Helping our patients maintain a healthy mouth and smile is the main goal of general dentistry. We prefer to provide more minor, preventive care than to see patients suffer with more intensive treatments from a problem that was not managed in time. We want to ensure that your oral health is in its optimal state and positively contributing to the health of your entire body. We are here to brighten your smile and pave the way for a brighter life.
A common request we receive is how to make a smile whiter and brighter. This is a relatively simple and quick treatment option that can be performed periodically. Certain foods and beverages, such as wine and coffee, stain the teeth and contribute to discoloration. The teeth whitening process provides a solution that lightens the shade of the teeth. Additionally, the process actually rids the teeth of plaque and tartar that tend to lead to dental problems.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Nobody wants to hear that they may have oral cancer. Although it can be fatal, it is easier to treat the earlier it is caught. For this reason, we are proud to assist our patients with an oral cancer screening. We want to help our patients survive this often fatal disease.
Oral cancer will typically show up as white or red patches or lesions inside of your mouth. You may even notice the lesions on your tongue or on the floor of your mouth. Many people experience a hard time swallowing, bleeding in the mouth, or even swelling in your face or neck.
Dental crowns are permanent prosthetics that cover a damaged tooth. A dentist might use them in place of a large filling or when a tooth is weak or fractured.
We might recommend crowns if your teeth are weak, damaged or cracked to the point that they cannot be fixed with alternative treatments. While you might have pain and difficulty eating with a current tooth problem, a crown provides a strong new tooth that will diminish your discomfort.
During your appointment, we will determine the crown options that’s best for you.
When your tooth suffers from a traumatic injury or has a cavity, we may recommend a composite filling. These fillings are a mixture of multiple components and can be placed in the tooth to fill any cavities or cracks along a tooth’s surface. Composite fillings are also used to help recolor discolored teeth or add shape back to teeth that are chipped. Because these fillings have a range of color shades to choose from, they are capable of repairing both back and front teeth.
Composite fillings are often recommended to repair:
- Cracked teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Misshapen teeth
We apply composite fillings in small layers to maximize effectiveness, and then, between each layer, we use a precise UV light to quickly cure the composite. As it cures, the composite is permanently set into place and shaped by the dentist to provide a better fit and feel in your mouth. After the composite filling finalizes with another round of UV light, we clean up the area by polishing the composite to prevent staining and extend its lifetime.
At Clifton Dental Care, we are dedicated to providing best-in-class dental services to ensure your oral hygiene and smile are the best they can be.
Implant Placement & Restoration
If you are missing a tooth and not a candidate for alternate replacement options such as bridges, then dental implants are the solution for you. As the name suggests, dental implant restorations are used to replace missing or infected teeth with fully-bone supported implants to restore missing function and improve your smile.
To begin treatment, we will determine if dental implant restoration is the best option for you. Factors such as oral hygiene, the location of the missing tooth gap, bone strength, and long-term viability for implants will all determine your treatment plan.
There are two parts to the dental implant restoration procedure: implant placement and crown placement. During the first procedure, we will begin by placing a titanium implant through your gums and into the bone where the tooth is missing. This serves as a replacement for the root of the tooth to allow you to eventually regain full function and bite strength. This implant bonds with the bone to create a secure, anchored point to attach a crown which replaces the visible portion of a tooth.
At this time, impressions will be taken to ensure the crown is crafted to fit the shape and size of the gap between the surrounding teeth. Then, the crown will be placed onto the implant filling to fully restore your smile. Each crown is designed specifically to match the current color of your surrounding teeth and shaped to provide the best look and feel.
During your procedures, you won’t feel a thing as we will use a numbing shot or local anesthetic to keep you comfortable and pain-free. After the operation, you may experience some soreness which can be easily treated with ice, rest, or any prescription medication we discuss with you during your appointment. With proper care, your implant restoration will be a permanent solution to replace your missing tooth and improve your dental hygiene.