Routine/Preventative Services The key to painless dentistry is early diagnosis and intervention. The American Dental Association recommends you visit the dentist twice a year for an evaluation and oral cancer screening. We’ll remove any deposits that accumulated on your teeth, polish them, and provide proper home oral hygiene instruction. If necessary, we’ll also provide a fluoride treatment. And, once a year, we’ll take x-rays.
Fillings When bacteria weaken the outer most surface of the tooth (enamel), a cavity forms. If there’s only minor damage to the tooth, the diseased portion can be removed and reconstructed using a tooth-colored material known as resin composite. First, the affected tooth structure is removed and the remaining surface is sterilized. Then, the filling material is placed on the surface of your tooth and cured by an LED light.
Onlay When the damage to a tooth is extensive, fillings are no longer an option for durable reconstruction with a predictable outcome. When a cavity or old filling has compromised a large amount of tooth structure, a dental onlay is used as a restorative option. First, the diseased portion of the tooth is removed. Then, the tooth is digitally scanned and designed before being sent to a 3D printer onsite. The printer fabricates the dental onlay out of porcelain, custom-made to match the natural shadow of your tooth. It’s then bonded to your remaining tooth structure.
Crown When there’s major damage to a tooth or when a root canal has been performed, a dental crown, commonly called a “cap”, is required to rebuild the tooth. First, the damaged tooth structure will be removed and your tooth prepared to accommodate your new crown. Once ready, your tooth will be digitally scanned and designed. A custom shade will be taken so the crown matches your tooth and the design will be sent to a 3D printer onsite. The porcelain crown will be printed and bonded to the remaining tooth structure in your mouth.