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Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally used to refer to any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums and/or bite. Dr. Nelson is skilled in restoring and creating beautiful smiles of all types.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Fillings are the most common restoration for teeth damaged by decay or injury, and advances in technology have revolutionized the materials available to restore your smile. We do not use the silver fillings or amalgam mercury fillings that were used in the past that created dark and discolored areas that stood out from the rest of your smile. Metal fillings expanded and contracted with temperature changes, allowing bacteria to enter and cause decay, and additionally caused weakening of the tooth and possible fractures. We at Progressive Dental Group use only the latest technology to create a metal-free filling that is both healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Composite fillings are a safer, stronger and more enduring restoration that bonds directly to your tooth and allows more of the healthy natural tooth structure to remain.
We do a variety of different extractions for different reasons from; extractions requested by orthodontists, when decay has rendered the tooth structure unrestorable and wisdom teeth on a case by case basis.
Dental implant restorations have become the premier choice for replacing missing teeth or teeth that are beyond other restoration options. The implant can simulate a single tooth or multiple teeth, and is integrated naturally to the bone replicating a natural tooth root. This allows the dental implant to preserve facial structure by preventing the deterioration of the surrounding bone and tissue that would inevitably occur without a replacement. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant allows the functionality to brush, floss, laugh, and eat comfortably while maintaining a healthy, natural-looking smile. If you would like to find out more about the dental implants that Progressive Dental Group uses please see the links below.
Conscious sedation via oral sedatives is a great way to make dental appointments more comfortable for someone who is apprehensive of dental treatment. Conscious sedation has the benefit of being able to take a pill instead of receiving the medicine through an IV. You will be awake, but very sleepy and the effects wear off in a few hours! Nitrous oxide, (laughing gas) is used on patients of all ages and has very few side effects if any. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a nose piece. After your procedure the nitrous oxide is turned off and an oxygen flush will remove the nitrous from your system. All of our doctors are trained in conscious sedation and maintain the state required levels of continuing education to provide the safest environment for our patients.
More than 75 % of U.S. adults over 35 have some form of gum disease (or periodontal disease). Most who have the beginning stage of this disease don’t even know it. Many times, the early stages of periodontal disease are best treated with non-surgical periodontal therapy. This usually consists of placing a fine ultrasonic tip or hand scaler/curette in between the tooth and gum tissue to remove bacterial plaque and calculus (tartar) below the gum line. The tooth roots may also be planed to smooth the root surfaces. This procedure is commonly known as Scaling and Root Planing or Periodontal Debridement. This initial periodontal therapy along with good personal oral hygiene allows the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.
Root canal treatment is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection.
Dental sealants are a dental treatment consisting of applying a plastic material to one or more teeth, for the intended purpose of preventing dental caries (cavities) or other forms of tooth decay. Sealants painted over pits and fissures in the chewing surfaces of back teeth block food from being trapped and any carbohydrate like sugar being changed to acid by resident plaque bacteria and halts demineralisation and the caries process.
Your smile is important. It’s one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and smoking. ZOOM whitening in addition to regular cleanings can keep your smile looking its best.
ZOOM! IN OFFICE WHITENING! Whitening is a single visit highly effective procedure done in-office performed by a dental professional. Get an average of 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes with Zoom!’s innovative teeth bleaching system.
ZOOM! TAKE HOME KIT Take home ZOOM! teeth whitening trays are thin vinyl, custom fitted mouth trays made in office and ready for pick up in just one week. Bleaching of the teeth with at-home trays is accomplished by wearing bleaching trays with professional strength bleaching gel in them. Most patients find these trays very comfortable to wear and sleep with. The trays fit the teeth very well with just a slight gap on the outer side of the tooth for the bleaching gel. You will be given a bleaching kit that includes several syringes of bleaching gel and a storage case for the trays.
A wisdom tooth is any of the usual four third molars and are the rearmost teeth. Wisdom teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Wisdom teeth commonly affect other teeth as they develop, becoming impacted or “coming in sideways.” Wisdom teeth are extracted for two general reasons: either the wisdom teeth have already become impacted, or the wisdom teeth could potentially become problematic if not extracted. Potential problems caused by the presence of properly grown-in wisdom teeth include infections caused by food particles easily trapped in the jaw area behind the wisdom teeth where regular brushing and flossing is difficult and ineffective. Such infections may be frequent, and cause considerable pain and medical danger. Other reasons wisdom teeth are removed include misalignment which rubs up against the tongue or cheek causing pain, potential crowding or malocclusion of the remaining teeth (a result of there being not enough room on the jaw or in the mouth), as well as orthodontics.