Lifepoint Dental Partners is a full-service, state-of-the art dental practice. In addition to general family dentistry, we offer the latest technologies in preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Using a combination of exceptional dental care and experienced staff, we partner with our patients to provide the healthiest, most beautiful smiles modern dentistry can offer. We provide:
Bonding is a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Composites are the solution for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you may have, close up minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth. After this, your cosmetic dentist will apply a bonding material and sculpt, color and shape it to provide a pleasing result. A high-intensity light then hardens the plastic, and the surface is finely polished.
There are two types of contouring that are used in cosmetic dentistry: contouring of the teeth and contouring of the gums. Cosmetic contouring of the teeth has been used for a number of years to reshape and straighten natural teeth. It can be used for broken, chipped, long, crooked, or irregularly shaped teeth. Tooth contouring gives the illusion of a good, natural alignment, while being minimally invasive. It is quick, relatively inexpensive and usually requires no anesthesia.
Crowns and Bridges
When a tooth is heavily decayed it is more likely to fracture and lose considerable tooth substance. The greater risk is that a fracture line may go below the margin of the gum which makes restoration more difficult or near impossible.
A bridge allows the dentist to replace lost teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. Basically a false tooth is held in place by being attached to a tooth next door. The disadvantage is that the teeth next to the space have to be prepared in a similar way to a crown in order to accept the bridge.
Dentures are prosthetic devices constructed to replace missing teeth, and which are supported by surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity. Conventional dentures are removable, however there are many different denture designs, some which rely on bonding or clasping onto teeth or dental implants.
A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing.
Bone grafting is the replacement or augmentation of the portion of the jaw bone that anchors the teeth. It's a surgical procedure that's often done to reverse the loss or resorption of bone that may have occurred due to tooth loss, trauma, disease or ill-fitting dentures, and to rebuild the bone structure beneath the gums in preparation for the placement of dental implants or other tooth replacements.
Excessive or Uneven Gums
Many people inherit the problem of excessive or uneven gums. A aesthetic surgical procedure called a gum lift can be used to correct this problem.
A dental implant can be used to replace a single missing tooth, restore and entire smile and provide a more permanent solution to replace other solutions to missing teeth like dentures or dental bridges. Periodontal disease can cause tooth loss and with tooth loss your self esteem is affected and your confidence is lost. Dental implants are a great alternative for people who are in generally good oral health that have lost their teeth due to an accident or have lost a single tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease. Single tooth implants actually rely on your other teeth for support so they can be a tooth saving solution in many ways.
A veneer is a thin layer of restorative material placed over a tooth surface, either to improve the aesthetics of a tooth, or to protect a damaged tooth surface. There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer, composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental laboratory, and later bonded to the tooth.
There are several options to restore teeth to a more natural and vibrant porcelain-like white and bright color. Take home trays, in-office treatments and over the counter methods are available. Our office will evaluate your smile and recommend the best treatment option for you.
Bad breath, halitosis, is not only embarrassing and difficult to discuss, but may also give indications of additional concerns in regards to the overall health of your mouth. You do not need to suffer from this; our office will discuss the causes and treatment options available to treat this condition and improve the overall health of your mouth.
Orthodontics is the general term associated with correcting the alignment of the bite and cosmetically straightening the teeth to present a more confident smile. Treatment options include standard bracketing and braces as well as more modern methods involving clear alignment trays. As with all dental treatments, there are benefits for each option and our office can help you decide which will be best for your smile.
Sealants protect the grooved and pitted surfaces of the teeth, especially the chewing surfaces of back teeth where most cavities in children are found. Made of clear or shaded plastic, sealants are applied to the teeth to help keep them cavity-free. Simply put, sealants offer a shield of protection to young mouths and help protect the areas where cavities normally occur. This preventative option is affordable and can avoid the need for a restorative filling that both parents and children want to avoid.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals have lived far too long in the common knowledge of being a painful procedure. Modern technology and the option for sedation and other methods make a root canal no different than other restorative procedures. The pain of not dealing with a problem tooth should be avoided with this common procedure. A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected.
Root canal procedures are performed when the nerve of the tooth becomes infected or the pulp becomes damaged. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
When a tooth is severely damaged, the tooth may need to be removed and subsequently replaced with an implant, denture or a bridge.
Scaling and Root Planing
Your gums form the base for your healthy teeth. When neglected for periods of time (not flossing and not paying attention to brushing along the gum line and skipping routine bi-annual cleanings), your gums can develop pockets and infection that must be addressed before any restorative work can be effectively completed.
Scaling is basically the process of removing dental tartar from the surfaces of the teeth. Root planing is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing any infected tooth structure. If you have gum disease or gum pocketing, the gum pockets around the teeth will have deepened, thereby allowing tartar deposits to form under the gumline.
The two processes are completed together during a deep cleaning process. Your hygienist scales away tartar and performs any necessary root planing at the same time.