Cosmetic Services: Why Wait?                                  

Cosmetic Services: Why Wait?


 

For cosmetic dental procedures, we learn and understand your expectations before presenting you with a treatment plan, so you can make informed choices.  We identify with your goals for your appearance, the time you have to spend creating and caring for your smile, and the financial investment you wish to make.We offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services, from tooth whitening to complete smile makeovers. For a free no-obligation consultation, call our office to arrange an appointment.

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Tooth Whitening - Brighten your smile with the safety of dentist-supervised tooth whitening. Fairfield Dental Associates offers an in-office procedure, which takes about an hour. Or, try our take-home kit that includes a customized retainer worn while you sleep or for a limited time during the day. "Store bought" bleaching products are not as effective due to the weaker product concentration and lack of custom-fit retainers. With an improper fit, the bleaching solution can contact your gums, causing inflammation.

Tooth-Colored Fillings - More esthetic than traditional "silver" fillings, these "composite" fillings match your natural tooth color. Composite fillings can usually be completed in one visit, and are one way to fix chipped, broken, worn, or decayed teeth, giving you a long lasting beautiful smile.

Porcelain Veneers/Laminates - Take your smile from average to dazzling. Many people desire a brighter, cleaner, more attractive smile, but have chipped, stained, discolored, unevenly spaced, or even crooked front teeth. A thin "facing" placed on the smile side of a natural tooth, all-porcelain veneers, also known as laminates, alter tooth contour, spacing, and color, providing a conservative approach to perfecting your smile. We will be glad to evaluate your specific situation, listen to the changes you have in mind, and show you examples of the end result, before any treatment is performed. A completely improved and dazzling smile can be yours in just a few appointments.

Porcelain Crowns - When more advanced tooth restoration or recontouring is called for, all-porcelain crowns restore both esthetics and function. Tooth colored porcelain crowns, also known as caps, encase the entire tooth surface, strengthening tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other restorative techniques. Porcelain crowns are extremely durable, and provide a natural looking, long-lasting smile.

Fixed Bridges - A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth (pontics) fused between two porcelain crowns (the anchoring, or abutment teeth) to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. A naturally looking, permanent (non-removable) prosthetic, it's usually made of porcelain fused to metal.

                      

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Restorative Services: Smiles Made Easy

Restorative Services: Smiles Made Easy Our approach to restorative care is conservative. We retain your natural tooth structure whenever possible. When teeth show evidence of decay or structural problems, a range of restorative techniques can rebuild or reinforce your teeth and return function without compromising your appearance.

We offer a wide range of restorative dental services. Call to arrange a free examination and consultation today.

Porcelain Crowns - When more advanced tooth restoration or recontouring is called for, all-porcelain crowns restore both esthetics and function. Tooth colored porcelain crowns, also known as caps, encase the entire tooth surface, strengthening tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other restorative techniques. Porcelain crowns are extremely durable, and provide a natural looking, long-lasting smile.

Porcelain Onlays and Inlays -These procedures bring a natural look to teeth that have been partially restored, or damaged by decay or trauma. They are the same, except that onlays are used when one or more of the chewing cusps have been affected. Onlays (also called partial crowns), and Inlays (alternative to fillings) are conservative alternatives to crowns since less tooth structure is removed in preparing them. They are created by a professional dental laboratory, and are permanently cemented onto, or into, the tooth by your dentist.

Tooth-Colored Fillings - More esthetic than traditional "silver" fillings, these "composite" fillings match your natural tooth color. Composite fillings can usually be completed in one visit, and are the ideal fix for chipped, broken, worn, or decayed teeth, giving you a long lasting beautiful smile.

Dentures & Partial Dentures - A denture replaces missing teeth with a removable appliance. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. Complete dentures are recommended when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.

Fixed Bridges - A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth (pontic) fused between two porcelain crowns (the anchoring, or abutment teeth) to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. A naturally looking, permanent (non-removable) prosthetic, it's usually made of porcelain fused to metal.

Dental Implants - Missing teeth can be replaced with dental implants, which are then restored with crowns or bridges. Dental implants are also used to secure dentures, or provide a permanent solution vs. removable dentures. Usually made of titanium, dental implants are artificial roots and teeth that are surgically placed into the jaw bone by a dentist, periodontist, or oral surgeon. Teeth attached to implants are very natural looking and often enhance or restore a patient's smile.

