A healthy mouth is essential to your overall state of physical health. Regular cleanings are a preventive service to help deter gum disease as well as cavities, not to mention to keep those pearly whites looking their best! We offer the following dental hygiene services:
- Periodontal Maintenance
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Fluoride Treatments
Sealants are thin coatings applied to the grooves of permanent molars to help prevent decay. These are typically placed after the 6 year molars have completely erupted, and again for the 12 year molars, and as needed after that.
Night Guards serve to protect the teeth from chipping and breaking when a person clenches or grinds their teeth at night.
Sports Guards protect the teeth from trauma and injury. High risk sports include football, basketball, lacrosse, volleyball, baseball, and softball. Custom sports guards are not only better fitted to the teeth than over-the-counter options, but can also be made in your team colors or color of preference.
Snore Guards / Sleep Apnea Appliances
Snore guards and sleep apnea appliances are an alternative for patients with sleep apnea. These will help you get a better night’s rest and reduce the long-term health effects of sleep apnea.
Age, nutrition, and tobacco use will cause teeth to discolor over time. Teeth whitening is affordable and easy! We offer two choices: a five-day kit with professional grade whitening strips for a quick boost, or whiten brighter with our effective take-home tray system. For the take home system, we first take impressions of your teeth to fabricate custom bleaching trays for your upper and lower teeth, then we bring you back to have them fitted. We will review the instructions with you when we deliver your trays. You will use the trays, filled with the bleaching solution, daily for two to four weeks. We offer two concentrations of bleach to best fit your schedule: one is an overnight solution, and the other is a 30-minute solution.
Veneers are a thin porcelain covering for the fronts of the teeth. This does require some prep work for the teeth but is a minimally invasive way to cosmetically enhance your smile. In some cases, veneers might not be recommended, and full coverage crowns may be a better option. For a less expensive alternative, composite veneers made with filling material may also be an option.
Tooth Replacement Options
Dental implants allow for the replacement of one or multiple missing teeth. implants are made of three main components: the implant “root” or “screw,” the abutment, and the crown. The entire implant process usually takes 4-6 months to complete. Dr. Khisti does place some implants for simple cases, or a qualified oral surgeon or periodontist will place the “root” portion of the implant. After it has sufficiently integrated into the bone around it, we will then restore the implant by attaching the natural-looking tooth, or teeth, to it. Implant bridges can also be used to replace a series of missing teeth in an arch or quadrant.
Bridges are used to replace missing teeth by crowning the tooth on either side of the space, with a pontic tooth, or teeth, attached in the middle.
Dentures continue to be the most affordable way to replace teeth. Complete dentures serve to replace an entire arch of missing teeth, upper or lower. Partial dentures can replace one or multiple missing teeth, using the remaining teeth to help stabilize it.
Composite fillings, sometimes called “white” or “tooth colored” fillings, are a bonded resin filling that matches the color of your teeth. This type of filling can also be called “bonding” when used on front teeth to fill gaps or for other types of cosmetic dentistry.
Amalgam fillings, commonly called “silver” fillings, have been around for over a hundred years. They are an alloy composed of mercury, tin, copper, and silver. We continue to offer amalgam fillings to best accommodate our patients’ preferences and/or financial restrictions. Some insurances will only cover this type of filling, and we believe that all patients should have the option to make the most out of the dental coverage they have.
Crowns are typically recommended for teeth with extremely large fillings and/or root canals, and serve to protect the remaining tooth structure from fracture.