Services at Creekside Dental
Want to improve your smile? Creekside Dental offers several approaches to cosmetic dentistry. Bleaching trays are a quick way to brighten your smile. Porcelain veneers can change the shape and color of your teeth and improve their appearance. For cases that are a bit more severe we offer all-porcelain crowns too! Some cases will involve a combination of procedures to achieve the desired result. Ask about our interest free payment plans!
With the expense that comes along with orthodontic care, parents often feel that braces are out of reach for their families. Creekside Dental makes getting braces easy. We offer in-house interest free payment plans and bill all major insurance companies. Patients are often surprised at how much money they save when they come to Creekside Dental. Call for your free consultation today and find out how much we can save you!
Looking for a clear solution to orthodontic braces? Check out “Invisalign” in our list of services.
A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth as a result of injury, periodontal disease, or any other reason. A dental implant is a metal post that is surgically positioned into the jaw. Once the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework since they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.
To receive implants, you need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. You must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.
Veneers are thin shells of (usually) porcelain or pressed ceramic that are bonded to the outside of teeth. Veneers can change the color, shape, and appearance of teeth and are typically placed on teeth that are visible when talking or smiling.
The procedure usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth.
Veneers are a good choice for changing the cosmetic appearance of the teeth without removing much tooth structure. They can be recommended for restoring teeth that have large fillings with new decay and for restoring a normal shape and size to small (“pegged”) front teeth.
Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter, brighter, and more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or to simply enhance a dull smile. Tooth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure, ideal for most patients. Our office offers tray whitening; tray whitening is a less expensive whitening treatment that you can use in the comfort of your own home.
An impression of your teeth is used to create a customized clear tray that will hold the bleaching gel against your teeth. The whitening gel trays are typically worn for one hour each day for 7-10 days. At the end of this period, you will see maximum whitening results that are nothing short of dazzling. Occasional treatments can be applied in the future to maintain your new smile.
Just like restorative crowns, crowns used for cosmetic purposes are dental caps made of porcelain and/or metal alloy that entirely cover a tooth. They are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns may be used to:
- Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
- Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
- Restore a fractured tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
- Cover a discolored or poorly shaped tooth
- Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment
A bridge is an option for filling the space created by one or more missing teeth. Artificial teeth are cemented in the place of missing teeth, using the adjacent teeth for support. A bridge replaces the missing tooth (or teeth) both functionally and cosmetically. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.
The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear, snap-on, custom fit, removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, forcing them to shift. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but since the trays are made of clear plastic, they are virtually invisible. In addition, because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.
The Invisalign System work begins by first creating a series of trays that will each moving your teeth gradually until the end result is achieved. At the end of each two-week period, you will switch trays. Throughout the process, you will visit your dentist every six weeks to ensure treatment is progressing as planned. Once your treatment is complete, you will likely wear a clear retainer to ensure your new smile stays in place.
As with all orthodontic appliances, the cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. However, Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.