Services and Technologies
Elk Avenue Dental Center has provided personalized dental care to thousands of families. Our patients come from near and far to experience the warm, individualized care we provide. We pride ourselves in utilizing the most modern equipment and methods available.
In order to provide nothing but the best to our patients, our office uses state-of-the-art technologies in all our procedures. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your dental issues with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations. Our premium dental software system maximizes your time and our office efficiency. When you visit our office you can be confident that you are receiving the finest and most advanced in dental care.
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THE BUTEYKO METHOD
Hundreds of thousands of people in the Western world have successfully
applied the Buteyko method to resolve and relieve symptoms of breathing
problems such as:
• Rhinitis/Hay Fever
• Dental Heath
• Sleep apnea
How Over-breathing Affects the Body
Chronic over-breathing creates a high breathing volume which puts extra strain on the body and affects an individual's health and well-being in many different ways. When over-breathing becomes a habit, the body struggles to cope with an imbalance of blood gases and every system and organ in the body can be affected, including:
The respiratory system: wheezing, blocked nose, loss of smell and taste, runny nose, post nasal drip, breathlessness, coughing, chest tightness, frequent chest infections, frequent yawning, and snoring.
The nervous system: poor concentration, dizziness, light-headedness, numbness, sweating, brain fog, vertigo, tingling of hands and feet, faintness, trembling, and headache.
The heart: a racing heartbeat, pain in the chest region, and a skipping or irregular heartbeat.
The mind: anxiety, frustration, restlessness, irritability, tension, depression, apprehension, and stress.
Other general symptoms include: mouth dryness, fatigue, difficulty falling asleep, waking regularly at night, waking up tired, reduced productivity, bad dreams, nightmares, dry and itchy skin, sweaty palms, increased urination (including bed wetting or regular visits to the bathroom during the night), diarrhea, constipation, general weakness, and chronic exhaustion.
At Elk Avenue Dental Center we offer air abrasion dentistry, which is a conservative, less traumatic alternative to the high-speed drill. It allows us to find hidden decay, selectively remove the decay, leaving more healthy tooth structure. This procedure can often be done without anesthesia, providing more comfort to the patient.
At Elk Avenue Dental Center we use laser technology for a variety of treatment plans. We use a Diode Laser which ensures that soft-tissue procedures are precise, efficient and as painless as possible. The laser can be used for procedures such as contouring the gums for crown preparations in order to get an accurate impression. The laser can be used for esthetic purposes, cold sore prevention and reduction, gingival frenectomies, which releases tight tissue attachments, periodontal procedures and bacterial reduction. Having the most advanced technology in laser dentistry allows our patients to have an exceptional dental experience.
Elk Avenue Dental Center works in conjunction with both local physicians and with EZ Sleep in-home sleep testing, in order to determine the best treatment necessary for patients who suffer from sleep apnea and other sleeping disorders. We screen all our patients for any possible sleeping or breathing issues. At Elk Avenue Dental Center we believe that every patient should be presented with all of their options in order to make an informed decision on what would best address their specific concerns.
Frenectomies are the removal of a frenulum. A frenulum is a restricted tissue attachment which can cause several issues, including some of the following:
- • Prevent ideal breast feeding latch and efficiency of sucking
- • Prevent proper swallow
- • Prevent proper tongue rest posture
- • Lead to open mouth posture and breathing issues (contributing to sleep apnea)
- • Cause speech and eating issues
- • Create abnormal growth patterns in children causing long-term orthodontic problems
- • Prevent the bite from closing
- • Cause gum recession and periodontal issues.
At least two percent of all infants born need to have their frenulums clipped. It is much easier to have this procedure done early, in order to prevent possible speech, dental and orofacial functional problems. At Elk Avenue Dental Center, we screen all patients to make sure there are no restricted frenulums. If there is restriction with any of the seven tissue attachments, we also provide frenectomies via laser treatment.
Aromatherapy, which can be traced back to the late 1920s, is the use of essential oils from flowers, leaves, fruits, barks or roots. Its affects stem from the response to these scents that send chemical messages through the nerves to the brain's limbic system. Aromatherapy is being studied and used all over the world to reduce anxiety and stress, ease pain, increase deep restful sleep, relieve constipation, reduce nausea, and for several medical conditions such as diabetes, seizure disorders, cancer and autoimmune disorders.
We use aromatherapy here at Elk Avenue Dental Center to help ease stress and anxiety to create a calming affect in the dental office setting.
