If you lose a tooth, a dental implant may be needed to replace the tooth root and crown. Dental implants are simply "anchors" that permanently support replacement teeth and have many advantages, including their natural appearance, improved comfort and unequaled convenience. The procedure requires a titanium root be fitted into your jaw to replace the lost tooth's root. Once the implant is anchored into the bone, the bone around the implant requires six weeks to six months of healing. Once the bone has healed, a support post and replacement tooth is anchored onto the implant.
Sometimes when too much of a tooth's structure has been damaged, a crown may be needed. Crowns may also be necessary to attach bridges, cover dental implants, correct badly shaped teeth, to protect a weak tooth or restore fractured teeth. This permanent covering fits right over your original tooth and with natural-looking e-max crowns or durable gold crowns, all custom made by a local dental laboratory.
Healthy teeth help support and maintain your jaw alignment. When you lose one or more teeth, your remaining teeth may shift, affecting your ability to chew and speak. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, eliminating the gap where those teeth had been. The bridge is then bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
Are your teeth crooked or discolored? Do you have spaces between teeth, or stains from fillings? If so, we can change the shape, color and length of your teeth using veneers – a thin shell designed to cover the front of the tooth. We custom fit veneers by removing a small amount of enamel and bonding the veneer to your teeth using a safe, high-tech polymer resin. At Smile 1 Dental Group, our veneers are made of porcelain and are extremely durable, stain resistant, natural-looking and easy to maintain.
Cosmetic bonding is an affordable, quick and painless way to repair many cosmetic flaws or injuries, including gaps, stains and chips. Bonding sculpts individual teeth with no or very little structure removed. This technique bonds a composite material that looks, acts and feels like the real thing, to an existing tooth. This procedure usually doesn't require the use of an anesthetic and is relatively quick to apply. It gives an immediate result and is less expensive than veneers.
Most people need at least one tooth filling in their lifetime. Dental fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they're also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time. Filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
These days, pulling a tooth is still sometimes necessary. Teeth may also be extracted to make room in the mouth prior to straightening teeth (orthodontic treatment), or to remove teeth that are so badly decayed or broken that they cannot be restored. But don't worry, we don't use a string tied to a door! Extractions can usually be performed with local anesthesia and we'll make you as comfortable as can be.
Missing teeth may add to a number of problems, including sagging facial muscles, inability to eat certain foods and speak. If you've lost all your natural teeth due to periodontal disease or injury, dentures may be your best solution and getting them doesn't have to be a traumatic experience. First, any remaining teeth are removed and a model is made of the patient's jaw. Then a temporary denture is fitted while the mouth tissue heals. Once the mouth tissue is completely healed, the patient is fitted with their custom dentures.
If you are an extremely nervous patient, Nitrous Oxide may be the answer for you. With Nitrous Oxide, also known as Laughing Gas, patients are put in a relaxed, yet fully responsive state, where they will be unaware of the treatment and completely comfortable. Treatment can be completed in less time and with less stress, which allows quicker recovery. And, with Nitrous Oxide, patients typically leave the dental office alone and can immediately resume normal activities. Ask your doctor if Nitrous Oxide is right for you.
Do you wish you had straight teeth, but hate the thought of wearing braces? Here's good news! With new Invisalign braces, there are no metal brackets pulling on your teeth. Since they're nearly invisible, you can get a stunning smile without people even noticing you have braces. Treatment consists of a series of clear aligners that move your teeth through controlled force. Custom-fitted aligners are changed about every two weeks and since they're removable, keeping your teeth clean is easy. Ask about Invisalign braces today and see what a difference they make.
Restorative Dentistry includes Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Dental Implants and Dentures. At Smile 1 Dental Group, we provide excellent restorative care of all types. If you have cavities, you'll find our new tooth-colored fillings are much more attractive than old metal fillings. If your teeth are damaged, we can repair them with new natural-looking e-max crowns or durable gold crowns, all custom made by a local dental laboratory. For missing teeth there are many options, including bridges, implants and dentures. Before we do anything, we'll discuss all the choices, because what's most important is your satisfaction.
We stress good preventive care and take every opportunity to help patients avoid periodontal problems. If you have chronic periodontal disease, we're pleased to report that there have been major advances in non-surgical periodontal treatment. However, if surgical treatment is required, our procedures are designed to maximize your comfort and your ability to naturally restore lost periodontal support.
Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth's nerve or pulp area becomes diseased or injured, a root canal may help you save the tooth. If the diseased pulp is not removed, your tooth becomes infected and you could lose it. During a root canal, the dentist removes the pulp, cleans the root canal and seals the canal to protect it. Once you are healed, your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger. Generally, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
Whitening your teeth is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your smile and boost your self-confidence. A single whitening procedure can counteract years of exposure to coffee, tea and smoking. Professional whitening is much more effective than off-the-shelf remedies for turning dull, yellow teeth into a bright, healthy smile. So why put it off any longer, when it's so easy to look so much better?
If you experience jaw joint clicking or locking, ear pain, headaches or sensitive teeth you may have Temporomandibular Joint Disease (TMJ). Some people with persistent TMJ suffer debilitating pain and don't know why. If you experience symptoms of TMJ, we encourage you to visit us for a professional examination and treatment plan.