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Do you avoid smiling because of chipped, discolored teeth or because of unsightly gaps and spaces? Do you wish your smile was less “gummy”? Dr. Sufia Palluck is a certified specialist in the following services that can make changes to your smile ranging from subtle to dramatic.
Typically the determination of whether a patient should have veneers or crowns is based on what you and Dr. Palluck are looking to achieve. While both procedures can be highly aesthetic, the two treatments have different uses.
Typically veneers are used when a patient would like to improve the shape and color of their teeth. Crowding and excess space issues can also be alleviated. Veneers are thin (approximately fingernail thickness), beautifully shaped porcelain that is customized for the individual patient.
Crowns are frequently used in cases in which there is less tooth structure due to tooth decay or in cases in which a tooth has undergone root canal therapy. Crowns can achieve all of the aesthetic advantages of veneers and should only be used when necessary.
If your gums rest too low or too high on your teeth and you are unhappy with your smile, you may be a candidate for gum contouring surgery. Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, this cosmetic dental procedure can even out an uneven gum line and give you a smile you can be proud of.
With Philips Zoom!®, Dr. Palluck can design a whitening plan that’s specially customized to your unique needs and smile. Philips Zoom is only available at a dentist's office to ensure the optimum safety, and comes in different treatment types and strengths to fit your lifestyle and sensitivity.
Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Palluck plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth.
If your metal dental fillings are defective or show decay, it's important to replace them. Untreated decay may eventually lead to an infection (abscess). In some cases, replacing a metal dental filling may benefit the long-term health of your tooth. Generally, replacing metal dental fillings for cosmetic reasons should only be done after careful consideration and if your Dr. Palluck feels it won't compromise the long-term health of your teeth. Likewise, there's no need to replace metal dental fillings because of concerns about mercury in your fillings. Most metal dental fillings are dental amalgam — a stable alloy made with mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metals. Although concerns have been raised over the years about the safety of mercury in dental amalgam, there is no conclusive evidence to support that you're better off having amalgam fillings replaced with alternative materials. The American Dental Association supports the use of dental amalgam as a safe, reliable and effective treatment for dental decay. If you're unsure whether you need to replace your metal dental fillings, ask your dentist to explain the options and help you understand what's best in your case.
Dr. Sufia Palluck’s number #1 priority is to provide each patient with a comfortable experience as she works to protect and repair your teeth and gums. She offers the following services to relieve pain and to prevent tooth decay.
Root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth instead of removing it. The term "root canal" comes from cleaning of the canals inside a tooth's root. Decades ago, root canal treatments often were painful. With dental advances and local anesthetics, most people have little if any pain with a root canal. In fact, it's probably more painful living with a decayed tooth. Root canal alternatives include extracting the damaged tooth and replacing it with a dental implant, bridge or removable partial denture.
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces tooth roots with metal, screw-like posts and replaces damaged or missing teeth with artificial teeth that look and function much like real ones. Dental implant surgery can offer a welcome alternative to dentures or bridgework that doesn't fit well.
How dental implant surgery is performed depends on the type of implant and the condition of your jawbone. But all dental implant surgery occurs in stages and may involve several procedures. The major benefit of implants is solid support for your new teeth — a process that requires the bone to heal tightly around the implant.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as your natural teeth, modern dentures are natural-looking and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. Palluck can help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap -- these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth -- and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants and there are three types; Traditional, Cantilever and Maryland bonded... Dr. Palluck can explain and help choose the best type of bridge for you.
Modern dentistry does much more than improve the appearance of a smile. Advances in the science of complete dentistry have taught us how to bring the jaw into a relaxed position to help alleviate years of pain and discomfort. With Dr. Palluck's choice of treatment, you may be able to eliminate headaches cause by a misaligned bite.
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care. During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and identify gum inflammation or bone loss. The dentist or hygienist will evaluate your risk of developing tooth decay and other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays or other diagnostic procedures.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. It's also a great time to ask questions about oral health.
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