Athletes: Looking for Protection and Performance?
Whether golf is your passion, hockey is your hobby, or football is your sport of choice, Custom made mouthguards can help protect your mouth while improving your performance. Mouthguards that fit better are more effective at dispersing force throughout all teeth and seeing less tooth fractures. It also is much more comfortable to wear, and therefore, people will wear them!
Many of us feel that our smiles are most striking when our teeth look especially white, but unfortunately, soft drinks, coffee, tea, and tobacco can leave behind ugly stains. To help you restore your gleaming, bright white smile and to give you an added boost of confidence, we offer many options, such as custom whitening kits. Please contact us today to find out more about these options and which one is best for you.
Natural/“Tooth-Colored” Composite Restorations
If the thought of unsightly metal fillings leaves you less than thrilled, you’ll be happy to know that dental science has made many advances since metal fillings were invented! Today, if you need a cavity filled, Dr. Dr. Deller-Quinn can use a strong composite resin that looks much more natural and is much less noticeable than a metal filling. And best of all, composite fillings only take a single appointment to apply—which means you save time while improving the health of your teeth and the appearance of your smile!
Named for the way that they “bridge” the gaps between teeth lost to trauma or decay, bridges restore your smile’s health and beauty by placing durable artificial teeth where your natural teeth are missing. If your missing teeth make you feel self-conscious, or you’re noticing problems with speaking, chewing, or other everyday tasks, ask Dr. Dr. Deller-Quinn if a bridge may be right for you. Created and only able to be removed by your dentist, bridges offer a comfortable, semi-permanent option that can enhance your smile and improve the health of your natural teeth.
Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers, are a common occurrence and can be very uncomfortable. The cause of canker sores is not known but for anyone who has experienced cankers, they know that these ulcers can be quite painful and impair our ability to eat, drink, sleep or speak. There are a variety of strategies that we can offer to treat and manage this condition.
Cold sores, are caused by the herpes simplex virus type 1. It is not known what stimulates the virus to cause the cold sores to erupt. Sores will usually heal on their own, in about two weeks but sometimes people suffer from recurrent outbreaks, resulting in not only pain and discomfort but also embarrassment. Cold sores can be treated with topical creams and ointments as well as oral medications. AtDr. Deller-Quinn Family Dentistry, we can treat cold sores with a laser, early in its development. If this is done, the outbreak can be minimized. Patients who routinely suffer from cold sores say that they experience a tingling sensation in the first stages of a cold sore, before the blister appears. This is the best time to laser the area, before the cold sore becomes fully manifested. The treatment is painless. Patients say they feel a sensation of warmth where the laser is being applied. Laser on cold sores works in two ways:
-The laser deadens the nerve cells around the area of the cold sore providing almost instant relief.
-The laser promotes an increase in collagen formation which speeds up the healing process.
If you suffer from cold sores, call us the next time you feel the first symptoms and we can schedule an appointment that day!
Sometimes referred to as “dental caps,” Dr. Dr. Deller-Quinn uses crowns to improve the appearance and health of your smile. If you’re suffering from teeth that are chipped, discolored, or have decay or breakage, consider crowning those teeth as a way to get that strong, beautiful, and natural-looking smile that you want.
Ever wondered what the difference is between a crown and a filling , dental inlay, or dental onlay? Crowns cover the entire tooth from the gum line up—so in essence, a crown becomes your new tooth surface because it completely envelopes it. On the other hand, fillings, inlays, and onlays only cover or fill a portion of the tooth, so your natural tooth surface still shows alongside. One similarity that crowns and fillings do have, however, is that many times they can be created from similar materials like porcelain, ceramic, or even gold alloy. Not sure which material makes the most sense for your crown? Ask [Dentist name] to tell you more about your crown options.
