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With the help of your restorative dentist, your smile can become picture perfect!

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns & Bridges

A common solution to fixing a patient’s tooth is placing a restoration, such as a crown or bridge. A crown is a tooth-shaped restoration that slips over the patient’s prepared tooth and is secured in place with cementing chemicals. Crowns can be made from precious metals or ceramic materials, or a combination of both. Modern crowns match natural teeth, making it difficult for people to know that you have a replacement tooth.

Bridges are very similar to crowns, except they serve an additional purpose. Bridges replace missing gaps in your arch. To fix a gap created by a lost tooth, a dentist will reduce the teeth on both sides of the gap and then place a bridge that connects the two teeth and the in-between space as one unit.

BruxZir® Solid Zirconia is a highly esthetic, strong material that can be used to create crowns and bridges. It is the most prescribed brand of full-contour zirconia, and has a proven record of success in patients around the world.

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Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain Veneers

A less invasive solution, veneers are thin, shell-like structures that cover the front side of teeth. Made from tooth-colored materials, veneers are permanently bonded to the patient’s tooth in an effort to provide a more natural looking tooth. They cover up stains, cracks and decay while also protecting the remaining natural tooth underneath. Traditional veneers are made from porcelain; however, there are modern solutions made from various ceramics that provide more strength than porcelain veneers.

Veneers can be placed directly on top of existing teeth, or the doctor may reduce a portion of the front tooth structure in order to maintain the overall shape and size of the tooth with the addition of the veneer. This reduction also can help to get rid of any damaged tooth structure.

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Custom Whitening Trays

Custom Whitening Trays

A simple non-permanent solution for protecting the color of your teeth is through the use of whitening agents. Dentists use a variety of chemicals and methods in order to transform the color of a patient’s teeth. Although there are over-the-counter whitening products available, most often solutions prescribed by a dentists are much safer and more effective. One professional solution is a custom tooth-whitening tray.

Custom tooth-whitening trays are plastic devices that slide over your entire arch in order to hold the whitening solution to your teeth. The advantage with whitening trays prescribed by a dentist is that they are custom-designed to fit in a specific patient’s mouth, allowing the whitening solution to be better distributed and applied.

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Implant Options

Implant Options

Single-tooth implants are implants that replace one missing tooth. The finished implant is made up of a single implant screw, one abutment and one connected restoration. A single-tooth implant can be used if the dentist desires not to remove any existing tooth structure, which would be required to fill a gap utilizing a bridge restoration.

In cases where the patient is missing multiple teeth in a row or has an entire arch without teeth, the dentist may place more than one implant to secure the restoration or prosthesis. Multiple implants help better distribute the forces of the bite through the bones of the jaw, reducing the chance of failure while also giving the patient much more functional strength.

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Dentures

Dentures

Dentures are removable devices that mimic missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are expertly crafted from acrylic resin and other plastics to match the existing gums and teeth in the mouth. Utilizing a combination of suction, friction and tension, the device fits securely in your mouth and replaces your missing teeth.

Patients often take for granted how much their teeth build their facial appearance. Without teeth, the muscles in your face can start to sag, making the face look much older. Dentures help restore the dimensions of the face, giving patients a natural appearance.

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

The aveoTSD is a simple treatment for snoring. If you or someone you love suffers from snoring, the aveoTSD anti-snoring device will reenergize your life.

Traditional mandibular advancement devices indirectly move the tongue forward by moving the mandible. But the aveoTSD directly suctions onto the tongue, preventing it from falling back into the throat and increasing airway volume. Made of medical-grade silicone, the aveoTSD is the only anti-snoring device that is indicated for anyone — including those who wear full dentures!

Save yourself from another sleepless night by calling your dentist or medical physician about the aveoTSD anti-snoring device today

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Bite Splints

Bite Splints

Bite splints are removable protective devices for the mouth that cover the teeth and gums to reduce injury or damage. Bite splints are often used as a treatment for patients with Bruxism. These appliances prevent further damage by separating the patient’s teeth with a comfortable layer of acrylic, which keeps the opposing teeth from grinding or crashing together.

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Mouthguards

Mouthguards

Mouthguards are removable protective devices for the mouth that cover the teeth and gums to reduce injury or damage. Mouthguards are often used in sports to protect the wearer’s teeth in case of physical impact. Although mouthguards are available for over-the-counter purchase, appliances that are prescribed by your dentist offer more protection and a customized fit.

PlaySafe® Mouthguards are custom fabricated and available in six levels of protection. When these form-fitting devices are properly worn, they can prevent dental trauma such as fractured teeth.

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Patient Testimonials

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— Jim Glidewell, CDT, President/CEO

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