Exam & Cleaning
At Elegant Smiles, we place the highest priority on your oral health. Exams are recommended yearly. Cleanings are recommended every 6 months for those without gum disease, and every 3-4 months for those with a history of gum disease. We perform a thorough and complete examination including:
- Periodic x-rays to check for decay between teeth and issues below the gumline based on your risk.
- All surfaces of the teeth are checked for decay.
- All existing dental restorations are checked for cracks, chips, and leaks.
- An oral cancer screening. We perform a thorough check of your lips, cheeks, gums, tongue, and throat for sore spots, swelling, redness, lumps, and red/white lesions.
- A periodontal exam. Periodontal pocket depths are measured yearly. Gum tissues are checked to make sure they are healthy. All areas of bleeding, gum infection, and bone loss are documented. Teeth are checked for mobility.
- A bite check for worn down teeth and chewing issues.
- An evaluation of your smile for any orthodontic concerns or cosmetic needs.
- An evaluation of any additional concerns you may have.
Small areas that have decay are removed and filled with a durable tooth colored resin that blends naturally with your tooth.
Aside from a composite restoration, inlays and onlays are the most conservative option for restoring a tooth. Larger areas of decay or chips are restored with an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays require less removal of healthy tooth structure and are more conservative than a full crown. They are made of porcelain or gold, which is stronger than composite resin and less prone to fracture and breakage.
Crowns are utilized to restore teeth that are badly decayed or damaged. Often, these teeth are beyond the point of repair with a composite restoration or inlay/onlay. A porcelain crown is custom fitted over the tooth like a cap. Crowns do require some removal of healthy tooth structure to make room for the restoration.
A bridge is a permanent solution for missing teeth. Used to replace 1-2 missing teeth, a bridge consists of two crowns anchored on each adjacent teeth (abutments) and a filler tooth (pontic). Bridges are a great solution for missing teeth as they prevent the teeth from shifting into the empty space which causes bite or jaw issues.
Partial dentures are ideal for people missing more than a few teeth and whom bridges are not a feasible option. We offer 2 removable partial solutions. The first is the traditional cast metal partial that has been utilized in dentistry for decades. A cast metal partial consists of a metal base and acrylic teeth that sit on acrylic resin that simulates gum tissues. A metal partial has “hooks” called clasps that allow the partial to anchor on to remaining teeth. The second option is a a thermoplastic flexible resin partial. Resin partials have no metal clasps and are often more comfortable and natural looking.
Dentures are custom made for persons missing most or all of their natural teeth. We offer 3 types of denture solutions. Traditional dentures sit on the gums. Implant retained dentures are the most recommended solution, as implants help preserve your jawbone. Implants also serve as anchors for snap on dentures or permanent screw retained dentures, which prevent rocking, slipping, and eliminates the need for messy adhesive.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth colored porcelain bonded to the tooth. A small amount (~.5mm) of healthy tooth structure is removed to allow space for a proper, esthetic restoration. Candidates for veneers are those with:
- Cracked or chipped front teeth
- Discolored or stained teeth
- Crowded, crooked, or spaced teeth
- Oddly shaped teeth
A veneer is a perfect solution for those unhappy with 1 tooth or an entire row of teeth.
Getting married? Getting back into the dating scene? Have a big work presentation coming up? We offer an in office and a take home solution for giving your smile a whitening boost. Our selection of professional whitening agents are safe, gentle, and effective in giving your smile a boost.
When tooth decay has become large enough to reach the nerve in the center of the tooth, the tooth will begin to ache. A root canal is intended to extend the life of the infected tooth by removing the infected nerve. The nerve chamber and canal(s) is disinfected and then filled to prevent further infection. A tooth that has been root canal treated will require a crown to maintain the stability and integrity of the tooth, and restore the tooth back to natural function.
While our goal is to help you maintain your natural teeth, sometimes the decay, infection, or fractures has spread to the point where a tooth is no longer restorable. Drs. Phan and Huynh have taken many hours of CE and are up to date on the newest techniques, and employ some of the most advanced instruments to make your extraction quick and more comfortable.
Modern techniques in grafting bone in the socket where a tooth once was has helped patients preserve the jaw bone. A membrane may be placed over the graft to help the bone and gums grow simultaneously. This allows us to place an implant to restore your ability to eat and smile. If a tooth has been missing for some time, the bone in the area will be gradually lost with respect to time. Other techniques may be used to help grow new bone.
Guided Implant Dentistry
Implants are an artificial tooth root replacement and are the next best thing to a natural tooth. Implants are preferred over bridges and partials due to the fact that they do not use the adjacent teeth as anchors. They preserve the bone and prevent the bone from receding, which may cause jaw and bite issues. Implants generally last a lifetime if well maintained. At Elegant Smiles, a 3D x-ray is taken to determine which is the best size implant for you. Rather than free hand our implant placements, we use computer guided precision technology to create surgical guides that allow for precise placement of the implant.
Invisalign is the world’s most advanced clear aligner system and is an alternative to traditional metal braces. Invisalign is a series of custom made removable clear aligners made with advanced 3-D computerized technology. Each set of aligners delivers gentle pressure to the teeth, allowing them to slowly shift into their desired position. The aligners are nearly invisible and are easily removable to eat, drink, or for a night out. After your treatment is completed, a clear retainer is highly recommended to ensure your teeth stay in their new position.
Botox for TMJ and Jaw Tension
When the jaw muscles are overworked and overactive due to excessive teeth clenching and grinding, patients often experience sharp TMJ pain and headaches. We offer botulinum toxin therapy to relax these muscles and put them to sleep for 3 months. Patients often experience a significant decrease and often complete relief from their jaw pain and headaches. This treatment may be used in conjunction with a night guard to help alleviate grinding and clenching by treating the root cause. The most common muscles treated are the Masseter, Temporalis, and sometimes the Trapezius. Treatment is a quick 15 minutes and you may choose from either Botox® or Xeomin®.
Cosmetic Botox & Dermal Fillers
We offer Botox and Dermal fillers as an adjunct to our cosmetic dentistry to give you that extra confidence boost. Wrinkles have you down? We use botulinum toxin to relax the muscles that cause horizontal forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet (outer eye areas), and radial lip lines (smokers or water bottle lines). We also offer dermal fillers (Juvéderm® and Belotero Balance®) to treat nasolabial folds and enhance the lips.
Straumann Pro Arch All-On-4® Solution
We work in conjunction with a very respected oral surgeon and Van Hook Dental Studio to create a beautiful, long lasting all on 4® implant supported denture. Gone are the days of loose dentures. There is no need to lose your denture when you talk or sneeze. While traditional dentures only give about 10-20% chewing efficiency, you can enjoy food again with a 90%-plus chewing efficiency with an implant supported denture.
We are happy to see all children starting at the age of 1. We are able to provide most aspects of pediatric dentistry in office for cooperative children. Should a child have more specific needs, we will recommend a pediatric dentist whom we trust.