Root Canal Therapy - Used to treat an uncomfortable injury or infection affecting the pulp (nerve) of the tooth, with the goal of saving a tooth that would otherwise die and have to be removed. Root canal therapy restores the tooth to its full function, with results usually lasting a lifetime. This approach is preferred to removing the tooth, which will ultimately lead to far larger problems for adjacent teeth.

Preventive Care: Make It A Habit!

Preventive Care: Make It A Habit!Ignore your teeth, and they'll go away! Preventive care is a priority at Fairfield Dental Associates. Regular exams and hygiene visits, and consistent at-home care help keep a healthy smile for years to come.

Regular Checkups - Routine dental exams every six months are the best way to safeguard your oral health, and save time, money, and discomfort in the future. Every check-up includes an evaluation of your teeth and gums and soft-tissue screening for signs of oral cancer or other abnormalities. If you're not sure when your next check-up should be, call us today.

Patient Education - We take the time to educate our patients on appropriate oral care – through this website, our patient-education pamphlets, and personal interaction with our staff – and to involve them in the decision-making process.

Hygiene/Cleaning - In addition to providing direct care to our patients, our Registered Dental Hygienist offers invaluable advice for maintaining your teeth and gums at home. She works closely with the dentist to ensure that any potential problems she encounters are identified and managed before they can become a threat to your oral health and/or general health. Left untreated, bacteria found in dental plaque and tartar can cause tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and can play a role in heart disease and your overall health.

Soft-Tissue Management Program - Decay-free teeth are only one piece of total oral health; healthy gums are just as important. If the disease has progressed, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. In addition, we will recommend an antibiotic systemically or locally (under the gum). This procedure helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink. Medications, special medicated mouth rinses, and an electric tooth brush may be recommended to help control infection and healing.

Breath Treatment - Even with meticulous hygiene, bad breath ("halitosis") may still persist among some patients. To help, Fairfield Dental Associates can perform in-office procedures like tongue scraping to clean away bacteria build-up. We also offer Oxyfresh at-home alcohol-free rinses and breath treatment systems which freshen breath while enhancing soft tissue health.

Dental Sealants - A true breakthrough in the fight against tooth decay, dental sealants are applied to chewing surfaces (on the back teeth) to shut out food particles and protect against future decay. Sealants are applied in a quick, comfortable procedure that takes just one office visit but provides protection for many years.

Free Oral Cancer Screening - Our staff's trained eyes are not just focused on your teeth, but also your lips, cheeks, tongue, and palate. Regular screenings – part of every regular patient check-up – help us to identify soft-tissue abnormalities that may be cancerous. Early detection means early treatment and better, more predictable results.

Nightguards - Do you grind or clench in your sleep? Such unconscious nighttime activity can result in headaches, premature wear on your teeth, and tooth pain. A custom nightguard can help you break the habit.

TMJ Screening - Do you have frequent headaches just under the opening to your ear? Does your jaw pop or click, or do you have sharp pain when you open your mouth? Do you experience muscle spasms in the neck, back, or shoulders? You may have temporomandibular joint disorder. Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge mechanism that connects the lower jaw to the base of the skull. Grinding, clenching and a bad bite cause the muscles that control the jaw to be overworked, they get fatigued and go into spasm, causing pain. An appliance can be made to wear over the teeth to allow the muscles to rest and reduce the symptoms. Various medications can also help reduce the pain, as well as massage of the muscles, moist heat, and physical therapy.

Snoring Cures - Snoring can be a real problem, not just for the noisy sleeper but for others in the house as well. Snoring happens when the muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax during sleep, blocking the opening of the airway, causing soft tissues in the mouth and throat to vibrate. If snoring is a problem we can create a custom oral device – called a snore guard – to help (delete previous sentence). We prescribe a Snoreguard, a custom-fit appliance found to be 95% effective in the treatment of snoring.

Mouthguards - Experts recommend mouthguards for children and adults who participate in recreational activity that may cause an injury to the mouth. Mouthguards cushion blows that could result in broken teeth or injury to the lips, tongue, face or jaw. Call Fairfield Dental Associates to get fitted for a custom mouthguard today.

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Gum Disease: Serious But Treatable

Gum Disease: Serious But TreatableHealthy gums and supporting bone structure are the building blocks for a healthy mouth. Gum (periodontal) disease is an infection of the bone and soft tissue that support the teeth. A major cause of tooth loss in adults, it is usually painless in its early stages, so many people don't know they have it until it's too late.

Two of your worst enemies could be lurking around in your mouth as you read this. They are serious, vicious, sly and oftentimes successful. So, what makes up this evil pair? Tooth decay and gum disease. These two nasty conditions are created by naturally occurring oral bacteria, and the acids they produce.

