Full & Partial Dentures

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Affordable Dentures are offered in a variety of denture styles that include full and partial dentures.  Experienced dentists will find the best match for your needs.

Full Dentures:

Each affiliated Affordable Dentures practice wants you to have the best denture you can afford. That's why we offer five styles of full dentures, each with its own distinct advantages.

Partial Dentures:

Two types of partial dentures are available - cast metal and acrylic.

Cast Metal Partial Denture

The Cast Metal Partial Denture is the best partial denture. It is stronger, less bulky and offers the best fit. The Cast Metal partial is fabricated using a metal framework to which the on-site laboratory will attach higher-grade denture teeth. This partial denture requires two to three weeks to deliver since our special metal framework is made by an outside laboratory.

Acrylic Partial Denture

Acrylic Partial Dentures are more affordable, but they tend to feel more bulky. The partial denture has an acrylic base upon which the teeth are set and is attached to natural teeth with small metal clasps. The practice staff will show you which teeth are available to place on the denture.

The acrylic partial denture is often available the same day.

Sealants

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Sometimes brushing is not enough. Everyone has hard-to-reach spots in their mouth and brushing doesn't always fully clean those difficult places. When that happens, you are at risk of tooth decay. Using sealants on your teeth gives you an extra line of defense against tooth decay.

Dental sealant is a plastic resin that bonds to the deep grooves in your tooth's chewing surface. When sealing a tooth, the grooves of your teeth are filled and the tooth surface becomes smoother — and less likely to harbor plaque. With sealants, tooth brushing becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay.

Sealants are usually applied to children's teeth as a preventative measure during the years of most likely tooth decay. However, adults' teeth can also be sealed. It is more common to seal "permanent" teeth rather than "baby" teeth, but every person has unique needs. Your dentist will recommend sealants on a case by case basis.

Sealants generally last from 3 to 5 years. However, it is fairly common to see adults with sealants still intact from their childhood. A dental sealant only provides protection when it is fully intact so if your sealant comes off you must let your dentist know.

Teeth Whitening

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Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours.

Many people are satisfied with the sparkle they get from brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once a day, and regular cleanings at the dentist's office. However, if you decide you would like to go beyond regular care to make your smile look brighter, you should investigate all of your options.

Finding the Best Treatment for You

Schedule a visit with your dentist to learn whether whitening procedures would be effective for you. Whiteners do not correct all types of discoloration. For example, yellowish teeth will probably bleach well, brownish teeth may bleach less well, and grayish teeth may not bleach well at all. Likewise, whitening may not enhance your smile if you have had tooth-colored fillings or crowns. The whitener will not affect the color of these materials and they will stand out in your newly whitened smile. In these cases, you do have other options, such as porcelain veneers.

Tooth Whitening Treatments

  • Professional teeth whitening with your doctor
  • At-home whitening system
  • Whitening toothpaste

When selecting a whitener or any dental product, be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance your assurance that a product has met ADA standards of safety and effectiveness.

Professional Teeth Whitening

Professional teeth whitening by your doctor is your best choice when you need immediate whitening results. This procedure is called chair-side bleaching and may require more than one office visit. Each visit may take from sixty to ninety minutes.

During chair-side bleaching, the dentist will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent.

At-Home Whitening System

There are several types of products available for use at home which can either be dispensed by your doctor or purchased over the counter. They are generally teeth whitening trays (mouthguards), strips, or paint-on products.

Teeth Whitening Trays

These products contain peroxide(s) which actually bleach the tooth enamel. Carbamide peroxide is the bleaching agent and comes in several different concentrations (10%, 16%, and 22%). Peroxide-containing whiteners typically come in a gel and are placed in a mouthguard. Usage regimens vary. Some products are used twice a day for 2 weeks, while others are intended for overnight use for 1-2 weeks. If you obtain the bleaching solution from your doctor's office, they can make a custom-fitted mouthguard for you that will fit your teeth precisely. Currently, only dentist-dispensed, home-use, 10% carbamide peroxide tray-applied gels carry the ADA Seal.

