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Thomas Crossroads Dental Center

Services

CEREC SAME DAY CROWNS

​Get in and out of the office with ONE appointment under three hours.

We combine state of the art computer aided design (CAD) technology with dentistry through the CEREC system to make the crown in house! This eliminates the need for a temporary cap while the crown is made.

The process includes: molding the current tooth, prepping the tooth, design crown, mill crown, cure the crown, then plant the crown into place.

BLEACHING

Whiten your teeth with custom made trays specifically molded to your mouth.

Store bough tray and strips often have a hard time fully whitening your tooth as they are a “one size fits all” system.

We will make an impression of your mouth, create the dental trays, and provide dental grade bleach to whiten your teeth.

If for any reason another tray is needed just bring your impression back in and we’ll make another!

ZOOM WHITENING

​Philips Zoom professional whitening is a fast, effective and safe way to whiten your teeth. Your dental professional will either apply the treatment for you, or fit you with a customized trays so you can do the treatment at home.

Results from professional treatments can be immediate (up to 8 shades whiter in 45 minutes), and because a dental professional is involved, the process is safe, reliable and hassle free.

EXTRACTIONS

​If a tooth has been damages by decay or fracture, we try to repair and restore it with a filling, crown or other treatment; however, sometimes the damage is too extensive for the tooth to be repaired and the tooth must be removed or extracted. Periodontal disease is the number one cause of tooth loss

FILLINGS

​Tooth restoration is when a dentist repairs a decayed tooth returning it to its normal function. Early treatment of decayed tooth can help your tooth last a lifetime. Tooth repair improves appearance and can also correct problems such as chipped teeth and decayed enamel(the hard, white material covering the teeth). If not treated early these conditions can lead to more serious damage. Tooth decay can cause damage even before you notice it. Because tooth decay can lead to serious problems it is important to see a dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

A filling is the most common way to repair a decayed tooth. It involves taking out the decayed part of the tooth and filling it with metal or a tooth colored composite filling.

We offer amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth colored) restorations. The use of silver fillings is supported by the American Dental Association and the F.D.A. has concluded that the silver fillings are safe. Both materials have pros and cons and we base our recommendations upon the clinical situation and which material we feel would give the patient the best long term success.

IMPLANTS (PLACEMENT & RESTORATION)

If you are missing one tooth including the root, the dental crown is attached to a dental implant. The implant serves as a foundation for a dental crown. In most cases, implants are the preferred choice when replacing missing teeth. We work closely with the implant specialist and then restore the implant once fully integrated. Dental implants act like your natural tooth and you cannot feel the difference. They are made of bio compatible materials accepted by your body.

They are minimally invasive. Your adjacent teeth remain untouched.

They maintain natural bone and minimize further bone loss and they provide stability and comfort . Denture wearers benefit from implant support and retention of their dentures (particularly lower dentures, which tend to be loose).

INTRA ORAL CAMERAS

Intra oral cameras allows us to take clear, precise images of any oral condition that may be difficult to explain to patients. The photo helps patients understand  why the treatment is needed because they can see why we are recommending treatment.

MISSING TEETH REPLACEMENT

Once you lose a tooth the immediate solution is to replace it. The tendency is generally to ignore it unless it is a front tooth. However, any missing tooth can have a negative impact on your quality of life, as well as dental and oral health. When we chew, a healthy tooth strengthens the quality of the bone; similar to how exercise protects against bone loss. Furthermore when a tooth is missing, healthy teeth tend to shift position towards the gap due to bone loss. This may affect how we place pressure on the teeth when chewing, and have an impact on surrounding muscles and joints, resulting in pain and various other symptoms such as headaches. Each tooth plays an important role in ensuring the teeth in front and behind it stay in alignment, and maintaining the health of the jaw bone.

SEALANTS, PARTIALS AND DENTURES

Sealants are a preventative application applied to the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars. They are designed to prevent the intrusion of bacteria in to grooves of the teeth.

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth of children and young adults. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas from tooth decay. Getting sealants put on is simple and painless. Sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth.

Sealants have been used since the 1960s and research has shown them to be safe and effective. Many people still do not know about sealants. In fact fewer than 25 percent of children in the United States have sealants on their teeth.

The most important reason for getting sealants is to avoid tooth decay. Having sealants put on teeth before they decay will also save time and by avoiding restoration of teeth. The chewing surfaces of back teeth are rough and uneven because they have small pits and grooves. Food and germs can get stuck in the pits and grooves and stay there a long time because the toothbrush bristles cannot brush them away.

PERIODONTAL CARE

An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease range from, simple gum inflation to serious disease that results in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that supports the teeth. In worst cases teeth are lost.

Gum disease is a threat to your oral health. Research is also pointing to possible health effects of periodontal diseases that go well beyond your mouth. Whether it is stopped, slowed or gets worse depends a great deal on how well you care for your teeth and gums everyday.

Our mouths are full of bacteria. These bacteria, along with mucus and other particles, constantly form a sticky,colorless “plaque” on teeth. Plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can harden and form bacteria-harboring “tarter. Only a professional cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist can remove tarter.

The longer plaque and tarter are on teeth, the more harmful they become. The bacteria cause inflammation of the gums called gingivitis. In gingivitis the gums become red, swollen and can bleed easily. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that can usually be reversed with daily brushing and flossing and regular cleaning by a dentist or dental hygienist. This form of gum disease does not include any loss of bone and tissue that hold teeth in place.

When gingivitis is not treated, it can advance to periodontitis (which means” inflammation around the tooth.”) In periodontitis, gums pull away from the teeth and form “pockets” that are infected. The body’s immune system fights the bacteria as the plaque spreads and grows below the gum line. When Periodontal disease has infected the gum tissues, therapy is indicated. In early to moderate cases treatment may consist of a non-surgical procedure called “scaling and root planning”, in which hard calcified deposits (calculus) are removed from below the gum line while the patient is numb with a local anesthetic. If not treated the teeth may eventually become loose and have to be removed.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

Underneath your tooth’s outer enamel and within the dentin is an area of soft tissue which carries the tooth’s nerves, veins, arteries, and lymph vessels. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top of the pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one but no more than four canals.

When the pulp becomes infected due to a deep cavity or fracture that allows bacteria to seep in, or injury due to trauma, it can die. Damaged or dead pulp causes increased blood flow and cellular activity, and pressure cannot be relieved from inside the tooth. Pain in the tooth is commonly felt when biting down chewing on it and applying hot or cold foods and drinks.

VENEERS AND BRIDGES

Veneers are wafer thin shields to be placed on your teeth, made from ceramic material. When these are placed on the teeth, they can cover stains, blemishes, yellowness, uneven teeth, worn enamel, or gapped teeth. These veneers will solve a lot of your cosmetic dental problems. If you have any of the following conditions this may be the option for you:

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Worn Enamel: Enamel is the outer surface of your teeth. It might get worn out with age, and get discolored. It can also get worn out due to excessive drinking of coffee, or soda.

Wear and Tear: Wear and tear happens as you age, and your teeth get worn down.

Genetics: Some people have irregular spacing between their teeth, which gets worse with age.

DIGITAL X-RAYS

Our doctors carefully choose when and which x-rays are taken.

Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our eyes and they enabling us to:

  • detect cavities in between your teeth,
  • determine bone level and analyze the health of your bone.
  • examine roots and nerves of teeth,
  • diagnose lesions such as cysts, tumors and infections.