The ADA recommends that to maintain optimum dental health you should have your teeth cleaned every six months. Most insurance companies cover this. X-rays are taken as needed. We take digital x-rays which uses less exposure to radiation. The hygienst goes over home care and brushing and flossing instruction.
Implants and Dentures
A dental Implant is a "root" device. They are usually fabricated from titanium and support restorations that resemble a tooth or a group of teeth. Implants can be used to support a number of dental prothesis, including crowns, implant supported bridges, partial dentures or full dentures.
A denture is a removable replacement for teeth that are missing and the surrounding tissue. There are two types of dentures that are available: complete and partial dentures. A complete denture is used when all of the teeth have been removed from either the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture is used to replace missing teeth when there are one or more natural teeth remaining. A partial denture consists of replacement teeth that are attached to a gum colored base and is sometimes connected by a metal framework that holds the denture in place.
Sleep Appliances and TMJ Appliances
Sleep apnea happens when snoring during sleep causes patients to stop breathing and to startle awake. This can happen numerous times during the night and you may not even be aware how many times you are being awakend. This condition has many serious complications and consequences including excessive tiredness during the day and heart problems. Upon completion of a sleep study it can be determined if you have sleep apnea and if something can be done to help. Some options are surgery, forced air (C-PAP) machine or an oral appliance. Generally your medical insurance will cover some of the cost associated with a sleep apnea oral applinace.
Tempromandibular joint pain can cause headaches and tooth pain. Our office can fabricate a number of devices that aid in eliminating the grinding and cleanching that are associated with TMJ. These devices are made in the office and generally you will leave with the device at the end of your visit.
Crowns, Bridges, Composite Restorations and Veneers
A severely broken tooth or a tooth with an existing root canal usually requires a full coverage crown. In order to fabricate a crown, the dentist must shave the tooth 360 degrees and take an impression for the lab to be able to fabriacte a new, full coverage , crown. Crowns can be made of all porcelain or a porcelain fused to metal. All porcelain crowns are metal free and leave no shadow at the gum line.
Composite fillings are tooth colored fillings that are light cured. The material is shaded to match your own tooth's natural color. Some patients opt to have their old, silver fillings replaced with a tooth colored filling.
A veneer is a very thin porcelain laminate which is secured to a patients front surface only of an existing tooth. Special dental adhesives are used. A veneer or multiple veneers can change an entire smile while only removing a little bit of the existing tooth.
Six Month Smile
Six Month Smile is a revolutionary orthodontic system that provides a fast and economical way for adults to begin smiling with confidence. Using clear brackets and tooth colored wire the braces are barely visible. Available for patients 15 and older with crooked or spaced teeth, not looking for or redoing major bite alteration, this is a fantastic option for you.
If you have seen another provider and are interested in getting a second opinion Dr. Weitman would be happy to go over your x-rays and records with you. As a courtesy he can either confirm planned treatment or offer alternative suggestions.
Root Canal Therapy
When the nerve dies in a tooth the Dr. has to do a procedure known as Root Canal Therapy. Special files and instruments are used to remove the damaged or dead nerve from the tooth and to treat the canals with medicine. When all of the dead nerve tissue is removed the Dr. puts in a filling material to protect the tooth from further damage.