Composite/Bonding:
Bonding involves the artistic placement of a tooth-colored plastic material on to teeth to enhance their color, shape, or size. You can recreate a single tooth with bonding or we can transform your entire smile! Bonding also protects your teeth from additional wear and damage. Bonding may be a perfect option if you have spaces between your teeth, small or misshapen teeth, and for teeth that have been darkened or discolored. The bonding process is a comfortable procedure that can provide dramatic results in just one appointment. We’ll carefully prepare your teeth, roughen them with a mildly acidic solution, then place, sculpt, and polish the bonding material. You will then have a brand new smile!

Crowns:
Crowns restore and protect teeth. A crown is a custom-made restoration that completely covers your tooth. Crowns not only repair and strengthen damaged teeth, they can also be used to improve your appearance by covering a discolored or misshaped tooth. The procedure requires at least two visits. We will prepare and shape your tooth, then take an impression of the tooth. A dental lab will make a model from that impression, and use the model to create your new crown from porcelain, gold or other alloys, or a combination of these materials.

Bridges:
When a tooth is missing, it can cause a chain reaction of problems. Surrounding teeth may shift, causing stress to your jaw joint (TMJ) when you chew. It is much harder to clean teeth that have shifted, so harmful tartar can build up, which can cause cavities, and gum disease. The procedure takes two to three appts. A bridge fills in this space, using the adjacent teeth for support. These teeth will be reduced and contoured, and then we will make a precise impression of your teeth. Using this impression, a dental lab will make a model, and it is on this model that your bridge is created. We will consider the function as well as the appearance of your replacement teeth when we select the material for your new bridge. We may use porcelain, acrylic, gold, or other alloys, or a combination of these materials, depending on your situation.

Fillings:
A filling is a way to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. First, the dentist removes all the diseased tooth structure and then seals the area with a permanent material. There are a variety of filling materials available. The dentist will discuss with you the best option for each unique situation. Most of the time a tooth colored filling is used.

Sealants:
A sealant is a safe, plastic coating that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to keep cavity causing germs out by covering up their tiny hiding places. Children are much more susceptible to tooth decay than adults. Sealants should be applied to the permanent teeth as they erupt to prevent decay. Sealants protect teeth in certain areas that are more prone to develop cavities. Childhood cavities have declined because of the widespread exposure to fluorides. The sealant material we use has an added benefit in that, once applied, it releases fluoride to the teeth. This improves the tooth’s strength and makes them less cavity resistant. Sealing teeth is easy, painless and usually only takes about a minute per tooth. There are no shots in the procedure. As long as the sealant remains intact, the sealed tooth surface will be protected from decay. The sealant we have chosen has a very high success rate and could last for years.