Patient Education

Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
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Take Our Quiz: Are You At Risk For Tooth Decay?
... Have you had frequent cavities in the past and/or have you had any crowns or fillings in the past three months...

Tooth-Colored Fillings - Do They Really Look Natural?
...And tooth-colored fillings are not just for front teeth...

Mimicking Life With Tooth-Colored Fillings
...For years, a key tool for achieving this goal has been through the use of metal amalgams (silver looking dental fillings)...

The Elements of a Beautiful Smile
...Tooth colored fillings can be used to repair damaged or decayed back teeth, or porcelain crowns may be used to replace the top part of a tooth that has been seriously damaged...

Get a Whiter, Brighter Smile
...Internal staining can also be the result of root canal treatments, large fillings, too much of a good thing, like fluoride — or just plain aging...

Five Facts About Tooth-Colored Fillings
For decades, dental amalgam — the common “silver” fillings found in the mouths of millions — was the best option for restoring teeth after the removal of decay...

Five Facts About Crowns
...It can be weakened by grinding or chipping, gradually removed by repeated dental fillings, or suddenly broken by trauma...

Treating Chipped Teeth: A Common Sports Injury Among Kids
...The bonding procedure avoids making tiny “undercuts” in the natural substance of the tooth, while metal fillings need to “lock in” to the tooth's structure...

Planning Your Wedding Day Smile Makeover
... Cosmetic bonding is a great way to hide those little chips in the front teeth, or discolored old fillings in back...

Teeth Whitening Treatments: Five Facts You Should Know
...Furthermore, fillings, crowns and other dental restorations can't be lightened with bleach — another reason to talk to our office; we can help you achieve the best possible look for your particular smile...

Evolutions in Tooth-Colored Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are just one of the many ways that cosmetic dentistry has evolved over the past few decades...

Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Tooth Extractions, when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed Emergency Dental Treatment If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room...

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Teeth Whitening
... If you have other dental work — crowns, bridgework or fillings — it may be difficult to achieve a tint level that matches these restorations, especially at home...

Tooth-Colored Fillings Provide a Viable Alternative to Dental Amalgam
... As an alternative, composite resin fillings can match the color, shape and texture of natural teeth...

Dental Amalgam Continues to be a Durable and Safe Tooth Filling
...These studies have also found no ill effects in either children or adults with dental amalgam fillings...

A Root Canal Can Stop Tooth Decay and Save Your Tooth
...These fillings and sealants prevent bacteria from reentering the tooth...

Enhance Your Smile for that Special, Once-in-a-Lifetime Day
...And for minor defects like a chipped tooth or discolored old fillings, we can bond the latest tooth-colored materials to those unsightly areas...

FAQ: Dental Care During Pregnancy
...A study recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found it was safe for pregnant women to have routine procedures like fillings, root canals, and extractions, even if they require local anesthesia...

Stress and Nighttime Teeth Grinding
...Chronic or severe nighttime teeth grinding can damage dental work, such as veneers, bridgework, crowns and fillings, and can result in teeth that are worn down, chipped, fractured or loose...

Here's How to Care for 3 Common Dental Restorations
...Fillings...

How to Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy During Pregnancy
...As far as dental procedures, essential treatments like fillings, root canals or extractions are usually considered safe to perform during pregnancy...

New Minimally Invasive Techniques are Improving Tooth Decay Treatment
...And new, stronger dental fillings like those made with composite resins require less structural removal to accommodate them...

4 Ways You Can Take Years off Your Smile
...Many people have dental work—fillings, crowns, bridges and the like—from earlier in life...

A Common Sense Approach to Managing Your Dental Care Costs
...In that case, consider a less expensive restoration (like resin or glass-based fillings) to protect and restore your problem teeth until you can afford a better permanent solution...

Glossary
... Composite filling - Tooth colored restorations, also known as resin fillings...

Veneers
... Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline, by an injury, or as a result of a root-canal procedure, and are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth...

Teeth Whitening
...These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case)...

General Dentistry
...General dentists are highly educated and trained in multiple facets of dentistry, providing a variety of different services for you and your family including: Crowns and bridges Dentures Dental implants Gum disease (Periodontal) treatment Orthodontics Root canal therapy Teeth cleanings Bonding Dental fillings General dentists who do not perform a certain treatment will provide you with a specialist referral...

Periodontal Exams
... During your periodontal examination, your dentist will check: For any lumps or abnormal areas in the mouth Whether any of your teeth are missing or loose The color, texture, size and shape of your gums Whether you have fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures or implants How much plaque is on your teeth The depth of the space between your tooth and gum Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease that causes inflammation of the gums...