Welcome To San Diego First Family Dentistry


We pride ourselves in providing our patients with the finest quality care in cosmetic and dental implant services. Our passion is creating the smile you were meant to have– one that is attractive, confident, and beautiful. Our goal is to understand your individual needs and desires, and to customize your care accordingly. We strive to create long-lasting relationships that are mutually fulfilling.

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Dental Services

 

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BONDING
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Bonding is a process in which a tooth-colored material is applied to a tooth's surface, sculpted to an ideal shape, hardened, and then polished for an ideal smile. Bonding is often performed in order to close spaces between teeth or cover the entire outside surface of a tooth to change its color and shape. Bonded composite may be the material of choice for teeth that are chipped or slightly decayed. Bonding is more susceptible to staining or chipping than other forms of restoration such as veneers. It typically only entails one office visit, and the results can last for several years.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES

Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance when decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed. Crowns are also used to restore the tooth after a root canal, to attach bridges, cover implants, or prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Porcelain, gold and a new material called Zirconia can be used to make crowns. Zirconia is harder than porcelain, as strong as metal and still tooth-colored. Crowns also serve an esthetic use, and are applied when a misshaped, discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to a natural appearance. All-porcelain (ceramic) or Zirconia crowns are particularly desirable because their color and translucency mimic natural tooth enamel.

Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. There are several types of dental bridges including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Porcelain, gold and Zirconia can also be used to make bridges.

Procedures
A tooth usually has to be reduced in size to accommodate a crown. An impression is then made from the existing tooth to create a custom-designed crown. The impression is sent to a special lab to manufacture the crown. A temporary crown is placed until the permanent crown is ready and cemented into place.

Caring For Your Crowns
With proper care, crowns have the longest life expectancy of all cosmetic restorations. It is very important to brush and floss in the area of the crown to avoid excess plaque or collection of debris around the restoration.

DENTAL CLEANING

Dental cleanings should be performed every six months to maintain good oral health and more frequently for those with gum infection. A routine dental cleaning should include minimal scaling and polishing. When plaque and tartar are allowed to accumulate, it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. People who develop gum disease are at greater risk of developing other medical conditions. When large amounts of plaque and tartar cover the teeth, a more involved and time-consuming cleaning procedure called Therapeutic Scaling is necessary.

Scaling: This is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces in a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists perform scaling by using an ultrasonic scaler and hand instruments that allow dental cleanings to be performed with greater comfort and efficiency.

DENTURES

Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available, including partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain, while complete dentures are used to completely replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth, so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve your smile!

Complete Dentures - This restoration method is used to restore your smile and mouth function if all your teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created to resemble natural teeth and are positioned into a patients’ mouth to take the place of where the natural teeth used to be. Complete dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

Partial Dentures - A removable partial denture is a device used when some natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. They usually consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum-colored plastic base which is held in place with clasps or precision attachments.

EXTRACTIONS

When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be extracted, or pulled. A patient needs to take precautions after the extraction to ensure that infection doesn’t occur, and they may even need to take an antibiotic.

Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period, because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that come in during adulthood in the very back corners of the mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems with wisdom teeth because there is either not enough room in the in the jaw for the teeth to come in properly, or the positioning of the teeth makes it very difficult to keep them clean. Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one's ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.

FILLINGS

Advances in modern dental materials and techniques provide a variety of ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Today’s dentists and patients have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.

The creation of these new materials has not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional materials, including gold-base metal alloys and silver amalgam. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.

Alternatives to silver amalgam include gold-cast restorations, porcelain, and composite resins. Gold and porcelain restorations take longer to make and can require two appointments. Composite resins, or white fillings, are esthetically appealing, but require a longer time to place. Composite filling is the most common silver amalgam alternative.

PERIODONTAL (GUM) TREATMENT

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.

HALITOSIS

An estimated sixty-five percent of Americans have bad breath. Over forty-million Americans have "chronic halitosis," which is persistent bad breath. Ninety percent of all halitosis is of and oral origin rather than systemic.

Americans spend more than $1 billion a year on over-the-counter halitosis products. Most are ineffective, because they only mask the problem.

