CUSTOM CLEANINGS - The best way to keep your teeth for life is to keep them healthy. Identifying minor problems early prevents serious problems from developing. That is why at James Dental we allow plenty of time during every regular exam and hygienist visit for thorough investigation and careful patient instruction. Dr. James and her hygienist are meticulous in their desire to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as possible. They will carefully and patiently explain everything you need to know to ensure that you are confident about preserving your smile.
During your visit we will:
- Take your blood pressure
- Go over your medical conditions and medications
- Perform an oral cancer screening
- Inspect your gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
- Perform a thorough teeth cleaning and help you customize your at-home regimen
- Full oral examination to check for cavities, cracked teeth, or other signs of tooth decay
Prevention is the utmost importance to our practice. We believe keeping your own teeth is top priority. Finding decay early can often eliminate the need for extensive dental work. We use the best materials and equipment available today, including a dental x-ray system with the lowest amount of radiation exposure on the market.
FLUORIDE TREATMENTS - Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay, as well as preventing plaque from building up and hardening on the tooth’s surface. After the treatment, patients may be asked not to rinse, eat, or drink for at least 30 minutes in order to allow the teeth to absorb the fluoride. Our office uses a fluoride varnish, which has been clinically proven to be the best delivery of fluoride.
SEALANTS - Sometimes brushing is not enough, especially when it comes to hard-to-reach areas in the mouth. It is difficult for your toothbrush bristles to get in the small cracks and grooves on your teeth. If left alone, these tiny areas can develop decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities. Sealants are a thin protective coating that adheres to the chewing surface of your back teeth. Sealants are not a substitute for brushing and flossing, but when a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.
ORAL CANCER SCREENING - Our office is not only dedicated to your to your smile, we are also dedicated to your overall wellness. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if not diagnosed and treated early. Our thorough approach to your dental health includes an oral cancer screening as part of your dental exam.
Symptoms of oral cancer include:
- A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
- Red or white spots in the oral cavity
- A lump, thickening, or rough spot
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
Dr. James and her hygienist are trained to provide a screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity as a whole, including your teeth to detect cancerous and precancerous lesions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities.
NIGHT GUARDS -
If you often wake up with jaw pain, earaches, or headaches, or if you find yourself clenching or grinding your teeth, you may have a common condition called “bruxism.” Many people do not even know they grind their teeth, as it often occurs when sleeping. If not corrected, bruxism can lead to broken teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
There is an easy, non-invasive treatment for bruxism.
Night guards are an easy way to prevent wear and damage that teeth-grinding cause over time. Custom-made by your dentist from soft material to fit your teeth, a night guard is worn over your top or bottom teeth and prevents contact with the opposing teeth. Another use for a night guard people is for people with TMJ/TMD. The guard keeps your teeth slightly separated and prevents them from clenching, which can exacerbate the condition. If your condition is more severe, you may require a splint to hold your jaw in place so the joint can heal. As the name implies, night guards are worn while you are sleeping. Splints are worn all day.
MOUTH GUARDS - Protecting your smile while playing sports is essential. Mouth guards help protect your teeth and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you wear a mouth guard. Choosing the right mouth guard is essential. There are three basic types of mouth guards: the pre-made mouth guard, the “boil and bite” fitted mouth guard, and a custom-made mouth guard from your dentist. When you choose a mouth guard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to clean, and does not prevent you from breathing properly.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease. It is often said that you would not build a house unless the foundation was sound. This follows for teeth and this is why we are so diligent in examining your periodontal health at every opportunity. If left untreated, the gums and bone that support teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out, or be removed by a dentist. Dr. James and her hygienist will measure the space between your teeth and gums which enables them to monitor their future health. Regular cleanings and visits to the hygienist protects your teeth from unwanted accumulation of plaque, calculus and stain. Customized oral hygiene instruction enables you to maintain this healthy state at home.
Factors that can increase a patient’s risk of periodontal disease:
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Certain medications such as oral contraceptives, anti-depressants, and certain heart medicines
- Systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis
Gum disease is often silent, meaning symptoms may not appear until an advanced stage of the disease. However, warning signs of gum disease include the following:
Red, swollen or tender gums | Bleeding while brushing, flossing, or eating hard food
Gums that are receding or pulling away from the teeth, causing the teeth to look longer
Pus between your gums and teeth | Persistent bad breath | A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite | A change in the fit of partial dentures
Treatment of periodontal disease:
- Non-surgical treatments such as scaling and root planning (deep cleaning)
- Prescribed mouth rinse and toothpaste
- Referral to a periodontist
You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. By practicing good oral hygiene habits at home and having regular checkups and periodontal examinations you can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease.
TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS (COMPOSITE FILLINGS) - If a cavity is discovered, we can conservatively repair the tooth with a tooth colored composite filling, usually eliminating the need for a crown. Since they bond to the tooth, cosmetic fillings restore most of the original strength of the tooth. Silver fillings weaken the teeth, making them more susceptible to breaking. Since broken teeth can be more expensive to restore, composites can save a lot of expense if silver fillings are replaced at the appropriate time.
Some of the advantages of tooth colored fillings:
- Cosmetic fillings restore the natural appearance of the tooth.
- Composites are mercury-free.
- Composites require less removal of tooth structure. Especially with new cavities
which can be done more conservatively.
The everyday rigors of life can often take their toll on teeth leading to fractures, decay, infection or even tooth loss. This does not mean you cannot still have long term dental health. Although we endeavor to prevent and minimize these types of problems we strive to bring back a strong and healthy smile.
CROWNS - A crown is a cover or “cap” that restores the tooth to normal shape, size and function. The purpose of a crown is to make the tooth stronger and can even improve the way it looks. If a crown is required to protect a tooth, our office utilizes the most researched and reliable materials to achieve not only a strong crown but a crown that has superior esthetics as well.
You may need a crown if you:
- have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- have a missing tooth and need a bridge
- need to cover a dental implant
- have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
- have had root canal treatment (the crown will protect the restored tooth)
- want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
Crowns are needed when there is insufficient tooth strength remaining to hold a filling. Your crown is created in a dental laboratory from your unique impression.
IMPLANTS - Dental implants are an effective way to replace missing teeth. When teeth are lost because of disease or an accident, dental implants may be a good option.
You may want to choose dental implants if you:
- hide your smile because you have missing teeth
- wear dentures that are uncomfortable
- are dissatisfied with your removable partial dentures
- want to keep your other teeth intact
Many people choose implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth, or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are surgically placed. They replace the root of one or more missing teeth.
If the tooth is not replaced, other teeth can drift out of position and change the bite. Shifting teeth can possibly lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
The following are options that Dr. James may suggest depending on your needs. We know it is important to find a treatment that’s right for you.
BRIDGES - A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is then bonded to surrounding teeth for support. Bridges can be fabricated with dental implants are not an option.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation–the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be all too aware of their importance to your looks and dental health. Your teeth are designed to work together to help you chew, speak, and smile. When teeth are missing, it is difficult to do these things. Even the loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to shift. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced. We will be able to restore your smile to full function without having to have a removable denture or prosthesis.
An implant-supported denture is a type of denture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants leading to movement and decrease chewing efficiency. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. This achieves maximum support and stability, eliminating the need of using adhesives.
A removable partial denture consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when there are some natural teeth remaining in the upper or lower jaw. Not only does a partial denture fill in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from changing position. A partial denture is removable and can have internal attachments that attach to the adjacent crowns to make it look natural.
First impressions are important. Whether it is business or pleasure, a beautiful smile radiates confidence and says so much about you. Often people feel impaired and embarrassed because their smiles are not always what they would like them to be. In days gone by, there were few options for correcting a smile, but today, with modern technology, there are a multitude of options, one of which is just right for you.
If your teeth have spaces between them, are broken or chipped, have unsightly fillings, are stained or crooked, cosmetic dentistry can correct the problem.
Together with leading industry technology and conveniences, our practice can offer patients a full range of dental procedures. In addition to porcelain veneers and tooth-colored fillings, Dr. James can quickly fix common problems such as broken or misshaped teeth. Lost teeth can be replaced permanently with dental implants, bridges and crowns. We also provide full and partial dentures which can removed or implant supported.
These days a brand new smile often results in a new feeling of confidence and can even make you look years younger. That’s why James Dental offers a complete array of cosmetic dentistry to our patients who want to improve their smile.
We employ state of the art technology providing our patients with the most advanced treatment. So if you are less than happy with your smile, contact our office and we will give you something to smile about.
Discoloration of stained teeth is a common problem, which can put a damper on your smile.
Take home teeth whitening
Our office uses Opalescence teeth whitening trays. It is an innovative, ready-made tray that adapts instantly and comfortably to the teeth for a better fit and improved whitening experience. Opalescence’s unique ultra-fit tray material easily conforms to any patient’s smile and offers molar-to-molar coverage, ensuring that the gel comes into contact with more posterior teeth than ever before. It allows the maximum amount of gel to stay in contact with the teeth during the whitening treatment. Best of all, it is convenient, pre filled trays that can be worn right out of the package. Additionally Opalescent contains potassium nitrate and fluoride. Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth. For both customize whitening trays and the take home “grab and go” trays, our office uses only Opalescence products. Opalescence is the best name brand of whitening.
Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are delivered through customized whitening trays designed to fit your unique smile. Your dentist will create your personal trays from impressions of your mouth. Powerful, prescription-strength Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels are available in varying strengths depending on your dental needs. Opalescence Take Home Whitening Gels can provide results after just one night, although results may vary and can take up to a week before you experience noticeable changes. Take home tray whitening is a type of professional whitening that uses custom-made trays and whitening gel only available through your dentist.
A smile makeover is the process of improving the appearance of the smile through one or more cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as dental veneers, composite bonding, tooth implants, teeth whitening and many more. Our office will work closely with you to develop the best treatment to achieve exactly what you are looking for.
PERSONALIZED PORCELAIN VENEERS - With porcelain veneers, our office can help you enhance your smile and enjoy better self-confidence. Dr. James has completed extensive training in veneers and smile design. We emphasize a very personalized approach to smile makeovers, understanding the importance of having each smile unique. We work with top dental laboratories and highly skilled lab technicians that help design the smile of your dreams. This helps ensure that you are getting the smile that is perfect for you!
Porcelain veneers are made of thin pieces of durable quality dental porcelain and are affixed to the front of smiles to improve the appearance of stained, cracked, chipped, gapped, or misaligned teeth. Because they’re made from high-quality porcelain, you can expect natural-looking results that won’t stain over time. As a result, when your smile transformation with porcelain veneers is complete, you can enjoy your new smile.
Veneers can be used to correct a wide range of dental issues, such as:
- Teeth that are stained and can’t be whitened by bleaching
- Chipped or worn teeth
- Crooked or misshapen teeth
- Uneven spaces or a large gap between the upper front teeth
Benefits of porcelain veneers:
- They are strong and long-lasting
- They have a natural-looking appearance
- They are a conservation option to change you smiles appearance
- They are stain resistant
COSMETIC BONDING - Cosmetic bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately bonds the material to the tooth to improve or restore ones smile.
Dental bonding is an option to repair decayed teeth, repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, to close spaces between the teeth, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that has been exposed from gums receding, to name a few. Bonding usually can be done in one office visit. The lifespan of bonding materials for the teeth depends on how much bonding was done and your oral habits.
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