Digital Radiography Images instantly appear on a high-resolution computer monitors as they are captured, and numerous image-enhancement tools enable us to see aspects of X-rays that were never before possible. The benefits of digital radiography also include no waiting to develop film before making a diagnosis, no harsh chemicals to develop the film and dispose of, and a much reduced radiation exposure. Thanks to digital x-ray, patients are directly involved in the diagnostic process.
Oral Cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it is caught early. One American dies every hour from oral cancer. Early detection is key… and simple with Vizilite Plus. Vizilite Plus helps your dentist identify oral lesions at early stages of development. When premalignant lesions or early stage cancer is found, treatment is simpler, less invasive and more than 90% successful.
Who is at risk? Virtually everyone! If you think you aren’t at risk for oral cancer, think again; 25% of oral cancers occur in people who don’t smoke and have no other lifestyle risk factors.
Similar to other early detection technologies like the mammogram, PSA test and Pap Smear… Vizilite Plus saves lives!
Vizilite Plus is a simple technology that improves the examiner’s ability to identify, evaluate, and monitor abnormal areas that are difficult to see under conventional lighting. The process is quick and painless. After rinsing with a cleansing solution, the dentist or hygienist will examine your mouth the a specially designed light. If a suspicious lesion is detected, it will be stained and documented. For more information visit www.vizilite.com
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There’s an Esthetic Revolution going on in dentistry!
Have you thought about improving your smile? Have you considered a smile makeover? Have you dreamed about the difference a beautiful smile would make in your life? Now your dentist can help make your dream come true. No more dark fillings, dull lifeless crowns, or black shadows at the gum line. It is possible to repair broken or decayed teeth and actually “restore” them to their
natural beauty and strength. In addition, new restorative materials can change
your smile by replacing stained, chipped, missing, or worn teeth with
metal-free inlays, crowns, veneers and bridges.
The Zoom! light activated whitening gel’s active ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide. As the Hydrogen Peroxide is broken down, oxygen enters the enamel and dentin, bleaching colored substances while the structure of the tooth is unchanged. The Zoom! light aids in activating the hydrogen peroxide and helps it penetrate the surface of the tooth. A study has shown that use of the Zoom! lamp increases the effectiveness of the Zoom! gel by 26% or more, giving an average improvement of up to eight shades.
What causes tooth discoloration?
There are many causes. The most common include aging and consumption of staining substances such as coffee, tea, colas, tobacco, red wine, etc. During tooth formation, consumption of tetracycline, certain antibiotics or excessive fluoride may also cause tooth discoloration.
Who may benefit from tooth whitening?
Almost anyone. However, treatment may not be as effective for some as it is for others. Your dental professional can determine if you are a viable candidate for this procedure through a thorough oral exam, including a shade assessment.
Is whitening safe?
Yes. Extensive research and clinical studies indicate that whitening teeth under the supervision of a dentist is safe. In fact, many dentists consider whitening the safest cosmetic dental procedure available. As with any tooth whitening product, Zoom! is not recommended for children under 13 years of age and pregnant or lactating women.
Are there any side effects?
Sensitivity during the treatment may occur with some patients. The Zoom! light generates minimal heat which is the usual source of discomfort. On rare occasions, minor tingling sensations are experienced immediately after the procedure, but always dissipate. You can also ask your dentist to supply you with anti-sensitivity toothpaste for use prior to treatment.
Now you have the opportunity to replace missing teeth with a restoration that looks, feels, and acts like your own teeth. A missing tooth can affect your bite, speech and eating choices. Generally, people will lose 25% of their supporting jawbone structure within the first year after tooth loss.
Implants act just like your natural teeth. They safeguard and preserve your bone structure, oral health and appearance.
If you compare real teeth to dental implants, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. Both have a crown, the visible part used to chew food. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium, the same well-accepted material used by surgeons for artificial joints.
Crowns & Bridges
Not everyone is a candidate for implants–the gum tissue and bone must be in optimum health for the process to be successful. Permanent bridges offer an additional option for tooth replacement. Bridges work best when there’s a single missing tooth surrounded by healthy teeth. Teeth on either side of the missing tooth are prepared for a crown. The dentist will take an impression of the teeth to create your new bridge. Crowns are designed to cover the two teeth that have been prepared by the dentist. A third crown is designed to fill in the space vacated by the missing tooth–this crown is attached to the crowns on either side forming a bridge over the space where the tooth was lost.
Inlays and Onlays are used to replace failing and moderate-sized restorations, either due to decay or leakage of fractured tooth structure. They are usually made from composite resin material, porcelain, or gold. Once placed, they are virtually undetectable in the mouth, and conserve much of your natural tooth structure.
Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are you teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or you may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful. People with nighttime grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel 10 times faster than those without abusive chewing habits. Eventually, your teeth may be worn down and destroyed.
Treating bruxism and clenching is very cost effective compared to not treating the problem. The alternative is to replace or repair the bruxer’s damaged or destroyed teeth with either fixed crowns, fixed bridges or removable dentures. Even worse, a tooth may need to be lost due to excessive force put on the teeth and supporting structures while clenching or grinding. Ask your dentist if a nightguard can help to provide relief from the symptoms produced by grinding, bruxing, or clenching, including headaches, sensitive teeth, muscle soreness, random tooth pain, neck pain etc.
To protect our patients and staff, we wear masks, gloves, and protective eyewear. We strictly observe all Occupation, and Health Administration (OSHA guidelines). All instruments are disinfected and routinely sterilized as recommended by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control.