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Cosmetic Dentistry

Most often, when talking about cosmetic dentistry, we are speaking about a "smile make-over" which tends to focus on the front 8-10 teeth visible when you smile. Dr. Brundrett uses a laboratory technician who not only is an expert in the science of dental materials but who is also an artist. The lab technician's advanced knowledge enables us to create porcelain crowns, bridges and veneers that create an ideal, authentic smile. However, not all cosmetic dentistry involves a lab. Direct bonding and enamel reshaping are other means to achieve a desirable cosmetic result.

Crowns & Bridges

If a tooth is badly broken or a cavity is large, a traditional filling may not sufficiently repair the tooth. Crowns are often the best way to restore a damaged tooth and return it to proper form and function.

If one is not a candidate for an implant to replace a missing tooth, then a bridge is a good alternative. The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The bridge consists of two crowns that will cover the abutments with a pontic (false tooth) in the middle. It is all one unit and is glued permanently onto the abutments. Replacing missing teeth is important because it prevents the other teeth from drifting into the spaces. When teeth drift the bite can change causing problems. A bridge will help keep the bite stable and enhance proper chewing ability and it's much more desirable than something that is removable.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are made of a biocompatible material - titanium. They are placed in the jaw where a tooth is missing to mimic the root of a tooth. When the implant has become completely integrated with the bone, it is time to be restored. The implant is uncovered and an abutment is placed. This simulates a tooth after it has been prepared for a crown. Impressions are taken and a crown is made. The crown is then permanently cemented and  becomes like your own tooth.

They are so well designed that they look and feel like natural teeth. Like your natural teeth and any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.

Gum Treatment

Dr. Brundrett is a dentist that focuses on diagnosing, preventing and treating gum (periodontal) disease. The gums and bone are the supporting structures for the teeth. It is the foundation upon which the teeth thrive. Destruction of the gums and bone (supporting structures) is called gum (periodontal)  disease and leads to tooth loss. We treat gum disease through a non-surgical approach. It is called "scaling and root planning" and is often referred to as "a deep cleaning". Our highly skilled hygienist will perform this service. It is not a painful procedure and she will make sure you are comfortable during and after the procedure. If you think you may have gum disease, please don't hesitate to call our office and schedule an appointment.

Porcelain Veneers

Special thin laminates, called porcelain veneers, can sometimes be used to correct discolored, worn down, cracked and chipped teeth. They can also be used to straighten slightly misaligned teeth. Porcelain veneers are constructed to be resistant to stain. Every veneer Dr. Brundrett places is custom made to enhance your individual smile. She does this by taking impressions of your teeth and creating a model that is used to produce a "wax-up/mock-up". You will be able to see the possibilities and be a part of designing your own unique and beautiful smile!  It is a gratifying procedure to perform and we see it create greater confidence in our patients smiles and improved self esteem.

Root Canals / Endodontics

When a tooth is badly decayed or infected, a root canal is often necessary to save the tooth and alleviate pain. No one wants a root canal, but we are committed to saving and preserving your natural teeth when at all possible. Root canals are a safe, effective way to do this and despite its reputation, root canal treatment is not typically painful. We make every effort to ensure you are comfortable during and after this procedure.

Basically, a root canal consists of removing the nerve (pulp), cleaning and shaping the canals and filling the canals with an inert filling material. After endodontic therapy is complete a "temporary" filling is placed to seal the access opening that was made to reach the  nerve. The most important thing you can do to insure the success of treatment is to have the tooth properly restored. It may consist of a simple "permanent" filling, but most often a full coverage restoration such as a crown is indicated.

Teeth Whitening

We offer both in-office (Zoom) and home bleaching techniques. Studies show that bleaching done through a licensed dentist is far more effective than even the most expensive over-the-counter kits. If you have stains due to coffee, tea or smoking, whitening may be what you are looking for.

TMJ Therapy

More than 15 percent of American adults suffer from chronic facial pain, typically in or around the ear and jaw. The pain is often accompanied by clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth or even headaches and neck aches.

People who grind  their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaw, which left untreated, can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structure of the mouth.  A balanced bite and healthy joint are fundamental for long term stability and comfort of the dental complex. TMJ therapy is a routine part of our treatment program.

Tooth Colored Fillings And Bonding

A composite (tooth-colored) filling is used to repair a tooth affected by decay. Composite can be used on the front teeth to repair chipped or worn teeth and to close spaces between teeth. Because composite resin bonding looks so much like your natural teeth, you will get an aesthetically pleasing look from a non-invasive procedure.

Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to browse our website. We hope many of your questions have been answered. However, please contact us if you need further clarification. We also welcome any suggestions you may have about our office or services. By listening to your thoughts, ideas and suggestions, we can continually make the necessary changes needed to provide you with the best care possible.

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