We at Twohig Dentistry provide a wide variety of dental procedures to our patients utilizing the latest technology and techniques. With a gentle touch we help to create a healthy, pleasing smile. Please see a list of some of the services that we provide and learn a little about each technique.
A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
A crown is a restoration that covers, or “caps,” a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. This strengthens and improves the appearance of a tooth. If a tooth is cracked, a crown holds the tooth together preventing the tooth from flexing. Crowns are also used to restore a tooth when there isn’t enough of the tooth remaining to provide support for a large filling.
To prepare the tooth for a crown, it is reduced so the crown can fit over it. An impression of the teeth and gums is made and sent to the lab for the crown fabrication. A temporary crown is cemented over the tooth until the permanent crown is made. On the next visit, the dentist removes the temporary crown and cements the permanent crown onto the tooth.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and the tissues connected to those teeth. It is made of acrylic with plastic teeth. A denture closely resembles natural gum tissue and teeth.
Veneers are ultra-thin shells of ceramic (porcelain) or a composite resin material, which are bonded to the front of teeth. Veneers are placed to mask discolorations, to brighten teeth and to improve a smile. They provide a much more conservative approach to changing a tooth’s color, size or shape. Veneers can mask undesirable defects, such as teeth stained by tetracycline and damage due to an injury. They are ideal for masking discolored fillings in front teeth. Patients with space discrepancies between their front teeth or teeth that are chipped or worn may consider veneers.
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent cavities.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a dental procedure done to save a tooth necessitated by damaged or non-vital pulp in the root canal of a tooth. It is performed by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is filled with a rubber like substance called gutta percha. A final restoration is then placed to prevent contamination of the canal system.
Orthodontic therapy is used to improve the stability, function and health of the teeth. Proper tooth position improves the health of the gum tissue and reduces the risk for tooth decay and tooth loss. Patients also benefit by improved self esteem. At Twohig Dentistry we use both invisalign or conventional braces depending on the individuals needs.
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. Mouthguards are recommended for participation in many sports regardless of the level of competition or age of the patient.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge in place. The benefit of using implants is that they are the form of tooth replacement most like natural teeth. The implant continues to stimulate the bone, preventing bone resorption and is easy to clean.
Periodontal Disease is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss, affecting three out of four persons at some point in their life. Periodontal diseases include gingivitis and periodontitis. Periodontal Risk Factors include smoking or tobacco use, genetics, pregnancy, puberty, stress, some medications, and clenching or grinding your teeth.
Air abrasion is a way to remove decay from a tooth without using a dental drill. An air abrasion hand piece blows a powerful air stream of tiny aluminum oxide particles out of its tip onto the tooth. The tiny particles bounce off the tooth and blast the decay away.
Nitrous Oxide – Laughing Gas
Some patients need a little help achieving a relaxed state. Nitrous oxide “laughing gas” is available to help make you comfortable.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment which utilizes clear trays changed approximately every two weeks to straighten teeth.