PLAINVIEW DENTAL ASSOCIATES
A bright smile is a confident smile. Luckily, for many people, a brighter smile is just an office visit away! Advancements in dental care provide an array of options to deliver dazzling results.
Plainview Dental Associates will be happy to discuss which tooth whitening procedure is best for you. The top cosmetic treatments we use, such as Whitening, Bonding, and Veneers, are discussed in more detail below.
Teeth become discolored over time due to any number of reasons; among them are staining agents such as tea, coffee, and tobacco. The teeth whitening procedure is the most commonly prescribed treatment to correct discoloration by removing the staining and improving the brightness of the teeth. There are many options when choosing to whiten your teeth; chemical whitening (Bleaching), abrasive teeth brightening, and the newest technique, power teeth whitening. The whitening process can be performed in our office or by you in the privacy of your own home utilizing materials provided by our staff.
When you choose the home teeth whitening system, the dentist will create a custom mouth tray. The tray, critical to the effectiveness of the system, ensures the prescribed amount of solution is used and is evenly distributed on the patient’s teeth. Each whitening session will last between two and three hours, depending on your needs, and will cover a two to three week period.
It is important to remember that teeth whitening is not permanent and may need to be repeated every couple of years.
Bonding is a composite resin filling and can be used on the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Bonding is often prescribed for restoring decayed teeth, changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. It can be used to close up minor gaps and correct crooked teeth. Teeth that become chipped or cracked are often repaired with bonding.
Aesthetic Dental associates will apply a mild conditioning solution to create small crevices in your tooth’s enamel. This provides a slightly rough surface that promotes the resin to bond materials to the teeth. A high-intensity light will be used to cure the resin onto the tooth’s surface; each layer of resin will harden in seconds. The bonded material will be sculpted to fit your tooth and then finely polished.
Bonding traditionally lasts between five and eleven years.
A cure for severely discolored teeth, chipped teeth, teeth with pits, or misshaped teeth. Veneers are a very popular procedure that requires little or no anesthesia. Veneers, thin pieces of porcelain or plastic, are glued over the front of your teeth. Unlike when using crowns, we won’t have to remove much of the tooth to apply veneers.
Our staff will take an impression of your teeth, create your custom veneer from the impression, and then glue them directly onto your tooth. They are very strong and durable, stain resistant, and provide a popular solution for many people dreaming of that perfect smile.
Veneers typically last from ten to fifteen years depending on the type of treatment you choose.
Do you have an active lifestyle and prefer not to wear dentures? If you are missing one or even several teeth, Plainview Dental Associates may want to discuss dental implants and their benefits with you.
Spaces created by missing teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift out of position and make them more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Traditional “False Teeth” can reduce biting strength & the sensation of taste by one third or more! Dental implants are made of titanium and with modern successful grafting techniques can now predictably be placed in most areas of your mouth. The implant, once secured, is covered with a natural looking crown or bridge which typically lasts for approximately fifteen years or longer.
Dental implants offer a great alternative to certain types of bridges and removable partial dentures.
If your gums (i.e. - periodontal area) are swollen and tender or bleed easily when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease. Prevention begins with the control of plaque and calculus, the main cause for gum disease.
You can actively prevent disease and decay through regular home care, regular dental exams and professional cleanings. At Plainview Dental we use a comprehensive method called Perio Protect® that is customized for individual patients to help manage biofilms - communities of bacteria - growing in the spaces or pockets between teeth and gum tissue. The overall goal of the Perio Protect Method™ is to manage oral biofilm with minimally invasive dentistry for lasting oral health. This will maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.
The word “periodontal” literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal (Gum) Disease is an ongoing infection in the pockets around the teeth. The deeper the pockets, the more infection you have. In fact, this is the major cause of tooth loss.
There are also numerous studies now that link Periodontal Disease to Heart Disease and other medical problems such as additional complications with Diabetes and Pancreatic Cancer. Gum disease has also been linked to low birth-weight in newborns. As this video clip shows, periodontal disease increases the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and infective endocarditis.
The purpose of Periodontal (Gum) Treatment is to remove this infection and give these pockets a chance to heal. Early detection is key; there are generally two non-surgical treatments (scaling and root plaining) to treat this condition depending on the severity of your infection. Please read on for more information about these two treatments.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing are non-surgical procedures performed to remove periodontal infection from below the gum line. Scaling and planing effectively remove periodontal infections where the pockets around your gums are not too deep. The surfaces of the tooth root are cleaned and smoothed and this removes the bacteria under the gums and makes it more difficult for bacteria to grow under the gums in the future. It may also involve washing the root surfaces of the teeth with an antibacterial and/or desensitizing solution (called irrigation or desensitization). A locally administered antibiotic (LAA) — for example Arrestin or Atridox — may also be applied to pockets that are found to need additional therapy. The benefit of applying a local agent in these areas is to enhance the other periodontal procedures that have been performed and further reduce pocket depths associated with your periodontal disease. Scaling and root planing are done under local anesthesia and are quite different from routine dental cleaning or 'deep cleaning.'
