Preventative care is the key to a healthy smile. Regular checkups allow us to treat issues before they become a problem. Sometimes, cosmetic dentistry is the best course of action in these cases. But whether it's elective or for treatment, we'll make sure your smile is healthy and beautiful!
Lasers have been one of the greatest advancements in the treatment of gum infections. They are less invasive and provide great comfort to the patient. In this procedure, laser light is passed onto the gum tissue to kill bacteria and stimulate bone growth around your existing teeth. What is laser gum surgery? Laser gum surgery is a modern surgery alternative where light energy is used to improve your oral health and your smile.
Laser dentistry treats hypersensitivity, gum disease, and tooth decay, and it can even reshape gum tissue to reduce a “gummy” smile.
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Why replace missing teeth?
If you have one or more missing teeth, there are numerous reasons to replace them, some of which are cosmetic and others that are far more practical. Missing teeth change the appearance of your smile. It isn’t just a matter of gaps: Missing teeth can also cause your face to take on a sagging or caved-in appearance. That’s because your teeth are anchored directly into your bone tissue. Every time you bite down, you stimulate that bone tissue, keeping it healthy and strong. Once you lose a tooth, that stimulation also ends and your bone tissue can begin to wear away. Missing teeth also impact the way you eat, limiting your ability to chew certain foods. Your speech can also be affected. Missing teeth can also change the force distributed when you bite, and this can damage and weaken your remaining teeth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are permanent tooth replacement options. They are anchored into your bone tissue, just like natural teeth. That reduces the risk of bone loss and helps keep your remaining teeth healthy. Today’s implant technology is truly astounding. Imaging allows Dr. Priyanka to determine the exact placement for the metal portion of your implant. You’ll receive an anesthetic to keep you comfortable as she opens your gum tissue, creates a small pilot hole in your jawbone, and positions the implant.
Aren’t dental implants an expensive option?
Dental implants do require an investment of time and money, but the results are well worth the cost. Because dental implants are permanent, there is no need for additional treatment in the years to come. Your implant won’t decay or damage your surrounding teeth. Alternatives like bridges and dentures may be more affordable in the short term, but they will require repair and possibly replacement over time.
If you are looking for a replacement for all of your natural teeth, there are special dental implants that are attached to just four implanted posts. This approach gives you a gorgeous and healthy smile without the shifting and fit issues associated with dentures. To learn more about dental implants, schedule a consultation today, online or by phone.
All teeth are different and accidents happen. Whether your teeth are crooked, chipped, damaged or if you've had mouth trauma, our team of endodontists, periodontists, orthodontists and oral surgeons can treat you quickly using the latest techniques and the finest materials.
What is oral surgery ?
Oral surgery includes any dental procedure that treats the tooth or bone tissue beneath your gums. Various types of oral surgery can address specific dental needs. Some of the more common oral surgery procedures are:
Removal of impacted teeth
Bone grafting to support implants or dentures
Repair of a fractured jaw
Removal of oral lesions
Why do wisdom teeth need to be removed?
To clarify, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. In many cases, however, these molars cannot emerge through your gum tissue and become effectively “trapped.” This can lead to pain, swelling, and infection. Impacted wisdom teeth can also place excess pressure on surrounding teeth, bone, and gums. Tumors or cysts can develop, which can severely damage the bone tissue in your jaw. Wisdom-teeth removal is a very common type of oral surgery. In fact, many young people view this experience as a rite of passage. There’s no need to be fearful of oral surgery, especially when you’re in the hands of our skilled professionals.
How can I speed recovery after oral surgery?
Dr Priyanka gives you personalized aftercare advice prior to your procedure. Adhering to her guidelines is the most powerful thing you can do to speed the healing process. If you’ve been prescribed antibiotics, be sure to take them as directed, even if you see no signs of infection. Be careful to take pain medication only as needed and consider using over-the-counter options when possible. If you’re a smoker, quitting in advance of your procedure can do wonders to enhance your body’s healing power. To explore oral surgery in greater detail, book a visit today using the online tool or by phone.
Apart from the cosmetic benefits of braces, there are also plenty of health benefits to consider. Braces improve the alignment of your bite, helping your teeth fit together in a way that does not place undue pressure on your existing teeth and bone.
Braces can correct your jaw position and treat jaw disorders. In many cases, misaligned teeth can cause problems with how you speak, bite, or chew. They can lead to earaches, headaches, gum disease, and dental decay.
The cosmetic benefits are also important, especially for those who have significant misalignment, gapped or missing teeth, or severe overbite or underbite.
The most common type of braces use small metal brackets that are cemented to the front of each tooth. A treatment wire is placed across the front of the brackets and delivers the gentle, steady tension that slowly moves teeth into proper position.
Once your braces are on you’ll return every six weeks or so to have a new wire placed and for a review of your treatment progress. Rubber bands, spacers, and even palate expanders may play a role in your treatment plan.
What is InvisalignⓇ?