Unchecked, tooth decay leads inevitably to gum disease, which even conservative estimates say is present in at least 80% of the population, and most don't know it. Gum disease, in turn, is responsible for up to 70% of adult tooth loss, and it does not give clear warning signs that an untrained eye would notice.

Gum disease has been identified as a potential link to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, pre-mature births, and low birth weight. It is an infection of the gums and the bone supporting your teeth. The bacteria, and chemical by-products of your body's attempt to fight the bacteria, can enter the blood stream and cause serious problems in distant parts of the body.

The good news is that gum disease can be treated and prevented. Special toothbrushes, toothpastes, rinses and even prescription medications can help. Our dental team can help you prevent and manage both gingivitis – the milder and reversible form of periodontal disease – and periodontitis, the more serious, destructive form of periodontal disease.

Beat Gum Disease with Careful Flossing

Your mouth's constant supply of normal bacteria produces a sticky "plaque" that is deposited on your teeth. Foods containing carbohydrates (sugars and starches) combined with plaque form a strong acid, which erodes your enamel and breaks down gum-tooth connecting fibers, thus allowing further bacteria and toxins to invade unprotected tissues. This process allows your teeth, and supporting bone to become susceptible to damage or destruction.

Bacterial build up in the mouth causes tooth decay and gum disease. Proper brushing cleans visible tooth surfaces, but cannot clean between the teeth. Various types of brushes and water irrigation devices are often used in an attempt to avoid flossing, but nothing will clean between the teeth as effectively as flossing.

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Diagnostic Services – All patients are checked for periodontal disease during each regular hygiene check-up. The "pocket" between the tooth and gums is measured by a periodontal probe to ensure that it measures three millimeters or less. Deepening of pockets from visit to visit is an indication that periodontal disease has progressed.

Soft-Tissue Management Program - If gum disease has progressed, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended, along with an antibiotic applied systemically or locally (under the gum). This helps gum tissue to heal and pockets to shrink.

Periodontal Surgery – 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. We may also recommend that you see our on-site Periodontist (specialist of the gums and supporting bone) for a free consultation.

 

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Patient Comfort: You are Priority #1

At Fairfield Dental Associates, you'll feel pampered. Our goals are to understand each patient's needs, earn their trust, and provide a relaxing, positive, and comfortable experience with each visit.

Patient Comfort Measures - While we strive to offer the most comfortable oral health care possible, dental appointments can be a cause of apprehension for some patients. At Fairfield Dental Associates, we can provide nitrous oxide upon request. To further enhance your comfort, our treatment rooms are equipped with flat screen TV's.

Patient Safety - Your health and safety is our top priority. We wear new gloves and facemasks for each patient and cover and disinfect surfaces that may be contaminated during patient care. In our sterilization center, we use an automated ultrasonic instrument cleaner to first clean all our patient-care instruments, followed by heat-sterilization. Many of our patient-care items are disposable – we unwrap a fresh, sterile pack of instruments for each patient visit.

Patient History - We maintain an accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date medical/dental history including a medication and allergy list to ensure patient safety during each visit. Ongoing communication with health care providers, both medical and dental, helps to ensure comprehensive, coordinated care of each patient.

Office Policies - Our doctors and staff pursue continuing education to maintain familiarity with current regulations, technology, and clinical practices. We are in compliance with federal laws such as HIPAA to protect patients against misuse of information identifiable to them. We adhere to infection control procedures and practices in order to prevent disease transmission. For more information, see our Privacy Policy

Patient Education - Our best patient is an informed patient. In addition to making our staff available to answer any questions you may have about your oral health, we are pleased to provide informational brochures and articles that focus on oral health issues.

Payment Options - Payment can be made with cash, check or major credit cards. For more extensive treatment plans, financing is available through CareCredit.

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Dental Technology = Enhanced Results

 

Dental Technology Enhanced Results

At Fairfield Dental Associates, we use the latest technology to enhance the patient experience, optimize patient comfort and provide pain-free dentistry.

Computerized Smile Imaging - Now you can preview the "new you" before any cosmetic treatment begins. Whether your cosmetic or restorative procedure involves simple teeth whitening, porcelain crowns or porcelain veneers, our computerized smile imaging can help you see the results you can achieve following treatment.

State-of-the-Art Dental X-ray Systems - Our all digital x-ray units are designed to optimize precision, patient comfort and protection. Digital x-rays limit patient exposure to radiation by two-thirds as compared to previous x-ray systems.

