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  Below you will find descriptions for some of the services we offer and the conditions we treat.
  Preventative Care  Whitening   Sensitive Teeth  Bruxism and TMJ  
Composite fillings
   Root Canal Therapy   Crowns and Bridges   Dentures Implants Invisalign
Preventative Care
Preventative care is the most important dental care there is.  Attending regularly scheduled cleaning and exam appointments with current x-rays are important to monitor your oral health.  The American Medical Association and the American Dental Association have linked oral health and systemic diseases; such as heart disease, diabetes, lower birth weight babies, and respiratory infections, making your oral health more important. In addition, preventative visits are imperative for early detection and treatment of periodontal disease, oral cancers, and tooth decay. While most people attend two preventative appointments per year, it is not uncommon for some people to need additional care due to unusual bleeding, heavier build-up or periodontal conditions.
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Although most insurance companies only pay for 2 preventative appointments per year, insurance benefits shouldn't dictate your treatment.

         Tooth discoloration can occur from a variety of factors. Genetics, smoking, certain medications, and drinking coffee, wine: and dark beverages can all be contributors. Whitening is an easy way to brighten your smile! There are two different types of whitening offered: take-home kits and in-office.

Sensitive Teeth
         Pain from sensitive teeth is not always constant, it can come and go. Constant pain is an indication of a problem, and it is important to discuss tooth sensitivity with your dentist or hygienist. Sensitive teeth can be caused by receding gums, fractured or chipped teeth or clenching and grinding. Sensitivity occurs when there is a breakdown in tooth enamel, exposing dentin (the porous tissue inside the tooth). Common triggers to tooth sensitivity are hot or cold food or beverages, and sweets.

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Bruxism and TMJ
         Statistics currently show that one in four patients are diagnosed with bruxism, which is the grinding of your teeth or clenching your jaw. It can be caused by stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, abnormal bite, and missing or misaligned teeth. Other symptoms may include a dull headache or sore jaw. Severe grinding can lead to fractures of your teeth, and treatment may include root canal therapy and crowns. Occlusal splints (night guards) can often alleviate grinding or clenching, and eliminate the possibility of fractures occurring.

         Occlusal disease develops when upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. Grinding teeth can make this problem much worse. Even in the absence of pain, the uneven bite is affecting tooth structure, bone, roots, gum tissue, and jaw joints. Excessive wear, cracks, fractures, tooth movement, tooth sensitivity, and gum disease can all be part of the occlusal disease process.

         With appropriate therapy, tooth wear and premature aging of the mouth can be minimized. The highest standard of care consists of customized treatment, appropriate to the individual patient’s circumstance. Treatment of occlusal disease may include one or more of the following: bite splint therapy, equilibration (reshaping of the teeth to fit evenly together when biting), orthodontics, and replacement of missing teeth or restoration of damaged teeth. Diagnosing and treating occlusal problems is essential to optimal health, maximum comfort, ideal appearance, and dentistry that lasts. Having a smile redesign or “cosmetic makeover” that is beautiful is not enough. Teeth need to function properly for long-lasting results.

Composite Fillings
         Long gone are the days of unsightly silver amalgam fillings. If you wish to replace your old silver fillings with natural looking tooth colored fillings. We can replace them for you. In some instances, the white filling may even be covered by your insurance.
Root Canal Therapy
         Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove the pulp, your tooth could get infected.  If this infection goes untreated, you could lose your tooth.  The solution is root canal therapy.  The dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then your dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger.  Root canal therapy is a simple procedure with little or no discomfort.

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Crowns and Bridges
         Crowns (also called caps) can be placed over a tooth that has experienced significant loss of tooth structure. Crowns may be done following root canal therapy, or if a tooth is so weak that a normal filling would fail. A bridge is simply three or more connected crown units.
         We have an on-site lab for fabrication and repair of dentures. Custom dentures are made in 5-6 appointments; the time frame is about 2 weeks depending on your availability, cases can be rushed if needed. At the first appointment you will have a panoramic x-ray to evaluate the amount of jaw bone and check for any pathology. The dentist will perform an oral cancer screening and discuss denture options and implant-retained overdentures. Impressions of your mouth will be taken to start the denture process. You will then sit down with our office manager to discuss cost and financing. Models from preliminary impressions will be used to create custom trays. Custom trays will be used on your second appointment to take a final set of impressions. This technique will allow us to fabricate a more comfortable fitting denture. On your 3rd visit, the dentist will measure your bite. Special consideration is given to ensure lip support and proper facial contour. At the 4th visit, a wax copy of your denture is tried in to ensure the bite and tooth placement is correct. You will evaluate your new smile. We recommend that you bring someone with you who can give you an honest opinion on how you look. Any changes that need to be made can be made at this appointment. When you are satisfied with your denture we will process it. Your next visit will be the delivery appointment. You will receive your new dentures and a denture care package. A new set of dentures is like a new pair of shoes. Some sore spots are normal and need to be adjusted. There is no additional charge for any adjustments. Please call the office and we will accommodate you in a timely fashion. The American Dental Association recommends that dentures be replaced every 5 years. If there is a full denture opposing natural teeth, the denture may need to be replaced sooner. At Arcadia Dental we fabricate full and partial dentures. We also make immediate dentures so that if your teeth need to be extracted you will be able to leave the office with a denture in place right after surgery.

         Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture.

         Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes.

         Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants. We have a visiting periodontist, Dr. Martin Urban, that places implants and performs other various oral surgeries. Dr. Rossis can do the final restoration.

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          Invisalign has revolutionized the traditional orthodontic treatment “braces” to a great extent. It comprises of a series of custom made aligners that help to straighten teeth. These aligners are made with smooth and virtually invisible plastic that is worn over teeth. The aligners bring about movement of teeth gradually and comfortably to the precise position as planned on the computer assisted treatment plan. Aligners are changed every two weeks and are worn about 22 hours a day. At the end of treatment with aligners, patients may need additional aligners to get certain changes or will move to the retentive phase to maintain their results lifelong with nighttime retainers. Invisalign can be used for minor orthodontic corrections like relapse after ortho tx to major bite corrections and crossbite corrections.

Besides being barely noticeable, these aligners help maintaining oral hygiene much easier than conventional braces. Incidence of dental decay and gum disease is reduced drastically. Aligners can be removed during eating, brushing, flossing as well as any sports activity. Patients continue to eat their favorite food as aligners can be taken out while eating. Invisalign aligners have no pain associated with change of aligners unlike adjustments with conventional braces.

Invisalign has made its mark in dentistry with being pioneers in the clear aligner therapy and continue to thrive for good customer support and patient satisfaction.