Teeth made, Sharpened and Polished! 

Cosmetics

Here at Nova Dental, we offer a wide range of cosmetic dental services including tooth whitening, composite fillings, porcelain veneers and crowns.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is one of our most popular services. Zoom is a one hour in office bleaching treatment. This procedure requires a short preparation period where your mouth and gums will be covered. The bleaching solution is applied and special zoom lamp is placed on the teeth. The process is done in three 15 minute sessions and in just one hour you can change up to 6 shades. With Zoom whitening, irritation is minimal but the results are significant.

Invisalign

Invisalign straightens your teeth with a series of clear, virtually invisible custom-molded aligners – without the hassle of braces. The course of treatment involves changing aligners approximately every two weeks, moving your teeth into a straighter position step by step, until you have a more beautiful smile. And unlike braces, these clear aligners can be removed while you eat and brush your teeth as usual.

Veneers

If you want to improve your smile, beautiful custom made porcelain veneers and crowns are the platinum standard that world class cosmetic dentists use to create gorgeous smiles. Sometimes referred to as procelain laminates, veneers are thin custom-made moldings that resurface the face of unsightly teeth.

Crown & Bridgework

Crown and Bridge treatment will restore lost teeth, support remaining teeth and help you maintain optimum dental health.

What is a Crown?

A crown is a tooth-like covering placed over a carefully prepared existing tooth. Used to strengthen, restore, or improve the appearance of your natural tooth, a crown is placed over a tooth in much the same way as a thimble over your finger. In addition to being used to strengthen a tooth to accommodate a bridge, crowns serve many functions. One of the most common is to support the tooth when there is no longer sufficient tooth structure left in place to support a filling. Crowns may also be used to protect the structure of a tooth that is fractured or broken.

What is a Bridge and why are Crowns involved?

A bridge is a custom device anchored to neighboring teeth that replaces one or more missing teeth. When a lost tooth is replaced with bridgework, the teeth on either side of the missing one must be prepared as crowns to serve as abutments to hold the prosthetic teeth in place. Crowns and bridges are most often made from superior materials such as precious metals, porcelain or a combination of porcelain fused to metal. Both appearance and function are considered when selecting the material most suitable for you.

Why is Crown and Bridge treatment necessary?

Losing a permanent tooth can cause many serious problems for your neighboring teeth. Because the support and chewing forces are altered, the remaining teeth may begin to shift. The opposing tooth above or below the lost tooth can begin to move up or down in it’s socket, which can accelerate periodontal disease and further break down the bone structure. If the missing tooth is not replaced, more teeth may eventually be lost due to the improper forces exerted during chewing.

What are the benefits of Crown and Bridge treatment?

Crown and bridge treatment reverses the negative impact of missing teeth in a variety of ways:

  • Restores and maintains the natural bite.
  • Prevents unnatural stress on the other teeth.
  • Keeps opposing teeth in their proper place.
  • Prevents shifting and tilting of adjacent teeth.
  • Discourages further dental decay and periodontal disease.
  • Enhances your smile speech and chewing function.

How is the treatment performed?

Once we determine that crown and bridge treatment is indicated, a series of appointments will be set for you. It is important for you to keep all of these appointments to avoid any delays in treatment.

At the first appointment, we complete a thorough oral examination, including an evaluation of your dental history. Any necessary x-rays are completed at this time. During the restorative procedure, we first anesthetize the area to be treated. Next we carefully shape the tooth or teeth to be crowned to allow the crown or bridge sufficient space for proper fit and appearance. Finally we make an impression of the area and fit the teeth involved with a temporary crown or bridge to protect them until your next appointment.

At the following appointment, we evaluate the final crown or bridge for proper fit before placing it permanently, making final adjustments if necessary. Other factors we carefully consider at this time include:

• Aesthetics – color matching and proportion.
• Function – chewing and biting accuracy.
• Tissue Compatibility – the contour of the bridge must conform to the surrounding tissue in a natural, healthy position.

