Today’s composite (tooth-colored) fillings are durable, strong, natural looking and last for many years. Tooth-colored fillings are a combination of resin and glass or quartz and are used to repair and restore teeth back to their natural beauty and health. Because these tooth-colored fillings are bonded they require less removal of tooth structure. Let’s face it, old metal (black) fillings even on your back teeth do not portray a youthful, healthy smile the same way white, tooth-colored fillings do. Only your dentist will know!
At Cerven Dentistry, establishing a professional relationship with the entire family is important to us. This means kids too! We pride ourselves in making the first, second, and every visit for your child a comfortable one. We understand that going to the dentist can be scary so we make every attempt to minimize this and make it fun!
Q. What age should my child first visit the dentist?
A. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend your child visit the dentist by age 1. This allows us to look for any problems that may arise at an early age. It also allows your child to become comfortable going to the dentist!
Q. What can I expect from my child’s first dental visit?
A. We want to make sure that your child’s first visit starts and ends happy. Often that means just a ride in the dental chair… and that’s ok with us! If your child is having a good time, then we typically proceed with a cleaning, an exam by one of our doctors, and xrays.
Q. Do you have special days just for kids?
A. Absolutely! Throughout the year, we schedule days where we only see kids! On Kids Day, we decorate the office – and ourselves – and create a fun-filled atmosphere based on the theme of the day. We’ve done beach day, crazy hat day, winter sports day, superheroes day, and many others. Even if Kids Day doesn’t work in your schedule, we always welcome our young patients any day!
Life’s stresses can affect our teeth! Clenching, grinding, and straining our muscles can create problems for the joint, gum tissue, and can wear down natural teeth. Not only that, it can be quite painful! We make custom night guards that fit over your upper teeth. This will help protect your teeth and joints at night, which is when most grinding and clenching takes place. You’ve made an investment in your teeth…now protect it!
One way to maintain your smile is to schedule regular cleanings with your dentist. Plaque is always on your teeth, and after you eat, plaque releases bacteria which may damage your tooth enamel. Regular brushing helps to remove plaque from your teeth and limit that bacteria, but regular dental cleanings remove the plaque that brushing can’t–like the plaque below the gum line. Regular brushing and annual cleanings help prevent gingivitis and other periodontal diseases. Additionally, during professional cleanings, your dentist gives your mouth the “once over,” checking for small cavities and other smaller dental issues that can be easily corrected before they become larger. You can schedule an appointment right now by calling your dentist or by clicking here to contact our office.
Periodontal diseases are diseases of the gum and bone that support your teeth. Periodontal diseases are completely preventable with proper oral care and regular professional cleanings and check ups.
There are many treatments for periodontal disease which include both surgical and non surgical techniques. Scaling and root planing is typically the first step in treating the bacteria and toxins that have caused this disease. Antibiotic therapy in conjunction with scaling and root planing may also be recommended.
Regular professional cleanings and checkups are important because periodontal diseases increase in severity without treatment. To keep your gum tissue healthy, we may recommend seeing you more frequently. You’re an individual; therefore, we treat you as such. We customize a plan of action to help you achieve and maintain healthy gums!
A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Crowns are needed for broken teeth, teeth with fractured fillings, extensive decay, teeth that have had root canal therapy, teeth that have too large of filling, to restore an implant, and for cosmetic reasons. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. Cleaning around your bridge is just as important as cleaning every other tooth in your mouth. A bridge is one of a few options for replacing missing teeth!
Like a crown, an onlay is used when a tooth is too damaged or decayed for a filling or other procedure. It’s similar to a crown, in that it covers and protects the tooth surface. But where a crown covers the entire tooth, the onlay covers only the cusps and biting surface. An onlay is sometimes also referred to as a partial crown. Onlays are a conservative alternative to crowns because good tooth structure is preserved!
Missing teeth can be a challenge for many reason. Not only is your smile affect but your chewing and speech as well.
Implants allow you to replace missing teeth…one or many! An implant is a titanium screw that is placed into the bone acting like an artificial root. Once healing is completed, a custom tooth is made to fit over the implant. The result…a permanent solution in restoring function and achieving a beautiful smile.
By using a series of clear, removable aligners that are changed about every two weeks, Invisalign® gradually moves your teeth toward the final look! Because they are clear, almost no one will know you are wearing them unless you tell!
Patients prefer Invisalign® because the retainers are aesthetically pleasing and can be taken on and off easily. It also lets you brush and floss normally, so you can maintain better dental hygiene than if you had traditional braces. Having straight teeth not only looks beautiful, it has been shown to improve the health of your gums.
Everyone knows first impressions are important! Your smile is one of the first things people notice and remember about you. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful – it can help you feel confident about yourself and make a lasting impression. We offer both At-Home or In-office Whitening. Choose the whitening procedure that works best for you!
Dr Cerven will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan to meet your cosmetic goals and provide you with a smile that is straight, white and even. We use the artistry of whitening, veneers, crowns and straightening to design the perfect smile just for you.