- Porcelain Veneers
- Tooth Colored Fillings
- Cosmetic Bonding
- Teeth Whitening
- Restorative Dentistry
- Cosmetic & Preventive Dentistry
- Dental Implants
- Orthodontia (braces)
- Oral Surgery (such as wisdom teeth extraction)
- Impacted Tooth Extraction
- Root Canal Therapy (RCT)
- Dental Cleaning
- Crowns and Bridges
When a tooth is replaced, a dental implant is used to anchor it. Similar to the root of a natural tooth, a dental implant is attached to the jawbone. There are two types of dental implants, Endosteal and Subperiosteal. Endosteal is the type of dental implant that is surgically positioned into the jawbone. Each dental implant holds one or more prosthetic teeth. Subperiosteal is the type of dental implant that is positioned on top of the jaw and goes through the gum to hold the prosthetic teeth. Canyon Hills Dental provides the finest dentistry when it is necessary to use a Dental Implant. Dr. Nicholas always explains the process needed and will determine what dental service is best for you.
Personalize your smile! A simple teeth whitening or a full smile makeover are just a couple of the options that cosmetic dentistry is able to do for you. Cosmetic dentistry includes: porcelain crowns, porcelain onlays, tooth colored fillings, veneers, and teeth whitening. Modern cosmetic dentistry no longer uses metal for dental restorations or amalgam fillings that contain toxic mercury that eventually turns black. This branch of dentistry focuses on the appearance and health of your teeth and mouth with the goal of beautifying that smile. Canyon Hills Dental Staff along with Dr. Nicholas will help determine the right treatment plan for you.
Preventative Dentistry is what you can personally do for yourself as well as what your dental professionals can do to ensure the wellness of your teeth, mouth, and smile. Brushing twice daily as well as flossing are highly important preventative practices that keep your smile looking beautiful. The health of your gums and teeth is very important to your overall well-being. Other recommended habits that serve to prevent dental problems include annual dental cleanings and eating a balanced diet. When you are a client of Canyon Hills Dental, we will maintain accurate records and ensure the best quality care for all your dental needs.
Orthodontic care is a form of dentistry that corrects irregularities in the face and teeth. Orthodontics use braces or removable appliances that may be removed and affixed by the patient such as retainers. These devices are used to: straighten teeth, correct an irregular bite, close gaps, and/or bring the teeth and jaw into alignment. Orthodontics is not just cosmetic but has long-term dental health benefits. Straight teeth are easier to brush and floss. It also reduces the risk for tooth decay, helps prevent gingivitis, and helps to reduce gum inflammation. Starting orthodontic treatment early in life while children are still growing is advantageous. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills staff can go over with you this form of dentistry.
Oral Surgery is the diagnosis and surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects that are part of the functional and esthetical part of the jaw, teeth, and mouth. Oral surgery is often needed for the surgical removal of impacted teeth, the anchoring of dental implants in the jaw, moving all or part of the jaw into proper alignment, and joint surgery for Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Many need oral surgery for the removal of their impacted wisdom teeth. Oral surgery is also an option for those with tooth loss that want dental implants. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills staff will go over with you if Oral Surgery should be an option for you.
Impacted Tooth Extraction
When a tooth does not break through the gum it is an impacted tooth. A tooth becomes impacted when the tooth is stuck in the gum or bone because of overcrowding, the jaw is too small, or the tooth is twisted, tilted, or displaced. The most common form of impacted teeth is wisdom teeth, which usually emerge around the ages of 16 through 21. Impacted teeth may push on the rest of the teeth which can cause the bite to misalign. To remove a wisdom tooth, we will open up the gum tissue and take out any bone covering the tooth, then, separate the connective tissue between the tooth and bone. The tooth will be removed in whole or in pieces. Stitches may be used but typically only a gauze pad is needed. Recovery lasts a few days. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills staff will go over when and what is needed for you.
Root Canal Therapy
Every year teeth are saved from root canal treatments. A root canal is needed when the pulp of the tooth is infected or inflamed. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth under the enamel and dentin layers that contains blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue. The pulp helps your tooth grow roots during development. Pulp can become inflamed due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures, faulty crowns, trauma, or a crack or chip in the tooth. When pulp infection or inflammation is not treated then it can cause pain or an abscess. To treat this, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the tooth is cleaned and disinfected. The inside of the tooth is then filled and sealed with gutta-percha. It is then restored with a filling or crown and your tooth may now function like any other tooth. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills team will find out if root canal therapy is needed for you and how they can save your tooth.
Removable partial dentures have replacement teeth attached to a gum colored plastic base. Partials are designed based on your needs. The partial dentures are used when there are one or more natural teeth on the upper or lower jaw. A partial denture has the metal framework and clasps to the natural teeth. Sometimes partials attach to the teeth with precision attachments which are more esthetic than clasps. A fixed bridge or a fixed partial denture replaces one or more teeth by attaching a crown to the teeth on both sides of the space and then filling the space with artificial teeth. The bridge is then cemented in place. This helps teeth from changing positions. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills team will find out what is needed for you and your mouth.