What is the best way to care for a crown and bridge?

Care for it as you would any of your other teeth you wish to preserve! Proper oral hygiene, including flossing at least once a day and brushing twice daily, is just as important as ever to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy, along with regular dental appointments. To make the most of your investment, it is important that you follow our recommendations – including making adjustments to your diet.

We recommend avoiding sticky foods like caramels, toffee, gum and crunchy foods like hard candy. And please don’t chew ice cubes!

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have throughout your crown and bridge treatment. During the process we will do everything to ensure your comfort. Our goal is to help you preserve your smile for a lifetime.

Dental Implants

Dental implants may be the answer if you’re looking for an attractive, comfortable and permanent replacement for missing teeth. 

Why do you need implants?

Most of us take for granted the work our natural teeth perform over the years. We seldom stop to appreciate how easily we can bite into a juicy steak or enjoy a succulent corn on the cob. We may talk, smile and laugh with confidence and our teeth may function pain free for decades.

That all changes when we are faced with tooth loss or experience the diminished ability of our teeth to perform natural functions. It’s then that we realize the tremendous value of teeth in our lives, and how much they affect our chewing, confidence and appearance. Dental implants have helped hundreds and thousands of people regain the function and confidence they once took for granted.

What is dental implant treatment?

Think of dental implants as metal anchors, usually made of titanium, that are surgically placed into the jawbone to hold permanent replacement teeth or dentures. Through a process called osseointegration, the jawbone actually attaches itself to the implant over time, providing tremendous stability.

To devise the best treatment plan for you, we first complete a thorough oral examination, including x-rays.

The procedure and follow-ups are performed in a dental office using local anesthetic. Depending on your individual situation, other types of anesthesia may be used to ensure your comfort.

During surgery each implant is placed within the jawbone to serve as an anchor for the post which will eventually support the replacement teeth. Generally from three to six months or more is then allowed for the bone tissue to grow around the implants and hold them securely in place.

Immediately after surgery, we will give you specific post surgical instructions to ensure the best possible healing. In addition, we may prescribe medication and in some cases antibiotics to aid in the healing process and help alleviate any discomfort. At this time you may be fitted with temporary dentures to help you function as normally as possible.

You will need to limit your diet to soft foods and follow important oral hygiene instructions. Follow up care is important at this time.

Once the jawbone has firmly healed around the implant, a small post is attached to each implant. The post protrudes through the gumline and serves an anchor for the replacement teeth. This short procedure usually only requires local anesthetic. After your gums have healed, the replacement teeth or dentures are securely attached to the posts.

We are excited to offer this advanced dental restoration alternative to you. It is an important part of our commitment to help you keep a healthy, great looking smile for a lifetime.

Dental implants require a time commitment and dedicated oral hygiene routine for optimal maintenance. In addition, implants require a greater financial investment than that of a removable bridge or conventional denture.

However many people discover the end results – a healthy smile, comfort, greater chewing ability and the confidence that comes with it – make dental implants well worth the investment!

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about implant treatment. During the process we will do everything to ensure your comfort. Our goal is to help you preserve your smile for a lifetime.

Botox

NEUROTOXIN (BOTOX/DYSPORT/XEOMIN)

BOTOX® Treatment
BOTOX® treatment is a revolutionary approach to reversing the affects facial wrinkles. Crow’s feet, worry lines and laugh lines can all be a thing of the past. These are referred to as dynamic wrinkle lines and all are treatable with this procedure. Cosmetic denervation is the process of injecting botox into the tiny facial muscles that create the wrinkles.

Before BOTOX® Surgery
To better understand your overall health, we will evaluate your medical history prior to surgery. In addition, a complete examination of your eyes is made in order to decide the most effective injection sites. All issues and concerns will be discussed.

The areas that will be treated are marked and digital photographs are taken in order to determine the amount of improvement after surgery.

