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Tooth fillings

Crowns and Bridges

Porcelain veneers

Implant Placement and Restoration

Extractions

Periodontal treatment

Dental sealants

Nitrous Oxide

Dentures and Partial Dentures

Whitening

Sleep Apnea Treatment

 

Tooth fillings:
A dental filling is a material used to artificially restore tooth structure and function lost to decay or external trauma. Littleton Family Dental is an amalgam-free (silver filling) dental office, so composite resin (white filling) material is used instead of the mercury- containing amalgam. Occasionally, porcelain or gold fillings (inlays or onlays) may be indicated to restore your tooth.

 

Crowns and Bridges:

When damage to a tooth is extensive from decay, trauma, or "wear and tear," a crown (cap) may be indicated. Crowns are usually made from either porcelain or gold, or a combination of these materials. Crowns essentially cover the entire portion of a tooth seen in the mouth and can restore the look and feel of natural teeth. A bridge may be indicated when a tooth (or teeth) is missing. We use a crown on either side of the space where your tooth is missing fused with an artificial tooth that literally "bridges" the gap in your smile. The artificial tooth may also be bonded to the natural teeth on either side of the space when possible. Both crowns and bridges are cemented in place and are highly reliable restorations.

 

Porcelain veneers:
Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for improving your smile. There is no reason to have to tolerate gaps between your teeth, poorly shaped teeth, staining, or slightly crooked teeth when veneers are an option. Porcelain veneers are an ultra- thin layer (often the thickness of a contact lens) of high-grade porcelain bonded directly to the front surfaces and edges of your teeth. There is very little preparation of your teeth needed for veneers, so they are highly popular due to their simplicity and reliability. The result is a beautiful, healthy, natural white smile.

 

Implants:

Whether you are missing a single tooth, all of your teeth, or any number in between, implants are a safe, effective and desirable way to restore the look and function of natural teeth.After a tooth (or teeth) is lost, Dr. Casson will place the implant in your bone. After proper healing time, a crown, bridge or denture may be placed to restore the beautiful smile you deserve.


Extractions:
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. Extensive decay and infection, advanced periodontal disease, extreme fractures, poor position, and preparation for orthodontic treatment are a few reasons an extraction may be necessary.

 

Periodontal treatment:
The infection of the bone and gums which hold your teeth in place is termed periodontal disease. This is caused by tartar building up beneath the gums that is not routinely cleaned off by a dental professional and/or poor hygiene at home.There are progressive stages of the disease and most are completely painless. This puts many people in danger if loosing their teeth due to a disease they are not even aware they have. There is also a well-documented link between periodontal disease and a person's overall health. These studies have shown a strong link between periodontal disease and heart disease and stroke. After a complete exam and diagnosis made by Dr. Casson and our hygienist, a scaling and root planning procedure, or "deep cleaning" may be needed to remove the bacteria from the "pockets" formed between your teeth and gums. This allows our hygienist to use a local anesthetic to comfortably clean the tartar below the gumline with and ultrasonic instrument to allow your gum tissue and bone to heal and improve your overall health. Localized antibiotics are also used in our office in certain cases to obliterate especially problematic bacteria in isolated areas. In advanced cases, we will refer you to a board certified periodontist for further evaluation.


Dental sealants:
Sealants protect the grooves of your teeth from plaque and food that is difficult to remove with normal brushing. A white material is painted into the grooves of your back teeth, literally "sealing" out the harmful effects of bacteria in the mouth. This is a proven preventive treatment that can help aid in the prevention of decay for both children and adults. It only takes a few minutes per tooth to place a sealant.

 

Nitrous Oxide:
If you or your children experience mild-moderate anxiety about visiting the dentist, Nitrous Oxide gas, often termed "laughing gas," may be a way to make your visit less stressful. A mixture of Nitrous oxide and oxygen is administered through a mask covering the nose throughout the procedure. Nitrous oxide is very safe, non-irritating and temporary. You are able to breathe on your own and many even fall asleep during their procedure.

 

Dentures and Partial Dentures:
A complete denture, or "plate" is made when a patient is missing all of his or her teeth. These can be made for the upper or lower arch, or both. A partial denture is made when a patient is missing some teeth, but still has solid teeth remaining that can be used as "anchors" to hold this type of denture in place. They are held in place by little metal clasps that snap around these stable teeth.

 

Whitening:

Having a bright, white smile is important to most everyone. Now, it is easier than ever to have that vibrant smile. When you are ready to begin whitening your teeth, just let any one of us at the office know and we will make a quick and easy mold of your teeth. From this mold we are able to make custom whitening trays for you in just a few days. We will give you the gel to use in the trays for efficient whitening. This gel is much more potent than over-the-counter whitening strip and gels, so you will get much better results in a shorter time. Wearing these trays only two hours a day for a short time will give dramatic results and whiten away those stains.

 

Sleep Apnea Treatment:

Over 40 million Americans are estimated to suffer for some form of breathing disorder, and 20 million suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is a potentially life-threatening condition where the airway is temporarily blocked or closed while the patient is sleeping. This can prevent or restrict breathing several hundred times each night, disrupting a person's sleep and dramatically affecting their health. Sleep Apnea often goes untreated for years which can lead to more serious health conditions. According to the AASM, patients untreated for moderate to severe sleep apnea had a decrease in life expectancy of 8-11 years as opposed to patients treated for the same condition. Those who suffer from OSA have a much higher incidence of hypertension, stroke, congestive heart failure, Type II diabetes, and GERD. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be at risk of OSA:

Treatment of sleep apnea is critical. Many may avoid treatment or the diagnostic process because they want to avoid expensive and uncomfortable overnight stays in a lab or hospital. Or they are unable to tolerate a CPAP machine due to claustrophobia or just because it is cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear for sleeping. Here at Littleton Family Dental, we offer a two-night comfortable and convenient at home sleep test at a much more reasonable cost. We are proud to offer a mandibular advancement oral appliance, custom made for each patient, for the treatment of OSA. This appliance has proven to be as effective in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea as the CPAP machine often associated with treating OSA. If you suspect you may have a sleep disorder, please let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss any questions you may have and the process of diagnosis and treatment available to you.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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