Our High Technology Services:

Our office uses the newest technology in order to provide the highest quality of dental care.

The iTero Digital Impression System

Our crowns, veneers, bridges, inlays and onlays are created using a digital impression system called the iTero. The iTero Digital Impression System eliminates the need for any trays or messy impression material in the mouth. Instead of trays in the mouth, we use the iTero scanning wand held just over the tooth for a few seconds to transfer an image of that tooth onto the iTero computer screen. Scanning takes just a few minutes and the patient can get up, rinse, take a break at any time during the use of this system. When the scanning is complete, the 3-D computer images are e-mailed to the dental lab for construction of the crown, veneer, bridge, inlay or onlay. We also use the iTero to create nightguards and tooth whitening trays. The accuracy of the iTero Digital Impression System is highly superior to conventional impressions, thus assuring a longer lasting result for any type of dental treatment which traditionally required conventional impressions.

Zoom WhiteSpeed One-Hour Teeth Whitening System and Whitening Trays

For people who could never tolerate bleaching trays and who also experienced sensitivity years ago with the traditional Zoom Whitening device, the new Zoom Whitespeed System provides a protocol to greatly lessen and sometimes eliminate most sensitivity during its one-hour whitening procedure.

This new Zoom system now comes with high, medium and low settings. If the patient is having some sensitivity during the procedure, the control is switched from high to medium, or to the low setting and the procedure can continue. With previous Zoom devices, if the patient was having uncomfortable sensitivity during the procedure, the only option was to completely stop the entire whitening process.

Also, the new Zoom Whitespeed uses an LED bulb, emitting only light and no heat. With previous Zoom devices, the bulb emitted both light and heat, which increased the possibility of sensitivity.

There is a special gel called ACP which every patient takes home to apply onto their teeth for the next few days to help if there is some sensitivity. Also included is one Day White syringe to use with bleaching trays for touch-ups.

Bleaching trays are optional. Patients can call for information on the cost of the Zoom Whitespeed one-hour whitening procedure with or without bleaching trays.

Oral HPV Saliva Testing with the use of OraRisk HPV test

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common virus groups in the world. Some types of oral HPV are now considered to be the cause for developing oral cancers. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.

The OraRisk® HPV test is a non-invasive, easy-to-use screening tool to identify the type(s) of oral HPV, a mucosal viral infection that could potentially lead to oral cancer. OraRisk® HPV enables us to establish increased risk for oral cancer and determine appropriate referral and monitoring conditions. The OraRisk test involves swishing for 30 seconds with a sterile saline solution which is sent overnight to a lab. Results are available within a few days.

Oral Cancer Screening with the use of VELscopeVx

The use of the VELscopeVx Oral Cancer screening device at each exam and cleaning appointment helps us to see pathology in the mouth sooner than under ordinary light. Oral cancer found at an early stage is key to survival. At every routine exam and cleaning appointment at our office, the VELscope oral cancer screening is performed at no extra charge. It is an integral part of the dental exam.


Our Routine Dental Services:

Cosmetic Dentistry:

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your teeth, you first need a consultation to thoroughly discuss whether or not cosmetic dentistry can help you. Sometimes orthodontics can be the answer. Cosmetic dental services include tooth-whitening, porcelain veneers and direct bonding. During your consultation, the pros and cons of each procedure are explained as well as which procedure would best suit your needs.

Resin-bonded fillings:

White fillings which are bonded (fused) to the tooth helping to make the tooth whole again.

Porcelain Onlays:

A 2-visit process whereby a dental laboratory constructs a porcelain filling which is then bonded onto the tooth. Porcelain onlays are indicated when there is not enough tooth structure to support a resin-bonded filling.

Crowns:

A crown is needed when most of the tooth is missing, or to help protect the tooth from fracture if it had root canal treatment, or if decay is very rampant in the mouth. A crown covers the entire portion of remaining tooth structure. The edges of the crown are submerged under the gumline to give a natural appearance and also to prevent tooth decay recurrence.

Implants:

If a tooth is missing, an oral surgeon or periodontist places a titanium pin into the jawbone to act as a new root. Several months after this surgery, an implant crown can be placed over the pin which results in a tooth that looks just like any other tooth in the mouth.

Bridges:

If an implant cannot be done, a bridge can be considered. In order to replace a missing tooth, one tooth on each side of the missing tooth is drilled down to a stump and is crowned and these two crowns hold up a fake tooth in between them to replace the missing tooth. Before implants were invented, a bridge was the only way to replace a missing tooth.

Periodontal (Gum disease prevention) Services:

Periodontal evaluation, routine cleanings, deep scaling and root planning, whereby local anesthetic is used to make sure all of the tartar is removed from the roots to ensure proper healing of the gums.

Nightguards:

We call them nightguards because most people who grind and clench their teeth do so at night. Grinding and clenching your teeth is harmful to the enamel as well as to the nerves of the teeth. Sometimes teeth undergo such forceful trauma from grinding and clenching that root canal becomes necessary. For this reason it is very smart to protect your teeth from trauma by wearing a nightguard. A nightguard is a custom-made horseshoe-shaped strong acrylic appliance that fits snugly over only the top teeth. Instead of clenching and grinding tooth against tooth, the bottom teeth slip and slide over the acrylic nightguard. Over time, the nightguard may become worn thin from the grinding and needs to be replaced, however, it perfectly preserves the teeth from being worn down. Some of the signs of grinding and clenching at night are headaches and soreness in the jaw upon awakening in the morning, unexplained chipping and breaking of teeth and crowns, and tooth sensitivity to cold which comes and goes. Some people wear their nightguards during the day to keep from clenching and grinding during work hours. We make our nightguards using the iTero Digital Impression System therefore eliminating the need for any trays and impression material in the mouth.

Oral Hygiene Instructions:

A most important service we provide is education about your own teeth and gums and generally takes place during the first appointment. We can clean and fix your teeth, but without you knowing exactly how to clean your teeth and gums at home on a daily basis, you are not receiving proper dental care.

Customized Options for Dental Treatment:

Sometimes the best way to treat your dental problems can be too expensive, time-consuming or unpredictable. We always can give you several different options on how to solve any dental problem which fits your financial needs as well as any time constraints you might have.