What causes bad breath?
Bad breath is caused by a variety of factors. In most cases, it is caused by food remaining in the mouth—on the teeth, tongue, gums, and other structures—and collecting bacteria. Dead and dying bacterial cells release a sulfur compound that gives your breath an unpleasant odor.

Certain foods, such as garlic and onions, contribute to breath odor. Once the food is absorbed into the bloodstream, it is transferred to the lungs, where it is exhaled. Brushing, flossing and mouthwash only mask the odor. Dieters sometimes develop unpleasant breath from fasting. Periodontal (gum) disease often causes persistent bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth, and persistent bad breath may mean a sign that you have gum disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque - the sticky, often colorless, film of bacteria that constantly forms on teeth.

Dry mouth, or xerostomia, may also cause bad breath due to decreased salivary flow. Saliva cleans your mouth and removes particles that may cause odor. Tobacco products cause bad breath and stained teeth, they reduce your ability to taste foods, and they irritate your gum tissues. Bad breath may also be a sign that you have a serious health problem, such as a respiratory tract infection, chronic sinusitis, postnasal drip, chronic bronchitis, diabetes, gastrointestinal disturbance, or liver or kidney ailment.

Daily brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings will normally take care of unpleasant breath. And don't forget your often overlooked tongue as a culprit for bad breath. Bacterial plaque and food debris also can accumulate on the back of the tongue. The tongue's surface is extremely rough and bacteria can accumulate easily in the cracks and crevices. Controlling periodontal disease and maintaining good oral health helps to reduce bad breath. If the odor comes from gum disease, your dentist can either treat the disease or refer you to a periodontist, a specialist that treats gum tissues. Gum disease can cause gum tissues to pull away from the teeth and form pockets. When these pockets are deep, only a professional periodontal cleaning can remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulate.

Improperly cleaned dentures can also harbor odor-causing bacteria and food particles. If you wear removable dentures, take them out at night and clean them thoroughly before replacing them. If you have constant bad breath, make a list of the foods you eat and any medications you take. Some medications may contribute to bad breath. If your dentist determines that your mouth is healthy and that the odor is not oral in nature, you may be referred to your family physician or to a specialist to determine the cause of the odor and possible treatment.

IMPLANTS

Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth. Implants are synthetic structures that are placed where the tooth used to be. Implants are so well-designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic but biocompatible material like metal or ceramic. Implants are embedded in the jawbone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.

Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth. Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.

INVISALIGN

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Invisalign® straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile. Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth. And, there are no wires or brackets so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign. And, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would.

You’ll visit our office every 6 weeks for adjustments and on average, Invisalign treatment usually takes 12-18 months.

How does Invisalign Work?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

How often do I need to wear my aligners?

It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Because dental benefits differ from policy to policy, we will gladly review your plan for othrodontic coverage. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

Does Invisalign really work?
Yes. Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.

MOUTH GUARDS

Anyone who participates in a sport that carries a significant risk of injury should wear a mouth guard. Sports like basketball, baseball, gymnastics, and volleyball all pose risks to your gum tissues, as well as your teeth. We usually think of football and hockey as the most dangerous to the teeth, but nearly half of sports-related mouth injuries occur in basketball and baseball.

A helmet can prevent a lot of serious injuries such as concussions and jaw fractures. Mouth guards are effective in preventing laceration and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances. We can recommend an appliance that would best suit your needs.

ORAL HYGIENE CARE

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Healthy teeth not only enable you to look and feel good, they make it possible to eat and speak properly. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being.

Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.

In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps that each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including toothpaste
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
  • Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area,
ORTHODONTICS

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Invisalign® straightens teeth to give you the confidence of a great smile. Using a series of clear, virtually invisible aligners, Invisalign gently and gradually moves your teeth. And, there are no wires or brackets so you’ll have confidence in your smile during and after treatment. In fact, most people won’t even know you’re wearing Invisalign. And, Invisalign aligners are removable so you can eat whatever you want and easily brush and floss as you normally would.

You’ll visit our office every 6 weeks for adjustments and on average, Invisalign treatment usually takes 12-18 months.

How does Invisalign Work?

The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material uniquely developed for the Invisalign treatment plan, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. A series of Invisalign aligners are custom-made for you, to move your teeth in the sequence determined by your doctor. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

How often do I need to wear my aligners?

It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing.

