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Bleaching

bleachingTea, coffee, red wine, tobacco, and the natural aging of the teeth turn them darker or stain them over time. Bleaching is a process used to brighten your own natural teeth without any complications. No removal, cutting or etching of your dental enamel takes place. A professional brightening is performed with the aid of active oxygen, which decolorizes the distracting color pigments present in the tooth.

Bridges

bridgesA dental prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth,
a bridge provides an effective and long-lasting method for restoring your smile, enabling you to chew and speak properly, and maintaining the shape of
your face. It is permanently cemented into the mouth, providing solid support to the facial tissues such as cheeks and lips and prevents adjacent teeth from shifting. A dental bridge also properly distributes the force in your bite, thus helping to preserve your teeth’s natural function and position. If you have missing teeth, consider dental bridges as a means of restoring your smile.

Children’s Dentistry

childrens dentistryWe help calm and reassure our youngest patients who may be nervous about their visit. Additionally, questions and
concerns from
parents are always encouraged and welcomed! From thumb-sucking to hygiene habits, we’re here to help you navigate your child’s evolving dental health needs. We want to work with you and your child to maintain a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.

Cleanings, Annual Check-Up

annual check-upWe recommend visits to have your teeth rofessionally cleaned regularly. This helps prevent cavities (dental caries), gingivitis, and periodontitis and is part of a complete program of oral hygiene. Cleanings includes tooth scaling, root planing, tooth polishing and debridement if too much tartar has accumulated. This involves the use of various professional-grade instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryIf you have stained, broken or uneven teeth, cosmetic dentistry can help. It's aimed at creating a positive change to your teeth and to your smile. Most think of tooth whitening or veneers when cosmetic dentistry comes to mind, but a cosmetic dentist can provide much more. A skilled, experienced cosmetic dentist can help improve your appearance, your smile, even your self-esteem and confidence.

Crowns

crownA crown is also used to cover a dental implant, seal a tooth from decay, prevent fracturing in a tooth that has undergone root canal therapy, and support the replacement teeth in a bridge. They
are usually recommended when there is very little tooth structure left to restore, making it difficult for the tooth to retain filling material. However, it also has applications in cosmetic dental work, where it is typically used to cover discoloured teeth and even out irregularities.

Dentures

denturesDentures continue to be a popular alternative for people who are missing teeth. Fashioned with acrylic material, a denture is a removable appliance that simulates the appearance of teeth and gum tissues and improves chewing. Today, dentures can be improved by the use of dental implants. Dentures can be secured to dental implants to prevent movement of the denture and improve chewing strength and function dramatically.

Digital Radiography

digital radiographyDigital radiography is a type of X-ray imaging that uses digital X-ray sensors to replace traditional photographic X-ray film, producing enhanced computer images of teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions. This service helps to better detect, diagnose, treat and monitor oral conditions and diseases using a fraction of the amount of radiation needed for traditional dental film.

Endodontic (Root Canal Treatment)

root canalOur teeth are meant to last a lifetime. Sometimes, however, damage occurs to a tooth (often from a deep cavity or injury) and the inside of the tooth becomes infected. This infection damages the pulp of the tooth – the network of blood vessels and nerves inside. If the damaged tooth becomes infected, your may need an endodontic treatment (often called Root Canal Therapy) to save it. Endodontic treatment involves opening the tooth, removing the damaged pulp, cleaning, shaping, filling and sealing the tooth.

Fillings- Tooth colored

fillingsComposite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Fluoride Treatment

flouride treatmentFluoride is a mineral that
can be found naturally in
food and water. Fluoride treatments are simple, painless and help strengthen tooth enamel and repair any holes in it by replacing the nutrients that are lost over time. After your teeth have been exposed to fluoride, they tend to become more resistant to acid, making it less likely that they will decay in the future.

Implant Restorations

dental implantsDental Implants are the preferred method of replacing missing teeth. The procedure consists
of two stages: adding
a replacement for the tooth root, followed by placement of a crown in the implant. There are now a wide variety of ways to use implants to replace teeth. Any implant procedure is preceded by a detailed consultation with Dr. Sweeney.

Orthodontic Evaluations for Referral

orthodontic evaluationsDentists often refer their patients to orthodontists, specialists in aligning teeth and jaws with braces and orthodontic appliances, for functional as well as esthetic concerns. Dr. Sweeney and your chosen orthodontist will work together to help you establish, achieve and maintain your oral health goals.

Periodontal Care

periodontal careAlso known as gum disease; this is a serious infection in your gums that is mainly caused by bacterial plaque that is constantly forming on your teeth. When plaque isn’t removed
by brushing, flossing and regular dental cleanings, it can turn to tartar—a hard substance that can only be removed by a dentist. Regular checkups and professional cleanings including scaling and root planing will remove plaque or tartar buildup, and help keep your gums healthy and free of periodontal disease and infections.

Removable Partial Dentures

removable partial denturesFor patients missing several teeth, but not all of their teeth, a removable partial denture may be recommended. This type of denture uses the remaining teeth to hold or anchor the removable bridge in place. There are many different types and designs for removable partial dentures, which can be discussed during your appointment.

Restorative Treatment

restorative treatmentRestorative Dental treatment may include a combination of many services such as fillings, crowns, implants and bridges. Periodontal (Gum) treatment, Orthodontics, Endodontics, veneers, and bleaching can be part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

Sealants

sealantsA dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth (typically the permanent back teeth- molars and premolars) to prevent cavities and decay. This is a simple procedure that can be completed relatively quickly during an appointment.

Veneers

veneersVeneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted of tooth-colored materials designed to
cover the front side of teeth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made by a dental technician working from a model provided by your dentist. Placing veneers is usually an irreversible process, because it's necessary to remove a small amount of enamel from your tooth to accommodate the shell.

Wisdom Tooth Evaluation for Referral

wisdom teethWisdom teeth are the last teeth to erupt within the mouth. When they align properly and gum tissue is healthy, wisdom teeth do not have to be removed. Unfortunately, this does not generally happen. The extraction of wisdom teeth is necessary when complications arise, such as infections or impacted teeth. Early removal is recommended to avoid such future problems and to decrease the surgical risk involved with the procedure. Dr. Sweeney always discusses potential future problems, and can help refer patients to trusted local surgeons.

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