Dental Exams and Cleanings
Exams and regular cleanings are an important part of dental care. This is where we care for you and make sure your teeth are all fine.
Cleanings ought to be preformed every 3-6 months to reduce tartar build up and gum inflammation.
Dental exams are very important as they detect small things to be fixed before they become big things. And as anyone knows, it is much better to go to the dentist for something small, than to wait and wait and then need major work done.
Having regular dental exams and cleanings makes sure that you will always be doing the small things that keep your teeth healthy and strong.
We do very thorough exams—the areas examined include the head, neck jaws mouth, teeth, gums, intra-oral and extra oral soft tissues and cancer mouth screening.
To ensure that we know exactly your situation, we use the latest technology for your oral examination.
We will also discuss home care techniques so that you get more information on how to care for your teeth and gums.
We are looking forward to doing an exam for you!
Do you suffer from tooth loss? So do millions of other Americans who have lost teeth as a result of tooth decay, gum disease or injury. For many years, the only treatment options were bridges and dentures. But now, dental implants are also available for qualified patients.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. They offer a strong foundation for both permanent or replacement teeth that a dentist will make to match your natural ones.
Implants may be used to secure dentures and partial dentures in place making these sometimes bothersome restorations much more comfortable.
If you are healthy enough to undergo a dental extraction or oral surgery, you are probably a good candidate for this procedure.
A root canal can be needed where decay has reached the root or nerve of the tooth. Sometimes an infection in the roots can be extremely painful; a root canal will remove the infection. A root canal may preformed to prevent such a painful episode.
An opening is made in the crown of the tooth, and the pulp chamber and the root canals are cleaned and shaped for filling. The root canals are then filled and sealed with a rubber-like material to ensure they are completely sealed. In most cases, a filling is done to close off the opening, though in some cases it is better to close off the tooth with a full crown.
Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ - The Jaw Joint)
If you or someone you know experiences constant facial pain, or migraines, it may be due to a TMJ problem. Stress on the TMJ causes the muscles to become overworked, which in turn become sore and lead to migraine headaches. We offer our patients night guards and an FDA approved NTI device to prevent you from clenching and/or grinding you teeth when you sleep. Botox treatments to the Jaw are sometimes also prescribed to alleiviate pain.
Bridges and Dentures
There are a number of different ways that you can replace missing teeth, giving you a vastly improved smile and better eating as well.
The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on your dental health and personal appearance. When one or more teeth are missing, not only do you have to deal with the unsightly gaps in your smile, but also the remaining teeth can shift out of their normal position. These teeth are more susceptible to decay or gum disease, because they are more difficult to clean around. A non-removable bridge can restore your teeth to normal function by replacing missing teeth. It will improve the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in position and can also help maintain the structure or your face and jaw.
A denture is a tooth replacement option when replacing a full arch. Dentures are removable. They can be crafted to provide the characteristics (tooth shape and color) the patient desires. Advances have been made in the materials used for dentures and in the way they are designed. If you already have dentures (partial or full arch) you may be experiencing a loose fit or denture slipping. This can lead to gum sores that can affect your chewing and your speech and decrease your confidence when speaking or laughing with others. We can also provide denture re-lines if needed.
We offer partials, which are flexible and more comfortable than standard dentures, due to their thinness and lightweight. These partials replace a single tooth or multiple teeth and are designed to let your natural tissue tone appear through the material, matching the basic shade categories.
Sadly, sometimes problems arise and a tooth cannot be saved. Often times severe pain accompanies these problems and an extraction can relieve the pain. The doctors are very experienced with tooth extraction and are more than willing to bring relief to their patients.
Crowns, Onlays, Inlays and Veneers
A crown is sometimes termed a “cap” or” “jacket”.
A crown will restore a broken, heavily filled or cracked tooth to its original size, shape and tooth color. A crown may be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more apt to fracture.
A crown can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improve the appearance of your teeth. With the advances in technology we now have the ability to build these crowns with no metal present at all.
Onlay and Inlays are partial crowns. These restorations allow the doctor to be more conservative and preserve more of the original tooth.
Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that offer a painless solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth.
Veneers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them. This cosmetic procedure can have a dramatic effect on anyone's smile.
Gums and Periondontal Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease is an infection of the gums and bone that supports the teeth, caused by the bacteria in plaque (the sticky, nearly clear film that constantly forms on your teeth). While seldom painful and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can progress undetected to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. Some options for treating periodontal disease that we provide include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) and/or placing antibiotics (called Arestin) in deep pockets that are located in and around the teeth.
Do You Have Periodontal Disease?
- Do you ever have pain in your mouth?
- Do your gums ever bleed when you brush your teeth or when you eat hard food?
- Have you notices any spaces developing between your teeth?
- Do your gums feel swollen or tender?
- Have you noticed that your gums are receding (pulling back from your teeth) or your teeth appear longer than before?
- Do you have persistent bad breath?
- Have you noticed pus between your teeth and gums?
- Have you noticed any changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite?
- Do you develop sores in your mouth?
Dental Fillings/ Cavity Repair
There is now a new technology that allows a tooth to be filled with a strong chemically bonded material that can be matched to the color of your tooth making it appear nearly invisible.
Research has proven that a tooth with this type of filling is almost as strong as a natural non-cavity healthy tooth, whereas a silver filling is only 40-50% as strong as a normal tooth.
Benefits of new fillings:
- Beautiful in appearance
- Completed in a single visit
- Stronger than a silver filling
- No filling leaks
- Less chance of tooth cracking
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you’ve always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
Invisalign can help you get the great smile you’ve always wanted because it is:
- Invisible. No one can tell you’re straightening your teeth. You can smile more during and after treatment.
- Removable. So you can eat and drink what you want while in treatment, plus brushing and flossing are no problem.
- Comfortable. Because they have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment and don’t require frequent appointments for adjustments.
nvisalign can correct most of the problems that are normally treated with traditional braces. You just have to ask yourself—do I want traditional braces? Or would I prefer to do the job just as effectively with braces that are completely invisible?
Second opinions / Consultations
Sometimes it is helpful to get a second opinion. The dentists at Zephyr Cove Dental Center are happy to provide a complimentary consultation to discuss the treatment plan prescribed by your current dentist. Just bring the x-rays and the existing treatment plan. Second opinion consultations do not include x-rays and initial treatment plans. If you wish the doctor to deliver a primary diagnosis, you will be charged for an exam.
Zephyr Cove Dental Center provides professional teeth whitening.
You can have a bright white smile today!
Come in and see one of our dental professionals and find out how easy it is to have a great smile!
Your smile is important, and even if you have some misaligned teeth, having a full whitening can make a dramatic difference in your smile.