Cosmetic and Restorative Services

Cosmetic and Restorative Services

Teeth Whitening  

People are drawn to bright, beautiful smiles. Brilliantly white teeth convey youth, enthusiasm, and charm. But, over time, medication, the things you eat and drink, trauma, and other factors can cause stains and discolorations that diminish your smile's luster. We can help you get it back with professional teeth whitening.

We offer take-home teeth whitening and in-office teeth whitening to eliminate stains and create fantastic smiles. We'll give you custom bleaching trays and professional-strength gel to whiten your teeth in the comfort of your home. Take-home teeth whitening is safe and effective. The gel penetrates enamel and dentin to release stains but leaves the structure of your teeth unchanged. Expect to use your bleaching trays for about 10 to 14 days to achieve maximum results. The in-office session is done in our office with professional strength bleach. The result is lasting brilliance and a more beautiful youthful-looking smile. Periodic touch-ups will maintain your smile's sparkle.

Tooth Colored Fillings
Until recently, dental patients have been told that repairing teeth with white fillings was just for cosmetic purposes, and white fillings may not be as durable as the metal restorations. This philosophy is now passe. With the modern technologies of dental adhesion, resins, and state-of-the-art ceramics, the new porcelain restorations are close to rivaling nature in strength, wear, function, and appearance.

There are studies showing that with properly administered technique, these advanced restorations surpass traditional dentistry. With these new materials, it is possible to bond teeth back together, virtually restoring them back to their virgin strength without the invasive procedure of full-coverage crowns.

Porcelain Veneers
You deserve a bold, beautiful smile. One that's uniquely yours and distinctly stunning. Porcelain veneers offer a completely custom way to transform your smile. The thin porcelain coverings fit over teeth to eliminate imperfections such as:
- Chipped teeth
- Stained teeth
- Awkwardly shaped teeth
- Slightly crooked teeth
- Teeth separated by gaps

We'll design your porcelain veneers specifically for your facial shape, contours, and coloring. Then, a skilled ceramic artist will handcraft your restorations from fine dental porcelain that looks and feels like a natural tooth enamel and resists stains. 

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges

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/or to 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.

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

- To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
- To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
- To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
- To hold a dental bridge in place
- To cover mis-shapened or severely discolored teeth
- To cover a dental implant

First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis.    

A removable partial denture (RPD) is for a partially edentulous dental patient who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons, and who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for any number of reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or due to financial limitations.
The reason why this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture is because patients can remove and reinsert them when required without professional help. Conversely, a "fixed" prosthesis can and should be removed only by a dental professional.
An Implant-supported bridge is a dental prosthesis supported by one or more implants replacing three or more teeth.
Implant-supported fixed partial denture or dental bridge as commonly known can be either screw retained or cemented. Screw-retained prosthesis allows for removal of the bridge if needed. Cemented bridge cannot be removed as it is on permanently.

Complete Dentures
A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and sometimes require denture adhesive to hold them in place. A smile just isn't a smile if it's incomplete. Missing teeth cause a host of problems, from difficulty speaking and eating to low self confidence to jawbone deterioration.

Don't give up on your smile. Advances in dental materials and technology have made complete and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever.

Partial Dentures
A removable partial denture (RPD) is for a partially edentulous dental patient who desires to have replacement teeth for functional or aesthetic reasons, and who cannot have a bridge (a fixed partial denture) for any number of reasons, such as a lack of required teeth to serve as support for a bridge (i.e. distal abutments) or due to financial limitations.
The reason why this type of prosthesis is referred to as a removable partial denture is because patients can remove and reinsert them.
Implant-Supported Dentures 
Dental implants are small titanium posts anchored into the jawbone. If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clasps or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. Once the dental implants are placed into the jaw bone, we will fabricate the denture around the implant so that they can hold your dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about dentures coming loose or falling out.


You and one of the doctors may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced gum disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, in most cases, the doctor will discuss alternatives to extractions as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

Dental Implants
Whether you need to replace one tooth or many, dental implants are an attractive, durable way to renew your smile. Implants mimic natural tooth structure and provide long-lasting beauty, comfort, and function. At our leading-edge dental office, we offer dental implant restorations to give patients natural-looking smiles and improved quality of life.

What is a dental implant? How does it work? An implant has two parts: a bio-compatible titanium post topped with a custom crown or other prosthetic. An oral surgeon or periodontist will insert one post in your jawbone for each missing tooth or a few to secure a denture, partial, or bridge. Your jawbone will fuse with the post(s) and provide a firm foundation for your new smile. Dr. Vu and Dr. Chauvin will work closely with your surgeon during the implant placement phase. Then, they will design and attach your replacement teeth to beautifully revitalize your smile.

What are the benefits of dental implants?

- Dental implants provide a host of benefits, including:
- Increased support for facial muscles for a more youthful appearance.
- Improved articulation
- No diet restrictions 
- Deterrence of bone loss that may occur with missing teeth
- Existing teeth won't drift out of position
- Patients maintain an active lifestyle knowing their smile is secure

State of the Art Dental Technology

State of the Art Dental Technology

Intra-Oral Cameras 

People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can't see what the dentist can - that is, until now.

We use intra-oral cameras, so when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. 

The dentist can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you'll become an informed partner in your dental care.

Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The intra-oral camera can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.

Low Radiation Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays - We've invested in a new way of looking into your mouth - a procedure that's fast, comfortable, and incredibly precise. Using digital radiography, we can clearly identify all external and internal anatomical structures and accurately diagnose your dental problems. Even more amazing, we can immediately translate that information into a large, clear, accurate image, projected onto a monitor that patient and doctor can study together in the operatory. You won't even have to leave your chair. Digital radiography's technology improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients' teeth, resulting in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions. As the most important member of your dental team, you need to understand the condition of your mouth, as well as our recommendations for treatment. Digital radiographs help us help you.

