Drs. Jennifer Wright and Molly Braun provide a full range of general dentistry procedures for adults and children including regular routine cleanings , preventive care, root canals, extractions, basic restorative procedures such as tooth-colored restorations, crowns, bridges and dentures.
Technological advancement in cosmetic dentistry techniques, procedures and materials has made attaining a beautiful smile easier than ever. Drs. Wright and Braun are committed in providing you with not just great looking results, but with long-lasting stability and health. We provide cosmetic dental procedures to give you the smile you’ve always wanted, including teeth whitening, Six Month Smiles, porcelain veneers, and porcelain crowns.
White, composite fillings can cosmetically blend with the adjacent tooth much better than old metal fillings, and they also offer a number of health-related benefits. As opposed to metal fillings, tooth colored fillings are bonded to healthy tooth structure. Additionally, composite fillings are not as temperature-sensitive as metal, so they do not expand as much with heat helping avoid cracking of the tooth over time.
Crowns are long lasting restorations that are used to restore teeth that have been weakened or damaged due to decay, fracture, cracks, large fillings, root canal therapy or trauma. Crowns are popularly known as “caps”.
Bridges are used to replace missing tooth/teeth. It is composed of two crowns placed onto either side of the missing tooth (abutments) to connect and support the replacement tooth or teeth (pontic).
Veneers are a cost-effective type of cosmetic dentistry that can improve discolored, worn, chipped, or crooked teeth in your smile. Veneers are also a valuable way to protect the teeth from future problems associated with staining agents in your diet or habits. These restorations can be used to create a beautiful rejuvenated new smile!
Like most people, you may want a whiter, brighter smile. After all, a smile affects your relationships, and has a lasting impression on your self-image. When your smile is bright and beautiful, you are more likely to use it. For many patients, creating a smile that makes you feel more confident, is simply a matter of getting their teeth whitened!
>>Take Home Whitening System is the most popular approach for the reason that it is more affordable and allows you to whiten your teeth at your convenience—in a safe, effective, and personalized way. This utilizes a custom-made tray and prescription strength whitening gels that you will use every day. Some patients notice results in less than 2 weeks.
>>In-Office ZOOM! Whitening System gives you brighter smile in just one visit. This system utilizes a higher strength whitening gel and the use of a powerful Activation light to enhance the gel’s effects. Results are visible in 60 minutes or less. To prevent sensitivity issues, the system also features a desensitizing enhancer with fluoride.
Six Month Smiles Orthodontic Treatment
Six Month Smiles is an adult orthodontic system to treat cosmetic concerns such as spacing and crowding in four to eight months using tooth colored brackets and wires.
Endodontic treatment or famously known as root canal treatment is one of the most feared procedures in the dental field. A root canal therapy is required to remove a painful or infected dental nerve. The procedure involves removal of the nerves from the canals within the root of the tooth. Then the root canals are thoroughly cleaned, shaped and disinfected to receive the specialized root canal filling material and medicated cement to seal the root canal. Thanks to today’s technology, there are many advances in dentistry that allow you to undergo a comfortable experience even when having a root canal treatment!
Periodontal gum disease is caused mainly by bacteria. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that continuously forms on the teeth and below the gum-line causing irritation and inflammation of the gums. Calcular deposits, also known as “tartar” are hardened plaque. These are the cement-like deposits above and below the gum-line.
Recent studies have shown that Periodontal Disease can have significant effects on not only your oral health, but your overall health. It has been associated with health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
Gingivitis is an early form of Periodontitis, or gum disease. If you experience an occasional swelling of the gums, gums that bleed after brushing or flossing, itchy gums, or bright red or purple gums, chances are you have Gingivitis. Gingivitis can be treated by having your teeth professionally cleaned, followed by a strict oral hygiene regimen, including anti-bacterial rinses. If the condition is left untreated, Gingivitis can escalate into Periodontitis. Periodontitis symptoms include those of Gingivitis, as well as, a metallic taste in the mouth, receding gums, enlarged spaces between the gums and teeth, severe halitosis (bad breath), and even loose teeth (from loss of bone).
To arrest Periodontitis, we remove the buildup of bacterial plaque and calculus, through scraping or ultrasonic vibration. Alternatively, antibiotics may be placed between the teeth and gums, which also help to reduce plaque and combat the disease. The best defense against gum disease is prevention and early detection through regular oral examination and cleaning.
While we will try to do as much as we can to save your teeth, it is not always possible. Extractions are sometimes the only treatment that can be done for a tooth that has a deep stress fracture, a substantial amount of decay, or is severely broken.
Dentures and partial dentures are used to replace missing teeth. In the past, the loss of teeth signaled a decline in health that could rarely be reversed. After all, it is important to all humans to eat and, therefore, to have a means of chewing their food. In many cases, dentures or partial dentures are an option that will enable patients to eat, speak, smile, and live a more normal and active life!
Dental implants are replacement teeth made from titanium. They are used to either replace a tooth, or they can be used as an anchor for a denture or a partial denture. Implants can keep your dentures from shifting while talking or chewing. Implants also preserve your bone. Without teeth, the bone that supports your overlying facial structure begins to melt away and can make you appear older than you are. Implants slow down this process, allowing you to maintain your youthful appearance!