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Exam & Diagnosis

Digital X-rays, diagnostic impressions, comprehensive extra- oral & intra - oral exams and photographs, consultation and treatment planning, vitality tests,  periodontal disease diagnosis.

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PREVENTIVE CARE

Twice-daily brushings and regular flossing are necessary for maintenance between office visits, but a healthy mouth and beautiful smile require routine general and preventive care to stay that way. Our practice offers general care that includes regular oral examinations and cleanings. Our preventive care includes fluoride, professional breath control, and periodontal (gum disease) treatments designed to help you maintain your smile’s health and beauty. Keep your teeth and gums strong and disease-free. Contact our office today to schedule a cleaning or consultation.

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Pediatric Dentistry ( children’s dentistry )

First dental visit

Your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and her staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better .

Recognizing that our office is a new experience for you and your child, we would like to
make that first visit ---- and every one after that ---- pleasant.

 We recommend you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill or hurt. Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.

With each visit your child receives complete preventive dental care --- from fluoride treatments to dietary counseling and tooth brushing instruction.

For further prevention of cavities, we also recommend sealants.  Especially effective in children without cavities or fillings, a sealant is a plastic material painted directly into the grooves on the biting surfaces of the back teeth where most cavities occur.

As the science of dentistry expands via research and development of new methods, materials, and equipment we are able to offer your child the newest advances.

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Gum Therapy

Gum Disease (Gingivitis)


Gingivitis is the medical term for early gum disease, or periodontal disease. In general, gum disease can be caused by long-term exposure to plaque, the sticky but colorless film on teeth that forms after eating or sleeping.

Gum disease originates in the gums, where infections form from harmful bacteria and other materials left behind from eating. Early warning signs include chronic bad breath, tender or painful swollen gums and minor bleeding after brushing or flossing. In many cases, however, gingivitis can go unnoticed. The infections can eventually cause the gums to separate from the teeth, creating even greater opportunities for infection and decay.

Although gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss in adults, in many cases it is avoidable.

Pregnancy has also been known to cause a form of gingivitis. This has been linked to hormonal changes in the woman's body that promote plaque production

If gingivitis goes untreated, more serious problems such as abscesses, bone loss or periodontitis can occur.

Periodontitis is treated in a number of ways. One method, called root planning, involves cleaning and scraping below the gum line to remove calculus and plaque that cannot be accessed during a regular cleaning. If effective, this procedure helps the gums reattach themselves to the tooth structure.

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FISSURE SEALANT

With a little hi-tech help, preventing tooth decay can become even easier. You may already be aware that daily brushing and flossing are the most important weapons against the formation of plaque, the primary cause of cavities. To supplement your regular routine of brushing and flossing, we can apply a coat of plastic material -- called a sealant -- on the top, or biting, surfaces of your teeth. This plastic coating creates a barrier between your teeth and the decay-causing bacteria that live in plaque.

As you or your children eat and drink during the day, the food in your mouth combines with bacteria to produce a sticky film called plaque that attaches on and in between tooth surfaces. Plaque often is found on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where it is difficult to remove by brushing and flossing alone. If plaque is not removed regularly from your teeth, it can produce acids which will attack the tooth enamel and create pits or holes (cavities) in the tooth. This is tooth decay.

Coating your teeth with a smooth plastic material makes it harder for plaque to stick to the tiny grooves on the biting surfaces of the teeth - reducing the risk of forming cavities and tooth decay.

Sealants are most effective in reducing cavities in children with newly formed permanent teeth. They are useful in cutting down formation of decay in adult teeth but since we chew harder, the sealants wear away more quickly. An application of sealants is a preventive measure to keep teeth healthy. It is an effective way to reduce the need for fillings and more expensive treatment that may be required to repair the damage from cavities, so sealants can also save you money
. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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BAD BREATH/ORAL HAILITOSIS TREATMENT

Ever have the feeling that people have avoided talking to you face to face or that they have backed away when you began a conversation?  If either of these have happened to you, maybe its not you that is offending, but your breath.

