Dental bridges close the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called “abutment” teeth – and a false tooth called a “pontic” sits in between. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental bonding on the front teeth is an excellent method for repairing minor imperfections such as chips and stains. It can also be used to fill gaps between the teeth called “diastamas”. Bonding to exposed root areas caused by gum recession or abrasion helps prevent cavities, root sensitivity and improves their appearance.
Single visit crowns, or CEREC (Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Cereamics), have revolutionized the way our practice can deliver treatment to patients. This high-tech equipment allows us to restore damaged teeth within a single visit. As in the past, there is no longer a need to make an impression and send it to the lab, and we won’t inconvenience you by asking you to return for a second visit. The result is a beautiful, tooth-colored restoration that is as strong as a natural tooth.
Composite resin is a filling material designed for aesthetic dental restorations. Formulated to resemble the color of your natural tooth, composite resin is often used for filling dental cavities or bonding on front teeth. The invention of composite resin offers a substitute to the amalgam dental fillings we’ve grown so accustomed to. This plastic and glass mixture contains no metal and can be shaped to resemble a real tooth.
A crown is an aesthetic, durable and predictable way to restore a badly decayed, broken or otherwise compromised tooth. The dental crown procedure utilizes tooth-shaped coverings made of metal, ceramic, or porcelain to restore strength and eliminate discomfort. In addition, dental crowns may be used to anchor a dental bridge or to cap a dental implant post.
An artificial tooth root replacement made of titanium and shaped like a screw. Dental implants offer a permanent solution to tooth loss. They bond to the jaw bone and become part of it, this connection is as strong as a natural tooth root. The completed dental implant is as strong and durable as a natural tooth.
Dentures are a removable form of false teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Complete dentures are created for patients who are missing all of their teeth, and partial dentures are used when the patient still has some natural teeth.
Digital x-rays offer the advantage of up to an 80 percent reduction in radiation with no need for film or processing chemicals, which makes the images instantly available for viewing and diagnosing.
A complete restoration of every tooth in the mouth. It is typically performed on people with severely worn teeth or TMJ problems. Full mouth rehabilitation corrects imperfections in the positions and enhances the appearance of the smile. Anyone with short/worn teeth or those that have chipped/broken teeth throughout their mouth would be an excellent candidate.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Using a laser to remove excess/overgrown tissue and re-contour the gums can improve the appearance of your smile. Utilizing the laser has the added benefit of sealing the blood vessels within the gums which will improve healing time without causing a lot of discomfort or pain to the patient.
Dental hygiene is the ongoing maintenance of your teeth and gums, and proper hygiene prevents tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Hygiene performed by a dentist or dental hygienist is more involved than your dental care at home, as we are able to reach tiny crevices and spaces that brushing and flossing alone cannot attain.
Laser dentistry is a newer technology that is oftentimes preferred over the traditional drill. Lasers are used to diagnose tooth decay, perform various soft tissue surgeries and hygiene. Many patients report less pain with laser dentistry, as well as lower anxiety levels. Lasers also reduce bleeding and swelling due to their efficiency.
Tooth-colored ceramic onlays/inlays provide a conservative, minimally invasive alternative to crowns. These restorations bond to your remaining teeth making them much stronger while matching the color, form and function of your original tooth. The advantage of onlays/inlays over crowns is conservation of tooth structure. The advantage of both crowns and onlays/inlay restorations over large silver amalgam or white composite fillings is the predictability of a much longer lasting fix for a tooth that is badly broken down. A tooth that has had 50% or more of its original tooth structure missing is best repaired with an onlay/inlay or crown.
The invisible way to straighten teeth without traditional braces. A series of clear, removable orthodontic aligners are worn to gently move your teeth in gradual steps. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks, removed only to eat, drink, brush or floss. As you replace each aligner with the next series, your teeth with gradually move into their final position.
Periodontics is a type of specialty dentistry that involves care to the structures that support a patient’s teeth, such as gums, bones, and ligaments. When these structures are not healthy, teeth cannot be sustained. Yahnke Dental offers several types of periodontal treatments.
Veneers are a thin, semi-translucent laminate (covering) permanently bonded to a tooth. Made of porcelain, they are an excellent esthetic alternative for a variety of dental conditions involving the front teeth such as broken or chipped teeth, spaces between teeth, worn/discolored fillings, crooked or misaligned teeth, teeth that cannot be whitened, or changing the size, shape, and color of teeth.
Root canal treatment is a procedure performed on teeth that have become infected or seriously traumatized. Oftentimes root canal treatment is done in one visit and is a very successful way to preserve teeth and eliminate pain.
A process used to establish a relaxed, easy and calm state through the use of sedatives. By taking a small pill before your appointment, you should be sedated enough to be unaware of the treatment. Typically, you will not remember much of anything about your dental appointment. Because you are completely comfortable, years of dental treatment can be accomplished in as little as one or two visits.
A healthy, happy smile does more than simply look nice. It exudes confidence and helps you feel better about yourself. At Yahnke Dental we have a number of techniques that will improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. A Smile Design, or makeover, will lift your mood and show the world your personality.
Teeth whitening is a general term used to describe a number of cosmetic procedures to lighten the color of teeth. The result is a younger looking, brighter smile with healthy looking teeth. Techniques range from bleaching with gels and lasers, to doing permanent restorations such as crowns and veneers.
The temporomandibular joint – also known as TMJ – connects the jaw to the skull, and is used when chewing, speaking and forming expressions. Occasionally, muscles can pull this joint out of alignment, causing severe pain and discomfort. Trauma, tension, grinding, arthritis and improper chewing are all causes for TMJ pain. At Yahnke Dental we can help diagnose TMJ disorders and help to strengthen the weakened muscles that are out of balance.