Will wearing Invisalign aligners affect my speech?

Invisalign aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.

Does insurance cover Invisalign?
Because dental benefits differ from policy to policy, we will gladly review your plan for othrodontic coverage. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, Invisalign should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

Does Invisalign really work?
Yes. Over 1.5 million patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with Invisalign. Invisalign was developed with orthodontists and used in dental practices worldwide.

 

Six Month Smiles has helped thousands of people smile with confidence. Six Month Smiles is for adults with crooked, spaced or misaligned teeth. Using clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth, the average time most people wear braces is just six months.

Once the clear brackets and wires have been placed you will need to visit the office every 4 weeks for adjustments.

Straight teeth in 6 months, how is that possible?
Six Month Smiles clear braces are safe, comfortable and provide quick results because they only move the teeth that show when you smile. Using proven techniques and materials, the braces have been specifically designed for adults with crooked, spaces or misaligned teeth.

Does everyone finish in 6 month?
Six months is the average treatment time. Most patients finish right around 6 months, but treatment times may range from 4-9 months.

Are retainers required?
Yes, with all orthodontic treatment, a retainer is necessary to maintain the new straight position of your teeth. There are a variety of retainer options to choose from depending on preference and situation.

Does insurance cover Six Month Smiles?
Because dental benefits differ from policy to policy, we will gladly review your plan for orthodontic coverage. In general if a patient does have orthodontic coverage, Six Month Smiles should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

WHITE (METAL-FREE) FILLINGS

Composite (White/Metal-Free) fillings - Composite fillings are a mixture of materials that produce a tooth-colored restoration. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of a silver amalgam.

Composites can also be "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to be more conservative by taking away less tooth structure. In teeth where chewing loads are high, composite fillings are less resistant to wear than silver amalgams. It also takes longer to place a composite filling.

ROOT CANALS

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, meaning the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin to affect the roots. Extensive decay or a traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems. An infected nerve may cause pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, on the inside, a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop at the tip of the root, which can lead to an abscess.

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

Most patients who have root canal experience little or no discomfort or pain, and enjoy a restored tooth that can last almost as long as the healthy original. A crown is usually needed after a root canal to properly restore the tooth.

SEALANTS

Research has shown that almost every patient has a 95 percent chance of eventually experiencing cavities in the pits and grooves of their teeth. Even regular brushing sometimes misses these intricate structures on the chewing surfaces of your teeth.

Today, sealants are becoming widely popular and effective; both children and adults are great candidates for preventive measures like sealants on any posterior teeth that do not already have a restoration. Sealants are designed to prevent the intrusion of cavity-causing bacteria and other debris into the deep crevices on the tops of teeth. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years. In fact, research has shown that sealants actually stop cavities when placed on top of a slightly decayed tooth by sealing off the supply of nutrients to the bacteria that caused the cavity.

Application
To apply sealants, the tooth is first cleaned. The cleaning procedure is followed by "etching" the tooth with a substance that allows the sealant to adhere better. After the sealant is applied, a light source is directed to the site to harden it. Sealants usually need re-application every five to 10 years.

Sealants are extremely effective in preventing decay in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Insurance coverage for sealant procedures is increasing but is still minimal. Many dentists expect this trend to change as insurers become more convinced that sealants can help reduce future dental expenses and protect the teeth from developing cavities.

SEDATION DENTISTRY

DOES FEAR OF DENTISTRY KEEP YOU FROM HAVING THE SMILE YOU WANT?

With Sedation Dentistry you can get that new smile in complete relaxation, with no memory of the procedures and afterwards, wake feeling refreshed!

Shwedel Dental has Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) to administer IV Sedation so that dental anxiety no longer has to keep you from achieving beautiful healthy teeth. Many people that avoid visiting the dentist due to severe apprehension and fear, end up missing out on important dental care.

A wide range of services can be completed in one visit while under sedation including: fillings, crowns, oral surgery, root canals, gum therapy, teeth cleanings and more.

The medications used are safe for patients with cardiac, diabetic or pulmonary problems, as they are monitored by CRNA's trained to manage these conditions.

