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We offer a wide variety of services to restore your mouth to a healthy state. We are always seeking to advance dentistry by incorporating the latest technology. Dr. Elsner and his team take advantage of advanced education courses to further patient care. We are always learning new technologies and techniques to perfect dentistry. Dentistry today is evolving and isn't the same as 5, 10, or 20 years ago. Have a particular question for Dr. Elsner? He is here to work with our patients to provide options to suit their needs.
During your dental exam at your cleaning appointment; Dr. Elsner may recommend restorative treatment. This treatment may range from a simple sealant on a child to an extraction of a tooth, a crown, or an implant on an adult. Dr. Elsner will discuss treatment options, your goals as a patient, reasons to perform the treatment and then the team will create a detailed treatment plan after this discussion. Yes, this treatment plan will include the cost of treatment. We know patients do not like surprises or be mislead with regards to cost; so we do our best to evaluate and estimate the true cost to you.
A crown is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. Crowns are used when excessive portions of the original tooth are missing or broken or when a filling is too large. By covering the whole tooth, any biting force is evenly applied to the tooth preventing if from fracturing or cracking. Most often crowns are made of high strength ceramic today. Older crowns were made of gold or weaker porcelain. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other type of restorations. Typically a crown procedure takes 2 visits with the second visit only taking a half hour.
A composite (tooth colored) filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. A composite filling will bond to the tooth and release fluoride allowing the restored tooth to remain strong for a longer period of time. Composite fillings eliminate the exposure to mercury and other harmful metals that are present in amalgam fillings (silver/metal fillings).
A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and enhance your smile.
There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Similar to a crown, a bridge is typically made from a ceramic material. There are several types of bridges. You and Dr. Elsner will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular and consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to artificial teeth (pontics), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental implants are for tooth replacement. If teeth are missing or unable to be saved, implant placement may be the best treatment option. Missing teeth can adversely impact a person’s function and overall appearance. These tooth replacements can be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and can dramatically enhance the ease, ability and enjoyment of eating. Implants can help preserve facial structure, preventing the bone deterioration that occurs when teeth are lost. We work as a team with an oral surgeon to ensure your dental implant is successful for many years.
When you need a root canal, we know you consider it a dental emergency, and we can help deliver relief. Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of the tooth is affected by decay, trauma or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated dental materials which restore the tooth to its full function. When needed a root canal done on a tooth is the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would need to be extracted (removed).