RESTYLANE

Restylane® is a safe and natural cosmetic dermal filler that restores volume and fullness to the skin to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It is a satisfying lip filler, bringing “new life” to small, narrow lips. Restylane was the first filler of its kind in the U.S. market and has achieved much success. You will be very satisfied with this treatment experience. The results are appreciated before you even leave the office.

Restylane® is made of non-animal based hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance that already exists in the human body and is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. Unlike rooster-derived hyaluronic acid-based products, Restylane is free from animal proteins. This quality limits any risk of animal-based disease transmission or allergic reaction.

Restylane® requires no pre-testing and the effects generally last for about six months. Restylane is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts by an ultrafine needle, resulting in minimal discomfort. The procedure is simple and convenient, and the results are practically instantaneous.

TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR

TEETH-IN-AN-HOUR™ is a revolutionary concept providing patients with fully functioning teeth on dental implants in a single procedure that takes about an hour. This technology was developed by Nobel Biocare and utilizes collaboration between both the restorative doctor and the oral surgeon. This merging of knowledge and experience achieves not only increased safety, but also a more precise implant placement. In addition, the fabrication of a final prosthesis is completed prior to the surgery. The computer-guided implant surgery is done in an arthroscopic fashion without requiring any flap reflection. This benefits the patient in that there is less postoperative discomfort, less swelling, and less bruising. Patients can often resume their normal activities the next day.

The process begins when a CAT scan is taken of the patient’s jaw bone. This CAT scan allows for the generation of a three-dimensional model of the jaw bone that can then be used with virtual reality software to plan the implant placement without the presence of the patient. The results are a more accurate implant placement and less chair time for the patient.

Pediatric Dentistry

5 Reasons To See A Pediatric Dentist By Your Child’s First Birthday:

1. Guidelines

The ADA (American Dental Association) and AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) recommend your child to see a pediatric dentist by 1 year old.

2. Dental Home

1 year old is a great age to establish a close relationship between your child, a pediatric dentist and yourself as a parents/care giver.

3. Oral Health

A comprehensive oral exam is important to the well being of your child to evaluate for dental caries, oral pathologies/diseases or abnormalities.

4. Prevention

 At an early age your pediatric dentist can create a customized plan for your child that includes oral hygiene, diet, injury prevention, non-nutritive habits, fluoride supplementation and any other of your concerns

5. Finance

Early identification and intervention or oral health problems is the most cost effective way to treat your child’s dental needs. Our office is happy to accept most dental insurances including Husky A+B coverage

Orthodontics

Orthodontics are primarily the practice of straightening crooked and overcrowded teeth and/or aligning the jaws and the bite of upper to lower teeth. The objective of orthodontic treatment is thus twofold – firstly, to improve the appearance of the teeth and hence the smile (which greatly benefits one’s self confidence) and secondly, to improve the bite, which may help minimize the risks of tooth wear and functional and jaw joint problems. Crooked and overcrowded teeth are also more difficult to keep clean and free of tooth decay. Orthodontic treatment for patients with some missing teeth is also possible.

Is there any age limits?

There is no age limit for having orthodontic treatment and there is a variety of ways available to treat specific orthodontic problems. These range from simple treatments (e.g. retainers) to more complex treatments often involving fixed appliances (e.g. braces). The fees for the treatments thus depend upon the complexity of the problem, which is often also related to the duration of the treatment. Payment plans available – just ask us!

Removable appliances or “retainers” are usually used at a younger age, often either to effect simple (but limited) tooth movement or to modify jaw growth, thus addressing correction of the bite and faulty jaw relationships (“functional appliances”).

Fixed Appliances or “braces”

consist of bands and brackets, which are adhered to the teeth, and archwires, which actually move the teeth. We use state of the art and highest quality miniaturized stainless steel braces, less conspicuous Tooth Colored braces, and Invisible or lingual braces (glued to the inside surfaces of the teeth, so they are not visible).

