At Dental Design Center, we help our patients to maintain optimal oral health by offering a full range of preventive and general dentistry options and educating them on how to develop healthy habits to care for their teeth and gums at home. Our patients know that they are receiving the highest quality of care every time they come to see us. From comprehensive oral exams to meticulous cleanings and preventive care, your smile is in good hands at Dental Design Center.
Preventive Care and Restorative Treatment
Cavities and decay are among the most common dental health threats we see. When caught early, small cavities and decay can be effectively treated by removing damaged tooth structure and applying a resin composite tooth-colored filling. However, if even a small area of decay is left unaddressed, it could soon progress to a state where our general dentists will recommend more aggressive treatment. In these cases, we may need to crown the damaged tooth. If a tooth is so badly damaged that it needs to be removed, Our general dentistry team at Dental Design Center can use dental implants, dental bridges, or even dentures to maintain the beauty and strength of your smile.
We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Porcelain inlays and tooth-colored restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable), but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.
Dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Disadvantages Of Silver Fillings
Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and creates an environment where cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums. Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with tooth-colored restorations.
Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!
Maintaining your oral health with regular cleanings and check up
The foundation for your teeth is healthy gums and bone. We are cognizant of the importance that this has on the overall health of patients. The mouth is really the starting point for everybody’s health, and research now shows how it can affect our systemic health. The same bacteria and plaque that attacks our teeth and gums can enter the bloodstream and contribute to heart conditions, strokes, diabetes, and other serious conditions.
Our team’s goal is in keeping your beautiful smile at its healthiest. We provide a detailed regimen for each person; ultrasonic scaling, AIRFLOW™, specific medications, anti-biotic rinses, tooth pastes and brushes, and the right encouragement and education.