Patients complain about teeth that are intermittently painful and hyper sensitive to cold and hot food. This pain in most cases is triggered by actions such as drinking a hot or cold beverage, eating a sweet or sour food, or dental manipulations such as touching the tooth or directing an air blast on it. The problem is known as dentinal hypersensitivity, may be a relatively simple one to treat. Any treatment, which reduces the dentinal permeability, must diminish dentinal sensitivity. The effectiveness of dentine desensitization agents is directly related to their capacity to promote the sealing of the dentinal tubules. As Dr. Deller-Quinn what treatment will be most effective for you.
In only the most extreme and necessary cases—such as when its roots are damaged beyond repair—we may extract a tooth in preparation for a restorative dentistry procedure, such as dentures or implants.
If you’re flossing every day, and making sure you brush your teeth at least two times a day, you’re doing a great job of maintaining the health of your smile. But it’s still important to regularly visit Dr. Deller-Quinn's office so that we can help you maintain your overall oral health and work to prevent any potential problems.
Regular oral examinations and routine cleanings are just a few of the general care services offered at our practice. To help keep your teeth and gums healthy, we’re also happy to recommend and provide preventative hygiene services like fluoride treatments, treatments aimed at remedying gum disease, and even professional breath control treatments. Contact us to set up your appointment.
Unlike filings or crowns that are bonded to the tooth, dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone below the gum line. After the implant is placed, an artificial, natural-looking tooth is attached to it. Over time, your bone and gum will continue to grow around the implant, providing it with extra stability.
Not only is Invisalign versatile, helping to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, but it really works. And there are over a million smiles to back that up. But a confident smile isn't the only benefit of correcting your dental issues with custom-made Invisalign aligners—your health can be positively impacted as well. Learn more about several common issues below that an experienced Invisalign doctor can work with you to correct.
Overly crowded teeth: This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.
Widely spaced teeth: This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.
Crossbite: This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.
Overbite: What people commonly refer to as an "overbite" is known to dental professionals as "overjet." It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It's typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Underbite: This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It's usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by
missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
The Invisalign doctor will work with you to create a custom-designed program that will treat your specific dental or orthodontic issue(s). Your treatment program will consist of a full set of
aligners, made for you, and only you. While it's important that you visit the Invisalign doctor to see how well Invisalign fits your specific needs, you can get a head-start now by taking
our self assessment.
Choosing the Invisalign system is a smart decision on your part. The advanced technology provides you with a clean, virtually undetectable, hygienic and customized solution to give you the smile that you’ve always wanted!
Gum disease doesn’t spring up overnight—it progresses slowly, and in many cases, you may not even realize you have it! Left untreated, gum disease can lead to larger issues, including tooth loss. Gum disease can happen even if you are vigilant about flossing, brushing and taking care of your teeth, which is why it is so important to get routine dental check-ups.
Gum Disease Treatment Therapies
Should your dental visit indicate the presence of gum disease, Dr. Deller-Quinn will work with you develop an appropriate treatment plan. Depending on the disease’s severity, it may be necessary to consider more aggressive therapies that move beyond the surface of the teeth and below the gum line. For example, if there is a large amount of bacteria or plaque that is accumulating below the gum line, Dr. Deller-Quinn may suggest specific medications administered at the disease site, or additional treatments like curettage or root-planning.
Curettage is the name for the procedure where diseased soft tissue is removed from around the tooth. By removing the diseased tissue, we are removing a source of chronic infection and irritation and allowing proper healing to occur.
Root-planning is another aggressive gum disease treatment that involves removing and smoothing microscopic amounts of the tooth’s root surface. When this is complete, you are left with a clean, bacteria-free surface that promotes optimal healing of the soft tissue surrounding it.
Oftentimes, curettage and root-planning are done at the same time by our skilled hygienists. Local anesthesia is many times suggested as a way to minimize any discomfort. After the procedure is complete, our hygiene team will demonstrate the things you can do at home to maintain the oral gains created by your recent procedure. Over your next several appointments, Dr. Deller-Quinn will assess your current state of gum disease before working with you to determine if additional steps are necessary.
