Crowns & Bridges

A crown (“cap”) is a covering that looks like a tooth, placed over a carefully prepared preexisting tooth. Crowns serve many functions, such as to strengthen, restore or improve the appearance of your natural tooth. For example, a crown can support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left to place a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken, and can be attached to bridges or dentures. Crowns dentistry is highly recommended when a tooth has been endodontically treated since the tooth becomes weaker and is prone to breakage or fracture in the nearby future.

A bridge is a restoration that replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. The bridge is cemented into place; only a dentist can remove it. Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth all are important. A bridge helps maintain the natural shape of your face by supporting your lips and cheeks. A bridge is normally cemented to the adjacent natural teeth. A false tooth (called a pontic) replaces the missing tooth. Crowns are placed on the adjacent natural teeth, and the crowns are attached to the pontic.

A dental bridge in Woodbridge can be made of different materials such as gold or porcelain. Bridges look, feel and function like natural teeth.

Pitt & Fissure Sealants

Sealants are a safe and painless way of protecting your children’s teeth from dental decay. A sealant is a protective plastic coating, which is applied to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. The sealant forms a hard shield that keeps food and bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves of the teeth and causing decay.

The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult (if not impossible) to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria reacts with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88% of total cavities in American school children are caused this way.

Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealant material is a resin typically applied to the back teeth, molars and premolars and areas prone to cavities. It lasts for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments.

Implant-Supported Dentures Could Help You Avoid Bone Loss

Not long ago, the most affordable option for total tooth loss was a removable denture. Dentures, prosthetic (false) teeth set in gum-colored acrylic plastic bases, can effectively restore function and appearance. But the appliance continues to have one major drawback: it can accelerate bone loss in the jaw.

Like other living tissues, older bone cells die and become absorbed into the body (resorption). Normally they’re replaced by newer cells. The forces generated when we chew our food travel through the teeth to stimulate this new growth. This stimulus ends when we lose our teeth, and so cell replacement can slow to an abnormal rate. Eventually, this causes bone loss.

Removable dentures can’t provide this stimulation. In fact, the pressure generated as they compress the gums’ bony ridges can even accelerate bone loss. That’s why over time a denture’s fit can become loose and uncomfortable — the bone has shrunk and no longer matches the contours of the dentures.

In recent years, though, a new development has been able to provide greater support to dentures while at the same time slowing or even stopping bone loss. We can now support dentures with dental implants.

Implants are best known as individual tooth replacements: a titanium metal post replaces the root, while a life-like porcelain crown attaches to the post to replace the visible tooth. In addition to providing a longer-lasting alternative to removable dentures, implants provide a very important health benefit: they improve bone density because they mimic the function of natural teeth. Bone cells are naturally attracted to the titanium; they adhere to the titanium post and are stimulated to grow through the action of chewing, increasing bone density and securing the implant’s hold in the jaw.

Using the same technology we can support removable dentures, or even full fixed bridges. Rather than rest directly on the bony ridges, a denture can make a secure connection through a coupling system with just a few strategically placed implants. We can also permanently attach a full bridge by fastening it to a few implants with screws.

Not only do we eliminate the pressure from dentures compressing the gums and bone tissue, we can actually stimulate bone growth with the implants. Although more costly upfront than traditional dentures, unlike traditional dentures which must be replaced every five to seven years, long-lasting implants may be more cost-effective over the long-run.

Insurance Info

Dental Insurance Coverage

We offer direct billing to your insurance company. This provides the convenience and flexibility of accepting payments from the insurance companies of our patients.

Sedation Dentistry

Who will benefit from conscious sedation?

  • Patients who have high anxiety about dental visits
  • Anyone who has had traumatic dental experiences in the past
  • Patients receiving complex treatments or surgery
  • Anyone who experiences difficulty getting numb
  • Anyone with a strong gag reflex
  • Patients who have jaw joint troubles and cannot open their mouth for extended periods
  • Anyone who is afraid of needles in the mouth
  • Patients with sensitive teeth
  • If you dislike the noises and/or smells associated with dental care.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

You breathe nitrous oxide — otherwise known as “laughing gas” — combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over your nose. The gas helps you relax. Your dentist can control the amount of sedation you receive, and the gas tends to wear off quickly. This is the only form of sedation where you may be able to drive yourself home after the procedure.

Surgical Dentals

Dentist consults patients, treat inflammations of the jaw and periosteum, also cysts, granulomas, diseases of the temporomandibular joint, inflammations of soft tissues (abscesses, lymphadenitis, etc.).

Tooth extraction is the most common surgical dental procedure.

Tooth extraction

It is a serious surgical procedure, so it is important to know that after extracting a tooth there is an individual healing period when the dentist’s recommendations must be followed.

Common reasons for tooth extraction

  • unerupted teeth;
  • orthodontic reasons;
  • purulent process around the root of the tooth;
  • fracture of the tooth or the root;
  • severe misalignment of the tooth;
  • sever decay;
  • advanced periodontal disease.

Wisdom teeth are exceptional not only because they erupt very late in life (usually in adulthood only), but also because they can cause many problems. They are hard to reach, their roots are often curved. Wisdom tooth extraction is a complicated surgical procedure.

Impacted or retained teeth are formed but unerupted teeth which do not perform chewing and so are recommended to be extracted. The surgery should be planned in advance due to varying healing period, it should be avoided before holidays, important meetings or weddings. It is reasonable to expect the face to be swollen for 3-5 days. The dentist will evaluate your individual situation during the first visit.

Non-traumatic tooth extraction

The aim is to extract the tooth without damaging surrounding tissues, including the gums. The whole procedure (mobilization of the tooth, separation and removal of small fragments) is carried out using smaller instruments. The tooth socket is often closed. Non-traumatic tooth extraction is useful for implant or prosthetic treatment, especially in aesthetically important regions. The treated region heals quicker, there are dramatically less complications and discomfort for the patient.

Treatment of alveolitis

Alveolitis is inflammation caused by infection in the tooth socket (the space where the root used to be) when a blood clot doesn’t form or is lost.

Timely treatment is not difficult. There is medium severity pain, bad breath. After anesthesia bleeding is provoked to form a blood clot. If treatment is late, the disease becomes more severe. Treatment is also more difficult: the wound is irrigated, medicament dressing is inserted into the tooth socket and the patient has to come for visits every 2–3 days until the symptoms pass and the wound is covered by healing tissue.

What should I do after having a tooth extracted?

Bite on the gauze the dentist has given for 30 minutes. It is there to absorb the blood and stop the bleeding.

– Do not eat for 2 hours.

– There might be some pain after the procedure. Take painkillers your dentist has prescribed.

It is recommended to eat only soft food the first 24 hours. Avoid hard, spicy or hot food that may cause pain and recurrent bleeding.

  • On the same day DO NOT rinse the mouth with any mouthrinses.
  • The next day gently rinse the mouth with mouthrinses.
  • Do not touch the wound with your fingers or tongue.
  • Brush teeth gently using a soft toothbrush avoiding the gums and the wound.

Look after the children while under anesthesia so as not to bide the cheeks. If anesthesia performed on the lower jaw, lay children on their side so the tongue does not cover the airways and the child does not choke.

  • Take medicine as prescribed by your dentist.
  • Avoid hard physical labor and drinking alcoholic beverages. Avoid hot environments.
  • If you feel unwell, the bleeding or swelling is does not pass or you simply have questions, visit your dentist.