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Services

We welcome you to Angell Street Dental. We are genuinely pleased that you have chosen us for your dental care.

Our practice consists of three dentists: Charles M. Riotto DMD, Thomas G. DePetrillo DMD, and Cristina M. Barron DMD who are all committed to providing you with the highest standard of comprehensive dental care. Our staff is made up of well-trained professionals who work together as a team.

Click the Services below for more information on each subject.

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Adult Clear Orthodontics

Clear aligners are an alternative system to traditional braces that use a sequence of individual clear, removable “trays” to gradually straighten teeth. Proper records and diagnosis of your condition will determine your specific needs.

The alignment is accomplished with a series of trays each made of clear, nearly invisible plastic that completely cover the teeth; each tray is slightly different, and continuously worn for two weeks before going on to the next set in the series. Results can vary widely depending on the patient’s compliance.

Total treatment time can range from six months to two years. When treatment is well-planned, clear aligners can successfully realign or straighten teeth, close mild spaces, treat elongated teeth and tip teeth into better position. Ask your dentist if this system is recommended for you!

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Botox/Xeomin

Can dentists offer BOTOX? The answer is a definite yes! Dentists already have extensive knowledge in facial muscles and tissues. Additionally, dentists in any speciality are often particularly skilled in delivering virtually painless injections.

BOTOX Cosmetic and Xeomin are FDA-approved prescription medicines that are injected into various points in facial muscles to smooth wrinkles and improve appearance. BOTOX and Xeomin work by blocking signals from nerves to the muscles so that the muscles can no longer contract. This relaxes and softens wrinkles. Imagine getting rid of frown lines or crow’s feet during your dental visit! BOTOX and Xeomin results are not permanent and may not appear for up to a week. They typically last three to four months. The treatment requires periodic visits in order to maintain the smooth appearance.

BOTOX and Xeomin are prescribed cosmetic therapies and are not for everyone. Ask us for more information about our facial cosmetic services and how we can incorporate them into your office visits. We will work together to establish the best treatment plan for you.

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Patient Safety

At Angell Street Dental, your safety is a top priority. Our caring team not only strictly meets, but exceeds the safety and sterilization guidelines recommended by the American Dental Association, RI Dental Board, CDC, and OSHA. Beyond that, we are constantly upgrading our infection control techniques by attending frequent continuing education courses, as well as holding regular staff meetings to make sure everything is up to the highest standards. You can feel at peace knowing that we maintain the highest standard of sanitation at our practice.

Our safety techniques include:

  • Wearing gloves, masks and protective eyewear
  • Sterilizing all instruments placed intro-orally
  • Cleaning and disinfection all equipment following each patient’s visit
  • Using a contracted sterilization monitoring service
  • Properly disposing of all products that are unable to be sterilized
  • Sterilizing all dental hand-pieces
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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person's breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. This means the brain – and the rest of the body—may not get enough oxygen.

    There are two types of sleep apnea:
  • Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): The more common of the two forms of apnea, it is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep.
  • Central sleep apnea: Unlike OSA, the airway is not blocked, but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breath, due to instability in the respiratory control center.
    If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Heart failure, irregular heart beats, and heart attacks
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Worsening of ADHD
  • Headaches

In addition, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for poor performance in everyday activities such as work and school, motor vehicle crashes, and academic under achievement in children and adolescents.

    Common sleep apnea symptoms include:
  • Waking up with a sore or very dry throat
  • Loud snoring
  • Occasionally waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
  • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
  • Sleepiness while driving
  • Morning headaches
  • Restless sleep
  • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and decreased interest in sex
  • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia
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Sleep Apnea Device

A sleep study is conducted prior to recommending the appropriate device. This would be determined by a sleep study physician.

There are several treatment options for sleep apnea. One of the options is the oral appliance. Also called Jaw Advancing Device (JAD) or Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD), these sleep apnea mouth pieces are custom made by dentists using a plastic-like mold to form to the specific shape of the patients teeth and mouth. Not only do they work against sleep apnea, they are also effective to stop snoring. Follow up care is imperative in the treatment of your sleep disorder, the condition of your appliance, your physical response to your appliance, and to ensure that it is comfortable and effective.

