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Cosmetic dentistry involves enhancing and perfecting the look of a person’s smile. There are many types of cosmetic options available in our office. We create personalized treatment plans for each patient so that you can feel confident in your new smile. Cosmetic dentistry can even be restorative and corrective in nature, especially if the procedures help in improving overall oral functioning.
Teeth whitening removes stains and severe discoloration from your smile. Due to certain foods and drinks as well as lifestyle habits, you may find that your teeth are yellowed and dull. We have several whitening options available to help you achieve the smile you want!
Are your teeth chipped, cracked? Do you have spaces between your teeth? Veneers can be used to cover imperfections that cause your smile to look less than perfect. Veneers can create a whiter, brighter and fuller-looking smile without any invasive procedures being done.
The most common reason for needing a dental filling is because you have a cavity. If a cavity is found during your regular checkup, it is removed from the tooth and a tooth-colored filling is put in its place. Most fillings can last for years before they’ll need to be fully replaced. Fillings can be used on areas of the tooth that have cracked, chipped or fractured. Fillings are tooth-colored in nature, so they blend well with the rest of your teeth.
Similar to composite fillings, inlays or onlays, which are made of porcelain or ceramic, can be used in restorative dentistry to fill a cavity. Dr. Cohlmia may recommend an inlay or onlay treatment instead of a composite filling if you have a large cavity, the cavity is on a chewing surface, or if you are worried about the aesthetics of your teeth.
Dentures are custom-made replacements for missing teeth and can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Dentures are custom-made in a dental laboratory from impressions taken of your mouth. Dr. Cohlmia will determine which type of dentures is best for you.
Traditional crowns require two to three dental appointments and involve gooey impressions and wearing a temporary crown until the permanent one is placed. With Cerec technology, Dr. Cohlmia can take your impressions without unpleasant material offering you a same-day restoration while you wait.
A dental bridge, sometimes referred to as a fixed bridge, is meant to replace one or more teeth that are missing. The procedure requires no surgery and is an ideal alternative to dental implants. Bridges can last for years and even decades with proper care and regular dental checkups.
We know the dentist can be a stressful situation for little ones. Our experienced team strives to provide a safe, comfortable environment for kids of all ages. They take their time with each patient, explaining all of our tools and processes to alleviate any fear! Are you looking to introduce your young child to the dentist?
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Preventative care is the key to a healthy smile. Regular checkups allow us to treat issues before they become a problem. A dental cleaning and exam are done as part of your preventative oral care routine and we recommend visiting the dentist every six months. The dental exam will check for any signs of tooth decay, intraoral problems and oral cancer. Your cleaning will remove tartar and stains to improve the health of your teeth and gums. Your gums are then measured to check for any signs of either gingivitis or gum disease.
When gum disease is not caught early or it is not treated right away, the disease progresses into a life-long disease called periodontal disease affecting the gum tissues. Without the stability of the gums holding the tooth in place, you are at an increased risk of tooth loss. Additionally, the further the gum disease eats away your gum tissue, the closer it gets to your tooth’s bone, putting you at risk for bone loss. However, periodontal disease can be maintained with periodontal or deep cleanings. Patients with periodontal disease require more frequent hygiene visits.
Fluoride treatments help to strengthen and protect your teeth from tooth decay. For patients who do not get enough fluoride and for those susceptible to developing cavities, fluoride treatment is beneficial. The procedure is quick, easy and can be done for both adult and pediatric patients.
We recommend fluoride treatment on a routine basis to fully protect your smile.
Dental sealants are clear coatings applied to the surfaces of a child’s molars to prevent the development of tooth decay.
They work by preventing food and plaque from resting in the grooves and crevices of molars – an area especially susceptible to cavities. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, nearly 1 in 3 U.S. children ages 6 to 12 currently have sealants on their teeth.
A root canal is necessary when the inner nerve (pulp) of a tooth becomes infected or has been exposed. Root canals are designed to save the overall structure of the tooth without the need for an extraction. By removing the infected pulp, it eliminates any pain or discomfort that you’re feeling while simultaneously saving the tooth. A tooth that has a root canal should have a crown placed over it to prevent future problems.
An extraction may be necessary or requested if severe decay (cavity) is found or if a tooth has cracked or broken below the gum line. Wisdom teeth often need to be removed because they generally do not have enough room in the mouth to fully come through the gums.
Primary (baby) teeth that are having problems coming out on their own may also need to be removed by the dentist.