Treating, Preserving, and Reconstructing Smiles

Restorative and General Dentistry

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw to provide unmatched support for dentures, and partial dentures. Dental implants become permanently fused with the jaw, serving as prosthetic tooth roots. Placing dental implants requires at least two surgeries, with about three to six months of healing time in between, but they can provide a lifetime of confident smiles.

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Fillings

Dental fillings are used to fill the void left following cavity treatment. Once the decayed portions of a tooth are removed, we use tooth-colored resin to fill the space, providing structural support and restoring a normal appearance. Tooth-colored fillings are considered superior to traditional silver amalgam fillings because they are more compatible with your tooth, and provide better aesthetics.

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Inlays and Onlays

When a dental filling isn’t sufficient to address a cavity, Dr. Patel may recommend an inlay or onlay. An inlay is designed to cover and protect the valleys between the cusps on a tooth’s chewing surface. An onlay covers the same center area, but can extend over the cusps and down the side of the tooth, or over the entire biting surface. Inlays and onlays are a conservative alternative to a full crown, and these restorations can be fabricated and placed in one dental visit. 

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Dental Crowns and Bridges

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped prosthetics that completely cover a tooth down to the gum line. Crowns are often used to support teeth following treatment for decay, infection, or fracture.  Dr. Patel can design, fabricate, and place permanent dental crowns in a single visit with innovative CEREC computerized technology. In some cases, a handcrafted crown made in our onsite lab may be the best solution. Dr. Patel will consult you on the ideal option for your case.

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Dentures

When most or all of a patient’s teeth are lost, dentures restore the ability to bite, chew, speak, and smile confidently. Dentures consist of a row of porcelain replacement teeth on a gum-colored base, which is secured to the patient’s dental ridge by adhesive, natural suction, or dental implants. If one or several healthy teeth remain, a partial denture, also called a bridge, can be fashioned to replace the lost teeth. 

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

To effectively address multiple dental issues at once, Dr. Patel may perform full mouth reconstruction. Full mouth reconstruction involves a custom treatment plan combining several treatments in order to restore a healthy and functional smile. Depending upon your goals, Dr. Patel can also incorporate some cosmetic dentistry treatments to help you achieve a smile that is functional and attractive.

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Technology

Dr. Patel uses modern diagnostic technology to plan patients’ restorative and general dental procedures and provide the best possible results. For instance, CT scans and digital X-rays provide crystal-clear 3D images of a patient’s oral structures, and are often used in planning for dental implants. Another example is CAD/CAM and CEREC technology, which allows us create and place most porcelain dental restorations in a single day.

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Wisdom Tooth Removal

For a large percentage of patients, wisdom teeth, or third molars, become problematic as they grow in. Usually erupting from the gums in the late teens or early 20s, wisdom teeth often come in at an angle or do not have enough space, which can lead to crowding and misalignment. Even if the jaw has sufficient room, wisdom teeth can be difficult to clean properly, making them highly susceptible to cavities. Dr. Patel can safely extract wisdom teeth and provides sedation to help patients relax during surgery.

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Periodontal Care

Periodontal care is an essential component of good oral and systemic health. During each visit, Dr. Patel will carefully evaluate the state of your gums to check for signs of periodontal disease. We offer treatment for gum disease, including root planing and scaling. Also known as deep cleaning, this treatment can eliminate plaque and bacteria that develop below the gum line, where patients cannot reach. By maintaining a strict hygienic regimen that includes regular brushing and flossing, you can do a great deal to avoid the development of gum disease.

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Root Canal Therapy

If a tooth is suffering from infection, your dentist may recommend root canal therapy. During the procedure, Dr. Patel will access the inner root canals of the tooth which contain soft, pulpy tissue. He will carefully extract the infected pulp, clean the inside of the tooth, and fill it with a rubbery material called gutta percha. In the final step of treatment, Dr. Patel will place a dental crown over your tooth to strengthen and protect it from damage. Root canal therapy can save a tooth that might otherwise require extraction.

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