Inlays and on-lays are porcelain or composite restorations that are bonded to the tooth. An inlay is stronger than a regular “white” filling, as it is fabricated by a laboratory technician. Inlays and on-lays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and discreetly restore teeth to an optimal state of health. An onlay, when possible, is a more conservative treatment than a crown. More great information on this website: McOmie Family Dentistry
If you tend to hide your smile because of missing teeth, dental implants could be the answer. Tooth loss due to injury, disease, or infection can make speaking and eating difficult. Dental implants are the most durable way of replacing missing teeth. An implant, essentially an artificial tooth root to which a new crown can be attached, can successfully replace a single tooth or all of your natural teeth. The dental implant procedure involves three phases. During the first phase, we place the implant, usually made of titanium, into your jawbone. It then requires a period of healing that lasts for several months. Finally, we attach a new crown to the implant, giving you a strong, natural-looking new tooth. Implants are an excellent solution to tooth replacement as they help to retain existing bone levels.
Invisalign® uses cutting edge technology to offer you the greatest, straightest smile possible. Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth by using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. And it’s been proven effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart, or have shifted since wearing braces, you’ll have a new reason to smile.
We understand that no smile can look beautiful without first being healthy. For this reason, we place great concern on our patient’s overall oral health. Routine dental care is the key to clean teeth and a healthy smile. This includes exams, cleanings, oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) treatment, and cavity detection, as well as more serious procedures, such as root canals and oral surgery.
The intraoral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more clearly identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intraoral camera can be inserted into a patient’s mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intraoral camera saves time and makes problems visible to both patient and doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable.
The Diagnodent ® is a powerful new laser used for early detection and diagnosis of tooth decay. The Diagnodent® also makes it easier to find decay that may be hidden in the cracks and crevices of teeth. Earlier detection means less damage, pain, and hassle for you down the road.
The first visit to our office will consist of an in depth examination of your teeth and gums including any necessary x-rays. This visit provides the perfect opportunity for the doctor to get to know you as well as your wishes. Truly, we want to do whatever we can to help you achieve the beautiful, vibrant smile you desire.
Our practice places a strong emphasis on preventive dental care. After all, isn’t keeping your own teeth the best long-term dental option of all? Our dental hygienists are dedicated to partnering with our patients to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums. Through patient education, regular maintenance, and cleanings, our patients receive the essential tools that will empower them to keep their smiles healthy.
Endodontic treatment, otherwise known as root canal therapy, is an important way of saving a tooth that is too deeply infected or injured to treat by other means. A deep infection is one that has reached the dental pulp at the center of the tooth. This long strand of pulp reaches down into the tooth’s root and supplies nerves and nutrients to the tooth. If it is infected or damaged, the nerves in the tooth will die, causing progressive pain and bone loss around the tooth without treatment. During endodontic treatment, the damaged pulp is removed through a small hole drilled in the crown of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed permanently and is topped with a crown, resulting in a strong and healthy tooth.