Here at Dental Bright, Dr. Filali and his dedicated team aim to provide a comfortable, professional, enjoyable experience to each and every one of our patients. Your health and satisfaction are always our number one priority. We offer a wide variety of services and procedures to provide our patients with a fully comprehensive dental experience.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Do you have a cavity, chip, or a decaying tooth? If you could have a filling that matched the natural color of your tooth rather than metal, would you do it? Look no further!
Tooth colored restorations, or composites, have proven to be safe, reliable, and long- lasting treatments for small to mid-size fillings which need to withstand moderate pressure from normal activities such as chewing. The tooth coloration allows for a seamless blend with the natural shade of your tooth.
Composite fillings are made from a blend, or “composite,” of plastic resins and silica fillers. These properties mimc the qualities of your natural tooth structure, such as wear- resistance and translucency. They can also help strength your teeth. Tooth colored fillings last many years.
All in all, tooth-colored fillings are a great option for patients who desire a more natural look, while improving the overall health of the tooth. Working to strengthen your current structure and prevent further damage, tooth-colored fillings let you keep that long- lasting, bright, white smile!
The best filling, however, is no filling at all. Don’t forget to schedule your regular hygiene and periodontal visits to protect against the need for fillings. For more information on Dental Bright Fillings, please contact us today.
Teeth Bonding & Chipped Tooth Repair
Bonding can be the most affordable and quickest method to achieve the cosmetic aesthetic you desire for your smile! Tooth bonding is a process of building and polishing of composite resin to the tooth to create the desired shape. This procedure is most commonly used for patients with discoloration, chips, or even to fill in spaces or gaps between teeth. Bonding not only improves the cosmetic details of teeth like shape and color, but also increases the strength of the tooth. Tooth bonding can additionally be used to protect areas of exposed root caused by a receding gum line.
The procedure itself offers little to no discomfort. The produce begins by selecting the shade of composite to match your tooth color most closely. The surface of the tooth is then slightly etched to roughen it slightly. The tooth is then coated with a conditioning liquid, which allows for the resin to bond to the tooth. The material is then hardened with an ultra-violet curing light. After the bond has adhered completely, Dr. Filali will then shape and polish the tooth to create a natural appearance. Bonds last approximately 7-10 years, providing a long-lasting fix to problem teeth.
Tooth bonding fast, easy, cost-effective, and an excellent, durable solution to promote oral health.
Orthodontics – Invisalign
Do you long for a smile of sparkling, straight teeth but cringe at the thought of traditional metal braces? Looking for something a bit more discreet and convenient? Invisalign is the answer.
Invisalign is a FDA-approved and virtually invisible treatment used to straighten your teeth without conventional methods. With Invisalign, a custom set of molded aligners help reposition your teeth over a period of time. This technology is much more convenient and comfortable than traditional braces. No need to worry about bothersome abrasions or cuts from metal and wires. The easily removable trays allow for you to avoid all of the messy annoyances that come normal braces. Simply remove your aligners before eating, flossing, or special occasions.
Our team here at Dental Bright begins by creating a custom treatment plan with the help of 3D computer imaging. A lab then produces a series of aligners which you will change out every two weeks until your smile is straight and beautiful.
It’s as easy as that! Call our office today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Filali.
Crowns, Bridges & Dentures
Crowns are a permanent covering, or “cap,” that is fitted onto a damaged tooth, helping restore the tooth to its original size and shape. A crown can also be placed on top of an implant to provide a tooth-like shape and structure. Mutual materials can be used for crowns, including metal alloys and gold, as well as porcelain and ceramic. The latter two can be matched to the color of your natural tooth.
Reasons for crowns:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Cosmetic enhancement
- Decaying teeth
- Fractured fillings
- Large fillings
- Root canal complications
Crowns are a reliable, durable form of dental restoration which will help maintain the integrity of your teeth for many, many years.
Bridges are often recommended to patients who are missing one or more teeth. Gaps between teeth can eventually allow for the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces.
