Gregory Diederich DDS - Advanced Restorative Solutions

Services

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Cleaning and Prevention

Dentistry is founded on the principle of prevention.  We emphasize that a thorough exam, encompassing a cancer screening and a complete oral evaluation is the foundation for exemplary care.  The dental cleaning is the most vital treatment we can offer our patients and is the hallmark that we center our practice around.

 

Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

If you have damaged or decayed teeth, we can help you choose the best solution.  Today in dentistry we have many options to revitalize  your teeth to their ideal state of beauty and function thus enhancing one's overall well being.

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Dentures

We make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease.  We have many options to confront these issues and deliver alternatives to maintain one's active, enjoyable life style .

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Extractions

In cases where all efforts to retain your natural teeth have been exhausted, removal is indicated.  We offer solutions to minimize the negatives of tooth loss and to promote continued overall oral health. 

 

Fillings

Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is one of the ways our team preserves your health and returns your teeth to healthy function.

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Implants

A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is therefore the most susceptible to cavities.  In general, implant refers to the Titanium post placed in your bone structure to support a crown, bridge or denture.

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Night and Snore Guards

Excessive jaw clenching and bruxism can accelerate tooth and jaw deterioration. Meanwhile, snoring can impact the quality of your own sleep and that of those around you.  Appliances can be designed to alleviate ones symptoms, thus allow a greater nights sleep and contribute to improved oral and systemic health.

 

Periodontal Maintenance

Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and other illnesses like diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line.  Maintaining an optimal level of gum health is paramount to the preventive ideology  that our practice strives for.

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Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is faster, more effective, and longer lasting than treatments you find over the counter.  We offer chair side whitening for a more rapid effect and a take home tray system that allows the patient better management.  We will be happy to review all whitening options available and match you with the option that fits your desired outcome and lifestyle best.

 

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Crowns, Bridges, and Veneers

If you have a damaged or decayed tooth or spaces where teeth have been lost prematurely,  we can help you choose the best solution to revitalize your oral health. Crowns and bridges are custom-fitted tooth prosthetics that function and look like natural, healthy teeth. Veneers are a less invasive alternative, but may only be a solution for those with slight tooth damage or discoloration. These thin porcelain shells come in customizable colors and are bonded to the surface of your teeth.

Today, we have the ability to offer many different materials to replace missing tooth structure:  from the traditional gold to porcelain attached to gold to the new all zirconia (porcelain) restorations.  Each material has pros and cons; the right material for your specific need will be decided with you and your case in mind.

Crowns

A crown, otherwise known as a cap, is custom-fitted to your bite and is placed over your natural tooth or dental implant. We recommend this procedure for those who have an intact tooth with sound periodontal health. The tooth may be damaged or decayed on the surface but the root is capable of supporting the full coverage restoration.


Procedure:

  1. We will reduce the problematic tooth for a proper crown fit

  2. An impression will be taken of your bite for crown fabrication

  3. The color of porcelain prosthetics can then be customized

  4. We will fit you with a temporary crown until the lab makes your permanent one

  5. You will come in again for permanent crown fitting resulting in a totally natural appearing tooth

Bridges

A bridge is used to replace a  tooth that has neighboring teeth with decay and/or large fillings, or a tooth that has been missing for a long time. As the name describes, it is a method of tooth replacement that spans one or a number of missing teeth using adjacent teeth for support.  The end result is a very natural appearing and feels much like ones own teeth, 



Veneers

If you’re looking to cosmetically correct or enhance the appearance of one or more teeth, we suggest veneers. They are very thin, porcelain shells that you can customize in color and shape. They are non or minimally invasive and are resistant to future stains and wear.  Veneers allow one to completely redesign their smile.


Common uses for veneers:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Misshapen or irregular teeth
  • Teeth that do not respond to traditional whitening treatments

 

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Dentures

Missing teeth can make your cheeks look hollow and your mouth look sunken. More importantly, your diet can suffer. Those with missing multiple teeth may want to consider dentures for both cosmetic purposes and overall wellness. Depending on the amount of teeth missing, we may suggest partial or full dentures. During your consultation, we’ll assess all your options, recommending options that will promote health and youthful appearance and you can choose what you feel most comfortable with.

Partial

Partial dentures are ideal for those who are missing only a few teeth but would like an alternative to a fixed bridge. They enlist the remaining natural teeth or implants for retention and rest on the remaining gum for added support. Even if you only have one tooth on your dental arch, a partial denture may still work best, since the remaining tooth serves as a natural anchor.

