Tooth-Colored White Fillings
A filling that is tooth-colored is called a composite. Composites are designed to match the color of your teeth and can be bonded in a cavity, allowing more of the tooth to remain and the filling to be smaller. Often, a ‘white’ filling is recommended in place of a silver filling because the bonded nature of the restoration may help minimize the progression of the small cracks present in many teeth. Larger cracks must be treated with a more protective filling material, like a ‘cap’ or crown.
Snap-On Smile™ is a thin and strong “smile” constructed
of hi-tech dental resin, which can be worn on a temporary
Snap-On Smile™ is available for upper and lower teeth,
fitting right over your own teeth. Snap-On Smile ™
requires two visits with no drilling, shots or changes in
tooth structure and can provide a preview of what your
smile can look like when considering restoring all your
CEREC: CAD/CAM Crowns (Caps) and Bridges
A crown helps to restore your tooth to its normal shape and size, improving a tooth’s appearance and making it stronger when is has been broken, decayed or both. Additionally, after a tooth has received endodontic (root canal) therapy, restoring the tooth with a full coverage crown will help to minimize further tooth breakage and usually provide the tooth with a better prognosis for a longer and more useful lifespan.
Now with CEREC (Ceramic CAD/CAM Restoration) technology, a crown or bridge may be constructed in a single visit with no impressions needed. It takes as little as 1 ½ - 2 hours with no temporary elements in most cases.
There are several reasons why your dentist may recommend a crown: a crown can be used to strengthen a tooth with a large filling, protect a weak tooth when attached to a bridge, cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped, or cover a dental implant.
A bridge can help restore your smile if you are missing one or more teeth. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth to bridge the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be removable or fixed, and made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials.
It is important to also realize that any restoration will be subject to wear and breakage, just as your
real tooth is and care must be taken to floss and brush regularly to keep the gums and the remaining
tooth structure as healthy as possible.
Bleaching and Whitening: One hour in-office and take hope treatment
Whitening options allow you to improve the look and brightness of your smile. Different shades of teeth whiten differently, so it’s a good idea to ask your dentist before you start. The bleaching strips on the market have had good results with many patients and they are a good, inexpensive way to try bleaching. If the results are not what you expect, then a more controllable bleaching procedure can be done in the office, in concert with home bleaching with mouth trays that cover your teeth.
First Step - Take Home Whitening
Special impressions are made of both your upper and lower teeth and customized
bleaching trays are made for you to wear. These trays will hold the bleaching gel
against the teeth with minimal escaping of excess material, and they should be used
according to the dentist's instructions. These trays are worn approximately two
weeks before you report for your in-office bleaching, where a higher concentration
of bleach is applied under a special bleaching light.
Second Step - In-office Whitening
Your gums will be protected by a gel or rubber shield, and a bleaching agent is applied to your teeth. For the next hour the bleach is meticulously applied concurrently with the use of a special light. After the process is completed, you are to continue using the ‘at home’ trays with bleaching gel for another two weeks. This will help to set the final shade. Finally, we will reevaluate the results, answer any questions and offer to use the bleaching light once more if you desire.
We use the best products with up-to-date techniques to afford you the best chance to achieve the best results, but in the event that a whiter smile is desired, we can discuss the options available with porcelain veneers.
Endodontic Therapy: Root canal treatment
When the soft tissue inside a tooth becomes inflamed or diseased, root canal treatment is necessary. The soft tissue, or pulp, contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. During treatment, a dentist removes the diseased pulp, cleans the root canals of the tooth and then seals everything. If left untreated, the infected pulp can result in pain, swelling and possible the loss of the tooth. The procedure may be done at our office or referred to a specialist depending on circumstance and generally is now completed and temporized in a single visit. Once the procedure has been completed, it is important to return to our office to remove the temporary and place a final restoration.
Advanced TMJ Evaluations with MYOTRONICS Computer Software
Dr. Clayton uses a neuromuscular approach in diagnosing and treating orofacial conditions involving the teeth, muscles, and joints. Following basic principles of anatomy and physiology, he views the head and neck area as a functional part of the body which, in health, works with all other levels of the body. Very often, a "total body" treatment plan is the best option, which may include physical therapy, medications, chiropractic, and other appropriate adjuncts. More information here.
Sealants help prevent cavities by providing a barrier to cover the rough areas of your teeth. By acting as a seal, food and plaque cannot get into the deep groves where toothbrush bristles cannot reach. The sealant is a plastic material painted onto the tooth enamel, which bonds in the grooves of the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. Sealants can last several years and a dentist will check the condition of the sealants during your regular dental visits. Since tooth decay begins early in life, children and teenagers are candidates for sealant, but adults can benefit from them as well.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers are tooth-colored and help to correct stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. After a dentist creates a model of your teeth, the veneers are created in a dental lab and then attached to the front side of your teeth to give you the desired look. When the remaining tooth structure is compromised, full crowns take the place of veneers for restoring the entire front and back of the teeth. While veneers are not a covered service by most insurance companies, the full coverage crowns normally are eligible for benefits.
Dental bonding utilizes a composite resin to restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps and reshape or recolor your smile. Bonding is used for a variety of structural and cosmetic purposes and is often considered an aesthetic procedure by insurance companies. When the bonding does not involve a broken or decayed tooth, the benefits may be reduced, but if the teeth are structurally sound, the procedure can still be a more cost effective way to change your smile than using porcelain.