PREVENTATIVE DENTISTRY

The knowledgeable and friendly team at Murrayhill Dental can help you achieve your personal goals for dental health. Our comprehensive general dental care services include:             

  • Comprehensive Exams; thorough charting and documentation, periodontal probings, cancer screening
  • Periodic Exams; dental evaluations every 6 months to maintain your oral health
  • Low-radiation Digital Xrays; digital images, computers and viewable flat screens in each room
  • Intra-Oral Cameras; to gain shareable visual images from inside your mouth
  • Regularly Scheduled Appointments; teeth cleaning and periodontal therapy with our dental hygienists
  • Fluoride Treatments; to help prevent the development of tooth decay
  • Tooth Sealants; non-invasive, “paint on” sealants to protect the grooves of your teeth from decay
 
 

 

 

CHILDRENS DENTISTRY

We cater to children of all ages, but recommend that your child see the dentist for the first time at or around the age of 2.

  • Happy Visits; the first visit should always be a positive experience. We will gently introduce your child to dentistry utilizing fun and positive reinforcement
  • Routine Checkups; we will monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth at every visit and will educate them on proper homecare techniques
  • Children’s Play Area; we have a small room in our lobby dedicated to keeping the little ones entertained
  • Toy Chest; of course, the BEST part of any dental visit!
 
 

 

 

PERIODONTAL THERAPY

Periodontal disease is a serious condition that occurs when the gum tissues and the bone around teeth become infected. If left untreated, the gums can separate from the teeth, causing spaces to form between the teeth and the gums along the gum line. The result is deterioration of gum tissue and jawbone, leading to tooth loss. Scaling and root planing is a common treatment for periodontal disease, providing a deeper cleaning between compromised teeth and gums to help prevent progression of periodontal disease.

 

 

 

 

PORCELAIN CROWNS & VENEERS

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth -- to cover the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and improve its appearance. The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

A crown may be recommended for the following reasons:

  1. To protect a weak tooth from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth

  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left

  4. To hold a dental bridge in place

  5. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth

  6. To cover a dental implant

  7. To make a cosmetic modification

 

Dental veneers are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.

Dental veneers are made from Lithium Disilicate; a material that is stronger and more resistant to breaking than porcelain.

 

 

 

 

 

COMPOSITE FILLINGS

A composite filling is a tooth-colored resin mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth. Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.

 

 

 

 

IMPLANT CROWNS 

Single-tooth implants can be used in people who are missing one or more teeth. An implant is surgically placed in an opening in the jawbone. After the implant integrates (attaches) to your bone, it acts as a new "root" for the crown that will replace your missing tooth. A crown (cap), which is made to look like a natural tooth, is attached to the implant and fills the space left in the mouth by the missing tooth.

For this procedure to work, there must be enough bone in the jaw. The bone has to be strong enough to hold and support the implant. If there is not enough bone, it may need to be added with a procedure called bone augmentation or bone grafting. In addition, natural teeth and supporting tissues near where the implant will be placed must be in good health.

The time frame for completing the implant and crown depends on many factors. When the traditional method of placing an implant is used, the shortest time frame for a complete implant is about five months in the lower jaw and six months in the upper jaw. This includes surgeries and placing the permanent crown. However, the process can last a year or more, particularly if bone needs to be built up first.

The abutment can be made of titanium, gold or porcelain. It is attached to the implant with a screw. This part connects the implant to the crown. It is shaped like a natural tooth that has been cut down to receive a crown.The restoration (the part that looks like a tooth) is a crown. It usually is made of porcelain fused to a metal alloy (PFM). It also can be all metal or all porcelain. The crown is screwed onto the abutment. If the crown is screwed to the abutment, the screw hole will be covered with restorative material such as tooth-colored filling material (composite).

 

 

 

 

NIGHT GUARDS

Bruxism (pronounced BRUK-sizm) is the medical term for forceful clenching and/or grinding of your teeth. It is considered a major cause of tooth problems. Some patients will say that they notice signs of wear, but it is not just a cosmetic problem (although worn down teeth can age you as bad if not worse than wrinkled skin).

The action of grinding- where your upper and lower teeth move back and forth with great force against each other- causes your teeth to flatten. Allowed to persist, grinding causes temperature sensitivity, pain because the wear gets down to the nerve, cracks in the teeth, receding gums and eventually lost teeth.

