Dental Treatments

By taking charge of your oral health, and following the proper way of having your oral cavity treated, you will recognize that a healthy smile means a happier and more confident you.

We truly care about your dental health. Rest assured that you will receive a professional and gentle care in a relaxed environment throughout the course of your treatment. Patient comfort is our #1 priority.

The following Dental Diagnostic Procedures may be needed or performed during your first visit:

We will discuss with you whether other Dental Diagnostic Procedures are needed.

Here are some of the most common dental treatments and procedures that are available to keep your smile healthy:

Oral Propylaxis/Gum Treatment

Oral prophylaxis cleaning of the teeth by a dentist or dental hygienist, including removal of plaque, materia alba, calculus, and extrinsic stains; done as a preventive measure for control of gingivitis. Called also dental prophylaxis.

The removal of bacterial plaque, calculus, and stains from surfaces of the teeth, primarily by scaling and root planing. It is a preventative measure against gingivitis, halitosis, and periodontal disease.

Restorative Fillings

Getting cavities on your tooth is commonplace in most dental cases, we recommend having it filled as soon as possible to address possible infections as well as add protection. 

We use a composite or composite resin as filling to better match the shape, shade and color of your tooth, popular for its durability and customizability. This is an especially useful material to repair a broken or chipped tooth.

 
Dental Veneers/ Tooth Binding​

Dental Veneers are placed in front of your teeth to improve its appearance. These are thin shells that are custom-made and can hide uneven, tooth gaps, chipped, damaged, and discolored teeth.

Porcelain Veneer are attached on the top and sides of the teeth. These caps are thin but strong with having the appearance of natural teeth, we can make them brighter or whiter on request.

Bridges and Dentures​

Bridges

Bridges are used when 1 or a few teeth are missing. They replace the missing tooth or teeth with false ones. A permanent or fixed bridge is cemented onto specially prepared teeth on either side of the space. Sometimes, though, a removable bridge can be used. A removable bridge clips to the teeth on both sides of the space. You can put a removable bridge in and take it out yourself.
Most of the time, a removable bridge has an acrylic base with metal clasps or a frame that is made of cast metal. Permanent or fixed bridges can be made from metal, ceramics, or a combination of the two. False teeth are mounted onto the base of a bridge to fill the space where the teeth are missing.

Dentures

Full dentures (sometimes called false teeth) may be used to restore the smile when all natural teeth have been lost. The denture looks like a full set of teeth mounted on an acrylic base made to look like gums. Dentures can be held in place with implants or by a seal that forms between the denture base and the gums with saliva, along with the muscles of your cheeks and tongue. Sometimes adhesives (or denture creams) may be used to help hold the denture in place.
Dental Crown
Dental restoration made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, stainless steel, gold alloy, and other base metal alloys. The crown usually covers the tooth from the occlusal surface to the gingival margin.

source: Medical Dictionary
Dental Implants

Dental implants are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. They provide support for artificial (fake) teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

 

Background

When a tooth is lost due to injury or disease, a person can experience complications such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes to chewing patterns that result in discomfort. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and health.

Dental implant systems consist of a dental implant body and dental implant abutment and may also include an abutment fixation screw. The dental implant body is surgically inserted in the jawbone in place of the tooth’s root. The dental implant abutment is usually attached to the implant body by the abutment fixation screw and extends through gums into the mouth to support the attached artificial teeth.

 

Recommendations for Patients

Before choosing dental implants, talk to your dental provider about the potential benefits and risks, and whether you are a candidate for the procedure.
Things to consider:

  • Your overall health is an important factor in determining whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, how long it will take to heal, and how long the implant may stay in place.
  • Ask your dental provider what brand and model of dental implant system is being used and keep this information for your records.
  • Smoking may affect the healing process and decrease the long-term success of the implant.
  • The healing process for the implant body may take several months or longer, during which time you typically have a temporary abutment in place of the tooth.
  •  

After the dental implant procedure:

  • Carefully follow the oral hygiene instructions given to you by your dental provider. Regularly cleaning the implant and surrounding teeth is very important for long-term success of the implant.
  • Schedule regular visits with your dental provider.
  • If your implant feels loose or painful, tell your dental provider right away.
Orthodontics

Orthodontics, division of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth—generally entailing the straightening of crooked teeth or the correcting of a poor bite, or malocclusion (physiologically unacceptable contact of opposing dentition, which may be caused by imperfect development, loss of teeth, or abnormal growth of jaws). Of significance to the orthodontist is the sequence of eruption (emergence of the tooth from its developmental crypt into the oral cavity), because such knowledge helps to determine the position of the teeth. Human bone responds best to tooth movement before age 18, and consequently orthodontic work is usually more beneficial to a child than to an adult.

