Dental exams are an important part of preventative tooth
care. Dental exams can include teeth cleanings, x-rays,
and an evaluation of your oral health and risks.
Dental x-rays can be either intraoral or extraoral, to
view both the teeth and structure surrounding the teeth.
X-rays are used to visualize tooth decay, changes in
bone density, abnormalities in roots, and tooth
Composite fillings are a type of "white filling" made
from a composite resin. Composite fillings can be color
matched to your teeth so that they blend in.
Inlays are used when decay or fracture is so extensive
that normal fillings will not suffice. By decreasing the
"tooth-to-restoration" margin the chances of further
decay is further decreased.
Onlays provide the same benefits of inlays, but are more
extensive, covering multiple cusps.
Prophylaxis (Teeth Cleaning)
Teeth cleanings are a standard part of oral maintenance.
Prophylaxis includes supragingival cleaning, subgingival
cleaning, polishing, sulcal lavage, fluoride treatment,
treatment planning, and dental charting.
Also know as "root end surgery", an apicoectomy is a
surgical procedure where the tip of a tooth is removed
and a root end cavity is filled. Most often an
apicoectomy is required when root canal therapy is not
sufficient or was unsuccessful.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy treats infected and/or decayed pulp
of a tooth. Located at the core of your tooth, an
infection of the pulp can lead a tooth to fall out,
facial swelling, and excruciating pain. Root canal
therapy restores your tooth health and allows you to
continue to eat and speak pain free.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that can be
used with either permanent or removable replacement
teeth. Dental implants are permanent and can improve
speech, appearance, comfort when dealing with
Bonding is a procedure in which resin is applied to a
tooth and hardened. Bonding can be used to close spaces
in between teeth, change how teeth look (color, shape,
length), repair decayed, chipped, or cracked teeth, and
protect a tooth's root. Bonding is a relatively easy and
inexpensive cosmetic procedure that removes very little
enamel compared to veneers or crowns. Depending on your
dental habits bonding may need to be touched-up or
redone every three to ten years.
Porcelain veneers are very thin "shells" of porcelain
custom made for individual teeth. Porcelain veneers can
improve the color, shape, size, or length of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are commonly used to fix teeth that
have been chipped, worn down, uneven, bulging,
misaligned, broken, or gaps between teeth.
Porcelain inlays are a specific type of filling which
lies within the "cusps" of a tooth. Porcelain, like
resin, is tooth colored; but porcelain is more resistant
Porcelain onlays, also known as partial crowns, are
similar to porcelain inlays, but are more extensive and
can cover multiple cusps.
Gaps and color are the most important aspects to a
smile. Making a tooth whitening appointment is the
quickest way to improve the color of your teeth. Many
over-the-counter products can be used to maintain a
bright smile, but none of them can "get the job done" as
quickly as a professional in-office treatment.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
Orthognathic Surgery is performed to correct jaw and
face conditions related to growth and structure. For
example, corrective jaw surgery is used to treat
congenital conditions, such as "cleft palate".
Facial Trauma Reconstruction
Injuries can necessitate the need for craniofacial
reconstruction. Every incident is different, and the
extent of surgery is dependent on the severity of the
The mouth contains four canine teeth. "Impacted" is a
term used to refer to teeth that cannot break trough the
gums. Impacted teeth can lead to infections and pain.
The maxillary canine is thesecond most common type of
tooth to become impacted.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth are not necessary for normal mouth
function, and do not appear until someone is seventeen
to twenty-five years old. Wisdom teeth are the most
likely tooth type to become impacted. Wisdom tooth
extractions are a very common procedure.
Gum & Jawbone Corrective Treatments
Periodontal disease, facial trauma, and birth defects
can require gum and jawbone corrective treatment. This
includes crown lengthening, pocket reduction surgery,
gum grafts, bone grafts, ridge modification, and sinus
Oral Cancer Exam
Oral cancer can manifest in the gums, lips, tongue,
cheek lining, mouth floor, and mouth roof. Tobacco,
including smoking, and alcohol use have been linked to
increasing risk of oral cancer. Oral cancer spreads
quickly, so regular exams are very important. Since it
can manifest initials as white plaque, ulcers, sores, or
lumps it is hard to self-diagnose.
In this procedure bone is grafted to the upper jaw near
the morals and premolars. This is done to support the
base of a dental implant, which can be install led at
the same time.
Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
Orthodontic Treatment (Braces)
Orthodontic braces are used to help align and straighten
teeth for they are properly positioned for an
individual’s bite and oral health. Braces can be used to
correct several tooth flaws, including cooked teeth,
deep bites, cross bites, overbites, under bites, open
bites and malocclusions.
Invisalign is a system of clear, removable "teeth
aligners", to be used as an alternative to braces.
Invisalign is very popular for people who are
self-conscious about how metal braces look or only need