Orthodontics – Granite Bay Dental provides a wide variety of services including orthodontics, sleep apnea therapy and biomimetic restorations.
Dentistry – We offer the following dental services:
- General Dentistry:
- Dental Exams and x-rays
- Dental cleanings
- Teeth Whitening
- Composite Fillings
- Root Canals
- Tooth Extractions
- Cosmetic Dentistry:
- Porcelain Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Veneers
- Dental Bonding
- Dental Inlays and Overlays
General Dental / Tooth Whitening
Teeth whitening is a very effective and non-invasive way to roll back the years. Whiter teeth make your smile look more youthful, healthy, and attractive. Treatment is simple and can be done in the dentist’s office or at home.
Teeth whitening at our office is an affordable and simple procedure for creating a brighter and more vibrant smile. It’s no surprise that this is currently the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure in the U.S., and Granite Bay Dental has established himself as a teeth whitening expert to help his patients in the area get the smile of their dreams.
Why Choose Teeth Whitening?
As you age, it’s normal for your tooth enamel to accumulate stains. You may not even notice it happening at first, but the effects become obvious over time. This discoloration tends to occur more rapidly for patients who regularly consume products like:
Coffee or tea
Dark colored fruit juices and sodas
Cigarettes or smokeless tobacco
Yellow and brown stains can make your teeth appear dirty – even when you brush and floss faithfully. Most “whitening toothpastes” contain no real whitening agent. They simply remove surface stain – the same stain that is removed by a dental cleaning. Most of tooth darkening comes from inside the teeth, and the only way to significantly change the color of your teeth is by using a “bleaching” agent that penetrates under the surface. This teeth whitening procedure will give you the confidence of a dazzling smile that Granite Bay Dental is determined to provide to his patients.
Teeth Whitening Procedure Overview
Both professional whitening procedures, in office and at home, use the same whitening agent – usually some form of concentrated hydrogen peroxide gel. The peroxide penetrates the tooth enamel, and oxidizes as it breaks down, whitening the teeth.
In-Office Teeth Whitening
Patients who want brilliant white teeth in a very short time often choose in-office teeth whitening at our location for same day results. The procedure takes about an hour. During this time, you can simply sit back and relax. This treatment uses a special laser lamp to speed up the activity of peroxide gel and make it much more effective. Many patients see a six-to-eight shade improvement after this procedure. Your gums and lips are protected from the gel during treatment to reduce discomfort and irritation. This smile whitening treatment is a great option if you have a special event coming up, or don’t want to wait weeks for your teeth to whiten.
Granite Bay Dental specializes in performing in-office teeth whitening.
At-Home Teeth Whitening
This whitening procedure works well as a follow-up to keep your teeth at their whitest after in-office treatment. You receive a custom fitted mold of your teeth and a supply of professional-strength peroxide gel. Simply coat the upper and lower trays with gel each day and wear them for the recommended period of time. These convenient at-home whitening regimens usually take a few weeks to show maximum results. You can repeat the treatment as needed to maintain or improve your teeth whitening over time. Custom trays are comfortable to wear and ensure that the gel actually stays in contact with your enamel during treatment.
More Information about Teeth Whitening
Smile whitening is designed for adults with good oral hygiene who want a more youthful looking smile. It works best for patients who have stained enamel, as opposed to discoloration from worn enamel that is allowing the darker dentin layer beneath to show through. It will not whiten porcelain or resin tooth restorations. So, this procedure may not be suitable for patients who have visible veneers, crowns or tooth colored fillings in their front teeth. Some patients tend to experience tooth sensitivity for a while after tooth whitening. This is usually mild and resolves soon after treatment. If you have experienced tooth sensitivity after a smile whitening procedure in the past, be sure to ask us about ways to reduce this side effect.
General Dentist/ Fillings
Gone are the days when you have to be embarrassed by the ugly silver/black fillings in your teeth! Modern technology has allowed us to place natural, strong, long-lasting tooth-colored fillings that restore your tooth to it’s original beauty. Not only are tooth-colored fillings more attractive, but are mercury-free, and are much better for your teeth.
An old-fashioned amalgam (silver) filling is made up of 50% mercury, and 50% silver and other metals. The mercury expands and contracts with hot and cold, causing many teeth to eventually crack and fracture.
This can lead to pain, the potential need for root canals, and later extensive restorations or tooth loss. White fillings contain no mercury, so expand and contract minimally with temperature extremes. In addition, they are actually strongly bonded to your tooth, adding strength back to your tooth. The result is much less opportunity for cracking and fracture. Because Granite Bay Dental firmly believes black silver amalgam is a poor restorative material, we do not offer it as an option in our office, and have not placed an amalgam in many years.