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment is a dental procedure to alleviate pain and saving your tooth. Our patients are recommended a root canal if there is an infection present or inflammation in the root of the tooth. During this treatment, we would carefully remove pulp that is present inside the tooth, clean and disinfects, then shapes the root canal as we place filling to seal the surrounding space.

 
Tooth Whitening/ Bleaching

Our Tooth Whitening, or ‘Laser Bleaching’ uses a specialized teeth whitening lasers that help speed up the bleaching effect of a concentrated gel that had been applied to your teeth beforehand.

The procedure starts with applying a seal to protect your gums then your teeth will be coated with a bleaching mixture, usually hydrogen peroxide that is safe for teeth whitening. Afterwards, the whitening process begins and comes into effect as a laser get shone onto you.

We may recommend repeating the process in more than one visits to achieve results to your desire.

Preventive Care:

Professional Cleaning​

Dental cleaning is standard cleaning of teeth as a routine dental procedure, also known as prophylaxis. Usually performed with an exam by a dentist, usually an x-ray included, followed by using special tools to remove teeth plaque, and stains in the tooth’s surface just above the gums.

Dental examinations / Evaluations of your existing restorations​

Dental examinations are standard dental procedures to better assess your condition. We usually ask questions prior to any procedure you have requested. These normally start with you dental history, medical history, existing medical and dental conditions followed by a oral assessments and x-rays to further discern areas that needed treatment.

X-rays

Our dental x-rays are safe, using low-level radiations used for imaging of the interior of your teeth and gums. They help us identify locations of cavities, tooth decay, or impacted teeth. 

Your dental x-ray are usually performed annually. Although some cases can be performed more than usual to track progress of a treatment or dental issue. 

Gum Disease Evaluation​

Gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss, it is an inflammation that affect the support structures of the teeth. Such tooth loss greatly hampers one’s ability to chew food among other discomforts. Some mile gum diseases can be treated and controlled with proper oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning. As such, when we evaluate severe forms of gum disease, an appropriate treatment will be discussed in the consultation.

Occlusion Analysis​

Occlusion analysis is the study of the relationship of the occlusal surfaces of opposing teeth and their associated functional harmonies. The primary purpose of occlusion analysis is to reveal interferences in articulation which cannot be observed directly in the mouth.

Occlusal adjustment is the scientific grinding and/or reshaping of the occluding surfaces of teeth to develop and improve upon their harmonious relationships between each other, their supporting structures, muscles of mastication, and temporomandibular joints.

Smile Analysis​

We put great importance in analyzing your smile as to give us a roadmap not just for aesthetic dentistry but in the improvement of your overall outlook in life. Rest assured that we put in consideration the characteristics of your smile in the beginning diagnoses and all the way through the development of the treatment. 

Mouth Guards for Teeth Grinding​

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) mouth guard can help alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorders and are readily available as prescribed by our dentists.

Restorative Treatments:

Tooth-Colored Fillings​

We use a composite or composite resin as filling to better match the shape, shade and color of your tooth, popular for its durability and customizability. This is an especially useful material to repair a broken or chipped tooth.

Partial Crowns, Inlays and Onlays​

Dental Crowns can be used to restore most severe and worn down, or broken tooth. As they are normally covering an entire tooth that can stop the damage down the line thus saving the tooth. Some Dental Crowns are made of porcelain.

Partial Dental Crowns or often called Inlays or Onlays brings repair over the elevated surface of the tooth. They only cover the damage area of the tooth’s surface. They are mainly a good solution when simple dental fillings might not be enough and full dental crown is not suitable.

