Simply Smile Dental Services
There are three basic types of procedures to remove plaque and bacteria from teeth, treating all areas of the gums.
Patients diagnosed with a healthy mouth condition receive a prophylaxis or healthy mouth cleaning — the kind that most insurance companies cover. This procedure removes plaque on the teeth and at the gum line.
Full Mouth Debridement:
Patients diagnosed with gingivitis, a reversible form of periodontal disease, typically require a full mouth debridement to remove build-up on the teeth so a full assessment can be conducted. Afterward, many patients return to a healthy mouth condition.
Scaling & Root Planing (SRP):
Patients diagnosed with active periodontal disease cannot benefit from a healthy mouth cleaning because they require treatment above and below the gum line. These patients generally receive SRP, a non-surgical treatment that removes build-up, smooths out exposed root surfaces and may include the application of localized antibiotics and fluoride as well. SRP often takes several visits to complete and ongoing periodontal maintenance is prescribed at regular intervals afterward.
The type and frequency of procedure you need depends on your dentist’s diagnosis.
Simply Smile uses a number of devices to examine and create detailed images of the structures within your mouth.
In fact, the creation of these images is one of the most important parts of diagnosing a number of dental conditions, as well as developing accurate treatment plans with effective dental procedures. In previous years, dentists were forced to rely on traditional x-rays and extraoral radiologic technology that provided less than ideal results. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology have led to the development of Intra-oral cameras.
We use small cameras about the size of a pen, called Intra-oral cameras, to help clearly see the condition of your teeth and gums. With this advanced technology we can zoom in on small diseased areas, cracks, chips and worn metal fillings with extreme precision. The full-color images taken with the Intra-oral camera are sent to a computer screen so we can clearly see and diagnose dental problems much earlier than with traditional dental technology. Because images are displayed on our screens, patients will also be able to see areas being worked on and are able to gain a better understanding of dental procedures being performed.
Digital x-rays offers a detailed image of your entire mouth and also offer up to 80% less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
Simply Smile uses the latest in digital x-ray technology. X-rays play an invaluable role in the diagnosis of dental problems, as well as provide a clear picture for a dentist to accurately diagnose and provide the necessary treatment.
We place a small sensor in your mouth and then an x-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to image other sections of your teeth.
The digital dental x-ray system is more sensitive than dental x-ray film systems, so your exposure to x-rays is cut by as much as 90%. The large and color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your dental checkups take less time, and it’s fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.
ARESTIN® is a localized antibiotic that is placed painlessly into a periodontal pocket to promote healing.
ARESTIN® Periodontal Treatment
It is often times used in conjunction with scaling and root planing but can be used as a spot treatment on a maintenance cleaning. Indications for use of Arestin are pockets 5mm or deeper. If you have gum disease your dental professional may recommend ARESTIN®.
Our hygienist, will monitor your gums at each dental visit. If we notice infected gum pockets we may recommend placing Arestin below the gumline. This may happen at the time of scaling and root planing or during a routine periodontal maintenance.
ARESTIN® contains microspheres—tiny, bead-like particles—that are smaller than grains of sand and are not visible to the eye. The microspheres are filled with the antibiotic minocycline hydrochloride. These microspheres release the antibiotic over time, killing bacteria so your gums can heal better than with SRP alone.
A crown is a dental restoration that covers an existing tooth and improves the appearance of your smile while strengthening the tooth.
A crown can:
- Cerec Advantages Restore a tooth
- Cerec Porcelain crowns Cover badly shaped or discolored teeth
- San Diego Cerec Porcelain Attach bridges
- Cerec Carlsbad one day crowns Protect fractured teeth
- Cerec Porcelain Attach a dental implant
- Cerec in-office tooth repair Improve the way your bite fits together
Each crown is custom designed to fit your mouth. Your dentist will consider many factors when prescribing the best option for you. Factors can include the location of the crown, whether or not you have periodontal disease or metal sensitivity, and your bite. Aesthetics and durability may also be considerations.
A new crown involves at least two visits to the dentist. During your first visit, decay will be removed and the tooth will be shaped to prepare it for the crown. An impression of your teeth will be made and a temporary crown will be placed in your mouth. During your second visit, the temporary crown will replaced with the permanent crown, which will be adjusted to fit your bite.
A bridge is a dental restoration that consists of one or more prosthetic teeth that bridge the gap created by missing teeth.
When lost teeth are not replaced, the remaining teeth will shift to fill the empty space and can cause a number of problems. Your dentist may prescribe a bridge to help:
- Cerec Advantages Prevent teeth from drifting out of position
- Cerec Porcelain crowns Prevent the loss of more teeth
- San Diego Cerec Porcelain Restore your smile
- Cerec Carlsbad one day crowns Maintain the shape of your jaw line
- Cerec Porcelain Alleviate stress on your bite
The type and frequency of procedure you need depends on your dentist’s diagnosis.
