Removal of carious or infected tooth structure. Often referred to as ‘cavities’, this involves complete removal of compromised or infected tooth substance, and replacement with a restorative material, often tooth-colored. A cavity occurs when plaques that are adhered to the tooth secrete acids, which break down the enamel, and later the dentin, the internal structure of the tooth.
In certain patients with periodontitis or gum disease, the bone that supports the teeth can be lost or reduced, enlarging the “pocket” that surrounds each tooth. In this pocket, plaques and bacteria or germs can become stuck to the root surface of the tooth, furthering the damage to the supporting structure of the teeth. Periodontal scaling involves numbing the affected area and cleaning the root surface to be rid of these plaques. A periodontal patient may notice bad breath, “loose” or mobile teeth, or visible root surface or recession in the mouth.
When a tooth has been lost, it is possible to replace the missing tooth or teeth with a dental implant. Becoming much more prevalent in recent years, a dental implant is a titanium screw that is implanted in the jaw bones and later supports a crown, or cap, to replace the missing tooth and restore function. Replacing a tooth with an implant has recently become a very simple and painless process.
Diseases of the pulp, or nerve of the tooth, may be treated with a root canal. Modern advances and the latest technology offered in the office offer painless root canal treatment. Patients with a toothache, abscess, or “dead tooth” can benefit from a root canal, and retain their teeth for years to come.
Porcelain veneers are an excellent way to restore a beautiful smile quickly. The veneers cover only the outside surface of the front teeth, and can quickly and easily give the patient who desires whiter and straighter teeth to accomplish this result.
We offer in-office and at-home whitening services that quickly brighten your smile.
These clear trays offer an alternative to traditional braces to straighten teeth. Nearly invisible when worn, many people and working adults are choosing this method of orthodontics over metal braces and wires.
Certain teeth with extensive fillings may require a crown to strengthen, and restore the teeth. Many teeth require crowns after a root canal, or if a portion of the tooth has cracked. A bridge can replace the space left by a missing tooth in many cases, and restore the chewing function of a lost tooth.
When many, or all teeth have been lost, they may be replaced with a removable appliance that returns the function and appearance of all the missing teeth. A partial denture can be made if some teeth are missing while utilizing the remaining teeth to strengthen the bite and return your ability to chew and enjoy food. A full denture can be made if all teeth are missing, or if the remaining teeth are not salvageable.
Certain cases where the teeth can be moved by braces but in a short time may qualify for 6MS. These are traditional metal wires and brackets that can move the front teeth around to improve esthetics in six months or less. Dr. Hochberg has extensive training in short-term orthodontics.
We offer surgical removal of many teeth here in the office. The teeth are removed with minimal discomfort afterward with local anesthesia, or with nitrous oxide.
We offer low radiation digital x-rays that have a fraction of the radiation of traditional film x-rays. In the office, iPads and other devices are used to show our patients their x-rays and present the treatment plan.
These removal mouthpieces are worn during sleep to prevent wear to the teeth in patients who are habitual grinders or clenchers. Ask us for an evaluation if you feel you are grinding your teeth.
We gladly welcome patients age one year and up! We offer sealants, fluoride treatments, and a full range of pediatric dental services.