- Are you:
- • Snoring?
- • Not feeling well rested when you wake up?
- • Tired throughout the day?
- • Clenching or grinding during the night?
- • Waking up to use the restroom?
- • Tossing and turning all night instead of getting a good night sleep?
If so, you could be one of the 25-30% of Americans who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which breathing is briefly and repeatedly interrupted during sleep. "Apnea" refers to a breathing pause that lasts at least ten seconds and occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the uvula, the tonsils, the side walls of the throat and the tongue. When the muscles relax, your airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, and you can't get an adequate breath. This condition can cause fragmented sleep and low blood oxygen levels. Surprisingly, many people with obstructive sleep apnea may not be aware that their sleep was interrupted. In fact, some people with this type of sleep apnea think they sleep well all night.
For people with sleep apnea, the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may lead to hypertension, heart disease and mood and memory problems. Sleep apnea also increases the risk of drowsy driving.
At Elk Avenue Dental Center, we believe in a whole body approach. In order to help you achieve your best health, we work with other specialists in both medical and dental fields to address your specific concerns and situations. Every body is different and deserves to be treated as individually as they are. At your exam, not only will we evaluate your dental and periodontal health, we will also be checking airway space, questioning you regarding how your tongue rests, asking you about your breathing, your sleeping, and if you snore.
Many people think that snoring is normal. It's not. Snoring is a sign that you are not breathing properly while you are resting. This continued disturbance prevents your body from naturally progressing through the steps of the sleep cycle. Naturally progressing through the sleep cycle is an essential component to your body's overall health and function.
Snoring can be treated with orofacial myofunctional therapy, addressed with a dental appliance and/or a CPAP machine.
We have trained in orofacial myofunctional therapy and studied in how we can help you to achieve optimal health in a team approach. Orofacial myofunctional therapy is neuromuscular retraining of tongue rest position, breathing and swallowing. This therapy has been shown to significantly reduce sleep apnea incidence. It is a program that on average takes 12-18 months of daily exercises and will pair you with our orofacial myofunctional therapist for an individualized exercise program. This approach is one that requires a high level of commitment, but once therapy is complete, the effects will be positive for the long-term.
- Many people have a difficult time remaining compliant with the use of the CPAP and should be aware that they have other options, one of which is a removable dental appliance. Some benefits of a dental appliance include the following:
- • Unlike most dental procedures, a dental appliance may be submitted through your medical insurance.
- • 75% of people who correctly use their appliance reduce their apnea by more than 60%*
- • 70% of patients and 95% of bed partners report a reduction of snoring *
- • 80% of patients prefer their oral appliance over the CPAP for treatment of sleep apnea *
- • Unlike a CPAP, an oral appliance uses no cord or wires and can fit in your pocket
- • Unlike a CPAP, certain oral appliances, when paired with orofacial myofunctional therapy, can actually cure sleep apnea by manipulating and remodeling your airway to create a larger and more efficient airway.
- • Use of certain oral appliances when paired with orofacial myofunctional therapy can allow you to breathe better during the day and at night.
- • In many cases when a CPAP is used on its own, it will need to be used for the rest of your life. During its use to treat the symptoms without addressing the cause, apnea levels can slowly increase with age. Orofacial myofunctional therapy paired with an oral device that addresses the cause of obstructive sleep apnea can eliminate the need to wear a nightly dental appliance once treatment is complete.
To determine what type of therapy is indicated and accepted by the patient, it is necessary to first assess properly. This assessment may include questionnaires, special x-rays and measurements, a pulse-oximeter screening and/or a sleep study. This assessment may be completed in our office alone or in collaboration with your medical doctor. After the proper assessments have been made and a diagnosis assigned, we will then discuss treatment options such as orofacial myofunctional therapy, treatment with a removable appliance and/or a consult with a M.D. for possible CPAP treatment. We encourage you to seek help if you have any concerns regarding your sleep, your breathing or snoring.
Please call us with any questions you may have.
ORAL HYGIENE CARE
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your teeth and gums. Good oral health is important to your overall well-being. Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop.
In between regular visits to the dentist, there are simple steps each of us can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. These include:
- • Brush thoroughly twice a day for at least 2 minutes
- • Brush your tongue daily
- • Floss daily
- • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals, to control pH levels in your mouth
- • Use dental products which contain fluoride, including toothpaste
- • Use products containing Xylitol within the first three ingredients, five times a day to help control the pH level in you mouth and reduce risk of decay and gum disease
- • Make sure to follow the recommendations of fluoride products and supplements if advised from your dental professional.
- • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams according to your specific recare regimen
- Replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months
The following are indications of good oral hygiene:
- • Your teeth are clean and free of debris, "not furry"
- • Try dry brushing. Brush your teeth first without toothpaste, starting on your lower teeth on the inside and continue throughout your mouth until your teeth feel and taste clean. Once they “feel” clean, feel free to use toothpaste for the fresh breath taste that toothpaste offers.
- • Gums are pink and do not hurt or bleed when you brush or floss
- • Bad breath is not a constant problem
ROOT CANAL TREATMENT
Root canal therapy treats disorders in the pulp of the tooth. It can save a tooth whose pulp (which contains its nerves and blood supply) is diseased or damaged. Root canal therapy involves replacing the diseased pulp with a substance that will keep the tooth functional.
Common factors and symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal
- • Trauma such as a physical blow
- • Irritation caused by deep decay
- • Advanced gum disease
- • Pain or throbbing while biting
- • Sensitivity to hot and cold
- • Severe decay or an injury that creates inflammation
Upon examination of the tooth, it will be determined if a root canal is needed. The first appointment involves the removal of the diseased pulp, leaving the canal intact. The canal is then rinsed out, medication is placed in it, and a temporary is added. For the second appointment, the canal is sterilized and filled with a permanent material. Sometimes, it is possible to treat a patient in one visit, depending upon severity of inflammation. Typically, a tooth that has had a root canal will then require a crown.
IMPLANT PLACEMENT & RESTORATION
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth. It is a metal post, typically titanium, which is placed where a natural tooth once was. When the implant post is in place and has integrated into the bone, a replacement tooth (crown) is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. The success rates of dental implants vary depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care, implants can last a lifetime. They are a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
In order to be a good candidate for an implant, 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.
Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly chipped, discolored, or crooked teeth. During dental bonding, a white filling is placed onto 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.
Tooth bonding can also be used for teeth fillings instead of amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver 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 usually can be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and is easier to break than other cosmetic treatments such as porcelain veneers. If it does break or chip, tell your doctor. The bonding can generally be easily patched or repaired in one visit.
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have major impact upon your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still sometimes necessary occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted for the following reasons:
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
After careful examination and treatment, the dentist may advise you to have a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, a patient may be referred you to a specialized oral surgeon.
NIGHTGUARDS / MOUTHGUARDS
Custom designed mouthguards and nightguards are molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouthguards are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and sports such as hockey, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth maybe vulnerable to injuries. Guards also protect the soft tissues of your tongue, lips and cheek lining.
Nightguards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth, as a way to protect their teeth and bite. Grinding or clenching can occur at any time. However, it is most common at night while sleeping. When diagnosed early on, permanent damages of teeth can be prevented with the uses of a nightguard.
Another way to prevent decay!
Dental caries (tooth decay) often occurs in the chewing surfaces of back teeth. However, your dentist can help prevent or reduce the incidence of decay by applying sealants. What is a sealant? A sealant is a clear shaded plastic material applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often. This sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay-pron areas of the teeth from plaque and acid.
Children receive significant benefits from sealants. When the teeth are developing, depressions and groves form in the chewing surfaces of the enamel. These features are called pits and fissures. They are impossible to keep clean, because the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach into these tight areas. Therefore, pits and fissures are snug places for plaque and bits of food to hide. By placing a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food, and thus decrease the risk of decay.
CROWNS AND BRIDGES
Both crown and bridge restorations are used to restore teeth that have been damaged, or to take the place of missing teeth. A dental crown and bridge is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape and size, strength and improve its appearance.
Crowns may be needed in the following situations to:
- • Protect a weak or damaged tooth. This can be caused by tooth decay, which breaks down the tooth’s strength and integrity.
- • Cover a tooth with cracks, if a cracked tooth is not addressed the patient runs the risk of losing a tooth, it the tooth breaks off below the gum line.
- • Restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down.
- • Attach a bridge
- • Cover a dental implant
- • Cover and support a tooth with a large filling, where little natural tooth remains, preventing fractures
- • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
- • Cover a severely discolored tooth
- • Cover an implant
- • Make cosmetic modifications
- • Attach a bridge
A bridge is one option used to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the teeth on either side of a missing tooth for support. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. The material used depends on requirements for strength, wear and/or esthetics.