They’re also called inlays and onlays are the most state-of-the-art, strongest fillings available. The are precisely crafted in a dental lab to give you the most esthetic, strongest restoration available. Porcelain is especially preferable if your filling is large, due to it’s protective qualities.
Composite Resin Fillings
They’re also called white restorations. Unlike porcelain, they require no lab fabrication. The dentist fills the cavity with a resin paste, which is hardened and bonded to your tooth by exposure to a high intensity curing light. These are not as strong or durable as porcelain, and usually require more frequent replacement.
Gold fillings are an option for patients who prefer a metal filling. Gold is an excellent filling material, but has two drawbacks: they do not match the color of the tooth, and they can’t be bonded to teeth. They are very durable, but are often not as protective to the tooth.
As with most dental restorations, good hygiene care is essential for long lasting results. Proper brushing and flossing, and regular dental visits are critical to maintaining excellent oral health.
General Dentist/Root Canal
An infection in the pulp (nerve) of a tooth is the most common cause of toothache. Granite Bay Dental and his caring staff perform root canal procedures to relieve pain and stop the spread of bacterial infection. This treatment involves removing infected tooth pulp and restoring the tooth with a filler in the nerve canal and protecting the tooth with a crown. Your comfort will be maintained at all times and you will be offered Nitrous Oxide (gas) or conscious sedation (relaxing drugs) to help you through the procedure.
General Dentist/ Extractions
If a tooth is badly decayed, in an abnormal position, and not savable, tooth removal may be the only option. Granite Bay Dental and his highly trained staff will ensure you are comfortable at all times during this procedure. We have many options to replace a tooth once it is removed. Your comfort will be maintained at all times and you will be offered Nitrous Oxide (gas) or conscious sedation (relaxing drugs) to help you through the procedure.
Cosmetic Dentist / Crowns
Dental crowns are long-lasting and durable tooth prosthetics. Dental crown specialist, Granite Bay Dental, ensures that his patients are happy and comfortable with their crowns. Modern porcelain crowns are beautiful, life-like, blend in with the other teeth, and are nearly indestructible. Unlike cosmetic dental treatments, crowns are usually included in dental plan coverage. This makes them a budget-friendly option for tooth restoration.
Dental crowns from our office are designed to strengthen and restore damaged and decayed teeth. Crowns are one of the most commonly used tooth restorations because they are affordable, easy to install, and covered by many dental insurance plans.
WHY CHOOSE DENTAL CROWNS?
Crowns can be used for a wide variety of purposes. Granite Bay Dental might recommend a dental crown for you if:
You have a deeply cracked, worn or fractured tooth
You have a tooth with a large cavity
You are undergoing a root canal
You have a tooth that is abnormally small, strangely shaped or very discolored
Dental crowns are often used in conjunction with other restorative dentistry treatments. For example, crowns can anchor a bridge in place on either side of a missing tooth. With dental implants, a porcelain crown is the finishing touch to create a natural looking smile again.
Dental Crowns Procedure Overview
In our office, Dental crowns are fitted as part of a two-stage process. During your first visit to our office, your tooth is evaluated using x-rays to determine the amount of damage that needs to be repaired. You will discuss which type of dental crown you want for your restoration. If you choose a porcelain crown, you will go through a color matching process to pick the right shade to match your surrounding teeth. Then any decay or old filling material will be removed, and your tooth will be gently shaped to allow for proper bite and fitting of your crown. Your tooth will be prepared by removing a portion of the enamel all the way around and across the top. If the area of decay is significant, a filler material may be used to build up the damaged part of the tooth so it can support a crown.
After this, a mold will be made of the treated tooth as well as the opposing and adjacent teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab so a custom dental crown with the correct size, shape and biting surface can be fabricated. You will then be fitted with a custom acrylic temporary crown so that your tooth will look great and be comfortable while your permanent crown is being crafted in our lab. You will be fitted with a temporary acrylic crown to cover up the prepared tooth. When your customized dental crown arrives to our office, it will be bonded to your tooth using a strong dental cement. Any final shaping and polishing will be done at this stage. The goal is to ensure that your restored tooth looks good and is comfortable to use for biting and chewing. Occasionally, patients need a repeat visit to make minor adjustments to the crown.
When your customized crown arrives, the bite will be fine-tuned, and it will be bonded to your tooth using an extremely strong dental resin cement.
Cosmetic Dentist / Bridges
Dental bridges replace missing teeth and teeth that are too badly damaged for crowns or fillings. They help hold remaining teeth in proper alignment and keep natural teeth from bearing too much stress from biting and chewing. This is one of the most common dental procedures for filling a gap in a patient’s smile. Dental bridges are a commonly recommended treatment for replacing one or more missing teeth with realistic prosthetics. Although adult tooth loss in the U.S. is decreasing overall, a high percentage of people do lose one or more teeth to gum disease, cavities or fracture at some point. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, adults lose an average of one-to-two permanent teeth (not counting wisdom teeth) before the age of 50.