Invisalign is a popular teeth-alignment system that uses a series of clear plastic trays instead of brackets. The trays are molded to fit the exact contours of your smile, and you wear each set for about two weeks before moving on the next set. The plastic trays are called aligners and place the right amount of pressure needed to shift your teeth into their optimal position. You need to wear your aligners throughout the day and night, removing them only during meals and for dental hygiene. Invisalign can correct many of the same alignment problems as traditional metal braces.
We know the dentist can be a stressful situation for little ones. Our pediatric dentists provide a safe, comfortable environment for kids of all ages. They take their time with each patient, explaining all of our tools and processes to alleviate any fear! The beauty of our pediatric dental treatrment here is, we use behavioral management strategies to handle the kids with utmost care.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are artificial “caps” that cover the surface of your natural tooth. They serve to protect and strengthen the tooth and can also improve its appearance. Dental crowns are used to correct many different dental issues, including teeth that are: Fractured, Chipped, Weakened by decay ,Worn down Discolored ,Misshapen, Unable to support a large filling, etc. Dental crowns also form the visible portion of a dental implant or bridge. In those cases, the crown is not attached to natural tooth tissue.
What is the process for getting a dental crown?
During your initial visit, Dr. Priyanka examines your teeth and gathers X-ray imaging to learn more about the internal structure of the damaged tooth or teeth. If a crown is the right course of action, she’ll numb your tooth and gums before removing a small portion of your tooth enamel. That process makes room for your new crown to fit over the surface of your tooth. In some cases, it’s necessary to use a special dental material to build up your natural tooth before the crown is secured into place. Next, impressions are taken to send to the lab. This information provides the exact size and contours of your tooth so the crown will be a perfect fit. After receiving the new crown from lab, she carefully checks the fit and can make small adjustments as needed. Once you and Dr. Priyanka are happy with the fit, she uses a special cement to secure the crown in place. After she removes any excess adhesive on the exterior surface of the crown and performs a final check for fit, your dental crown will be a lasting part of your smile :)
To understand a root canal, it helps to think about the structure of your teeth. The outer surface of each tooth is a thin layer of hard white enamel. Directly beneath your enamel lies a layer of dentin, which is yellow in color. Beneath your dentin is a chamber filled with a soft pulp. That pulp contains blood vessels, connective tissues, and nerves. Decay can allow bacteria to enter and infect a tooth, or trauma can prompt infection without visible tooth damage. If an infection occurs, the only way to address the issue is by removing that pulp. A root canal is the process of removing infected pulp and restoring the structural integrity of your natural tooth. Once ranked among the most dreaded dental procedures, today’s root canals are completed with very little discomfort.
What are the steps involved in a root canal?
Local anesthesia keeps you comfortable throughout the procedure, although you’ll likely remain awake. Initially, a small opening is created that allows to gain access to the inner chamber, where the pulp tissue is removed. Special tools called files help in cleaning and shaping the canals. Next, a special dental material is cemented inside the now-empty chamber to strengthen your tooth. The access hole is then filled with a temporary filling . A small amount of tooth tissue from the exterior of your tooth is removed to make room for the crown. Later, the permanent crown ids fixed. Once the root canal is complete, the entire restoration will look and function like a natural tooth. Simply maintain a solid dental hygiene routine, including regular cleanings and exams. If you’d like to learn more, schedule a consultation using the easy online tool or by phone.
What causes tooth discoloration?
Many different factors can contribute to tooth discoloration, some of which are in your control and others that are not. The more common causes of tooth discoloration include: Age, Smoking, Drinking coffee/ tea,/red wine, Certain medications, Injury to a tooth, etc. Teeth whitening is unlikely to alter the color of a tooth that is darkened due to injury or medication. Other options, including dental crowns, veneers, or inlays/onlays may be a better approach.
How does teeth whitening work?
Professional teeth whitening uses medical-grade solutions to penetrate deep within the tooth to break apart stains. The resulting particles are less concentrated, and this makes them more difficult to detect with the naked eye. Proper application is critical to achieving the best possible whitening experience. Used in combination with professional dental cleanings, teeth whitening is a powerful tool in brightening your smile. Some treatments also use a special light to penetrate stains and create a whiter appearance.
What about over-the-counter teeth-whitening products?
Visit any drugstore or grocery store and you’re confronted by a large section of dental care products, many of which promise to deliver a whiter smile. While some of these products can achieve minor shade improvements, none matches the power of in-office teeth whitening. In addition, it’s hard for you to gauge how well over-the-counter products are working, so you might tend to overuse whitening pastes, strips, or trays. That can cause lasting damage to your gums, nerve tissue, and tooth enamel. Some over-the-counter products, however, can do a great job extending your results between in-office whitening appointments. Ask Dr. Priyanka for advice on which options to try. Be wary of teeth-whitening services provided by anyone who is not a dentist. Your teeth should last a lifetime, and maintaining solid dental health is important. If you’re ready to whiten your smile and boost your confidence, schedule an appointment for teeth whitening today.