If your gum disease has progressed well below the gum line, we may recommend a consultation with a periodontist who specializes in gum disease-related surgery. For especially aggressive cases of gum disease, surgery may offer the best prognosis that allows for the gum and bone to fully heal.
Though some may use the terms interchangeably, there is a difference between orthopedics and orthodontics.
Orthopedics is typically the first step in the process of remedying maloccluded (e.g. crowded or improperly aligned) teeth in children—and in some cases, the right orthopedic treatment can actually negate the need for orthodontic treatment entirely. Functional orthopedics are typically short-term, removable therapies—like retainers or similar devices—aimed at promoting appropriate facial growth and jaw structure. Orthopedics deal with both genetic malocclusion and the much more common environmental malocclusion –related to poor tongue position, allergies, enlarged tonsils, or even mouth breathing.
Early orthopedic treatment can increase the chances for normal development, and can also discourage potentially destructive behaviors (like mouth breathing) before they turn into habits or have a negative influence on other aspects of your child’s life, like their sleep.
Orthodontics, on the other hand, typically involves bonding braces to the teeth as a way to gradually move the tooth into a straighter, less crowded pattern. Unlike orthopedics, orthodontic devices are semi-permanent and may need to be work for months or years to achieve the desired result.
Are you missing multiple teeth or a single tooth in the esthetic region??? Dentures are an affordable prosthesis that replaces missing teeth. It is inserted or removed as desired. Two different denture types exist: Acrylic Dentures and Cast Partial Dentures.
Acrylic dentures are an economic choice to replace any number of missing teeth in the mouth. Acrylic dentures rely on clasps or suction from the soft tissue of the mouth for retention. Acrylic dentures are good for patients missing all teeth in an arch or for patients who anticipate the future loss of a tooth. Acrylic dentures can easily have more prosthetic teeth added to them if another tooth is lost.
Cast partial dentures are a better fitting, longer lasting option for patients that are only missing some teeth. They are built upon a metal framework that provides a more stable fit by engaging the remaining teeth ('abutments') using clasps and rests. It must be stressed that abutment teeth are the anchor teeth for the cast partial denture and therefore must be stable for a long lasting result.
Every patient's mouth is unique. Please call our office to book a consultation regarding dentures.
If you’ve ever seen a celebrity go from stained, chipped or crooked teeth to a beautiful, straight, gleaming white smile virtually overnight, you’ve seen what were probably porcelain veneers. Made from a thin but highly durable material, veneers slide easily over your teeth to give you the smile you’ve always wanted! Customizable to any tooth shade you desire, veneers are a long-lasting way to create a natural-looking smile.
Dental pulp, found in the center of each tooth, contains a nerve which extends from the tooth’s root to bring vital nutrients to the tooth. If a tooth’s pulp is injured, damaged, or infected, the nerve within the pulp will die and, unless endodontic treatment (root canal) is performed, the tooth may die as well. In many cases, root canal therapy (removal of the nerve tissue in the tooth) can save damaged teeth by preserving the tooth in the mouth. After the root canal is successfully completed, restoring the tooth with a crown is usually highly recommended to preserve the tooth structure and provide strength for chewing.
Oral Conscious Sedation
To relieve the very real and often debilitating anxiety associated with dental phobia, we also offer oral conscious sedation, known as sedation dentistry. Patients who feel stressed about dental work, as well as those who need multiple procedures performed in one visit, benefit from conscious sedation.
The procedure involves taking an oral sedative at the office, prior to your visit, Your vital signs and comfort level are keenly monitored throughout your visit.After your procedure(s), you will need a ride home from the dental office. The following day, the sedative will clear the body so that you can resume daily activities.
General Anesthesia & IV Sedation
Also called sleep dentistry, general anesthesia can relieve pain and anxiety by making a patient unconscious during dental procedures. For patients with intense dental fear or those who need major dental procedures, sleep dentistry presents an option that is both comfortable and practical.
