What are Dental Implants?
Replicating the natural function and appearance of your lost teeth can be very difficult to accomplish.  Historically, dentures or bridge restorations would be used as replacements, but with limited results.  Dental implants, however, are natural-looking replacements for missing teeth that also provide the same function as your natural tooth root. They have also been used to anchor these other types of restorations for greater success and patient satisfaction. 

 

A More Natural Approach
A dental implant is a small, sturdy, titanium post that acts as the root structure would for a natural tooth. A dental implant is placed into your upper or lower jaw bone. After the bone has grown around the implant, implants can hold a crown, bridge or over-denture just like roots hold natural teeth in place. Implants are very durable and can last a lifetime. They require the same maintenance as natural teeth; this includes brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups.  A single tooth or a full arch of teeth which have been lost due to injury or disease can be replaced with dental implants. Titanium metal is used because of its compatibility with bone and oral tissues.

Common Reasons for Implants
A common reason people consider implants is due to poor fit of their dentures, which causes difficulty in chewing and a fear of losing the dentures while talking or eating. The majority of patients treated with dental implants experience a significant improvement in their ability to chew food and they report that the implants are a far more comfortable alternative.

The First Step
Making the initial dental appointment is the first step in evaluating if dental implants are right for you.  Usually a prosthodontist, periodontist or an oral surgeon are the dentists to look for. There are a few general dentists with specialized training qualified to place implants. Check with each doctor to make sure of their specialization or their certification with implantology.
On the first appointment a full mouth exam will be completed with a complete medical and dental history. You will receive X-rays and possibly a CT scan, which will give the dentist a good idea of your bone density and the shape of your jaw. Finally, you will discuss the options available to you and be educated by the dental staff about the whole implant procedure. They will discuss if you would be a good candidate for a dental implant. You must also commit to a meticulous oral hygiene regime with regular dental visits.
Finding out if you are a good candidate for dental implants begins with a simple step. With motivation, care and willingness, dental implants can give the confidence and security to last a lifetime.




For patients who do not look forward to needles, drilling, or numbness, Laser Dentistry, may be the right choice. Laser dentistry is one of dentistry's latest advances. The Laser delivers energy in the form of light. Depending on the intended result, this energy travels at different wavelengths and is absorbed by a "target." In dentistry, these targets can be enamel, decay, gum tissue, or whitening enhancers. Dental lasers have been shown to be safe and effective for treating both children and adults.

PATIENT COMFORT

Heat, vibration and pressure are the primary causes of pain associated with the use of the traditional dental drill. Since cutting both hard and soft tissues (teeth and gums) with the

 

dental laser does not generate heat, vibration or pressure, many dental procedures can be performed with fewer shots, less need for anesthesia, less use of the drill and fewer numb lips! Additionally, using the dental laser for gum procedures reduces bleeding, post-operative pain, swelling and the need for pain medication in many cases. 

ACCURACY AND PRECISION

We are able to remove tooth enamel decay (the hardest substance in the body), bone and gum tissue precisely while leaving surrounding areas unaffected. This conserves and allows you to keep more of the healthy tooth structure.

REDUCED TRAUMA
High speed drills can cause hairline cracks and fractures in the teeth that eventually lead to future dental problems. Dental laser reduces damage to healthy portions of the tooth and minimizes trauma.

IMPROVED CAVITY FILLINGS
Laser cavity preparations can increase bond strength of tooth-colored restoration resulting in longer lasting fillings.

LESS BLEEDING AND SWELLING
Due to its conservative, gentle cutting action and coagulating capabilities, the laser technology performs many soft tissue (gum) procedures with little or no bleeding and less post-op swelling.

FEWER DENTAL VISITS
Since you often do not need shots or anesthesia, laser technology can perform cavity preps in all areas of the mouth in just one visit. This technology also gives trained laser technolgy dentists the ability to perform many procedures that were previously referred to specialists.

VERSATILITY
The laser technolgy is extremely versatile. It can be used for a wide range of hard and soft tissue procedures. From decay removal, cavity preparation, root canals, smile design, gum and bone surgical procedures and many others.




More and more patients place value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest possible care is essential. Our latest Cavity Detector aids in the detections of caries. Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling you to protect and preserve the tooth substance.




 

LUMINEERS are porcelain veneers that offer the painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly aligned smile. We can apply these contact lens-thin smile shapers to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. LUMINEERS can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.  LUMINEERS are contact lens-thin and are placed over existing teeth without having to remove painful tooth structure (unlike traditional veneers.)  LUMINEERS is the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth. you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years - and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Get your perfect smile today!.