Teeth Whitening Strips

Teeth whitening strips are thin, flexible plastic (polyethylene) strips with a thin film of hydrogen peroxide bleaching on one side. Whitening strip kits come with two types of strips: strips for the upper teeth and strips for the lower teeth. The bleaching agent is applied by placing the strips across your teeth and gently pressing the strips into place to insure contact with all your teeth. Teeth whitening strips are typically worn for 30 minutes a day, twice a day. The duration of treatment will vary.

Paint-On Teeth Whitening

Paint-on teeth whitening allows you to apply a bleaching agent directly to your teeth without an appliance or strip. You simply "paint" the whitener onto the surface of clean, dry teeth and wait about 30 minutes while the paint turns to a dry film. To remove this film, you simply brush your teeth with a toothbrush. Paint-on whitening products require twice-daily applications to be effective. The duration of treatment will vary. An advantage in this process is that you can selectively paint individual teeth.

Teeth whitening can have minor side-effects and you should speak with your doctor if these become bothersome. For example, teeth can become sensitive during the period when you are using the bleaching solution. In most cases, this sensitivity is temporary and should lessen once the treatment is finished. Some people also experience soft tissue irritation, either from a tray that doesn't fit properly or from solution that may come in contact with the tissues. If you have concerns about such side effects, you should discuss them with the doctor.

Whitening Toothpaste

All toothpastes help remove surface stain from your teeth through the action of mild abrasives. "Whitening" toothpastes in the ADA Seal of Acceptance program have special chemical or polishing agents that provide additional stain removal effectiveness. Unlike bleaches, these ADA Accepted products do not alter the intrinsic color of teeth.

Root Canals

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In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called root canal treatment, you may save that tooth. Inside each tooth is both the pulp and the nerve. The nerve is the vestige of the tissue that originally formed the tooth. Once the tooth has been in the mouth for a time, the functioning of the nerve is no longer necessary.

When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp. Germs can cause an infection inside the tooth. Left without treatment, pus builds up at the root tip in the jawbone, forming a "pus-pocket" called an abscess. An abscess can cause the pulp tissue to die. When the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result. Certain by-products of the infection can injure your jawbones and your overall health. Without treatment, your tooth may have to be removed.

Treatment often involves from one to three visits. During treatment, your general dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp) removes the diseased pulp. Next the pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Often posterior teeth that have endodontic treatment should have a cast crown placed in order to strengthen the remaining structure. Then, as long as you to continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups so that the root(s) of the restored tooth are nourished by the surrounding tissues, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.

Most of the time a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort, involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!

Rate Your Smile

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An American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey reveals that 92% of respondents say an attractive smile is an important social asset, while 74% believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person's chances for career success. Whether your smile needs minor improvements or more extensive improvements, your dentist can help.

Please print out and complete the following survey to rate your smile. Bring this with you to your first appointment.

  1. Rate your smile on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being perfect:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
    HELP! ------------ PERFECT!

  2. If you feel your smile is less than perfect, how does this affect you?

    • __ I rarely smile.
    • __ I smile less than I would like.
    • __ I smile a lot even though my smile is less than perfect.
    • __ My imperfect smile hurts my self confidence.
    • __ My imperfect smile does not bother me.
    • __ Other, please explain: __________________________________________________
  3. Are you ever worried what other people think about your smile?

    • __ Yes, I always worry about what others think about my smile.
    • __ Yes, I sometimes worry about what others think about my smile.
    • __ Yes, but I rarely worry about what others think about my smile even though my smile could use improvement.
    • __ No, I don't worry about it.
  4. How do you think that having a perfect smile would improve your life? (check all that apply)

    • __ I would smile more often.
    • __ I would feel better about myself.
    • __ I would have more confidence with friends, family, and on the job.
    • __ My oral health would improve and be easier to maintain.
    • __ Other, please explain: __________________________________________________
  5. What would you like to improve about your smile? (check all that apply)

    • __ I would like whiter, brighter teeth.
    • __ I would like to get rid of gaps between teeth.
    • __ I would like to repair chipped or broken teeth.
    • __ I would like to replace missing teeth.
    • __ I would like to straighten my teeth.
    • __ I would like to improve my oral health routine.
  6. Do you ever have any tooth pain or discomfort?

    If yes, please explain?

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