Reduced Radiation, Radical Results
Traditionally, dentists used X-rays to see what the naked eye could not; X-rays were developed in a darkroom with hazardous chemicals, and then viewed on a special light board. The developed X-rays had to be stored, which required large filing systems. By far, the worst part of traditional X-rays was the radiation exposure to patients. Digital radiography has completely transformed this process.

Now, when you come into the office for X-rays, a tiny sensor is placed in your mouth to emit a small amount of radiation - up to 90 percent less than traditional X-rays required. Thus creates a detailed image of your internal oral structures that is immediately view-able on a chair-side monitor, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images. We can rotate and magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. The digital images store easily and efficiently in our computer files, safe and sound. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital X-rays can be easily, inexpensively, and accurately reproduced indefinitely.

Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs. They're convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they're safer for our patients.



Preventative Care Services

Gentle Cleanings
Regular teeth cleanings and dental examinations are important for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Brushing and flossing are excellent for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile require routine cleanings and preventative care to stay that way. Our practice encourages regular oral examinations and cleanings. We provide preventative care which includes fluoride, and periodontal (gum disease) treatments designed to help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy. By taking care of your teeth throughout your life, you give yourself a better chance of having healthy teeth and gums well into old age.

Oral Hygiene Education
Dental health begins with good oral hygiene. This requires professional care and guidance provided by your dentist and dental hygienist, combined with proper care at home by you. That's the partnership. When you follow a recommended home care routine and have regular professional care, you will be able to maintain healthier teeth and gums.

Preventive Dental Sealants

Dental Sealants - Many people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Children with poor brushing habits may also develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. For situations like these, dental sealants offer a means of protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay. Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key means of cavity prevention, dental sealants are simply a thin plastic film that can be applied to teeth.

First, we identify and fill any spots of decay, then prepare your teeth with a cleaning and etching solution. After about 15 seconds, we thoroughly rinse the solution, dry the surface, coat your teeth with sealant, and harden it with a curing light. The entire procedure is fast, easy, and comfortable. It takes about 10 - 45 minutes, depending on the number of teeth to seal. Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective in preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities.









Dental Appliances


Oral Sleep Apnea Appliances

Sleep Apnea & Snoring - Are you tired, stressed out, and moody because of interrupted sleep? Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops for periods of 10 seconds or longer, can interrupt deep sleep that makes people feel rested. Non-surgical dental appliances have proven more effective than surgery for many sleep apnea patients.

What is Sleep Apnea?

When a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more, they have "apnea." OSAS, or obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, is one type of sleep apnea. Lack of adequate breath during sleep reduces airflow, causing the brain to tell the body to wake up and breathe. In some cases, sleep apnea patients only move into a light stage of sleep, while over time patients wake completely.

What's the Problem?
Many factors may contribute to airway blockage, from the size of passages and oral or airway structures, to swelling of passageways or position of the tongue. Disrupted deep sleep can affect mood, health, and cause daytime sleepiness. The added stress and fatigue can cause lack of concentration, loss of memory, and accidents in the workplace or while driving. Other health risks include high blood pressure and heart problems, and even a risk of premature death. The sleep apnea patient's snores can disturb a sleeping partner's rest as well.

Non-Surgical Sleep Apnea Therapies
A few tests can determine whether you suffer from OSA, and non-surgical therapies may alleviate the problem. A nasal mask (CPAP) can deliver air to keep nasal passages open during sleep. Another alternative is a dental appliances that repositions the tongue or mandible (lower jawbone) to allow for increased air flow.

According to experts, sleep apnea is an under-diagnosed condition, and more men than women suffer. A sleep apnea device may improve your quality of life. It's just another way your dentist can help you smile.

Nightguards for Bruxism - The Crux of Bruxism
Some patients react to stress by grinding their teeth unconsciously during the day, or more commonly, while sleeping. The constant pressure and motion can harm teeth, as well as muscles and tissues in and around the jaw. The condition, known as bruxism, can be remedied with a nightguard.

The Facts About Clenching & Grinding
Common symptoms of bruxism include a sore jaw, headaches, or earaches. Causes vary, but may include stress, anxiety, tension, misaligned teeth, posture, diet, sleeping habits, and other factors. Bruxism is mort prevalent in women and generally found in about one-third of the population.

Individuals who react to stress with anger, pain, frustration, aggression, or competition are most commonly affected. People with bruxism may have other biting habits, such as biting fingernails, pencils, lips, or the insides of their cheeks.

Constant clenching and grinding of the teeth can cause not only the aforementioned symptoms, but it may also contribute to TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) which has a long list of side effects associated with pain in the head and neck. Teeth rubbing together consistently will result in surface wear over time, which will cause dental problems. Insomnia, eating disorders, and depression can result from bruxism if left untreated.

A Solid Solution
How can you stop and unconscious habit? A thorough evaluation will allow us to check your teeth, tissues, and muscles. If we determine that you suffer from bruxism, we'll create an orthodontic appliance, also called a nightguard or splint, to prevent grinding and clenching. Many types of nightguards exist, and patients react differently to the various styles. If one appliance does not work, another may. In many causes, simply wearing a nightguard will eliminate the problem. 

Some practices that can relieve symptoms of bruxism include stress and anxiety management, focused facial relaxation, massage and stretching of face and neck muscles, applying ice or wet heat, proper rest, eating soft foods, and hydrating the body. 

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