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- Invisalign - Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are custom-molded to fit you. The virtually invisible aligners gradually reposition your teeth into a smile you'll be proud of. For more information
- Restorative Dentistry - Crowns, Bridges, tooth-colored fillings that are mercury-free
- Cosmetic Dentistry - Porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, smile makeovers
- Periodontal Treatment - Routine cleanings, Deep cleanings & Check ups
- Partial and Complete Dentures
- Oral Surgery - extraction of nonrestorable teeth. Selected wisdom teeth
- Preventive Dentistry - Sealants, Night guards for minimizing effects of grinding or clenching, athletic mouthguards
- Endodontics (Root Canals)
What is root canal treatment and what are its benefits?
Root canal treatment is the procedure of cleaning diseased or infected tissue from inside the tooth followed by placement of a seal in the root canal. Using a local anesthetic, there is little or no discomfort during the procedure. Root canal therapy allows the tooth to remain in the mouth and contributes to sound, healthy and functional dentition for many years, if not a lifetime. The practice of endodontics also includes such procedures as bleaching, inducing closure of immature diseased root, treatment of traumatic injuries and the fabrication of posts and buildups under crowns.
What alternatives do you have?
While root canal therapy approaches a 95% success rate, extraction of the tooth is the alternative. If the tooth is removed and not replaced, the empty space will create problems in tooth alignment because of shifting of adjacent teeth. This may result in periodontal (gum) disease and you could lose more teeth as a consequence. The missing tooth may be replaced by a bridge or partial denture, but the cost for this is more expensive than root canal treatment and involves dental work on adjacent teeth. The option of no treatment often results in persistent or recurrent pain and infection in the affected tooth. If any doubt exists in your mind about treatment, we encourage you to seek a second opinion.
- Mini Dental Implants - these are generally used to stabilize dentures and are about 1/4 the cost of full-sized implants. Here is some info from the IMTEC website.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
The MDI System (mini dental implant) consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts like the root of your tooth and a retaining fixture that is incorporated into the base of your denture, The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket that contains a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps over the ball when the denture is seated and holds the denture at a predetermined level of force. When seated, the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. The implant fixtures allow for micro-mobility while withstanding natural lifting forces.
What's the primary and most effective use for Mini Dental Implants?
The most effective use of this unique dental product is stabilization of a lower denture. There are approximately 50,000,000 people in the United States who are "edentulous" (literally meaning lacking teeth) who struggle daily with prosthetic devices. A majority suffer a great deal of discomfort as a result of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Many denture wearers simply withdraw from any type of social engagement as a result of being compelled to wear them. Moreover, it's not uncommon for family members to complain about a denture wearer's disagreeable breath as a result of food being trapped and decaying under their denture prosthesis. Successful placement of the Mini Dental Implant addresses and solves all of these social and practical problems. Denture patients all over the world have experienced relief from loos or ill-fitting dentures from doctors who are trained to place the MDI. Uniquely, the MDI can be utilized to stablilize a denture in a couple of hours by Dr. Powell, with the patient leaving the dental office with a stabilized prosthesis.