Root Canal Treatment
A root canal is used to treat a tooth’s soft core when it becomes damaged, diseased and infected.
Root Canal Treatment
If tooth decay or a crack in a tooth causes an abscess or infection in the dental pulp, it must be treated to prevent further infection and damage to your jaw bone. The treatment is called a root canal and is performed by a general dentist or an endodontist (a root canal specialist).
The diseased or damaged dental pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and the root canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned out and sealed with a temporary filling until a crown can be permanently placed on the tooth. This procedure may take up to three appointments to complete.
Simply Smile has many teeth whitening methods available including professional strength, in-office bleaching treatment.
This method of teeth whitening requires a short preparation period where your mouth and gums will be covered. The in-office bleaching solution is applied onto the teeth. This process is done in three 15 minute sessions. You can have teeth several shades lighter in about an hour.
Many teeth whitening methods cause your gums to feel irritable and sore. With our whitening method, irritation is minimal but the results are significant. Research has shown that in-office teeth whitening system can whiten teeth up to 8 shades lighter. Getting your smile that much whiter in less than an hour with little irritation, makes our in-office whitening a great choice.
Before deciding whether in-office teeth whitening is right for you, your dentist will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums to ensure proper health, as well as talk with you about your oral hygiene and lifestyle habits to determine if you will benefit from whitening.
The FDA has approved NTI appliances for the treatment of patients who suffer from migraines and other types of headaches.
Its patented design keeps your canine and back teeth apart. This separation minimizes the intensity of your nighttime clenching forces. Simply Smile is pleased to offer the NTI night guard to patients.
Grinding and clenching your teeth can contribute to and even cause migraine headaches. For this reason, the FDA has approved the NTI night guard system for the treatment of these types of headaches. The NTI night guard is much smaller than a typical night guard. This makes many patients more likely to want to wear it. It can also help with TMJ disorders, muscle pain, ear aches and muscle spasms.
CEREC is a revolutionary way to restore damaged teeth by creating a custom porcelain crown in a single visit.
Same Day CEREC Crowns
From simple fillings to full crowns to veneers, CEREC delivers the results you need right here at Emerson Dental, usually within a single appointment. Making your teeth beautiful, and stronger than before.
In the course of one visit, we can diagnose and prepare your damaged tooth, create an optical impression of the tooth, and use CEREC to design and mill a precision restoration, which is then permanently bonded to your tooth. NO METAL, NO MESS, NO DISCOMFORT, NO WAIT!
The advanced CEREC system is used to restore your teeth with veneers, inlays, onlays and even crowns.
Simply Smile’s in-office CEREC process means:
- Cerec Advantages No dripping messy impressions
- Cerec Porcelain crowns No temporary crown
- San Diego Cerec Porcelain Beautiful enamel-like material that looks and feels natural
- Cerec Carlsbad one day crowns Metal-free solution
- Cerec Porcelain Conservative restoration retaining more healthy tooth structure
- Cerec in-office tooth repair No second visit
Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it’s caught early. That’s why we use the ViziLite Plus.
ViziLite Plus Oral Cancer Screening
ViziLite Plus uses technology that has proven successful in identifying soft tissue abnormalities in other areas of the body. A ViziLite Plus exam is particularly important if you are at increased risk for developing oral cancer.
As with most serious diseases, early detection is the key to successful outcomes. Unfortunately, the problem with oral cancer is that approximately 70% of the time it is not visible to the dental professional until it has reached an advanced stage. ViziLite Plus technology assists your dental professional in seeing abnormal tissue in the mouth, before it is plainly obvious.
As ViziLite Plus passes over oral tissue that has been treated with the rinse solution, normal healthy tissue will absorb the light and appear dark, abnormal tissue will appear white. The purpose of using ViziLite Plus is to identify tissue changes at their earliest stage; once abnormal tissue has been identified it is up to your dental professional to determine what the appropriate next steps are.
Don’t want to look like a metal mouth? At Simply Smile we offer Invisalign invisible braces to clients.
A modern way to straighten teeth, Invisalign can be worn all day without being seen. Unlike other braces, Invisalign can also be removed so you can eat meals and brush your teeth without a hassle. Minor tooth movements can be accomplished in as little as 6 months.
- Helping put your teeth back where they belong
- Giving you freedom from braces
- Less tooth decay
- Removable for dinner/sports/brushing
- Are hidden from sight
- Avoiding all the trouble cleanings necessary with braces