Teeth have small pits and fissures (grooves). Sealants are a preventative cover on the biting surface added to keep food and bacteria from collecting on teeth which could cause cavities. Our sealants are effective and BPA free and are typically covered by insurance companies.
Our goal is to make you as comfortable as possible. The most common form of sedation we use is Nitrous Oxide or “laughing gas”. It is very safe and effective. For very anxious patients, an oral tablet can help reduce potential fears.
Veneers are thin layers of custom prepared porcelain cemented on the front side of teeth to change the size, shape, and color. This conservative preparation corrects discolored, broken and unevenly shaped teeth.
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots used to support a restoration for a missing tooth or teeth, helping to stop or prevent jaw bone loss. The implant placement is done by an oral surgeon or periodontist. We coordinate with specialists to plan and restore the implant. An abutment and a tooth colored crown are attached to the implant, which both functionally and esthetically resembles the real tooth.
A variety of dental fillings are used today. Most people prefer a composite or porcelain that matches the actual tooth color or shade. We meticulously place resin or composite fillings on front and back teeth and use the best materials and bonding agents available to dentistry.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns (sometimes called caps) are used to cover and protect weak or broken teeth. They are usually done with a white porcelain material. When a tooth is missing, a fixed bridge can be inserted using two or more crowns. We customize each patients crown material to be one that suits their needs best. We have strong and esthetic materials and can discuss your options. These restorative options will restore function and feel like natural teeth.
Tooth bonding is the application of a tooth-colored resin material using adhesives and a high intensity curing light. The procedure gets its name because materials are bonded to the tooth. Bonding is typically used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a chipped or discolored tooth. It is also used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth. Often times bonding is used to protect a portion of the tooth’s root surface that has been exposed when gums recede. Dental bonding is one of the most common and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures. Ask Dr. Derr or Dr. Chi if you are a candidate to improve your smile with tooth bonding.