- + Bonding Process
Bonding uses tooth-colored materials to replace missing tooth structure or hide cosmetically unappealing minor defects in a tooth — chips, discoloration, and even minor spacing irregularities. Bonding materials are called “composite resins” because they contain a mixture of plastic and glass, which adds strength and translucency. The composite actually bonds, or becomes one, with the rest of the tooth.
- + Porcelain Crowns & Bridgework
Crowns and bridges are used when a tooth or a series of teeth are unable to survive with a typical filling due to heavy decay or fracture. When a tooth has heavy decay or large filling, it is more apt to fracture and lose large amounts of tooth substance. There is increased risk that the fracture line may go below the gum line which makes the tooth restorable in most cases. In such cases where there is not enough tooth structure remaining to support a filling other options like crowns are recommended. Porcelain crowns are used to give a natural appearance since the porcelain is matched to the shade of the surrounding teeth.
- + Dental Implants
Dental implants are used to replace one or several missing teeth. These are surgically placed titanium pins in the jawbone to create the roots on which the prosthetic teeth will be built. In time, bone cells develop around the implant, reinforcing it into the jaw and fusing it with the surrounding bone. Dentists use implants to make crowns that have the same appearance and texture as natural teeth. Dental implants are the most exciting and advanced procedures available in dentistry today. If you have a missing tooth or teeth and have not been given an implant option, then you you don't have all the information necessary to make your best decision. The possibilities with implants are almost endless; single tooth replacement, multiple teeth replacement, and implant supported dentures and partials.
- + Fillings
Fillings do just what the name implies — seal a small hole in your tooth, i.e., a cavity, caused by decay. This prevents the decay (a bacteria-induced infection) from spreading further into your tooth and, if untreated, continue on to the sensitive inner pulp (nerve) tissue located in the root canal. Should that happen, you would need root canal treatment.
- + Oral Cancer Screening
An oral cancer examination is fast and painless. Its objective is to identify small changes in the lining tissues of the mouth, lips and tongue that may signify the early stages of this type of cancer. The screening is primarily a visual and tactile (touch) examination. If any abnormalities are noted, a small tissue sample can be retrieved for further testing in a laboratory.
Our office also uses Velscope. Velscope is used as an adjunctive aid in combination with traditional oral cancer examination procedures. It facilitates the early discovery and visualization of mucosal abnormalities, including oral cancer.
The VELscope handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is extremely sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that are visibly disrupted by trauma or disease, such as neoplastic lesions, and fungal, viral or bacterial infections.
- + Invisalign
Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. Wearing aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements we plan out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete and you achieve the confident smile that you've always wanted. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
Invisalign is great for healthier teeth and gums, easier teeth cleaning, and overall health. Dr. Thomas is a preferred provider of Invisalign.
- + Periodontal Therapy Procedures
Periodontal therapy can take various forms, but the goal is always to restore diseased tissues to health. Gum (periodontal) disease can spread from the gums to the bone that supports the teeth, and may even cause tooth loss in the most severe cases. There are very effective therapies to combat and control this, ranging from scalings (deep cleanings) that remove plaque and calculus (tartar) from beneath the gum line, to surgical repair of lost gum and bone tissue.
Our office offers non-surgical periodontal treatment modalities including scaling and root planing, laser assisted periodontal therapy, Arestin- local antibiotic delivery, and oraqix-needle free anesthesia.
Laser Periodontal Therapy is when a laser is used as an adjunct with Periodontal therapy and kills the bacteria below the gumline. The bacteria is suppressed for a couple of weeks, so this gives the body a window of time to get over the inflammation. When the gums are inflamed, the cells that are most superficial are necrotic because they are not getting enough oxygen. The laser also removes the diseased cells and this allows the healthier cells below to start fresh.Reflections Dental Spa also uses Laser therapy. Laser Periodontal Therapy is when a laser is used as an adjunct with Periodontal therapy and kills the bacteria below the gumline. The bacteria is suppressed for a couple of weeks, so this gives the body a window of time to get over the inflammation. When the gums are inflamed, the cells that are most superficial are necrotic because they are not getting enough oxygen. The laser also removes the diseased cells and this allows the healthier cells below to start fresh.
