Crowns or “Caps” are known as Fixed Prosthodontics in the world of dentistry. Dental Crowns are a cosmetic restoration used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay.
Dental Crowns are “cemented” onto an existing tooth and fully cover the portion of your tooth above the gum line. In effect, the crown becomes your tooth’s new outer surface. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, or both. Porcelain crowns are most often preferred because they mimic the translucency of natural teeth and are very strong.
A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. A bridge attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.
Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
Porcelain veneers can correct a variety of dental issues. Do you have a chipped tooth that bothers you? Do your teeth show discolorations that distract from your smile? Do you worry your teeth are too long, too short, too far apart or too crowded? Dental veneers can address these issues and give you a beautiful smile. The process of getting porcelain veneers is perfectly safe. You’ll first need a consultation with Dr. Anita Bell to make sure you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers. Your teeth should be healthy and free of decay to receive porcelain veneers.
Opalescence Boost is a chemically activated power whitening gel that provides brighter, whiter teeth after just 40 minutes in the dental chair. The powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel is chemically activated, so it doesn’t require a hot, uncomfortable light to work. Using the unique double-syringe configuration, the clinician activates the 40% hydrogen peroxide formula just prior to application, ensuring every dose of Opalescence Boost is fresh and effective.
Chemically activated, so no light is needed
Powerful 40% hydrogen peroxide gel
Opalescence tooth whitening gel contains PF (potassium nitrate and fluoride). Potassium nitrate has been shown to help reduce sensitivity. Fluoride has been shown to help reduce caries and strengthen enamel. Together they help to improve the overall health of the teeth.
Opalescence GO Trays
Brush teeth before inserting tray. Lightly tap tray to adapt sides to teeth. Unless directed otherwise, wear Opalescence 10% for 8-10 hours or overnight, Opalescence 15% for 4-6 hours. Remove Excess gel with clean finger or soft toothbrush.
Here at our office, we offer a box of 10 trays (10% or 15%) for $70.
Custom Take Home Whitening Trays
An impression is taken to make a specialized “mouth guard” or “stent” to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about 3–4 hours for a week or two. At the end of this time, significant tooth whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant. For confidence in appearance, bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements in yellowing, aging or stained teeth.
Fillings are a light-cured composite resin material which is bonded to your natural tooth once decay has been removed. Untreated tooth decay can spread to the nerve, eventually killing the tooth. If we find a cavity, we will clean out the decay and restore the tooth with a white or tooth-colored filling.
Dr. Bell only places the tooth-colored fillings for many reasons. Amalgam (Silver) fillings contain mercury which is harmful to our body. Tooth-colored fillings don’t expand and contract with hot and cold temperatures, which causes cracks, breaks, and tooth sensitivity. These composite fillings look like your natural teeth, with no dark metal or discoloration. No one will ever know you had a cavity, and you might even forget the cavity was there!
A Partial is an appliance that is used to replace lost teeth when one or more of your natural teeth remain. The replacement teeth are attached to a gum-colored plastic base (sometimes with metal clasps) that is removable. If you have multiple missing teeth, a great way to replace them may be with partial or full dentures.
A Denture is an appliance that is used to replace all lost teeth on either the upper or lower arch. Dentures can be anchored using implants and abutments, or temporarily adhered using denture adhesives or wafers.
Exams are completed every 6 months by Dr. Bell to check for gum disease, cavities, and any abnormalities. 4BiteWing x-rays are taken once every 12 months, a full mouth series will be taken every 3-5 years depending on what your insurance will cover or if it is deemed necessary.
Oral Cancer Screenings will be completed visually and manually every 6 months during your regular check-up. Oral cancer often doesn’t have symptoms in its early stages and can be deadly because it’s caught at an advanced stage. Dr. Bell will check for early signs of oral cancer, such as unexplained swelling or very small lesions that you might not be aware of.
Please let us know if you or anyone in your family has a history of oral cancer.
A Cleaning consists of hand scaling each individual tooth or the use of a Cavitron, a hand-held tool that releases jets of water that break down hard calculus deposits on your teeth. Using ultrasonic scalers also helps us treat any gum disease you may have. Once all plaque and calculus is removed, our hygienist or dental assistant will polish your with prophy paste teeth to remove any additional stain.
Periodontal Maintenance cleanings are for our patients being treated with gum/ periodontal disease. We treat gum disease with our ultrasonic scalers that remove plaque from your teeth and root surfaces. If you are a new patient, please let us know at the time of scheduling your appointment if you have ever been diagnosed with periodontal disease.
Orthodontic Appliances such as clear retainers can be made in our office. We can also remove/replace your permanent retainers.
Night Guards are a clear, custom fitted mouth guard made to help prevent both bruxism. Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is a common problem in both children and adults and can lead to health and dental problems, such as headaches, sensitive teeth, or painful jaw muscles.
Sealants & Flouride
Dental sealants are a light-cured dental treatment intended to prevent tooth decay.
Fluoride treatments are professional treatments containing a high concentration of fluoride that Dr. Bell, our hygienist, or assistant will apply to a patient’s teeth to improve health and reduce the risk of cavities. These in-office treatments are applied as a varnish.
Dr. Bell believes in the use of fluoride so much that we only charge $10 for treatment if it is not a covered service under your insurance policy!