Partial Crowns are categorized based on tooth coverage:

  • three quarter crown
  • reverse 3/4th crown
  • seven eighth crown
  • one half crown
  • conservative crowns
Root Canal Therapy​

Root Canal Therapy is performed when the tooth is infected or damaged. Inside the pulp where blood vessels and nerves gets inflamed, the pulp is removed then treated and cleaned, afterwards sealed.

 

Usual steps in the procedure involve an X-ray to determine the shape of the root canals and see if there are signs of infection in the surrounding bone. Our dentists will then use a localized anesthesia to numb the surrounding area close to the tooth. In actuality, an anesthesia might not be at all needed since the nerve is dead, yet we may still anesthetize the area to make the a more relaxed and at ease operation.

Periodontal Treatment​

Periodontal disease are mainly infections inside structures surrounding the teeth but not in the teeth itself. These structures include the gums, alveolar bone, and periodontal ligament

Its first stage could progress from gingivitis and only affects the gums, to the other structures. Periodontal diseases are caused often by a combination of bacteria and dental plaque.

Symptoms may include gum bleeding, swollen gums, a persistent bad breath, painful chewing, sudden sensitive teeth, a loose tooth, and gum recession.

Surgical pocket reduction

Surgical pocket reductions can help clean out tartar in deep pockets and eliminate or reduce those pockets. Making the area easier to clean and further prevent infections from developing This may also be called “flap surgery.”

Removal Of Impacted Wisdom Teeth / Minor Oral Surgery​

Wisdom tooth extraction is a dental surgical procedure removing one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the back corners of your mouth on the top and bottom.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening​

Our Tooth Whitening, or ‘Laser Bleaching’ uses a specialized teeth whitening lasers that help speed up the bleaching effect of a concentrated gel that had been applied to your teeth beforehand.

The procedure starts with applying a seal to protect your gums then your teeth will be coated with a bleaching mixture, usually hydrogen peroxide that is safe for teeth whitening. Afterwards, the whitening process begins and comes into effect as a laser get shone onto you.

We may recommend repeating the process in more than one visits to achieve results to your desire.

Composite Bonding​

Getting cavities on your tooth is commonplace in most dental cases, we recommend having it filled as soon as possible to address possible infections as well as add protection. 

We use a composite or composite resin as filling to better match the shape, shade and color of your tooth, popular for its durability and customizability. This is an especially useful material to repair a broken or chipped tooth.

Porcelain Crowns and Bridges​
Dental restoration made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, stainless steel, gold alloy, and other base metal alloys. The crown usually covers the tooth from the occlusal surface to the gingival margin.

source: Medical Dictionary
Porcelain Veneers​

Dental Veneers are placed in front of your teeth to improve its appearance. These are thin shells that are custom-made and can hide uneven, tooth gaps, chipped, damaged, and discolored teeth.

Porcelain Veneer are attached on the top and sides of the teeth. These caps are thin but strong with having the appearance of natural teeth, we can make them brighter or whiter on request.

Implants and Dentures​

Dental implants are medical devices surgically implanted into the jaw to restore a person’s ability to chew or their appearance. They provide support for artificial (fake) teeth, such as crowns, bridges, or dentures.

 

Background

When a tooth is lost due to injury or disease, a person can experience complications such as rapid bone loss, defective speech, or changes to chewing patterns that result in discomfort. Replacing a lost tooth with a dental implant can significantly improve the patient’s quality of life and health.

Dental implant systems consist of a dental implant body and dental implant abutment and may also include an abutment fixation screw. The dental implant body is surgically inserted in the jawbone in place of the tooth’s root. The dental implant abutment is usually attached to the implant body by the abutment fixation screw and extends through gums into the mouth to support the attached artificial teeth.

 

Recommendations for Patients

Before choosing dental implants, talk to your dental provider about the potential benefits and risks, and whether you are a candidate for the procedure.
Things to consider:

  • Your overall health is an important factor in determining whether you are a good candidate for dental implants, how long it will take to heal, and how long the implant may stay in place.
  • Ask your dental provider what brand and model of dental implant system is being used and keep this information for your records.
  • Smoking may affect the healing process and decrease the long-term success of the implant.
  • The healing process for the implant body may take several months or longer, during which time you typically have a temporary abutment in place of the tooth.
  •  

After the dental implant procedure:

  • Carefully follow the oral hygiene instructions given to you by your dental provider. Regularly cleaning the implant and surrounding teeth is very important for long-term success of the implant.
  • Schedule regular visits with your dental provider.
  • If your implant feels loose or painful, tell your dental provider right away.
 

