- Cosmetic Dentistry
- Preventative Dentistry
- Fillings and Restoration
- Root Canals
- Bridges and Crowns
- Dentures and Partials
- Implant Restoration
- Oral Surgery
- Periodontal Treatment
Cosmetical Dental Services
Teeth whitening (bleaching) Brightens teeth that are discolored or stained. Bleaching may be done completely in the dental office or the dentist may dispense a system for you to use at home.
Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, tooth-colored materials are applied, or bonded, to the tooth surface.
Enamel shaping involves modifying teeth to improve their appearance by removing or contouring enamel. The process, which often is combined with bonding, usually is quick and comfortable and the results can be seen immediately.
Veneers are thin custom-made shells designed to cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers are used to treat spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
Routine Dental Exams
Having regular dental checkups allows you more control over the healthcare of your teeth and gives you the head start you may need when dealing with a serious dental issue.
Oral Cancer Screenings
The following can be signs of a pathologic process or cancerous growth:
- Reddish patches
- Whitish patches
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening of tissue
- Chronic sore throat, hoarseness
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing
Pain does not always occur with pathology and is often not associated with oral cancer. However, if you experience pain without an obvious cause, you may be at risk for oral cancer.
Deep cleanings help you maintain a healthy mouth by getting into places that aren't typically accessible with ordinary cleaning at home in the long run this helps reduce cavities and increases overall care.
Dental sealant is a thin, plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth -- usually the back teeth (the premolars and molars) -- to prevent tooth decay. The sealant quickly bonds into the depressions and grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield over the enamel of each tooth.
Dr. Praskah Patel offers a variety of services including treatment of Gum Diseases, Gingivitis, Periodontitis and more People usually don’t show signs of gum disease until they are in their 30s or 40s. Men are more likely to have gum disease than women. Although teenagers rarely develop periodontitis, they can develop gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease. Most commonly, gum disease develops when plaque is allowed to build up along and under the gum line.
Fillings and Restoration
Teeth that have been affected by tooth decay (caries or cavities) require a filling. There are many different types of fillings, including: Dental Amalgams – Also known as silver fillings, are comprised of a mixture of mercury (45 to 50 percent), and an alloy of silver, tin, and copper (50 to 55 percent). When it is combined with other materials in dental amalgam, mercury’s chemical nature changes and it is no longer considered harmful to the body.
Also known as white fillings, a composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixture filled with glass (silicon dioxide) that is used primarily for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Other alternatives to restoring damaged or decayed teeth.
A ceramic material is bonded to the front of teeth to change the tooth’s color, size, and/or shape. Crown – a “cap” that covers a cracked or broken tooth, unfixed by a filling, to approximate its normal size and shape. Cast Gold Restorations – this type of restoration is often more costly and may require more than one dental fitting.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.
Having a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that removing a tooth that has problems is the solution, but what is not realized is that extracting (pulling) a tooth will ultimately be more costly and cause significant problems for adjacent teeth.
Dental Bridges and Crowns
Crowns (Caps): A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Although there are several types of crowns, porcelain (tooth colored crown) are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they will eventually need to be replaced. Porcelain crowns are made to match the shape, size, and color or your teeth giving you a natural, long-lasting beautiful smile.
Dental Bridge: A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal.
Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Complete dentures are used to replace teeth when there are no teeth remaining. The teeth are prefabricated acrylic or porcelain which come in many sizes, shapes, and shades. They are processed into a custom made acrylic base which is made to intimately and comfortably fit the gum tissue in your mouth.
A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces missing teeth. It is held in place by your existing teeth. It is important that these teeth be healthy in order to support your partial; often they may need treatment prior to making the partial.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a periodontist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option for people in good general oral health who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework, since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support.
Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling, you may forget you ever lost a tooth.
Using a CAD (Computer Aided Design) software program we are able to create a custom piece of dental implant/appliance. Since the braces have been specifically made for you (custom made in USA), faster and more effective treatment can be expected. Tens of thousands of cases have already proven that this is the most efficient way to straighten your teeth, and is the next generation of orthodontics.
Invisalign (Invisible Braces)
Invisalign aligners are the clear alternative to metal braces for adults, kids and teens. These clear aligners are the virtually invisible way to improve your smile.
You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position your orthodontist or dentist has prescribed. You’ll visit your orthodontist or dentist about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
Prakesh Patel DDS offers a wide variety of oral surgeries for your more critical dental needs. From oral pathology to bone grafting, Orthographic Surgery, Wisdom Tooth Procedures and TMJ Disorders. Call us for more details and information regarding oral surgeries or any of our other services.
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammatory degradation of the tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If periodontal disease left untreated often causes irreversible damage to the bone surrounding the teeth. Periodontitis can be mild, moderate or advanced. Fortunately, Mild case of periodontitis can be treated before significant bone and tissue destruction occurs, usually non-surgically. Moderate and Advanced Periodontitis is usually treated surgically which often requires surgical recontouring of the supporting bone to prevent future periodontal disease (Osseous surgery) ormay include bone grafting or regeneration.