A smile can be dulled by stained, chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth, but bonding can quickly and painlessly restore your smile’s natural beauty. During the procedure, a thin coating of plastic or resin is painted over the damaged teeth, strengthening them and making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. To find out if bonding is the right option for you, please contact us today.
Bridges may be the ideal procedure for patients who are suffering from are missing teeth, pain when biting, or who are having trouble speaking or chewing. Bridges, sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, literally bridge gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural-looking artificial teeth. Bridges can only be removed by a dentist but are somewhat permanent, comfortable, and proven to make teeth strong.
For patients suffering from misaligned, cracked, or damaged teeth, porcelain crowns are an excellent option. Crowns are fitted over the tooth like a cap to repair these dental problems. The support provided by crowns can greatly reduce pain associated with damaged teeth and also prevent further damage to the area. Aesthetically, crowns can improve your smile because they prevent further decay, chipping, or other damage from occurring. Dr. English uses only tooth-colored dental crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from the natural tooth.
Sometimes, back teeth that require large fillings cannot be corrected with white fillings. If the broken or decayed part of a tooth is too large for a white filling, then Dr. English will do porcelain inlays. Inlays are stronger and larger than white, tooth-colored fillings, but still can be matched to the patient’s teeth. When properly created and fitted, porcelain inlays look just like the patient’s natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers can replace and align crooked or missing teeth. Often called “instant orthodontics,” veneers can create a beautiful smile in a relatively short amount of time. Veneers are thin strips of porcelain that can be permanently bonded to existing teeth to create straight, healthy-looking teeth without the use of traditional orthodontics, like braces or retainers. Veneers can also be used to replace missing or chipped teeth and, when applied properly, are indistinguishable from the natural tooth. Maintaining your new smile will be easy because veneers are stain-resistant and highly durable.
Premolars and molars, because of their location, are most susceptible to damage from plaque and acids. Even with thorough brushing and flossing, these teeth are vulnerable to decay. Sealants, made of plastic resin which bonds into the depressions and grooves of the back teeth, can work as barriers to prevent decay to the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Dr. Epperson offers sealants to his patients. Most patients experience no pain during the procedure, and it can be performed quickly in-office.
As we age, our teeth lose the brilliant whiteness that implies good dental health and youth. The unsightly stains associated with tobacco, dark liquids, and other factors can leave us feeling less-than-confident about our smiles. Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this dental problem: cosmetic tooth whitening. To meet the needs of his patients, Dr. English provides both take-home and laser tooth whitening to his patients.
- Laser Tooth Whitening
Laser tooth whitening is an effective and quick way to dramatically whiten your teeth. Considered one of the safest and most effective methods of tooth whitening, the laser tooth whitening procedure takes approximately one hour and will be performed in-office.
- Take Home Tooth Whitening
Some patients prefer to whiten their teeth in the comfort of their own homes, according to their own schedule. For such patients, our practice offers professional take-home tooth whitening kits. These kits contain a customized tray and whitening gel. The patient usually wears the tray and gel for approximately two hours per day until their teeth have reached the desired shade.
In the past, cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings. These fillings, especially when close to the front of the mouth, are highly noticeable and look nothing like natural, healthy teeth. Sometimes, the filling is so large that it causes discoloration of the entire tooth. Fortunately, though, metal fillings are now a thing of the past. Dr. English provides white fillings to replace metal corrections.
Tooth colored fillings are made of durable resin or porcelain and can be bonded to your teeth to permanently and effectively treat cavities. For patients with existing metal fillings, Dr. English offers a replacement service. In such cases, the metal fillings will be removed and replaced with the more aesthetically pleasing tooth-colored fillings. The new fillings will be virtually undetectable and still provide the same necessary tooth protection.
Implant dentistry replaces the damaged roots of missing teeth. Using artificial teeth set below the gum line, dental implants work as anchors to help secure a single tooth replacement or a set of replacement teeth. Because the anchor is placed below the gum line, it does not require the exposed artificial teeth to rely on surrounding natural teeth for support. This prevents the receding gums and additional tooth loss commonly associated with traditional artificial teeth.
Implant dentistry provides patients with replacement teeth that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The new teeth are strong, durable, and are nearly indistinguishable from other teeth.
For patients suffering from misaligned, cracked, or damaged teeth, porcelain crowns are an excellent option. Crowns are fitted over the tooth like a cap to repair these dental problems. The support provided by crowns can greatly reduce pain associated with damaged teeth and also prevent further damage to the area. Aesthetically, crowns can improve your smile because they prevent further decay, chipping, or other damages from occurring. Dr. English uses only tooth-colored dental crowns that are virtually indistinguishable from the natural tooth
For patients who are missing teeth, having trouble speaking or chewing, and noticing strain when biting, bridges may be the ideal procedure. Bridges, sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, literally bridge gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural-looking artificial teeth. Bridges can only be removed by a dentist but are somewhat permanent, comfortable, and proven to make teeth strong.
Overdentures are an excellent option for people who have lost all their teeth. Precisely designed and molded to fit one’s mouth, overdentures dentures slide over the gums and existing teeth and are held in place by dental implants within the mouth. Overdentures are ideal for patients who find traditional dentures uncomfortable or unstable.
Custom dentures are an excellent option for patients who have lost some or all of their natural teeth. Custom dentures are made precisely to fit the individual patient’s mouth and provide superior comfort and usability. The color of the dentures can also be matched to existing natural teeth to provide for maximum aesthetics. Dr. English offers both partial and full custom dentures.
- Full dentures are intended for patients who have lost all of their teeth. Full dentures are medically necessary so that a patient can comfortably chew and speak. Aesthetically, full dentures can be made to match the size and shape of the patient’s mouth; this helps maintain the definition of the jaw line.
- Partial dentures are ideal for patients who have lost only some of their teeth. Partial dentures are strong and are ideal replacements for missing teeth. When properly fitted, it is almost impossible to distinguish the dentures from natural teeth.
Comprehensive Dental Care
Regular Exams and Cleanings
Your family’s oral health is of utmost importance to Dr. English and his staff. We strive to provide any and all services necessary to ensure that health. Because of this, we offer a full range of general and preventative care, such as comprehensive exams, routine cleanings, and dental x-rays.
Fluoride treatments are offered to younger patients who are still developing tooth enamel. By treating the developing teeth with fluoride, the entire tooth structure will become more resistant to decay and cavities can be prevented. Fluoridated water is considered by dentists and scientists to be "the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health for a lifetime.”