Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal care at Huntington Bay Dental provides patients with both preventative options for maintaining healthy gums and corrective options for addressing gum disease already in progress. Periodontal care begins with a thorough examination of the patient’s teeth and gums. We establish whether there has been any breakdown in gum tissue and whether pockets have formed between teeth and gums. We take digital x-rays of the patient’s mouth to determine whether there has been any bone loss below the gum line. If necessary, we can treat gum disease by removing microbial plaque and calculus deposits below the gum line. For more advanced gum disease and those who want to save their teeth, periodontal surgery may be necessary. The doctors at Huntington Bay Dental can work with a periodontist to help provide a patient with the best dental care possible. Our goal is to maintain your teeth for as long as possible and we aim to help you do just that.
Huntington Bay Dental routinely uses the diode dental laser in the treatment of moderate to more advanced periodontal diseases. Lasers allow for very comfortable care, with no post-operative discomfort, minimized use of anesthesia, and minimal bleeding. If you are experiencing bleeding, receding, or swollen gums, mouth pain, persistent bad breath, or shifts in the way your teeth fit together, we recommend that you contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you.
Huntington Bay Dental urges patients to keep up with routine maintenance, which varies from 3 to 6 months, depending on the treatment recommendations which are customized for each patient.
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Crowns / Caps
Porcelain crowns are placed on teeth when there is insufficient tooth structure to seal & protect the remaining tooth. They can also be recommended when a tooth has a root canal. There are many options when making porcelain caps and crowns. At Huntington Bay Dental, we select the best material for you and your teeth and make the decision as to what our lab technician will use based on your customized needs. Photographs are used to capture shade and used to communicate information to the laboratory regarding the design to allow for the best match possible. The materials that we use include Empress, emax lithium disilicate, Lava, Gold, and Zirconia. All materials selected are selected based on the evidence-based dentistry.
Inlays / Onlays / Crowns CAD/CAM Technology
With CAD/CAM technology at Huntington Bay Dental, patients can be in and out of the office in a single day with beautifully made, custom porcelain crowns. In comparison to traditional crowns, single-visit crowns require patients to undergo fewer injections and to take less time out of their busy schedules. Single visit crowns can be made quickly, within an hour, thanks to advanced computer technology. Using this system, patients can actually view their teeth on a screen while the restorations are being created. A camera captures images of the patient’s mouth and delivers them to a computer, where 3D images enable our doctors to see all aspects of the patient’s teeth. With on-site equipment, we can then create the patient’s all-porcelain crown in about ten minutes. Dental crowns made with CAD/CAM technology contain no metals, avoiding possible allergic reactions. They are also more visually attractive. CAD/CAM crowns are made out of tooth-colored materials – either ceramic or composite resin. They can be used to make onlays (partials, crowns), as well as full crowns and porcelain veneers. When used for partial crowns instead of amalgam (metal combined with mercury), we can avoid concerns regarding the health risks associated with mercury, and these restorations feel and look like part of the patient’s natural tooth structure. Moreover, CAD/CAM restorations chemically bond to teeth and thus can expand and contract with changes in temperature, which prevents cracking and breakage from occurring.
Veneers / Laminates
Porcelain Veneers are designed to correct the appearance of chipped, cracked, crooked, or stained teeth. The shape, length, and width of the teeth can be altered with porcelain veneers to better complement your face and restore balance and symmetry to the smile. Veneers can make your teeth appear WHITER, STRAIGHTER and BEAUTIFUL. Porcelain veneers are custom made for each individual patient, and the shade of each veneer can be closely matched to the patient’s teeth or can be made to the desired shade.
A diagnostic smile design begins with impressions and a wax up. An appointment is scheduled for the preparation of the teeth as well as the fabrication of the temporaries. These temporaries are made based on the diagnostic smile design so that you can see the shape and size of the final veneers prior to the completion of treatment. The permanent veneers will be tried in so you can see the shade, size and shape again before they are and bonded to the teeth. Huntington Bay Dental is pleased to provide very distinct veneer services that are tailored to meet the individual needs of our patients.
RESTORATIONS / PROSTHODONTICS
Composite Fillings (White Fillings)
Advances in modern dental materials enable patients who have teeth that are decayed, damaged, or worn to be repaired with tooth-colored fillings. At Huntington Bay Dental, we can repair teeth and replace old fillings using a natural-looking composite resin that matches the color of the patient’s teeth. For patients who are concerned about these amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings provide an excellent solution. When larger restorations are needed on back teeth, tooth-colored restorations made of strong ceramics are used. These are more compatible with tooth structure, and have been proven to have the same strength and durability of metal fillings. They adhere to teeth tightly, preventing further damage and decay. Since the materials we use are so durable, they can predictably be used to repair back teeth, where pressure from chewing is greatest. Tooth-colored fillings support the remaining tooth structure, help to prevent breaks and cracks, and insulate the tooth from temperature changes that can cause pain in sensitive nerve endings. Therefore, tooth-colored fillings are excellent for repairing teeth while providing the most aesthetically pleasing results possible.
Crowns (Caps) and Bridges
Porcelain crowns are placed on teeth when there is so much filling in the tooth or too many cusps are compromised. They can also be recommended when a tooth has a root canal. There are many options when making porcelain caps and crowns. At Huntington Bay Dental, we select the best material for you and your teeth and make the decision as to what our lab technician will use based on your customized needs. Photographs are used to capture shade and used to communicate information to the laboratory regarding the design to allow for the best match possible. The materials that we use include Empress, emax lithium disilicate, Lava, Gold, and Zirconia. All materials selected are selected based on the evidence-based dentistry.
Spaces caused by missing teeth can be replaced by placing bridges. Dental bridges combine crowns and implants to improve chewing function and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. During treatment, the teeth surrounding the space are prepared. An impression is taken and crowns or bridges are created to fit the teeth perfectly. Dental bridges, once cemented to the teeth, provide durable, long-lasting support. The tooth-colored materials used to make crowns give dental bridges a completely natural look. Thus, in addition to restoring function, dental bridges can improve the appearance of one’s smile. If you think you may be a candidate for dental crowns or bridges, contact our staff today to learn more about our restorative dentistry options.
Dentures are an effective solution to missing teeth, especially for patients who prefer to avoid the lengthy and sometimes more costly commitment required by permanent dental implants. Consisting of full sets of replacement teeth, dentures are removable dental appliances that rest on top of or are affixed to the gums and help to restore function to the mouth. Prosthetic teeth allow individuals to chew and speak with greater ease and comfort. Dentures can be removed at any time, so they allow patients flexibility in cleaning and other activities. Depending on the patient’s needs and budgetary concerns. A patient who requires teeth removed will never be without their teeth. We use techniques so that you always have teeth to smile with. Dentures not only restore proper function to the mouth, but they also make a significant improvement in the patient’s smile, increasing self-confidence. Partial dentures can be made by using healing teeth as attachments for replacing multiple teeth in a cost effective way.