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Dental Prophy

A prophy, or dental cleaning, is a professional cleaning to remove tartar, plaque and food debris from all tooth surfaces above the gum line. It is performed by a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take about 45 minutes to complete. Cleanings should be performed at least every six months to prevent plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Dental hygienists traditionally performed scaling by hand. However new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as ultrasonic scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently. To achieve the best results, both ultrasonic and manual scaling methods are combined for dental cleanings.

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Scalings

Scaling and Root Planning is used to treat periodontal disease. This involves using local anesthetics (numbing) the area of your mouth that needs to be treated. The hygienist will use sonic and hand instruments to remove the hardest tartar beneath your gums. Sometimes localized antibiotics (Arestin) will be placed under your gums to gain control over your periodontitis.

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Dental Amalgam

Amalgam, “silver fillings”, has been used for many years to fill teeth that have decayed or fractured. It is relatively inexpensive, long lasting, durable, and is less technique-sensitive to deliver. Amalgam, on the other hand, does have its draw backs. It does contain mercury, as well as other non-precious metals. As with any metal, it does expand and contract, as well as corrode. This creates internal stresses within the tooth which can cause leakage (bacteria invading the tooth) and the breakdown of the surrounding tooth. The possible consequences of retaining a large failing amalgam filling may result in the need for root canal treatment, crown placement, and/or tooth loss due to irreparable fracture.

Fortunately, silver fillings can be replaced with composite or porcelain restorations. Porcelain, the strongest material we have to restore teeth is tooth colored and chemically and mechanically bonded (glued) to the remaining teeth. It is a strong long-lasting and esthetically pleasing restoration. Composite, or bonding, is also strong and will eliminate the grayish color of the old silver fillings. Both composite and porcelain have low thermal conductivity which reduces sensitivity to hot and cold. Both porcelain and composite restorations allow the dentist to be more conservative in removing tooth structure and strengthen the remaining tooth structure. In addition to the obvious esthetic advantages, there are physical advantages as well. The amalgam is not attached to the sides of a tooth, so when the tooth is stressed as with chewing and or grinding, the tooth can flex away from the filling. Little cracks can begin to develop. Like a crack in a car windshield, with each successive stress, the crack gets larger creating leakage until a piece potentially fractures from the tooth. Your dentist will determine what material is most appropriate to restore your teeth.

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Night Guards

Night guards, or occlusal splints, are made of hard durable plastic that can be custom fit to your mouth. They are recommended for patients who grind or clench their teeth, as well as those who suffer TMJ pain. A custom night guard can help to relax your jaw muscles as well as protect your teeth from further damage and reduce jaw or joint pain. If you need to have a custom guard made, we will take impressions of your teeth which will then be sent to a lab to fabricate the occlusal splint. It usually takes 2-3 weeks to fabricate and deliver.

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Athletic Mouthguards

Athletic Guards are made of flexible plastic. They are designed to protect your teeth during physical activity such as football, boxing, basketball and hockey. You can chose from a variety of colors.

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BONDING

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly-chipped, discolored or crooked teeth, often for cosmetic purposes. The process comprises placing a white filling on your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Bonding can also be used in place of regular amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings, because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver of the amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and breaks more easily than other cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers.

If your bonding does break or chip, please let us know. We can generally patch or repair bonding in one visit.

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Bridge Work

A dental bridge is a permanent restoration consisting of two or more crowns connecting teeth or implants on either side of a missing tooth/teeth. Once permanently cemented this restoration replaces the missing teeth, both functionally and aesthetically.

Designing a natural looking bridge is as much art as it is exacting science. It's greatest advantage is that it provides permanent tooth replacement without the need for a removable denture. Today, materials of choice include gold, porcelain bonded to gold, or all ceramic materials made to match your natural tooth color. The final choice of material depends on the requirements for strength, wear and esthetics.

