1) General and preventive
A routine professional Medford cosmetic dentist dental cleaning (called prophylaxis) is a procedure in which a trained dental hygienist or dentist will remove soft debris (plaque) and calcified debris (tartar) from your teeth as well as around your gums followed by flossing and/or using other adjunctive tools to clean in between the teeth. Part of a dental cleaning procedure is also polishing your teeth to give you clean and shiny teeth.
At times, depending on the build up on your teeth and inflammation around your gums, the cleaning may not be accomplished in 1 visit and may require up to 2 visits. During the first visit, a hygienist or dentist will remove most of the deposits off your teeth enabling your gums to become healthy. The second visit is when the cleaning procedure will be completed.
Fluoride treatments (for adults)
We believe use of fluoride in dentistry is an important aspect of preventive and prophylactic dental care. Fluoride treatments vary based on patient needs and can range from at-home fluoride recommendations to prescription strength Fluoride toothpastes to in-office Fluoride varnish applications every 3-6 months. Fluoride is one of the proven anti cavity treatments. Our Medford cosmetic dentist office varnish applications also help to treat teeth sensitivity. An alternative Fluoride treatment utilizing application of Silver Diamine Fluoride can be used for older adults to arrest the decay process.
A Sealant is a protective covering that is normally placed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth(molars) which have not been affected by decay. This is a quick and easy procedure, no teeth numbing involved (yay!!). Sealants can also be done during a dental cleaning appointment. Once applied, sealants protect against 80% of cavities for 2 years and continue to protect against 50% of cavities for up to 4 years. This is a great option of patients who are in a high risk category for dental decay.
Teeth grinding and clenching is experienced by many patients. Some are aware of the problem themselves, some being made aware by symptoms such as headaches, jaw soreness, teeth soreness, teeth sensitivity when waking up in the morning. Most times a hygienist and/or dentist is able to diagnose teeth grinding during a dental exam by evaluating wear patterns on teeth. At times, severe grinding and clenching can also lead to cracks on teeth causing them to fracture.
A night guard is an individually adapted tray that patients wear during sleep to avoid grinding or clenching their teeth. A scan or impression is taken of your top and bottom teeth so a well adapted night guard can be fabricated.
2) Emergency services
Dental pain can be one of the worst pains ever! However besides tooth related pain, a dental emergency may include
- chipping or breaking of teeth from trauma such as a fall/accident
- oral injuries involving lips, gums
- tooth related infection affecting gums, cheeks, face
- non tooth related viral infections in mouth affecting other oral structures such as lips, tongue, palate, gums
- broken/cracked tooth from chewing, clenching, grinding
- lost filling/crown/bridge
- broken fillings/crowns/bridges
In case of a Medford cosmetic dentist dental emergency, please call our office as soon as possible! A staff member will get information from you regarding the emergency you’re experiencing. We will attempt to see you as soon as possible to diagnose and at the least provide symptom related treatment to relieve you of your discomfort/pain/infection.
Composite restorations are tooth colored fillings placed on teeth which are decayed, chipped, cracked, discolored, as replacement for old silver or amalgam fillings. These fillings have several advantages:
- bond to your natural tooth through chemical and mechanical bonding
- conservative due to their bonding directly to teeth
- easy to repair and replace
- esthetic since they are matched as close to possible to natural shade of teeth
- harden right away so no restrictions for eating/chewing
Crowns (caps) are porcelain or porcelain fused to metal or gold coverings placed on teeth when there isn’t sufficient natural structure of the tooth remaining to support a fillings. At times they are placed on teeth that have been treated with root canal treatments to add re enforcement to the tooth. They are also placed on teeth that have been affected with severe wear due to chewing or cracked teeth.
Most crowns nowadays are all porcelain and can resemble natural tooth structure. Based on the condition of your tooth, your dentist may recommend a crown and will discuss the best possible type of crown for you. Get help with your crowns from a qualified Medford cosmetic dentist today by giving us a call or filling out the form on our contact us page.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and Onlays are porcelain fillings placed on teeth, as an alternative to composite fillings as they are stronger, longer lasting. They’re usually made with the same porcelain used for crowns (caps), are as esthetic as crowns (caps) and can be done same day as well. They get bonded to the teeth and help to strengthen compromised teeth.
4) Cosmetic services
Teeth whitening or bleaching is a great way to improve your smile. There are several Medford cosmetic dentist options to whiten your teeth ranging from using whitening strips to custom made whitening trays to in office whitening treatments. Based on your requirement and your preference, our dentists can provide you detailed information about the treatments, explaining the advantages of each.
Teeth whitening is often an initial phase of Smile Makeovers.
*All new patients at our office are eligible to get free whitening strips during their initial visit at our office!!
Anterior teeth bondings
If you have chipped, fractured, discolored front teeth and are concerned about how they look, our dentists can help you treat them by placing bonded or composite fillings. These can be exactly matched to the shade of your teeth. These may take 1-2 visits for proper treatment planning and then going ahead with treatment so we can ensure complete patient and dentist satisfaction.
Veneers can be either made of composite resin or porcelain. These are used to correct the shape/shade/alignment of teeth to help improve your smile. Treatment planning veneers can take 1-2 appointments. Depending on what material is used, veneers may be done in 1 -2 visit or may require more based on whether they’re fabricated in the lab and based on patient satisfaction with treatment. Lab fabricated porcelain veneers are bonded on to the teeth. These are a great conservative treatment option in most cases to significantly improve your smile! Talk to our Medford cosmetic dentist team if you are interested in knowing more about veneers!
5) Orthodontic treatment
Clear aligners are a great way to treat several teeth alignment issues such as crowding/spacing/open bite with front or back teeth/cross bite with front of back teeth. A scan or impression is taken of your teeth along with photos of your face and teeth as initial records for fabrication of aligners. Treatment time can vary from as little as 3-6 months to longer, at times a year. Aligners have to be worn for 20-21 hours/day to allow teeth to be moved to their appropriate positions. This is an esthetic treatment method as aligners are made of a clear durable and functional plastic and most patients adapt to aligners easily. You have to remove aligners when you eat but you do not need to remove them when you sleep. The important thing with aligners is patient compliance!! If you are dedicated to your treatment, then so are we!