Relax in our comfortable environment while we improve your dental health through the newest technologies. Some of these areas also combine with cosmetic dentistry to give you a winning smile.
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- Comprehensive Oral Exams
(including exams for oral cancer, TMJ dysfunction and Smile Analysis)
- Dental Implants
- Dental Crowns
- Tooth-Colored Fillings / Porcelain Onlay
- Digital X-Rays
- Non-Surgical Gum Treatments
- Drill-less Dentistry (Air Abrasion)
- TMJ Therapy (Facial Pain and Headaches)
- Full mouth rehabilitation
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Veneers and Laminates
- Porcelain Veneers
- American Dental Association (External Link)
Periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile – it can cause loss of teeth. Serious health problems can occur if left untreated. Gum disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues. The early stage of gum disease is called gingivitis. Early warning signs of this disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If caught early, our team of highly-skilled dental professionals can help you reverse the damage. If detected late, we can use one of many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your mouth to a healthy, beautiful state. We help you keep your teeth and gums strong and disease-free through regular examinations and cleanings. We will also reshaping the gum line to produce a more pleasant appearance. Please contact our office today to schedule a periodontal therapy appointment.
Air abrasion also called “microabrasion” and “kinetic cavity preparation.” This method of tooth structure removal is considered to be an effective alternative to the standard dental drill. This new technique allows dentists to remove decay from teeth without even touching them. The procedure is also done in less time than using a drill and also without the need to administer an anesthetic.
Air abrasion works by blowing a stream of powerful dry clean air, mixed with minute abrasive particles onto the surface of the teeth. Air abrasion uses the kinetic energy principle, in which particles bounce off the tooth and blasts the decay away.
This mixture of air and particles can generally be used in two ways. The first way is as a cleaner to remove any stains or decay from teeth, so that a sealant can be applied for tooth bonding. Alternatively it can be used to expose hidden cavities, which can then be removed and filled. Limitations of air abrasion however mean that the use air abrasion to remove decay between teeth, or to prepare a tooth for a large filling, a crown or silver filling is not feasible.
Air abrasion procedures are virtually painless eliminating the need for an anesthetic injection. Air abrasion systems produce no vibration and no heat from friction. The technology can’t harm soft mouth tissue and they operate very quietly. Because air abrasion cuts tooth surfaces with great precision, it removes less tooth material than the drill and it reduces the risk of enamel fracturing, preserving more of your tooth. An added advantage of this treatment includes little or no discomfort, no anesthetic numbness as no anesthetic is needed, and treatment time is usually shorter.
Air abrasion procedures can leave an accumulation of harmless, dusty particle debris in the mouth. This can cause a grainy feeling that is easily eliminated by washing your mouth with clean water. To reduce dust buildup, the dentist or dental assistant may use a vacuum hose or a water spray technique while administering air abrasion.
One of air abrasions best features is that due to its quiet operation it is especially helpful in treating young patients who would normally be afraid of the dentist’s drill.
Besides removing decay, air abrasion works well in procedures ranging from repairing chipped, fractured or worn teeth, preparing teeth for cosmetic surgery, removing stains and spots, repairing old fillings and sealants and repairing broken crowns and bridges.
Many people do not realize how worn down their teeth have become. Worn and/or missing teeth are often attributed to problems in which the teeth do not come together evenly. This dental condition can sometimes lead to headaches, embarrassing situations and trouble eating. These issues can lead to a lower quality of life.
Dr. Sasaki can “rebuild” a patient’s mouth with a combination of different types of procedures. This leads to a healthy return in how the upper and lower teeth come together which improves appearance and function, as well as self-confidence.