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Although Cosmetic Dentistry is not a recognized specialty, Dr. Rossitch focuses his practice in providing smiles that are both beautiful and functional. Our office performs a wide variety of services to help you get the smile you deserve. By leveraging today's advanced techniques and technology, we can restore your beautiful smile to help you maintain your youthful appearance. Whether you need to get a tooth filled, have crooked teeth, or need a complete smile makeover, we can offer a treatment plan that's right for you. Read below to learn more about some of the procedures we offer.
General Dental Procedures
Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral health. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning at least once every six months. There are situations or conditions that may require more frequent cleanings.
Composite or tooth colored fillings provide good durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would with the outdated silver fillings. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.
When can a composite filling be used for?
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is treatment used to repair and save a tooth that has been infected due to a deep cavity or cracked tooth. The treatment involves removing the nerve of the tooth, cleaning and reshaping the nerve canal and then filling it with a permanent material. If the treatment is not performed, pus builds up at the root tip and the infection of the pulp can spread to the surrounding bone. The results in pain and swelling, and your tooth would likely have to be removed.
What are the signs that a root canal is needed?
- Severe tooth pain while chewing
- Your tooth pain wakes you up at night
- Teeth that are highly sensitive to hot or cold, with the sensitivity lingering for some time.
- Discoloration or darkening of the tooth
- Swollen gums in the area of the infected tooth
Dr. Rossitch will evaluate the problem and refer you to a specialist if needed.
A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
Compared to fillings which just cover a small portion of a tooth, a crown (or cap) encases the entire visible portion of a tooth. In effect, the crown acts as the tooth's new outer surface. A dental crown is used when a tooth is broken or decayed to such an extent that fillings aren't able to repair the problem. The crown is able to provide a protective shell around the damaged or decayed tooth to strengthen it, as well as to improve the appearance of the tooth.
The first visit involves reshaping the tooth and taking impressions to create the crown. Typically a portion of you tooth will have to be removed for the crown to fit properly. After we reshape your tooth, he will use a special material to create an impression of it. This impression will be sent to a dental laboratory to be made into a permanent crown. Before sending you home, we will provide you with a temporary crown to cover your tooth in between visits.
On your return visit, we will remove the temporary crown and fit the new permanent one. Before cementing the permanent crown in place, we will ensure that it fits comfortably and matches the color of your teeth.
There are several different materials used for crowns and we will be happy to discuss the different options.
This is a great, inexpensive way to brighten your smile. Most people today want a whiter, healthier looking smile and we can provide that in our office. There are a couple of different options and we would be glad to discuss those with you. Just ask us and will determine if you are a good candidate for this process.
This use to be the traditional way to replace a missing tooth or several teeth. Implants now are a better alternative to replace the teeth although in some instances, when an implant is contraindicated, bridges can still serve a useful purpose. We will be glad to discuss what option works best for you.
See Dr. Rossitch’s gallery of before and after photos of porcelain veneers that he has performed over the years. Veneers can revitalize your smile and give you a more youthful looking appearance.
When should you consider dental veneers?
Talk to Dr. Rossitch about dental veneers if
Your teeth are stained or discolored
Your teeth are crooked or misshaped
Your teeth have spaces between them
Your teeth are broken or chipped
You want to look more youthful
How its done
Two visits are typically required for porcelain veneers. At the first visit, three important steps are completed. Firstly, the teeth are prepared to be fitted with the veneers, which will involve trimming a portion of the tooth so the veneer can be bonded on top. Secondly, an impression is taken of your teeth which will be sent to a laboratory to prepare the veneers. Finally, temporary veneers are made that will look and feel natural and will approximate the look of the permanent veneers .The temporary veneers will protect your teeth while the permanent veneers are prepared at the laboratory.
At the second visit, the temporary veneers will be removed. Then, the new veneers received from the laboratory will be checked for fit. Once you and Dr. Rossitch are satisfied with the look and feel of your new beautiful veneers, they will be bonded to your tooth.