Crowns (Single Visit)
If your tooth has a small or medium-sized cavity, it will likely be a good candidate for an aesthetic "tooth-colored" composite resin filling. Composite fillings bond to your tooth so minimal natural tooth needs to be removed, and they contain no Mercury like silver fillings do.
Crowns (Single Visit)
A crown or “cap” is a restoration for teeth that have large cavities or cracks from previous fillings, broken or chipped teeth, unsightly front teeth that have large older fillings, or teeth that have had root canal therapy. A crown covers the entire surface of the tooth, and rebuilds the natural contours and appearance of the tooth. Crowns wrap around the tooth, holding them together so they will be super strong for chewing. Our patients leave the office with their final crown in one visit – eliminating the need to wear a (potentially sensitive) temporary crown for two weeks. Our single visit crowns also eliminate the need for multiple appointments to fit your final crown. This is a comfortable appointment with no traditional impression material or “goop” needed because we take a 3-D image of the tooth instead.
A bridge is a great restoration that helps us replace one or many missing teeth. The bridge is fabricated at a local lab and is cemented to the surrounding teeth, and, if properly cared for, will last for decades. Depending on the health of the teeth surrounding the space, an implant may be a better option. Ask Dr. Heller which option is best for you.
Implants are an excellent solution to replace a single missing tooth (or several) because we don't have to reduce the teeth on either side of the space. For more than one tooth, an implant-supported bridge is often the best treatment.
Implants can even be used to support a denture, giving you the comfort and stability of natural teeth.
Implants are made of titanium, which is very friendly to the human body. The implant post is placed into the bone and is allowed to integrate and become very strong. After 3-6 months we can secure a natural-appearing and strong tooth to the implant, or attach them to your denture for strength. Implants need to be cared for regularly, and kept extremely clean. A well-cared-for implant will last a lifetime.
We are happy to offer implants in our comfortable office, negating the need for a trip to the oral surgeon. Dr. Heller is an active member of the International Dental Implant Association.
Do you ever wake up in the morning with sore teeth, aching facial muscles, or popping or pain in your jaw? Do you have regular headaches? If so, you might be clenching or grinding your teeth while you are sleeping. This is a common, often stress-related, problem called Bruxism. If you are clenching or grinding during your sleep, this can affect you in many negative ways.
If you clench or grind your teeth, you may not be getting the quality of sleep you need to feel rested. Additionally, your teeth are at very high risk of fracture and wear (non-reversible). To protect your teeth while you are sleeping, and to help you rest easier, a night guard may be right for you. Models of your teeth will be taken, and the guard will be custom-fabricated to fit over your teeth. Custom night guards will last years and years, and will work hard (while you rest) to protect your smile.
Dentures and Partial Dentures
If you are missing some or all of your natural teeth a denture or partial denture may be right for you. These removable devices beautifully replace your missing teeth restoring your bite and your smile.
We use high-tech, low-radiation digital x-rays to take pictures of your teeth to check for tooth decay that cannot be seen with the naked eye. We also check the health of tooth roots and the bone that surrounds them, and screen for cysts, tumors and other abnormalities.
Even with the best possible oral care at home, it is important to visit your dentist for a regular professional teeth cleaning. This cleaning will remove any sticky plaque or hard, built-up tartar that can’t be cleaned by brushing and flossing alone. Additionally, any surface stains from food, dark beverages, and smoking can be removed from your teeth, brightening your smile instantly. Your dentist or hygienist will give you some tips and pointers on how to best keep a clean, healthy mouth.
Most cleanings involve the use of an ultrasonic scaler to easily remove the buildup from your teeth without all the scraping. This scaler also uses high-powered water flow to flush out your gum pockets, ridding them of harmful bacteria or sick gum tissue. Our cleaning will leave you with a fresh feeling that lasts.
Topical fluoride is an excellent preventative treatment for most children and adults to strengthen their outer tooth structure, called enamel. For a person with a high risk of cavities, a topical fluoride treatment may especially be recommended. With this simple treatment, a highly-concentrated fluoride solution is painted onto the teeth. It clings there for about 12 hours and strengthens the surface of the tooth. A stronger coating of enamel will help prevent future cavities, and can also slow down cavity formation on teeth that may already be affected.
Sealants are a simple procedure to prevent cavities from forming on the chewing surface of your teeth. Excellent for kids and adults alike, a sealant is a thin layer of tooth-colored resin that is flowed onto the chewing surface of the tooth, sealing off the deep grooves and hard to clean areas of your teeth. The procedure is quick, painless, and does not require numbing.
Teeth whitening or tooth bleaching is one of the most simple and least expensive procedures in cosmetic dentistry and smile makeovers. Teeth whitening can restore the whiteness to natural tooth enamel to give you a more youthful smile. Most external and some internal stains can be lightened or eliminated by teeth whitening.
Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Bonding is among the easiest and least expensive cosmetic dental procedure. The composite resin used in bonding can be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth. Most often, bonding is used for cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.
Sometimes bonding is used as a cosmetic alternative to fillings, or to protect a portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed because of gum recession.
Exam, X-Rays, and Cleaning
We would love to see your child within six months of their first tooth eruption (or by their first birthday). Early preventive care and creating a positive dental experience is important to maintaining your child’s healthy smile for years to come.
Exam, X-Rays, and Cleaning
A children’s exam is very similar to an adult exam. We look to make sure the teeth are healthy and erupting properly. Depending on the age of your child we may take some x-ray pictures of his or her teeth to screen for proper development and detection of any cavities. Cleaning and polishing remove any buildup or stain from your child’s teeth and leave them sparkling.
A great way to prevent cavities, sealants are a thin layer off tooth colored filling material that is placed over the nooks and crannies on the chewing surface of back teeth. The procedure is quick, easy and affordable, giving the tooth an extra boost of protection from those cavity-causing “sugar bugs.”