Teeth Cleanings | Fillings | Tooth Extractions | Inlays and Onlays | Snoring Therapy | Digital Imaging | VELscope
Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services. We can typically provide most every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines.
Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.
Twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque and tartar (calculus) from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth. We will then polish your teeth and apply fluoride (for children and teenagers) to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.
Fluoride is a relatively recent but important advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay.
If you are due for your semi-annual dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.
The concept of a "filling" is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.
With today's advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, if the patient has gum disease, or if the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth). Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.
Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction. When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.
In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.
To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. Ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are indirect restorations. They are a great alternative to traditional metal fillings primarily because less of the tooth structure needs to be removed. Inlays and onlays are suitable for treating mild to moderate decay, and can be used to restore a cracked or fractured tooth if the damage is not extensive enough to require a crown.
Generally, inlays are small restorations that fit within the contours of the biting surface of a tooth, while onlays cover a portion or the entire chewing surface.
Inlays and onlays can be made from porcelain, gold or composite resin. Once fabricated, they are securely bonded to the tooth.
The advantages of inlays and onlays include:
- Since they can be fabricated from tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are aesthetically pleasing. Unlike traditional metal fillings, the restoration is virtually invisible.
- Less removal of the tooth structure is required to achieve optimal results.
- They do not cause excessive wear and tear to opposing tooth structures.
- Inlays and onlays prevent the need for more significant treatment in the future.
The process for placing inlays and onlays generally requires two or more office visits. Initially, once the decay is removed, your dentist will take an impression of the tooth. A temporary restoration is placed until the custom-made inlay/onlay is manufactured in a laboratory.
Following a proper oral hygiene regimen daily ensures the success and longevity of your new restoration.
Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for the most severe snoring problems. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing orthodontic-related appliances that help open the airways during sleep.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays. Digital film is used to create the images that are then viewed and enhanced on a computer.
Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce radiation exposure by 70 percent!
Every hour, one American dies from oral cancer. Because of this alarming statistic, our office now offers a simple test for those at high risk.
Using the VELscope oral cancer screening machine, Dr. Steinberg can diagnose oral cancer at its earliest stages. Developed by the British Columbia Cancer Agency and the MD Anderson Cancer Center, VELscope uses fluorescent technology to detect abnormal tissue in the oral cavity, which may be or may lead to, oral cancer.
The VELscope examination is painless and non-invasive. The system features a revolutionary hand-piece, which will be used to safely emit blue light into the mouth. Generally normal, healthy tissue has a bright-apple green glow, while abnormal, unhealthy tissue appears dark.
If caught early, oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases. An examination using the VELscope machine is comfortable and only takes a few minutes. Best of all, it is one of the most accurate methods for detecting cancer early. With proper screening and early diagnosis, the severity of oral cancer drops significantly.
Don't become a statistic – talk to us today about the dangers and warning signs of oral cancer, and schedule a VELscope oral cancer examination at your next appointment!