At the Family Dental Center, we emphasize the importance of preventative methods such as regular dental visits, fluoride use, sealants, and educating our patients on daily oral hygiene. Regular visits allow you to keep on top of your dental needs and ensure you are always up-to-date when it comes to the important matter of your oral health.
Fillings are needed when you get a cavity (from tooth decay) or have a small fracture to the surface of a tooth. We offer a variety of filling choices, based on the location of the tooth, as well as the functionality and durability needed. In addition to the amalgam filling (silver filling), we also offer different types of tooth-colored fillings. Discuss which is right for you with your dental care professional.
The Family Dental Center offers a variety of cosmetic procedures, which are treatments or services that involve elective or desired benefits. Some of the types of cosmetic dentistry include: teeth whitening, veneers (a type of laminate/porcelain that adheres to the surface of your tooth), tooth-colored fillings, dental implants and composite bonding (repairing chips or broken teeth).
Dental crowns (or caps) help increase the use and strength of a damaged tooth. If you have a cracked or fractured tooth, or a tooth weak from decay, your dentist will use a crown to restore the tooth to its normal shape and size. Different types of materials can be used, depending on the location and functionality of the tooth. It is a custom-fit restoration process.
When you are missing one or more teeth, it can affect more than just your smile. It can affect the position of your existing teeth, which can in turn cause problems such as facial changes, the way you speak or eat, along with more risk for gum disease. It can even cause possible TMJ (joint) problems. A bridge (also known as a fixed partial denture) can be used to “bridge” the gap between existing teeth. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be taken out by a dentist.
When missing a tooth, another alternative to a bridge or partial is an implant. Titanium cylinders are surgically placed into the upper or lower jaw, which provides a more stable anchor to the replacement tooth. Since this is a free-standing unit, there is no additional work needed to the neighboring teeth. To determine if you are a candidate for an implant, discuss this procedure with your dentist.
Here at the Family Dental Center, we believe in saving teeth if at all possible. When your tooth and nerves become infected, usually because of a fracture or deep cavity, it can be quite painful. In the past, it meant removing the tooth. However, in most cases today, the tooth can be saved through a procedure called a root canal.
The infected area is the part of the tooth containing the nerve, tissue and blood vessels. In a root canal, the infected area is removed and cleaned, and then filled with a special material that helps to prevent pain and infections from recurring.
Getting a tooth pulled isn’t something a person looks forward to, but unfortunately may be necessary for the health of your mouth. In addition to teeth that may need to be extracted due to trauma or decay (cavity), other common reasons you may need an extraction are: wisdom teeth that have no room, supernumerary (extra) teeth, or if more space is needed for proper alignment with orthodontic work (braces). We will first make sure that every effort has been made to correct and restore your tooth before considering an extraction.
Dentures and Partials
When a person has most or all of their teeth missing due to trauma, tooth decay or periodontal disease, it’s important to replace those teeth to ensure proper facial appearance as well as the ability to chew food. A denture is a removable prosthesis used when someone is missing all their teeth. A partial is a removable prosthesis used when someone is missing only a few teeth. Both are very natural looking and designed to be comfortable as well as functional. We will make any necessary adjustments to be sure they fit porperly and give you back your beautiful smile!
If you wake up with headaches, jaw pain or ear pain, you could be clenching your upper and lower jaws together, also known as bruxism. In conjunction with clenching, you may also be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Since it’s not so easy to stop those actions while you are in dreamland, a night guard can be useful to help get rid of these symptoms, as well as prevent wear and tear on your teeth. A night guard provides a cushion between the upper and lower jaws, thus relieving the pressure caused by the grinding and clenching.
As we get older, our teeth lose some of that whiteness they used to have, due to a variety of reasons: age, eating habits, smoking, antibiotics, grinding or trauma. Bleaching is a type of whitening that takes the procedure a step further than basic whitening. Basic whitening restores the tooth’s surface color by removing surface stain, but bleaching involves cleaning the teeth beyond their natural color, using peroxide and various materials. Although there are over-the-counter bleaching products, some of them can actually wear away the enamel in the teeth; so it’s always best to discuss options with your dental care professional before going ahead with over-the counter bleaching systems.
Here at the Family Dental Center, we believe in helping problems at their early stages…before growth is completed and all the permanent teeth have surfaced. We call this early stage of treatment Interceptive Orthodontics. This early treatment is not meant to straighten the teeth. Instead it is intended to increase growth that may not otherwise happen on its own. Interceptive treatment can help to broaden severely crowded arches so that permanent teeth do not need to be removed. Early treatment also enables us to address functional problems before they worsen; these include finger habits, anterior open bites, and tongue thrusts.
We also offer conventional braces to straighten teeth.
INVISALIGN® and ClearCorrect®
Now there is a new “invisible” way to straighten teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of nearly invisible aligners instead of brackets and wires. Even up close it’s really hard for people to tell you’re wearing it. Invisalign and ClearCorrect are more comfortable than traditional braces, and because they are removable, you can eat, brush and floss with no problem. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign and ClearCorrect will create a series of precisely customized aligners. Each set of aligners are worn for about two weeks, and will gradually move your teeth closer and closer to the desired result. Wondering if Invisalign or ClearCorrect is right for you? Contact our office today for a consultation.