General Dental Services
At Smile Designer, we offer comprehensive dental services to treat a variety of dental concerns.
Learn More about Dental Concerns We Treat
At Smile Designer, we offer deep dental cleaning using a specialized tool called a Cavitron, which uses high-frequency sound waves to clean our patients’ teeth. This deep-cleaning Cavitron has been highly successful in eliminating tartar below as well as above the gum line, almost completely replacing the hand scalers usually used for cleaning teeth.
Deep dental cleaning using this painless method is faster and safer than traditional methods, and requires less local anesthesia.
These sores usually heal on their own, lasting from a few days to approximately 2 weeks. If the sore causes pain or discomfort, our office offers laser treatment to remove the sore.
Laser treatment works much faster than the other options of creams or ointments, because it targets the virus and uses photobiostimulation to destroy it before it can cause further damage.
Our office offers 3 Different Methods of Sedation:
- Conscious or twilight sedation can be taken as a pill or intravenously to naturally reduce a patient’s sense of anxiety, memory and perception of time during a visit.
- Pre-op sedation causes ideal sleep quality prior to an operation to ensure its success.
- Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, significantly decreases a patient’s recovery process after a dental procedure.
Our dentists are very sympathetic to dental anxiety, and we encourage you to let us know about any such issue so that we may make your visit as comfortable as possible.
Cavities & Disease
A combination of bacteria, acids, food debris, and saliva can form plaque, which results in tooth decay if not removed through proper dental hygiene.
Our Smile Designer dentists are well-versed in diagnosing and preventing these issues, which is why we have a specific plan designed for caries risk assessment.
- Oral examination
- Digital radiography
- Laser cavity detection system known as DiagnoDent®
Depending on how long the oral cancer remains undetected, a victim’s survival rate can drop from 90% to 55%. That is why at Smile Designer, we believe that screening for oral cancer is the most crucial procedure for maintaining our patients’ oral health.
During our patient’s regular six-month checkup, we will perform a basic oral cancer screening. We also strongly suggest that you schedule an additional appointment for specific oral cancer screening (ViziLite® or VELscope®) once a year.
In addition, if you detect an area of concern in or around your mouth, please contact our dental office immediately.
Because the bacteria by-products that cause cavities are highly acidic, there are ways to eliminate the bacteria and create a neutral-pH environment in which the teeth may be able to remineralize and repair themselves.
- Chewing Gums with Xylitol®, a naturally-occurring sweetener
- Candies with Xylitol®
Xylitol® is a naturally-occurring sweetener meant to naturally harden and remineralize teeth.
No Prep Veneers
- No-preparation, or non-prep, veneers are porcelain veneers attached to the enamel of the teeth in an effort to improve the appearance of a patient’s smile.
- At our dental office, we offer this as an alternative option to regular veneers, because no-prep veneers require no local anesthesia and little to no alterations to the natural structure of the teeth.
- This cutting-edge technology has seen particular advancements in the last 10 years, including the development of several brands of no-prep veneers meant to address different dental issues. Lumineers® are the leading and most recognized brand of these veneers.
- To find out if no-prep veneers are right for you, please schedule a consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists.
Porcelain veneers are thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front surface of the teeth. These veneers are used to improve the appearance of the teeth, including their shape, size, symmetry, and color.
Porcelain veneers provide a naturally appealing symmetry by addressing several cosmetic issues:
- Lengthen short teeth
- Close gaps between teeth
- Provide ideal shape
- Correct crooked teeth
- Improve color
- Cover chipped teeth
This procedure is sometimes considered a better alternative to crowns, since only the unhealthy parts of the tooth are removed in order to install the natural colored resin. In our office, we only use the highest quality composite resin to ensure the durability and function of the tooth.
Depending on the degree of tooth damage, any of the following dental treatments may be used:
- Porcelain veneers
- Dental crowns
- Dental implants
- Tooth bonding
- Tooth-colored fillings
- Dental bridges
- Periodontal Treatments
- Endodontic Treatments
After a thorough evaluation with one of our cosmetic dentists, you and your dentists will create a step by step treatment plan for your makeover. The specific order of treatments will be outlined and explained during the evaluation.
A smile makeover can require multiple visits to the dentist office and can possibly take as long as 12 months. But at the end of this process, your mouth work better and look and feel great!
Many patients want to have their teeth whitened for a perfect smile and a better self-esteem, which is why at Smile Designer, we offer a variety of teeth whitening options:
- One option is the in-office bleaching system called Zoom, with which results are usually visible within an hour.
- Take-home whitening trays, on the other hand, involve us creating models of patients’ teeth and providing you with a whitening gel to be placed into them, to be worn for an hour every day.
Combining the in-office and the at-home systems is something that we recommend for more drastic results.
To find out which system is right for you, please consult our cosmetic dentists.
Although braces can improve orthodontic issues for patients of all ages, the best time to begin the treatment – if any problems with the positioning of the teeth are detected – is between the ages of 10 and 14 when the teeth and jaws are still developing and, therefore, are more susceptible to correctional treatments. Depending on the severity of the dental issue, a patient can expect to wear braces between 8 and 24 months.
At each appointment, our team will make orthodontic adjustments to gradually shift your teeth to the correct position, which eventually results in a perfect smile.
Virtually invisible, there are several advantages clear brackets have over traditional braces and aligners. Clear braces combine tieless braces with high technology arch wires that are clinically proven to move teeth fast and comfortably with truly spectacular smile and facial results.