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning offered by one of our registered dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 60 minutes. We allow 90 minutes for our new patient cleanings due to assessment and diagnosis needed for new patients. Cleanings should be performed within a time period that is recommended for each individual. Common recare visits are scheduled every three, four, six or even twelve months. This recare plan will be set by both the patient and hygienist depending upon the patients’ specific oral health care needs. If you miss a hygiene appointment and go longer than the recommended time frame for a cleaning, the biofilm and calculus left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.
During your routine cleaning here at Elk Avenue Dental Center you can expect to have:
- • A Closys pre-op rinse
- • Intra/extra oral cancer screening, including the use of the VELscope, which is a hand held devise that illuminates a safe blue light providing visual information that cannot be acquired with the naked eye
- • TMJ evaluation
- • Radiographic images (if needed)
- • Laser bacterial reduction
- • Periodontal assessment
- • Teething cleaning with both ultrasonic and hand scale
- • Polish if desired
- • Full mouth floss
- • Dental exam by Dr. Faktor
A denture is a removable appliance used for the replacement of missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available; partial and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth are present, while complete dentures are used to replace all teeth on either the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.
Complete and partial dentures are useful in restoring both oral and esthetic function. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth so there should be no noticeable change to your appearance. Both types of dentures are removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit.
When a patient acquires a new denture, there always is a break-in period where the denture (complete or partial) may feel awkward and foreign in the mouth. Eating and speaking can take a few weeks to feel comfortable due to the muscles of the cheek and tongue having to adapt to the denture. Although this may require some practice you will adjust and enjoy the benefits that a both partial and complete dentures can provide.
TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Temporal, as in temple area of skull; mandibular as in mandible, or lower jaw; joint as in it's where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.
Problems in this area can cause:
- 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, etc. 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 untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best for you, depending on the extent of repair, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and 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 it 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 tolerant to wear. 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) resins are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.
- Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
Invisalign is a patented proprietary system that uses 3D modeling software and cutting-edge manufacturing technology to provide a clear, removable solution for straightening teeth. Invisalign is effective at treating a wide variety of orthodontic.
- • Crowding
- • Spacing
- • Overbite
- • Underbite
- • Deep bite
- • Open bite
Invisalign was designed with leading orthodontists and is FDA cleared.
Invisalign has the experience of over 1.7 million patients worldwide, and has a 96% of patient satisfaction rate.¹ 9 out of 10 patients would recommend Invisalign to their friends and family.
In today’s busy and aesthetically-conscious world, many patients prefer Invisalign’s clear and removable orthodontic solution to traditional brackets and wires. There are a number of other clear aligners out there, however none have the product experience, efficacy and customization of Invisalign.
Your invisalign will consist of a series of aligners that you switch out approximately every two weeks. Each aligner is individually manufactured with exact calculations to gradually shift your teeth into place. Since your invisalign system is custom made for your teeth, and your teeth only, with a plan devised by you and your dentist or orthodontist, you know that you will end up with a smile that you’ll love.
Halitosis is the sophisticated word for "bad breath". Depending on the cause, bad breath may strike on occasion or may be a more persistent condition. The most common cause of bad breath is bacteria. Because the mouth is moist and warm, it creates perfect conditions for the millions of bacteria that live in the mouth. In fact, approximately 80% of bad breath is caused by something in the mouth.
Bad breath caused by bacteria in the mouth can easily be treated. Brushing your teeth, tongue and gums after meals as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash will usually take care of the problem. Regular visits to the dentist should be made for dental examinations and for professional teeth and gum cleaning.
Some types of bad breath, such as "morning mouth," are considered fairly normal and are not usually health concerns. However, persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems with the gums and teeth.
Bad breath may be caused by the following:
- Poor dental hygiene - poor oral hygiene can leave food particles to decay in the mouth
- Infections in the mouth such as periodontal (gum) disease
- Respiratory-tract infections such as throat infections, sinus infections, lung infections
- External agents including foods such as garlic, onions, and coffee, as well as cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Dry mouth caused by salivary gland problems or by breathing through the mouth
- Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others
Call our office promptly if you have bad breath with painful, swollen gums that bleed easily or loose teeth. We will perform a physical examination of your mouth to determine the cause. If we discover that systemic problems are the cause, we may refer you to your family physician. In severe cases of gum disease, we may recommend a doctor specialized to treat gum disease called a periodontist.
