LUMINEERS® are porcelain veneers that offer a painless way to permanently whiter and perfectly aligned teeth. At Golden Springs Family Dentistry, we apply these contact lens-thin "smile shapers" to teeth without any grinding or shaving, transforming teeth into a naturally
beautiful smile that looks perfect for every individual. They are so thin, yet so strong, that there is no need for the removal of any sensitive tooth structure, no shots, no drilling, and therefore, NO PAIN. These veneers can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.
LUMINEERS® can only be made from patented Cerinate porcelain unavailable anywhere other than the Cerinate Smile Design Studio. In just 2-3 visits, you can have a custom-made smile that is clinically proven to last over 20 years - and it is completely reversible since your natural tooth structure is still intact! Get your perfect smile today!
Keeping our teeth white is a lot harder than it sounds. With all the coffee, wine, smoking, and foods that come in contact with our teeth, stains will occur on a daily basis. Even with proper maintenance, our teeth sometimes turn a little lackluster. Teeth whitening is an excellent way to restore the natural color of your teeth and can even make them whiter than its natural color. We accomplish this by utilizing a tray whitening system. This tray whitening system is completed in 2 steps. The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we'll craft you custom whitening trays that you can every night. Second, a whitening gel is put inside the ray for a short period of time over the course of a few days. This often results in a whiter smile of 4 - 8 shades!
We also utilize a product called ZOOM!. This product is a chairside whitening procedure that uses a safe whitening gel and a low intensity light to activate the gel. This combination allows us to provide you with teeth that are 4-8 shades whiter in about an hour.
Our office uses SAPPHIRE PLASMA ARC CURING LIGHT technology. This system technologically advanced and is designed to facilitate unparalleled high speed curing of restorative materials, placement of LUMINEERS" BY CERINATE® and hands-free chairside bleaching. Leading clinical evaluators included the Sapphire light as a product they can't live without & making the delivery of dental care faster, easier, better and more enjoyable.
Combined with the tray whitening system, your teeth will be whiter in no time!
HYGIENE & PERIODONTAL HEALTH
While at our office, we ensure that you receive the highest level of service and that our dental work is of the highest quality. To do this, good habits need to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. Our goal is to help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us!
But your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth, your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well! Our office provides periodontal cleanings and treatment, and will refer you to one of our recommended specialists if necessary.
Additionally, oral cancer screenings are a very important part our comprehensive dental care. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem much earlier in its evolution. The ability to do so is extremely important in being able to treat any issues prior to them becoming a major irreversible problem. Our oral cancer screening is often completed using our SAPPHIRE PLASMA ultraviolet light, allowing us to view issues that can't always be detected by the human eye under normal conditions. Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues in the mouth so if you are a smoker or heavy drinker, make sure to be smart and get oral cancer regular screenings
Often times, plaque and tartar accumulate below the gum line and become near impossible to clean at home. In this scenario, our hygiene team will clean with special instruments to ensure that this area is completely spotless. If this sub-gingival area is not kept clean, it can become irritated and inflamed as a result of the bacteria that resides in tartar and plaque. This is a very important aspect in maintaining oral health, especially bleeding occurs during brushing.
Root canals are probably the most notorious procedure in dentistry. When a tooth becomes infected it is usually related to the nerves in the root of the tooth resulting in the removal of those infected nerves. If left untreated an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a much more serious problem that may includes bone loss in the jaw.
Our root canal procedure is as follows: The area around the tooth is numbed with a local anesthetic Dr. Moniaga will then drill down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. She will then be able to remove infected tissue and clean the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space if filled with a sealant. Additionally, it is highly recommended that a tooth that has undergone a root canal is fitted with a crown. This will improve the appearance of the tooth, and will also make it much more likely that the root canal is successful.
"Root canals" have become a scary term for dental patients to hear, but the benefits of the procedure and advances in dental technology have made it much less "scary". Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with little to no pain. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection allowing you to enjoy all the foods you love without any pain from heat, cold, or biting too hard.
Golden Springs Family Dentistry features Rotary Endodontic technology -- a way of performing a root canal utilizing a specific electrical handpiece. This tool often makes the process faster and allows the dentist to perform the process with greater ease.
For some, local anaesthetic injection is the most fear-inducing part of a dental treatment. Our office offers a more comfortable method of administering local anesthesia through the Wand® Plus System. The Wand is a computerized pump that makes injections extremely smooth, precise, and gentle. The Wand machine is particularly helpful in sensitive areas, and allows several special techniques, including one that can can numb teeth without affecting the surrounding lips and tongue.
The Wand® Plus unit combines patented, state-of-the-art computer-controlled injection technology with the dentist’s training to achieve more precise injections, improved drug delivery and materially enhanced patient comfort levels.
The Wand ® is a small hand piece that looks like a pen and is controlled by a computer delivery system allowing the dentist to numb even the most difficult tooth virtually painlessly!
Over time, teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, and discoloration. Luckily, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your tooth is decayed or is weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that no additional problems occur with the tooth. In such cases, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or full gold. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth.
The process of installing a crown normally takes 2-3 visits to our office. On the first visit, your tooth will be reshaped so that the crown can be placed over it. Next, a mold will be taken of that tooth and of the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown will fit perfectly and look the same as your surrounding teeth. Before leaving, we will fit you in a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2 weeks to created and delivered to our office. At this time you will have another appointment to place and fit and place the permanent crown using cement. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing.
BONDING (WHITE FILLINGS)
Bonding is used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains & discolored teeth. To do this, A composite resin is used on the affected tooth is molded over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin. Lastly, the bonding is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile. Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings as it matches the color of your teeth and contains no metal or mercury. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years and is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. The process of creating a bridge begins by recontouring existing adjacent teeth to provide a base for the bridge. After, a mold is taken and sent to a dental lab. The lab will create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed in the prepared area and will bet set using adhesives. Bridges may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again.
It is recommended to eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues. If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.