We pride ourselves on using the most current technology and clinical procedures, and as the world of dentistry evolves, we’ll be right there to offer you the latest options that are available. Remember, your questions are welcome, and we are here to help you make well informed, educated decisions regarding your family’s oral health.
Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, Dr. Jason Harvey offers Straumann Dental Implants. Straumann Implants are a state-of-the-art, reliable solution to provide you a healthy, natural-looking smile. They also help prevent bone loss, avoid shifting teeth and changes in facial structure, and maintain the health of remaining natural teeth and your overall long-term oral health.
A dental implant is a small titanium cylinder that’s surgically inserted into the bone of the jaw to replace the root of a missing tooth. An artificial tooth is then attached to the implant. Dental implants are fabricated from a very strong material that is compatible with your body, and can be placed in a simple office procedure, which generally is no more inconvenient than a tooth extraction. Also, the implant helps stop the ongoing bone loss that occurs once a tooth has been lost. A missing tooth really changes a person’s smile, but dental implants can replace the missing tooth, and make you look like new again.
A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. An artificial tooth is then attached in the middle of the bridge, filling in the gap where the missing tooth was. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct bite issues and even improve your speech. A fixed bridge is an excellent investment, providing better chewing ability, heading off jaw joint problems and saving money that would otherwise be spent on future dental treatment. Fixed bridges are highly durable and have few disadvantages.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth typically made out of an acrylic resin. At times they incorporate porcelain or metal for additional structural support. There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are finely crafted, and custom-fitted. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures aid with chewing, help strengthen muscles by controlling your expressions, and rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth.
Veneers can beautify your smile by improving the colour and shape of one or more of your teeth. Veneers can be used to close spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. If your teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, veneers can protect them from damage and restore their original look. The tooth is first etched with an acidic solution, and then the veneer is bonded to the tooth with the aid of a bonding light. Once in place, veneers virtually become part of your teeth. You can use them like you would your own teeth, because the bond is extremely strong. The final result is more beautiful and natural looking smile.
Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter, brighter teeth. Tooth enamel discoloration can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Some of the more common causes of tooth discoloration are medications, coffee, tea or cigarettes. People who drink significant amounts of cola soft drinks can experience similar staining. Damage to the root may also contribute to discoloration.
Tooth Bonding can close spaces between your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, and whiten stained or darkened teeth. A single tooth can be shaped and colored, or your entire smile can be changed. When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, bonding can protect them from damage and restore their original look. Bonding is a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth.
Many of us find ourselves with teeth that are no longer structurally sound. Root canals, lost fillings, decay below a filling, chipping and cracking of the enamel are things that may lead to large scale defects in a tooth’s surface. When the entire surface of the tooth is a problem, but the root system is intact, a cap might be the most appropriate choice for you.
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session. The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances.
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings coloured to look like a natural tooth are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings, and are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite Resin Dental Fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. Many dental insurance plans cover their use.
Grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking or breakage of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth. In addition, they also add strength, durability and tooth stability. Crowns are an extremely reliable and popular form of dental care.
Many of us have heard the about the so-called painful root canal procedure. The truth is that it’s not that bad. There are tiny canals within your tooth that may become infected. This leads to the pulp inside your tooth also becoming diseased. Either your dentist or an endodontist to remove any infection performs the root canal procedure. The canals are then filled and the tooth receives either a filling or a crown.
Your gum tissue is like a frame that provides form and shape to the top of your tooth. A less than attractive smile results when the integrity of the gum is compromised or the actual gum between your teeth becomes weak. Usually due to poor hygiene (gum disease) you actually begin to lose gum tissue. Cosmetic dentistry provides many cosmetic solutions such as composite resin bonding, crowns, and veneers to create a great smile.
Our family dental services include providing braces, orthodontic cases, or cases that require devices. There are various devices used in orthodontics that straighten teeth and help to arrange them to properly align a person’s bite, while also working to improve oral health. They are commonly used to treat underbites, as well as overbites, open bites, deep bites, cross bites, crooked teeth, and other issues with the teeth and jaw. Braces can be used for either cosmetic or structural purposes, and are often implemented in addition to other orthodontic appliances to help widen the palate and shape the teeth and jaws.
A retainer is a custom orthodontic appliance used to retain or hold the location of the teeth. Once braces come off, your teeth need to settle into the jawbone and soft tissue that hold them in place. Retainers are made of wire, plastic, or solid plastic. Custom-made retainers will keep your teeth from shifting and protect the investment that you have made in your teeth. Wearing a retainer exactly as instructed is the best way to ensure that your orthodontic treatment results last a lifetime.
Dental cleanings twice a year is a necessary preventive measure that can keep oral disease from developing. At the appointment, the dentist will be able to detect early signs of problems that could lead to more serious or expensive treatments later in life. With a good cleaning in the office, and proper oral habits at home, your children will be able to develop a beautiful, healthy smile that will last far into adulthood.