Is it time for your dental check-up and cleaning? Our licensed dental hygienists follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation that patients receive a cleaning and check-up every six months.
Be sure to let us know if you have been experiencing any oral discomfort so that during your exam, she can pay particular attention to that area. Your hygienist may take x-rays and will clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar (both above and below the gum line) and may apply fluoride to your teeth. She will examine your mouth for any evidence of disease.
Often, diseases such as heart disease and diabetes have signs and symptoms that appear in the mouth first. Should any suspicious conditions be found, your hygienist will recommend a visit to your physician. It is your hygienist’s job to educate you in good oral health, so please feel free to ask any questions or ask for recommendations on oral health products that are specially formulated for your oral health needs.
Believe it or not, there is more to good oral hygiene than brushing and flossing your teeth. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush your teeth twice daily with an ADA approved fluoride toothpaste and floss your teeth to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and under your gum line. What many of us don’t realize is that good oral health practices are as important as what we put in our mouth.
The ADA recognizes the link between good oral health and good nutrition. With so many of us and our children consuming record numbers of sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and non-nutritious snack foods, tooth decay is on the rise. When plaque comes into contact with sugar or starch in the mouth, acid is produced, which attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more. This can eventually result in tooth decay. We recommend following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) MyPyramid food guide.
MyPyramid translates the principles of the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and other nutritional standards to assist consumers in making healthier food and physical activity choices.
By maintaining a healthy diet, drinking more water, and limiting snacks, we improve the overall health of our teeth and gums. If you have any questions about how your diet may be affecting your teeth and gums, please talk with our staff, we are happy to answer your questions.
The Doctor will often consider dental bridges for people who have missing teeth and practice good oral hygiene.
If you have spaces created by missing teeth, your remaining teeth may begin to shift out of position and become more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease. Typically, there are several kinds of dental bridges:
Traditional Fixed Bridge
A fixed bridge is a false tooth fused between two porcelain crowns and is used to fill in an area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns, which hold the false tooth, are attached to the teeth on each side of the missing tooth. A fixed bridge can replace one or more missing teeth and cannot be removed like a partial denture.
Implant Supported Fixed Bridge or Crown
An implant supported bridge or crown is just a crown or bridge attached to an implant system where there is not a natural tooth available or you wish to replace a missing tooth without requiring the crowning of a healthy tooth on either side of the missing tooth.
Resin Bonded Bridges
Resin bonded bridges are used primarily on the front teeth. This bridge is most successful when the surrounding teeth are healthy and don't have large fillings. The false tooth is fused to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth with a resin which is hidden from view. Resin bonded bridges reduce the amount of preparation on the adjacent teeth.
Cantilever bridges are considered for areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. This procedure involves anchoring the false tooth to one side over one or more natural and adjacent teeth.
Have you noticed how the aging process affects more than just your body, that it also takes its toll on your teeth? Years of lost fillings, root canal therapy, grinding of your teeth, all result in teeth that are not structurally sound.
If your root system is healthy, but the surface of your tooth is the problem, a crown may be a good choice for sprucing up that smile.
There are many types of crowns; gold, ceramic, ceramic-veneered gold, and ceramic-veneered zirconia crowns. Gold and metal-ceramic crowns are extremely durable and are generally used in molars, where the stress from chewing and grinding are most prevalent. Ceramic crowns are used for front teeth, since they are able to match the natural tooth color.
Our staff will take an impression of your tooth and send it to a dental laboratory for creation. A temporary crown will be placed on your tooth while you wait for the permanent crown to be made; this process usually takes about two weeks. When your permanent crown arrives, we will remove the temporary crown and glue the new permanent crown to your tooth. It may be necessary to stabilize your tooth with a “build-up” type of filling before your new crown can be placed.
We will be happy to discuss the merits of crowns and how they may benefit your oral health at your next appointment. Please call us today!
You may want to discuss complete dentures with our office. Should some of your teeth remain and are healthy, a partial denture may be the answer to achieving a great smile.
