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What We Can Do For You
From pediatric dentistry and dental hygiene to general services and cosmetic dentistry you can depend on us to effectively treat all your needs with the utmost care, compassion and professionalism.
Listed on this page are many of the dental treatment services BWS offers. In addition, our office is equipped with the latest, state-of-the-art technology and equipment such as digital X-rays which limits radiation exposure, soft tissue laser for therapy and rotary endodontic equipment.
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Routine examinations and prophylaxis (cleanings) are an important part of your overall health care regimen. Detecting issues early is key to maintaining your oral health, saving your natural teeth, and preventing costly dental emergencies.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy
Unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile. It can cause loss of teeth and if left untreated, serious health problems. It is caused by excess bacteria (found in plaque) that attack the mouth’s soft tissues and bone. Early warning signs include red, swollen, bleeding gums and bad breath. If caught early, the damage can be reversed. If detected late, we can use one of many dental procedures to restore your gums to a healthy, beautiful smile.
Root Canal Therapy
Each of our teeth contains a long thin strand of dental pulp that extends down the tooth’s root. If the pulp becomes infected or injured, the tooth’s nerves die and often, without endodontic treatment, an abscess can form. Root canals are designed to save such damaged teeth. The infected pulp is removed, and the tooth is then typically covered with a crown.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or similar material which is bonded to the fronts of the existing teeth to change the shape, size, and or color. Veneers can achieve spectacular results for any change that would be needed to perfect your smile.
Crowns, also known as caps, slide over teeth. They are most often used to restore a tooth that is broken, cracked or too damaged to be repaired with a filling. Crowns decrease physical discomfort in teeth, look very natural, and offer extra support to those teeth that are weak or damaged. They also can vastly improve overall appearance of your smile.
As alternative to traditional braces, Clear Correct is a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at each time. They are practically invisible, so most people will not even know you are wearing them. They are more comfortable than regular braces, plus they are removable so you can eat and clean your teeth normally.
Tooth whitening is a common procedure in general dentistry. As a person ages, teeth often become darker and/or stained from coffee, tea, food or tobacco. Here are some whitening solutions: Crest Professional Whitening Strips are sold in our office and applied at your home. These strips have a stronger concentration than products sold over the counter. Whitening Gel Systems typically offer more effective results. Trays are fabricated from impressions taken of the teeth. The trays are then filled with a whitening gel and placed in mouth and worn at home for the recommended time.
When a tooth’s structure has been lost due to decay or trauma, a filling can be placed to restore the normal anatomy and to seal the site from future decay. Several different filling materials are available. Each one offers specific pros and cons which are considered carefully based on the location and size of the cavity. Amalgams are metal fillings that have been used in the United States since 1833. Amalgam means mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and, copper. It has good strength and has long term durability. Composites are fillings made of resins with silica (glass) filler which provides wear resistance. Composites bond to the walls of the tooth, and the tooth and filling move as one cohesive unit during chewing. This helps keep the tooth from flexing and fracturing – a common problem seen with amalgams.
Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anesthesia and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or they have not erupted fully (such as impacted wisdom teeth). Our office would refer you to an oral surgeon in these cases and would follow-up with you at a future appointment.
Sometimes a beautiful smile takes a bit more work. If you notice strain when biting down, pain during chewing, or difficulty in speaking due to missing teeth, bridges might be the right option for you. They work by literally bridging the gaps between the teeth, closing spaces with durable, realistic-looking artificial teeth. Because they are semi-permanent, bridges can only be removed by a dentist, but are strong and long-lasting.
Implants are an alternative means to replace missing teeth. An implant is a small titanium screw-like fixture that is placed in the bone in the area of a missing tooth. A replacement tooth can then be attached to the implant. This option offers the look and feel of a natural tooth.
Custom Sport Guards/ Night Guards/Anti-Snoring Aids
These guards and aids are available in our office.