From cosmetic dentistry to full-mouth rehabilitation, our practice is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand more about our office, we have included brief descriptions of some of our most common services on this page.
Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
The Preventive Program
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit with our hygienist, oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.
Lasers have long been the standard of care in medicine for many procedures, from LASIK vision
correction to wrinkle and hair removal and surgery. Now the same advanced technology has
come to dentistry.
WaterLase Dentistry treatment gives advantages over conventional treatment including minimally invasive treatment. we offer WaterLase Dentistry treatment to improve your comfort and provide better results from your dental procedures.
WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ uses patented technology that combines laser energy and a gentle spray of water to perform a wide range of dental procedures with less trauma to teeth and gums than the dental drill or scalpel. With many procedures, it’s possible to use less anesthetic, and at times, no anesthetic at all.
By using WaterLase iPlus 2.0™, we can often get you in and out of the dental chair faster, since it’s less likely that you will need an injection. Not using anesthetic can allow your dentist to perform procedures that used to require more than one visit in a single appointment. Also, we can perform procedures that once meant an additional trip to a specialist, saving you even more time.
A WaterLase dentist can remove decay far more precisely than a dentist can using a drill. This saves more of the healthy parts of your tooth. Saving your natural teeth can save you from the discomfort and cost of bridges, dentures and implants.
|Conventional Treatment with Drill and Anesthetic||WaterLase Dentistry Treatment|
|Before Your Procedure||Local anesthetic with a local injection usually required to prevent pain. There is usually a period where your dentist must wait for the anesthesia to take effect.||Many procedures performed with WaterLase iPlus 2.0 require little to no anesthetic, so your dentist can begin work right away.|
|During Your Procedure||Drill typically causes discomfort from heat, vibration and pressure from contact of drill on tooth.||Laser energy and gentle spray of water typically causes little or no discomfort.|
|After Your Procedure||You will typically hava numb lip, which can restrict eating and speaking until anesthesia wears off.||If anesthesia is not required, you can return to normal activities immediately.|
WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ was developed specifically to repair decayed and damaged teeth, treat your
gums, and manage the soft tissue in your mouth safely and comfortably. Here is just a small
sample of what we can do with WaterLase Dentistry:
- Improve Your Smile: We may suggest contouring or shaping your gums using WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ to improve the appearance of your smile, safely removing excess gum tissue that may give you a “gummy” smile, or make your front teeth appear irregular in size or shape.
- Remove Oral Growths: We may use WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ to remove growths or excess tissue in your mouth including gum tissue over an unerupted tooth, small “tags” called papilla, and growths called fibromas.
- Fix a ‘Tongue Tie” or Prevent Gum Recession: Connections that restrict the movement of your tongue of cause your gums to recede can be “released” with WaterLase iPLus 2.0™
- Treat Periodontal Disease: We recommend using WaterLase Dentistry to remove debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss. WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ has been shown to reduce bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth.
- Relieve the Pain of Canker Sores and Cold Sores: Canker sores and cold sores are a painful nuisance. They can make talking or eating difficult, and always seem to take forever to go away. Fortunately, your WaterLase dentist can safely and effectively treat these sores on your lips, tongue, inner cheek and gums – often relieving the pain immediately.
- We may also use our WaterLase iPlus 2.0™ to perform other procedures that could benefit you. Contact us today to find out if WaterLase Dentistry is right for you.
If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants. An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. For those who have missing tooth plus bone loss or sinuses are too close to the jaw, Dr. Mu can also do sinus lift (augmentation) and bone graft before or during placing implant. In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.
Dr. Mu can do any kinds of tooth extractions (including full bony impact wisdom tooth extraction) and other oral surgeries with local anesthesia. When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform simple and surgical extractions as well. If you choose, we can also replace the missing teeth with dental implants.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. We will evaluate the extent of your periodontal disease and recommend the appropriate treatment. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. Waterlase Dentistry can remove debris and bacteria between your teeth and gums that can cause bleeding gums, gum recession, and even tooth loss. Waterlaser iPlus 2.0™ has been shown to reduce bacteria and may even stimulate gum tissue growth. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths, making teeth easier to clean.
Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can now be treated with wonderful results and very conservatively using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
Lumineers by Cerinate
We now have LumineersT by Cerinate available in our office! LumineersT can make everyone's smile more beautiful without removal of painful tooth structure! LumineersT by Cerinate is a painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth. LumineersT by Cerinate is a porcelain veneer that can be made as thin as a contact lens and is placed over existing teeth without requiring removal of painful tooth structure, in most cases (unlike traditional veneers).
Clinically proven to last up to 20 years.
- No drilling or painful tooth structure (in most cases)
- No shots (in most cases)
- A younger, beautiful, natural-looking smile in only two easy dental visits
Gum Recession Treatment: Dr. Chao Pinhole Surgical Technique (PST)
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This can occur as a result of periodontal disease (gingivitis, periodontitis, advanced periodontitis), the natural aging process, or abrasive habits when it comes to brushing the teeth. When gum recession occurs, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for lasting dental wellness. PST is a minimally invasive option for treating gum recession. Unlike traditional grafting techniques, PST is incision and suture free.
Root Canal Treatment
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.
Crowns & Caps
The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.
Bridges and Dentures
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. There are two basic types of bridges. A fixed bridge is a cemented bridge which remains in your mouth at all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures) are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.
The goal of orthodontics is to correct a malocclusion – a bad bite. Teeth may be crowded or crooked or the upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment. Occasionally, even when teeth appear straight, the patient may have a bite which is not even and which may be causing further dental problems.
Orthodontics utilizes physics to slowly move teeth into the proper position. This is performed by using corrective appliances, including braces and retainers. Brackets are placed on the teeth using bonding technology. Arch wires are then threaded through these brackets . The tension and tightness of these wires determines the individual movement of each tooth. Orthodontics applies constant pressure on each tooth in a desired direction. By making adjustment to the pressure at follow up visits, our orthodontists control the slow movement of the teeth until the malocclusion is corrected. Generally speaking, orthodontic treatment can last from one to three years or longer depending on the patient's age and severity of the malocclusion. Retainers are often worn to help ensure teeth remain in their new position after braces have been removed.
Invisalign straightens your teeth without wires and brackets, using a series of clear, customized, removable appliances called aligners. It’s virtually undetectable, which means hardly anyone will know that you’re straightening your teeth.
Pediatric Dental Care
We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.
ZOOM2 Chairside Whitening System
If you're looking for a fast way to dramatically whiten your teeth, Zoom2 Chairside Whitening System may be the answer for you. This new technology is now available in our office! In just 45 minutes, this safe and effective system can give you the instant results you've been wanting - an average of eight shades! A specially designed light activates the Zoom! Whitening Gel to gently break down stains on your teeth to put the sparkle back in your smile! Also with the new Zoom2 system, our patients experience up to 67% less sensitivity than with the previous Zoom! system. If you have any questions regarding Zoom2, please visit the website www.zoomnow.com.
Our in-office state-of-the-art bleaching system will make your teeth whiter and brighter. You may also use our take home bleaching system to achieve a brighter and whiter smile in a matter of days.
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite. With the advent of the newest technologies in dental science, today's state-of-the-art restorative materials include ceramic and the latest composite materials. These materials are not only strong and durable, but restore the look of natural teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing.