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We believe in the benefits of regular preventative care, and encourage all of our patients to return for periodic cleaning visits. We all think that we keep up with high levels of dental hygiene but in reality, we often let things slide a little. Busy work schedules and hectic family lives means that you might not always have the time to floss after every meal, and when you are running late for work in the morning, it can seem easier to throw gum into your mouth to freshen your breath rather than rushing to the bathroom for a good session of teeth cleaning. Thankfully, with regular and routine visits to your dental professional, dental hygiene and cleaning can be kept to the highest standards, with a range of treatments dedicated to helping you have a nicer, whiter smile.
A smile can be the most eye-catching feature of a face. With dentistry's many advances, you no longer have to settle for stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. You now have choices that can help you smile with confidence.Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Talk to ProSmileDental about the options most suitable for you, what your expectations are and the dental fees involved. Some options are:
If you're missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. There are options to help restore your smile.Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth.Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its foundation. So it's very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.
If you want a smile that's your crowning glory, you may need a crown to cover a tooth and restore it to its normal shape and size. A crown can make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance.It can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth left. It can be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that's already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It's also used to cover a dental implant.If your dentist recommends a crown, it's probably to correct one of these conditions. Your dentist's primary concern, like yours, is helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile bright -- literally, your crowning glory.
Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, dentists have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Dental researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing materials, such as ceramics and polymer compounds that look more like natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.These new materials have not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental materials, such as gold, base metal alloys and dental amalgam. That's because the strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations, such as fillings in the back teeth where chewing forces are greatest.
The standard approach to protect your teeth from decaying and rotting is to keep up with high levels or oral and dental hygiene. This means making sure that you brush your teeth twice daily, floss after every meal, and visit your dentist on a regular basis for routine checks. Tooth sealants are another way that you can protect your teeth from decay.What are Sealants?Just imagine how every other type of sealant would work, and you generally have the right idea about tooth sealants. They seal the teeth so that rotting can’t occur. The molars in the back of your mouth are hard to reach and can’t always be brushed as thoroughly so this would be a great reason to consider sealants. You are in a rush a lot of the time so you don’t know if you really brush your teeth as thoroughly as you know you should. Again, this is another great time for sealants.Sealants are designed to keep bacteria, tartar and a buildup of plaque from hitting your teeth. Sometimes cracks and fissures can happen within the teeth and this is when bacteria gets in and rots things from the inside out. Sealants can help to prevent this, and has proven to be a way to combat wear and tear on your teeth.The good thing about dental sealants is that the entire process is clean and easy, but also that everything can be customized to your exact, desired specifications. You can choose to have all of your back teeth sealed, or just a few teeth done individually. The entire treatment is flexible, and this is why it is rapidly growing in popularity.Invisible Protection Against DecayOn top of this flexibility, the sealants are virtually impossible to see, and don’t add or take anything away from your natural teeth. Most people forget that they even have sealants protecting their teeth. When cared for properly, they can last for up to ten years, but this usually only occurs when proper dental hygiene is exercised. Fissures and cracks can happen in the sealants, but with regular inspections from ProSmile Dental, you can have these potential cracks spotted and stopped in the earliest stages in order to prevent any further issues.
If you've lost all of your natural teeth, whether from periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile. Replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. Without support from the denture, facial muscles sag, making a person look older. You'll be able to eat and speak-things that people often take for granted until their natural teeth are lost.There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient's mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. The dentist takes measurements and makes models of the patient's jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the denture wearer does not have to be without teeth during the healing period. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth. Brush your gums, tongue and palate every morning with a soft-bristled brush before you insert your dentures to stimulate circulation in your tissues and help remove plaque.
We offer in-office digital x-rays for your convenience. Digital x-rays are computer-generated images. These images require up to 90% less radiation than with conventional film type x-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide x-ray film that must be developed and then fixed in caustic and environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor and instantaneously transmits a picture of the tooth onto the video monitor in the treatment room. Therefore, we can see your teeth and surrounding structures immediately.
Adults and children have different needs when it comes to dental care. Adults want the best technology, the most informed doctors and the highest quality care and kids want to be comfortable, entertained and respected. Here, we understand these differences, and we address them all. That's why ProSmile Dental has extensive experience working with both adults and children and we can make your dental experience more enjoyable for everyone.
A flipper is an all plastic and acrylic material meant to be a means of temporarily replacing your natural teeth. It should not be used for eating nor to withstand stressful pressures. It is only meant to be a very temporary replacement.
