While there are several over-the-counter (OTC) whitening products that claim to whiten teeth, it is best to complete the whitening process under the guidance of a dentist. Dental tooth whitening products include custom laboratory-fabricated trays for at-home use with a professional strength whitening agent. There are also professional strength bleach strips for at-home use. All whitening products available through your dentist are stronger and more effective than over the counter products.
Dental implants are used to replace a lost tooth or teeth. The actual dental implant is placed in the jaw by an oral surgeon or periodontist. The dental implant is then restored by the dentist with a crown or bridge. Denture wearers can also benefit from dental implants by having their dentures secured with a specially designed implant attachment.
Bonding or Tooth-Colored Fillings
Bonding involves applying a tooth-colored plastic material called composite resin to the surface of chipped, broken
or discolored teeth. Composite resin can also fill in gaps between the teeth and protect roots that are exposed due
to gum recession.
Veneers are thin, custom-made tooth-colored “shells” that cover the front of the teeth. Normally made of porcelain or ceramic, veneers correct or camouflage misaligned, poorly shaped, damaged or discolored teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are used to restore the natural appearance of a tooth or teeth. They can be made of porcelain, metal or resin. They replace tooth structure lost by decay or injury, protect the part of the tooth that remains, and restore the tooth’s shape and function. Bridges fill in a space left by a missing tooth or teeth. They protect the shape of the mouth and restore function of the teeth and jaw.
Removable partial or full dentures are used to replace some or all of the natural teeth. Replacing missing teeth with a partial or full denture improves speaking and eating, improves the smile and helps support facial muscles, providing a more youthful appearance.
Gum (Periodontal) Treatment
Gum (periodontal) disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults. Initially treated by periodontal “deep” cleanings and non-surgical gum treatments like root planing (cleaning and smoothing the root surfaces of the teeth), advanced stages require more specialized treatment and are referred to a periodontist.
Preventive treatment includes dental prophylaxis (cleaning), examination of teeth and soft tissues, radiographic examination (x-rays) and oral cancer screening. Teeth that are susceptible to dental decay can benefit from the preventive use of sealants. Patient education, including instruction in brushing, flossing and specialized oral hygiene aids is also part of a comprehensive preventive program.
Also called an Occlusal guard, it is an acrylic “splint” that fits over the teeth. Occlusal guards are used to relieve jaw pain and prevent tooth wear due to grinding and bruxing. Mouthguards are used by those involved in sports for tooth and mouth protection.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Also known as “Laughing Gas,” Nitrous Oxide is sometimes used during dental treatment to ease anxiety. Because it is well tolerated, has a rapid onset, is reversible, can be adjusted in various concentrations, and is non-allergenic, Nitrous Oxide is considered a safe sedative in dentistry.
Dr. Racine provides a complete range of dental services for all patients in a comfortable, caring environment.
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