to the color of your natural teeth. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, acrylic and ceramic. These alloys are generally stronger than porcelain and may be recommended for back teeth. Porcelain bonded to a metal shell is often used because it is both strong and attractive.

Your dentist may recommend a crown to:

  • Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Dental Veneers are quite common. Practically these are fine shells made from porcelain or resin composite that are joined to the front area of the teeth to improve their shape as well as texture. The surface of tooth is adjusted to develop a bond with porcelain shell however it needs lower augmentation as needed for crown.

The tooth enamel is scrubbed and scuffed nominally to develop a better surface for shell to withstand and nominal of tooth part is eliminated. People who have flawed teeth like bad color, twisted, broken, spaced, cracked or tooth loss, can choose porcelain veneers to get a better appearance.

Available Veneers

Many patients who look for more information about porcelain veneers wonder to discover that there are several veneer systems. In addition of numerous material choices, there are abundant of design systems that have an impact on the way your tooth is prepared to deal with veneers.
The materials offered for veneers are:

  • Composite resin
  • Feldspathic porcelain
  • Feldspathic porcelain on a refractory
  • Pressed ceramics
  • Pressed ceramics with lithium disilicates or zirconium with different substrates

There are then additional options on how to modify the tooth to be prepared for veneers. A reliable method is no-prep design. There is a nominal prep, improved prep and conventional prep options.

Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening can be customized for each person. Your dentist can adjust the treatment by changing the level of the bleaching agent used. If he uses a higher level your teeth will be much whiter. If you are looking for just a small change he can use a lower level. Deep stains can be removed with a professional procedure. Home treatments cannot penetrate enough to address those deep stains so you may have an uneven or blotchy finish. Many people feel more confident after having their teeth whitened. They tend to smile wider and more often. You achieve that white smile much quicker with a professional whitening. There are take home kits your dentist can give you that will take several weeks to meet your goal level of whiteness.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding can fix crooked, gapped or badly stained teeth. It is a procedure where a dentist reconstructs, reshapes, and conceals tooth defects using composite resins, which are the same color as the tooth.

Cosmetic bonding is a more affordable alternative to veneers and other more complex cosmetic dental treatments. Bonding is also a more conservative option because it requires little or no alteration to your existing teeth.

You can go for cosmetic bonding if you wish to correct any of the following cosmetic flaws:

  • Gaps and spaces between teeth
  • Stained, yellow, or discolored teeth
  • Irregularly shaped teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth

To save your smile, one of our Dentists will proceed to create a replacement part of the tooth, matching the color of the chipped tooth, and make it whole again.

For a detailed look at how we perform dental bonding, read below:

1. Prepping You Up for the Procedure

If you have a chipped tooth, you will not require any extensive prepping. In most cases, you do not even need a dose of anesthesia. If your tooth is badly damaged, there is fracture near the nerve, or the tooth is sensitive, you will be required to undergo anesthesia. After the reason of why you need dental bonding is established, the dentist will choose a color for the composite resin that best matches the color of your teeth.

2. The Procedure Begins

The dentist will roughen the surface of the tooth and apply phosphoric acid to it. The phosphoric acid will remove the debris and open small bubbles to allow the false teeth to bond to the existing one. The dentist will apply a primer to wet the area and enable the adhesive to flow into the small tubules. After that, the dentist will apply adhesive bonding agent to allow everything to bond securely with each other. At last, the dentist will apply composite resin, blend it, and double-check it to make sure everything is in order.

3. The Final Check

Once the dentist is satisfied with his/her handy work, he/she will put you through another test called the bite test. The dentist will tell you to bite down on something to check if your all your teeth are biting uniformly.

If the color difference is noticeable on the other teeth untreated, we often suggests to whitened your teeth before your bonding work. This way, your teeth are at their whitest when the bonding resin is color-matched. If you keep your teeth white with touch-up treatments and good dental care, your natural and bonded teeth will continue to match.

Dental bonding is one of several types of restorative treatments used for both health and cosmetic purposes. The natural-looking resin used in bonding can even be used instead of traditional metal fillings, to repair a chipped tooth or even change the dimensions of a tooth that needs cosmetic repair.

Missing Tooth Replacement

Permanently losing a tooth can be the result of poor dental hygiene, genetic predisposition, or an injury to the mouth. The traditional tooth implants can be overwhelmingly expensive, so individuals suffering from tooth loss actively seek out more affordable replacement options.

Here are some of the most common tooth replacement options:
Single tooth replacement options

The amount of teeth lost plays a role in selecting the replacement option that best fits your needs. Single tooth replacement methods are cheaper, easier to manage, and can be less invasive than the multiple teeth replacement options. The most popular non-implant single tooth replacement options are:

  • Braces : Using braces to “fill” a missing tooth is a permanent way to alter your smile for the better. When the tooth is missing, your dentist can attach braces that work to shift your teeth together to fill in the gap rather than filling the tooth with an implant or denture.
  • Tooth-supported fixed bridge : The most common single tooth replacement alternative to implants it he tooth-supported bridge. The teeth adjacent to the gap are ground down to attach and support the bridge. Since the supported bridge is not implanted into the bone, it requires on-going maintenance to ensure proper function.
  • Removable partial dentures : These dentures are customized to fit your specific affected area. The dentures aren’t as flexible and natural as tooth-supported bridges, but they are generally less expensive and require no grinding down of otherwise healthy adjacent teeth.
  • Resin-bonded bridge : This bridge is generally chosen for patients that are missing front teeth that don’t endure regular biting and usage that back teeth experience. The bridge has attachments on either side of the artificial tooth that are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth. There is no grinding or altering of the healthy teeth to apply these attachments, but the resin-bonded bridge is less sturdy than the tooth-supported bridges.

Multiple teeth replacement options

While dental implants are ideal for replacing multiple teeth because of their attachment to the roots and jawbone, the price tag dissuades many people from investing in dental implants. There are viable multiple teeth replacement options including:

  • Removable partial denture : These dentures are used to fix aesthetic or functional issues that arise when multiple teeth are missing. The device is necessary when there aren’t enough healthy and supportive teeth adjacent to the gaps. The partial dentures are preferred by many patients because of their ability to remove them whenever necessary.
  • Removable complete denture : This appliance rests on top of the gums where the teeth once were. Complete dentures serve both aesthetic and functional needs of patients and can be removed for easy cleaning, or if your gums become sore from extended use.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are the ideal solution for replacement of missing teeth and they have changed the face of Dentistry over the last 25 years.

A Dental Implant is a titanium post (like a tooth root) that is surgically placed into the jawbone beneath the gum line that allows the Implantologist to fix a crown on the top of that, thereby providing the appearance of a natural tooth

Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth thereby offers the most realistic, long lasting solution for the restoration of functionality of your smile.

Why Implants?

Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth thereby offers the most realistic, long lasting solution for the restoration of functionality of your smile.

Made of Titanium (same material used by NASA) makes implant light and strong, resulting in them lasting lifetime.

Its is placed in the jaw, and a crown is placed on the top providing the appearance of a natural tooth. Dental Implants are for all ages, with 98% success rate, dental patients are assured about their teeth and gum’s wellbeing.