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Your mouth naturally produces a substance called plaque that can stick to your teeth and harden into tartar. Over time, the buildup of plaque and tartar can increase the bacteria in your mouth, and these bacteria can lead to periodontal disease, aka gum disease. If left untreated for a long enough period of time, these bacteria can even destroy the bone under your gums.
Your best defense against plaque and gum disease is a daily hygiene regimen that includes brushing and flossing twice a day. You should also visit Dr. Burghardt twice a year for regular checkups and cleanings. During these cleanings, we’ll be able to remove any plaque that has hardened into tartar.
Dr. Burghardt understands that a visit to the dentist can sometimes make people nervous. To help with this, he offers a variety of methods to help you relax while you’re here. In addition to our pleasant office environment and friendly staff, you can also choose from a variety of relaxation dentistry options, including NuCalm, oral sedation, and nitrous oxide (aka “laughing gas”).
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Absolutely! A common method for fixing chipped or cracked teeth is to use porcelain veneers. A veneer is a thin layer of material bonded over a tooth and colored to match the rest of your smile. Veneers can be used to correct chips, cracks, and discoloration that can’t be helped with teeth whitening treatments. For your overall smile, a teeth whitening treatment may also be an option. Come see Dr. Burghardt, and he can examine your smile and review the options with you that would work best with your unique situation.
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No, you don’t. Once the porcelain veneer has been placed on your tooth, it will look, feel, and act just like the rest of your teeth. The material the veneer is made from doesn’t stain easily, either, so you won’t need to avoid particular foods or drinks (such as coffee). You only need to brush and floss the way you would with the rest of your smile.
It’s quite common for adults to prefer a more discreet method of straightening their smiles. The great news is that we do offer an alternative to metal braces with 6 Month Smiles. The 6 Month Smiles technology allows you to straighten your teeth in a significantly shorter period of time than with traditional metal braces. Best of all, these innovative braces are clear, so you can enjoy the benefit of discretion and continue smiling throughout your treatment.
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Absolutely not! Dr. Burghardt has helped patients of all ages to achieve their dream smiles. Make an appointment today, and learn how Dr. Burghardt can help you!
Sometimes, Dr. Burghardt can help you correct gaps in your teeth by using dental bonding instead of braces. When you have a tooth or teeth bonded, this means that a special material is added to your teeth to change their shape in subtle ways. The material is colored to match the rest of your smile, so your bonded tooth will look completely natural. After an examination, Dr. Burghardt will be able to discuss whether dental bonding is the right option for you.
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Yes, this is certainly one of the ways that dental bonding can benefit your smile. Dr. Burghardt will need to evaluate your bite before recommending this type of bonding, because he will want to ensure that the treatment won’t affect the way your top and bottom teeth fit together when you bite down. After an examination, Dr. Burghardt will discuss all available treatment options with you, including whether dental bonding is a good choice.
If you’ve heard of someone getting a tooth capped, that means they had a crown placed on the top of their tooth. Crowns help to preserve and strengthen teeth even when those teeth have experienced significant decay. They allow you to keep your existing tooth and avoid an extraction.
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The great thing about crowns is that Dr. Burghardt can style them to match the rest of your teeth. He will take the color and shape of your existing teeth into consideration, and he will also take an impression of your teeth to ensure that your new crown or crowns have the best possible fit. Once a crown is in place, it will look just like your other teeth.
Not everyone is a candidate for teeth whitening, but you won’t know if the whitening chemicals are safe for you unless a trained dentist like Dr. Burghardt evaluates your smile first. Without proper supervision, the whitening process could increase your tooth sensitivity or irritate your gums. Also, if you’ve had prior dental work done on your teeth, such as bonding or fillings, you could end up with your natural teeth being a different color than the artificial materials.
Not only can Dr. Burghardt ensure that teeth whitening is a safe and appropriate option for you, but he can also give you a whiter smile in a much shorter time period than you’d experience with over-the-counter products.
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Thanks to advances in modern technology, Dr. Burghardt can now use porcelain fillings in your back molars, so that your fillings can better match the natural color of your teeth. There are three different options that can be used to replace your metal fillings: white fillings (aka porcelain fillings), porcelain inlays, or porcelain onlays. All three of these options include permanent bonding to your tooth, an aesthetic appearance to match your other teeth’s natural color, and an improvement to your tooth’s chewing strength. During your initial examination, Dr. Burghardt will be able to discuss these options with you in more detail and help you decide which is the right choice for you.
Dentures are artificial teeth that you wear when you’ve lost some or all of your natural teeth. Complete dentures, which replace all of your upper or lower teeth, are typically removable. Partial dentures, on the other hand, are used when only a few teeth need to be replaced. In the case of partial dentures, your new teeth will be permanently anchored in place and will not be removable.
While dentures are typically artificial teeth that can be removed, a dental implant is a more permanent solution. A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth. Dental implants may be right for you if you lost your tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, injury, or other reasons. Dr. Burghardt and his dental team will work with you to figure out if a dental implant is the best course of action for you and your dental needs. The best part of implants is that they act, feel, and look like your natural teeth!
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TMJ, or temporomandibular joint syndrome, refers to the symptoms you experience when your upper and lower jaws don’t match up properly. TMJ can also be caused from chronic tooth grinding. The symptoms of TMJ can include headaches, popping noises when you open or close your jaw, sore teeth, chipped or broken teeth, and muscle soreness in your face, neck, and shoulders. Dr. Burghardt can help you learn whether you are suffering from TMJ and can review your treatment options with you.