The Staff at First Dental of West Chester PA provides excellent Dental Services
The application of tooth colored filling material (composite) to the teeth has been a dental technique for many years. Recent advances have increased the strength, durability, and longevity of these restorations. Bonding material can be molded and shared to achieve outstanding results including tooth lightening, closing spaces, making teeth appear straighter, and repairing chips and cracks. When polished it gives the appearance of natural tooth structure.
Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth and also provide a fixed solution to having removable partial or complete dentures. If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!
An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: one part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, you can smile confidently knowing no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
The Zoom! in office procedure is easier for you, and quicker than customary at home whitening products. We apply the Zoom! whitening gel to your teeth after isolating your lips and gums. A specially designed light activates this gel. All you need to do is lay back and relax as you smile is lightened.
Invisalign is a ground breaking alternative way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign uses a series of removable aligners that are virtually invisible, so you don’t have to worry about your appearance. You can take them out for daily necessities like eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. Comfortable, convenient, and complimentary to your smile it is the preferred method of teeth alignment for patients.
Non Metal Fillings
Until recently, dental patients have been told that repairing teeth with white fillings was just for cosmetic purposes, and white fillings may not be as durable as metal. This is not longer true. With modern dental adhesive, resins, lasers and state of the art ceramics, the new porcelain restorations are close to rivaling natural strength, wear, function and appearance of natural teeth. In most cases metal fillings can be replaced with these new white materials.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one are prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic (replacement) tooth in place. Crowns and bridges are most commonly prepared from high quality materials such as semi precious or precious metals, porcelain, or fused combination of the two.
Full Mouth Restoration
Full mouth restoration involves restoring the teeth, bite, muscles and self-esteem back to a natural looking and youthful feeling condition. Using computerized technology and an artistic eye, full mouth restoration may be the answer to many problems, such as broke-down restorations, heat-sensitive teeth, sore jaw muscles, and recurring headaches.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is necessary after a cavity has gone untreated for an extended period of time. An untreated cavity will eventually begin to cause decay in the pulp tissue of the tooth. This decay can even extend through the root and down into the surrounding bone structure. Some Root Canals can be more involved and the dentist may refer you to a specialist to have the Root Canal done.
Full and Partial Dentures
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A Complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.
Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment
We offer many non-surgical periodontal treatments that will help to keep your mouth and teeth healthy.
Routine Hygiene is very important to healthy teeth. Brushing and flossing daily are a must and our staff can help you create a daily routine to keep your teeth and mouth health for years to come.
Digital radiography (x-rays) is the latest way to take and evaluate x-rays. With digital x-rays, less radiation is needed to produce high-quality images. These images can then be evaluated on a large flat-screen monitor. This allows for easier detection of any problems. With such a large image, it is also easier for patients to see and understand what is happening with their teeth.
Occlusal Guards (Night Guards)
Occlusal Guards are removable devices that fit over the teeth and are used to help prevent the wearing down of teeth during sleep due to night time grinding and clenching. Sometimes these guards are also worn during the day if the patient’s problems are more serious than just the average teeth grinding problems.
Our dentists use removable oral appliances to treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. A snore guard is similar to orthodontic retainers or sports mouth-guards. Worn during sleep, a snore guard prevents the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat and allows the airway to remain open for a normal breathing pattern.
Our of can provide these services on an as needed basis.
A sealant is a thin, plastic resin applied to the chewing surface of molars, premolars and any deep grooves (called pits and fissures) of teeth.
Teeth with these conditions are hard to clean and are very susceptible to decay. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth as a preventive measure against tooth decay after the permanent teeth have erupted.
However, adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth.
It is more common to seal “permanent” teeth rather than “baby” teeth, but every patient has unique needs, and your dentist will recommend sealant services on a case-by-case basis.
Sealants last from three to five years, but it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact, so if your sealants come off, let your dentist know, and schedule an appointment for your teeth to be re-sealed.
The most common tooth extractions are wisdom teeth extractions, but a tooth may also need to be removed if it’s coming in at an angle, threatening the position of other healthy teeth or contributing to overcrowding of the mouth.
Patients with advanced gum disease may be considered for extraction services as well. While its out goal to do everything to save your tooth, in the end, removing a potentially harmful tooth can spare you time, money and discomfort.
Contact us to see which service is best for you.