Do you grind or clench your teeth during the day or night?
Clenching and grinding can cause muscular pain in your jaw, head or neck. A dental exam can reveal wear facets in the chewing surface, evidence of muscular pain and abfractions (divets along the gumline). Our office can make a custom removable bite guard to relieve the strain caused by grinding. The bite guard creates space between your upper and lower teeth where you cause wear in the bite guard instead of your teeth. Patients who wear our bite guards
notice less sensitivity with their teeth and less muscular strain from the jaw muscles.
Do people ask you why don’t you smile?
Suresmile uses clear aligners to restore your smile. They are convenient, comfortable,
and affordable. The clear braces can help close gaps, eliminate crowding, and restore your smile quicker than traditional metal braces. Nobody can see you are doing it.
Do you have front teeth that stand out because of stain, size, or chips?
Bonding is using tooth colored dental filling material to bring a tooth back to its normal shape, form and function. Teeth that are discolored, undersized, rotated, and chipped are ideal for this procedure. Composite dental filling will look very natural. Bonding can also be used to veneer the whole front surface of the tooth. The advantage to dental bonding is that it is an inexpensive way to restore your tooth. Teeth that are discolored, undersized, rotated, and chipped are ideal for this procedure.
Do you have a tooth that broke while you were eating or in an accident? Dental crowns may be right for you!
Teeth that are weak from decay, fracture, or root canals are candidates for a dental crown. Crowns are also known as caps. Crowns are a custom form that fits over your tooth that has been shaved down. Crowns can be all porcelain, metal fused to porcelain or metal. Crowns are a long lasting solution that strengthens teeth weakened by decay, fracture, or root canals.
Practicing good oral hygiene, frequent dental cleanings, and keeping the sugar and acid in your diet to a minimum extend the life of your dental crowns.
Bridges replace a missing tooth. A crown is made for the tooth on each side of the missing tooth and another crown will be in the middle. All the crowns are joined together.
Are you missing one or several teeth? Dental implants can restore your smile!
Implants are titanium screws that act like a root. Implants are the most realistic way to replace missing teeth. Implants can be used to replace one tooth using a dental crown or as a bridge to replace multiple teeth. Implants are also used to help dentures and partial dentures become more stable.
Is your tooth aching, throbbing or your face swollen?
When the pulp becomes infected from the bacteria that cause tooth decay or trauma, a root canal is necessary. Root canals remove the pulp or nerve from your tooth, followed by disinfection and placement of the root canal filling and sealer. Our office performs most root canals but occasionally a referral to a specialist is needed. After the root canal, most teeth will need a crown.
Are your teeth stained or dingy in appearance?
Teeth whitening helps to brighten your smile by reducing stains from colas, tea, wine, coffee and tobacco. The bleaching gel used in our office lightens teeth about 3-5 shades which is significant. Impressions are taken of your teeth and custom trays are made off of the mold made in our office. Trays can be worn once or twice a day while bleaching. We recommend using a sensitive toothpaste while bleaching. It is included in our bleaching program. The process takes a few weeks and the results give our patients confidence in their smiles.
Do you have an old silver(amalgam) filling that needs to be replaced?
Older fillings need to be replaced when they start to leak and new decay develops around the old filling. Our office can remove the decay and previous filling. The tooth will be filled with composite tooth colored filling. The tooth will have a mild acid placed followed by a rinse. Then the tooth will be disinfected to reduce bacteria and sensitivity. The final step is placement of the tooth colored filling and adjustment so that your teeth come together in a natural bite. The filling is cured with ultraviolet light.
Do your gums bleed every time you floss?
Our gum therapy includes a deep cleaning known as scaling and root planing to reduce the volume of bacteria that cause gum disease. Our office will show you how to improve your brushing and flossing technique and incorporate a mechanical toothbrush to take your oral hygiene to the next level. Depending on your situation prescription mouthwashes or fluorides can be included to help you reduce even more bacteria in your mouth. You will be visiting our office 3-4 times a year for cleanings to keep the gum disease from progressing. Our patient report feeling better and that bad breath is a thing of the past.
Do you have sleep apnea and are not wearing your c-pap or bi-pap machine?
Oral snoring appliances can be very effective in preventing sleep apnea. Our office will take an impression of your upper and lower teeth and a bite registration. With this information, a snoring appliance such as an EMA can be fabricated. Our patients tell us how happy they are with their new snoring appliance, and their spouses love the new appliance too!