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Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry

At Huntington Bay Dental, we help many patients every year dramatically improve the appearance of their teeth through advanced cosmetic dentistry. From Invisalign® for misaligned teeth to KOR® for discolored teeth, Huntington Bay Dental has a treatment option for you to give you the smile you aim to have. All dentistry at Huntington Bay Dental is treated as cosmetic dentistry. We strive for every tooth we work on to look its best. The doctors at Huntington Bay Dental can help you improve your smile and obtain the result that you will be proud of. Contact us today and find out how we can help you!

Digital Dentistry

At Huntington Bay Dental, we always take great pride in being at the forefront of dental technology. We make sure the technology that we invest in is supported by unbiased research. We believe in evidence-based dentistry utilizing scientific evidence to support why and how we provide the best treatment for our patients. We have multiple intraoral scanners, including CEREC & Itero, and have been integrating digital smile design programs. We now deliver a majority of our dentistry digitally in order to achieve the level of excellence, efficiency and optimal results we believe in. What does this mean for our patients? We only use impression material, the “goopy stuff”, when we believe the treatment requires it. We have implemented these changes but have never compromised quality.

ENDODONTICS

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy involves the removal of damaged dental pulp (the soft tissue composed of nerves and blood vessels inside the canal of the tooth). In order to avoid infection, removing the tooth’s nerve is necessary in order to eliminate the pain, seal the tooth and allow for the patient to keep the tooth so that they can continue to use it. A cracked tooth or a severe cavity may allow germs to enter into the canal, where they can infect dental pulp. If allowed to progress, the infection may cause so much damage that the tooth needs to be removed. Root canal therapy is designed to prevent the kind of damage that leads to the need for a tooth extraction. During treatment, we remove the patient’s diseased pulp, clean the canal to free it from germs and bacteria, and then seal it to keep other germs and bacteria out. A crown will then be bonded to the tooth, returning it to full functioning capacity. Root canal retreatment can also be performed in the office. For some teeth, they are best treated by an endodontic specialist and we will refer you to them if we feel this would be best for you and your tooth.

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ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

Dental Extractions

A tooth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons, the most common reasons are tooth decay, tooth fracture, periodontal disease or infection. If a tooth has decayed to a point where restorative procedures and removing the decay will not save it, then an extraction is needed to protect the mouth from further infection and damage. Tooth extractions sometimes are performed on patients who need more room in their mouths in order to receive the benefits of orthodontic treatment. When the tooth is visibly above the gum line, we perform a simple tooth extraction that only requires local anesthesia. For teeth that are still below the gum line, a surgical referral is necessary. Patients undergoing a surgical tooth extraction may opt for sedation in addition to local anesthesia. Nitrous oxide (“sweet air”) is available upon request for patients to make patients feel less anxious and more at ease about their treatment being performed.

Surgical Procedures

The doctors at Huntington Bay Dental are trained in many surgical procedures, including crown lengthening, gingival procedures, bone grafting, and will take the time to explain these procedures to each patient prior to treatment.

ORTHODONTICS

Straightening and aligning teeth is not just for kids! In fact, for adults, straight teeth can have a major impact on the health of both the teeth and gums, and will markedly improve the esthetics of your smile. Braces make teeth straighter, but also allow them to fit together better. Many adults admit to being self-conscious of their crooked and uneven smiles, and actually avoid showing teeth in photos because of this. We offer Invisalign® at Huntington Bay Dental, and have found this to be very effective with many orthodontic problems. When an Orthodontic Specialist is required, we work with the best orthodontists in the area. We work closely with the orthodontist to guide tooth position and occlusion to be long lasting and protected. Opting for orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, your confidence, and the overall health and well-being of your mouth.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign® is nearly undetectable in normal daily interactions and is an extremely popular orthodontic treatment choice among adults and teens. Huntington Bay Dental’s doctors are certified in Invisalign® treatment and can help patients achieve perfectly aligned teeth with this innovative technique. Patients undergoing Invisalign® treatment wear clear plastic aligners (similar to mouth guards) that are custom designed using digital computer technology. Each aligner is worn for one week and then replaced by a new one until the desired alignment is achieved. Invisalign® patients wear their aligners during the day and throughout the night, only removing them to eat, brush, and floss. Some patients feel minor discomfort at the beginning of each one-week period, but this discomfort is comparable to the discomfort that wearers of braces experience and indicates that the aligners are working. Invisalign® works gradually over a period of several months to two years to shift teeth into proper alignment. The number of aligners is customized to each patient’s needs. In addition to correcting poorly aligned teeth, Invisalign® can also be used to treat crowded teeth, widely spaced teeth, and overbites.

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PERIODONTAL CARE

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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.

Maintenance

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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PORCELAIN
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.

PORCELAIN
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.

PORCELAIN
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.

Denture (complete/partial)

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.

TEETH WHITENING

Whitening your teeth is the most conservative way to give you a cosmetic boost. At Huntington Bay Dental, we recommend you have a consultation prior to scheduling an appointment. You might ask why? Well, do you want the best result? How we perform bleaching and how effective it will be is based on the science…. Not all bleaching materials are the same. We have provided other options in the past and do feel that we have selected the one system that has research to support why it works, how well it works, and how long it lasts. We care about all of this.

In Office Bleaching

KöR Home is a patient-pleasing at-home whitening system that consistently yields amazing results at a great price. The KöR Home Whitening System is available for nighttime whitening as well as daytime whitening.

KöR MAX is a versatile and super-effective whitening system that combines at-home whitening with a single in-office whitening visit. This option provides the very best possible whitening result for the typical patient.

KöR ULTRA Whitening System delivers astonishing whitening results on stubborn cases such as fluorosis and dark geriatric staining.

KöR ULTRA-T Whitening System is specifically developed to deliver truly exceptional results on cases of tetracycline staining that were once thought to be untreatable.

Kor Maintenance is a way to help maintain your result.

We love that we have found the best way to help our patients. If you would like to see us for a consultation, we can guide you to choose the best option for you. If you have discoloration due to coffee, tea, nicotine, antibiotics, or simply the effects of aging, we can help you. If you are interested in our teeth-whitening treatments, contact us today to schedule an appointment.

WHITE FILLINGS / BONDINGS

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 amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings provide an excellent solution. We use techniques as well as stains to allow for shades to blend well. We have a large spectrum of shades and colors to integrate into the placement of fillings of teeth that are a part of your smile. Our goal is always to use white fillings and make a tooth look like your natural tooth.

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.

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