General & Cosmetic Dental Services in Chesapeake
It has never been easier than it is today to achieve the smile you deserve. With our general and cosmetic dentistry services, you and your family can achieve a healthier and more confident smile with our comprehensive treatment options.
Whether you would like to brighten your smile, close an unwanted gap in your teeth, or need a complete set of dentures, we are here to help. Contact our experienced team today to schedule your first appointment!
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Preventive & Routine Care
Cleanings are vital to your oral health, and when performed regularly by our expert team, they can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, and leave you with a fresh, clean feeling. The primary purpose of the cleaning is to remove plaque and tartar from the surface of the teeth. Tartar, or calculus, is a hard, calcified buildup of plaque and bacteria. Tarter can not only damage teeth but also get beneath the gum line, causing irritation and possible infection.
Routine exams also include a series of x-rays to produces high-quality images that allow our team to diagnose any potential issues or concerns accurately. We will diagnose any potential issues and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to correct any issues.
Major Care with Crowns, Bridges, and Full & Partial Dentures
A dental crown is a cover or cap that we place over your tooth. We may place crowns for several different reasons. They can restore your tooth’s natural shape, size, and function. Crowns reinforce the integrity of your tooth while improving its appearance in the process.
There are many types of crowns, crafted from a variety of different materials. Some of the materials include porcelain, ceramics, composite resin, and porcelain fused to metal. Our crowns are typically tooth-colored and made to match your original teeth closely. The material selected for your crown will depend on a variety of things, including your personal preference, the position of the tooth in your mouth, the position of your gum tissue, and the visibility of the tooth in your smile.
If well-maintained, your crown should last an average of 15 years or so. However, with a little extra care such as following good daily oral hygiene habits and keeping regular dental visits, it is not rare at all for crowns to last 25 to 30 years.
You can help maximize the length of time your crown lasts by:
- Brushing twice and flossing once daily, especially focusing on the area around your gumline
- Keeping all your routine dental cleanings and exams
- Not grinding or clenching your teeth, and wearing a nightguard if you do while sleeping
- Avoiding chewing on ice, your fingernails, hard candies, or other hard objects
If you keep these simple habits, your crown should last for many years to come.
Mini Dental Implants for Dentures
Dentures are a great solution if you have several missing teeth, or have lost all your teeth. They are a removable gum-colored dental restoration that holds replacement prosthetics that closely match your original teeth. One concern that many people have with dentures is that they can slide out of place in the most inconvenient moments. To prevent this, we can create the stability you need for your dentures, thanks to mini dental implants.
What Are Mini Dental Implants?
Mini dental implants are placed in your lower jaw to hold dentures firmly in place. They are smaller than standard implants, hence the name “mini.” Their diameter is just 1.8-3.3 millimeters, and they also feature an advanced design for durability and strength.
Mini dental implants feature a ball on the top end of a titanium post that is surgically placed in the jaw. We then attach your dentures to these ball mounts and secure them using O-rings. This mounting system holds your dentures in place, while still allowing you to take them out at night to clean them.
Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
When gaps created by missing teeth remain unfilled, the surrounding teeth can shift into place to fill the gap. This can also lead to increased stress on your teeth and jawbone joints, which can cause jaw pain and lead to damage. Dental bridges serve to fill the gaps created by one to four missing teeth.
Without a bridge, neighboring teeth will shift to fill these gaps and may become more difficult to keep clean. They can accumulate bacteria and debris in the awkward gaps that surround them. This bacterial accumulation allows plaque to form and becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria, which can lead to gum disease.
Left unchecked, missing teeth can eventually trigger the development of more significant issues like tooth decay, more lost teeth, and even periodontitis.
Your jawbone may even shrink if you have lost one or more teeth. This loss in bone material can lead to changes in your facial shape, which make you look older than you are, and affect your bite as well. You can address all these issues at once with a dental bridge. If you have lost one or more teeth, we would be happy to help you restore your dental health with one or more of our comprehensive treatment options and to answer any questions you may have.
