Dental Implants and Restorations
Dr Carr has additional training in Implant Dentistry. After completing a two year residency in Prosthodontics, he was accepted to a one year fellowship in Implantology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. With his training and experience Dr Carr will diagnose your tooth loss and discuss replacement options with dental implants and implant prosthetics.
When a tooth has too many fillings, is fractured, endodontically repaired, or shows severe wear a crown might be necessary to replace that tooth loss or to reinforce the underlying tooth structure.
Bridges to Replace Missing Teeth
A bridge is a connection between teeth when a tooth is lost. Prior to dental implants this was one of the methods used to replace missing teeth and not have an appliance that would come out of your mouth.
You can actually have a new and improved smile today. With recent developments in smile design, you can correct years of problems with tooth whitening, porcelain veneers, all porcelain anterior crowns, and tooth contouring with tooth colored restorations.
Veneers change the shape and color of the front of your teeth. They are porcelain surfaces that are cemented to a prepared surface of your teeth. Sometimes, depending on the amount of tooth to be replaced, the veneers can be directly cemented on your teeth without changing the surface. It?s as simple as taking an impression of your teeth and filling in the spaces to give you a beautiful smile. Veneers are also used to mask permanent tooth discoloration such as, tetracycline staining or just having a dark colored tooth from previous injury.
Dentistry has changed tremendously in the last couple of years in the area of cosmetic restorations. Now if a metal colored filling has to be replaced due to recurrent decay, fracture, or wear, a tooth colored filling can replace it. The new filling is bonded to the surrounding tooth preparation and blends so well you cannot tell where the filling has been placed.
Tooth whitening or bleaching improves the color of your teeth without permanently altering the front surface of your teeth as with veneers. There are different methods of tooth whitening. Our office process is very simple, an impression of your teeth is taken and fitted trays are fabricated to place tooth whitening gel. Fifteen minute session at home per day is all that is needed for a week to experience a beautiful smile.
Custom Partial Dentures
Tooth loss can be replaced with removable partial dentures. There are tooth colored clasp partial dentures, metal clasp partial dentures and tooth attachment partial dentures.
Custom Complete Dentures
A denture is an artificial replacement for an entire jaw missing teeth and surrounding tissue. This prosthesis can replace teeth in the upper jaw, lower jaw or both jaws. There are different types of dentures. They include an interim denture, immediate denture, a custom complete denture, or an overdenture. Today, a custom dental implant supported denture can be fabricated to reduce movement during eating and talking.
Today with the increased involvement in sports activities of our children and adults the need to protect our teeth is important. Various sports unfortunately make it mandatory to wear mouth guards to protect a child?s changing teeth or an adults permanent teeth. Dentistry has addressed this important issue and has defined the necessary protection for your teeth by a variety of athletic mouth guards according to the sport or casual activity that you perform. Children, adolescents, and adults do not have to endure permanent tooth loss enjoying their sports activities.
Oral Appliances to Treat Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Sometimes it is difficult to realize or tell yourself, a spouse or significant other that the extra noise or breathing problems at night is interrupting normal sleep. You wake up tired or with a headache and fall asleep at your job or while driving. These are signs and symptoms of snoring and/or sleep apnea. Our office interacts with physician referral for our snoring or sleep apnea appliances. A sleep test is required and recommended to determine what type of appliance is necessary to treat your condition.
Maxillofacial Prosthesis for Head and Neck Injury and Cancer
Accidents and cancer unfortunately do occur and can cause disfiguring results to the head and neck area. Prosthetic replacement of the eyes, ear, nose, upper jaw and lower jaw to replace missing teeth can be fabricated to return our patients to a normal life style.
Cleft Palate Prosthesis Before, During, and After Surgical Correction
Cleft palate patients require a multiple disciplinary team approach to care throughout their life. A removable or fixed prosthesis may be used to restore eating, swallowing, speech, and cosmetics. This prosthetic treatment will depend upon the team approach of Surgeons, Speech Therapists, Orthodontists, Psychologists, and Prosthodontist. Prosthetic needs will vary with each patient from pre-surgical appliances, temporary appliances after surgery and during healing, speech aids, single and/or multiple tooth replacement, custom complete cleft palate prosthesis before, during, and after surgical corrections.
Oral Cancer Screening
During your routine oral examination at your first visit or oral hygiene appointment an oral cancer screening examination will be performed. If something is noticed you would be referred to an Oral Surgeon for further evaluation.
Initial Oral Exam and Teeth Cleaning
Your initial oral exam includes a clinical exam with a medical and dental history review, periodontal evaluation, oral cancer screening exam and treatment recommendations. We will also take and read necessary dental x-rays to assist in diagnosis of your dental problem.