Family Dentistry is very similar to going to a General Dentist, except family dentists take patients of all ages. Family Dentistry is great for families who don’t wish to have multiple offices to visit for their teeth and separately for their children. Because family dentists generally accept patients of all ages, this means they will treat children’s “baby” teeth as well as permanent ones.
Cosmetic Dentistry is a broad term for all dental procedures done to enhance a person’s smile appearance and mouth esthetics, aside from medically needed work. Cosmetic Dentistry involves utilizing the latest technological advances in enhancing a person’s smile. These types of procedures can range from dental implants, to veneers, and simple procedures such as teeth whitening.
Smiles on Bristol Dental offers free x-rays and exams for new patients. X-rays are taken at the beginning of a new patient visit to determine if there are any injuries or decays in the patient’s teeth. Following that is the actual exam where the licensed dental professional examines your x-rays and your mouth to determine if any action is needed on the patient. Most Dental offices require fees for basic exams, but Smiles on Bristol offers them free.
Smiles on Bristol Dentistry offers free Invisalign Consultations to any inquiring patients. Invisalign is the newest frontier of straightening your teeth without the hassle of metal braces. The dental specialists will examine a patient to see if they qualify for teeth straightening through Invisalign by checking their jaw, teeth, bite, and various other aspects. Invisalign is a preferred option for many adults as it is two clear trays which can be removed for eating and brushing your teeth, but appears virtually invisible while being worn.
Before a patient can begin any dental procedures such as implants or orthodontic procedures, they must go through a consult and exam. Smiles on Bristol Dentistry offers free implant and ortho consulting to determine if a patient is medically eligible or in need of any of those procedures.
Scaling and Root Planning, otherwise known as non-surgical periodontal therapy, are processes of removing plaque and other dental build up from the periodontium. The periodontium refers to the tissue that surrounds, stabilizes, and protects teeth. Scaling and root planning are important to maintaining tooth and gum health, free of disease.
Opalescence Whitening is a minimally invasive way of removing stains and brightening patients dull or discolored teeth. Different than other dental office teeth whitening treatments, Opalescence is a power bleaching gel that attaches to teeth and does not require a special light to achieve the desired effects. The special bleaching gel contains hydrogen peroxide and is applied for 10-15 minute intervals over the course of up to 2 hours.
Dental Veneers are layers of dental material placed over the surface of a tooth to either enhance the esthetics or to protect the health of the tooth. One of two types of veneer materials will be used, composite or dental porcelain. Veneers can be built into a patient’s mouth or created by the dentist in a lab, then attached to the tooth with resin. The final type of veneer is made of laminate and is used primarily for esthetic reasons.
Dentures are fake teeth used to replace missing teeth in a patient’s mouth. Traditional dentures adhere to the surrounding gums and can be removed when used to replace a large group of missing teeth. Newer types of dentures have been created for convenience and esthetics. Complete dentures are worn by patients who are missing an entire row of teeth in either of their arches, and removable partial dentures are used when only some teeth are missing from an arch.
A dental bridge is a false tooth used to replace a missing permanent tooth, by adjoining it to surrounding teeth. The process of getting a bridge includes scaling down the size of surrounding teeth in order to accommodate the bridge and the area needed for it to adhere to the adjacent teeth. Materials used in bridges include, gold, porcelain fused to metal, and porcelain alone.
Dental implants are surgical materials fused with the bone of a jaw or skull to support a dental crown, bridge, denture, or other facial prosthesis. The dental implant is surgically placed into the jaw or skull and left for a period of time so the area has time to heal and the implant can bond to the bone. After the implant has sufficiently been placed and healed, the crown, bridge, prosthetic etc. is attached to the implant directly, or to an abutment. Dental implants, unlike dentures, cannot be removed and remain permanent as long as the health of the patient remains.