The Woods Dental Services
Fillings can fix minor imperfections, including minimal amounts of decay and small cracks in the teeth.
Our tooth colored fillings, called composites, are made of a space age resin, reinforced with glass quartz particles in a specific shape and size that mimics a tooth’s physical properties. They look extremely natural. Many of our patients in the State College area have elected to replace their old failing gray restorations with these new tooth colored, metal-free fillings.
Dr. Stetson uses only the most advanced materials for fillings, dental crowns, and other procedures at our Gray’s Woods dental office near State College, Pennsylvania.
In placement of a composite filling, we first remove the diseased or weakened part of the tooth (as well as the old metal filling if present). We then carefully sculpt the missing part of the tooth with the new composite filling and it is bonded into place.
The composite fillings are strong enough to provide years of function and are customized to blend with your natural teeth. You will feel comfortable while eating and look confident with a cleaner, whiter smile.
Optimal periodontal health is the foundation of dental health.
If the picture that we envision is a beautiful and healthy smile, then the frame to that portrait are the gums. Ideally, a balanced architecture that gracefully drapes the teeth is what creates a naturally beautiful appearance.
Periodontal disease can be the silent killer of teeth and can have a significant impact on the overall health of the individual. In a recent scientific article, in JAMA, the effects of periodontal infection are well documented. That is why, at our office, every new patient exam includes a thorough periodontal health screening. If there are concerns, we have the ability to manage many levels of periodontal infection through education, in office treatments, medications and enhanced oral hygiene skills training and products. Our dental hygienists continue to update themselves on the latest techniques to help you manage your periodontal health. They are committed to improving your oral health and compassionate about providing the care you need comfortably.
Equally as important to treating active disease is maintaining your current health. This is particularly important after recent restorations, pregnancies and other changes in your medical health as you grow older. Preventative care can intercept concerns, before they become problems, with solutions that are far more predictable and conservative than treatment for problems that have developed into active disease.
A tooth, unlike most of the rest of the body, has a limited ability to deal with insult.
The inner part of a tooth is hollow and it houses blood vessels and nerves that are referred to as the pulp. If the pulp of a tooth becomes irreversibly infected or affected, then it will die.
Endodontic therapy or root canal treatment can save the tooth. We believe in saving your teeth, if the prognosis is favorable, because it gives you many more options in the future to help maintain a healthy smile. Root canal therapy can be completed painlessly and with a high degree of success using today’s advanced techniques.
At this appointment, the patient is typically anesthetized to ensure that the procedure is done painlessly. Then the dentist creates a small access opening on the inside of the tooth. The diseased pulp is removed and the tooth is thoroughly disinfected.
The tooth is then sealed. In most situations, a crown is indicated to cover and protect the tooth. You can now enjoy the use of the tooth, just as comfortably as the rest of your teeth.
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth like shells that cover the front and sides of the tooth. These delicate restorations are unbelievably strong and provide both a conservative and natural looking enhancement to your smile.
Dr. Stetson of State College uses only the finest materials. We work with the leading dental laboratories to artistically create porcelain veneers that look, feel, and function like natural teeth.Benefits of Porcelain Veneers
- Improve the appearance of small gaps and spaces between teeth
- Repair small chips and cracks
- Eliminate discoloration and uneven texture
- Reduce food accumulating between teeth for better health
Porcelain Veneers Process
Dr. Stetson follows a four step smile design process for porcelain veneers. This process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine your teeth, gums, mouth, jaw joints and muscles.
Next, Dr. Stetson will create interim replicas, also called provisionals, of your final porcelain veneers. You will have the opportunity to wear the temporary teeth veneers to make sure you are happy with the look and feel. Copies of the provisionals are made and then sent to a dental laboratory where the porcelain veneers will be hand crafted.
The final porcelain veneers will be permanently bonded to the teeth, gently polished and adjusted for color if necessary.
Teeth Whitening, or bleaching, is a safe and very popular way to give you a whiter, more confident smile fast.
Dr. Stetson offers teeth whitening to their patients in the State College area for whiter smiles every day.
At-home whitening systems can be bought in stores, but they cannot compare to the predictability and results of professionally provided whitening systems. One option that we offer is an in-home bleaching system.
With the Prosys Whitening System available in several concentrations, the patient utilizes an intraoral appliance that is custom fabricated by our team. The patient injects into this appliance the professionally supplied whitening gel and the mouthpiece is then comfortably worn at night while sleeping, or at another period during the day. Within just a few applications, your teeth will be noticeably whiter and the process is typically complete in 10 days.
Dental crowns, also called dental caps or teeth caps, are used to add strength to teeth, improving their function and overall esthetics. Dental crowns can be used to fix cracked teeth and crooked teeth, as well as other flaws.
Dental crowns serve a similar purpose as porcelain veneers, however these dental treatments differ significantly. Porcelain veneers conceal only the front of the teeth, while dental crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap. This enables crowns to improve both the appearance and strength of your teeth.
Dr. Stetson uses dental bridges as a solution for patients who have missing teeth. There are many types of dental bridges; Dr. Stetson will evaluate your condition and help you make the best choice for your long term dental health and happiness.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a series of dental crowns that are linked together to replace missing teeth in a smile. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge
A removable dental bridge, also known as a partial denture or a flipper tooth, is typically reserved as a short term solution for missing teeth. While the flipper tooth cost may be much less than a fixed dental bridge, a removable dental bridge does not offer good long term benefits and frequently requires replacement or repair down the road.
Fixed Dental Bridge
In a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A drawback to this type of a dental bridge is that it requires aggressive reduction of adjacent teeth to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge. This may not be an issue if the neighboring teeth already have dental crowns or large dental fillings. However, if the teeth are in good health, a dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth, making them likely to need dental work in the future.