Dental Services – Blockley Family Dental
Check out the below for a list of our dental services
Bonding and White Filling
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh smile.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.
The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are re-contoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.
We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and the dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.
The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.
Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before you leave, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. The crown will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Dental Hygiene/Periodontal Health
While at home oral maintenance- brushing twice a day, flossing- are imperative to maintaining a healthy mouth, we ask that our patients come to see us regularly for routine cleanings and check-ups so as to detect existing problems and plan an effective approach to regaining and maintaining the healthy smile our patients want.
Scaling and Root Planing
We give a lot of care to our patients’ gum condition and treat any sign of gum disease as soon as it is detected. Periodontal or gum disease often leads to a myriad of health problems if left untreated, including heart disease and other serious conditions. Periodontal disease progresses in stages, the first of which is gingivitis (marked by red, swollen, bleeding gums and sometimes bad breath) caused by large amounts of bacteria that attack the tissues in the mouth.
If allowed to progress, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, causing health problems, bone loss, teeth mobility and loss of teeth.
Professional Breath Treatment
Occasional bad breath can be due to pungent foods, dehydration, illness or poor oral hygiene. Chronic bad breath, however, could be an indicator of a more serious underlying problem, such as periodontal disease, which if left untreated can trigger heart disease and other serious conditions. We offer a number of solutions to bad breath including soft tissue treatment and antimicrobial mouthwash.
Whitening and Bleaching
Keeping our teeth their whitest is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking and other foods that have the ability to stain our teeth on a daily basis, even proper maintenance sometimes leaves them a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth.
To accomplish the whitening of your teeth, we utilize a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over. Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in whiter smile of 4-8 shades!
Please contact us today to see if you are a candidate for this type of whitening.
Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into your mouth as you please. Depending on each individual patient case, they may receive full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used when all of the natural teeth are removed from the mouth and replaced with a full set of dentures. There are two types of full dentures.
Conventional Full Dentures – This is when all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal before the dentures are placed. It could take a few months for the gum tissue to heal completely, and during this time you will be without teeth.
Immediate Full Dentures – Prior to having your teeth removed, your dentist takes measurements and has dentures fitted for your mouth. After removing the teeth, the dentures are immediately placed in your mouth. The benefit is that you do not have to spend any time without teeth. You will, however, need to have a follow up visit to refit your dentures because the jaw bone will slightly change shape as your mouth heels. The dentures will need to be tightened after the jaw bone has healed
Partial dentures are another option when not all of your teeth need to be removed. This is similar to a bridge, but it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
Your dentures may take some time to get used to. The flesh colored base of the dentures is placed over your gums. Some people say that it feels bulky or that they don’t have enough room for their tongue. Other times the dentures might feel loose. These feelings will affect the way you eat and talk for a little while. Over time, your mouth becomes trained to eat and speak with your dentures and they begin to feel more and more like your natural teeth. They may never feel perfectly comfortable, but it is much better than the alternative of not having teeth.
Even though dentures are not real teeth, you should care for them like they are. You should brush them to remove plaque and food particles before removing your dentures. After they have been removed you should place them directly into room temperature water or a denture cleaning solution. Never use hot water because it could warp the dentures. Your dentures are delicate, so make sure you are careful when handling them so you don’t drop them. Also, never try to adjust your dentures yourself. You could ruin them, so you should always seek assistance from your dentist if they feel uncomfortable or loose.
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth or teeth from the mouth. Extractions or tooth pulling is performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed so much tooth structure that the tooth is not restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.
Teeth are extracted for many different reasons:
Decay or toothaches where the decay is so far into the tooth that the tooth is beyond repair (non-restorable)
The tooth has a fracture extending far below the gum or has a fractured root.
Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone causing the tooth to be pulled.
There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth as to where teeth would have to be pulled.
At Blockley Family Dental we are able to keep you comfortable and relaxed during treatment, without any lasting effects to disrupt your day.
We’re experts at calming even the most phobic dental patients. We realize that some patients are apprehensive about receiving dental care.
We offer Nitrous Oxide Gas that will relax you and calm your nerves. It is GREAT for children. The experience is soothing…calming… and sedating. This will prevent you from dealing with the apprehension and stress of the dental procedure.
While you are relaxed and comfortable, we will take care of your dental needs. When your treatment is complete, you will leave the office with a healthy beautiful smile and a new outlook on dental visits.
Don’t put off your dentistry because of your fears. We can help you cope with them so you can get back to your life with a healthy smile.
What is Nitrous Oxide Gas?
Nitrous Oxide gas is a sweet smelling, colorless, non-irritating gas which you can breathe in. It is mixed with Oxygen. It is sometimes called “laughing gas” or “happy gas”. After breathing it in for 2-3 minutes, you should feel a pleasurable feeling through out your body. We have found that several characteristics apply to patients who benefit from Nitrous Oxide Gas.
It’s for people who have…
- High anxiety about dentistry
- Negative past dental experience
- Difficulty getting numb
- A strong gag reflex
- Complex dental problems
- Very sensitive teeth
- Anxiety over needles, noises, or smells in the dental office
Advantages of Nitrous Oxide Gas…
- Nitrous works rapidly
- The depth of sedation can be altered from moment to moment
- The nitrous is flushed out of the body using only Oxygen- you can drive home safely and do not need an escort