George W. Swanson, D.D.S

CROWNS

A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain fused to a metal base, full porcelain or gold.

Crowns are used for:

  • Restoring teeth when there is not enough tooth structure for a filling.
  • Protecting weak teeth from fracture.
  • Restoring fractured teeth.
  • Cover misshaped or stained teeth.
  • Cover dental implants.

This process generally consists of a minimum of 2 visits. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime.


VENEERS

Veneers are thin custom-made shells that are designed to cover the front side of teeth. Veneers are usually made from either a composite resin or a porcelain material.

Common problems that veneers are used for:

  • Spaces between the teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth


OPALESCENCE WHITENING

Opalescence whitening products are clinically proven to whiten your teeth better than other whitening products, leaving you with the bright, white smile you have always wanted. Opalescence Whitening gel is a pH balanced formula that will help minimize the sensitivity frequently associated with whitening.

Opalescence gel is a sticky, powerful, highly effective formula with state-of-the-art whitening power that can last for years.


Bridges

A bridge is a permanent dental fixture that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems and/or jaw problems and periodontal disease.

Our office offers two types of bridges:

  1. Fixed bridge- this is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing adjacent teeth and hold the bridge in place.
  2. The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a single filler that is attached to metal flaps that are bonded to the back side of the adjacent teeth.


IMPLANTS

Over the past 25 years implants have given Dentists many more restorative options. Dentists can use implants to replace missing or lost teeth as well as securing dentures.  If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth or teeth that are unable to support a bridge, the dentist may decide an implant is the most appropriate option.


Implants are done in multiple steps. The oral surgeon places the implant into the bone and then allows time to heal. Once the implant has fully healed, Doctor Swanson will then start work on restoring the implant with a crown.


MDI Mini Implants

Mini dental implants are a miniature titanium alloy implant that acts like the root of your tooth. These implants measure 2mm around.  The head of the implant is shaped like a ball and the retaining fixture acts like a socket with a rubber o-ring inside the denture. When seated the denture gently rests on the gum tissue. These implants are also more cost effective then a conventional implant.

MDI implants are placed by Doctor Swanson with local anesthesia.


These implants are minimally invasive. Due to the minimally invasive procedure the healing process with these implants is short and dentures can be worn the same day that the implant is placed.


Typically Doctor Swanson will place multiple MDI mini implants. By placing multiple implants it reduces the stress on the implants and increases stability.


POST Mini IMPLANT CARE

You must brush and clean the implants as if they were your natural teeth. Implants are still susceptible to periodontal disease. If plaque and food debris is not removed after meals if can cause inflammation of the gums. The o-ring inside of the denture must also be gently cleaned out.


Both MDI and traditional implants should be cleaned professionally by your hygienist. The hygienist will remove any build-up that can cause irritation and inflammation around the implants.


ROOT CANALs

A root canal treatment consists of removing the soft tissue that contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue of the tooth from the center of the tooth. Once this tissue is removed, the center of the tooth is then shaped and cleaned. After the tooth is cleaned and reshaped it is then filled with a material that will seal off the canal from its supporting structures.

Reasons for needing root canal treatment:

a deep cavity has reached the soft tissue of the tooth
a  broken tooth that has exposed the soft tissue of the tooth
injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)