cleanings, exams & preventative dentistry
Regular cleanings an examinations can prevent minor dental problems from becoming more serious. Additionally, they are integral to maintaining a healthy smile and in the prevention of health issues and problems associated with untreated oral disease.
Periodontal or gum disease has been linked to numerous health issues including heart, stroke, diabetes and oral cancer to name a few.
Being able to chew your food well is the first step to proper digestion.
Used to repair teeth affected by decay, fractures, erosion and/or wear. There are many types of filling materials available that will restore the function and health of your teeth and can improve aesthetics, giving you a healthy smile.
A crown encases the entire tooth surface for more seriously broken or decayed teeth offering a stronger, more durable restoration. Porcelain crowns can also be used to enhance the appearance of your teeth.
A dental bridge is a way to replace missing teeth and is not removable. Normally, it consists of one or more crowns on each side of a space with pontic between these crowns. The bridge is fabricated is a dental lab and is then cemented into place.
complete & partial dentures
Dentures are a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth within the arch and are made to restore function and aesthetics when all teeth are missing.
A partial denture is used when there are some teeth remaining that can be used for attaching and securing the removable appliance in place. Consultation with Dr. Youree can clarify your options when replacing missing teeth.
Periodontics refers to the gums and soft tissue around the teeth and the supporting bone structure beneath. Disease can be diagnosed by Dr. Youree at your cleaning and examination. If a problem is detected, Dr. Youree will recommend further action as needed.
Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease and involves the soft tissue around the teeth. It appears as red or swollen gums with bleeding and inflammation.
Periodontitis also has these symptoms, but also involves the bone supporting the teeth; there is evidence of bone loss between and around teeth that can advance if left untreated.
Enhancement of the appearance of the dentition is accomplished using a number of methods available that may include:
Bleaching & Whitening
Using these techniques, in combination or separately, can improve the shape and contour, alignment and color of the teeth within the mouth, resulting in an improved smile and appearance.
extractions & wisdom teeth
When a tooth is determined non-restorable, or otherwise untreatable, it needs to be removed to avoid further damage to other teeth or supporting bone. Not all wisdom teeth have to be extracted. They do however frequently create crowding and shifting of other teeth, cause pain or infection, and damage adjacent teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can also be associated with cysts and tumors within the bone.
Root canals are usually recommended when the pulp or nerve within the tooth has been affected by decay, trauma or infection. Damage to the nerve can present itself as sensitivity, pain, pressure, swelling or remain asymptomatic; some problems are detected by x-ray. Root canals are a way to treat and save the tooth that might otherwise have to be extracted.
Advancements in anesthetics and dental techniques has made the procedure much more comfortable and successful for patients.
Thanks to the advancements in dental implants, we have a means to replace one or more missing teeth without the need to affect adjacent teeth. New techniques have given a more more aesthetic and natural appearance to the implant. Implants can also be used to secure and stabilize a removable denture. Dental implants generally require several visits.
Placement and integration or healing the implant body takes about three months prior to fabrication of the implant abutment and crown placement.