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Implants

Dental implants utilize heavily researched and proven technology to replace missing teeth and support dental appliances. Implants are a cylindrical titanium replacement of tooth roots that can have a crown or bridge affixed to the top of it or have prosthesis (denture) snapped into it. Dental implants do not simply screw into to bone. The biocompatibility of the pure titanium material allows osseointergration to bone. While some general dentists place implants, Dr. Kelly’s practice prefers to have implants placed by a periodontist (gum and bone dentist) that has specific highly advanced training and skill in this specialty of dentistry. Dr. Kelly, as the restorative dentist, plans how the implants will be placed and how the teeth will be restored. After the implants are placed and heal, our dentists complete the case by topping the implants with an appropriate crown, bridge, or overdenture. Implants are so solid and predictable that they have revolutionized dentistry.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used to correct cavities, cracked teeth, and replace larger mercury fillings. Old fashion mercury fillings tend to crack teeth over time and turn teeth dark gray in color. Inlays and onlays replace missing tooth structure with porcelain. Our porcelain has many physical properties similar to enamel and can conserve much of the tooth structure using this procedure. They strengthen teeth by being chemically bonded into place.

Invisible Orthodontics

Tooth straitening can be accomplished by wearing a series of clear nearly invisible trays. This patented process called ClearCorrect is a great way to correct simple orthodontic problems and have a beautiful smile without wearing braces. Invisalign is a heavily marketed competitor to ClearCorrect, Dr. Kelly has chosen to utilize this product line, which is equally effective and less expensive to the patient. This process is limited to simple tooth movement

Periodontal evaluation

Without healthy gums and bone to support them, the teeth are worthless. Periodontal health is accessed by measuring bone levels and the pocketing between the gums and teeth, gum quality and tooth mobility.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by a registered dental hygienist. In addition to a dental exam, prophylaxis includes removal of calculus (tartar), removal of plaque, and tooth polishing. Calculus is a hardened plaque that develops on teeth over time and is attached firmly to the tooth above and below the gum line. It is removed by scaling with specialized dental instruments. The presence of calculus influences the health of tooth, gum, and bone and harbors toxin releasing bacteria. Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the tooth surface. It is a growing colony of bacteria, food debris and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins that cause gingivitis and periodontal disease and converts sugars in the diet to lactic acid that causes teeth decay.

In addition to scaling of plaque and calculus, tooth polishing removes plaque, calculus, and stain that is not removed by scaling or tooth brushing. Your dental hygienist may provide other therapeutic services included the use of antibacterial agents, application of sensitivity medications and the preventative application of fluoride to decrease the risk of tooth decay. Expect, when necessary for your dental hygienist to educate you about techniques and products that may assist in your oral home care. Each dental cleaning is accompanied by a periodic oral examination by the doctor.

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is performed on infected necrotic (dead) teeth and irreversibly inflamed teeth. These conditions can be caused by injury, fracture, or decay. During the root canal procedure the internal living pulp of the tooth is delicately removed with small precision-made files and the space is filled with a sterile material to prevent further infection. Contrary to popular belief most root canal procedures are absolutely painless and even “boring”.

Scaling and Root Planing

Scaling and root planing is a procedure that remove debris from the root surface to alleviate gum disease. It is the initial therapy used to treat all periodontal (gum/bone) problems. Both Ultra Sonic and traditional tooth scalers are used in this process in conjunction with disinfectant fluids.

Sonicaire ToothBrush

The Sonicaire tooth brush is an electric toothbrush that uses ultrasonic vibrating bristles to gently clean at home, often more effectively than a manual toothbrush. It is the only electric toothbrush he recommends.

Ultrasonic Cleaning

Dr. Kelly’s hygienist commonly use Cavitron and Piezon Ultra Sonic scalers to clean teeth. This is often a gentler and more effective way to remove plaque and calculus from teeth. The instruments move at a rapid rate and utilize disinfectant spray to blast away bacteria.

Veneers

Veneers are a thin sculpted layer of porcelain applied to the front and top edge of teeth. Porcelain veneers are wonderful because they can drastically improve the position, size, shape and color of the teeth while still maintaining a vital and natural appearance and translucency. Unlike crowns, in most cases only the visible portion of healthy teeth is covered and very conservative removal of tooth structure is required. These beautiful porcelain restorations are fabricated in the dental laboratory and can provide a permanent and dramatic esthetic improvement in just two visits. Veneers are also a great tool to replace highly worn edges of front teeth that have no damage on the back side of them. This not only is beautiful, but supports the function health of the bite. When suggesting veneers, Dr. Kelly considers the outcome and does not take a one size fits all approach.

Whitening

Professional tooth whitening (or bleaching) is a very conservative and safe way to lighten stains in discolored teeth. The shade of our teeth can be influenced by many factors. Teeth can be naturally darkened with aging or can absorb internal stains from the food and beverages we consume. Whitening is an affordable, safe and simple procedure using a gel that oxidizes contaminates in teeth. When circumstances prove whitening to be ineffective the procedure can simply serve as an afford effort to whiten and diagnose whether further cosmetic services are indicated for the desired result. It is always best to whiten before treatment is completed on front teeth so that the lighter shade achieved can be matched.

ZOOM! In office whitening is completed in the office using a concentrated gel that is activated under a special light. We also use UltraDent Boost which has the power and results of Zoom! without a light which often reduces sensitivity. Professionally supervised whitening treatments can also be accomplished at home in custom made trays. Over-the-counter and mall whitening booths simply cannot provide the results that achieve with our higher concentration whitening materials and advanced techniques. It typically takes three or four attempts at non-professional whitening making it more costly than Dr. Kelly’s procedure that works very well. Whitening has proven safety record and has evolved into a very common procedure. Formulations are less likely to cause sensitivity and the cost has actually dropped to nearly half of the price a decade ago.

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