We proudly offer our patients a full range of dental services to meet the needs and desires of each individual. Whether you are looking for a routine dental cleaning or need to enhance your smile with cosmetic dentistry treatments, we can help you!
A dental crown is tooth shaped, usually made out of a porcelain material, that is usually made in a lab. Crowns are used to restore a broken tooth, for teeth with large fillings not restorable with a new filling, to restore a dental implant, or improve the shape, strength, or appearance of a tooth.
Bridges fill a space that has been left empty by a missing tooth. Bridges prevent the shifting of teeth and eventual bite problems and help to keep your teeth healthy and looking great. There are three types of bridges offered at our office, Fixed, Maryland, and Cantilever, all used for a specific type of tooth loss. During your appointment with us, we will discuss what is best for you.
When a cavity has gotten too large to repair with a filling or the root of the tooth is damaged, a root canal may be necessary in order to preserve the natural tooth. During the procedure, Dr. Damelio will remove the decaying soft tissue from the internal canals and will fill the chambers of the tooth with a biocompatible material. Dr. Damelio may refer to a specialist if need be. After the root canal is completed, a dental crown will be placed to protect the tooth from further damage.
Partials and dentures
A denture is a removable appliance that is used when all teeth are removed on the upper or lower jaw and a partial denture fills in areas of one or more missing teeth. Both of these types of dentures are used to enhance your smile, prevent shifting of existing teeth, and allow the wearer to chew food easier. Dr. Damelio is review each type of denture with you and determine what is right for your needs.
Veneers are used to protect and correct the appearance of thinned or permanently discolored enamel, broken, crooked, or misshapen teeth, or spaces between teeth. These custom porcelain covers are a great alternative for teeth that do not have damage, but it greatly enhances a smile!
Implant restoration can be used in both the front and the back of the mouth for single or multiple replacements. The most popular implant is the root implant, which produces a replacement nearly as strong as your natural tooth. If your jawbone is too small for a root plant, we may recommend a plate form implant. If your jawbone has receded enough that no permanent implant can be placed, we may use a subperiosteal implant. It is even more important that you maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine after implant restoration work. If bacteria is allowed to thrive in your gum tissues, your jawbone may recede and destabilize your implants.
Periodontal treatment is concerned with maintaining healthy gum tissue. Proper oral hygiene helps to maintain healthy gums, which are essential to a healthy mouth. When proper care is not taken, gingivitis, an infection of the gums, can begin to form. Gums are left swollen and discolored. If left untreated, it may advance to periodontitis; later stages of periodontitis may result in loss of bone surrounding the teeth and even tooth loss. A general cleaning is above the gumline only, where as perioscaling goes below the gumline. Our hygienists will measure the gums surrounding each tooth to determine if perioscaling is right for you. Perioscaling will remove harmful bacteria, calculus, or tarter beneath the gumline and a chemical agent called Arestin may be used to help the gum re-adhere to the tooth. This will greatly enhance the health of your teeth and gums.
Bonding is an alternative to veneers and crowns which involves little, if any, alteration to the shape of your natural tooth. It helps to correct chipped or cracked teeth, fill in gaps, and cover discoloration. During your appointment with us, we will discuss what material, composite or resin, is best for bonding to your teeth.
Your temporomandibular joint, also known as the jaw joint, is a common source of recurring pain. If you are concerned about the health of your TMJ, we offer an exam and evaluation of the joint tissues. We can help detect swelling, damage, and deterioration, as well as provide treatment options. Treatment can range from the use of cold compresses and medication for pain relief to mouth guards and orthodontic equipment. If your disorder is severe, more invasive treatments may be needed. If you are experiencing what you believe to be TMJ disorder, it is advisable to avoid foods like steak, bagels, corn on the cob, chewing gum, and hard candies and lozenges.
Whether your teeth have darkened from childhood medication, improper care, tobacco, or consumption of foods known to stain, we can help. We have both a take-home kit and in-office program which uses a gentle carbamide peroxide gel by Opalescence. Our new Opalescence GO is an all-in-one upper and lower whitening tray with the material built right in! This is a great alternative for travelers or anyone not wanting to use our traditional whitening kits.
Sealants are placed on children on their 1st and 2nd molars to help prevent cavities. Sealants help protect the grooves on the chewing surfaces of molars, premolars and other vulnerable areas. These depressions are difficult to keep free of food debris and bacteria, and the sealants add an extra layer of protection on top of the enamel. Sealants can last for years, but may have to be touched up at a regular hygiene appointment.