Dental Treatments

We offer a full range of dental treatments such as: examinations, dental cleanings, fillings, root canal treatments, extractions, gum treatments, crowns and veneers, implants, bridges, dentures, children's dentistry, sedation, tooth whitening, orthodontics, TMJ treatments and rehabilitation treatments.

Examinations

There are different types of dental examinations that your dentist will perform. Each one is tailored to your individual needs. As a new patient to our practice, we normally do a comprehensive exam including a review of your medical history, digital radiographs and charting of the existing oral conditions. However, in other instances when you present with a specific problem, the exam and the radiographs may be limited to a particular area of the mouth. There are also times when to address a certain oral condition, records such as intra-oral photographs or impressions of your mouth may accompany an examination.

Dental Cleanings (Scaling and Root Planing)

One of the most common, as well as important visits in a dental office is your regular cleaning appointment. During this appointment, a hygienist will expertly remove the calculus (tartar) build-up or staining that accumulated above or below the gums. The frequency as well as the duration of your cleaning appointment is determined by your individual needs. This is also the appointment when the dentist, when necessary, does your regular check-up.

Fillings

This is probably the most common and basic way of restoring decayed or broken teeth. We recommend the composite resin (white) fillings to our patients, unless your individual circumstance requires a different type of filling material. In certain more complex cases, the restoration of a tooth may involve more than just placing a filling.

Root Canal (Endodontic) Treatments

This procedure is necessary when the cavity causing bacteria have penetrated deep inside the pulp-chamber or root canal system of the tooth. This leads to an inflammation and/or infection response, which manifests as either pain or swelling. During this procedure, the tooth is locally anesthetized, and then the inflamed/infected nerve tissue inside the tooth is removed and the root canal(s) is/are cleaned and filled. The non-vital tooth needs to be restored immediately with a filling to prevent further bacterial micro-leakage. Since the non-vital tooth becomes brittle, a crown is usually necessary to avoid an untimely fracture.

Extractions

Even though we all would prefer to avoid it, sometimes a tooth needs to be removed for a variety of reasons. Whether it is a simple or surgical extraction, we will always endeavor to offer you a positive experience. With the more difficult or multiple extractions (e.g. wisdom teeth), or if simply dental anxiety is an issue, our team is well trained to provide you with additional sedation techniques such as laughing gas, oral or intravenous conscious sedation.

Gum (Periodontal) Treatments

Our practice offers different types of periodontal treatments, ranging from the least invasive to the more surgical ones, but they all have a common goal: maintaining the health of the gums and bone around teeth. Periodontal disease is usually a chronic, slowly progressive condition but if identified and treated early the prognosis is quite good. There is also a well-known link between smoking, diabetes and periodontal disease. More recently, research has revealed a link between the bacteria found in atheriosclerotic plaque (a main cause of cardiovascular disease) and the same microbes identified in periodontitis. That is why keeping a regular schedule of cleaning appointments is so important. However, in certain cases the periodontal condition needs to be brought under control via different approaches such as deeper scaling under local anesthetic, antibiotics/anti-microbial treatments or even surgical (open flap) procedures. With more recent advances, there are also selected instances where the loss of the bone or gum recession around teeth can be reversed via bone grafts and soft tissue (gum) grafting.

Crowns and Veneers

Crowns are usually used to maintain the integrity of the non-vital tooth following root canal treatment or when a tooth cannot be restored with just composite resin filling material. Crowns are made of porcelain fused to metal or can solely consist of porcelain. Crowns can also be used in cases of smile re-design for esthetic purposes. In such situations, several upper front teeth receive crowns at the same time. An alternative to multiple crowns in esthetic cases is all-porcelain veneers, a technique by which more of the natural tooth structure is preserved.

Prosthetic Treatments

Prosthetic therapy involves the replacement of missing teeth through either implants, bridges or dentures.

Implants are best described as titanium screws placed surgically inside the jawbone. The procedure is quite common nowadays and can be done with nothing more than a simple local anesthetic. However, additional means of sedation are available in our practice for patients who request them. The implant can be later used as an artificial tooth root on which a crown will be built or to which a denture will be anchored. A proper assessment involving a medical history review, radiographs, photos and impressions is done in our practice for each implant case. The main advantage of an implant is that no other existing tooth is altered when the implant-supported prosthesis is fabricated.

Bridges are a type of prosthesis, which involves alteration of some other existing teeth. Yet, unlike implants, no surgery is involved. A three-unit bridge replaces one missing tooth. To achieve that, the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space are both reduced in size (“shaved”) as if they would receive individual crowns or caps. Instead, a three-unit prosthesis (bridge) is made by our laboratory, which consists of two crowns and a false tooth joining them in the middle, all cast together in a single prosthetic piece. Once cemented, a bridge is a fixed (non-removable) prosthesis in the mouth. Multiple unit bridges can be done to replace multiple teeth if proper conditions are met.

Dentures are another prosthetic option besides implants and bridges. They are usually made to replace multiple teeth (partial dentures) or all teeth (complete dentures). Dentures are also an option when implants or bridges are not the ideal treatment choice due to either medical, occlusal or financial limitations specific to an individual patient case. Dentures are removable prostheses and sometimes can be used as a stepping-stone to a fixed one during a complex rehabilitation treatment.

Children's Dentistry

At Avalon Dentistry we look forward to meeting our youngest patients! Our approach to treating kids depends very much on three factors:

  1. Type of dental treatment involved (e.g. regular cleaning, cavities, trauma etc.)
  2. Age of your child
  3. Degree of your child's compliance in the dental chair

We found that if all the above factors are carefully considered, children will almost always have a pleasant experience in our clinic. Our goal is not only to look after your child's immediate dental needs, but also to educate them about maintaining good oral hygiene habits. Most importantly, how we treat children in our office is aimed at allowing them to develop into teenagers and, later, adults who enjoy their regular dental visits.

Sedation

Sometimes, despite our best efforts to provide a calm and relaxing office atmosphere, a dental appointment can still be a stressful experience for some of our patients, either adult or children. Therefore in our practice we choose one of three common sedation methods based on the level of patient anxiety, patient’s overall health and age, and the type of dental procedure being performed: nitrous gas (laughing gas) sedation, oral and intravenous conscious sedation. Prior to any sedation procedure, an assessment/consult is required to decide which type of sedation is appropriate for you. Also, it will allow us to anticipate which special arrangements both you and our office have to make prior to your dental sedation visit.

Tooth Whitening

Professional tooth whitening is one of the most common esthetic procedures done in a dental office. As you probably know, there are many tooth whitening kits sold in retail stores. We encourage our patients to try first a commercially available tooth whitening system and seek our advice only if the obtained results did not meet their expectations. We do recommend a custom-made, tray-based whitening system for an optimal result. Prior to starting the whitening procedure an assessment will be done to anticipate the whitening effect and avoid any undesirable results.

Rehabilitation Treatments

These are treatments whose goal is to restore either the function or esthetics of your mouth or both of these together, to a state of pain-free mastication and confidence in your smile. The oral rehabilitation treatments could be quite complex and may involve any combination of TMJ, orthodontics, gum treatments, crowns, veneers, bridges, implants and denture therapy. A specific examination accompanied by radiographs, intra-oral photographs and impressions of your mouth is usually needed to determine the proper planning for a rehabilitation treatment.