A porcelain veneer is a thin, custom-made porcelain molding made to cover the front of the tooth. Porcelain Veneers can be used to replace large fillings, cover intrinsic stains, fill in areas of gapping, and conceal misshaped or crooked teeth. Each porcelain veneer is bonded onto the front of a tooth to create an aesthetically pleasing smile.
Why Are Dental Veneers Made Of Porcelain?
Porcelain is a durable material that closely resembles your natural tooth enamel in color and texture. Porcelain does not easily stain which makes it great for dental veneers. Porcelain veneers create a natural-looking smile.
Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- • Radiant Smile: Porcelain veneers create a stunning smile!
- • Natural: Each porcelain veneer is individually sculpted for your mouth and look natural.
- • Don’t lose original teeth: Your original tooth is not altered very much to fit the dental veneer
- • Tooth whitening: Teeth of all shades can appear bright white with porcelain veneers.
- • Resistant: Porcelain veneers are resistant to stains from tea, coffee, and cigarette smoke.
- • "Instant Orthodontics": When covered with dental veneers, small gaps, minor overlaps, and uneven teeth can be corrected to alter your smile.
- • A Normal Life: Porcelain veneers look and feel like your natural teeth. You can eat the same foods as before the porcelain veneer procedure
Veneers are prepped and applied in two appointments. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given temporary veneers. The impression is then sent to a laboratory to be fabricated at a dental laboratory, which can take two to three weeks. At the second appointment the temporary veneers are removed and the permanent veneers are bonded to the teeth.
Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve yours.
Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily, flossing, and regular cleanings at the dentist’s office. If you decide, however, that you would like to go beyond this to make your smile look brighter, then you should investigate all of your options:
- • In-office bleaching
- • At-home bleaching
Tooth Whitening (bleaching) gel will only whiten natural teeth. It will NOT change the color or harm bonding, caps, crowns, bridges, fillings or any other artificial dental work. Please understand that you may have to have some dentistry redone in order to match your new white teeth. Tetracycline (an antibiotic) stained teeth or grayish teeth are more difficult to bleach and have a varied prognosis. Exposed root portions of teeth (caused by gum recession) will also not bleach. If you have amalgam (silver) fillings near or behind the front teeth, then be aware that long term bleaching can cause the surrounding tooth to have a greenish tint. Bleaching teeth that have a lot of translucency can cause them to become even more translucent and may give the tooth a darker appearance. It is important to consult a dentist if you have any of the above. There are two main types of whitening that we offer: professionally made trays and an in office procedure. With professionally made trays, a dental assistant takes a mold of your teeth and fabricates a custom made tray, allowing the patient to then apply bleach into the trays and wearing them for at least 30 minutes a day until you have received the desired shade you are looking for. For the in office procedure, the bleach is applied to the teeth and an ultraviolet light is utilized (this procedure takes about two hours). Your dental professional can help you decide what option would work best for you.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE and TREATMENT
Did you know that more than 33% of Americans have periodontal (gum) disease? If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to bleeding, discomfort, receeding gums and tooth loss. Dental research has recently linked periodontal disease to an increased rate of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease, preterm and low birth weight babies and a number of other conditions.
Periodontal disease is an infection caused by bacteria. In about a day’s time, mouth bacteria multiply and form a sticky film on the teeth called biofilm (plaque). Biofilm that is not removed by regular brushing and flossing, can harden into calculus (tartar) which serves as a reservoir for more bacteria. Over time, toxins created by the bacteria can cause an immune response. Your body will respond to the bacteria and in conjunction cause the supporting tissues and the bone to be destroyed, forming a hidden pocket between the tooth and gum. “Pocket depth” is the main indicator for the presence of periodontal disease and is a routinely screened for during regular hygiene appointments.
Early diagnosis is the key to maintaining your oral health and preventing serious systemic problems.
With proper periodontal treatment, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. The treatment usually involves a “deep cleaning” or “perio debridement” done under a local anesthetic. Laser treatment and local antibiotic agents may also be recommended. It is important to have periodontal problems checked promptly, as periodontal disease ignored may eventually need treatment through surgery or extractions.
Resin (composite fillings) are made of ceramic and plastic compounds. Because resins mimic the appearance of natural teeth, these fillings have been used in front teeth for years. When they first appeared, however, resin compounds weren't strong enough to be used in back teeth, where high-pressure grinding and chewing require greater durability.
