Offering Dental Treatments & Procedures in Cary
Bonding is a quick and painless in-office procedure to repair cracks, chips and gaps between teeth, or to cover stained teeth to enhance your smile. Bonding can often be done without anesthesia if there is no decay or pulp exposure. The bonding material is developed in many shades, allowing the dentist to accurately match the shade of your natural teeth. The composite resin forms a durable, stain-resistant surface that is later smoothed and polished to give it a natural appearance and feel.
Bonding can be used to:
- Protect exposed roots of teeth.
- Repair cracks, unevenness, chips.
- Close spaces between your front teeth.
- Reshape crooked or misshapen teeth.
- Replace old or unattractive silver fillings.
- Whiten stained teeth.
- Replace missing teeth.
- Stabilize loose teeth.
We will prescribe a bridge when one or more teeth are missing, and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. Bridges can be made from three types of material, solid gold for reliable, long wear, porcelain fused to a gold base for strength and beauty, and high-strength, metal-free porcelain for optimum cosmetic results. With proper care, your new bridge will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
- Bridges are prescribed for missing teeth.
- The adjacent teeth are prepared by eliminating tooth structure.
- After fabrication, the bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth.
- Bridges restore the natural beauty and health of teeth.
If you have lost some or all of your natural teeth, dentures can be used to replace your missing teeth – improving your health as well as your appearance. Dentures prevent the sagging of facial muscles, which makes a person with no teeth look much older. Dentures also enable you to eat and speak normally, little things often taken for granted until natural teeth are lost.
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 to help remove plaque. Regular dental checkups are needed so we can examine your mouth and dentures to ensure a healthy and comfortable fit.
- Dentures are designed to have the look and feel of natural teeth.
- The 21st century offers a much more natural choice of colors for artificial gums and teeth.
- Advanced dental materials create dentures that are more comfortable, more durable and fit better than your parents and grandparents ever imagined.
We use state-of-the-art digital X-rays and digital cameras to help with an accurate diagnosis of any concerns. Digital X-rays use less radiation to get a diagnostic picture of your teeth, and they help the environment by eliminating the use of chemicals to process the film.
For hundreds of years, dental fillings have been used to restore teeth. Dental fillings are placed in teeth where a dentist has had to remove tooth structure due to decay or fracture. In recent years, filling materials have been substantially improved by many technological advancements. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today we have several other preferred options for tooth restoration, including tooth-colored composite filling materials and cementable resins and porcelains.
- Decayed teeth require fillings to restore strength and health of natural teeth.
- The decayed portion of the tooth is removed from the sound tooth structure.
- Filling material is shaped to match the look and feel of natural teeth. Traditionally, silver or amalgam material has been the filling of choice.
- Today, many modern materials can be used to mimic the color and texture of natural teeth.
The basis of sound dental care is routine cleaning and maintenance. We customize cleanings based on your periodontal (gums and bone) health. We utilize medicated gels along with prescription mouth rinses in problem areas, if necessary. Ultrasonic scalers are sometimes used to make the procedure more comfortable and effective as well.
Sealants should be used as part of a child's total preventive dental care. Dental sealants are thin plastic coatings that are applied to the chewing surfaces of the molars (back teeth). Most tooth decay in children and teens occurs on these surfaces. Sealants cover the chewing surfaces to prevent decay. Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. It is an easy three-step process: We clean the tooth with a special toothpaste. A special cleansing liquid on a tiny piece of cotton is rubbed gently on the tooth and then washed off. Finally, the sealant is painted on the tooth. It takes about a minute for the sealant to form a protective shield. One sealant application can last for as long as five to 10 years. Sealants should be checked regularly and reapplied if they are no longer in place.
Children and adults at high risk of dental decay may benefit from using additional fluoride products, including dietary supplements (for children who do not have adequate levels of fluoride in their drinking water), mouth rinses, and professionally applied gels and varnishes.
Dental inlays and onlays are some of the strongest and most lifelike dental restorations available. After your mouth has been anesthetized, we prepare the tooth in much the same way we would for a standard filling. When the tooth has been prepared to our satisfaction, an impression is made and sent to a dental lab. You will usually be required to wear a temporary filling until the restoration is fabricated. With proper care, your inlay or onlay will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.
- Decayed teeth may require an inlay to restore strength and health to the natural tooth structure.
- The decayed portion of the tooth is removed from the sound tooth structure.
- An inlay is fabricated to match the look and feel of your natural teeth. This restoration often resembles a puzzle piece.
- In most cases, the restoration will completely blend into the natural tooth structure.
Gum disease is usually caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth. If plaque is not removed with thorough daily brushing and cleaning between teeth, gums become irritated and inflamed. The irritated gum tissue can separate from the teeth and form spaces, called pockets. Bacteria move into the pockets where they continue to promote irritation. Left untreated, the process can continue until the bone and other tooth-supporting tissues are destroyed. The early stage of periodontal disease is called gingivitis. It often results in gums that are red and swollen, and may bleed easily. Some examples of conditions we treat include:
- Gingivitis (bleeding gums)
- Advanced Periodontitis
Endodontic treatment, more commonly known as root canal therapy, is necessary when the pulp of your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes, such as deep decay, repeated dental procedures on your tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. With proper care, an endodontically treated tooth will function normally for years to come.
- When decay or damage goes untreated, it can result in an infection to the pulp chamber of the tooth.
- After creating a small opening, very small instruments are used to clean and shape the root canal spaces.
- The cleaned spaces are filled with a biocompatible material and specialized cement to ensure complete sealing of the root canals.
Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin shell that is placed over the front or visible parts of the tooth. There are two types of veneers: ceramic veneers that are produced by a dental laboratory and resin-based composite veneers. With proper care, your new veneers will greatly improve your appearance and increase your confidence for years to come.
- Veneers are prescribed for damaged, discolored or broken teeth.
- The tooth is prepared by eliminating surface structure.
- After fabrication, the veneer is cemented to the prepared tooth.
- Veneers restore natural beauty and health of teeth.
Everyone loves a bright, white smile. Today there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the color of your teeth. Some whitening procedures are done in our office with one visit. Other whitening agents can even be purchased over-the-counter. However, over-the-counter whitening agents will not whiten your teeth as quickly or as effectively as those delivered by a dentist.
- Soft transparent trays are filled with whitening gel.
- The trays fit tightly over your teeth and are worn for the prescribed time.
- The transparent trays can be worn overnight or during the day.
- Within the first treatment you should notice results that will continue to improve with additional use.
We use these products for this type of treatment: