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TREATMENTS FOR ADULTS

BONDING / WHITE FILLINGS

BONDING / WHITE FILLINGS

Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.

FIXED BRIDGE

FIXED BRIDGE

Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.

CROWNS

CROWNS

Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.

DENTAL HYGIENE / PERIODONTAL HEALTH

DENTAL HYGIENE / PERIODONTAL HEALTH

While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.
Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer screenings are a very important part of the dental visit for the patient. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to get regular screenings when you visit the dentist.
Root planing
Often there is plaque and tartar that accumulates below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth this area with special instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not kept clean the entire area can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. It’s very important to have your dentist check this area if you have bleeding during brushing.

TEETH WHITENING

TEETH WHITENING

Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth or even make them whiter than your natural color if you would like.
To accomplish this procedure, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over. Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 – 8 shades

DENTURES / PARTIAL DENTURES

DENTURES / PARTIAL DENTURES

Dentures area a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, thet may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth area removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of denture. There are two types of full dentures.

  • Conventional full dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures area placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
  • Immediate full denture – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will however, need to have a follow up to visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bones will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bones has healed.

Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.

EXTRACTIONS

EXTRACTIONS

Wisdom teeth extractions are a fairly common procedure. Wisdom teeth often cause problems as they are trying to protrude through the gums. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it means the tooth is coming in at an angle and not straight through the gum line. This can cause pain, the tooth can come in unevenly or the tooth may only emerge partially
After the surgery you will need to rest. You need to be driven home by a friend or family member because of the anesthesia. You can expect for the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it when it becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours you should call your dentist. Rest when you return home but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. Your dentist will prescribe you pain medication, so if you become sore take as directed. You can also use and ice pack for the pain, Your dentist might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after surgery. Some recommended foods are:

  • Gelatin
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Mashed potatoe
  • Ice Cream
  • Thin Soups
  • … and other food you can eat without chewing

When drinking, make sure you do not use a straw. The sucking motion can loosen your sutures and slow the clotting process. The same goes for smoking. If you have prolonged pain, bleeding, irritation, or don’t feel that the extraction site is healing properly call your dentist for a follow up.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY (ENDODONTICS)

ROOT CANAL THERAPY (ENDODONTICS)

Endodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the nerves of the teeth.  Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics.  When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth.  The infected nerves need to be removed.  If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic to start the procedure.  The dentist will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal.  They will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal.  After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant called gutta percha.  It is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown.  This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
“Root canal” has become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less “scary”.  Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain in most cases.  There may be some soreness following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures.  Over the counter painkillers are usually enough to relieve any pain afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication.  The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.  If you are experiencing pain consult your dentist today.

TREATMENTS FOR CHILDS

AGE ONE VISIT

AGE ONE VISIT

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first checkup should occur by age one. Surprised? You shouldn’t be! Even though there may only be a few baby teeth visible at that age, there are plenty of things to start working on — including the development of healthy habits that will make future visits to the dentist far more pleasurable. At this important visit we will check the baby teeth for early cavities, show you how to care for a young child’s mouth properly, go over your child’s developmental milestones, and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene.

FLUORIDE

FLUORIDE

Fluoride helps make teeth strong and prevents tooth decay. If the water where you live does not have enough fluoride, your doctor may prescribe fluoride supplements (fluoride drops or pills). You would give these drops or pills every day, starting when your child is about six months old. Only give as much as the directions say to use because too much fluoride can cause spots on your child’s teeth. Also, be sure to call your local water authority and ask if your water is fluoridated. If it is, tell your dentist or pediatrician so that your child is not being over fluoridated. Children should take these drops or pills until they are 12 to 16 years old (or until you move to an area with fluoride in the water).

DENTAL SEALANTS

DENTAL SEALANTS

Dental sealants are clear composite resin coatings that are painted over the chewing surfaces of the back teeth — the place where your child is most likely to get tooth decay. Sealants act as an effective barrier against sugar, acid, bacteria, and plaque to protect the deep grooves of the back teeth. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity. A tooth with a cavity is sick, making your child’s mouth and overall health compromised.

TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS

TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS

Composite resins are generally appropriate for small to moderate-sized restorations — which encompass the most common types of fillings. They are non-metal, durable, fracture-resistant, and able to withstand chewing pressure. Both scientific studies and clinical experience have shown that tooth-colored restorations (fillings) are safe, reliable, and long-lasting. Plus, they look great. Not only do tooth-colored fillings offer an aesthetic alternative to “metal” or “silver” (dental amalgam) fillings, they may also allow for a more conservative treatment method that preserves more of the tooth’s structure. When you put these advantages together, it’s no wonder some dentists say we’re moving toward a “post-amalgam” era. Whatever the situation, the best way to determine whether tooth-colored fillings are right for you is to come in and consult with Happy Smile Dental.

BABY ROOT CANAL

BABY ROOT CANAL

This procedure also known as ‘pulpotomy’ or ‘pulpectomy’ depending on the location and extent of infection,  is the best method available to save a baby tooth that has decay which progressed to the nerve of the tooth. In the past, your dentist would have no other recourse but extract that tooth due to fear of pain, infection and swelling. Today, with a dental laser and baby tooth root canal treatment, Happy Smile Dental  is able to save the tooth and allow for proper development of jawbone. During treatment, we remove the infected portion of the pulp with use of Waterlaser and seal it with a medication that restores the rest of the nerve. Then, your choice of esthetic tooth colored or metal stainless steel crown is placed on the tooth to protect and conserve its function until it is time for that tooth to fall out naturally many years later.

BABY CROWNS

BABY CROWNS

When the decay is too large compared to the size of the rest of the tooth structure, then fillings are no longer adequate. A dental ‘crown’ or a ‘cap’ are coverings placed over damaged teeth to strengthen them, and allow them to look and function normally again. Happy Smile Dental  offers Tooth-Colored NuSmile Zirconium Crowns, which are durable and blend in naturally with the rest of a child’s smile. Stainless steel crowns are also available for some cases. Both options will be discussed to see what works best for you and your child if a crown is needed to save a tooth.

EXTRACTION, SPACE & MAINTANER

EXTRACTION, SPACE & MAINTANER

Sometimes a child may need help “wiggling out” or extracting teeth. A tooth may need to be extracted due to extensive decay, trauma, or a baby tooth refusing to fall out! Happy Smile Dental utilizes Waterlaser to make extractions simple and comfortable for children. If a child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a “space maintainer” may be needed to hold the space open until the permanent tooth comes in to fill it. This appliance will help your child’s bite develop properly — and hopefully avoid the need for braces later on.

NITRUS OXIDE

NITRUS OXIDE

Children that have mild behavioral and cooperation concerns can use Nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to help with reducing the gag reflex or mild levels of anxiety. The child gets to choose a scent for a small mask to rest over their nose for the Nitrous Oxide to flow through during the appointment. Throughout their treatment the child remains awake and can continue watching their choice in movie. After the visit, the child receives 100% fresh Oxygen and the Nitrous Oxide leaves their system in a matter of only a few minutes.