Porcelain Veneers


Porcelain veneers (also referred to as dental laminates), are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth. The primary purpose for placing veneers is to improve the appearance of teeth. They're routinely use as a way of making changes for those that are discolored, worn, chipped or malformed, have spaces between them or are slightly misaligned. You may wonder how a wafer-thin shell of porcelain can successfully withstand all of the wear and tear that it's ultimately exposed too. The answer lies in the fact that although porcelain is inherently brittle, when it's firmly bonded to and supported by a sturdy substructure (a tooth in this case), it creates a very strong and durable surface.



Dental Implants


 A dental implant is an artificial tooth that we insert into the bone of your jaw, inside the mouth, to hold a replacement tooth or permanent bridge. Dental implants surgery is an ideal option for people in good general health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to decay, gum disease, trauma, failed dental treatment or some other reason. Although dental implants are a high-tech solution, they are extremely conservative. They are the only form of tooth replacement that does not rely on other teeth for support. A dental implant will never decay and never require a root canal.  Dental implants are the most natural feeling form of tooth replacement. Dental implants can be used to replace one tooth or a whole set of teeth. They can also be used to help secure loose dentures or bridgework. Under proper circumstances, properly placed implants can last a lifetime. As a matter of fact, our implant crowns are so successful that we guarantee them. Please call our office for details of our guarantee policy.


Cosmetic Bonding

Little advance preparation is needed for dental bonding. Anesthesia is often not necessary unless the bonding is being used to fill a decayed tooth. We will use a shade guide to select a composite resin (filling) color that will closely match the color of your tooth. Next, the surface of the tooth will be roughened and a conditioning liquid will be applied. These procedures help the bonding material adhere to the tooth. The tooth-colored, putty-like resin is then applied, molded, and smoothed to the desired shape. An ultraviolet light or laser is then used to harden the material.  After the material is hardened, the dentist will further trim and shape it, and polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface. Time-to-completion for Dental bonding takes about 30 to 60 minutes per tooth to complete depending on the condition of the patient's teeth.



Dentures


A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. Dr. takes great pride in creating a new smile for patients! It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth with in the mouth. Complete dentures are either "conventional" or "immediate." A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about a month after all the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing, whereas an immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. We can't have you walking around without any teeth now can we?! Come on in! We look forward to creating a new smile for you!




Partials


Partials are often selected as an inexpensive option over a bridge or dental implant for replacing lost  or extracted teeth. Most partials work in a similar way: Artificial teeth are placed on a molded base to which metal clasps are added. The clasps look like small hooks and fit around the existing teeth situated on either side of the missing tooth or teeth. I know it sounds painful, but its really not! Dr. Haddad works extra to make them comfortable for your mouth. The base, typically an acrylic tinted pink to look like flesh or gums, rests on the gums (and the roof of the mouth for upper teeth). The clasps and base stabilize the prosthetic, helping to hold the teeth in place. A partial can be a practical option, particularly when there's the potential for additional future tooth loss. New teeth can be added to a partial pretty easily and inexpensively if one should lose a tooth in the future after receiving the partial.  Want to hold a space open for a future bridge or implant?? This would be a great option for you also!



Sealants


Sealants are typically used on children but can be used on adults as well. This procedure is pain free and a preventive measure for decay. Sealants are plastic film coating that is clear and  applied to and adheres to the caries-free chewing surfaces of teeth to seal pits and fissures where plaque, food, and bacteria usually become trapped. The surface to be treated is isolated to ensure that it is not contaminated with saliva. It is then cleaned with a brush and pumice cleansing agent or microabraded, dried, and etched with a phosphoric acid solution. After the acid has been washed away and the tooth has been dried, the sealant is applied. It is than cured with a ultraviolet light to harden the material. Dental sealants are reported to reduce the incidence of caries in children's teeth by 50%.  That's 50% less likely to get cavities!




Bridge


A dental bridge is called a bridge because it literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges are cemented to the teeth adjacent to the empty space. The adjacent teeth, called abutments, serve as the anchors for the bridge. The adjacent teeth are trimmed down and capped with a crown, and then a replacement tooth, called a pontic, is attached to those crowns to form the bridge. The unit is securely cemented to your teeth and your smile and ability to chew food is improved. Don't want a partial, but can't afford an implant?? A bridge may be your best option.




Crowns


A dental crown, sometimes called a cap, completely covers your damaged, broken, or decayed tooth. It is cemented into place and offers a strong, solid, good-looking replacement for a natural tooth.  You won't even know its a crown! A crown is created in a lab and is made from models your dentist makes with impressions, so it fits your mouth perfectly; replicating the shape, size and position of your severely damaged tooth. No matter the reason you need a crown, it is well worth it. Your tooth will be stronger and more stable, it will last longer, it will look better, and you’ll feel better. Just as with tooth cavity filling materials, many types of dental crown materials exist. While there are still the gold crowns found in the dental field, most dentist can make your crown look just like the surrounding teeth. We will discuss the options when planning your treatment.



Root Canal Therapy


Endodontic treatment treats the inside of the tooth. Endodontic treatment is necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, trauma to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated, it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.  During root canal treatment, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material called gutta-percha. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.



Deep Cleanings


There is some confusion about the difference between scaling and root planing. Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothening the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gumline. The two processes tend to blur together since during the cleaning process, the dental worker scales away tartar and performs any necessary root planing at the same time. Any roughness can be planed away to result in a silky smooth surface. Our hygienist is considered one of the best hygienist in town. She specializes in deep cleanings! Ask for details when you make an appointment!




Regular Cleanings


Dental cleanings involve removing plaque (soft, sticky, bacteria infested film) and tartar (calculus) deposits that have built up on the teeth over time. Once the larger pieces of tartar are gone, the dental worker will switch to finer hand tools (called scalers and curettes in dental-speak) to remove smaller deposits and smoothen the tooth surfaces. Once all the surfaces are smooth, the dental worker may polish your teeth. Polishing is done using a slow speed hand piece with a soft rubber cup that spins on the end. Prophylaxis (short for prophy) paste – a special gritty toothpaste-like material – is scooped up like ice cream into the cup and spun around on the teeth to make them shiny smooth. Your dentist may also apply fluoride. This is the final, and my favorite part of the dental cleaning!





           Dental Implant Crowns                         Teeth Whitening                                         Veneers


                    Root Canals                                   Cosmetic Bonding                              Dentures & Partials  


              Crowns & Bridges                         Deep and Regular cleanings                            Sealants



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