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Crowns

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged from decay, wear, fracture or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and function. Crowns may be used to:

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining.
  • Protect a weak tooth.
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
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Periodontal Maintenance

If you have periodontal disease, you may require root planning, or periodontal surgery, to remove diseased deposits from the roots of your teeth. After the disease process is under control, a regular “prophy” (cleaning) is no longer appropriate. Instead you will require special on-going gum and bone care procedures, also known as periodontal maintenance to keep your mouth healthy. It is a more extensive approach to maintaining your periodontal health compared to a dental prophy. Periodontal maintenance is need-based and should be performed every 3-4 months to keep the disease in an arrested state.

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Dentures

Dentures are removable, prosthetic appliances that replace missing teeth, gums, and supporting bone structures. They can greatly improve facial and lip support and improve chewing efficiency and digestion. Both complete dentures and partial dentures can also be supported by implants. This will greatly improve the retention and fit of your dentures, providing more comfort and confidence to patients when eating and speaking.

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EXTRACTIONS

Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

The dentist may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment—usually taking x-rays to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, a dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with pain killers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.

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FILLINGS

A filling is a way to restore a tooth decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, then clean the affected area and fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.

There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. We will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, the location of the filling and the cost. Each of the filling materials is briefly explained below:

Gold fillings are custom-made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider gold as the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years.

Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are also well-tolerated. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.

Composite (plastic) resin fillings are custom-made to the exact color of the patient's teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While these white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for larger fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.

Porcelain fillings, called inlays or onlays, are created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, they resist staining, and they cost about the same as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.

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GUM TREATMENT

It's estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.

Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn't always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body's health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!

Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. The dentist may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.

We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.

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Dental Implants

A dental implant is a wonderful option to replace a missing tooth, or teeth, as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or tooth decay. A dental implant is a titanium post that a periodontist or an oral surgeon positions into the jaw. Once the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal (approximately 3-6 months), a replacement tooth is attached to an abutment or post. Implants have benefits over other tooth replacement options. They are a more conservative approach than bridgework since they do not require the prepping of the adjacent teeth. You are also able to floss around a single tooth implant making it easier to maintain. To be a candidate, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

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Restorations

A restoration or filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay or fracture back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires treatment, the dentist will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with an appropriate restorative material. A restoration also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter. There are a variety of restorative materials available including gold, silver, resin and porcelain. Your dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you depending on the extent of repair, and where the restoration is needed. Each of the restorative materials is briefly explained below:

  • Composite resin restorations are custom made to match the exact color of your natural teeth. While composite restorations may be an ideal choice, they may not be best suited as a large restorative choice.
  • Porcelain restorations are called inlays or onlays. These are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the exact color of the tooth and are resistant to staining and wear. A porcelain restoration generally covers a significant percentage of the tooth, making it nearly undetectable.
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INVISALIGN

Invisalign is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth to slowly straighten them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.

The Invisalign system begins in the dentist or orthodontist's office with taking molds to design a your trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.

The cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.

Contact us for an Invisalign consultation.

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IV SEDATION

A variety of forms of dental sedation are used to help patients who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia. There are multiple levels of sedation to ease every level of anxiety, and IV sedation is the perfect option for patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist. IV sedation is commonly referred to as "sleep dentistry--" it will be as if you fell asleep, and you won't remember the procedure. A specific set of drugs are administered via IV for the duration of the procedure or procedures, and you will be carefully monitored to ensure your safety. Often reserved for oral surgery, IV sedation is also available to those with intense dental anxiety and phobia. It makes dentistry easy.

If you feel that IV sedation is the best option for you, set up a consultation today! We are happy to answer any of your questions.

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MOUTH GUARDS

Custom-designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth might get hit. Night guards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night to protect their teeth. Guards generally last 3-10 years.

Custom-made oral appliances can also be used as part of treatment for conditions like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. In general, plastic appliances can be used to correct a variety of problems.

