We know needing dental treatment can be a uncertain situation. What will the cost be? How is it going to feel? Can I fit it with my schedule?
My goal is to assist all patients with the knowledge and understanding of their dental needs as well as helping patients maximize their insurance benefits.
I aspire to teach every patient the importance of Dental Health and to assist with the financial and scheduling of their care.
I have 16 years of dental experience. I started out working the front desk, and I loved meeting our patients and welcoming to our family. I moved into the billing and insurance end, and I truly enjoyed the process of understanding insurance companies and utilizing this knowledge to maximize my patients benefits and get the most out of their policies.
With 16 years experience in the dental industry, including front desk, insurance, billing, training and managing. My goal is to educate on the importance of maintaining excellent oral care, and the consequences of ignoring dental needs. I am an expert on insurance companies and on maximizing your yearly benefits to get the most out of your policy. I am also available to offer different financing options available.
I am excited to combine all my experiences with the dental practice through free consultations to guide you and assist you in receiving the best possible experience.
Dental hygiene is important to your oral health because it reduces your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. When left untreated, both tooth decay and gum disease can have serious implications on your oral health. For starters, they can produce painful or visually unappealing symptoms.
Tooth decay and gum disease can affect other parts of your body, including your heart.
Good oral/dental health translates to good health overall. Dental problems such as cavities or gum disease can impair your ability to eat and speak properly, cause pain and bad breath. And what many people may not realize, is that poor dental health can have a profoundly, negative effect on areas outside of the mouth, including your heart, diabetes, pregnancy and chronic inflammation, such as arthritis — to name a few.
Not only do fillings treat the tooth decay currently present on your tooth, but they also <b>help prevent further damage</b>. Removing areas of tooth decay halts the decay process, so if a cavity goes untreated for too long, it can expand deeper into your tooth & even ultimately destroy the tooth.Cavities don’t go away on their own, and if you don’t treat them in time, <b>they can spread to the entire surface of the tooth, and then to other teeth</b>. Cavities tend to widen and deepen, making your teeth brittle and more prone to cracking or breaking
A broken tooth or chipped tooth
In this case, it is strongly advised to get a crown. Once a tooth is chipped, cracked, or broken it is important to get it fixed to ensure that an infection can’t set in. Since the tooth is already damaged, we want to minimize the risk and prevent further breakage.
A badly decayed tooth.
If a tooth is decayed to the point where it is affecting neighboring teeth, it is time to consider a cap that can prevent the spread of the bacteria to other areas of the mouth.
A large filling
In some cases, older fillings are too large and hence not secure. In this case, we would consider a dental crown, as a replacement to the filling that would look better and also provide more strength to the tooth itself.
Dental crowns are primarily designed to restore injured or damaged teeth, but they also offer cosmetic benefits. Because they fit over your existing natural tooth, they instantly correct discoloration, misshapen teeth, chips, cracks, and fractures. In some cases, dental crowns are used to achieve cosmetic dental goals because of these benefits.
If you have one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap with one or more artificial (false) teeth. A bridge is typically made of crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth supporting the pontic (false tooth) and is cemented in place
How long do dental bridges last? Dental bridges can last at least five to seven years. With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings, the bridge may last more than 10 years.
Dental implants are 95% to 98% successful for 40 to 50+ years. Success rates for dental implants do not decrease over time. Success rates for bridges decreases steadily after 10 years. At 15 years, 1 in 3 bridges will typically fail
However, dental implants are much more effective than bridges in the long run and are also better in terms of oral health. The fact that they usually last longer than bridges accounts for the high cost that is generally associated with implant surgery.
Did you know that the appearance of your smile can age you? It’s true.
There are certain things that happen to the teeth to change their appearance as we get older. These changes contribute to our looking older. With dental treatments, we can counteract these changes to help you look younger. Here are five important ways your dentist can help you look younger.
1. TEETH WHITENING
One natural process that comes with age is a gradual darkening or yellowing of the teeth. Our teeth consist mainly of a hard structure called dentin. Dentin is yellow in color and relatively opaque.
Enamel covers the dentin of the exposed parts of our teeth (everything but the roots). While enamel is relatively white in color, it is also translucent. As we get older, our dentin becomes thicker, which makes it more yellow and more opaque. This comes through the translucent enamel, making older teeth look darker.
