Composite & Amalgam Fillings
Dr. Vanderveen uses tooth-colored composite fillings that can be easily bonded to the surface of your tooth. Composite fillings require less preparation, so the results are often smaller and more natural-looking than the traditional silver fillings. The durable composite material is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, leaving you with a smooth and refined restoration. The traditional silver amalgam fillings are also available.
Crowns & Bridges
Dental Bridges: If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. It not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of the remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a better appearance.
Crowns: When a tooth is fractured, severely damaged by decay, or has a large filling that becomes worn, a crown may be the best option. Crowns reinforce and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile. Types of crowns vary depending on materials used: full porcelain crowns, porcelain-fused-to-metal (precious and non-precious), and all-metal.
Dentures & Implants
Dentures are removable appliances which can replace missing teeth and help bring back your smile. If you have lost all of your teeth, whether from gum disease, decay or an auto accident, replacing missing teeth will help your appearance and your well-being. That’s because dentures make it easier to eat and speak more clearly than you could without teeth.
When you lose all of your natural teeth, your facial muscles can sag, making you look much older. Dentures can aid to fill out the appearance of your face and profiles. They can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so your appearance doesn’t change much. Dentures may also improve the look of your smile.
Providing comfortable support and fitting, traditional dentures allow you to transform your smile at a low and economical cost. The features of traditional dentures include:
- Natural arrangement of teeth
- High-quality acrylic base plate
- A secure, comfortable fit
- Shaded to natural tooth appearance
Implants: A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root-part of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
You’ve probably heard of gingivitis: excessive bleeding when brushing, and sensitivity at the gum line are all signs of gingivitis, the earliest form of periodontal disease. While gingivitis is easily treatable, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible for maximum benefit to the health of your teeth. Left unchecked, gingivitis can worsen and lead to further tooth problems.
Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth. But toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.
Root Canal Therapy & Extractions
Root canal treatment (also called a root canal) is done when decay will likely damage or has already killed a tooth. During a root canal, a dentist or endodontist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing.
Extraction refers to the removal of one or more teeth from the mouth. Common reasons for extraction of a tooth include, but are not limited to, infection, severe gum disease, fractured teeth, orthodontic correction, or insufficient space for wisdom teeth.
- Appliances for bruxism (grinding), sleep apnea, athletic mouth guards.
- Nitrous oxide for patients with dental anxiety