If you are active in athletics or experiencing any concerning experiences with your mouth, teeth, or jaw, please let us know. If any kind of guard or appliance is a good option for you, we will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fit product for your specific needs.

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NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION

Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas," is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and produces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain. Nitrous oxide is designed to make procedures easier for nervous patients and has been effective for many years.

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ORAL SEDATION

Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. It is simply taken in pill or liquid form and ingested at a set time before treatment. The drug produces a calming effect to make the visit to our office a much less stressful experience. Oral sedation is simple, safe and has very few side effects.

Ask us about our sedation options.

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ORTHODONTICS

Orthodontics is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth and bite. Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth colored" braces, as well as clear plastic braces.

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ROOT CANALS

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it. A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on.

Trauma can also cause deep damage to the nerve of a tooth. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful.

Symptoms of infected pulp may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain with biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, and you are unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.

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SEALANTS

Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry. Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible.

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Sleep Apnea Treatment

Problems with sleep can quickly and negatively impact overall well-being. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, depression, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, weight gain and more—all of these can be caused by sleep apnea and snoring. Solve your sleeping struggles at the dentist's office? It's definitely possible.

Oral sleep appliance therapy can be a very effective treatment option for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These custom-fit appliances shift the lower jaw forward and open the bite and airway.

Following are some common symptoms of sleep breathing disorders:

  • Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
  • Loud, recurring snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
  • A man with neck size greater than 17 inches
  • A woman with neck size greater than 16 inches
  • Stop breathing while asleep
  • Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Acid reflux
  • History of stroke or heart attack
  • Fall asleep during the day when activity is low
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Impotence

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, come into our office for a consultation. We will review the severity of your condition and discuss dental sleep treatment. It is always best to have had a sleep study conducted to determine the severity of your problem. However, this may not be necessary in treatment for simple snoring.

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TMJ TREATMENT

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is used to describe dysfunction or disorders related to the joint. "Temporo," refers to the temple area of the skull; "mandibular," refers to the lower jaw; and "joint" is essentially where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a trauma, misalignment of the teeth, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that meet at the jaw are buffered by cartilage and five different muscles, so TMJ can cause a variety of troubles.

Common TMJ symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, and more. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If TMJ is left untreated and reaches extremes, surgery may be required to repair the badly damaged joint.

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Dental Veneers

Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or laminates) are wafer thin custom made shells of tooth colored material, designed to cover the front surface of the tooth to improve your appearance. Veneers are bonded to the front of the tooth changing their color, shape, size or length.

Dental veneers can be made from porcelain or resin composite material. Porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin and mimic the light reflecting properties of natural teeth. Resin veneers can be placed in one visit, while porcelain veneers require multiple visits (usually two). You will need to discuss the best choice of veneer material with your dentist.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is the amount of tooth preparation is more conservative to achieve the desired esthetic result.

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular process used to make teeth whiter and brighter by removing internal and external staining. It is a safe procedure ideal for most patients. After a proper evaluation by your dentist, the best treatment will be decided and customized for your particular needs. Our office offers a few methods of whitening. These include:

Customized tray whitening:Impressions will be taken of your teeth to create clear, flexible trays that you will wear to whiten your teeth. Your trays will be delivered with specific instructions on how to achieve the best results. At the end of your whitening program you will see results that are nothing short of dazzling.

Depending upon your dietary habits, you may elect an occasional retreatment at home to “touch up” your new smile.

Pre-filled disposable whitening trays: These trays are pre-loaded with a powerful whitening gel not available over the counter. These trays are generally worn from 15 minutes to one hour per day for anywhere from five to ten days.

Whitening in conjunction with MI paste:This in-office method incorporates using a special prescription paste in combination with polishing the enamel to remove white or brown spots caused from fluorosis, previous metal brackets from orthodontics, or decalcifications from faulty tooth development. What is MI paste?

