Cleanings: Teeth cleaning (prophylaxis) by a dental hygienist removes calculus (mineralized plaque) that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, especially in areas that are difficult to reach in routine tooth brushing. Professional cleaning includes tooth scaling and polishing. Our highly skilled hygienists can determine the recall interval that is right for you. Please call 941.485.1191 to set an appointment for cleaning.
Deep Cleanings: When a patient has periodontal disease, there are pockets around the teeth that are too deep to be cleaned with a regular prohylaxis. For patient comfort, numbing of the teeth and gum tissue may be necessary to effectively remove tartar buildup below the gum line. The deep cleanings are performed by our hygienists and may require more than one appointment.
Digital X-Rays: Our dental digital X-ray system can take a picture of your teeth and immediately show it to you on a computer monitor. There are a number of reasons why it’s better to use digital x-rays. Your exposure to X-rays is cut as much as 90 percent. The large and clearer images let you see what your dentist sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth.
Receiving dental anesthesia is one of the most frightening experiences for many patients. Through the use of computerized anesthesia delivery systems, the experience is much more comfortable and many patients report they felt no discomfort at all. The success of this procedure is in the fact that the anesthetic is delivered at a slow and constant rate. The slow and constant rate eliminates any oscillation in delivery speed that naturally occurs in the muscles of the human hand.
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Examinations: Dr. Graser provides a comprehensive evaluation of your mouth as your first visit to our office. He will perform a thorough oral cancer exam, full periodontal examination to evaluate the health of not only your teeth but the supporting structures, such as the gums and bone underneath the teeth. The TMJ or temporal mandibular joint will be checked along with the way your teeth meet or your bite. The assistants will take a complete digital set of x-rays and provide oral hygiene instructions tailored to your needs. At your following visit, Dr. Graser will provide all the information needed for you to make an educated decision about your dental care.
Bleaching and Whitening
Bleaching & Whitening: We provide a system to whiten your teeth that is safe for your teeth and gums. Our skilled lab assistant makes the custom trays in our office and provides instructions on how to use the material. After initial whitening, refills kits of additional bleach material may be purchased.
Invisible Tooth Colored Fillings
Fillings: A composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic filling material. Similar in color and texture to natural teeth, the fillings are less noticeable, and much more attractive, than other types of fillings. Composites are not only used for restoring decay, but are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Composite resin fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile.
Bonding: Bonding is achieved by placing tooth-like material onto the tooth to both build and alter its shape. It requires great expertise and an artistic eye to achieve optimal aesthetics with bonding. It normally takes one visit and it is the procedure of choice when instant result is a requirement. Bonding is applied directly to the tooth and can be used to correct minor gaps, cover heavy staining, or to fill small cavities. Cosmetic bonding can resolve cavities, chips, cracks, fractures, gaps and spaces between teeth, and tooth discoloration.
Veneers: These are thin sculpted pieces of tooth-shaped porcelain that fit over the front of the teeth and are the premier standard of care in cosmetic dentistry. Permanently bonded to the front surface of a tooth, to restore or improve position, shape and tooth color, they can make a dramatic, immediate difference to one’s smile and overall facial appearance. Veneers are wonderful for fixing common problems such as midline spaces (the gap-toothed look of the two front upper teeth) or chipped, crooked, missing, discolored, pitted, malformed or improperly positioned teeth. Porcelain veneers are now a popular way for many people to obtain the smile of their dreams.
Dental Crowns: A crown is a restoration that covers, or “caps,” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size, strengthening and improving the appearance of a tooth. Crowns are necessary when a tooth is generally broken down and fillings won’t solve the problem. If a tooth is cracked a crown holds the tooth together to seal the cracks so the damage doesn’t get worse. Crowns are also used to support a large filling when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining, attach a bridge, protect weak teeth from fracturing, restore fractured teeth, or cover badly shaped or discolored teeth.
Dental Bridges: A dental bridge is a false tooth, known as a pontic, which is usually fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth. The two crowns that hold the pontic in place, are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you can do with removable partial dentures.
Implant Crowns and Bridges
Implant Crown: Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. Implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, the entire upper or lower arch of teeth and can be used to support complete or partial dentures.
Partial dentures: A removable partial denture or bridge usually consists of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, which is sometimes connected by metal framework that holds the denture in place in the mouth. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the upper or lower jaw.
Individualized Complete Dentures
Dentures: Dentures are removable appliances that can replace missing teeth and help restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health.
Extractions: An extraction is the removal of a tooth due to disease, trauma or crowding. If you need an extraction, Dr. Graser will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. Using the WAND rather than the traditional syringe, your injection will be pain free.