Thanks to our in-house dental lab, we can provide many services in a single day that other dental practices need to send out. This tremendous advantage allows us to provide you with far more convenient services, creating many custom dental appliances and prosthetics in a single day that you would normally need to wait days or weeks for at other dental practices. With our in-house lab, you get the high-quality dental solutions you expect, without the wait.
If you need a dental appliance or prosthetic and are concerned about the long wait times associated with other dental practices, we are happy to help answer any questions you may have! We’re here to help you achieve your ideal smile quickly, conveniently, and affordably.
Our Cosmetic Services
Our state-of-the-art services can provide you with dental care solutions to improve your oral health and the aesthetics of your smile. We offer a combination of great restorative services and cosmetic treatments, including custom veneers made from the highest quality material and convenient whitening services to give you a strong and confident smile you can be proud to share.
What Are Dental Veneers?
Veneers work well in cases where you have gaps between your teeth, misshapen teeth, or deep stains.
Made of a thin strip of porcelain material that attaches to the front of your teeth, veneers provide you a more attractive, uniform smile. We provide many different dental veneer options and can tailor each of them to match the natural shade of your teeth, so they blend right in.
The treatment process for veneers is simple and does not significantly impact underlying dental health. Your teeth will be moderately prepared before placement to make room for the additional thickness of the veneer. An impression or mold of your teeth is also taken so that your veneers are fabricated to the specific dimensions of your smile. During placement, your teeth will first be cleaned to ensure your veneer bonds properly. Dental bonding cement is used to apply the veneer; then it is hardened and set with a specialized light.
Take-Home Teeth Whitening Kits
Our take-home teeth whitening kits make it easy and convenient to whiten your teeth. You can whiten your teeth by a little, or create a more dramatic change. We provide you with the products you need to light up your smile!
Professional teeth whitening products use a professional-grade gel that breaks up stains beneath the tooth surface. With a custom-shaped tray, the whitening gel is evenly applied across each tooth to provide uniform results.
Teeth whitening works by removing stains in the enamel and restores them to their natural color. Your tooth enamel isn’t a pure white, but a pale, glossy gray or yellow. When you come in for whitening, we will match your teeth to a color chart and give you a general idea of what shade you can expect after the whitening process.
What Makes Teeth Yellow?
The enamel of your teeth is porous, so the things you eat and drink daily can seep in beyond the surface layer of the teeth and gradually create stains. Dark and acidic foods and drinks tend to cause more discoloration than other foods. Some of the common sources of staining include:
- Black tea
- Tomato sauce
- Fruit juices
- Dark sodas
- Any tobacco products
It is possible for other things to yellow your teeth. Some of these other factors include damage to the tooth, aging, illness, and certain medications. If you’ve experienced discoloration due to any of these issues, it most likely affects deeper layers of the tooth. Surface-level whitening may not be as effective in this case, possibly making veneers a better solution.
What Are the Advantages of Take-home Whitening Kits?
Take-home kits offer several convenient advantages. One of these advantages is that you can whiten your teeth when, where, and how you want. The kits are very easy to use at home. The whitening gel used with these kits creates less sensitivity than over-the-counter whitening methods. Because you do the treatments at home, it also makes touch-ups easy so that you can look your best before any event!
How Do I Keep My Smile White?
Once you’ve achieved a whiter smile, you will most likely want to keep it that way for as long as possible. With these five simple tips, you can do so:
- Brush twice each day and floss once each day
- Keep staining foods and drinks to a minimum
- Be sure to keep up your routine dental appointments
- Avoid all tobacco products and smoking
- Use a take-home teeth whitening kit before events
Start Creating a Healthier, Brighter Smile Today!
Whether you need a complex restoration or a simple cleaning, our comprehensive range of general and cosmetic dental services has you covered. We would love to help you and your family improve your smile, self-confidence, and achieve lasting oral health. We look forward to serving you and answering any questions you may have. Contact our office today to schedule your first appointment!
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