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Restorative Dental Procedures
Composite Fillings are tooth-colored to blend in with the remaining natural part of the tooth.

Tooth Whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile.

A Dental Crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.

Dental Crown Lengthening (AKA: "crown-elongation" or "crown-extension") is a surgical procedure that is done when the tooth is too short to provide adequate retention for a restoration (usually a crown).

A Root Canal or, endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction.

A Dental Bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.

A Dental lmplant is a metal device designed to replace missing teeth. The device is usually made out of titanium and is surgically placed into the jawbone where the tooth is missing. Unlike a dental bridge, an implant is permanent.

Tooth Veneers are a very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped, porcelain that are custom made (for shape and color) by a professional dental laboratory. They are bonded onto the front of teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.

A Tooth Extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone that is damaged beyond repair.

A Partial Dental Denture is a removable appliance held in place by gripping the remaining healthy teeth, usually with metal clasps or wires.

A complete Dental Denture is a removable prosthesis of white plastic teeth in a pink gum-colored plastic base that rests on the remaining gum ridge once all of the teeth in the arch have been removed.

Genetics and Gum Disease
Why is it that some individuals with lots of plaque have little trouble with periodontal issues while others with less plaque experience extensive bone loss and related periodontal problems?

According to the website of the University of Maryland Medical Center, periodontitis may have a family link. Studies show that children of parents who suffer from it are "12 times more likely to have the bacteria thought to be responsible for causing plaque and, eventually, periodontal disease."

Identifying people at risk and intervening before they display symptoms may help preserve their long-term oral health.

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