Dental cleanings are recommended every 6 months to help keep your teeth and gums healthy. Regular check-ups and cleanings prevent gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes, and more. These check-ups and cleanings also provide you with good oral hygiene. During your regular dental check-up the Canyon Hills team and Dr. Nicholas will detect any early signs of problems with your teeth of gums. Cavities, broken fillings, and gum disease can be easily treated. When treated early, root canals, gum surgery, and teeth removal will not be needed. During a teeth cleaning, tobacco, coffee, and tea stains are removed. Dental cleanings are essential for your oral health and results in a beautiful smile.
Dental crowns cover a damaged tooth. The crown is cemented into place and provides a strong, solid replacement for the natural tooth. The crown is made in a lab from the model made from impressions of the tooth, so it fits perfectly. It replicates the shape, size, and position of the damage tooth so it looks and feels natural. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills staff recommends dental crowns to protect a weak tooth from breaking, hold together a cracked tooth, restore a broken or worn down tooth, to cover and support a tooth that has a large filling, hold a dental bridge, cover a dental implant, cover severely discolored teeth, or to make a cosmetic modification.
Dental veneers are very thin and a custom made tooth-colored shells designed to cover the front surface of the teeth. The shells are bonded to the front of the teeth to change the color, size, shape, or length. Dental veneers made from porcelain resist stains better than resin, and mimic the light that reflects on natural teeth. Resin veneers are thinner so less of the natural tooth is removed before replacement. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills team will go over what kind of dental veneers will work best for you. Veneers are needed when teeth are discolored, worn down, chipped, broken, misaligned, uneven, or have gaps.
Tooth Colored Fillings
To treat a cavity, Dr. Nicholas removes the decayed portion of the tooth and then fills the area where the decayed material was removed. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down. Metal fillings are becoming a thing of the past. Tooth colored materials such as porcelains and resins are both safe and predictable. They look and react like natural teeth. Composite resins mimic the natural dentin layer in the tooth. Dental porcelains mimic the very hard enamel layer of the tooth. The Canyon Hills team will go over whether you need a direct, semi-direct, or indirect filling.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic dentistry procedure where material is bonded to the tooth. Tooth colored resin composite material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light. The material is sculpted into shape, hardened and polished for a natural look. Dental bonding is needed for fixing a broken or chipped tooth, or closing small gaps between teeth. It is also sometimes used for small cavities. It can also be used to improve the appearance of discolored teeth, change the shape of teeth, or to protect a portion of the tooth’s root that is exposed due to receding gums. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills team will go over how to best improve your smile with dental bonding.
Sealants help prevent cavities because they act like a barrier for your teeth. A dental sealant is a thin, plastic material painted on chewing surfaces of the premolars and molars to prevent tooth decay. The sealants bonds in the grooves of the tooth to form a protect shield over the tooth’s enamel. Brushing and flossing does remove food particles and plaque but cannot always get the nooks and crannies of the back teeth. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by sealing out the plaque and food. Dr. Nicholas will check on the sealant condition and reapply when necessary. The Canyon Hills team is committed to help protect your teeth from tooth decay.
Everyone loves having a beautiful white smile. Canyon Hills wants to help make that dream possible. Bleaching usually only requires one visit to whiten the teeth. Dr. Nicholas will apply a protective gel for the gums and rubber shield to protect the soft tissue in the mouth. The bleaching material is then applied to the teeth. A special light, heat, or laser may be used to improve the whitening process. Whitening results after only one 30 or 60 minute treatment. For a dramatically whiter smile, several visits would achieve that. Not all types of discoloration respond well to bleaching, which the Canyon Hills team will go over what would best whiten your smile.
Restorative Dentistry restores the function of a tooth by replacing or restoring the missing teeth or missing parts of the tooth structure. The tooth structure may be missing due to decay, deterioration of a restoration, or a tooth fracture. Fillings, crowns, bridges, implants, and dentures are all things that be used to restore your teeth to be healthy and attractive. Canyon Hills values restorative dentistry because it restores diseased, injured, or abnormal teeth to normal function. Dr. Nicholas will go over what type of restoration is best for you.
Dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Missing teeth may occur from gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Dentures make it easier for you to eat and speak and benefit the appearance of your smile. Complete dentures may be either conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made and placed in the mouth after the teeth have been removed for eight to 12 weeks. Immediate dentures are made in advanced and can be positioned right after the teeth have been removed. Immediate dentures allow you to not be without teeth during the healing period but they should be viewed as temporary while convention dentures are made. Dr. Nicholas and the Canyon Hills team will go over what would work best for you.