Bridges used to replace a missing tooth are cemented to the natural teeth or implants surrounding the empty area. These teeth, referred to as abutments, serve as anchors for the bridge. A Pontic, or replacement tooth is attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Bridges can be made in several types of materials. Dr. Filali and his team will assist you in deciding which material is right for you. Like crowns, porcelain and ceramic bridges can be matched to your natural tooth color.
Bridges can last a lifetime, however some may come loose or fall out. It is best to maintain thorough oral hygiene to allow for the maximum lifespan of the bridge.
Self-conscious about your smile? Are you experiencing difficulties with speech or eating due to missing teeth? Dentures are the perfect way to rediscover beauty and confidence for those who have lost their natural teeth.
Dr. Filali uses the “All in 4” technique which is a method commonly used when all teeth are missing or in a condition in which they must be replaced. This process uses the benefits of a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants for the best, long-term solution.
Dentures allow for a permanent solution for those patients who have lost teeth. It is now possible to replace an entire jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge, allowing the patient’s implants to serve as natural teeth. This solid, stable treatment method also helps preserve facial appearance and prevents bone loss.
Dentures can be a life-changing solution for those missing their natural teeth, by restoring their smile, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.
Periodontal diseases are infections of the structures around your teeth, including gums, periodontal ligament and alveolar bone. Common signs of this are bleeding gums, red or swollen gums, and bad breath. Early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis, may only require regular preventative cleanings, while advanced stages may require more rigorous treatment. As the disease progresses the sulcus, or pocket, between the tooth and the gums is infected with bacteria, plaque, and tartar. This causes irritation to the surrounding areas including the gums and eventually even the bone.
Depending on the stage of the disease, Dr. Filali and his team will determine the appropriate form of treatment needed. This can vary from regular, standard cleanings to a deeper cleaning involving scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing using a local anesthetic to first numb the area. Plaque, tartar, and bacteria are then removed both above and below the gum line. This is periodontal treatment process is called scaling. Root planing is the method of smoothing out rough surfaces which have occurred near the root.
If results are not seen from the scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery my be recommended to assist in healing the pockets and controlling the infection. Depending on the condition, it may be suggested that you see a Periodontist, who specializes in gums and bone. Complete and comprehensive oral hygiene is crucial in preventing and maintaining periodontal disease. This includes regular use brushing, floss, mouthwash, and of course, visits to your doctor. Contact us today to schedule your exam and find out what treatment form is best for you!
Gummy smile surgery
Do you want to see more of your teeth and less of your gums? If you have a low or uneven gum line, a gum list is the ideal procedure for you. A gum lift, also known as a gingivectomy, is a remarkably simple cosmetic procedure that helps reshape the gum line which can make a tremendous difference to one’s smile.
A gum lift is typically performed when:
- The gums do not move back naturally when a new tooth emerges.
- The lip is unusually high such that the gum line becomes clearly visible.
- There are problems: periodontitis, dryness and tooth decay beyond a certain
extent can necessitate the procedure.
- There is irritation due to the presence of braces.
- There is abnormal wear and tear of the teeth which in turn makes the normal
gum line look abnormal.
At Dental Bright, we use laser dentistry to change the shape of your gum line. After numbing the gums, the soft-tissue laser safely and gently recontours gums, making teeth appear longer, shapelier, and more attractive. Using a laser instead of a scalpel, there is minimal bleeding and a much faster recovery time. The laser also helps fight against future infections by eliminating any hollows that trap bacteria.
Contact us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Filali today.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal, a form of endodontic treatment, is the process of treating the inside of an infected or decaying tooth to prevent total loss of the tooth. Inside your tooth, is a soft tissue layer called the pulp. This inner most layer of your tooth containing blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. The pulp is very important during the development of the tooth, however, once fully mature, it can survive without it. During a root canal, this inner area of the tooth is removed, to clear the tooth of any and all infection and decay. This allows for the dentin, or hard outside layer of the tooth, to continue to thrive by receiving nourishment from the tissues surrounding it. Root canal therapy can be needed for a variety of reasons including: decay has reached the pulp, an infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root, or a form of injury or trauma has occurred to the tooth.
Symptoms of a Root Canal Problem Include:
- A reoccurring abscess (or pimple) on the gums.
- Sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Severe toothache pain.
- Swelling and/or tenderness in the gums.
Root canal therapy is one of the most commonly feared dental treatments, according to the American Association of Endodontists. Let Dr. Filali and his highly trained staff put your fears to rest. Despite the stigma, root canal therapy is actually a pain-free, quick and relatively comfortable procedure. In fact, it relieves your pain and can prevent more complicated oral issues down the road.
No one should have to let fear or anxiety of the dentist keep them from maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. Dr. Filali and his team provide a variety of options for patients who long for a calm, relaxing dental experience. From a light sedative to reduce sensation and nerves, to full sedation, Dental Bright
can insure a pleasant experience for all of our patients with the help of our in-house pharmacist.
Patients who can benefit from sedation dentistry:
- Those with fear or anxiety of the dentist
- Those who have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time
- Those who experience difficulties getting (and staying) numb from anesthetics
Sedation dentistry practices provide many benefits to the patients such as little to no memory of the procedure, a lack of fear or anxiety, and no sense of time while undergoing the procedure.
Sedation dentistry is treated in a variety of methods. Dr. Filali and his team will help you determine which method is the best option for you. These options include:
- Oral Sedatives
- Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas)
- IV Sedation
Make sure to let Dr. Filali and staff know about any medications you are taking, allergies you may have, or if you are pregnant. This will allow us to customize your treatment accordingly.
TMJ Treatments in Dental Bright
Do you experience unexplained headaches or pain in your ears, neck, shoulder, jaw, or face? TMJ Disorder may be the cause. In most cases, TMJ disorder can be managed with a quick, easy, non-surgical treatment.
What exactly is TMJ? The TMJs, or the Temporomandibular Joints, are located on either side of your face in front of your ears. Each TMJ has a small disc which allows smooth movement of the jaw when functioning and protection during compression. Disc disorders can be a cause of bite changes, annoying noises, or locking jaws. When the chewing muscles and jaw joints do not function properly together, it sometimes leads to moderate or severe pain and headaches. TMJs can be linked to many causes including trauma, poor posture, teeth grinding, arthritis in the joint, or clenching brought on by stress.
Most treatments for TMJ disorders are easy and non-invasive, including custom-fit splints (night guard), pain medications, and stretching & motion exercises to improve strength and flexibility. In some cases, steroid injections or surgery may be recommended. Dr. Filali and his team will determine which treatment method is best for your needs.
Contrary to popular belief, a child’s first trip to the dentist can be painless and enjoyable. Here at Dental Bright, we make a special effort to use inviting, friendly language that allows our young patients to feel comfortable and safe. Our #1 goal is to make both you and your child feel at ease from the moment you arrive.
Did you know that a child’s teeth begin forming before birth? And as early as 4 months, the first primary (baby) teeth erupt through the gums, these are the lower central incisors. They are followed closely by the upper central incisors. All 20 primary teeth will usually appear by the age of 3, though the pace and order of the eruptions vary. During this time, your child’s gums will likely feel sore. You can help alleviate the discomfort by rubbing a finger or a cool, damp cloth across the child’s gums. Some children enjoy the feeling of a teething toy or ring.
Permanent teeth begin to appear around the age of 6, starting with the first molars. At the age of 8, you can generally expect the bottom 4 primary teeth (lower central and lateral incisors) and the top 4 primary teeth (upper central and lateral incisors) to be gone and permanent teeth to have taken their place. There is usually a one to two year break from ages 8-10 and then the rest of the permanent teeth will start to come in. This process continues until approximately age 21.
Dr. Filali and our highly trained staff have worked diligently to create a welcoming, child-friendly environment to always provide a pleasurable experience for both parent and child. Contact us today to schedule your child’s appointment.