Take a look at the services Lebanon Dental Center can offer you and get an idea of the work you might need done. Our dentist will perform an initial examination during your first appointment to determine the state of your oral health. We can improve the look and health of your smile with our complete range of corrective and cosmetic dental services.
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Bonding can be used to enhance the aesthetics of your smile and correct gaps or cracks in your teeth. We may also use teeth bonding after a filling has been removed or to cover up stains on discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth and is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a rejuvenated, new smile.
Bonding is a better alternative to unsightly silver fillings, and this material will also last for more than 10 years. It is safe, durable, and affordable.
A bridge can replace a missing tooth or teeth. Your existing teeth are used to create a bridge across the area where your tooth is missing. We will create abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached and then we will contour the teeth to provide a base for the bridge. Then we will take a mold of the area and send it to a lab where a custom bridge will be created. While we wait for it to be created, we will install a temporary bridge to protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas so that it looks more appealing than having a missing tooth.
After you adjust to the permanent bridge, you will be able to eat and drink without having any issues.
If your teeth become decayed, cracked or discolored, crowns can restore strength to your smile once more. The crown will be matched to the color of your existing teeth so that your smile looks natural and flawless.
It will take about 2-3 visits to complete the crown. We will reshape the tooth by filling it with enamel so the crown can be placed over it. We will make a mold and send it to a lab where your new crown will be created and your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown in the meantime.
We will place and fit the permanent crown so that you can go back to your daily routine. The crown should be brushed and cared for just like your regular teeth to maintain your oral health.
To prevent oral cancer or root planing, we will perform oral cancer screenings and plaque removal during your appointments. It is our goal to ensure you maintain optimal oral health care, and we work hard to establish those good habits in you. The oral cancer screening is often completed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions.
We will protect your gums and teeth from disease in any way we can, and if we do find a problem our oral surgeon can work to offer effective solutions for you.
If you are embarrassed by your yellowing or discolored teeth, our teeth whitening treatments are the perfect option for you. Coffee, wine, and smoking can affect your teeth’s color and even proper maintenance can still leave your teeth yellow.
We utilize a tray whitening system, which can be completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we'll craft you custom whitening trays that you can use over and over. Finally, you will take the whitening gel and put it in the gel for a short period of time over a period of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4-8 shades!
Veneers can redesign and reshape your entire mouth. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that cover your existing tooth structure. We can fix certain issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues. Our dentist will take an impression of your newly prepared teeth and send it to a lab for the final product to be fabricated. We will provide you with a temporary solution to wear during this time, and once the veneers are finalized our dental team will fit them to make you feel as if they are your natural teeth.
Dentures can be used as a replacement for missing teeth. The device can be removed and put back into your mouth with ease and comfort. Depending on how many teeth you may be missing, we may recommend full or partial dentures. A hybrid denture, or a partial denture is similar to a bridge, however it is not a permanent fixture in your mouth.
The flesh-colored base of the dentures will be placed over your gums, which may take some time getting used to. Dentures allow you to eat and speak normally. These devices should be brushed and put in cleaning solution.
Wisdom tooth extractions are a fairly common procedure because wisdom teeth often cause problems as they try to protrude through your gums. If your wisdom tooth comes through at an angle, it means your tooth is impacted and can cause pain. Your tooth may come in unevenly or only emerge partially.
When a wisdom tooth only emerges partially, a flap of skin known as an operculum may form over the tooth, which can make the tooth hard to clean. Pieces of food may also get caught under the skin, making it easy for an infection, called pericoronitis, to develop. It will usually go away on its own, but it causes swelling and pain in the area.
We can remove a single tooth or all four wisdom teeth at once. We can administer a local anesthetic to numb the areas where the teeth will be extracted. You may prefer to go under a general anesthetic so that you will be sedated during the procedure.
The gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut open to reveal the tooth. The tooth is loosened by gripping it tightly and wiggling it back and forth until it can be lifted out of the gums. In cases where we cannot grip and remove the tooth, it will need to be broken up into pieces before being removed. Depending on the incision and extraction site, we may need sutures to close the area. Soluble sutures are the best option because they dissolve on their own.
Endodontics has to do with the nerves of your teeth. Root canals are one of the most well-known procedures in dentistry and the most common procedure relating to endodontics. When a tooth becomes infected, it is typically related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed and if patients leave this condition untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
We will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to start the procedure. Our dentist will drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal and remove the infected tissue and clean the canal. After we remove the infection, we will fill the space with a sealant called guttapercha.
We typically recommended that your tooth be fitted with a crown after your root canal has been performed to further protect your tooth. The crown will also improve the appearance of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, use the existing tooth as a base and fit the inlay or onlay onto the tooth. This will strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. An inlay will be used when there is no damage to the cusps of your tooth and the inlay can be placed right on the tooth. This procedure is perfect for cases that are a little more extensive or severe.
We will remove the decayed area of the tooth and take a mold of the tooth to be sent to a dental lab. The lab will create a restoration made from porcelain, gold, or a composite resin. The restoration takes about 2-3 weeks to make, so we will place a temporary inlay or onlay on the tooth for that time. The inlay or onlay will be placed into your mouth and set with cement during your next visit and your tooth will look natural so that no one will be able to tell the difference.
If you have decay below your gum line, our dentist may need to remove a small amount of bone and gum tissue. We may ask for this procedure before making a new crown for your tooth. Crown lengthening procedures are done for both restorative dentistry and to improve the aesthetics of your gum line. The procedure adjusts the gum and bone level to expose more of the tooth so it can be restored.
Sometimes this procedure will be used to correct a "gummy" smile because your teeth may appear short. The teeth may actually be the proper length but the excess gum tissue may be covering your teeth. During the procedure, excess gum and bone tissue will be reshaped to expose more of your natural tooth.