Dunkirk Dental
Dunkirk Dental

  • Taking care of your oral health is an investment in your overall health.

    Services

    Bonding

    Bonding is an alternative to veneers, and is used as a restorative  procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, discolored or  misarranged.

    The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly  etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets,  a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the  dentist. The resin is trimmed, smoothed and polished to a natural  appearance. 

    Bridges

    Bridges (a restoration similar to a crown but for multiple teeth) are  used to provide a lasting replacement to missing natural teeth. Your  dentist will cement the bridge in place as a "fixed" restoration,  attached to the adjacent teeth to replace missing teeth but also to  prevent additional loss of "pink" gum tissue. 

    Crowns

    Crowns or "caps" are designed to look and feel like natural teeth, and  they can be the best option when you desire a more dramatic change in  your appearance. Using crowns, your dentist can significantly lighten  the shade of your teeth, correct spacing that porcelain laminate veneers  cannot, and achieve a beautiful smile. 

    Dental implants

    Dental implants can replace missing teeth much like an orthopedic  surgeon can replace a deteriorating hip. Your dentist will work with an  oral surgeon to place the implant where it will later retain an  artificial tooth (or crown). Growing numbers of patients elect to  receive implants in order to regain the ability to bite, chew, and talk  naturally, and to smile with confidence. 

    Dental Sealants

    Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your  chewing teeth, dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a  tooth-colored acrylic "coating" is painted onto the surface of the  tooth. This effectively "seals" the deep grooves, acting as a barrier  and protecting enamel from plaque and acids.

    Sealants protect the  depressions and grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque  that brushing and flossing can't reach.

    Easy to apply, sealants  take only a few minutes to seal each tooth. Sealants hold up well under  the force of normal chewing and can last several years before a  reapplication is needed.

    Sealants usually are applied to baby teeth, and also to adult teeth as they erupt.

    Dentures

    Dentures are an option when it is impossible to restore your natural  teeth, with options ranging from full to partial dentures, your dentist  can change almost anything in your smile. Over time, your denture may  need to be adjusted due to the natural changes your mouth undergoes as  you age. Often, dentists can make necessary adjustments or repairs in a  single visit. 

    Extractions

    You and your dentist may determine that you need a tooth extraction for  any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are  severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have  broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal  because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted  teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

    The removal  of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability,  problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major  impact on your dental health. 

    Fillings

    A filling is a dental restorative material used artificially to restore  the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The  structural loss typically results from caries (decay) or external  trauma.  Dental restorations may be fabricated out of a variety of  materials. 

    Inlays & Onlays

    When over 1/2 of the tooth’s biting surface is damaged a dentist will  often use an inlay or onlay. Inlays and onlays can be made of porcelain,  gold, or composite resin. These pieces are bonded to the damaged area  of the tooth. An inlay, which is similar to a filling, is used inside  the cusp tips of the tooth; an onlay is a more substantial  reconstruction, similar to the inlay but extending out over one or more  of the cusps of the tooth. 

    Night Guards

    Night Guards are recommended for people afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding.

    Some  people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger  problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage  enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums.   Symptoms of teeth grinding include: dull headaches, jaw soreness, teeth  that are painful or loose and fractured teeth.

    All night guards  are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. During  your appointment, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and  have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very  durable and can be used for a number of years.  

    Nitrous Oxide

    Nitrous Oxide is an odorless, non-irritating, colorless gas which you can breathe.

    Nitrous  Oxide has been the primary means of sedation in dentistry for many  years. Nitrous oxide is safe, the patient receives 50-70% oxygen with no  less than 30% nitrous oxide.

    The patient is able to breathe on their own and remain in control of all bodily functions.

    The patient may experience mild amnesia and may fall asleep, not remembering all of what happened during their appointment.

    Advantages:

    • The depth of sedation can be altered at any time to increase or decrease sedation.
    • There is no after effect such as a “hangover”.
    • Inhalation  sedation is safe with no side effects on your heart and lungs, etc.  Inhalation sedation is very effective in minimizing gagging.
    • It  works rapidly as it reaches the brain within 20 seconds. In as little  as 2-3 minutes its relaxation and pain killing properties develop.

    Reasons not to use:

    You  should not utilize Nitrous Oxide if you have been diagnosed with  chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Though there are no other  major contraindications to using nitrous oxide, you may not want to use  it if you have emphysema, exotic chest problems, M.S., a cold or other  difficulties with breathing.

    You may want to ask your dentist for a “5-minute trial” to see how you feel with this type of sedation method before proceeding.

    Root Canals

    Root canals are valuable dental procedures used to treat and preserve  teeth with badly infected roots. The pulp is the live portion of the  tooth that extends into the root and contains nerve endings and tissues.  When it becomes infected, patients can experience pain, swelling and  even total tooth loss unless treated. Root canals remove the damaged  parts of the tooth and infected root. In some cases, an antibiotic is  prescribed to help prevent further infection within the tooth. The  organic portion of the tooth that remains may be restored using a crown  that provides a natural appearance and normal tooth function. Depending  on the patient diagnosis, they may be referred to an endodontist, who  specializes in advance root canal treatments.

    Whitening

    Many people achieve the look they’ve been dreaming of with our simple “bleaching” procedure.

    It’s  safe, and quick. Just let us know at any appointment if you would like  to whiten your teeth. You can lighten only your upper teeth or both the  upper and lower, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.

    We  will make you custom bleach splints and provide you with a special  bleaching agent that you put into the clear splints. With only a few  hours of wear per day, our special bleaching agent bubbles stains right  out of your enamel in a very short time without altering tooth structure  or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach the desired  brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new  smile.

    Dental whitening can be used to correct many tooth  discolorations (brown, yellow and spotted tooth staining). These  discolorations may have been caused by staining, aging, or chemical  damage to teeth. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we can offer a  safe method for creating a beautiful, “brilliant” smile. In cases of  extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice.

    Note:

    Over-the-counter  bleaching agents are available at drug stores and pharmacies. However,  since these products can harm the gums and teeth, it’s better to use  products that our practice recommends.