Digital x-rays are a fast and comfortable way for us to assess your dental needs. They’re safe enough to be used during pregnancy, and some studies have found that they emit up to 90% less radiation than conventional x-rays. With no chemical processing needed, digital x-rays are a good choice for you and the environment.
X-rays are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages, because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An x-ray is needed to reveal:
Like digital x-rays, digital photographs with our intraoral camera are a useful diagnostic and patient education tool we think you will appreciate. This camera shows you what we see during your exam and helps us guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options.
The intraoral camera also allows us to visualize more and diagnose issues we might not have been able to see without the up-close view that it gives us.
People of any age can experience dental anxiety, and we will adjust our care to meet your needs. We also offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral conscious sedation to help you relax. If you’ve been avoiding seeing a dentist because of fear or anxiety, we invite you to share your concerns with our team. Our goal is to help you receive the treatment you need at a pace that feels comfortable to you.
If you struggle with loose, ill-fitting dentures or a retainer with false teeth, you could be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are fixed replacements for missing teeth that are surgically positioned in the jaw bone then topped with a natural looking restoration. Implants provide permanent and stable roots for dentures, crowns and bridges, which can resolve many of the practical and social problems commonly associated with removable dentures. Healthy dental implants can last for years, and are an excellent way to prevent the bone loss that can occur after tooth loss. Replacing your missing teeth will help you eat your favorite foods with ease, talk and smile with confidence, and enjoy a healthy smile for years to come!
Dr. Sullivan believes it is best to have the same dentist who places your implants also be the one to restore them. This is why he’s been trained in both the surgical and restorative phases of implant dentistry, allowing you to receive all of your treatment in one office.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent cosmetic solution for teeth that are chipped, misshapen or too discolored for traditional whitening. Veneers are thin ceramic casings that are bonded to the front side of your teeth to give your smile a beautiful, more uniform appearance. Veneers are also a great alternative to braces for teeth that are widely spaced or overlapped.
Teeth whitening is one of the simplest ways to take years off your smile. We offer powerful one-visit whitening with Zoom!® as well as NiteWhite® take-home whitening kits that give you the professional results you want in the comfort of your own home. Ask us about your options at your visit!
Composite fillings, often called “composites” or “filled resins,” are a mixture of quartz or glass filler in a resin medium that makes a tooth-colored dental filling. The material is cured with a special light then shaped and polished for an end result that feels natural in your mouth and is virtually undetectable to the eye. Composite fillings are strong and durable, and because they can be bonded directly to the surface of your teeth, they often leave behind more healthy tooth structure than silver fillings.
Have you been told that you have or are at risk of developing gum disease? Ask Dr. Sullivan about Arestin®, just one of our many effective, non-surgical treatments for gum disease. Arestin is an antibiotic powder that Dr. Sullivan places in the small space between your tooth and gum tissue (known as the “perio-pocket”) after performing a standard deep cleaning. The procedure is quick and painless, and it’s been shown to fight infection for up to 21 days.
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