Halitosis (also known as bad breath) can affect anyone at anytime.  It is estimated that at one time or another between 50% and 60% of the population suffer from halitosis.  The bad news is- it's offensive to most people.  The good news is - now, more than ever, there are ways to prevent it. 

What causes bad breath?  Most of the time, halitosis originates in the mouth. It is caused by oral bacteria breaking down stubborn food debris. This process creates by products called volatile sulfur compounds (VCS's), which emit a smell similar to rotten eggs.  The type of bacteria that initiates this process needs an environment that is free of oxygen, so they usually inhabit areas that are difficult to reach, such as the pockets around teeth and the fissures of the tongue.  In some circumstances, the odor may be caused by a systemic condition such as diabetes, or a problem in the sinuses, pharynx, lungs, or stomach. factors such as (tobacco, alcohol, alcohol containing mouth rinses, foods like garlic, onions, and spicy food, hunger, dry mouth, can cause halitosis, but are secondary to the main culprit - oral bacteria.

What can be done? If it is clear that bacteria are the culprits, methods to reduce them are the first line of defense.  If periodontal disease or tooth decay is present, the types of bacteria that cause bad breath increase.  Be sure to ask Dr. Kalaf or Dr. Williams for more information upon examination.  Keeping your mouth as clean as possible helps eliminate bacteria.  In fact, its valuable to consider this cleaning process as "full - mouth disinfection,"  focusing on all areas where bacteria may reside.  This "disinfection" includes thorough brushing, proper use of dental floss, mouth rinse, and cleaning the tongue. 

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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FILLINGS

Dental decay creates holes in our teeth. An organic acid produced by bacteria dissolves away the hard outer covering of our teeth, which is called enamel. Fillings are a man-made material designed to fill in or restore the damaged areas of decayed teeth.

Fillings can also replace areas of teeth that have been damaged by fracture, abrasion, erosion or defects due to hard and invasive tooth brushing.

Solon Dental Excellence is a mercury-free (amalgam-free) dental office which uses only the best, newest and safest materials available in the European and American market. Comparing porcelain and gold fillings (Inlays, Onlays) our doctors normally recommend the material that will give the best results, comparing costs to longevity and function in your particular case and immediate situation.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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ROOT CANAL/ ENDODONTICS

Inside your tooth's hard outer shell is a nourishing pulp of blood vessels, lymph vessels and nerves. The root's canal, allow these vessels and nerves to extend to connect to the rest of the body's systems. Deep tooth decay, or injury can cause serious damage and infection to the pulps nerves and vessels. Root canal, also known as endodontic treatment, cleans out the infected pulp chamber and canals and replaces the organic material with an inert filling.

Some indications of the need for root canal treatment may be:

  • Spontaneous pain or throbbing

  • Pain while biting or chewing

  • Sensitivity to hot and cold

  • Severe decay or injury that causes an abscess (infection) in the bone surrounding the tooth

 Without treatment the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate, and the tooth may fall out. Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention. The only alternative is usually extraction of the tooth, which can cause surrounding teeth to shift crookedly, resulting in a misaligned bite. Though an extraction is cheaper, the space left behind will require an implant or a bridge, which can be more expensive than root canal therapy. If you have the choice, it's always best to keep your original teeth.

Treatment usually involves one  appointment. First, you will probably be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. A gap is made from the top of the tooth into the pulp chamber, which, along with any infected root canal, is cleaned of all diseased pulp , reshaping & enlarging  the canals may be needed then the pulp chamber and canals are filled with rubber-like material called gutta percha. If the tooth is weak, a metal post may be inserted above the canal filling to reinforce the tooth. Finally, a gold or porcelain crown is normally placed over the tooth to strengthen its structure and improve appearance.

For more information or a consult 
contact our office.

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CROWNS & BRIDGES

In dentistry, crowns and bridges refer to the restoration of natural teeth that have been damaged, decayed or lost. A crown can be made to restore an individual tooth damaged by decay or fracture back to its original form and function, while a bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. These restorations are cemented onto the teeth and are referred to as "fixed" dentistry as opposed to a restoration of missing teeth with a removable appliance or partial denture.