Sedation Dentistry also allows patients with Special Needs, such as Alzheimer's, Cerebral Palsy, Autism and other conditions, who normally cannot be treated in a traditional office setting to be seen. In the past, these services were only offered in a hospital setting, but now with a CRNA, it can be done in the comfort of familiar surroundings at a lower cost.

With IV Sedation Dentistry, there's no reason to put your oral health on hold anymore.

SIX MONTH SMILES

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Six Month Smiles has helped thousands of people smile with confidence. Six Month Smiles is for adults with crooked, spaced or misaligned teeth. Using clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth, the average time most people wear braces is just six months.

Once the clear brackets and wires have been placed you will need to visit the office every 4 weeks for adjustments.

Straight teeth in 6 months, how is that possible?
Six Month Smiles clear braces are safe, comfortable and provide quick results because they only move the teeth that show when you smile. Using proven techniques and materials, the braces have been specifically designed for adults with crooked, spaces or misaligned teeth.

Does everyone finish in 6 month?
Six months is the average treatment time. Most patients finish right around 6 months, but treatment times may range from 4-9 months.

Are retainers required?
Yes, with all orthodontic treatment, a retainer is necessary to maintain the new straight position of your teeth. There are a variety of retainer options to choose from depending on preference and situation.

Does insurance cover Six Month Smiles?
Because dental benefits differ from policy to policy, we will gladly review your plan for orthodontic coverage. In general if a patient does have orthodontic coverage, Six Month Smiles should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Dentistry has advanced to a point where pain is almost a thing of the past. Powerful pain-killing medications known as anesthetics not only help a patient avoid discomfort during a procedure, but post-operatively as well.

Types of pain-killing medications include:

  • Analgesics - These are also called pain relievers and include common non-narcotic medications such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Analgesics are usually used for mild cases of discomfort, and are typically prescribed following such procedures as a root canal or tooth extraction.
  • Anesthetics - Anesthetics can either be topically applied or injected. Dentists often apply topical anesthetics with a cotton swab to an area of the mouth where a procedure such as a restoration or gum treatment will be performed. This numbs the affected area. Topical anesthetics also are used to prepare an area for injection of an anesthetic. Novocaine and Lidocaine are the most common kind of injectable anesthetics. Such medications block the nerves from transmitting signals and are used for more major types of procedures, such as restorations and root canals.
  • Nitrous Oxide Sedation - Sedatives are medications designed to help a patient relax. This can be a powerful tool in avoiding pain. Sedatives are sometimes used in combination with other types of pain relievers and pain-killers. Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, is a form of sedation in which medicated gas is administered through a special mask. Conscious sedation involves administering a sedative while the patient is alert and awake.
TMJ

People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, and when it’s left untreated, it can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. One of the most common jaw disorders is related to a problem with the temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull, and allowing your upper and lower jaw to open and close and facilitating chewing and speaking.

People with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. Such disorders are often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity.

Some treatments for TMD include muscle relaxants, aspirin, biofeedback, or wearing a small plastic appliance in the mouth during sleep. Minor cases of TMD involve discomfort or pain in the jaw muscles. More serious conditions involve improperly aligned joints or dislocated jaws. The most extreme form of TMD involves an arthritic condition of the jaw joint. Traumatic injuries also can cause jaw dislocation.

VENEERS

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Veneers are thin shells of porcelain cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or that are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.

Veneers are made by a dental lab technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Veneers usually require only a small amount of enamel to be removed from your teeth to accommodate the porcelain shell.

Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with gaps between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider porcelain veneers. Veneers take two appointments.

Porcelain veneers are reasonable facsimiles of natural teeth, not perfect replacements. It's not uncommon to see slight variations in the color of porcelain veneers upon close inspection, as this occurs even in natural teeth.

WHITENING

Bleaching and non-bleaching products are the two basic kinds of whitening products available today. Non-bleaching products normally use abrasives or chemicals and only remove surface stains on teeth. Bleaching products work with an agent called peroxide and can brighten your teeth several shades.

Whitening procedures have effectively restored smiles with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances. More and more people today are choosing teeth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and food and tobacco stains.

Some commercially available "whitening toothpastes" can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth's enamel.

Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but are only effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products are also not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings. Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method when done properly. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions are followed closely.

WISDOM TEETH

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth because there is not enough room in the in the jaw to fully erupt or due to positioning it is very difficult to keep them clean.

