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SMILE

It costs nothing but creates much.

It enriches those who receive without impoverishing those who give.

It happens in a flash and the memory of it sometimes lasts all year, sometimes even forever.

It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in a business and is the countersign of friends.

It is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged, sunshine to the sad, and nature's best antidote for trouble.

Yet it cannot be bought, borrowed, or stolen, for it has no early value to anyone until it is given away.

If some of your friends should be too tired to give you a smile, why not give them one of yours?

For nobody needs a smile so much, as those who have none left to give.

Smile.
A Winning Smile Restoring your smile to its original beauty is easier than it has ever been. That's because modern dental materials are more versatile, stronger and longer-lasting.

Today's materials have hard finishes that keep your smile bright. They retain polish better and are highly stain-resistant to coffee, soda and lipstick. They can keep your smile looking good for years. Better materials help us reach our ultimate goal -- the healthy, happy, beautiful smiles of our satisfied patients!



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Tooth-colored Fillings and Crowns

Research into dental materials has produced a ceramic filling compound which is as durable as silver Tooth-colored Fillings
fillings, but with none of the unsightly, dark blotches that you thought you would always have to live with. Today you can replace those old silver fillings with a new tooth-colored filling that can give your mouth a more natural appearance.

Ceramic material for restoration

Even badly destroyed teeth can look natural when crowned with ceramic crowns instead of ceramic and gold crowns.

A crown is an artificial tooth cemented to your original, living tooth base. We'll crown a tooth if you have a cavity that's too large to fill, or if your tooth is cracked. After a root canal, it is frequently necessary to crown the tooth. Crowns also work well to restore badly chipped teeth or ones that have lots of restorations.

Three Stages of Crowning a Tooth

You'll want your crown to last a very long time, and the best way to guarantee that is to use the same good oral hygiene on your crown that you do on your teeth. Brush and floss the crown's base carefully and make sure you have periodic checkups to make sure the crown, the underlying tooth and the gum surrounding your crowned tooth are all in the best shape possible.

crowns can be used to correct
uneven teeth
aging teeth
spaces between teeth





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Brightening Teeth

The color of teeth can vary widely, but the only way to know if there is a problem with a discolored tooth is through a complete dental examination.

Even if your teeth are healthy, their color can still be affected by the things you put in your mouth --
Brightened Teeth tobacco, coffee and tea, for example. And this discoloration only grows worse with the years.

But there is something we can do about stained and discolored teeth. Through the use of a thin, soft plastic tray filled with a safe oxidyzing (bleaching) agent, Discus Day White 2, you can brighten your teeth yourself. And do it during the day for two one-half hour periods.

From an impression of your teeth which we will take during your office visit, we will custom build your bleaching tray. This individually created tray ensures you a comfortable fit, a very important consideration if you are to be comfortable during the bleaching process.

Based on the health of your mouth and the amount of discoloration of your teeth, we will try to determine the number of weeks you will need to use your bleaching tray. For most patients, this will be between two and six weeks.

You'll find it hard to stop grinning, once you've seen your bright and sparkling smile in the mirror. And maybe your smile will make someone else smile, and that person will bring laughter to someone else and, before you know it, your smile could just make the world a little brighter. You never know.

crowns, veneers, and bleaching agents
can be used to brighten
stained teeth
mottled teeth
aging teeth






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Bridges

A missing tooth can affect your whole mouth. Your bite and speech may change slightly, or even dramatically. Chewing can become extremely uncomfortable. Worst of all, your other teeth may spread out to take advantage of the gap. And the gum where the tooth used to be can accumulate food and plaque, making it more susceptible to disease. Bacteria can attack the exposed gum, and cleaning that area can become difficult and uncomfortable.

Bridge

A bridge, which is a combination of crowns and artificial teeth, is often the answer. A bridge not only fills the space attractively, but can serve as a first-line defense against gum disease.

Bridges help return your mouth to normal health and function by restoring your bite, and keeping teeth where they belong.

A bridge is an effective and attractive dental choice, but it still needs proper care. Brushing and flossing are important, particularly around the bridge and surrounding teeth.

bridges can be used to correct
mssing teeth





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Porcelain Veneers

Thin-skin porcelain veneers can make a nice smile
Fractured Teeth great -- in just two visits! These custom-made coverings can really improve your appearance if you have chipped, discolored, or uneven teeth.

Veneers can be applied to the surface of the tooth by removing a very small amount of enamel into which the veneer is inset, allowing the veneer and the natural tooth to merge seamlessly.

Veneer applied to frontsurface of tooth They can be applied to a single tooth surface, or they can form a sleeve that fits smoothly around the tooth. Veneers

They're sturdy, easy to care for, and look natural. On your first visit, we choose a color that matches your tooth. We take off a little enamel to get a good fit. Next, we take an impression to make a model of your tooth.