A badly decayed or broken tooth may require that the tooth be "built up" with a special restorative material during the preparation of the teeth. With a fixed bridge, the prosthesis will span the area of a missing tooth, known as a pontic, while the two or more adjacent supporting teeth are called abutments. An impression is taken of the prepared area, and a temporary crown or bridge is placed.

Some slight discomfort is possible after the teeth are prepared. Generally Advil or Tylenol will eliminate the discomfort. Warm salt water rinses can also speed the recovery of the gums in the area. The permanent crown will fit considerably better than the temporary crown, so the temporary crown gives little indication of how the final crown will fit or feel. It is important that the temporary crown or bridge stay in place until the final crown or bridge is placed. If the temporary should come off early, please call the office@ 440-498-8200

After about two weeks, the crown or bridge is ready to be fitted, adjusted, and cemented in place.

Crowns and bridges can be made of several materials. Full gold crowns are normally done on the very last teeth in the mouth where strength is most important and appearance is less important.  Dr. Kalaf
uses "High Noble Metal" gold for her full gold crowns and bridges.

Porcelain fused to metal offers most of the strength of full gold, but the esthetics of a tooth colored crown. A thin layer of "High Noble Metal" is made to exactly fit over the prepared tooth model, then porcelain is layered and fired in a ceramic oven at over 2000 degrees, till the desired shape and size is archived.

Front teeth can be restored with porcelain fused to gold, but  most of the time  an all porcelain (metal free) crown is used. the color of the porcelain is shaded to match the existing teeth, or in some cases, lighter to cosmetically brighten the smile.

Some of the indications for a crown are:

  • A previously filled tooth where there now exists more filling than tooth. The existing tooth structure becomes weakened and can no longer support the filling.
  • Extensive damage by decay. Discolorations and compromised esthetics.
  • Fractures
  • Root canal - After root canal, teeth tend to become brittle and are more apt to fracture. These teeth need to be protected by a crown.

Bridges are recommended to replace one or two missing teeth. They require healthy adjacent teeth to support the replacement teeth.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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BEAUTIFUL NATURAL LOOKING COMPLETE & PARTIAL DENTURES

An important step in maintaining a healthy smile is to replace teeth. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. Teeth that are out of position can damage tissues in the mouth. In addition, it may be difficult to clean thoroughly between crooked teeth. As a result, you run the risk of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, which can lead to the loss of additional teeth.

A removable partial denture, also called a removable bridge, fills in the space created by missing teeth and fills out your smile. It can be made of acrylic resin, metal or a
combination of both. Complete or full dentures replace all the teeth in the upper or lower jaw.

Complete dentures are either "conventional" or  "immediate."

A conventional denture is placed in the mouth about 4 to 8 weeks after all of the teeth are removed to allow for proper healing. A conventional denture is also made to replace an existing denture. An immediate denture is placed as soon as the teeth are removed. The drawback with an immediate denture is that it may require more adjustments after the healing has taken place.

A denture helps you to properly chew food, a difficult task when you are missing teeth. In addition, a denture may improve speech and prevent a sagging face by providing support for lips and cheeks.

Here are answers to common questions about partial and full dentures:


How do you wear a removable partial denture?

Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework. Removable partial dentures attach to your natural teeth with metal or tooth colored material clasps or devices called precision attachments. Precision attachments are generally more esthetic than metal clasps and they are nearly invisible. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the fit of a removable partial denture and they are usually required with attachments. Dentures with precision attachments generally cost more than those with metal clasps but fit and stay in place much better. Dr. Kalaf can advise you to find out which type is right for you.

Who needs a denture?
Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. A partial denture is suitable for those who have some natural teeth remaining. While missing one or two adjacent teeth can often be best restored with a fixed or cemented bridge, partial dentures work best to replace multiple missing teeth. A denture improves chewing ability and speech, and appearance and smile.


