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|Sealants||Back To Top|
What are they?
Where are they placed?
Do they prevent decay?
What are they made of and are they dangerous to your health?
What teeth are sealants usually placed on?
When is the best time for a sealant to be placed on a tooth?
How are they placed on the teeth?
How long do they last?
Can they be replaced if they are worn off?
Are there any restrictions on eating?
Do your teeth feel different after sealants have been placed?
|Fillings||Back To Top|
With today's advancements, no longer do you or your children have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury filling or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new age, state of the art, tooth colored resin.
|Bonding||Back To Top|
Bonding is a common solution for:
Often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, either a plastic or resin, is bonded to an existing tooth.
Composite bonding has many advantages:
Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily.
|Crowns||Back To Top|
If a cavity is not caught early, the decay can destroy so much of the tooth structure that there is not enough left to support a filling. A stainless steel crown will save the tooth and prevent the risk of pain and infection. This crown is a pre-made cap that has been trimmed and fitted to your child's tooth. These crowns cover the entire portion of the tooth at the gum lines. Stainless steel is a long lasting material in the mouth, and it will serve quite well for the life of the baby (deciduous) teeth. This will keep the tooth and root intact until normal tooth loss occurs.
Stainless steel crowns are used in several circumstances:
We usually can place the stainless steel crown in one appointment. We will shape your child's tooth to the necessary form and then trim a stainless steel crown to fit tightly on the tooth. This crown will then be cemented into place. The crowned tooth will usually fall out normally when the permanent tooth is ready to come in.
Instructions for home care:
Notify us if any of the following occur:
|Pulpotomy||Back To Top|
A deep cavity in your child's baby tooth may go into the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. In such cases, a pulpotomy is recommended to save the tooth.
A pulpotomy of a baby tooth is similar to, but not as complex as root canal treatment of an adult tooth. Both procedures prevent unnecessary loss of teeth. Your child's baby teeth are important in guiding the permanent teeth into position and should therefore remain in your child's mouth until they are lost naturally.
A pulpotomy removes part of the nerve (pulp) of a tooth to prevent or treat the formation of an abscess. A medicated filling material is placed in the nerve space and a cap or a filling is then used to restore your child's tooth.
We insist on proper brushing, flossing and avoidance of sweet snacks. Your child should then never again have cavities large enough to require another pulpotomy. To insure this, please be sure you schedule regular checkups every six months.
Medicines must be fitted to your child's own particular needs. Do not take or give any medication (not even those you buy without prescription) without telling our doctors. If drugs are prescribed, carefully follow the instructions on the label.
|Space Maintainers||Back To Top|
If a baby tooth is lost early in life, we may recommend treatment with a space maintainer. This is an appliance that is designed to hold the space of the extracted primary tooth until the permanent tooth erupts into its proper place.
If the primary tooth is lost due to an accident or decay, the surrounding teeth should be held in place to prevent closing of this space. The space maintainer should be used as soon as possible after the loss of the new tooth. Teeth may shift position in a few weeks after the loss of the neighboring tooth. This space maintainer is fixed or cemented into your child's mouth.
There are various types of space maintainers, and in some cases more than one technique may be tried. With the proper treatment and home care, together we can maintain your child's dental health.
|Teeth Whitening||Back To Top|
Restoring your natural white smile is a priority for our team. We can provide a variety of options for whitening your smile.
Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity. Everyone sees the growing consumer market focused on whiter teeth. The reality is that over the consumer "too good to be true" solutions typically don't work.
Our doctors are all trained professionals using industry approved methods. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient's needs are different.
Nothing improves your appearance more than a bright, white smile!
|Sedation Dentistry||Back To Top|
If your child has a dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes, you may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, pulpotomies, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require sedation.
Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and is an effective way to make your child comfortable during the dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell our doctors about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, we explain the process of sedation as well as pre and post sedation instructions.
|Orthodontics||Back To Top|
HOW TREATMENT WORKS
Braces have one aim: to use gentle pressure to move your teeth into proper alignment. Treatment time varies depending on age, patient compliance, and the severity of the condition. Generally, treatment lasts for 24 months, and is facilitated by ideal patient cooperation.
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that the initial orthodontic evaluation should occur at the first sign of orthodontic problems or no later than age 7. At this early age, orthodontic treatment may not be necessary, but vigilant examination can anticipate the most advantageous time to begin treatment.
By the age of 7, the first adult molars erupt, establishing the back bite. During this time, an orthodontist can evaluate your child's front-to-back and side-to-side tooth relationships. For example, the presence of erupting incisors can indicate possible overbite, open bite, crowding, or gummy smiles. Timely screening increases the chances for an incredible smile for your child.
TYPES OF BRACES