11Dec

No matter how busy you are in day to day life, dental issues, which need to be addressed, can still pop up. That is why our Medford dentists make it a priority to provide efficient and effective treatments to our patients. Keep reading to learn more about what these treatments are and how they work!

Professional dental whitening: this treatment is designed to lighten existing stains on the dental enamel. Using a topical whitening gel, our team can lighten your smile by several shades, and the entire process takes just one appointment.

Dental bonding: Dr. V uses dental bonding to cover and repair natural teeth with customized composite resin. Bonding allows you to correct chips and cracks, resurface unsightly enamel, lengthen and widen teeth, and even make your entire smile appear better aligned.

CEREC crowns: while traditional crowns take multiple appointments to complete, CEREC restorations are crafted and placed, right here in our office, in just one appointment. Our dental team creates customized crowns, so that our patients can repair their smiles without dealing with inconvenience and temporary crowns.

Tooth contouring: refining the shape and size of individual teeth can make a drastic difference to the overall appearance of your smile. The goal of this type of treatment is to eliminate damaged dental material, and improve the balance of the patient’s smile.

Gum reshaping: gum tissue contouring is a quick and comfortable treatment that can improve the health and appearance of your smile. Patients with existing periodontal disease may benefit from having deeply damaged gum tissue removed. Gum reshaping is also used to minimize overgrown tissue that appears bulky or poorly balanced.

Getting the dental care that you need does not have to be a stressful or time consuming proposition. As always, our Medford dentists are here to give you any additional information and support that you need to optimize your smile. Give us a call to get started! 

30Oct

For many of us, when we think about oral health problems, we think about things like cavities and chipped teeth. Undoubtedly, these are serious oral health issues, but there are other, less visible, dental issues that can be just as damaging. One of these is TMJ disorder.

TMJ refers to “temporomandibular joint.” Your TMJs are the joints at either side of your head that connect your lower jaw to your skull. TMJs allow your lower jaw to move, so that you can chew, speak, yawn, and more.  

When these joints are damaged, irritated, or poorly aligned, they can cause a number of unwanted symptoms like jaw pain, ear pain, jaw clicking, and limited jaw mobility. The real problem, however, lies when TMJ disorder is left untreated; the stress that TMJ dysfunction puts on your smile can lead to a number of more serious oral health issues over time:

  • Jaw damage
  • Premature tooth deterioration/wear and tear
  • Shifting dental alignment

If you are suffering from TMJ problems, then it is likely that your smile is unbalanced in some way. This underlying dysfunction needs to be addressed so that your top and bottom teeth can come together comfortably and naturally; this will take the stress off of your TMJ joint.

Sometimes, our Medford TMJ dentist recommends that patients undergo orthodontic treatment in order to achieve dental harmony. Alternatively, you may benefit from utilizing dental bonding or porcelain restorations on select teeth, as these treatments can refine your bite surfaces. Patients who suffer from bruxism, or chronic dental grinding, may wear protective mouth guards at night to protect their teeth.

If you think that you’re dealing with TMJ problems, our Medford TMJ dentists strongly encourage you to seek treatment as soon as possible. The sooner that you begin to rebalance your smile, the better your long-term dental prognosis. Give us a call to get started!

16Oct

When dental damage occurs, the last thing that you want to do is to have to wait around to get the restorative treatment that you need. That is why our Medford dentists have made it a priority to outfit our practice with convenient, efficient treatments that deliver full results quickly. One of these treatments is CEREC; keep reading to learn more!

“CEREC” stands for Chairside Economical Restorative Esthetic Ceramic; this is a technology that allows our dental team to craft restorations right here in our office, rather than having to rely on off-site labs.

How CEREC Technology Works

When you come in for an appointment with a damaged tooth, our dental team will perform an assessment and determine whether a dental crown can help you. If you’re a candidate for CEREC crowns, we’ll then clear away all of the damaged or infected dental material, and prep your tooth for treatment.

Once your tooth is prepped, we take a digital impression of the relevant tooth. This data is then input into the restoration milling machine, which goes to work creating a restoration to your exact specifications.

When the crown is complete, our team “dry fits” the restoration on your tooth, to ensure that it is a good fit. At this point, we’ll make any refinements necessary to help the crown integrate with your smile. The final step is to permanently attach the crown to the appropriate tooth.

Here’s the thing: this entire process happens in just one dental appointment. You don’t have to bother with a temporary crown, and you don’t have to schedule multiple appointments. We have found that patients love CEREC treatment for its ease of use and convenience.

CEREC crowns are milled from high-quality porcelain; these are not temporary crowns.

Our Medford CEREC dentists truly believe that part of our job is to make dental care as accessible and stress-free for our patients as possible. Discover a better way to restore your teeth—give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!