Dentures

Full dentures (sometimes called false teeth) may be used to restore the smile when all natural teeth have been lost. The denture looks like a full set of teeth mounted on an acrylic base made to look like gums. Dentures can be held in place with implants or by a seal that forms between the denture base and the gums with saliva, along with the muscles of your cheeks and tongue. Sometimes adhesives (or denture creams) may be used to help hold the denture in place.
Bone and Soft Tissue Grafting​

Bone and soft tissue grafting normally involves getting a small piece of bone or tissue to surgically implant it in an area inside your mouth. Probably an area with insufficient bone or soft tissue.

Usually, bone grafting is done in tandem with denture implants for better support. Having missing teeth, your jaw bone might recede or get damaged. Dental implants would not be strong enough on unstable bone. We recommend a bone graft for these situations.

Depending on your case, we would which solution is best for you.

Obturators and Speech Prosthesis​

Palatal Obturators are prostheses used to address and close defects such as an opening in the roof of the mouth and are mostly similar to dental retainers. A palatal obturator helps improve speech, proper air flow, eating, reduce regurgitation as openings in the hard and soft palate might affect speech or cause nasal regurgitation during feeding. 

People that use palatal obturators have to be monitored regularly to ensure continued effectiveness and comfort of the prosthesis.

Other Services:

Orthodontic Treatment​

Orthodontics, division of dentistry dealing with the prevention and correction of irregularities of the teeth—generally entailing the straightening of crooked teeth or the correcting of a poor bite, or malocclusion (physiologically unacceptable contact of opposing dentition, which may be caused by imperfect development, loss of teeth, or abnormal growth of jaws). Of significance to the orthodontist is the sequence of eruption (emergence of the tooth from its developmental crypt into the oral cavity), because such knowledge helps to determine the position of the teeth. Human bone responds best to tooth movement before age 18, and consequently orthodontic work is usually more beneficial to a child than to an adult.

Myofunctional Trainer Orthodontic Appliance

Myofunctional Orthodontics has been an alternative to traditional ‘braces’ orthodontics by which treatment is given via myofunctional techniques to focus on poor habits on facial muscles that commonly lead to crooked teeth. These use light intermittent forces to align the teeth rather than the constant pressure of a fixed bracket system.

An entire life’s series of trainers (appliances) for the patient and substantial educating of patients as from infant to adolescence to beyond for Myofunctional Orthodontics to work.

Correction of TMJ Dysfunction

A temporomandibular joint (TMJ) mouth guard can help alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorders and are readily available as prescribed by our dentists.

Orthognathic Surgery​
Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery or simply jaw surgery, is surgery designed to correct conditions of the jaw and lower face related to structure, growth, airway issues including sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, malocclusion problems primarily arising from skeletal disharmonies, other orthodontic dental bite problems that cannot be easily treated with braces, as well as the broad range of facial imbalances, disharmonies, asymmetries and malproportions where correction can be considered to improve facial aesthetics and self esteem. 
Pediatric Dentistry​

Pediatric dentists, also called pedodontists, specialize in diagnosing and treating dental problems in infants, children, and teenagers. They focus on the unique dental issues that can develop in the gums, teeth, and jaw as the body develops and grows.

Children develop their primary teeth within the first six months of life. Baby teeth start to fall out around age six or seven and are replaced with adult or secondary teeth. Although baby teeth don’t follow children into adulthood, it’s important to start caring for them early. A lack of proper dental care can lead to decay and disease that lasts a lifetime.

Taking your child to see a pediatric dentist by age one ensures they’ll have the proper screening and treatment to prevent future dental problems.

source: WebMD

Sedation Dentistry​

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax a patient prior to and during a dental appointment. The pharmacological agents usually belong to a class of drugs called sedatives, which exert their action by depressing the central nervous system, specifically those areas concerned with conscious awareness.

Regular dental visits play an integral part on one’s overall health. We at BrightSmile Avenue always focus on prevention, early detection, and treatment of dental diseases. We make sure to keep current on the latest advances in dentistry.

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