Clear Aligner Technology (Clear Correct)
Clear Correct is an alternative to traditional orthodontics. By using a system of custom aligners (trays) we are able to correct a wide variety of issues. Clear Correct can treat crowding, spacing and misalignment issues as well as overbite and overjet. The aligners are comfortable, removable, and best of all, nearly invisible!
To begin the process, your doctor uses state-of-the-art technology which scans your teeth and digitally sends the 3D images to the lab where they design your aligners.
The treatment time varies and can take anywhere from 3-12 months. Scans are always free and it takes just a few days to receive a recommended setup from the lab.
Dental Implants are titanium posts that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums to become the root of a missing tooth. If you are missing only one tooth and the adjacent teeth are healthy and do not need restorations, an implant may be the best option for replacing the missing tooth without disturbing any other teeth or having to remove an appliance daily. With proper care Implants can last a lifetime!
Crowns and Bridges: Crowns are strong tooth-shaped coverings that are cemented onto an existing tooth or implant. Crowns are most commonly used to cover or “cap” a tooth that has been damaged by decay or to restore function on top of an implant. They can also be recommended if you experience broken or chipped teeth, teeth worn down by grinding, or discolored or stained teeth.
When a large amount of tooth structure has been lost to decay, a Crown and Build-up may be recommended by the dentist. This is also common after a patient has a root canal. A Build up consists of composite (resin) material that is bonded to the tooth to replace the tooth structure lost to decay or removed during the root canal procedure. The build-up provides a bonded base on which the crown is cemented. In some cases, a post is also used to add additional stability after a root canal.
Bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges are made of the same ceramic materials and are cemented in place similar to a single crown. Just like a crown, bridges can be cemented to either a natural tooth or an implant. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a bad bite or even additional tooth loss. Bridges and crowns help prevent this from happening.
Removable Complete Dentures
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures can take some getting used to and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. Dentures are made of a flesh-colored acrylic base that is custom molded to your gums. The teeth are made of acrylic as well and are shaped and shaded according to the patient’s preferences.
Dentures can also be made to fit over implants. Implant dentures are connected to the implant with a precision attachment. Just as with regular dentures, Implant dentures should be removed daily to clean the denture and gum areas and should not be worn while sleeping. Implant dentures provide more stability, especially on the lower jaw, where dentures tend to be less stable. Dentures mounted to implants won’t shift or slip in your mouth—an especially important benefit when eating and speaking.
Removable Partial Dentures
Partials are a removable alternative to bridges. They can be used to replace one missing tooth or multiple teeth in different areas of the mouth. Crowns may be placed on some of the natural teeth to serve as anchors for the partial. As with any denture, partials should be removed daily for cleaning.
Understanding your cleaning needs:
Prophy vs Periodontal Maintenance vs Scaling and Root Planing
If you have been diagnosed and treated for periodontal disease, your doctor may recommend what is called periodontal maintenance therapy to keep the disease under control. There are some important differences between this and a routine dental cleaning that are important to understand.
A routine dental cleaning or “prophy” is designed for prevention- meaning its purpose is keep gum disease and tooth decay from developing. It involves your hygienist cleaning your teeth above the gum line- removing plaque, calculus, and stains, as well as polishing them. This usually takes place every 6 months.
On the other hand, periodontal maintenance therapy is meant for treating patients who've already been diagnosed with gum disease to control it and prevent it from worsening. It involves your hygienist performing a deep cleaning of the teeth beneath the gumline and deep into the pockets, removing any harmful plaque and bacteria buildup that has occurred since the last visit.
Given that there is no cure for periodontal disease, periodontal maintenance therapy is crucial to prevent it from worsening and causing additional complications to your oral and systemic health. Your doctor will work with you to create a maintenance schedule that best suits your unique needs.
Scaling and Root Planing: Scaling and Root Planing (or SRP) is one of the most effective ways to treat gum disease (Periodontal disease) before it becomes severe. Root planning and scaling cleans between the gums and teeth down to the root surfaces. The dentist may recommend a local anesthetic be used to numb the area being treated. SRP is recommended when either the gums have pulled away from the teeth or the roots of the teeth have tartar or calculus on them. By numbing the area and cleaning all of the root surface, your hygienist can remove the bacteria and calculus present to allow the tissues to re-attach to the teeth and to allow inflamed tissues to heal.