At Creating Smiles Cosmetic + Family Dentistry, we offer a variety of services to care for your mouth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.
Dental implants are one of the most popular choices for replacing missing teeth, due to its many strengths as a procedure. With dental implants, your tooth replacement looks, feels, bites, and functions almost exactly like an actual tooth.
Using our 3D imaging scanner, we take a high resolution, panoramic, color image of your entire jaw structure within less than 30 seconds. This also provides us with a full 3D analysis and scan of your face. This allows our Dr. Pineda to get a complete view of your situation in order to detect and prevent any issues that a traditional x-ray, like a bite-wing, may not have seen. It also allows for pinpoint accuracy for the placement of the dental implant. Our new 3D scanner (also called a cone beam scanner) also emits the lowest level of radiation possible while still providing a super clear image. That makes it exceptionally reliable….. and exceptionally safe.
We then create a dental implant, made out of a bio-compatible metal, which is placed into the jaw and allowed to fuse with the surrounding bone and tissue. A dental crown is then placed over an abutment, and the crown is the only part of the implant that is visible. To anyone else, it looks like your own, natural tooth.
Implants are a great solution for a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even replacing all of the upper or lower teeth (sometimes called an All-On-4 implant, because it resides on 4 posts). To find out if dental implants would be a good fit for you, call our office to set up a dental implant consultation.
A tooth can lose its normal shape and size for a variety of reasons. A crown covers your tooth to help restore its original shape and size. Crowns can also be used to make teeth stronger and look better.
Crowns have a variety of uses. In some cases that require a large filling, there isn’t enough tooth remaining to keep the filling in place. A crown can strengthen the tooth and hold the filling. Crowns can also protect teeth that are weak, or help fix ones that are broken. Discolored or misshaped teeth can be covered by a crown, as can dental implants.
Here at Creating Smiles Cosmetic + Family Dentistry, we work hard to prevent periodontal disease.
Periodontal disease is very common in adults. It is caused by all of the bacteria in our mouth that forms form plaque on our teeth. Without routine brushing and flossing, it continues to build up, forming tartar.
People with periodontal disease can have red and swollen gums that often bleed quite easily. It may be hard to eat because their teeth are so sensitive. They may be missing teeth. Some people with periodontal disease have very bad breath.
We diagnose periodontal disease by examining your teeth. We also use a probe to look for any problem areas. X-rays are also necessary to diagnose the disease.
A good professional cleaning is necessary to remove the tartar from your mouth and underneath your gums. If your periodontal disease is bad, you may need to follow up your brushing and flossing with antibacterial mouthrinse. You may even need to use an antibacterial gel or start on oral antibiotics to help to get rid of the disease. Sometimes surgery is necessary to help with the deep pockets of infection.
Once your periodontal disease is under control, good home care with brushing and flossing should help to keep it from coming back.
If you are concerned that you may have periodontal disease, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will get you in for an examination as soon as possible.
Veneers are thin shells intended to cover the front side of teeth to hide stains, chips, decay, or irregularities. A dental technician uses a model created by a dentist to make a custom shell out of specials materials.
Because veneers require removing some enamel, they are usually permanent. Your dentist will typically recommend avoiding food and drink that will stain your veneers. Veneers can chip or crack, but overall the results are worthwhile and many people are thrilled with their new smile.
Veneers are an alternative to more expensive crowns. Porcelain veneers require multiple visits, but they last longer and provide a more stable color than bonding. If you are considering veneers, contact us today to discuss your options with our staff.