Dental Services

 

Whitening

At Schinto Dental we maintain the newest in whitening techniques.  We offer the new ACP Zoom! in office whitening.  Treatment time is about an hour and a half and your teeth will be dramatically whiter.  The Zoom! whitening procedure begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums.  Next, the whitening gel is applied which is activated by a specially designed light.  Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter.  A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure.  For more information with an informational video, you can go to this link:   http://zoomnow.com/about.php



We also offer the Nite White and Day White take home whitening.  This method is a gel that is worn overnight or during the day using a comfortable and inconspicuous custom fitted tray.  Both methods offer great results.  Together you and our team will decide which method is best for your specific needs and wants.  For more information on bleaching, you can go to the following link:         
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79641.htm

(back to top)

 

 

Bonding, composites or tooth colored restorations
 
Bonding, composites or tooth colored restorations offer a great alternative to the old metal amalgam fillings.  Composite fillings now offer similar wear resistance but with the benefit of bonding to the natural tooth structure.  The bonding ability of this material allows us to help stem the progression of certain cracks.  With the many color options, these fillings become almost impossible to see once placed.  For more information, you can go to the following link:  http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79598.htm

(back to top)

 

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin porcelain shells bonded to the outside of your teeth to make them appear straight, beautiful and healthy.  In most cases, they require minor reduction to the tooth structure.  Some cases may require no reduction at all!  When done for single teeth, they can be made to match your surrounding teeth.  When multiple veneers are placed we can alter your smile’s size, shape or color to best fit your needs. 
For more information, you can go to the following link:
http://www.dentalhealthonline.net/cosmetic_veneers.html

(back to top)

 

Lumineers by Cerinate

 

This type of veneer is a terrific cosmetic solution for permanently stained, chipped, discolored, misaligned teeth, or even to revitalize old crown and bridgework.  Lumineers by Cerinate is a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth without requiring the removal of sensitive tooth structure.  For more information on Lumineers by Cerinate, you can go to the following link:
http://www.lumineers.com/html/difference/difference.html

 

(back to top)

 

Dental Implants 

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth.  Dental implants are replacement tooth roots.  Implants provide a very strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural tooth color.  They give the patient the most natural look and feel.  They can also be used to secure complete dentures when the supporting bone is insufficient.  Implants are surgically placed in the jawbone where a tooth has been lost.  The titanium implant fuses with the bone giving patients a very strong and natural feel.  For more information, you can go to the following link:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79628.htm

(back to top)

 

Crowns

All Porcelain or “Lava” Crowns offer the strength of porcelain to metal crowns without “opaqueing” the tooth.  Lava crowns pass light through them just as natural teeth do.  For more information, you can go to the following link:
 http://www.dentalhealthonline.net/advanced_crowns.html

(back to top)

 

Bridges

A bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.  A bridge is simply two or more crowns, with a fake tooth to replace the missing tooth in between the crowns ie  “Bridging” the gap.  For more information, you can go to the following link:
 http://www.dentalhealthonline.net/advanced_bridges.html

(back to top)

 

Complete or Partial Dentures 

Sometimes called a “Plate”, complete or partial dentures offer the “most bang for your buck”.  However, they should be considered only after implants or bridges are ruled out or used temporarily while implants heal with the surrounding bone.  Dentures are not fixed in the mouth permanently, they must be removed each day for cleaning and allowing the gums to “breath” so to keep yeast from growing uncontrolled.  For more information, you can go to the following link:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79615.htm

(back to top)

 

Invisalign

Invisalign is the clear way to straighten teeth.  Invisalign gradually moves your teeth through a series of custom-made, removable, nearly invisible Aligners.  This is a great product to straighten teeth that have minor crowding or spacing.  Most of my patients using Invisalign have had orthodontics before and have notice their teeth getting crooked again.  The loss of straightness is due to the fact that we aren’t wearing our retainers any more.  Retention is for life!  For more information you can go to the following link which also includes a short informational video:
http://invisalign.com/generalapp/us/en/what/index.jsp

 

(back to top)

 

Endodontics or Root canal 

Endodontic or root canal treatment can safely and comfortably save a tooth that would otherwise have to be removed.  Sometimes, usually caused from tooth fracture, trauma or a deep cavity, a tooth’s pulp dies.  This dead tissue must be removed because it will get much worse before it gets better.  The dead nerve tissue becomes necrotic and an abcess forms at the tip of the root.  It is the expansion of this abcess that causes the pain, not the tooth.  To help clear the abcess, the necrotic tissue must be removed.  Sometimes if an abcess is too fierce or left too long, a second procedure, done by an oral surgeon is needed.  This procedure is called an apicoectemy.  An apicoctimy is done through a small incision on the gum at the root tip.  The infection and or scar tissue is cleaned out and a filling is placed in the tip of the root.  For more information you can go to the following link:  http://www.dentalhealthonline.net/advanced_root_canals.html

(back to top)

 

TMJ/TMD 

TMJ/TMD is a disorder with the temporomandibular joint causing pain.  More than 15% of Americans suffer from this chronic facial pain.  Any problems which prevent the muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working together properly may result in a very painful TMJ disorder.  We can help identify the source of the pain with a thorough exam and appropriate x-rays to recommend the appropriate treatment. 
For more information on the TMJ/TMD disorder, you can go to the following link:
http://www.ada.org/public/topics/tmd_tmj.asp

