- Comprehensive Dental Exams
- Zoom Teeth Whitening
Zoom! is not only proven to whiten teeth up to eight shades, it’s also safe. While other whitening products can harm teeth and gums, using Zoom! with Relief ACP actually gives you greater luster and protects enamel. Zoom is only available at a dentist’s office to ensure optimum safety, and comes in different treatment types and strengths to fit your lifestyle and sensitivity. In as little as 1 hour you can have a noticeably whiter and brighter smile!
- Implant Dentistry
- Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is necessary when tooth decay is close too or has already reached the nerve. During a root canal, a dentist removes the pulp from the center of a tooth and fills the pulp cavity. This can prevent the development of a painful infection in the pulp that may spread to other teeth. A root canal can also treat an infection that has developed into an abscessed tooth. This procedure can relieve toothache, stop infection, and promote healing. After the root canal, a crown is often needed. If a crown is needed, the dentist prepares the tooth, and then takes an impression of the tooth. A dental lab uses the impression to make a crown that perfectly fits the prepared tooth.
- Oral Surgery
There is a vast amount of dental procedures that fall under Oral Surgery. In our office, our Oral Surgeon performs dental extractions, including third molars (wisdom teeth). Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop (usually between the ages of 17-25) and can sometimes be impacted. Impacted teeth are unable to break through the gums because there is not enough room. In those cases, the recommendation is to have them extracted in order to avoid inflammation, infection or tooth decay on the surrounding teeth. Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth!
- Periodontal Treatments
Scaling and Root Planing is a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins. Scaling and root planing is often followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery of antimicrobials (Arestin) and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis. After scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance therapy to sustain health. Other surgical procedures such as: gum graft surgery, regenerative procedures, dental crown lengthening, and pocket reduction procedures are just a few of the procedures offered.
- Preventive Care Services
Routine cleanings, fluoride applications, dental sealants, patient education and regular checkups.
- Composite Restorations
Dental composites are tooth colored resin materials. Dentist use dental composites to restore teeth to their natural state by hand sculpting missing tooth structure to its original shape and color. A Prosthodontist may also use the composite materials to build, reshape or change the color of teeth.
- Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are used to modify the shape and color of teeth. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are etched and then bonded to the enamel of the teeth. A small amount of tooth structure must be removed to make room for the porcelain veneer and to avoid making the tooth look big and bulky. The tooth preparation is limited to the enamel and usually involves only a few surfaces of the tooth, unlike a crown or cap. A Prosthodontist uses porcelain veneers to improve the appearance of teeth and to even close spaces or gaps between teeth.
Crowns cover or “cap” a tooth to restore the normal function and appearance of the tooth. Crowns may be made as all metal, porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic (porcelain). Crowns are indicated for teeth with very large fillings, teeth that have had a root canal, fractured teeth, worn teeth and misshapen and/or discolored teeth.
Traditional methods to replace a missing tooth or teeth include the fabrication of a bridge. To replace a missing tooth with a bridge, at least one tooth on either side of the space created by the missing tooth must be prepared for a crown. Then a false tooth “pontic” is joined to the crowns, and the entire bridge is cemented to the prepared teeth. The patient cannot remove the bridge, and special aids are available to keep it clean.
- Complete and Partial Dentures
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth. Complete dentures replace all teeth and removable partial dentures replace some teeth. By matching each individual’s unique smile and bite, dentures can improve facial appearance and self-confidence. Dentures can also solve pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and improve chewing.
Bonding uses tooth-colored filling material to change the appearance of teeth and improve your smile. For minor imperfections, especially in younger people, bonding may be the perfect answer to repair chipped teeth, close spaces between teeth and change the shape of teeth. The tooth-colored filling material used in bonding is a resin that can bond to enamel that has been etched with a mild acid. If used carefully, the bonding materials may last for many years. Major changes in the shape and color of your teeth may require the use of porcelain or dental veneers, rather than bonding.
Endodontics is one of the nine dental specialties recognized by the American Dental Association. Endodontic treatment focuses on the tooth pulp and the tissues surrounding the root of the tooth. Deep inside the hard surface of a tooth is the pulp which contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. The pulp extends from the crown of the tooth to the tip of the root, and it can become inflamed or infected from dental decay, trauma or gum disease. The irritated nerves of the pulp can cause pain, and chronic inflammation and infection may lead to a tooth abscess.
The most common endodontic treatment is a root canal where all of the pulp tissue is removed from the tooth, the inner chamber and canals of the tooth are cleaned and shaped with special instruments and a filling is placed to seal the root. Although the tooth can no longer respond to temperature changes or feel a tooth preparation, the tooth can function for many years after endodontic treatment. Teeth, especially back teeth, will need to be restored with a crown or cap following endodontic treatment.
- Nitrous oxide
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” is given to a person with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps anxious people relax during their dental treatment. When using nitrous oxide, the patient remains conscious and can talk to the dentist during their procedure. After treatment, the nitrous oxide is turned off and oxygen is administered for 5 minutes to help clear the system of any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately allowing the person to drive home following the treatment. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects when given properly, although some people may experience minor nausea.
- Smile Makeover
Many patients are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth and want a “smile makeover.” Often patients want “perfect” bright white teeth, but this type of smile makeover usually looks artificial and unnatural. What patients are truly seeking is a satisfying and esthetic enhancement of their smile that also retains a natural healthy appearance of their gums. A Prosthodontist has completed advanced training in the restoration of teeth to their natural form, color and function, and the ADA recognizes Prosthodontists as specialists in this field, including smile makeovers. If you are interested in a smile makeover, at your next visit, ask Dr. Costoya about how using dental veneers, bonding, tooth bleaching, or crowns/caps to give you the smile makeover you desire.