CEREC Single Visit Dentistry
We know you are busy! With our state of the art CEREC technology, we can now complete crowns, bridges, veneers, and implant restorations in just ONE VISIT!
Have a missing tooth in your smile? Tired of wearing dentures that shift or don’t fit correctly? Ask Dr. Anton if dental implants are an option for you.
Dental implants are designed to blend in with your existing teeth, and have become an efficient and popular way to replace missing teeth. A dental implant can provide a durable, long term solution for restoring your beautiful smile. Technological advancements in recent years have allowed for these implants to be made from titanium and other materials compatible with the human body. These materials are used to form posts which are surgically placed in the jaw to provide a solid anchor for the permanent restoration. The American Dental Association describes the entire process on their patient resource website www.mouthhealthy.org.
“Most patients find that a dental implant is secure, stable and a good replacement for their own tooth. There are generally three phases to getting an implant:
- First, the dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone. Your dentist may recommend a diet of soft foods, cold foods and warm soup during the healing process.
- Next, the bone around the implant heals in a process called osseointegration. What makes an implant so strong is that the bone actually grows around it and holds it in place. Osseointegration means “combines with the bone” and takes time. Some patients might need to wait until the implant is completely integrated, up to several months, before replacement teeth can be attached to the implant. Other patients can have the implants and replacement teeth placed all in one visit.
- Finally, it’s time for the placement of the artificial tooth/teeth. For a single tooth implant, your dentist will customize a new tooth for you, called a dental crown. The crown will be based on size, shape, color and fit, and will be designed to blend in with your other teeth. If you are replacing more than a single tooth, custom-made bridges or dentures will be made to fit your mouth and your implants. (Note: The replacement teeth usually take some time to make. In the meantime, your dentist may give you a temporary crown, bridge or denture to help you eat and speak normally until the permanent replacement is ready.)”
If you would like to find out if a dental implant is the right solution for you, call our office and schedule a consultation. Our doctors have undergone additional training and have years of experience in providing, beautiful, long-lasting restorations. Our office will carefully craft your implant restorations to ensure that you have optimal results.
Crown and Bridge
A dental crown can help strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining to hold the filling. Crowns can also be used to attach bridges, protect a weak tooth from breaking or restore one that’s already broken. A crown is a good way to cover teeth that are discolored or badly shaped. It’s also used to cover a dental implant. In certain cases, a crown will be used to restore a severely decayed tooth, where a normal filling would not provide enough support for the natural tooth.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, Dr. Anton may recommend a bridge. A bridge will allow us to replace missing teeth with natural-looking, lab-fabricated “teeth” and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. The resulting bridge is then attached to surrounding teeth to provide support. This restoration is then fixed in place, allowing you to brush and floss as you normally would, and eliminating the maintenance associated with a partial denture.
Ever considered braces, but don’t want to have to face the “metal mouth” in the mirror during your treatment? There are now scientifically developed alternatives to braces that will allow Dr. Anton to straighten most crowding and spacing issues without the metal or painful adjustment sessions. Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that can straighten your smile using a series of carefully designed clear aligners. Each aligner is specifically designed with precise CAD-CAM imaging to slowly guide your smile into place. You can even take them out to brush and eat!
Our doctors have undergone a proven certification program in order to be able to offer this to our patients. There are several effective ways to straighten your smile, but none offer the comfort or convenience that Invisalign offers. Imagine the confidence of a beautiful, straight smile, without the months of metal.
Call our office today for a consultation, and find out if Invisalign is right for you.
Dentures and Partials
Complete or partial dentures are removable appliances that can be used to restore both smile and function in patients that are missing a significant number of teeth. Whether you have lost your teeth due to decay, gum disease, or even trauma, a denture can help restore the appearance of a beautiful smile, and allow you to eat and speak normally. A denture will also help prevent your facial muscles from sagging, keeping you looking younger and healthier. The American Dental Association has provided us with an excellent explanation of dentures and how they fit into your overall dental health.
Endodontics is the branch of dentistry concerning dental pulp and tissues surrounding the roots of a tooth. “Endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is Greek for “tooth.” Endodontic treatment, or root canal treatment, treats the soft pulp tissue inside the tooth. Dr. Anton may recommend this treatment when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or infected. During your treatment, Dr. Anton will remove the infected pulp. The chamber where the pulp is held, and the canals of the roots of your infected tooth are then cleaned. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed. The majority of toothaches reported are the result of an infected tooth in need of endodontic care. Call our office at the first sign of discomfort. This can be the difference between saving the tooth and more expensive replacement options.
Root Canal Therapy will remove the infection and in most cases save the infected tooth, but it leaves the tooth structure brittle and susceptible to breaking and cracking. Because of this, we recommend that a crown be placed over the treated tooth, giving it support to serve as a long lasting restoration. If you care for your teeth and gums carefully, it could last a lifetime. Keep in mind that a restored tooth is still susceptible to tooth decay and infection, but good dental habits will help keep your restored tooth as healthy as possible.