Good oral health habits are one method of preventive dentistry. By taking care of your teeth, by brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist regularly, you will be able to keep your smile intact for years to come.
In addition to quality family dental care, the team at SmiLee Dental will provide you with the preventive dental care and advice you need to keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
To treat a cavity the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area with tooth colored filling called composite (or resin) on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.
Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
Crowns & Bridges
A dental crown can cap an individual’s damaged or decaying tooth or be placed on top of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth. They have two crowns – one on either end – and a bridge of replacement teeth that rest in the area of the gums where there is tooth loss. The crowns at the ends of a bridge can fuse to existing teeth (that need to be filed down by a dentist to fit correctly), or can be attached to dental implants.
Whichever of these replacement tooth options is best for you – they can be vital in maintaining your oral health. Gaps in areas of loss can cause your other teeth to begin rotating or shifting into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. And missing teeth can even lead to gum disease and TMJ disorders. By practicing good oral hygiene, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal treatment is an often straightforward procedure to relieve dental pain and save your teeth. Patients typically need a root canal when there is inflammation or infection in the roots of a tooth. During root canal treatment, the dentist carefully removes the pulp inside the tooth, cleans, disinfects and shapes the root canals, and places a filling to seal the space.
Dentures – also known as false teeth – are removable replacements for missing teeth. They are constructed from an acrylic plastic or cobalt metal and are comprised of artificial gums and teeth that are attached to either material. They are custom designed to fit perfectly in your mouth and are molded to your gum and jaw line.
Invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to give you the beautiful straight
Invisalign uses clear aligners developed from computer-generated images and impressions taken from your mouth by the dentist to change the position of your teeth. While the traditional brace makes use of fixed brackets and wires to “pull” the teeth into alignment, Invisalign aligns the teeth by using a series of molds that, across a series of months, force your teeth into their new and improved position.
One of the most popular and effective treatments in cosmetic dentistry is the application of veneers. Veneers are thin coatings, or shells, of material that are shaped to look identical to the natural surface of a tooth. They are applied to teeth that are misshapen or crooked, discolored, chipped or uneven. This gives the purpose of improving the appearance of those particular teeth and, as a result, perfect the overall smile.
The GLO (Guided Light Optics) Science Professional Teeth Whitening System is a technology that combines light and heat in a patented, closed-system mouthpiece. It utilizes dual-whitening experience (in-office plus take-home) to optimize contact time without prolonged exposure, resulting in shorter treatment times, better results, and no pain. It eliminates the large, harmful lights that cause sensitivity, dehydration, and ‘zingers’ as well as the messy trays that spread whitening gel all over soft tissue and bathe the roots of the teeth for hours at a time.
When used with 24% or 30% hydrogen peroxide whitening gel syringes in the office or 10% GLO Vial whitening gels at home, it is clinically tested and has been shown to whiten teeth up to 12 shades in 32 minutes in the office or over the course of five days when used at home – all WITHOUT SENSITIVITY. All of this, combined with an elegant, sleek design that makes GLO fun and easy to use.
The New Platinum Wireless GLO take home whitening kit – only available from the dentist!
To improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face. It does not require incisions or stitches, just simple injections. Botox also can be used to treat patients with migraines, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and teeth grinding.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
OSA has been associated with higher risk of developing cardiovascular diseases including hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks and strokes. An oral appliance, when worn during sleep, supports the jaw in a forward position to help maintain an open upper airway. Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea.
People are living longer than ever, and while regular brushing, flossing, and checkups allow many of us to maintain our natural smiles for a lifetime, sometimes our teeth just can’t keep up. If you’ve lost a tooth (or a few teeth) due to injury or disease, dental implants can rejuvenate both your smile and your oral health. Additionally, it can be crucial to replace missing teeth. Without all of 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. Dental implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth and, if properly maintained, they can last a lifetime!
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
A surgical procedure to remove one or more 3rd molars (wisdom teeth)— the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom to prevent pain, cavity, infection and other complications.
A sinus lift, also referred to as a sinus augmentation, is performed to add bone mass to the upper portion of your jaw. This procedure is often necessary for patients who have decided on dental implants, but do not have enough bone mass in the jaw above the molars and premolars to support an implant.