If the thought of going to the dentist causes you fear, then ProSmile Dental can offer you nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas. In order to obtain a Hollywood smile and maintain a healthy mouth, you can’t avoid going to the dentist. Fortunately, ProSmile Dental can provide the comfortable experience that you need to remove your fears and be relaxed to get the dental care that you need.
If you grind and clench your teeth at night, you may find that a mouth guard from ProSmile Dental is the right option for you. A clever device made with a material that is soft on the surface that is fitted, and hard on the upper surface, it is designed to stop you from clenching your teeth (long term) and prevent any further dental damage (short term).Usually worn on the lower teeth, but available with top or both sets, the bite guard is designed for three main reasons:1. To prevent trauma resulting from uneven/improper pressure from your bite (TMJ).2. To prevent wear and tear on the teeth, caused by the grinding.3. To stop any potential damage from happening to teeth, bridges or crowns.Many people don’t realize the damage that is being done to their teeth when they sleep and often live with painful symptoms for years before figuring it out. Headaches, jaw and facial pain, and even earaches are just some of the symptoms that can be relieved and prevented with the use of a night guard. An oral examination and/or dental x-rays is all you need to confirm whether or not your symptoms would benefit from the use of a night guard.There has been an increase in the number of stores selling night guards. While they may claim to offer a quick fix for a low price, it’s important to remember that no two people’s teeth are the same so a one-size-fits-all night guard may not provide you with the help you need for your problem and in some cases may even make things worse. This is where working together with your dentist comes in. A custom night guard for your teeth can be constructed using a mold of your teeth so that you get the protection you need based on your specific issues. This ensures not only proper fit, but also that your problem and symptoms are getting the professional attention that they require. A proper night guard from your dentist will not only help you feel better but will also save you money on dental work in the end.
A partial is a removable appliance for patients who still retain some of their natural teeth, but also display multiple gaps due to missing teeth. Partials are composed of resin teeth replicas attached onto a plastic gum colored plate and retained by metal clasps on both ends. The metal clasp clings on to your remaining natural teeth as an anchor for the plate of composite false teeth. A partial can be used to cosmetically improve your smile and also kept in place for chewing. If well maintained, a partial can be a long lasting solution to your missing teeth and replaced when recommended by your general dentist. Partials should be cleaned frequently and should be brought to your six month cleaning and check up.
ProSmile Dental is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through the teen years. We have the experience and qualifications to care for a child's teeth, gums, and mouth throughout the various stages of childhood.We offer First Home Dental counseling and preventative care. (Ages 6 months to 3 years of age)
Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment of the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket.Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.Some factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:
Several warning signs that can signal a problem:
It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. That is one reason why regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don't have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
When you have a tooth, or multiple teeth, removed from your mouth, you are having a tooth extraction. This involves taking teeth out, in their entirety, to prevent another problem from occurring. ProSmile Dental will provide great attention and care to patients in need of a tooth extraction.Reasons for a Tooth ExtractionIf you have bad tooth decay, gum disease, teeth that are broken beyond repair, abscesses, crowded teeth, or even wisdom teeth that are impacted, then there is a good chance that you will need a tooth extraction treatment to resolve the issue. Depending on the amount of teeth that you will need to have taken out, you can opt for multiple sessions or a one-off session – this is something that you and the dentist will need to discuss. During the course of these treatments, your teeth will be prepped for the extraction surgery, ProSmile Dental will usually perform an extraction while you are fully awake, but under a local anesthetic.How Tooth Extractions are PerformedThe tooth extraction procedure itself is actually fairly simple. A local anesthetic will be injected into your mouth which will be left for a while to let the effects take hold before the surgery begins. From this point, if you are squeamish, you may want to look away. It’s not pleasant but you won’t feel any pain, and it will be done as quickly as possible. The tooth socket is widened, and then the dental surgeon will gently rock the tooth from side to side until it feels loose enough for it to be removed entirely. You will need to be aware that there will be some odd-sounding noises, and a bit of pressure in your mouth, but you will feel no pain.Once completed, (and believe it or not, this only takes a few minutes per tooth) the socket will be closed once again with stitches, and you will be allowed to go home. Ideally, you will want someone to stay with you for the next 24 hours – you are going to be groggy and you may feel some pain.
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, cleaning between their teeth once a day and the regular cleanings at your dentist's office. If you decide you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.You can take several approaches to whiten your smile: In-office bleaching, At-home bleaching, or Whitening toothpastes.At ProSmile Dental, we will take an impression of your teeth to make your custom fitted trays and provide you with the take home whitening kit.