A dental crown, also known as a “cap”, is a restoration that can be used for a number of purposes. One of the most common uses of a dental crown is to restore a tooth that is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is custom made to fit over the entire tooth, starting at the gum line, in order to restore or improve the tooth shape and size. Crowns can also be used for a number of other aesthetic and restorative purposes, such as:
To protect a tooth following root canal treatment
To cover and complete a dental implant
To enhance the beauty of your smile by improving a misshapen tooth
To strengthen a tooth that is fractured or weakened
To support a large filling when little natural tooth structure remains
Dental crowns can be made of gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. Porcelain crowns are popular because they match the natural color and appearance of your teeth. Our dentists will help you determine which type of dental crown is right for your smile.
Dental implants offer a permanent solution for one or more missing teeth. Dental implants are made from surgical grade titanium - a material also used in other types of medical devices, such as knee and hip replacements. The properties of titanium allow bone to actually integrate (attach) into the metal’s surface. This process is known as “osseointegration.”
An implant specialist will place the implant body in the bone socket of the missing tooth. The jawbone will grow around the dental implant as it heals. The restorative dentists will attach an abutment, or a small connector post, to the top of the implant post. Lastly, an implant crown is made and attached to the abutment. This whole process will restore oral function just like your natural teeth. One of the many benefits of a dental implant is maintaining oral function without sacrificing adjacent teeth like traditional bridge restorations. In addition, dental implants are very durable and will last for many years or even a lifetime.
Complete + Partial Dentures
Dentures, a type of removable prosthetic appliances, provide a functional and less expensive option in restoring your smile if you are missing all or several of your teeth.
Complete Dentures - also known as traditional dentures, these dentures can be used to replace all missing teeth in the same arch. These dentures are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
Partial Dentures - these dentures are a great option when only a few teeth are missing on the same arch. Acrylic or metal clasps may be used to provide additional retention.
Implant Supported Dentures - while traditional dentures are placed directly on the gum, implant supported dentures are stabilized and supported by 4-6 implants. The specific number of implants required will depend on your individual needs.
Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is a progressive inflammatory disease of the gingival and bone tissues that surround and support teeth. The depth of periodontal pockets is a critical measure for determining the stage of gum disease and evaluating the risks for your oral health. The stages of periodontitis, or inflammation of the gum, are defined as early, moderate, and advanced. The main factor for classifying a certain stage of the disease is the degree of destruction of the supporting bone.
The treatment for gum disease is based upon your specific dental needs. Depending on the severity of the condition, our dentists may recommend additional professional dental cleanings, improved at-home oral hygiene, antibiotic treatment, scaling and root planing (deep cleanings, gum therapy), or gum surgery.
Biolase® Laser Treatment
BIOLASE® Waterlase® is a dental laser that enables the dentist to use minimal or no anesthetic to perform many routine dental procedures. As opposed to traditional drills, BIOLASE® Waterlase® is precise yet gentle, and it highly reduces the complexity and trauma associated with many common dental procedures. Our dentists utilize this extremely versatile tool to perform or expedite the following procedures:
Dentin and enamel procedures
Soft tissue procedures
If you have questions about BIOLASE® Waterlase®, please feel free to ask Dr. Tran.
Diode Laser Treatment
(New procedure - pending description)
Custom night guards are designed to minimize the effects of clenching and grinding. Our dentists will carefully mold these night guards to fit your teeth precisely.
The goal of preventive dental care is to help you avoid developing dental problems later on. With the use of proper dental care and a balanced diet, you can avoid or lessen the effects of:
Loss of enamel
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of two dental checkups and cleaning per year. Checkup radiographs (X-rays) may be taken once a year. However, if you are at high risk for dental caries, the dentist may recommend radiographs at each dental cleaning. Radiographs enable the dentist to see areas of decay between the teeth, which occur beneath existing filling, and they reveal changes in the bone or root.
Dental fillings are one of the most common uses of composite restorations. Due to its ability to blend in with the natural shade, texture, and shape of teeth, composite resin is used for dental fillings, as well as for cosmetic procedures such as filling in gaps, repairing chipped tooth, and reshaping teeth.
Unlike amalgam (alloy), composite resin is more versatile, metal-free, and chemically bonded, which allows the dentist to remove less tooth structure.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is usually needed when the nerve and pulp of your tooth becomes severely decayed and/or infected. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected, and abscesses may form. Selective root canal therapy will be used to treat this condition.
Teeth whitening enhances the brightness of natural teeth. The effect of whitening can last from 4-12 months, depending on the type of treatment used and your consumption of food and drink that can easily stain teeth (ex: tea, coffee, and blueberries).
In-Office Whitening - we utilize Phillips Zoom WhiteSpeed for teeth whitening. Its advanced blue LED light-activated technology greatly accelerates the whitening process and delivers superior clinical results within an hour.
We strive to avoid the removal of a tooth whenever possible. However, certain conditions make tooth extraction the most effective option, such as:
Severe infection that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
Crowding caused by too many teeth to properly fit in the mouth