Both complete dentures and partial dentures are removable and custom fitted to each patient. They are made of an acrylic resin which may include porcelain or metal for additional structural support. If dentures are properly maintained, they will appear natural and give you the smile you desire. Dentures also help to strengthen the muscles in your face that control your expressions and require the support of your teeth. Dentures permit easier and more effective chewing, and also allow you the clear speech that missing teeth can inhibit. Most dentures can now be improved or replaced by Implant Supported Dentures or Crowns. Please feel free to ask questions about these exciting newer options for a happier, more comfortable smile.
What is the process for dentures?
Many times teeth will need to be extracted. You will not need to be without teeth, because we can make the dentures before the last of the teeth would be extracted. Our staff will take a wax bite impression of your mouth and will take necessary measurements of your mouth and teeth. An appointment will be made so that you can select the color, shape and fit of your dentures. When you receive your custom fitted dentures, our staff will work with you so that you understand the required care and how to place them.
With the advancements made in dentistry, the tooth extraction procedure is most often painless with a mild recovery period. While there are a variety of reasons that we could recommend an extraction, the primary cause is that the tooth has been diagnosed as unsalvageable or as hurtful to the surrounding teeth. Making your visit a positive experience is our goal.
With that in mind, our doctors will numb the area surrounding the tooth prior to extraction. This will dispel any discomfort and will last for a few hours following the procedure. It is important that after an extraction you follow our instructions on caring for your mouth. If you experience pain following an extraction, apply a cold cloth or ice pack to the affected area, or consult with our office about discomfort medication.
Root Canal Therapy
If you are experiencing facial pain, pain around your ear, or even swelling in your Jaw area, Dr. Hyde would like to see you for an exam.
Sometimes tiny canals within your tooth become infected. This can be triggered by a variety of causes but most often an untreated cavity is the culprit The infection usually causes the pulp inside your tooth to also become infected. When an infected tooth is diagnosed or there’s damage to the pulp Dr. Hyde will recommend root canal therapy. Either Dr. Hyde or an endodontist will perform the root canal procedure to remove the infection.
You may be offered mild sedation for the procedure and Dr. Hyde will numb the affected tooth. During the procedure he will remove all of the diseased pulp, and thoroughly clean the canal with antiseptic solution The canals are then filled with a flexible plastic material and a temporary filling is placed over the tooth. If there are no signs of infection over the next few weeks, a permanent filling or a crown will be placed on the tooth. Crowns are the common choice as root canal therapy weakens the tooth. Recovery time is usually two to five days of soreness depending on the severity of the infection.
Have you been experiencing pain in or around your ear, jaw tenderness, clicking or popping noises when you open your mouth, or even head and neck aches? These are common symptoms of TMJ, symptoms you should discuss with our staff.
You have two joints, called the Tempero Mandibular Joints (TMJ’s), and several jaw muscles and ligaments that make it possible to open and close your mouth. They work in concert when you chew, speak and swallow. The TM joint is a very complicated joint and is located on each side of your head. This joint allows your mouth to make many different movements; open and close, slide forward and back, and slide from side to side, just to name a few. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder. We can perform an exam to diagnose the disorder. Many times a sinus problem, tooth ache or even early stages of periodontal disease is the culprit; other times it could be a problem with the joint itself. Treatments for TMJ pain may include stress reducing exercises, muscle relaxants, or wearing a mouth protector to prevent teeth grinding.
Snap-On Smile® is an affordable, revolutionary appliance for restorative and cosmetic dentistry that transforms lives as it transforms smiles in just two short visits. It is easily removable, noninvasive, pain-free, and requires no prepping, no injections, no adhesives and snaps right over a patient’s natural teeth.
Cari-Free® is here to help patients find assistance and products for treating and preventing the caries infection. Cavities are caused by a bacterial infection known in the dental profession as “caries”. This infection is not only treatable, but preventable.
Receive a 1-minute CariScreen Assesment to find out if you or your family are at risk for dental caries even before showing any signs of this disease.
We offer siginificant savings to our patients who purchase Home Cari-Free products from us
Discover what new technology can do for you and your smile. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality dental care. This is an exciting time in dentistry and we use the latest equipment to provide you state-of-the art modern dentistry.
One-Hour Power Bleaching (whitening)/ High speed curing
When replacing your old silver fillings with natural tooth colored ones we use a new method. We have a number of whitening techniques that are available to whiten your teeth but our in-office tooth whitening can be done in just one visit.
Preventive care is key and we can treat gum disease at an early stage.
Look inside your mouth and see what the dentist is seeing. Helps you make informed decisions because you are fully educated.
Cavity detection systems
One of our primary objectives is to help you achieve the best oral health through early detection.