Our office offers same-day tooth restorations with our advanced E4D dentist system.
E4D technology allows us to restore damaged teeth during a single visit to our office. It makes your teeth stronger and more beautiful — all while keeping your teeth looking natural. Your newly restored tooth will be metal-free, because we use a high-grade ceramic material that is compatible with the natural tissue found in your mouth.
What is E4D? The E4D dentist system is a comprehensive chair side CAD/CAM system that produces inlays, onlays, full crowns, and veneers. A hand-held laser scanner captures a true 3D image of your teeth. Then the Dr. McMullen creates a virtual model of your new, restored tooth.
The image of your ideal tooth is then sent to a special milling device that we have right in our office. The mill carefully sculpts the tooth, inlay, or onlay from a solid block of very hard ceramic material. Finally, the ceramic restoration is bonded to your tooth.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored fillings used to repair a tooth that has been damaged by decay or cracked and make a damaged tooth look natural again. The filling replaces the damaged part of the tooth and serves to restore the natural look and functionality of the tooth. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Dental implants are actually a series of procedures used to recreate a missing tooth. The key part of a dental implant is the initial titanium implant which sits in the original tooth’s bone pocket, or alveolus. The titanium works well with the bone and actually forms a bond with it over time, much like the original bond between the tooth and the jaw bone. This is essential as it prevents bone loss that would normally occur with any other type of tooth replacement. Dental implants are capped with a crown, which replicates the enamel or visible portion of a tooth, and in many cases the replacement tooth will work just as well, if not better, than the original tooth.
A fixed dental bridge is a non-removable prosthesis attached to remaining natural teeth.
The false tooth or teeth literally bridge the gap between natural teeth. For a long time, fixed bridges were the best alternative for people who had lost teeth, as they were quite successful and esthetically pleasing. Unfortunately, bridges can also present some problems because the natural teeth that lie on either side of the bridge are filed to accept the appliance. This step in the bridge-making procedure may make these teeth prone to bacterial plaque accumulations, decay, periodontal disease, and the possible need for future root canals.
Professional tooth whitening in a dental office is the preferred whitening method because even though stronger agents are applied, the rest of the mouth, including the gums, is protected from these materials. The best whitening systems feature a buffer in the gel that protects the tooth enamel from damage, are extremely effective,and can transform teeth in a single office visit. Your teeth can literally brighten up to 10 shades in about an hour.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience comparable to natural tooth enamel. It is often the material of choice for those looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size, and/or color.
A nightguard is a clear plastic appliance made to protect teeth from grinding and clenching masticatory forces. Chewing muscles are one of the strongest muscles in our bodies. Their forces could be quite damaging if applied in excessive amount to the wrong areas of the mouth. Nightguards can also be used to protect extensive prosthetic mouth rehabilitations (veneers, crowns) in order to prolong their lifespan.
Our hygienist will evaluate and help you maintain a healthy smile. We offer ultrasonic cleanings, but if your teeth are sensitive a complete hand scaling can be done by our Registered Dental Hygienist to remove deposits such as; plaque (bacteria), calculus (tartar), and stains.
We might also discuss food choices and nutrition to help you achieve and maintain a healthy mouth. Regular preventive maintenance of this type, along with a thorough home care regimen, will help ensure good oral health.
When you visit our office for the first time, you will receive our comprehensive New Patient Exam where Dr. McMullen will review your past dental history and discuss any concerns that you may have. With this visit, we will also take a full set of X-rays to look for any hidden issues. After your first appointment, Dr. McMullen will then put together a treatment plan of any work to be done.