Sometimes referred to as ceramic braces, clear braces are made of transparent materials that are much less visible on a patient’s teeth. They are often chosen by adult patients or those in their late teens.
It is important to note that these braces require a more thorough everyday dental routine, because they are larger and more fragile than metal braces.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.
This procedure can also be used for cosmetic purposes through a combination of bonding and no-prep veneers, which improves discolored or misshapen teeth and enhances their overall appearance.
Unlike regular metal fillings, bonding requires special care and precision to avoid damaging the tooth further or causing sensitivity upon completion.
Offering many advantages over traditional bridges, hybrids and dentures, this solution is easy to care for, simulating the look and feel of natural teeth and remaining fixed in place with the implants acting as anchors. This treatment can help alleviate the sunken look that can occur with bone loss in the jaw by stimulating bone growth in the area around the implant. This process is called osseointegration and can also help prevent future bone loss.
Patients will not experience the typical rocking and movement or gum irritation associated with dentures and can often leave the same day with a full arch of teeth, reducing both the overall cost and healing time for the patient.
Our doctors will perform a thorough clinical examination to evaluate the patient’s existing dental condition and correlating jaw muscles and joints. If full mouth reconstruction is necessary, six to eight implants can typically restore the whole dentition. Our doctors employ only the most advanced implant materials, bone graft materials, and they only work with the finest laboratories and technicians.
The scope of implant supported full mouth rehabilitation includes the following reconstructive work:
- Dental implant placements
- Bone Grafting
- Sinus Augmentation
- Tissue Grafting
- Smile Design
- Implant supported Crowns/Bridges
- Implant supported Fixed Hybrid Prosthesis
- Implant supported Overdentures
When teeth have been missing for an extended period of time, the surrounding bone resorbs or collapses, preventing the placement of dental implants. When the bone is not adequate, bone grafting is a great treatment option to enhance or replace the area of lost bone. Bone can be taken from parts of the body or from synthetic material.
Bone Regeneration is a periodontal surgical procedure that regenerates jaw bone and the surrounding tissue. This procedure is often performed to protect your existing teeth and the tissues that keep them in place from bacterial plaque. The gingival tissue is folded back to remove the disease-causing bacteria and membranes, bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage the body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue.
Our doctors utilize either xenograft (different species) or allograft (same species) grafting materials and use a specially prepared resorbable barrier membrane to secure the bone graft.
Once the bone has been regenerated, implants can be placed for optimal support and function.
A sinus augmentation is a surgery that adds bone to the patient’s upper jaw in the premolar and molar areas of their mouth. An incision is made to add bone where the premolar and molar teeth were previously located. A small circular shape is made in the bone to access the sinus and the sinus membrane is gently pushed up and away from the upper jaw. Once this is completed, bone grafting material is filled into the space where the sinus was previously located, the incision is closed and the healing process begins.
Often, our doctors can perform both sinus augmentation and implant placements simultaneously to reduce the number of surgical appointments and to shorten healing time.
Gum contouring, also known as gum lift, is a cosmetic procedure where excess gum tissue is removed in order to provide a better shape to a patient’s smile. A gum contouring procedure is designed to enhance the symmetry, shape, and overall appearance of a patient’s gums.
Gum contouring can be an effective treatment when too much gum tissue covers the tooth, making them appear unusually small. This reduction of tooth surface can occur as a result of orthodontics, hormone changes or a side-effect of certain medications.
At Smile Designer, we use a diode laser to remove the excess gum tissue in a gentle and painless procedure while ensuring that enough gum tissue is left to promote quicker healing following the procedure.
For examples on how the finished gum contouring procedure will look, please visit our smile gallery.View our Smile Gallery
Receding gums, i.e., a decreasing gum area, is a common issue affecting approximately 3 out of 4 adults, and can sometimes be a sign of periodontal disease.
Other causes of gum recession include:
- Forceful brushing of the teeth
- A misaligned bite issue
- Grinding or clenching teeth
The most common treatment for gum recession is gum grafting. Used to treat root exposure resulting from receded gum tissue, gum grafting involves removing tissue from the roof of the mouth or from gum tissue near the tooth. The excised tissue is then stitched into the area needing gingival repair.
The Kois Deprogrammer – developed by a dentist Dr. John Kois – is a device similar to a retainer, which helps your dentist determine the stability of your existing bite.
When a person chews or swallows, their jaw is automatically adjusted to accommodate the respective process. An imperfect position can cause a variety of issues, such as facial pain, or worn, broken or loose teeth.
In our dental office, we use the Deprogrammer to remove the influence of a patient’s teeth from their chewing system, allowing us to discern the position of their natural bite and, therefore, design the correct treatment plan for maximum comfort.
A night guard, also known as an occlusal splint, can be simply described as a form of retention for those suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).
The night guard is a small plastic mechanism that is placed over the upper or lower teeth, depending on the specific problem. It features a splint using which the dentist can adjust the movement of the upper and lower teeth, the way that they are joined, and the overall position of the jaw.
At Smile Designer, we take great care in correctly adjusting the splint so that the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is more relaxed, which helps reduce grinding and pain.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is similar to a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.
Sometimes a patient can suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), symptoms of which include painful movement or locking of the jaw, as well as a clicking sound while chewing.
Grinding or clenching teeth and stress are the leading causes of TMD, often resulting in chronic migraines.