Services Definitions

Dental implants are a scientifically based, proven method for permanent tooth replacement. In fact, dental implants are now the standard of care for missing teeth. Dental implants are made of pure titanium. Once they are placed inside the jawbone they bond naturally with the bone to provide support that is often stronger than the original tooth root. Dental implants are fixed, just like real teeth, and are non-removable except by a dentist. Because they remain firmly in place, you can smile, laugh, speak and eat with confidence.

Composite fillings (or tooth colored fillings) are the treatment of choice for small areas of decay. Unlike, silver fillings or amalgam restorations, composite fillings are bonded to the tooth and create a stronger more aesthetic restoration.

A crown is a long-term method of restoring a tooth. It is a custom made restoration that completely covers your tooth and is cemented in place. You may need a crown if your tooth is fractured or cracked, an old crown or filling has failed, you have had root canal therapy or for cosmetic reasons. An onlay is a custom made restoration that fits into the tooth, similar to a puzzle piece. Onlays are made from a dense, strong porcelain which is bonded to the natural tooth. Once bonded, onlays are virtually undetectable to the naked eye. An onlay restores almost all of the strength of the tooth prior to it ever having a restoration.

Dental bonding corrects many different cosmetic imperfections such as stains, chipped teeth, gaps, shape and/or size. The color of the composite material is custom matched in order to achieve the most natural result. Composite bonding takes one office visit.

Root Canal Therapy is treatment for a “dead” or dying pulp within a tooth. The causes of pulp (nerves and blood vessels that keep the tooth alive found deep within the tooth) death are numerous. The most common reason a tooth dies is a cavity forming a deep hole that allows the bacteria found in the mouth to infect the pulp. Other causes for pulp death include tooth fracture or cracks and nightime tooth grinding. Once the pulp becomes infected, it often dies and bacteria take over the pulp chamber and canals. By-products of the bacteria can form a swelling near the root ends of the tooth that can drain and form what some call a “gum boil” or abcess. A Root Canal involves creating an access hole in the top of the tooth so that specially designed instruments can be inserted into each canal (sometimes 1-5 canals can be present in a single tooth) to clean out infection and prepare them to receive a sterile filling material. Most Root Canal Therapy can be performed in a single visit in about an hour. Since teeth that require root canals are often badly broken down and not strong enough to endure normal function, crowns are often necessary to reinforce the tooth. Sometimes a “post” may be placed in the root canal space to further strengthen the foundation for the crown.

Porcelain veneers are probably the most esthetic means of creating a more pleasing and beautiful smile. Porcelain veneers allow us to alter tooth position, shape, size and color. They are not the only alternative for all esthetic abnormalities but are truly a remarkable restoration when they are the treatment of choice.

Regardless of how well you care for your teeth, it is inevitable that, over time, some discoloration will occur. This gradual change can be caused by aging, substances that stain your teeth or excessive fluoride. Dr. Yee offers an at-home whitening system utilizing custom fitted trays.

To insure the best results for your cosmetic treatment Dr. Yee utilizes digital photography and cosmetic imaging. We are able to create the ideal smile for you to view, prior to starting your treatment. Digital Imaging gives us the ability to provide optimal results to our patients.