MI Paste is a water-based, sugar-free cream that comes in a tube-like toothpaste. When professionally applied directly to your teeth, it can help condition, protect, and rebuild your teeth’s surface. MI Paste uses calcium and phosphate to bind and replenish these minerals in your teeth and strengthen them.

MI Paste restores the oral mineral imbalances that cause demineralization by replacing minerals while improving salivary flow and fluoride absorption, as well as soothing sensitive surfaces.

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WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, they cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in the mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so that the patient is asleep during the procedure.

After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, the patient is given gauze and bites down softly for a recommended amount of time to limit any bleeding. Some pain and swelling may occur, but it will usually go away after a few days. Please call our office if, after following post-op instructions, you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

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DIAGNOdent

Providing the absolute best service to our patients is of the highest importance to our office. To aid in achieving this goal, we use a new high-tech device called the DIAGNOdent. This small tool is a portable laser that allows us to detect cavities on the chewing surface of the back teeth that would have otherwise gone undetected by previous methods. Diagnosing cavities in the back of the mouth using traditional methods is difficult; studies even show that 50% of cavities are left undetected in these areas. However, the new DIAGNOdent enables us to locate and treat these cavities, putting a stop to further decay. The laser is easy to use, harmless, and will alert us with an audible signal if it detects a cavity. It will even calculate the approximate size of the cavity so we can better plan treatment. By using this device, you can rest assured that cavities will be accurately detected and treated in their infancy.

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DIGITAL IMAGING

We use digital imaging software in our office, which allows us to take a digital picture of you and use our imaging system to predict how a particular treatment or cosmetic procedure would change the appearance of your teeth. This software is beneficial for patients who are considering cosmetic procedures but are not sure if they're ready for dramatic changes. Digital imaging also allows us to document your dental case and procedures very well. We take digital images of your face, teeth and smile to provide us with a permanent dental record and to provide a visual documentation of treatment.

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DIGITAL X-RAYS

Digital radiography uses an estimated 40-90 percent less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device in place of traditional film, sending an image immediately to a computer. The result is a highly-detailed image of the mouth, and its contrast and resolution can be enhanced to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the very best treatment for each case.

This means more safety and better accuracy for you.

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E-CLAIMS

Many offices utilize electronic claims processing. This means that rather than being sent through the mail, a dental claim is sent electronically to an insurance company with the click of a button. We can submit information more efficiently and with fewer errors. This benefits patients because the turn-around time on claims is faster, and fewer claims are returned or denied.

We are happy to submit your dental claims to your insurance company on your behalf. Please let us know if you have any questions about the e-claim process.

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INTRAORAL CAMERA

Intraoral cameras, cameras about the size of a pen, help dentists see the condition of teeth and gums more clearly. This advanced technology allows us to zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings to provide a more detailed view. The full-color images are sent to a computer screen, making it easy to see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Patients are also able to watch the whole process because the images are displayed on screens in treatment rooms.

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PAPERLESS CHARTING

Paperless charting means more efficiency and more accuracy. An office that has "gone digital" records x-rays and charting with the aid of the computer and keeps all patients' dental records electronically. Additionally, it cuts back on paper use. With traditional paper charting, information can be lost in translation from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by standardizing charting methods, making it easy to understand dental charts, view up-to-date information and keep records accurately. When needed, this method also allows dental offices to more easily share information with other healthcare providers.

If you have any questions in regards to your records with us, please let us know.

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PATIENT EDUCATION SOFTWARE

You deserve to be in the loop when it comes to your dental care. There are a variety of computer programs available to help patients better understand conditions, procedures and treatment options. Our office invests in patient education software because we want you to feel confident in every dental decision you make. This investment helps us clearly communicate--and it helps you learn more.

Popular programs include GURU and DentalMaster, among many others. If you have any questions about the program we use, we're happy to point you to the website. If you have any further questions about your oral health and procedures, don't hesitate to ask us.

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TELESCOPIC LOUPE

The dentist performs most of his dental procedures while wearing a pair of funny looking glasses called surgical telescopes. These powerful glasses have magnifiers on them, allowing the dentist to see fine details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye.