E Dental Solutions offers everything from routine cleanings to the latest innovations in dental health. Our services are tailored to meet the needs of every member of your family and we are always available to answer questions and talk over the wonderful options available today. Our dental health services include:
What is a Crown?
Crowns are dental restorations also known as "caps" which are coverings that fit over teeth. Crowns may be necessary because of broken down old fillings, fractured, chipped or sensitive teeth. Crowns are also used to improve the appearance of natural teeth.
Crowns are made of natural looking porcelain and are made to improve your overall smile or to blend in with your own teeth. Sometimes an underlying metal shell is used under the porcelain if additional strength is needed.
What is a Bridge?
When teeth are missing and there are teeth on either side of the space a bridge is the ideal way to replace the missing teeth. When there has been the loss of a tooth or teeth and there is a tooth on either side of the open space, replacement teeth can be attached to two crowns constructed for the 2 teeth on either side of the open space. This is called a bridge because it bridges the open space.
A partial denture is a removable appliance used to replace missing teeth. Partials help the remaining teeth stay in position, improve the ability to speak, and equally distribute chewing stress throughout the mouth. Its use is generally recommended for a patient who has too many teeth missing to properly support a fixed bridge, but who doesn't yet need complete dentures. A partial denture holds artificial teeth in place with a base that saddles the gums, and retainers that clasp onto adjacent teeth. If properly cared for, they can last as long as a fixed bridge. Their low cost also makes them advantageous to patients needing only one or two replacements of missing teeth. Maintaining a close fit is important in order to keep a partial functioning properly, so it should be checked at least once a year.
Full dentures are a complete set of artificial teeth used to replace natural teeth lost because of disease or decay. There are two primary methods for fitting dentures. The teeth can be extracted and the gums and jaw allowed to heal before the dentures are fitted, or dentures can be prepared in advance and inserted immediately after the extraction. Immediate dentures are more aesthetically pleasing, but they often require several fittings as the jaw heals and changes shape. They also allow the advantage of never needing to appear without teeth. Because dentures are foreign to the mouth, they require a certain period of adjustment. Denture wearers must learn to chew and speak with a new set of teeth. However, they can be advantageous to older wearers by adding fullness to lips and cheeks, and helping to reduce the appearance of mouth wrinkles. They also provide an alternative to patients with dental disease that want to avoid extensive treatments.
Dental implants have advanced tremendously in the past two decades. Patients who previously had to be condemned to wearing loose fitting dentures now can often have their missing teeth replaced with implants. Healthy teeth do not always have to be cut down to install dental bridges because a missing tooth can now be replaced with dental implants!
In the past, many patients were refused this procedure because of a lack of adequate bone. Today, bone grafting methods have been developed to add bone to a patient's jaw to make placing dental implants possible.
The problem of missing teeth is common for many people who have had teeth removed because of extensive cavities, gum disease, injuries, and those who may not have developed some of their teeth due to an inherited trait.
Our partial dentures have no metal clasps and are very light weight. The material is translucent, so the patient’s own gums show through, giving a very natural appearance. Non-metal partial dentures can be used to replace many or few missing teeth, and can even be modified to replace a missing tooth on only one side of the mouth, greatly enhancing its comfort.
Non-metal partial dentures are an excellent option for the replacement of missing teeth. The cost of treatment is usually much less than either a permanent bridge or dental implants and can be completed in just two or three short visits.
If your teeth are filled with dark, gray metal fillings, you've got more to worry about than your appearance. Metal amalgams can damage teeth. Temperature sensitive, amalgams expand with heat and contract with cold. This movement weakens the tooth wall, leading to fractures and also allows bacteria to enter and cause decay. They contain mercury that may have long-term health effects. Tooth-colored composite fillings are a safer, stronger, more attractive and more enduring alternative to metal. They conservatively restore your teeth to strength and your smile to beauty.
Today's modern white filling materials strengthen teeth unlike the mercury amalgam fillings of years past. These new materials restore teeth to their original look, feel, and beauty. Laugh again with confidence.
Dental inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown. Inlays and onlays are usually made from porcelain, composite resin, and sometimes even from gold. Because they can be created from tooth-colored materials, inlays and onlays are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a more natural looking smile. Read on to find out about how inlays and onlays may be able to enhance your smile’s health and appearance.
Digital radiography's technology improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients' teeth, resulting in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions.
Traditionally, dentists find out what's going on inside your mouth by taking a series of x-rays, developing them in a darkroom full of chemicals, and then examining the resulting films on a special light board. This cumbersome process is entirely outmoded by digital radiography. Now, you simply relax in the dental chair while a tiny sensor is positioned briefly inside your mouth. The sensor acts like a miniature VCR camera, except that its chip is sensitive to x-rays, not light. Our patients are exposed to 50%-90% less radiation than with traditional x-ray techniques. A highly detailed image is almost instantaneously translated onto our computer screen, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images.
The immediately viewable picture on the computer screen allows us to discuss the findings with you without delay. Together, we can examine the outer and inner structures and tissues of each tooth, as well as the surrounding roots, root canals, and gums. What may have previously been mysterious and frightening is suddenly rendered reasonable and non-threatening. On the spot, were able to clearly and simply explain all the steps of any recommended restoration procedures. And because it helps you clearly understand the root issues behind your dental health, we're able to work together to determine the very best treatment options for each case.
For those patients and family members of those patients who have snoring problems. The Snore Guard is a removable appliance that can eliminate or reduce snoring. The appliance can be fabricated in the office in one visit. The appliance is worn comfortably during sleep and is effective for most patients. It works by moving the lower jaw forward allowing the airway to stay open during sleep.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) can often be successfully treated with a dental sleep apnea device. With OSA the tongue falls back into the throat while the patient is sleeping and blocks access to the lungs. It's like being strangled. A sudden lack of oxygen signals death to the patient's body so the body immediately responds by shaking. An OSA patient can have many of these episodes during sleep.
Certain dental devices can be used to treat mild cases of obstructive sleep apnea. These devices move your jaw forward to make breathing easier.
A common treatment for sleep apnea is called "continuous positive airway pressure," or CPAP. In this treatment, you wear a special mask over your nose and mouth while you are sleeping. The mask will keep your airway open by adding pressure to the air you breathe. It helps most people who have sleep apnea.
How often should I replace my toothbrush?
Treat yourself to a new toothbrush every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles become worn, splayed or frayed. Most toothbrushes that are sold today are medium or soft bristled. This prevents the bristles from irritating the gums. A hard, brittle brush can injure your gums. Children's brushes may need to be replaced more often, as they can wear them out more quickly because they seem to chew on them.
What is the proper way to brush my teeth?
Thorough brushing twice a day, and cleaning between the
teeth daily with floss or other interdental cleaners, removes plaque.
Keep these tips in mind when brushing your teeth.
How do I clean between teeth?
Floss and other interdental cleaners remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gumline, areas where the toothbrush can't reach. If you haven't been in the habit, it's never too late to start.
When flossing, keep in mind these tips.
What can you do for bad breath?
Chronic bad breath is a problem for over 90 million people. Typically, halitosis is caused by poor oral hygiene that leaves decaying food particles and bacteria in the mouth. Or, it may be due to gum disease and tooth decay. In either case, decay and debris produce sulfur compounds just like the kind found in rotten eggs, resulting in foul-smelling breath.
Although many people try breath mints, over-the-counter mouth rinses or sugar-free gum as a means of controlling bad breath, these products only temporarily relieve the symptoms without treating the cause.
Instead, the first step in controlling bad breath is to practice good oral hygiene: twice daily brushing, daily flossing, and tongue cleaning. We can review your home care to make sure that all sources of bacteria are controlled, from brushing and flossing techniques. In fact, a plastic tool called a tongue scraper will actually allow you to clean away bacterial build-up on your tongue and significantly alleviate odor. And good hygiene must include regular dental check-ups, since professional cleanings do a much more thorough job of eliminating bacteria and plaque build-up.
A second step to note is that if you have dentures or a removable retainer or mouth-guard, you must also practice excellent hygiene each time you remove the appliance, cleaning it thoroughly and according to proper instructions.
Third is making sure your mouth is free from infection (decay and gum disease are infections). Periodontal disease will certainly create a bad smell but is much more serious than just the smell because periodontal disease breaks down and eventually erodes the bone.
Less commonly, bad breath may result from a systemic problem such as a sinus infection, digestive disorder, diabetes, kidney failure, or liver malfunction. In these cases, we’ll refer you for a medical consultation. Radiation treatment for cancer may produce a dry mouth that leads to halitosis, as well. And several simple, non-medical conditions can occasionally have a temporarily negative effect on your breath: stress, dieting, snoring, advancing age, and hormonal changes. Regardless of the source, it's important to realize that bad breath is treatable and steps can be taken to correct it.
We do see a few people who have bad breath for none of these reasons. In those cases, it's the type of bacteria that normally reside in their mouth that is producing the odor.
Abfractions - Defects at the gum line of teeth caused by the loss of tooth structure due to the pressure created by clenching and bruxism.
Abrasion - Tooth wear caused by forces other than chewing such as holding objects between the teeth or improper brushing.
Abutment - A tooth (or implant) that supports a dental prosthesis such as a bridge or denture.
Abutment Crown - Artificial crown serving for the retention or support of a dental prosthesis.
Amalgam - An alloy containing mercury used in direct dental restorations.
Local Anesthesia: - The loss of pain sensation over a specific area of the anatomy without loss of consciousness.
Bitewing radiographs - X-rays used to reveal the crowns of several upper and lower teeth as they bite down.
Bleaching (Teeth Whitening) - A cosmetic dental procedure that whitens the teeth using a bleaching solution containing some form of hydrogen peroxide.
Bonding - A composite resin applied to a tooth to change its shape and/or color. Bonding also refers to how a filling, orthodontic appliance or some fixed partial dentures are attached to teeth.
Bruxism - Constant grinding or clenching of teeth during the day or more commonly while asleep which can create significant wear to teeth.
Build Up - The addition of material to broken down teeth where inadequate structure remains to support a restoration. In most cases composite is added via adhesive or mechanical retention.
Calculus - Hard deposit of mineralized plaque adhering to crowns and/or roots of teeth removed during dental cleanings.
Cavity - Decay in tooth caused by caries; also referred to as carious lesion caused by bacteria.
Clenching - The clamping and pressing of the jaws and teeth together in centric occlusion, frequently associated with psychological stress, physical effort, or a bad bite.
Composite - A dental restorative tooth-colored material made up of disparate or separate parts (e.g. resin and quartz particles).
Conscious Sedation - A state in which patients are awake and can breathe and swallow on their own but are less aware of what is taking place.
Non-Intravenous Conscious Sedation: - A medically controlled state of depressed consciousness while maintaining the patient’s airway, protective reflexes and the ability to respond to stimulation or verbal commands. It includes administration of sedative and/or analgesic agent(s) by a route other than IV; (PO, PR, Intranasal, IM) and appropriate monitoring.
Cosmetic Dentistry - Practice of dentistry dedicated to the creation and enhancement of optimal smiles. Employs non-metal restorations and adhesive bonding systems to produce esthetic results not possible with traditional dentistry.
Crown - Restoration covering or replacing the major part, or the whole of the clinical crown of a tooth;
Crown Lengthening - A surgical procedure exposing more teeth for restorative purposes by epically positioning the gingival margin and/or removing supporting bone.
Cusp - The pointed portion of the tooth.
Decay - The lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure.
Dental Prophylaxis - Scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus, and stains.
Dental Prosthesis - An artificial device that replaces one or more missing teeth.
Dental Specialist - A dentist who has received postgraduate training in one of the recognized dental specialties.
Dentin - That part of the tooth that is beneath enamel and cementum.
Denture - An artificial substitute for natural teeth and adjacent tissues.
Digital X-rays - Latest technology to produce high quality radiographs with 60-90% less radiation than traditional methods. Displayed on a computer screen instantly, digital allows immediate viewing by patients and dental staff.
Direct Restoration - A restoration fabricated inside the mouth.
Enamel - Hard calcified tissue covering dentin of the crown of tooth.
Endodontist - A dental specialist who limits his/her practice to treating disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions, i.e. root canals.
Erosion - Wearing down of tooth structure, caused by chemicals (acids) and is common in eating disorders.
Extraction - The process or act of removing a tooth or tooth parts.
Filling - A lay term used for the restoring of lost tooth structure by using materials such as metal, alloy, plastic or porcelain.
Fixed Partial Denture (Bridge) - A fixed partial denture is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth cemented or attached to the abutment teeth or implant abutments adjacent to the space.
Fracture - The breaking of a part, especially of a bony structure; breaking of a tooth.
Full-Mouth X-Rays - A combination of 14 or more periapical and 4 bitewing films of the back teeth. This series of x-rays reveals all the teeth (their crowns and roots) and the alveolar bone around them.
Gingival - Soft tissues overlying the crowns of unerupted teeth and encircling the necks of those that have erupted.
Gingivitis - Inflammation of gingival tissue without loss of connective tissue.
Gingivectomy - The excision or removal of gingiva.
Gingivoplasty - Surgical procedure to reshape gingiva.
Graft - A piece of tissue or alloplastic material placed in contact with tissue to repair a defect or supplement a deficiency in gum or bone tissue.
Gum Lift - The removal of gingival tissue with a diode laser. An important adjunct to cosmetic dentistry used to even the smile line, lengthen short teeth and reduce a gummy smile.
Immediate Denture - Removable prosthesis constructed for placement immediately after removal of remaining natural teeth.
Dental Implant - A device specially designed to be placed surgically within or on the mandibular or maxillary bone as a means of providing for dental replacement; endosteal (endosseous); eposteal (subperiosteal); transosteal (transosseous).
Inlay - An indirect intracoronal restoration; a dental restoration made outside of the oral cavity to correspond to the form of the prepared cavity, which is then luted into the tooth.
Laser Gum Treatment - Use of a diode laser to remove infected granulation tissue from a periodontal pocket. Additional settings sterilize the pocket to promote healing not possible with traditional scaling.
Lumineers - Feldspathic veneers made by the Den-Mart Corporation. Direct marketed to patients promising a no prep technique. Limited in scope of use as many cosmetic cases require preparation for the best result.
Malocclusion - Improper alignment of biting or chewing surfaces of upper and lower teeth.
Maryland Bridge - A type of fixed partial denture not requiring crowns. The prosthesis is bonded to the natural teeth to secure it.
Mouth Guard - Device that fits over the teeth to prevent injury to the teeth, mouth or lips. May also refer to a device that prevents tooth grinding or treats temporomandibular disorders (night guard).
Neuromuscular Dentistry - A philosophy of dental rehabilitation and occlusion which believes the bite position should be where the masticatory muscles are in optimal function. Differs from traditional dentistry which believes the bite position should be determined by joint position (centric relation vs. neuromuscular position). NMD employs technology such as TENS, computerized scans and EMG’s to analyze a patient’s bite and muscle health.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea - A disorder in which breathing stops for short periods of time during sleep. Can be treated by a variety of oral appliances.
Occlusion - Any contact between biting or chewing surfaces of maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth.
Onlay - An indirect restoration made outside the oral cavity that overlays a cusp or cusps of the tooth, which is then luted to the tooth. May be made of metal, porcelain, or composite
Over Denture - A removable prosthetic device that overlies and may be supported by retained tooth roots or implants. Preferable to the traditional due to increased retention and stability of bone long term for denture support.
Periodontal - Pertaining to the supporting and surrounding tissues of the teeth.
Periodontal Disease - Inflammatory process of the gingival tissues and/or periodontal membrane of the teeth, resulting in an abnormally deep gingival sulcus, possibly producing periodontal pockets and loss of supporting alveolar bone.
Periodontal Pocket - Pathologically deepened gingival sulcus; a feature of periodontal disease.
Periodontitis - Inflammation and loss of the connective tissue of the supporting or surrounding structure of teeth with loss of attachment.
Plaque - A soft sticky substance that accumulates on teeth composed largely of bacteria and bacterial derivatives.
Post - An elongated projection fitted and cemented within the prepared root canal, serving to strengthen and retain restorative material and/or a crown restoration.
Precision Attachment - Interlocking device, one component of which is fixed to an abutment or abutments and the other is integrated into a fixed or removable prosthesis in order to stabilize and/or retain it.
Premedication - The use of medications prior to dental procedures, such as antibiotics for various medical conditions.
Prophylaxis - Scaling and polishing procedure performed to remove coronal plaque, calculus and stains.
Pulp - Connective tissue that contains blood vessels and nerve tissue which occupies the pulp cavity of a tooth.
Radiograph - An image produced by projecting radiation, as x-rays, on photographic film. Commonly called x-ray.
Removable Partial Denture - A removable partial denture (removable bridge) is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth that can be removed by the patient. Held in place by clasps or attachments to existing teeth.
Root Canal - The portion of the pulp cavity inside the root of a tooth; the chamber within the root of the tooth that contains the pulp. Portion of the tooth treated by endodontic therapy.
Root Canal Therapy - The treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions.
Root Plane - A procedure designed to remove microbial flora, bacterial toxins, calculus, and diseased cementum or dentin on the root surfaces and in the pocket. Therapy beyond a normal dental prophylaxis. Can be accompanied by laser therapy.
Scaling - Removal of plaque, calculus, and stain from teeth.
Sealants - Plastic resin placed on the biting surfaces of molars to prevent bacteria from attacking the enamel and causing caries.
Splint - A device used to support, protect, or immobilize oral structures that have been loosened, replanted, fractured or traumatized. Also refers to devices used in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders.
Temporomandibular (TMJ) - The connecting hinge mechanism between the base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible).
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction - Abnormal functioning of temporomandibular joint; also refers to symptoms arising in other areas secondary to the dysfunction, especially muscle symptoms.
Veneer - In the construction of crowns or pontics, a layer of tooth-colored material, usually, but not limited to, composite, porcelain, ceramic or acrylic resin, attached to the surface by direct fusion, cementation, or mechanical retention; more commonly refers to a porcelain restoration that is luted to the facial surface of a tooth to change its appearance in cosmetic procedures.
Mac Veneers - Custom cosmetic restorations created by MicroDental Laboratories in Dublin, CA. One of the most respected and leading edge dental laboratories in the world.