Services

We’re dedicated to providing technologically advanced dental services in a comfortable and gentle environment.

Here you’ll find an overview of the wide range of services we offer at Sunset Hills. For more information, we recommend the Oral Health Topics section on the American Dental Association web site.

Bleaching & Whitening

If you have stained or discolored teeth, bleaching and whitening are safe solutions that can significantly brighten your smile. Your dentist will recommend the best solution depending on the nature of your teeth.

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Bonding & Veneers

Custom bonding and veneers can easily correct any gaps, chips or stains you have on your teeth. Veneers are thin shells, commonly made of acrylic or porcelain, which are durable and look like your natural teeth. Placed on top of your teeth, a veneer can correct a crooked or badly shaped tooth so you can smile with confidence. Procedures to apply veneers can normally be performed without anesthesia and last about five years before needing a touch-up. Our veneers are usually custom-made in our on-site dental lab in close consultation with your dentist.

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Crowns

Crowns are used when a tooth is fractured, decayed or badly damaged to restore the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. It is a tooth-shaped “cap” that can cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth structure left. It can also be used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking or to cover a dental implant. Permanent crowns can be made from a variety of materials including porcelain, ceramic or metal.

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Dentures & Partials

Dentures and partials can replace any missing teeth caused by periodontal disease, tooth decay or injury. Replacing missing teeth will improve your appearance by supporting your facial muscles, and also improve your health by allowing you to eat and speak normally. There are various types of removable dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed.

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Digital X-rays

An X-ray examination provides valuable information by allowing your dentist to see what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. Digital X-ray uses the latest technology to capture and store the images on a computer, and they produce significantly lower levels of radiation compared to traditional dental X-rays. Since the images can be instantly viewed and examined, they are an important diagnostic tool for monitoring your oral health by allowing your dentist and hygienist to evaluate the development of your teeth and catch conditions early. If you are a new patient, we recommend capturing a full series of digital X-rays along with your first dental exam.

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Fillings

Fillings are sometimes necessary to fill cavities and strengthen your teeth. Old-fashioned fillings were composed of metals, but today we mainly use tooth-colored fillings, which look more natural since they are made up of composite resin, porcelain or even zirconium. The procedure is very simple. With today’s technology, you can have durable, long-lasting fillings applied in a single appointment.

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Fixed Bridges

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a bridge is an effective and safe way to restore your smile. Bridges maintain the shape of your face and your bite in a way that most closely resembles your natural teeth. As its name implies, a bridge is attached directly to the teeth on both sides of the missing one for support.

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Implants

Implants are the most modern, natural and long-lasting method to replace individual missing teeth. Over several appointments, an implant is fixed to the jaw so it can fuse to the jawbone like a natural tooth root, then a tooth-colored crown is placed on top of the implant. The result is a new tooth that looks, feels and functions like your natural teeth. With good oral hygiene and regular cleanings, an implant should last a lifetime. However, an implant is not an option for everyone. Because implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums and adequate bone structure to support the implant. Consult your dentist to see if you are a good candidate for an implant.

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Pediatric Care

We believe good dental health begins at an early age. That’s why we stress the importance of preventative dentistry and teaching children to take responsibility for their own oral health. It starts with instructions on proper brushing, flossing and overall dental hygiene, and also includes raising awareness about food and beverage choices that can help teeth stay healthy. All of our dentists and hygienists enjoy taking care of children, and we are very experienced in treating kids of all ages, from infants and toddlers to teens.

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Periodontal Treatment & Gum Disease

Periodontal disease (also known as gum disease) is an ongoing bacterial infection in the gums and bone around your teeth. Common causes of periodontal disease are poor dental hygiene, tobacco use, chronic stress, diabetes, grinding teeth and certain medications. The bacterial infection can lead to an inflammation under the gums that, if untreated, can destroy the bone around your teeth and result in tooth loss. However, if the disease is caught in the early stages, known as gingivitis, and no damage has been done, just one or two regular cleanings will bring your teeth back to health.

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Sealants

Dental sealants act as a barrier by “sealing out” plaque, acids and food that can cause decay in the teeth. Made of a thin plastic resin, sealants are usually applied to the depression and grooves of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often. The result is a smooth surface that is easy to clean and usually lasts several years before reapplication is needed. Sealants are easily applied by your dentist or dental hygienist and take only a few minutes for each tooth.

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Regular Checkups & Teeth Cleaning

Regular checkups by our dentists and professional cleanings by one of our qualified dental hygienists are the best way to prevent disease and catch problems early. A thorough cleaning is the only way to remove calculus (tartar deposits), which trap plaque bacteria along the gum line. Checkups are recommended every six months for children and adults.

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Root Canal Therapy

Years ago, teeth with diseased or injured pulps had to be pulled. Today, root canal therapy is a relatively simple and entirely safe way your dentist can save the tooth, usually with little to no discomfort. The procedure to save the tooth involves removing the dead pulp tissue, cleaning and shaping the root canal and then sealing it off to prevent future bacteria from entering the tooth. Finally, your dentist places a crown over the tooth to make it stronger. Treatment often involves from one to three visits with your general dentist or an endodontist, who is a dentist who specializes in problems of the pulp.

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Wisdom Teeth & Extractions

Every patient is unique, but wisdom teeth are generally removed by your dentist or oral surgeon when there is evidence of changes in the mouth, such as pain, infection, cysts, tumors, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease or tooth decay. The process begins with a digital panoramic X-ray, which will give your dentist a clear view of the situation beneath the surface of your teeth and gums.

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