What happens when you get a denture?
A full conventional denture can be made when all teeth have been lost or all extraction sites have healed (up to eight weeks or longer.) The denture process takes about one month and five appointments. New denture wearers need time to get accustomed to their new "teeth" because even the best fitting dentures will feel awkward at first. While most patients can begin to speak normally within a few hours, many patients report discomfort with eating for several days or a few weeks. To get accustomed to chewing with a new denture, start with soft, easy-to-chew foods. In addition, denture wearers often notice a slight change in facial appearance, increased salivary flow, or minor speech difficulty.

How do you care for a denture?
A denture is fragile, so it is important to handle it with care. Remove and brush the denture daily, preferably with a brush designed specifically for cleaning dentures, using either a denture cleanser or toothpaste. Never use harsh, abrasive cleansers, including abrasive toothpastes, because they may scratch the surface of the denture.

Don't sterilize your denture with boiling water because it will cause it to become warped. If you wear a partial denture be sure to remove it before brushing your natural teeth. When not in use, soak it in a cleanser solution, diluted mouthwash or in water. Get in the habit of keeping the denture in the same safe and handy place to reduce the likelihood of misplacement.


Should a denture be worn at night?
While you may be advised to wear your new denture almost constantly during the first two weeks-even while you sleep-under normal circumstances it is considered best to remove it at night. Research has shown that removing the denture for at least eight hours during either the day or night allows the gum tissue to rest and allows normal stimulation and cleansing by the tongue and saliva. This promotes better long-term health of gums.

Do I need to continue to see a dentist after I have full dentures?
Yes. It is important to continue having regular dental checkups so that Dr. Kalaf can examine oral tissues for signs of disease or cancer. As you age, your mouth will continue to change as the bone under your denture shrinks or recedes. To maintain a proper fit over time, it may be necessary to adjust your denture. Never attempt to adjust a denture yourself and do not use denture adhesives for a prolonged period because it can contribute to bone loss. When in doubt, consult with Dr. Kalaf.

Will it be difficult to wear a full or partial denture?
Replacing missing teeth should make eating a more pleasant experience. Start out by eating soft foods that are cut into small pieces. Chew on both sides of the mouth to keep even pressure on the denture. Avoid foods that are extremely sticky or hard. You may want to avoid chewing gum while you adjust to the denture.

Partial dentures are generally easy to wear and easy to get used to. Full dentures are not, especially full lower dentures. It has been said that 80% of people with upper dentures are very happy, while 20% are unhappy wearing full dentures. The opposite is true of lower full dentures, 80% are unhappy while 20% are pleased. Dental implants can improve the wearability of lower dentures.

Both full and partial dentures require time for you to adapt. Often several adjustments are required to get the fit exactly right. Because different thicknesses of gum tissue compress differently, small "sore spots" may develop as the denture rests upon your gums. Please do not try and tough it out. Call and come in for included adjustments to the denture.

Over time, additional adjustments of the denture may be necessary. As you age, your mouth naturally changes, which can affect the fit of the denture. Your bone and gum ridges can recede or shrink, resulting in a loose-fitting denture. Partial Dentures that do not fit properly should be adjusted. Loose dentures can cause various problems, including sores or infections. Call us promptly if your denture becomes loose.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

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EMERGENCIES

Our teeth are not supposed to hurt. Pain is normally an indication of a problem. By having regular preventive dental visits, most dental can be prevented. Dental pain can be associated with:

  • Deep decay

  • Missing filling or lost crown

  • Infection

  • Broken teeth

  • Late stages of gum disease

  • Impacted wisdom teeth

  • Trauma

  • Gum recession exposing root surfaces

Unless a tooth breaks or as a result of trauma, dental pain does not normally start suddenly. It starts slight and perhaps infrequent. It gradually builds till the pain can be intolerable. Before it become severe is the time to call.

 An infection in a tooth or area of gum can quickly increase in size. Dental infection can grow to infect the eyes or spread to the neck. A serious dental infection can result in the need for hospitalization. Again, at the first sign of swelling, please call. Immediate swelling as a result of trauma, such as being hit in the face is not infection but it may later lead to infection.

