Dental Services & Restorative Care
Your smile helps you to project an image of self-confidence and high self esteem. When you feel good about yourself, it shows in your appearance.
Good oral health means good overall health. Consider the dentist an added insurance policy. By visiting the dentist regularly, you get an oral health physical that can help you prevent illness, identify potential issues and save you money.
Dr. Gum has significant experience treating both adults and children. Today’s advanced techniques and materials can make a real difference. You and your family’s oral health and comfort are our number one priority.
Dental Fillings and Sealants
A dental filling is a treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, chips, tooth decay, cavities, or damaged surfaces of the teeth. While fillings from years past have traditionally been silver, we now use a white composite material that not only blends in with your natural teeth but also strengthens the affected tooth.
Tooth sealants are used to prevent decay. Using a white acrylic, the material is placed over the tooth and fills in the grooves of the chewing surface. Sealing can last several years before reapplication is needed.
Teeth whitening can be used to correct tooth discolorations caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. This type of damage can be caused by smoking, drinking coffees, teas and sodas, for example. Using the latest in tooth whitening technology, we can offer a safe method for creating a whiter smile.
We offer one hour inhouse whitening, custom trays for athome applications, and convenient readymade trays. Our whitening systems also include a desensitizing agent to reduce or eliminate sensitivity often caused by whitening.
Porcelain Teeth Veneers
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are great a option for those with gaps in the teeth, teeth that are severely stained, poorly shaped or crooked. The porcelain is placed on top of your teeth and looks very natural. Because the material is thin, light can shine through and take on the color of your natural teeth. It may be thin, but the material is also tough; resistant to coffee, tea and even cigarette stains.
Current research shows that porcelain veneers have approximately a 93% success rate over 15 years. If you think you may be a candidate for veneers, make an appointment. Dr. Gum will talk you through the process and answer your questions to determine if veneers are right for you.
Inlays and Overlays
Tooth Inlays and overlays can be made of composite resin, gold or porcelain. An inlay, similar to a filling, is used inside the edges of the tooth. An overlay is similar to the inlay, but it extends out over the edges of the tooth.
Traditionally, gold has been the material of choice for inlays and overlays. Currently, porcelain has become the most popular material due to its strength and color, which can better match the natural color of your teeth.
From time-to-time, it may be necessary to pull (or extract) a tooth. It is important to consider your other teeth and the structure of your mouth when removing a tooth. Dr. Gum will make an assessment and make recommendations for the best long-term options for you.
After you get home, you may experience some pain and bleeding from the extraction. If you experience bleeding, place moist gauze over the empty socket and bite down firmly for 45 minutes. For pain and swelling, place a bag of frozen vegetables covered in a wash cloth on the affected area of the cheek for 20 minutes. Rotate 20 minutes off, then 20 minutes on for relief. You also may take over-the-counter pain relief medications such as Tylenol® or ibuprofen.
Be careful not to chew on the side of the extraction for 24 hours. Also, it is best to avoid alcohol and hot liquids. To keep the mouth clean, avoid brushing on the side of the extraction for a day or so and avoid commercial mouth washes.
A root canal is a simple treatment that can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for permanent restorative work. A root canal is straight forward dental procedure that can be done pain-free.
When the center of your tooth, known as the pulp, gets infected by decay, chipping or cracking,
it can cause swelling, sensitivity and pain. The root canal is a non-surgical procedure that removes
the infected pulp and cleans and seals the area from further damage or infection. Dr. Gum will assess the affected area, and give you counsel on whether a root canal is a good
option for you. In 90% of cases, root canals are successful treatments for guests.
One of the ways you can replace the loss of a tooth is a bridge. This structure attaches new artificial teeth to the adjacent natural teeth. Bridges are permanently secured in your mouth to act as natural teeth and maintain the proper structure of your mouth.
The attachment procedure may take more than one appointment to complete. Since the bridge must fit your mouth precisely, impressions of your teeth will be taken so the bridge can be constructed for a proper fit.
Another option for missing teeth is the dental crown, or cap. Some applications for crowns are: preserving a cracked tooth, repairing a broken tooth or restoring a tooth that is badly decayed. The crown, made of high grade porcelain, encases the affected tooth and can be a viable solution lasting 20 plus years.
The fitting of a crown usually takes one day using our Cerec machine, which Dr Gum has extensive training in.
Missing teeth can lead to shifting of the remaining teeth causing crookedness. Because crooked teeth can be hard to brush and floss, bacteria can settle in and cause other problems. A good option for replacing multiple missing teeth is the partial denture. This is a removable dental appliance that can be attached with clasps or crowns. There are many different material and attachment options. Dr. Gum will review your situation and make the best recommendation for you.
Invisible, Transparent Braces
Many people don’t want metal braces for a variety of reasons. We can provide an invisible, removable orthodontic appliance that serves as an alternative to traditional braces. Many people refer to them as Invisalign, which is the lab where they are made. We prefer Clear Correct, which provides the same great quality and benefits, but allows us to pass some cost savings onto you.
A brand of clear tooth aligner, Clear Correct is an option for adults who need alignment but don’t want a mouth full of metal braces. If you are interested in invisible braces, Dr. Gum will talk with you and conduct an assessment to determine what type of alignment appliances are best suited for you and your teeth.