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Online Dental Education Library

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Cosmetic Dentistry, to give you the smile you've always wanted Dental Bridges, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Same Day Crowns, to replace amounts of teeth fast Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Tooth Extractions, when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed Emergency Dental Treatment If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room...

Metal Dental Amalgam: Still a Safe and Effective Tooth Filling
With all the new tooth-colored fillings for cavities, it's easy to overlook metal amalgam...

Cosmetic Dentistry
...Back then, tooth removal was common, along with large, unsightly metal fillings...

Tooth Decay can be Less of a Problem with Minimally Invasive Dentistry
...On the downside, though, it also created larger than normal fillings...

Less is Better: the 21st Century Approach to Tooth Decay Treatment
...Besides reducing the tooth's volume, this practice also resulted in, by today's standards, larger than necessary fillings...

Janet Jackson: Even pop stars get insecure about their smiles!
...Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings...

How a New Approach to Treating Decay Could Benefit You
...We're also using new filling materials like composite resin that not only resemble natural tooth color, but require less structural removal than other types of fillings...

Healthy Smiles for Alfonso Ribeiro and Family
...And don't forget to give them a good example to follow! Get Regular Dental Checkups—This applies to both kids and adults, but it's especially important during the years when they are rapidly growing! Timely treatment with sealants, topical fluoride applications or fillings can often help keep a small problem from turning into a major headache...

4 Supposed Health Dangers in Dental Care That Aren't Dangerous
...Silver fillings are toxic...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

General Dentistry
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...