One-Visit Crowns with the E4D System
With the E4D CAD/CAM System, we are able to design, make, and place a crown in only one visit to our Cedarburg or West Bend office! Using a special laser scanner, your dentist takes several images of the tooth to be repaired. Then, working from those images, we digitally design a restoration that we are equipped to mill right in our office. The computer-aided milling process is extremely precise, ensuring a comfortable fit when we bond the newly made restoration to the tooth. The metal-free ceramic and composite materials used for
The metal-free ceramic and composite materials used for E4D crowns are tooth-colored and natural looking. The software allows us to add grooves and other details to make E4D crowns very natural feeling, too. Your E4D crown will feel as good as your natural tooth, if not better. One-visit crowns not only save your valuable time, but they eliminate the need for impression trays of messy goo in your mouth!
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
Composite dental fillings can be bonded, which means adhesively held in place. Compared to the preparation needed for amalgam (silver) fillings, this bonding process makes more conservative preparation possible where more healthy tooth structure can be saved. Composite fillings are tooth-colored, as well, making them the natural looking way to restore your teeth. The composite filling material is cured with a special light and the surface is shaped and polished to match the natural part of the tooth, rendering the final restoration virtually undetectable to the eye and very natural feeling in the mouth!
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages. Many problems with teeth and the surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An x-ray is needed to reveal:
- Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- Deep cavities
- Infections that can develop in the mouth bones
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
- TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction
Digital x-rays are comfortable for you and faster than traditional x-rays, with the images available to be viewed on a computer screen within seconds. Digital x-rays are also safe. They can be used during pregnancy, and some studies cite that they emit up to 90% less radiation! With no chemical processing, digital x-rays are easy on you and the environment.
The dental drill works with friction, which causes heat and triggers pain.
This necessitates injection with anesthetic and numb lips. At Today’s Dentistry, our doctors use a tool called WaterLase. WaterLase uses a unique, powerful interaction of patented laser wavelength and proprietary water/air spray that cuts, etches and shapes target tissues without contact, heat, vibration or pressure. So many procedures can be done painlessly with no anesthetic. Truly Painless Dentistry!
Proper oral hygiene is essential for preventing cavities, but toothbrushes can’t always reach down into the deepest crevices of teeth. Dental sealants can compensate for this. The resin sealant material bonds into the grooves of teeth, creating a barrier against food particles, plaque, and acidic food and drink.
Plaque wears away at tooth enamel in a process called demineralization. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that can promote remineralization of enamel, which works to strengthen teeth and protect them from decay. Children with newly-erupted permanent teeth can benefit greatly from fluoride exposure, but adults should make sure their teeth come in contact with it too. The safe and easy way is to use fluoride toothpaste. If we recommend more intense fluoride treatment, there are a number of gels, rinses, and in-office procedures that can do the trick!
Dental Implant Restorations
What do dental implants do?
- They replace missing teeth
- They can replace the need for removable dentures or partials
- They can secure dentures—eliminating sore spots from shifting and slipping
- Look and feel just like your natural teeth, improving the look of your smile and improving self-esteem
How do dental implants work? Dental implants are titanium posts that are secured directly into your jaw—replicating and replacing the root of a tooth. This helps to preserve the structure of the jaw, as well as functioning as a base for a dental crown restoration, or as a way to secure dentures.
After the implant has been secured and has healed into your jaw, the next step of your restoration can proceed. Your doctor will create a custom crown to perfectly match your natural teeth, so once it is placed atop the implant, no one will be able to tell it’s not a natural tooth. The restoration will mimic your natural teeth in both form and function so, you’ll be able to eat and smile with confidence!
Why implants? Since dental implants are secured directly into your jaw, they are a more permanent solution to missing teeth. In the jaw, they replicate the root of a natural tooth, which prevents the jawbone from deteriorating, causing a loss of function and a shrunken appearance to your face.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants, and how they can improve the health and look of your smile, call our Cedarburg or West Bend dentist office today to schedule a consultation.
Unsightly gaps can make you want to cover your mouth and hide your smile. Same with chipped, badly shaped, or very discolored teeth. Porcelain veneers, which are thin, custom-made casings applied to the front side of teeth, can correct chips and discoloration (from an injury, for example) to restore your smile to its original appearance. For those who have never felt satisfied or confident about their smiles, veneers offer the chance to get a smile that before was only a dream. During the preparation for veneers, a small amount of tooth enamel typically needs to be removed to fit them onto the teeth. For this reason, veneers are often an irreversible treatment and it is important to be prepared for a permanent improvement in the look and feel of your smile!
Lumineers® System Veneers
Lumineers® system veneers are an alternative to traditional veneers. With Lumineers, less shaping preparation is needed to apply the veneers to teeth, so there is usually no need for shots! Lumineers are also reversible, so if you’re ready for a smile makeover but perhaps not one quite as permanent as traditional veneers, then Lumineers could be just right for you.
Professional Teeth Whitening
We offer both in-office and take-home teeth whitening. Our take-home whitening system is most popular with our patients. We take molds of your teeth to make custom trays, and then we give you two weeks worth of professional-strength whitening gel for use in the convenience and privacy of your home. Our in-office whitening options are great for busy patients who don’t have two weeks for take-home whitening. Power Whitening, which combines in-office and take-home whitening, can give you a whiter and brighter smile than you probably thought possible! In addition, we know a teeth whitening method for those with sensitive teeth. Inquire about it at your next visit!
Drug-Free Headache Prevention
Traditional theories have linked tension-type headaches (TTH) to muscle contraction and tightness in the jaw, scalp, neck, and shoulders. NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition) is an innovation in headache treatment that prevents intense clenching and teeth grinding, also called bruxism, so your jaw and head muscles can relax. The NTI device is a small, FDA-approved mouthpiece that fits securely on either your upper or lower front teeth while you sleep. It creates exclusive contact between your incisors (the 8 teeth in the front of your mouth with straight edges) and prevents your molars from touching or grinding, which stops your pain at its source without drugs. We want to help you find relief!
Relaxing Sedation Dentistry
Oral conscious sedation—sometimes referred to as “relaxation dentistry”—is an option we offer to help patients become as comfortable as possible through a simple pill. Some people mistakenly call it “sleep dentistry,” but though you will feel very calm and relaxed during treatment, you will still be awake and able to respond. If you have felt fearful about dental treatment in the past, you are not alone. We want you to know that such feelings are not uncommon and people of any age can experience them. We also want you to know that we can help with oral conscious sedation! Thanks to conscious sedation, more patients can have all necessary treatment completed in one day and they regain alertness feeling refreshed. If these benefits sound like what you have been looking for, please contact us to learn more!
Laser-Assisted Decay Detection with Diagnodent® Technology
Since identifying and filling cavities are two of the most basic, important services we provide patients, we use Diagnodent® laser technology. This technology precisely detects tooth decay in its early stages, many times before it can be recognized by other means. Fillings for cavities that are caught sooner can often be smaller, which allows us to use minimally invasive filling techniques and preserve more of your natural tooth. Additionally, the low-intensity Diagnodent laser enables us to monitor areas of concern without repeated x-rays.
To learn even more about the technology Today’s Dentistry has at its Cedarburg and West Bend, WI office, contact us today!