In order to correct the bite and faulty jaw positions (i.e. Dentofacial Orthopaedics), we can use advanced Jaw Orthopedic appliances including Functional Appliances or Headgear (which is worn by growing patients after school and to bed). Headgear is also used to make space for crowded teeth, but in some patients with severe overcrowding, removal of certain teeth is required (we do our best to see if there is any way we can avoid extraction of teeth). Most patients wearing braces also get to wear elastics. Where appropriate, jaw surgery is considered for jaw correction in some non-growing adult patients with severe bite problems

As you can appreciate, the patient’s cooperation in wearing braces, elastics, retainers, or headgear, is VERY important if we’re to achieve a good outcome in the shortest possible time.

We use the newest metal technology available, developed to meet the needs of space travel by NASA. Orthodontic archwires (which actually move the teeth), made from copper, nickel and titanium and which incorporate this technology, are actually activated with changes in temperature. These special properties allow for greater patient comfort, faster tooth movement, and fewer treatment visits to plan in your busy schedule.

Orthodontics is the oldest of all dental Specialities, but it has come a long way of late. The braces are smaller and less conspicuous (and even “invisible”). The wires are gentler and more effective, making treatment faster and less uncomfortable, and better still, newer treatment methods are continually being devised to make it easier for all.

New Patient Consultation

Most patients visiting an orthodontist for the first time are unsure as to what happens at this consultation. In general terms, orthodontic treatment can be divided into three stages :

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Active Orthodontic Treatment
  • Retention

At the very first visit, we spend some time examining the patient, both from a facial aspect as well as their teeth and bite, in order to diagnose the problem. We will then explain this to you, and give you an idea of what orthodontic treatment may be involved to correct the problem (and if this is the right time for treatment), its duration and possible cost.
If you’re not ready for treatment yet, we’ll ask to see you again several months later to monitor changes and determine when you’re ready for treatment (and if treatment is really necessary). However, if you are ready for treatment, we will make some moulds (impressions) of your teeth and take photographs of your face and teeth along with X-rays for measurements and analysis. This will enable us to work out an exact individualized treatment for you. This concludes the diagnosis and treatment planning phase of your treatment. After this we see you again for a treatment discussion appointment.

What do we do in the first appointment?

At this appointment, we will explain to you in detail, the exact nature of the problem, and what ACTIVE ORTHODONTIC TREATMENT is advisable. Most importantly, we will discuss with you the things you need to do during treatment if you want your treatment to be quick and successful. We reckon that this Treatment Discussion Appointment is your most important appointment. The precise fees for the treatment will also be quoted to you in writing then, and an Informed Consent form given to you. There is no charge for the Treatment Discussion appointment, and we encourage questions.

What is the final phase of Orthontics?

The final phase of Orthodontic Treatment is RETENTION, where we use removable retainers (usually) to hold the correction achieved, after the braces are removed. During this time, we will also check on your wisdom teeth.

What is the best age for your children to have their first orthodontic consultation?

American Association of Orthodontists suggests that every child should have an orthodontic screening by age 7. There are some patients who would benefit from being seen at a young age, so that “early” interceptive treatment can be used to alleviate or correct developing problems. For example, if we see a patient who has a thumb-sucking habit, when their permanent front teeth begin to erupt (approximately 6 years old), then we can often reverse the orthodontic problem with timely orthodontic intervention. Patients with overcrowding can often be helped if seen at a young age, so that the need for later extraction of permanent teeth may be avoided. Since using a child’s facial growth to help correct bite problems is often needed, it’s important to see your child when they are young. Apart from thumb-sucking or “underbite” patients (whom we like to see at about 6 years of age), we usually prefer to see our patients for their first consultation at approximately 8 or 9 years of age, in case they would benefit from “early” interceptive orthodontic treatment. However, Active comprehensive orthodontic treatment (often involving braces), is often best carried out just BEFORE the patient’s pubertal growth spurt (girls about 11-12 years of age, boys about 12-13 years of age) — hopefully the patient has by then erupted their permanent teeth.