Below are descriptions of some of our most common services:
Initial Oral Examination
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. Dr. Lupsa will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, a TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) examination, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
We use Identifi, a multi-spectral device, for oral cancer screening
"The five-year mortality rate of Oral Cancer is higher than cervical cancer and prostate cancer, and kills one person every hour of every day. Because the signs and symptoms of oral cancer are often missed by the naked eye, Identafi® with its technology allows those on the front line of detection to do just that - identify biochemical and morphological changes in cells of the mouth, throat, tongue and tonsils." Please click on the following link to find out more: Identafi Pamphlet
The Preventative Program
Both natural teeth and restored teeth survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where the intake of harmful foods in controlled. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit with our hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits. Dr. Lupsa recommends that each patient be seen twice a year for a dental prophylaxis, or three to four times a year, for patients with periodontal disease.
At our dental office, our philosophy is to try to save every tooth if possible. However, if it becomes necessary, we can perform simple and surgical extractions using the comfort of local anesthesia, oral sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). If you choose, we can also replace the missing tooth with dental implants.
If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants. An implant is like a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of three main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing tooth root, the second part is the abutment, which replaces the tooth core and the third part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant-abutment.
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with partial dentures (removable prosthesis), implants can replace missing teeth and support a bridge (fixed prosthesis), so that you have a more natural-looking smile.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate your progression of periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque, and tartar causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket, they cause infection and damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages (known as Gingivitis) and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings may be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. However, if the disease has progressed to a more advanced stage, where the infection has caused bone loss and diseased pockets have formed, your treatment options may include scaling and root planing, bone surgery or gum therapy. The periodontal procedures and implant placements are done on site by our Periodontist (Dr. Fine) and a diode laser may be used.
We use Sol Diode Laser, which, due to its precision, it's a better alternative to the traditional (surgical) tissue contouring and trimming, causing a lot less damage to the surrounding tissues.
Traditional dental restorations, or fillings, include gold, porcelain, and composite. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Newer dental fillings include ceramic and composite compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay; porcelain onlays are advised in some cases on the back teeth.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, Dr. Lupsa will most likely recommend root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
Crowns & Caps
The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth.
Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Some of our crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed. We now also offer the option of "Single Visit Crown", using the CEREC system.
Bridges & Dentures
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
There are two basic types of dental prostheses: fixed prostheses (also called bridges), which remain in your mouth at all times and are supported by your natural teeth, and removable prostheses (partial and full dentures), which are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning, and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.
Our state-of-the-art bleaching system will make your teeth whiter in just one hour, in our office; or, you can use at home applications, with outstanding results achieved in just days.
Cosmetic Direct Bonding
Direct bonding is used to create a smile in an additive matter, where little or no tooth reduction is needed. Direct bonding, in the hands of a skilled operator, is less costly than porcelain veneers and crowns and can be long lasting with proper maintenance. It looks like the original tooth and functions like it as well.
Using the most advanced dental technology possible is just as important as staying up-to-date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.
Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to 90% less radiation than with traditional X-ray technology.
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