At your second visit, we make sure your veneer fits, then we cement it in. We harden the veneer and the material that holds it in place with a high-intensity light. Look in the mirror. That even, beautiful smile is yours!

veneers can be used to correct
agimg teeth
uneven teeth
fractured teeth
spaces between teeth





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Implants

Dental implantation isn't an unusual therapy; it's a widely accepted alternative to dentures and other restorative work. Patients who have loose lower dentures, several missing teeth, or a single missing tooth can benefit from the security and convenience of dental implants.

Implants consist of several parts; the artificial teeth, the metal framework that holds the teeth in place, and an anchoring device. Some implants are surgically anchored to the jawbone, while others rest on top of the bone. Implants There are many implant systems available, all based on research started in Sweden. We can evaluate your condition and recommend the system that will best meet your needs. If you are considering dental implants, call us to schedule a consultation. We'll look at your medical history, take precise jaw measurements, and talk with you about your expectations and daily oral hygiene habits.

implants can be used to correct
missing teeth


more implant information
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Dentures

Remember when your dentures were new? It probably took a while to become used to them. Maybe they rubbed your gums or cheeks, or felt clumsy when you talked. Soon, though, your mouth and gums adjusted and your dentures became trusted, familiar friends.

Even if you have no problems, it is wise to get your mouth and dentures examined annually.

LaboratoryYour mouth changes shape over time, but dentures do not. This may change the fit and cause discomfort. Chewing and speaking may also be affected. Sometimes patients accidentally damage their dentures or wear down their chewing surfaces.

Whatever the cause, poorly fitting dentures are not
Working in labonly uncomfortable, they can lead to other oral health problems. So it is best to have them checked and adjusted as soon as you notice changes in chewing, swallowing, or speaking. Never try to fix them yourself -- you can do permanent damage and worsen the problem.

Schedule an appointment for a dental checkup today.






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Periodontics

Rock-hard enamel protects your teeth, but your gums are soft, sensitive tissue. Without strong gums, your teeth wouldn't have the support they need. That's why periodontal care is not elective. It's fundamental!

Gum Disease

Thorough brushing and flossing will prevent gum disease, which is a major cause of tooth loss. Gum disease comes from out-of-control bacteria that build plaque. Plaque can form faster than you think, so brush after meals and floss as soon as you can. Plaque can inflame gums and may eventually cause periodontal tissue infection. Dry mouth, tobacco use, hormones, and denture neglect may also contribute to the problem.

Warning Signs of Periodontal (Gum) Disease:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth
  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender
  • Gums that have pulled away from your teeth
  • Pus between your teeth and gums when the gumes are pressed
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Any change in the way your partial dentures fit
  • Bad breath

Because we believe periodontal care is fundamental to your good oral health, we will examine your gums for signs of periodontal disease as carefully as we examine your teeth for decay. If we find evidence of gum disease, we'll discuss treatment plans with you, which will usually include professional cleaning in the office to remove plaque, and more rigorous oral hygiene at home.

more periodontal information




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TMJ

Millions suffer from temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
Jaw Muscles problems which center in the joint that connects your jawbone and your skull.

Statistics show that twice as many women experience TMJ problems as men, and women are six times more likely to be treated for TMJ disorders.

Do You Think You Have TMJ?

  • Does your jaw click when you open or close your mouth?
  • Are your jaw muscles sore?
  • Does your jaw ever lock open or shut?
  • Is it difficult or painful to open or close your mouth?
  • Do you ever experience face, neck or ear pain?

If you observe any of these symptoms lasting for any duration of time, be sure to let us know. TMJ is not something to ignore!

more TMJ information




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Snoring
From every side, we hear the same complaint, "I'm exhausted. I'm always tired." It's hard enough for people to sleep with the pressures that come from today's fast pace of life. That's why it's important to protect the rest you need so badly. But what can you do when the person sleeping beside you snores? Won't some people ALWAYS snore? The answer to that question, luckily, is no.

To stop snoring, you first have to understand WHY someone snores. During the night, the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax. This relaxation can restrict the width of the airway through which you breath. To get the same amount of needed air into the body through this smaller airway, the body takes in air faster. The speeded up air can vibrate the soft tissues such as the soft palate and the uvula. That vibration is called "snoring." Excess weight and alcohol consumption and some sedatives have been found to aggravate the constriction of the airway.

Silent Nite To reduce snoring, you have to increase the size of the airway, thereby allowing the air flow to slow down. One of the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable and effective solutions to snoring is an oral snoring preventive device, such as Silent Nite.

Silent Night is custom laminated with heat and pressure to conform to the shape of mouth. It moves the lower jaw into a forward position, which increases the airway space.

If you're having trouble sleeping because your partner is snoring, or if you're the snorer in the family, yourself, come talk to us and we'll tell you whether you're a good candidate for a Silent Nite snoring preventive device.

more snoring information

Diagrams have been used from the following dental publications:
  • Dress to the Teeth, Porcelain Veneers.
  • Fixed Bridges and Crowns, American Dental Association.
  • Is Someone Snoring in Your House? Silent Nite
  • Next to Nature, IPS Empress.
  • TMJ Disorders, Krames Communications.



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