(back to top)

 

Tooth Extractions 

For more information, you can go to the following link.  http://www.ada.org/public/topics/extractions.asp

(back to top)

 

Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease 

Gingivitis is generally a gum disease which leads to periodontal disease.   Gingivitis begins with bacterial growth or a plaque buildup in your mouth which must be removed.  If not treated or removed properly, the result is usually tooth loss due to the destruction of the tissue that surrounds the teeth.  Every patient at Schinto Dental is screened at every exam for gingivitis and periodontal problems.  The signs of this usually painless disease are bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums, formation of deep pockets between the teeth and gums or loose or shifting teeth which changes the way teeth fit together.  If you don’t notice any symptoms, you may still have some degree of gum disease.  Unlike most diseases that give us early warning signs, gum disease progresses silently, often without pain.  It develops slowly but progresses very rapidly.  More than half of all people over 18 have at least the early stages of periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease may increase your risk for a variety of health concerns including, weakened immune system, diabetes, stroke, lung disease, preterm or low birth babies, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, gastric ulcer and will increase your risk for a heart attack.  This is why at Schinto Dental we have implemented a soft tissue management program so that periodontal disease can be controlled.  A routine cleaning is not enough by itself to treat periodontal disease.  Only a thorough exam will recognize and determine the progression of gum disease.  If diagnosed, then the treatment consists of professional in-office care that detoxifies the tooth surfaces below the gun line and in between the teeth.  A medicine will be used to flush out the bacteria that caused this infection.  Besides your daily home care to remove plaque bacteria, Dr. Schinto would recommend the appropriate interval of maintenance care.  Without careful on-going monitoring and treatment, periodontal disease can recur.   For more information, you can go to the following link:
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79594.htm

(back to top)

 

Pediatrics 

Children are one of my favorite patients.  Schinto Dental treats all ages of children.  Most children have 20 primary teeth by 3 years of age so it is important to start brushing the child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts.  Primary teeth are just as important as the permanent teeth as they hold the space in the jaws for the permanent teeth.  A child’s first visit should be around age 1.  I prefer to schedule the appointment at the same time as a parents cleaning visit so the child can hear the sounds and see what is taking place in a very non-threatening environment.  At this visit, we are just looking for proper eruption of the primary teeth and any abnormalities or decay.   We also explain how the child’s teeth should be cleaned, proper diet and eating habits and the methods to ensure sufficient fluoride.    For more information, you can go to the following links:
http://www.dentalhealthonline.net/prevention.html & http://dentalhealthonline.com/kids.htm

(back to top)

 

Oral Cancer Screening

One American dies every hour from oral cancer and the American Cancer Society estimates a 5.5% increase in new cases.  Oralcancer is the uncontrollable growth of cells that invade and cause damage to surrounding tissue.  The most common signs are swellings, velvety white, red or speckled patches in the mouth, unexplained bleeding and numbness.  The outlook or survival rate is still bleak for oral cancer if not detected early.  This is part of every routine dental examination.  This office uses the ViziLite Plus system which is an oral lesion identification and marking system and is used as an adjunct to conventional visual examinations.  It is comprised of an acetic acid rinse with a chemiluminescent light source (ViziLite) to improve the identification of lesions, and TBlue a pharmaceutical-grade toluidine blue dye to make lesions identified by ViziLite.  This lesion stained with TBlue allows you to clearly visualize the lesion after removal of the ViziLite device and if any irregular tissue is found then a biopsy is recommended.
For more information on the ViziLite Plus system, you can go to the following link:
http://www.vizilite.com/patient_site/about/screening.asp

 


For more information on oral cancer, you can go to the following link:  http://www.webmd.com/content/article/108/108889.htm

(back to top)

Flouride   

Flouride helps to prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque bacteria.  It is important for infants and children between the ages of 6 months and 16 years to be exposed to fluoride.  These are the timeframes during which the primary and permanent teeth come in.  Adults benefits also as topical flouride is important in fighting tooth decay as in strengthening developing teeth.  Regular fluoride treatments recommended during the routine dental cleaning.
For more information, you can go to the following link: http://www.webmd.com/content/article/108/108850.htm

(back to top)

 

Sealants   

The sealant is a clear plastic material applied to the back teeth which acts as a barrier protecting from decay prone areas of the tooth from plaque and acid.  Children receive significant benefits from sealants but adults can also be at risk for decay and can benefit also. 
For more information, you can go to the following link: http://dentalhealthonline.net/prevention_sealants.html

(back to top)

 

Mouth Guards    

Mouth guards are coverings worn over teeth and often used to protect teeth from injury from teeth grinding and during sports.  Custom fitted mouth protectors are individually designed made from an impression of your teeth and made based on the doctors instructions.   
For more information, you can go to the following link:  http://www.webmd.com/content/article/66/79627.htm

(back to top)

 

Migraine Prevention

The NTI Tension Suppression System is an effective FDA approved method which is used for migraine prevention.  The NTI Tension Suppression System is a prefabricated polycarbonate matrix that is retro-fitted to the patient's teeth.  It is completely different from any other type of mouthpiece and is worn during sleep.  For more information on the NTI system, you can go to the following links for more information:
http://www.headacheprevention.com/
http://www.nti-tss.com/

 

(back to top)