From cosmetic dentistry to full-mouth rehabilitation, Dr. Schwarz is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.
Initial Oral Examination
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
The Preventive Program
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where the intake of harmful foods is 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.
Traditional dental restoratives, 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 plastic 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.
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, or to prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.
CEREC 1-Visit Crowns
What is CEREC? CEREC means we can rapidly and economically restore damaged teeth using a ceramic material that matches the natural color of other teeth in your mouth.
First and foremost, the restoration can be performed in a single session, usually in about one hour. With CEREC there's no need for us to take an impression and send it to a lab. We don't inconvenience you by asking you to return for a second visit. You get your crown on the same day.
Second, the restoration is natural looking, because it is made of tooth-colored ceramic material. It's metal-free --no silver fillings to discolor your smile! The ceramic material is compatible with tissue in your mouth and is anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant.
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 bridges. A fixed bridge which remains in your mouth at all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures) are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.
Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can now be treated with wonderful results and very conservatively using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
Dental implants are designed to provide a foundation for replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. The person who has lost teeth regains the ability to eat virtually anything and can smile with confidence, knowing that teeth appear natural and that facial contours will be preserved. The implants themselves are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth.
If, like many others, you feel implant dentistry might be the optimal solution for your missing teeth or new smile, we refer you for an implant consultation. Implant dentistry requires close collaboration between the implant surgeon, the dentist who will restore the implant and the lab technician.
When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform extractions using local anesthesia.
Using ZOOM!, an in-office laser bleaching system, we will be able to make your teeth whiter and brighter in one 1 hour visit. You can also choose our easy at-home applications which provide outstanding results in a matter of days.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate the extent of your 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 space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
Invisalign, also known as invisible braces or clear braces refers to a series of clear, removable teeth aligners that dentists use as an alternative to traditional metal dental braces. The aligners are fully transparent, and more difficult to detect than traditional wire and bracket braces. This method is especially popular among adults who want their teeth straightened without the look of traditional metal braces.
Advantages of Invisalign
Cosmetic: Since the aligners are completely transparent, they are far more difficult to detect than traditional wire and bracket braces.
Comfort: Invisible braces are more comfortable than metal braces.
Eating: Due to the removable feature of invisalign, food can be eaten without the presence of bulky metallic braces.
Health: Invisalign patients generally are able to avoid many of the side effects of traditional fixed braces including issues with their gums.
Clear braces can be removed to eat, drink, to brush the teeth and to be checked by the dentist.