It is our goal to keep your mouth healthy, your teeth fully functional, and your smile bright — and we are proud of all the services we offer to do exactly that. At the same time, we want you to understand all that modern dentistry in general has to offer you. To that end, we have assembled a first-rate dental library in which you can find a wealth of information on various dental topics, including:
From a thorough professional cleaning to a full smile makeover, there is an amazing array of services that cosmetic and general dentists offer to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. If your smile is not all you want it to be, this is the place to start. Read more about Cosmetic & General Dentistry.
When you have a dental emergency — whether it's caused by a sudden accident or chronic disease — your teeth and/or the tissues of the mouth that surround them need to receive proper care right away. It's also important to be aware, before you're actually in the situation, of what you can do to ensure the best outcome. Read more about Emergency Dental Care.
This is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inside of the tooth — specifically the root canals and sensitive, inner pulp (nerve) tissue. When this tissue becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal procedure may become necessary. But contrary to the popular myth, a root canal doesn't cause pain, it relives it. Read more about Endodontics.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that naturally deteriorates when even one tooth is lost. Read more about Implant Dentistry.
Oral health is an essential component of general health and well-being. Good oral health means a mouth that's free of disease; a bite that functions well enough for you to eat without pain and get ample nutrition; and a smile that lets you express your happiest emotions with confidence. Read more about Oral Health.
A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene at home, and coming to the dental office for routine cleanings and exams, you have the best chance of making this goal a reality. Read more about Oral Hygiene.
The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period. However, the experience of having oral surgery is usually very different from that. Some common oral surgery procedures include: tooth extractions, dental implant placement, and biopsies of suspicious oral lesions. Read more about Oral Surgery.
Adults and kids alike can benefit from the boost in self-confidence that comes from having a great-looking smile with beautifully aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can even improve chewing, speaking and oral hygiene in certain cases. And with today's virtually invisible orthodontic appliances, it's possible to keep your treatment a private matter… until your new smile is unveiled, of course! Read more about Orthodontics.
It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is the primary focus of pediatric dentistry. Read more about Pediatric Dentistry.
If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Read more about Periodontal Therapy.
In the field of dentistry, new technology is constantly changing the way diseases are diagnosed, routine procedures are performed, and illnesses are prevented. Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients. Read more about Technology.
In some cases, your root canals are unusually narrow or blocked (sometimes by calcium deposits or other debris), making a repeated root canal procedure ineffective. In other cases, a root canal procedure may fail or an infection recurs after a long period of time. In these cases, endodontic surgery may be needed and is the only alternative to tooth extraction.
Endodontic surgery is usually called for under the following circumstances:
- Acute pain.
- Diagnosis of canals and inner tooth structures that cannot be performed non-surgically.
- Conventionally blocked root tips.
- Cracked roots.
- Perforated root tips.
- Persistent cysts.
- Removal of a debris from a previous root canal that could damage root tips if left inside the tooth.
- Unusually formed molars, incisors, and first premolars, which often have complex and tiny canal divisions that cannot be treated with conventional endodontic treatment.
The most common types of endodontic surgical procedures are apicoectomy, intentional replantation, hemisection, and retrosealing. Here's a brief look at those procedures: Apicoectomy
In some cases, surgery is required to closely examine the tiny canals that are not visible to the naked eye. Only through such procedures can an accurate diagnosis be made. The most common non-diagnostic endodontic surgical procedure is an apicoectomy, or root-end resection.
An apicoectomy is often performed when inflammation or infection persists in the bony area around the end of your tooth after a root canal procedure.
An apicoectomy often involves removal of the end of the root of the tooth. During the procedure, the gingival (or gum) tissue near the tooth is opened with an incision. This allows the underlying bone to be examined and inflamed or infected tissue to be removed.
Afterwards, a small filling may be placed to seal the end of the root canal, and a few stitches or sutures are placed in the gum tissue to aid healing.
Intentional replantation involves extracting the affected tooth, repairing the tooth endodontically outside the mouth, and re-inserting, or re-planting, the tooth in its socket.
Hemisection is a surgical procedure in which a single root of a multi-rooted tooth is removed because it cannot be repaired or treated, or bone loss around an individual root (usually as a result of periodontal disease) makes conventional endodontic treatment impractical. Hemisection is usually a procedure called for as a last resort before extraction.
In other cases, the front root of a lower second molar may be removed and used as a bridge anchor to replace a missing first molar, thus preventing the need for a partial denture or dental implant.
Retrosealing is often performed to re-seal the canals following an apicoectomy. Retroseal is the process that finally resolves most endodontic failures.