While IV sedation can be used for general anesthesia (to induce a state of unconsciousness), it can also be used for conscious sedation. This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness, also known as a “twilight” state, which is a groggy state of mind and a relaxed body. This form of sedation minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the dentist. While you are under the effects of the drug, the dentist can perform your dental work, and you will remain comfortable. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.
If you and the dentist determine that your case is right for sleep dentistry, Dr. Deller-Quinn will set up the appropriate referral to a trained colleage who can safely perform the sedation and dental treatment. Sleep dentistry has helped many patients overcome the barriers created by profound anxieties about dental procedures that stand in the way of optimal oral health.
Many suffer from Tempromandibular Joint pain or Tempromandibular Dysfunction. Symptoms include:
1. Pain on opening.
2. Inability to open wide or move from side to side comfortably.
3. Neck and shoulder pain.
4. Ear pain.
5. Ringing in the ears.
6. Clenching, night grinding.
7. Chronic fatigue.
8. Noise, grating or popping in joint.
9. Chronic Temporal or occipital headache
Treatment of these problems can be complicated. The cause can often be multi-factorial. Successful treatment may involve other professionals; Physiotherapy, Chiropractors, Massage Therapy, Cranio-mandibular specialists, and Physicians.
Meaningful treatment begins with proper diagnosis. We will do a thorough evaluation of your problem to determine the best way that we can help and the appropriate therapy.
A therapeutic bruxism appliance can make a big difference in symptoms, providing significant relief for many. It also:
-Reduces teeth grinding and abnormal muscle contractions by nearly 70%
-Doesn't trigger your gag reflex, meaning you're more likely to wear it and benefit from it!
-Costs less and has fewer side effects than prescription drugs
-Allows you to avoid the need for tooth repair due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep
A properly-fitted bruxism appliance is appropriate for headache sufferers, as well as, those who may be experiencing tooth wear, and jaw muscle pain. Bruxism appliances can prevent and/or reduce the intensity of jaw clenching while you sleep, which can minimize headaches and create a variety of other benefits:
Is a bruxism appliance the answer to your headache nightmares? Talk to Dr, Deller-Quinn to see if a bruxism appliance can help you live a happier, more pain-free life.
If you suffer from tension or migraine headaches, Dr. Deller-Quinn may have a way to help reduce the frequency and intensity of your headaches: Stabilization splints. Appropriate for headache sufferers—as well as those who may be experiencing tooth wear, jaw muscle pain, or those who simply want to protect their mouth’s surfaces during a time of healing --a properly-fitted stabilization splint is smaller and more comfortable than a traditional biteguard. Stabilization splints can prevent and/or reduce the intensity of jaw clenching while you sleep, which can minimize headaches and create a variety of other benefits:
•Reduces teeth grinding and abnormal muscle contractions by nearly 70%
•Doesn’t trigger your gag reflex, meaning you’re more likely to wear it and benefit from it!
•Costs less and has fewer side effects than prescription drugs
•Allows you to avoid the need for tooth repair due to jaw clenching and teeth grinding in your sleep
Are stabilization splints the answer to your headache nightmares? Talk to Dr. Deller-Quinn to see if stabilization splints can help you live a happier, more pain-free life.
Many suffer from Tempromandibular Joint pain or Tempromandibular Dysfunction. Symptoms include:
• Pain on opening.
• Inability to open wide or move from side to side comfortably.
• Neck and shoulder pain.
• Ear pain, hearing loss.
• Ringing in the ears.
• Clenching, night grinding.
• Chronic fatigue.
• Noise, grating or popping in joint.
• Chronic Temporal or occipital headache.
Treatment of these problems can be complicated. The cause can often be multi-factorial. Successful treatment may involve other professionals; Physiotherapy, Chiropractors, Massage Therapy, Cranio-mandibular specialists, and Physicians. Meaningful treatment begins with proper diagnosis. We will do a thorough evaluation of your problem to determine the best way that we can help and the appropriate therapy.