Our comprehensive care includes:
- Restorative dentistry
- CEREC Restorations
- Crowns and Bridges
- Cosmetic/esthetic dentistry
- TMJ therapy
- Tooth whitening
- Preventive oral hygiene
- Pediatric dentistry
We use CEREC digital technology for single-visit dental restorations. This state-of-the-art technique provides the highest quality treatment, extraordinary precision, outstanding esthetics, eliminates temporaries, and saves you time.
In our latex-free office, we use digital radiography and Velscope for oral cancer detection.
"Restorative dentistry" is a broad term that covers many of the treatments we provide to keep your teeth functioning properly. It includes fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures. We have a variety of options to treat simple decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, or more serious conditions. In the case of a missing tooth, we can create a bridge, denture or restore with an implant. We always try to preserve your natural teeth for as long as possible, hopefully forever.
It is important to restore your teeth not only so you can chew and smile, but also to keep your bite from shifting and for you to keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Missing teeth also create unnatural stresses on remaining teeth and your jaw. Teeth can drift, shift, or over erupt. These conditions put stress on other teeth, your muscles, your jaw, and your jaw joints.
Patients with missing teeth sometimes experience pain and bone loss, not to mention loss of function that is the ability to chew food properly.
Our state-of-the-art technology includes a CEREC system to provide you with same-day restorations including inlays, onlays, crowns and veneers. Using the latest CAD/CAM technology, we can map the inside of your mouth precisely. CEREC digital mapping means that most patients no longer need to bite into the gooey impression material.
We can then use CEREC’s milling unit to manufacture a restoration that will fit perfectly in your mouth and match the color of your natural teeth.
Performing these procedures in a single visit not only saves you time but also eliminates the need for temporary restorations.
We use CEREC for implants as well, but typically this will require more than one appointment.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Crowns are used most commonly to entirely cover a damaged tooth. Bridges cover a space if you’re missing one or more teeth. Bridges are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth once stood.
In addition to strengthening a damaged tooth, bridges and crowns can be used to improve a tooth’s appearance, shape, alignment and dental occlusion (bite). Gaps left by missing teeth can cause the remaining teeth to shift, which can result in a improper bite. Crowns and bridges help prevent this from happening.
Cosmetic and esthetic dentistry
We're concerned not only for your oral health, but we want you to have a great smile too! If you have a great smile and feel confident when you open your mouth to speak, you'll be a happier person. (We can't control what you say when you open your mouth; that part is up to you.)
Our cosmetic dental treatments include bonding, veneers and a variety of tooth whitening options. When we restore one of your teeth, we go to great lengths to match color and texture so your smile is natural, beautiful, and looks like you.
TMJ therapy and relief
TMJ is short for "temporomandibular joint." Often the term TMJ is used to describe temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). This disorder can cause toothaches, tenderness in joints and muscles, and headaches. If you experience frequent headaches, locking, clicking, or popping when you open and close your mouth, or you are aware of a clenching or grinding habit, you should get evaluated for TMJ disorder.
Healthy jaw joints are every bit as important as healthy gums. That’s why checking your TMJ is part of our comprehensive initial exam.
Grinding and clenching are associated with TMJ disorder, and we have a variety of treatments to provide you relief. You may need braces, an adjustment of your teeth, or you may need to wear a "night guard." We can often manufacture a night guard for you in our office.
Symptoms of TMJ Disorder
- Tooth pain
- Trouble chewing
- Tired face
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears),
- Neck aches
- Locked jaw
- Jaw clicking or popping
Dental implants are one way to replace missing or lost teeth. Dr. Lennon can help you determine the best treatment for your condition, and if dental implants are indicated, you and Dr. Lennon will work with a specialist as the process involves both placing and restoring the implants.
Advantages of implants
- Bone preservation
- Reduced need to grind down healthy teeth
- Very good long-term success rate
The most popular type of implant, the "root implant," mirrors the size and shape of a patient's original tooth. In this case, an implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia. Once this is allowed to heal and integrate with the bone, the patient returns to have a new tooth fitted into the implant. The entire process may take from three to eight months.
But even though you brush several times a day, plaque builds up on your teeth. In addition to removing plaque, a regular visit to our hygienists assures that you are checked for any other potential oral problems. A hygiene appointment includes much more than cleaning and polishing your teeth, we do a comprehensive evaluation of your oral health. For example, we use a "Velscope" to check for oral cancer and look at soft tissue in your mouth.
The most important aspect of regular dental hygiene checks is preventing tooth decay and catching oral health issues early.
- Medical history review
- Ultrasonic cleaning of nightguards or appliances
- X-rays if needed
- Measuring pocket depths
- Checking for gingivitis or other periodontal issues
- Checking for recession and mobility
- Velscope check for oral cancer
- Soft tissue check: tongue, throat, palate, lymph nodes
- Intra-oral camera monitoring if needed
- Prophylaxis: removing calculus, stain, plaque
- Topical anesthesia if required
- Tooth polishing
- Flossing: including demonstration
Developing great oral health habits starts early. In addition to teaching your children the importance of brushing and flossing, as well as proper technique, we can do an early evaluation for other oral issues such as the need for braces. Tooth crowding or misalignment are conditions that can be treated more easily if diagnosed early while the jaw and skull are still growing.
We enjoy seeing your children and getting them off to a great start!
Ideally, you should bring your children for their first visit by the age of 2. Not to worry, the first visit with a child this young is a short one, but the sooner we can peek in their mouths, the better off they will be. Decay can and does start early; we need to catch it early. Our goal is a cavity-free child with happy joyful dental visits.
We offer nitrous oxide sedation for patients who will benefit from it for their dental care.
Please contact us with any questions on this subject.