Teaching your kids the right way to take care of their smiles is very important. At Galleria of Smiles Family Dentistry, we recommend starting early to give your children plenty of time to develop good oral hygiene habits, keeping their teeth clean and cavity-free. This will help set a good foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. Our pediatric services are designed to give your children the right tools they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. From fluoride treatments to sealants, we are committed to ensuring your children’s teeth are protected from bacteria.
Severe tooth decay can sometimes destroy a tooth to the point where a filling cannot keep it intact. Left untreated, these teeth can break down even further. In these cases, we offer dental crowns to protect what’s left of the tooth. A dental crown is a cap that fits on top of the damaged tooth, holding it together and preventing further damage. They are custom-made to fit the shape and color of your teeth, giving you a seamless natural-looking smile. We offer a range of crowns, metal crowns, ceramic crowns, porcelain, and zirconia crowns.
Crowns in One Visit – The CEREC® System
The best part? We can now send you home with your long-lasting dental crown after just one visit. We now use the CEREC machine that can create a custom restoration to fit your smile from preparation to placement in just one day. Say goodbye to multiple appointments and embrace the beauty of a healthy smile in just one visit.
If you have missing teeth, we offer full or partial dentures to help restore your natural complete smile. Dentures consist of a plastic base that is molded and colored to look like your gums. The color of both the gums and tooth parts of dentures are customized to ensure they look as natural as possible in your mouth. With full or partial dentures, you will have your smile back and will regain chewing and biting ability, giving you the chance to enjoy foods that you may have had to avoid when you had missing teeth. They also help maintain the aesthetics of your face by preventing jaw bone loss associated with missing teeth.
To help fill small holes or cavities caused by tooth decay, we perform a procedure called a filling. A dental filling is a dental material that is used to repair the look and function of a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay. Our dentist first removes the decay and then fills it using composite resin made of tooth-colored material. This will result in an aesthetically pleasing smile and healthy teeth.
Fluoride treatments are meant to help strengthen your teeth and prevent tooth decay. The treatment involves applying a concentrated fluoride solution to your teeth, remineralizing weakened enamel, and making your teeth more resistant to acid attacks. We recommend fluoride treatment for children as their teeth are still developing and prone to decay.
If you suffer from teeth grinding or clenching, we have a solution. We offer nightguards, that you wear at night to protect your teeth from damage and discomfort. Nightguards are made from soft plastic or rubber and are customized to fit over your upper teeth (or bottom teeth in some cases), preventing your teeth from touching. The rubber material prevents tooth wear and also helps absorb and disperse the biting forces, thereby preventing jaw pain and headaches that might originate from clenching tension.
Sealants are highly effective in preventing tooth decay on the biting surfaces of chewing teeth. These surfaces have natural pits and grooves, which can become filled with food particles and bacteria that can be difficult to remove with a toothbrush. A sealant is a simple procedure in which we place a clear or tooth-colored acrylic “coating” onto the surface of your teeth. This effectively “seals” the deep grooves where decay is most likely to begin, protecting the health of your teeth and smile.
As part of your routine preventive appointments, we offer professional teeth cleanings. This is when we thoroughly remove tartar and plaque that is left behind even after you brush your teeth. Our goal is to help keep your gums and teeth clean so that you have a healthy smile and overall well-being. During your cleaning appointment, we can also give you tips on your at-home oral care routine, your diet, and anything about your smile that you may be concerned about.
TMD (Jaw Pain) Therapy
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is the joint connecting your jaw to your skull. You use this joint when you chew, swallow, speak, & even yawn—pretty much whenever you move your jaw. The disorder, TMD, causes you to experience a popping or clicking sound when you move your jaw, tenderness, stiffness, or locking of your jaw. This can be caused by injury, bruxism, malocclusions, or even stress. To help treat TMD, we offer various options that include,
- orthodontic treatment,
- surgery for severe cases,
- over-the-counter medication,
- relaxation therapy techniques.