While getting a night guard from your dentist can cost several hundred dollars, it is an extremely worthwhile investment in the long run.  Because it is designed by your dentist to fit your teeth exactly, it is much more likely than a store bought guard to prevent you from needing more expensive dental work in the future. Also, in many case, dental insurance covers all or part of the cost.

 

FLUORIDE TRAYS

Fluoride trays are custom fitted plastic trays made by your dentist to be filled with prescription fluoride gel to help control decay and strengthening teeth structures.
Because of your high need to prevent or control dental decay, or reduce tooth sensitivity, it is recommended that you use fluoride daily. Documented research found that the use of these trays and fluoride will prevent new decay almost totally and will slow down currently present decay. Additionally, it will desensitize sensitive tooth root surfaces. However, you must be consistent in carrying out the treatment daily.

 

WHITENING TRAYS

For the most effective and safest whitening treatment, theAmerican Academy of Comestic Dentistry recommends using custom-fitted mouth trays made by your dentist. Tooth-whitening gel can leak out of ill-fitting trays causing irritation to your gums, as well as not whitening as efficiently as custom trays. With trays that specifically fit your mouth and bite, you can avoid these problems.

 

 

 

 

 

NITROUS OXIDE GAS (Laughing Gas)

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.

Nitrous oxide, sometimes called “laughing gas,” is an option we offer to help make you more comfortable during certain procedures. It is not intended to put you to sleep. You will be able to hear and respond to any requests or directions the dentist may have. You will be asked to breathe normally through your nose, and within a few short minutes you should start to feel the effects of the nitrous oxide. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some people say their arms and legs feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel calm and comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off soon after the mask is removed.

 

ORAL SEDATION

Oral sedation is a popular treatment option for many people because it does not require injection, so if you're afraid of “needles,” you needn't worry. In fact, once you're comfortable with oral sedatives, it may even be easier to have local anesthesia (numbing shots in the mouth) to further facilitate the ease of dental procedures.

Medications are given orally (by mouth). They are either placed and dissolved under the tongue, or they can just be swallowed whole.

Many dentists prefer the sublingual (under the tongue) route which works even more quickly. Taken this way they are absorbed into the bloodstream more rapidly.

It is critical to provide your dentist with a complete health history including:

  • Medical conditions for which you are being treated

  • Any and all medications prescribed by a doctor

  • Over-the-counter medications, remedies and vitamins (including aspirin)

  • Alternative or herbal supplements: Many people seek relief from depression and anxiety symptoms with natural remedies like St. John's Wort and Kava Kava. These may have a mild interaction with oral sedatives, so it's critical that you tell your dentist if you are taking them. The medications and dosages for your oral sedation treatment can be adjusted to compensate for any interactions.

  • Certain foods: Even something as seemingly insignificant as drinking grapefruit juice can have an effect on sedation. The enzymes in grapefruit interfere with the systems that metabolize (break down) certain oral sedation medications in your body, so you should not consume grapefruit 72 hours prior to or immediately after a sedation procedure.

  • Also be sure to tell your doctor about factors like smoking and alcohol consumption, since these can influence the effectiveness of sedation medications.

 

MOVIE GLASSES

For your enjoyment (or distraction), we offer movie glasses that you may utilize during your treatment appointments. Complete with earbuds that will help block out sounds, these glasses are iPad compatible which allow for you to pick from hundreds of movie or television shows via Netflix.

 

BLANKETS & NECK PILLOWS

Your comfort is our priority. We offer cozy blankets and neck supporting pillows to help make your visit more enjoyable.

 

 

 

 

 

SPECIALIST REFERRALS

When it is necessary for your health to see a dental specialist, we will refer you to the best in the area. Whether you need an implant placed, root canal therapy, surgical extractions or braces, we will make sure that your care is handled by friendly and professional doctors. Some of the dental specialists that we work closely with include:

 

Endodontists - Root Canal Therapy, Endodontic Surgery

 

Periodontists - Implant Placement, Periodontic Therapy, Bone/Tissue Grafting, Oral Biopsies 

 

Oral Surgeons - Surgical Extractions (including wisdom tooth removal), Jaw Surgery

 

Orthodontists - Braces