We can counteract the yellowing and darkening that naturally occurs with age through teeth whitening. With professional teeth whitening, we can achieve and maintain a bright white color in the teeth, which helps us to look younger.
A brighter smile always looks younger and more vibrant than a yellow, aged smile.
2. TEETH RESTORATION
Teeth also tend to become shorter and flatter with age. This is due to the friction associated with chewing, clenching and grinding over many years. Short, flat teeth make you look old. We can correct this cosmetic issue with a variety of available dental treatments.
Composite resin is a tooth-colored dental material that bonds to healthy tooth structure. Dentists use it to rebuild missing tooth structure from decay or heavy wear and tear. When the damage of aging is relatively minor, your dentist can easily restore it with bonded composite resin.
Composite bonding can help lengthen teeth that have suffered shortening and flattening. They use the existing tooth structure as a guide and function to restore the original smile appearance.
Porcelain veneers are thin layers of laminate that cover the visible portion of the teeth. They can completely change the appearance of the teeth. Because they cover all of the visible tooth surface, they can change the color, size, shape, and even the apparent position of the teeth in a smile.
Porcelain veneers require healthy tooth structure to support the thin veneers. They also require protection from heavy clenching or grinding forces. If you flattened your natural teeth, you can chip or break porcelain, too. Your dentist will alert you to signs of any clenching or grinding that could shorten the lifespan of your dental work and recommend a protective nightguard to prevent future damage.
3. FULL MOUTH REHABILITATION
Dentists call it “full mouth rehab” when all of the teeth need restoration. This comprehensive treatment repairs and rebuilds all of the teeth back to full contour and function.
It also involves full coverage of the teeth, so your dentist can improve any cosmetic issues with the teeth that make you look older.
Many people who suffer from aging teeth have a collapsed bite. This means that the teeth shorten over time from frictional damage, and as the teeth get shorter, the upper and lower jaws come closer together. This shortening of the bite leads to more wrinkles and lines in the face. When your dentist rebuilds the bite, it separates the upper and lower jaws, eliminating many of those lines and wrinkles.
4. GUM RESTORATION
Another change in the mouth that makes a smile look “old” is receding gums. When gums recede, they expose the roots of the teeth, making the teeth appear longer. (They are not really longer; you are just seeing more of them.) This is the source of the phrase “getting long in the tooth” as a description of getting older.
We can counteract this appearance of aging teeth by restoring the gums to a more natural, youthful position. If you suffer receding gums, and you do not like the way it makes your smile appear, you may want to consider some treatment options.
For minor gum recession, there are some minimally invasive options like the Pinhole technique. For other receding gum problems, you may need a grafting surgery to replace lost gum tissue. Your dentist can guide you through the various treatment options and refer you to a gum specialist if necessary.
5. REPLACEMENT OF MISSING TEETH
Missing teeth also make you look old. They do this in a couple different ways. First, missing a tooth in a visible area makes you look older. Losing teeth also allow the bite to collapse. This leads to an older appearance of the face, even when the lips are closed together.
When multiple back teeth are missing, the cheeks become sunken in. Missing front teeth allow the lips to collapse inward. All of this leads to more visible lines and wrinkles in the face.
When you replace missing teeth, you can provide the support for facial structures that improves the appearance of those lines and wrinkles. You can also open the bite and prevent further collapsing. We have a wide range of treatment options for replacing missing teeth, including removable prosthetics, dental implant-supported tooth replacements that anchor into the bone, and bridges that connect to teeth.
We see many patients who wear full dentures on both the upper and lower jaws. These dental prosthetics are great, inexpensive ways to replace a full mouth of missing teeth. The teeth in a full denture are typically plastic (some dentures use porcelain teeth, which are more expensive). Plastic will wear over time just like natural teeth do. They become shorter and flatter. As they wear down, the upper and lower jaws collapse toward each other, which shortens the face and creates new wrinkles around the mouth.
When we fabricate a brand new set of dentures, we restore the height of the face back to a normal, more youthful dimension.
New dentures can also fill out the soft tissues of the lips and cheeks. A full denture extends over the jawbone and into the vestibules (the area underneath the lips) for support. Your dentist can tailor the thickness of the vestibules to create just the right fullness in the face.