From routine cleanings and fillings to cosmetic and implant dentistry, our team at Dr. Dorothy Paul’s is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand your options, on this page we’ve included descriptions of some of the services we offer.
General Dentistry Services
We pride ourselves on utilizing minimally invasive dentistry techniques that leave the most of your natural tooth as possible. Our focus is on prevention, remineralization, and minimal dentist intervention. Should you need dental treatment, we will let you know the procedures prescribed to you and the information of what your costs will be.
Dr. Paul is thorough and accurate in her dentistry, providing her patients the benefit of both beautiful and functional crowns, tooth-colored fillings, bridges, implant crowns, and veneers.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services
Fabricating incredibly beautiful custom restorations for our patients is an art that combines the science of layering ceramics and porcelain and the exceptional knowledge of color to provide the most natural looking smile that’s both vibrant and functional.
Dr. Dorothy Paul works closely with the master ceramists of a local dental lab to create amazing ceramics to ensure the most natural looking veneers, crowns, and bridges. Constant communication and a long history of partnership between our office and our professional lab is what benefits our patient’s smiles.
Should you need one, an implant is the best solution for a single missing tooth or multiple teeth. Acting as a functional tooth, the implant preserves the bone and allows you the ease of brushing and flossing like a normal tooth.
Dr. Paul works closely with her team of specialists to provide the best and most beautiful outcome for implant restorations with her patients.
Teeth Cleaning and Dental Hygiene
Inflammation and irritation of the gums can lead to bleeding, bad breath, bone loss, and eventually missing teeth. Prevention is the name of the game for us! There are multiple teeth cleaning methods available, and the proper method will depend on various factors. Regular cleanings are important for continued dental health, and will also uncover any hygiene-related oversights, such as not brushing sufficiently or failing to use dental floss.
White teeth are emblematic of youth and health, and everyone would like more of both.
These are the most common options:
1. Custom whitening trays – This is the technique that most dentists rely on, and for good reason. The research is clear that custom trays are effective and perfectly safe when used appropriately. The dentist will first image your teeth, and this will be used to create a tray that forms perfectly around them. A tight fit promotes better contact with the whitening agent and ensures no other tissues are involved. Patients will take the trays home with them and continue the treatment there, and after a few visits to the dentist to expedite the process, the patient is done. Dentists can use more powerful peroxide gels than what’s found in over the counter products, and this will shorten the time it takes to get the teeth whiter. Most patients prefer whitening trays as the cost involved is easily manageable, especially when compared to other forms of treatment. But, it is important to use the trays as directed. Leaving them on too long can damage and increase sensitivity. And the effects are not permanent (no form of teeth whitening is), as staining and age will contribute to future yellowing. If consistent whitening is desired, patients may need to see their dentist every six months, though some will only need a touchup every couple of years. It depends on the patient and a number of other factors, including smoking, drinking coffee and tea, and enjoying red wine.
2. Light-accelerated whitening – During this procedure, a high-concentration peroxide gel is applied directly to the teeth. A light is then applied to the gel, and this speeds up the chemical reaction that allows for whitening. A protective cover is placed over the gums to keep them shielded from the light. There is one significant benefit to this approach: speed. If rapid whitening is needed, say for an upcoming event, then nothing will whiten the teeth faster than this approach. However, light-accelerated whitening will not ultimately produce whiter teeth than what trays can manage. Although it’s important to note that some dentists believe that accelerating the chemical reaction might damage the teeth, resulting in early yellowing.
Dentures and Partials
For patients who are missing multiple teeth, we can fabricate full dentures or partial dentures. We also offer flexible dentures which contain no metal and provide a better aesthetic option for our patients.
Individually designed providing comfort and superior protection for clenching and grinding. First, we will make an impression of your teeth and a mouth guard is then molded over the model using a special material.