WHY CHOOSE DENTAL BRIDGES?
Having a gap in your smile can make you feel self-conscious about your appearance. A missing tooth can do more than just impact your looks, though. Each tooth in your mouth plays an important role in keeping the rest of your teeth in line. When you lose a tooth, the teeth on either side can begin drifting out of alignment. So, even if you lose a back tooth that no one usually sees, you could end up with crooked front teeth, unless you have your smile repaired. This type of restoration allows you to bite and chew normally again. It can also help correct speech problems associated with missing teeth.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL BRIDGES?
This treatment is designed for patients who have a badly damaged or missing tooth that can’t be restored with a crown or filling. Candidates with good dental hygiene habits are the best candidates. Poor brushing and flossing habits can lead to premature failure of these dental prosthetics due to gum disease and cavities in surrounding teeth. Bridges can be used to restore one, two or three missing teeth in a row. However, some patients with several missing teeth may be better candidates for a partial denture. Patients with a single missing tooth may opt for a dental implant instead of a bridge in some circumstances.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional bridge requires the presence of a healthy tooth on either side of the gap to support the prosthesis. This bridge consists of three crowns that are all attached to each other. The crown in the middle is actually called a “pontic” and is the prosthetic that replaces the missing tooth. The two on either side are regular crowns that fit over existing teeth called the abutment teeth. Porcelain and porcelain fused to metal (PFM) are the most common materials used for these dental bridges.
Treatment Overview for Traditional Dental Bridges
Placement of a dental bridge is a two-stage process. After a consultation, examination and x-rays, the two abutment teeth are prepared to support the bridge. An impression (mold) will be made and a life-like acrylic temporary bridge will be placed, so the patient will look and feel great while the lab is fabricating the custom permanent bridge.
The second visit involves an in-depth fitting of your permanent bridge. It is adjusted for maximum comfort and function. You may wear the bridge with a temporary adhesive for a while, to make sure it fits just right. Then it will be permanently cemented in with an extremely strong dental resin cement. During your fitting, you will receive detailed instructions for cleaning and flossing around the bridge to make sure bacteria and food don’t build up in any small gaps or crevices. A bridge can last for many years with proper care, keeping your smile even and attractive.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT DENTAL BRIDGES
Granite Bay Dental performs several other types of dental bridges that may be more suitable for some patients. These include:
Cantilever Dental Bridge
This type of bridge is similar to a traditional bridge. However, it is used when there is no support tooth available on one side of the missing tooth (e.g., with a missing back molar). Instead, two crowns are placed directly next to each other and the pontic is on the end. Some cantilever bridges use only one crown plus the pontic.
Resin Bonded Dental Bridge
This type of bridge uses metal bands and dental bonding resin to attach a pontic to adjacent teeth. The metal bands are positioned on the backside of the support teeth to make them less noticeable. This approach does not require extensive preparation of the adjacent teeth, since they do not receive crowns. A resin bonded or “Maryland” bridge is sometimes used for restoring front teeth.
Implant Supported Dental Bridges
Patients with good jaw bone density are often candidates for smile restoration with implant-supported bridges that replace two or more teeth. One or more titanium implants are placed directly in the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone during healing. The implants are finished with porcelain crowns for a very natural appearance. This is the sturdiest type of crown since it most closely mimics the performance of a real tooth.
Cosmetic Dentist / Veneers
Porcelain dental veneers in our office offer patients an opportunity to enjoy their ideal smile. Porcelain veneers are custom fabricated to match each patient’s aesthetic preferences. They are bonded in place with strong dental cement for a long-lasting smile makeover.
Porcelain veneers are popular cosmetic treatments that give patients a more attractive smile. This procedure is suitable for improving a single tooth or for a total smile makeover. Veneers have long been popular among movie stars and beauty pageant contestants. Today, they are available and affordable for patients from all walks of life who want to take their smile from dull to dazzling.
Why Choose Porcelain Veneer?
Porcelain veneers offer you a chance to get the smile you wish you were born with. Veneers are designed to look like real teeth – pearly white and slightly translucent. Unlike real teeth, they don’t yellow over time. Granite Bay Dental can help you get the smile you have always dreamed of. He uses dental veneers to cover up many flaws including:
Crooked or crowded teeth
Gaps or spaces between the teeth
Chips and fractures
Stains or discoloration that doesn’t respond to tooth whitening
Misshapen, worn or short teeth
Teeth visible, miscolored fillings
White, yellow or brown spots