Intra-Oral Camera - A valuable high-tech device for the doctor in diagnosis, and for patient education and participation in treatment planning. An intra-oral camera system uses a tiny, wand-shaped video camera and a computer monitor to deliver clear, enlarged views of tooth structures and soft tissues, shown either on a TV screen or in a color photograph.

Sterilization Center - With your health and safety as our top priorities, we use an automated instrument cleaner to first clean all our patient-care instruments, followed by heat-sterilization. With every sterilization cycle, we use color-change indicators to ensure that sterilizing conditions have been met, and we routinely test our sterilizers to be sure that they are working properly.

Office Computerization - Our advanced practice management software system provides an accurate record of each patient visit, including digital x-rays, helping us to work efficiently and respect our patients' time and confidentiality.

Pediatric Dentistry: Got Questions?

Our best patient is an informed patient. "Healthy mouths for life" requires educating our children at an early age about proper dental hygiene. We encourage parents to bring their young children to our office for a consultation. Ask questions. Learn tips. Develop good habits. Your children, and their teeth, will thank you!

Does diet affect my child's oral health?

Teeth are made primarily of minerals, and continuously cycle between de-mineralization and re-mineralization. Bacteria from foods and fluids left on the teeth after eating create acid, which de-mineralizes (weakens) the tooth enamel. With proper time between meals, the enamel is re-mineralized by saliva, reversing the damage caused by the acid.

If your child consumes significant amounts of juice and snacks, the abundance of bacteria doesn't allow the teeth to re-mineralize, and decay develops. Known as dental caries, it is an infectious disease that, left untreated, can lead to infection, tooth loss, significant pain, and serious systemic infection. Proper at home care, fluoride, and downtime between food and drink consumption will allow for an effective re-mineralization process, resulting in strong, healthy, caries-free teeth.

What's the right age for my child's first dental visit?

What's the right age for my child's first dental visit?

It's recommended that your child first sees a dentist six months after the first tooth comes in, or at the latest by their first birthday. Teeth should be cleaned as soon as they erupt to avoid dental carries (tooth decay), the number one bacterial infection in children. The first consultation with your dentist is an important milestone in your child's oral health, during which you'll gain answers to many questions regarding your child's future care.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Studies indicate that it takes an average of 6 months for plaque and tartar to form on the teeth and for tooth decay to be evident by an x-ray. A typical dental exam includes checking of teeth for cavities and proper dental development, teeth cleaning, application of fluoride, and patient education regarding diet, oral hygiene, and proper home care.

FAIRFIELD DENTAL ASSOCIATES PEDIATRIC PHILOSOPHY

marker2  The importance of primary teeth

Primary teeth are just as important as permanent teeth, and require professional care and consistent daily hygiene. These "baby teeth" maintain space on the dental arch, and provide a proper path for the eruption of permanent teeth. They influence normal development of the face, and are critical as your child learns to eat and speak. During each hygiene visit, your dentist will evaluate your child's arch development, dental alignment, and teeth eruption.

marker2  Brushing and flossing

Parents should brush their child's teeth until they can brush them on their own, typically by age 8. The best times to brush are after breakfast and before bedtime. Use a toothbrush with soft, round-ended bristles after breakfast and at bedtime. Using an ADA accepted toothpaste, apply a small, pea-sized amount, and be sure your child spits out the excess amount vs. ingesting it. After brushing, parents should floss children's teeth to remove plaque between teeth where toothbrushes cannot reach.

marker2  Benefits of fluoride

Fluoride helps create stronger tooth enamel, so it's important that your child doesn't get too much or too little. Other than toothpaste, the most prevalent source of fluoride is in drinking water. We encourage parents to discuss their child's fluoride sources to make sure they are getting the proper amount.

marker2  Use of sealants

Sealants are an effective preventive measure for reducing caries in permanent teeth. Easily applied to decay-prone areas of the back teeth, sealants protect the chewing surfaces from tooth decay by keeping germs and food particles out of these grooves. They are best applied just after the back molars erupt (before they have a chance to decay), usually age 6 for first molars, and age 12 for second molars.

marker2  A healthy diet

A healthy diet is not only good for your child's body, but good for his mouth as well. Avoid foods that create an acid environment, or stick to the teeth, including soda and sugary drinks that cause decay, and candy, and pretzels/chips that stick to the biting surfaces. Rather, build strong teeth and bones with foods rich in Vitamin D and calcium. Allow "downtime" between meals so the teeth can re-mineralize and recover.

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