Complete

When your dental arch no longer has any teeth, a complete denture is the optimal solution. You can choose the traditional kind that depends on the gum and bone structures for support or choose to have dentures that are anchored by dental implants. The latter option has the best hold, but involves surgery. Dr Diederich can discuss all the details so you can make an informed decision.

 

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Fillings

Used to prevent the spread of tooth decay or correct any cosmetic damage, a filling is just one of the ways our dentists preserve your health. Before placement, all decay and affected tooth material must be removed. We offer local anesthesia along with sedation to ensure maximum comfort for our patients. There are two different types of fillings: amalgam (otherwise known as silver fillings) and composite resin, the color of which can be customized to match your natural teeth.

Amalgam

Made up of silver, copper, mercury, and tin, amalgam fillings are the most durable and economical option for our patients. They last up to ten or more years out. Commonly used for filling in molar cavities, amalgam fillings can withstand biting pressure and can be fully administered in a single visit. Despite the mercury content, these silver fillings are perfectly safe and can offer a cost effective long term restorative solution.

Composite Resin

Since the color of a composite resin filling can be customized, it is the most aesthetically pleasing option. However, for a composite to be successful for the long term, conditions of the state of the remaining tooth structure need to meet certain parameters allowing the successful restoration.  Composite resin is ideal for repairing chipped or cracked teeth, filling in a tooth gap, correcting dental discoloration, protecting any exposed tooth root from gum recession, or changing the shape of teeth. Patients may also choose composite resin for cavity fillings as they are bonded to the teeth in layers and therefore require less removal of tooth structure and may enhance the strength of the remaining tooth.  Composite material can also be used as direct, immediate placed veneer to correct inadequacies in tooth appearance.

 

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Implants

A dental implant mimics the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is therefore the most susceptible to cavities. The crown is attached to the jawbone by way of the root. When decay has gone deep enough or when a periodontal disease has advanced enough to warrant an extraction, the entire tooth, root and all, is taken out. The dental implant is a titanium root that gets fitted into a socket that we create in your jaw. Once the implant heals into the bone, we place an artificial crown on top. The new crown is customized to match your bite, the color of your teeth and will be natural in appearance.

Dental implants may also be used to retain and stabilize a denture.  They can be pre-planned or used to augment an existing denture.


What are the benefits of getting teeth implants?

  • They look and act like natural teeth

  • They can last a lifetime with the right care

  • You don’t need any adhesives

  • They improve appearance, comfort, and speech

  • It’s easier to eat


 

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Periodontal Maintenance

Among the causes for periodontal (gum) disease are genetic susceptibility, smoking, and other illnesses like diabetes. Periodontal maintenance involves removing plaque and tartar from above and below the gum line. Most gum diseases are preventable with proper oral hygiene. However, what can start out as gingivitis (inflamed or bleeding gums) can quickly turn into periodontitis. In such cases, gums pull away from the tooth to create “pockets,” thereby exposing a dental root to infection. It can also lead to prolonged bad breath, loose teeth, painful chewing and other complications.

Diagnosing Gum Disease

The diagnosis of gum disease or periodontitis is made by radiographic and physical measurement of the gum and bone support around each tooth.  It may be localized to one or a few teeth or it may encompass the entire dentition.  It may be a slow, chronic asymptomatic process.  Diagnosis also attempts to identify the causative factors thus enhancing treatment modalities .  At our office we stress co-diagnosis where we involve the patient in the discovery and treatment.

 Treatment

Treatment initially involves deep thorough cleaning above and below the gum line; called scaling and root planing.  It is accomplished very comfortably under local anesthesia with little or no post treatment sequela.

A re-assessment is then accomplished.  Further treatment, if needed is then discussed with patient .  It may consist of maintenance therapy or surgical intervention.

 

 

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Whitening

Professional teeth whitening is faster, more effective, and longer lasting than treatments you find over the counter. As we age, our teeth darken over time. We can brighten your teeth by five to ten shades in a single session, but maintaining good oral hygiene and steering away from certain foods and beverages will help keep any future whitening services to a minimum. We may also prescribe some medication for you to use at home that helps the whitening process.

 

In-office Whitening

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Procedure:

  1. Thorough cleansing and polishing of teeth

  2. Application of gum protectant

  3. Application of whitening agent

  4. Whitening agent is laser-activated

  5. Whitening agent is left on teeth for several minutes

  6. Teeth and gums are rinsed

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Post-procedure Care

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Things to avoid:

  • Tobacco products
  • Coffee and tea
  • Red wine
  • Food coloring

  • Any bright-colored drinks

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