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one's ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.

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DIGITAL X-RAYS

digital-x-rays Digital x-rays use one-fifth the radiation of traditional radiographs, and deliver an image immediately. Digital x-rays are quickly becoming the standard in dental imaging. They allow the doctor to get a much better view of your teeth and potential dental conditions like cavities and gum disease by letting the doctor adjust the image contrast and size. Because of this, the doctor can more easily determine the best course of treatment. Digital x-rays excellent diagnostic tools and are safer for the patient.

HARD TISSUE LASER

Laser dentistry is one of the latest advancements in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease and oral surgery. The lasers we use at our practice are an alternative to the common hand-held scalpel, drills, or other tools. These lasers direct an invisible energy beam onto problem areas and allow us to efficiently treat decayed teeth, enamel and soft tissues. The benefit of laser dentistry is that they minimize the discomfort and improve healing time. Clinical studies show that approximately 96% of all patients require no anesthesia when lasers are used for dental treatments. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.

SOFT TISSUE LASER

Laser dentistry is one of the latest advancements in dental technology, treating a wide range of dental and cosmetic problems from cavities to gum disease and oral surgery. The soft tissue lasers we use at our practice direct an invisible energy beam onto problem areas and allow us to efficiently treat gums infections. The benefit of laser dentistry is that it minimizes discomfort while greatly reducing bacterial levels and promoting more rapid healing. Soft tissue lasers are used to safely remove soft tissue, such as excess gum tissue. The soft tissue laser can also be employed to destroy bacteria in gum pockets, preventing infection and allowing the tissue to return to a healthy state. The soft tissue laser enables the dentist to treat our patients with extreme accuracy and eliminates the need for stitches. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.

OPERATING MICROSCOPE

Allows us to magnify our work up to twenty times, giving us an outstanding view of our work. Fewer than 1 % of general dentists have this technology.

The microscope allows us to use bright, focused light and 6 increasing levels of magnification (2x to 20x) that provide us with the ability to:

  • Provide increased precision.
  • Detect cracks in teeth not visible without magnification.
  • Detect any early decay because of improved vision.
  • Use a high-definition video camera to take photos or video while we work.
  • Document the procedure for insurance companies.
  • Allow the patient to view procedure on flat screen television if patient desires.

The microscope is truly an amazing improvement in our ability to envision the best work for our patients and to be able treat them more effectively.

ELECTRONIC CLAIMS

Our office utilizes electronic claims processing. This means that rather than sending your dental claim through the mail, it is sent electronically to your insurance company with the click of the button. By filing your claim electronically, information is submitted more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits our patients because the turn around time on claims is faster and fewer claims are returned or denied. We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf.

TELESCOPIC LOUPES

The dentist performs most of his dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.

INTRAORAL CAMERA

We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called intraoral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums.

With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.

SPECTRA

SPECTRA

SPECTRA is the early cavity detection device that uses technology similar to Doppler Radar to detect tooth decay.  It gives us the ability to evaluate all surfaces of your teeth. While traditional technology allows us to evaluate only the deep pits and grooves, SPECTRA also check along the margins of old restorations and crowns for new or recurrent decay.

SPECTRA displays colored images on the computer screen so you will be able to see for yourself what is happening. Each color corresponds to differing degrees of decay:

  • A green image means the enamel is sound and there is no decay. For teeth that display only green or sound enamel, we strongly recommend that you have sealants, which will seal off the deep pits and groove in hope of preventing future decay.
  • A blue image means decay is in the beginning stages (de-mineralization has begun) and we more strongly recommend that you have sealants, which will seal off the deep pits and groove to keep decay from progressing. We may also recommend that you begin using a fluoride supplement, such as Prevident Rinse or MI Paste to help remineralize teeth.
  • A red image means there is deep decay in the enamel, an orange image means deep decay through the enamel and into the dentin (the second layer of tooth), a yellow image means deep decay into the dentin.  For teeth that display red, orange and/or yellow images, we recommend that you have the areas of decay removed and restoration work done.

The SPECTRA allows us to see if active decay is present that would require a filling or rather if it would be beneficial to place a sealant to prevent the need for a filling in the future. SPECTRA is the latest technology in the battle against tooth decay.

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