- + Porcelain Veneers
Do you have space in your teeth? Are your teeth stained? Are your teeth crooked r an odd shape? Veneers work like protective shells to improve the shape, shade, and form of your smile. Custom designed for the unique contours of your mouth, veneers are thin, natural, and easy to apply. Once completed, veneers give the appearance of having that perfect, beautiful movie star smile.
- + Removable Dentures
Dentures are just one option for replacing missing teeth; some of the others include fixed bridgework and dental implants. Each method has its particular pluses and minuses, which should be carefully considered. There are also several varieties of dentures available to address specific issues, from partial dentures to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will depend on your individual situation.
- + Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment — also called endodontics (“endo” – inside, “dont” – tooth) — is a set of specialized procedures designed to treat problems of the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside the tooth. While some mistakenly think of it as an unusually painful treatment, in most cases the procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. It's actually one of the most effective ways of relieving some kinds of tooth pain.
- + Sealants
Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, making them resistant to decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, require more expensive dental treatment later on, or, most importantly, cause your child pain.
- + Teeth Whitening
Kör Whitening was ranked highest as the most effective, reliable way to whiten your teeth permanently, by a respected dental products journal. This produces beautiful, healthy and natural looking white result. It's effective even on tetracycline-stained (dark) teeth. It's perfect for ages 14-90. It involves 2 weeks of at home whitening followed by in-office session to give you amazing results. Kör in office session can be a stand alone procedure, but the results are greater and more amazing when done with the take home
Sinsational whitening, is a 20 minute chairside whitening method. It's a quick and easy effective whitening with minimal sensitivity. Sinsational Smile® uses a fast and effective technology with a pre-filled silicone tray. This allows the jaw to remain relaxed and the person comfortable throughout the 20 minute procedure.
This procedure includes the use of an LED accelerating light that helps to activate the gel's whitening ingredients at a faster rate, resulting in a brighter smile and whiter teeth in less time. As part of your procedure, you'll also receive a take-home maintenance pen to further extend your new brighter smile.
The number of treatments necessary will vary based on your need and color preference. On-going whitening treatments may be repeated on a scheduled basis to maintain and rejuvenate your smile. Though most people will notice a big difference after only one treatment, additional treatments could be necessary to achieve the sparkling white teeth you desire.
We also offer take home trays with whitening gel which you can use at the convenience of your home to achieve beautiful results!
- + TMD
TMD — an abbreviation for Temporomandibular disorders. Sometimes people incorrectly use the term TMJ to refer to these problems, when in fact TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint — or jaw joint — itself. So while you definitely have a TMJ (two of them in fact), you may or may not have TMD. TMD is often triggered by grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep. This is called Bruxism. Over time, this leads to wearing down of your natural tooth enamel up to 80 times faster compared to a non bruxer.
Reduce the risk of wear and tear of your existing healthy teeth by using a night guard. A clear, thin removable device, a night guard is custom made to fit over your upper or lower teeth as you sleep. In addition to helping to relieve head, neck, jaw joint and shoulder pain, it will protect your existing teeth and dental restorations. It helps offset the effects of this often- subconscious habit that occurs during sleep.
Ask us about our nightguards!
- + Tooth Extractions
The main goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy for as long as possible. There are times, however, when it is in your best interest (or your child's) to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by trauma or decay; or an impacted wisdom tooth that may cause trouble for you later on. Maybe your teenager will soon undergo orthodontic treatment and has insignificant space for his adult teeth, referred to as crowding. Or your younger child has a baby tooth that's stubbornly adhering, even though it's past time for it to go.
- + Emergency Dental Treatment
If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. We can treat a variety of traumatic dental injuries, including teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out entirely. Please call our office for assistance.
- + Anesthesia Techniques
We use painless, comfortable anesthesia techniques in our office. We use the award-winning Wand® Computer Assisted Anesthesia System which utilizes computer-controlled local anesthesia delivery to enhance the injection process for the patient. This handpiece makes the visit anxiety-free and more comfortable for you and your family.
We also use the Onset System which reduces the pain associated with the acidic nature of the anesthetic used. It minimizes the burning sensation by neutralizing the acid and releasing CO2 which enhances the anesthetic effect. Our patients are amazed at the simplicity of the process and how it felt — or should I say, how it did not feel! The movement of the solution through the tissue is barely, if at all, perceptible.
- + Before and After Photos
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