STATE OF THE ART
Our innovative procedures include:
clear orthodontic aligners
soft tissue laser therapy
non-surgical sleep apnea and snoring appliances
cosmetic medications and procedures
conscious sedation to ensure your comfort
Dental implants can help patients who need to replace missing teeth due to decay, gingivitis (gum disease), or injury, or other factors. Dental implants provide an alternative to dental bridges and implants. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that provide a strong foundation for the fixed (or removable) tooth that more naturally matches your teeth.
Dental implants can feel like your own teeth and can provide a better fit for more natural chewing and speech. Your dental professionals at Lake City Dental can help you decide if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
Dental fillings are used to repair cracked or broken teeth. To treat your cavity Lake City Dental gently removes the decayed portion of the tooth and and then fills in the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.
The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.
There are reasons why amalgam has remained a superior restorative material over resin-base composites. The New England Children’s Amalgam Trial (NECAT), a randomized controlled trial, yielded results “consistent with previous reports suggesting that the longevity of amalgam is higher than that of resin-based compomer in primary teeth and composites in permanent teeth. Compomers were seven times as likely to require replacement and composites were seven times as likely to require repair.
There are circumstances in which composite serves better than amalgam. For example, when a more conservative preparation would be beneficial, composite is the recommended restorative material. These situations would include small restorations, in which amalgam would require the removal of more sound tooth structure, as well as for cosmetic purposes when a restoration is required on an immediately visible portion of a tooth.
Dental bridges span the gap where missing teeth occur. On either end of the missing tooth a crown attaches to the remaining teeth and in between the anchoring crowns/teeth, false teeth fill the gap. The teeth between can be made from gold, alloy, or porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges can help restore your smile and increase the effectiveness of your chewing and bite.
A dental crown is a ‘cap’ that is placed over the tooth to restore its size, shape, and strength and to improve its appearance. A crown fully enclosed the visible portion of the tooth above the gum line.
Some instances when crowns are needed are: to protect a weak tooth or to restore a tooth that has been severely worn down. Lake City Dental can help you determine if a crown might be a procedure that you can benefit from.
A root canal is a treatment used to save or repair a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. In a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
At Lake City Dental we understand that this is a procedure that many patients may be nervous about. We will be happy to talk with you to alleviate the stress and make the procedure as comfortable as possible.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
We offer a TMJ examination that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. A problem with this joint is called temporomandibular disorder (TMD). Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damage to the joint tissue which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMD.
For more serious cases of TMD, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TM joint. For the most severe cases of TMD, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.
Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.
Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require sedation.
Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.
Laser therapy in dentistry can help with a number of problems:
Teeth whitening. Lasers can be used in an in-office setting to help in teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide solution, once applied to the surface of the tooth is ‘activated’ by the laser which speeds up the whitening process.
Tooth decay and gum disease. Lasers can be used to remove decay and to help reshape gums to remove bacteria during a root canal.
Lesion removal and biopsy. Lasers can be used to remove any lesions in the mouth and to remove tissue for biopsy sampling.
Lasers, in some cases, may be a less invasive procedure and may minimize bleeding and swelling during soft tissue treatments. The professionals at Comprehensive Dental Care will determine if laser therapy may be something you can benefit from in your dental procedure.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth colored material that covers the surface of the teeth to improve the appearance. The shell is bonded to the teeth and can change the color, shape, size, or even length.
There are several options for the material that the veneer can be made of from porcelain to a resin composite material. While porcelain veneers resists staining more, the resin composite material requires less of the original tooth be removed to implant. When thinking of which to choose, it’s best to discuss your options with a professional.
Clear Aligner Therapy (Braces)
When people think of braces, what often comes to mind is the tradition metal braces with wires and brackets. While this is still used, today there are often alternatives including clear orthodontic aligners or invisible braces. Clear orthodontic aligners consist of a series of clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth to align them. They are worn for anywhere up to 20 hours a day and it can take varying times to correct the problems. Times can vary typically between six to eighteen months.
Clear orthodontic aligners can be a positive choice for many who need their teeth straightened. One of the benefits is that patients can take out the aligners to brush and floss their teeth. Also much of the discomfort associated with traditional braces is removed. At Lake City Dental we can discuss with you some of your alternatives and see if clear orthodontic aligners might be a good decision for you!
Everyone wants a bright healthy looking smile. In today’s world there are many options that can fit most budgets and time constraints. Teeth whitening refers to the restoration of the teeth to their natural brilliance by removing debris and dirt. Most of us start out with sparkling white teeth with a porcelain-like enamel surface. This surface is composed of microscopic crystalline rods that are designed to protect the teeth from the effects of wear and tear. But during routine eating and chewing microscopic cracks occur in the surface of the tooth. This cracks get filled with stains and debris causing the discoloration that we are all familiar with.
There are several types of procedures that can help reverse this process. Here at Lake City Dental we can discuss with you our procedures that can help you get that white, pretty smile back!