In the past 10 years, technology has improved enough to allow the use of resin material in posterior or back teeth.
Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, we will remove the decay. The space will then be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.
WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
Wisdom teeth are the last molars or “third molars” that develop on each side of the jaws. Wisdom teeth usually emerge in the oral dentition between the ages of 16-21.
Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. However, often times problems develop that require their removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to erupt in the oral cavity). Wisdom teeth may also grow in 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. Here at Elk Avenue Dental Center we remove wisdom teeth that are erupted and in some cases impacted teeth. It may be necessary to refer you to an oral surgeon.
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E4D One Day Crowns
Our office offers same-day crowns using the E4D Dental System, an in-office machine which allows us to fabricate your ceramic crown, onlay or veneer during your visit. With E4D, we can have you in and out in a single visit! For you, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.
In contrast to conventional dentistry, which often takes two office visits to restore a single tooth, the E4D System enables us to scan the damaged tooth in your mouth, design the final restoration, send the information to our in-office milling station, and create your restoration with precision in just minutes. The dentist then adjusts, characterizes with color, or polishes your restoration to a final luster. Your permanent restoration is ready to be seated in your mouth in the same day or even within a single appointment. This eliminates the need to wear a temporary for weeks at a time and then come back for another appointment to get the final restorations.
Why go to the dentist a second time when you don't have to? We can have the entire procedure done in a single visit!
X-RAYS AND DIGITAL X-RAYS
X-rays are a focused beam of x-ray particles passed through bone which produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This provides the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and disease. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
Digital Radiographs are one of the newest x-ray techniques around. There are many advantages of using digital x-rays. With the use of digital x-rays, the amount of radiation is decreased by up to 80% over conventional x-rays. Also digital radiographs eliminate toxic chemicals used in the office to develop traditional x-rays. The traditional image is replaced with a flat electronic pad or sensor. The x-rays hit the pad the same way they hit the traditional film, but instead of developing the image in a dark room, the image is electronically sent to a computer where the image appears on the screen. The image can then be stored on the computer or printed out. One of the great advantages of this process is that radiographs can be emailed to other dentists and the quality of the radiograph is much higher than traditional x-rays.
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.
Dental Loupes are powerful glasses that have magnification in them, allowing the dentist and hygienists to see details that would go unnoticed to the naked eye. This technology allows our dental team to deliver better procedural outcomes through superior visualization. Our dental team feels it is vital to wear and utilize the benefits of telescopic loupes.
Intraoral cameras are small cameras used to take pictures of conditions located in the oral cavity. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and any other situation that needs specific attention. The full-color images taken with the intraoral camera are sent to a computer screen giving the patient an opportunity to see their specific condition(s) which need to be addressed.
Our office is a completely digital (paperless) dental office. This means all x-rays and charting are made and recorded with the aid of the computer. This technology allows us to maintain your dental records electronically, and cuts down the unnecessary paperwork used with traditional paper charting. Traditional paper charting is difficult to keep standardized from doctor to hygienist to assistant. Even handwriting differences and coding make the charts look different. The computer eliminates this problem by using consistent charting methods that are accurate and precise, making it easy to read your dental chart and see up-to-date information. Digital charting standardizes the charting process so it is clear, easy to understand, and enables us to provide on the most accurate and precise care to our patients. When needed, this method also allows us to quickly and securely share information with your other health care providers.
CAD/CAM CHAIRSIDE RESTORATION SYSTEM
Our office utilizes CAD/CAM technology. CAD/CAM stands for "computer-aided design" and "computer-aided manufacturing". This technology allows the dentist to use an intra-oral scanner inside your mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blue print and guide lines to manufacture the new crown (CAM). This software, paired with a state-of-the-art milling machine, enables our office to create precise and custom crowns, inlays and onlays in one single dental visit.
Laser treatment is an advanced technology which enables us to provide comfortable treatment and care to our patients. Here at Elk Avenue Dental Center, Dr. Faktor utilizes the laser for several procedures that we provide such as: frenectimies, tissue contouring, operculectomy, crown preparations, and tooth sensitivity.
Our hygienists use the laser as a conservative, non-surgical treatment prior to cleanings to aid in controlling bacteria below the gum line. During periodontal treatment, the laser is used after removing biofilm and calculus, to eliminate diseased or infected tissues lining the pockets around the tooth. Lasers help increase circulation and collagen formation at the bottom of periodontal pockets to help rejuvenate gingival attachment.