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We use x-rays as a diagnostic method in order to visualize decay, abscesses, cysts, impacted teeth and some tumors that occur inside bone. We use the latest innovations in x-ray technology that minimizes the radiation while maintaining excellent sharpness. X-rays at regular intervals allow us to detect these problems early, and to therefore avoid the need for extensive treatments.

Lead aprons protect patients from unnecessary exposure to xrays.

We use the latest sterilization methods. Our sterilizer is hospital grade and completely destroys all bacteria and viruses. All instruments are sterilized between every patient.

Gloves protect against infectious organisms.

All materials that are not sterilized are one time use. Items such as gauze and needles are discarded after use, and are not re-used.

Universal precautions include masks and eye wear for the dental staff.

Here is some general information that may help you make an educated decision regarding your treatment options.

Fillings vs. Crowns

  • Once the decay in a tooth is beyond 50% of the crown of the tooth, or if there is decay in several surfaces of a tooth, a crown is needed to restore it. Small sized cavities in one or two surfaces of teeth, however, can be restored with fillings.
  • If a tooth has an existing large filling that is fractured or needs to be replaced due to recurrent decay, a crown becomes the only option.

Periodontal Cleaning vs. Regular Cleaning

  • Periodontal cleanings will remove more disease causing bacteria, and do so from deeper in the periodontal pockets than regular cleanings. Regular cleanings in the presence if periodontal disease will not prevent its' spread.
  • In most cases, regular cleanings must be done more frequently if you have had a periodontal cleaning. This is due to the possibility of the recurrence of periodontal disease.

Partial Dentures vs. Bridges

  • Bridges are made of metal or porcelain and are cemented in place. This makes them as close to natural teeth as possible. Partial dentures are made of plastic and metal, and are held in the mouth with clasps. They move during chewing and speech, and need to be removed at night.
  • A bridge is the first choice in replacing missing teeth due to its superior cosmetics and comfort during use. If missing teeth prohibit the placement of a bridge, implants can be used to provide enough anchors for one to be placed. Partial dentures are a last resort due to their inferior materials and discomfort.

Orthodontics vs. Porcelain Veneers

  • Adult orthodontics has become more prevalent and yields better results than techniques of ten to twenty years ago. Depending on the case orthodontics may take 18 months or longer, and require extractions of some teeth in order to create room for the movements. Only a small percentage of cases can be treated with Invisalign.
  • Porcelain veneers are a conservative method of changing the position of teeth in two visits. The teeth require minimal drilling, the veneers are bonded to the teeth, and they can be used to correct the look of worn or broken down teeth. They may also be used to lighten the shades of teeth or mask discolorations.

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