Trauma to the teeth is an immediate situation that may require immediate care. Trauma to the front teeth can be reduced or eliminated by using a sports guard. If a front tooth is knocked out from trauma, please do the following:

  • Transport the tooth and the patient to the dentist as soon as possible.

  • If possible, quickly clean the tooth with clean water, do not rub or scrape it, and place it back in the socket.

  • If you cannot re-insert the tooth, if the person is old enough, place the tooth inside the mouth next to the cheek. If there is any chance that the person will swallow it, do not place it in the mouth.

  • The next best place to put the tooth is milk. If milk is not available, place the tooth in clean water. Again, do not rub or scrape the tooth clean.

  • RUSH to the nearest dentist. If you are out of town, do not wait to see us. The sooner the dentist can re-implant the tooth and stabilize it, the greater the change that it will re-attached and tighten up.

If a front tooth is not totally knocked out but is loose, also rush to a dentist. If the tooth is stabilized, often it will tighten up and require no other treatment. A tooth that has been knocked out or is severely loosened normally will require root canal treatment.

If trauma to a front tooth breaks but does not loosen it, several things can happen. Small chips normally do not need immediate care. They can often be smoothed or filled at a later date. If the break is close to the nerve of the tooth or exposes the nerve, immediate care is required. Normally the inside of a tooth is white or slightly yellow. If you see pink inside the tooth or if the tooth bleeds internally, call us.

Contact our office today or call us @ 440.498.8200 .

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IMPLANTS

Our office performs dental implant restoration by attaching artificial teeth to implants anchored in the bone below the gum line. After the anchor has been surgically placed in the jawbone, excess bone and gum grow around the implant, holding it firmly in place. An artificial tooth can then be attached to the implant. The end result is a strong, secure tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Contact us to learn more about how we restore dental implants at our office .

HIGH TECH DENTISTRY

Advanced Technologies

Soft Tissue Laser

The primary use of a soft-tissue laser is the modification or removal of intra-oral soft tissue. The photo-thermal effects of the laser’s energy allow the operator to modify tissues and control hemostasis at the same time by coagulation. The post-operative response of the laser care will usually produce a cleaner and healthier surgical site with less discomfort when compared to alternative methods of surgery. Soft tissue lasers enable minor surgical procedures and decontaminate the area at the same time. There is less chance of infection, and some soft tissue procedures around the gingiva can be completed without anesthesia.

The laser also promotes healing for infected and irritated tissues. Since there is a favorable response to laser treatment, the resultant healing is less complicated and often shorter when compared to traditional techniques. In many cases, the laser can also be used to treat deep gingival pockets that harbor bacteria and cause gum disease. An additional benefit of dental diode laser technology is its ability to reduce the pain and longevity of cold sores and fever blisters.

Diagnodent
Accurate, reliable caries detection aid
More and more patients place value on healthy and attractive teeth. In order to maintain them, the earliest possible care is essential. DIAGNOdent aids in the detections of caries. Even very small lesions are detected at the earliest stage, enabling you to protect and preserve the tooth substance.
 

Digital X-Rays
Digital dental X-rays offer many advantages. Although the risk of radiation damage from normal X-rays is small, digital X-rays limit exposure by 90%, enhancing your safety significantly. To take a digital X-ray of your teeth, we insert a tiny camera into your mouth. The X-rays are then instantly transmitted to a computer screen, where your dentist will review them with you. You can see any problems for yourself while reviewing your treatment options together. Digital X-rays help you to be more informed about your own dental health. If you'd like to learn more about digital X-rays, please
contact us today for more information .

Intra-oral Camera
The intra-oral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more clearly identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intra-oral camera can be inserted into a patient's mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intra-oral camera saves time and makes problems easily visible to both patient and doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable. The accompanying software also provides clear and accurate data so that the best treatment options can be selected. To learn more about the intra-oral camera, please
contact our office today for more information .

Magnification
Dr. Kalaf, Dr. Williams, our hygienists, and our EFDA's use a pair of high magnification loupes (glasses) that enable them to perform perfect, precise and accurate work
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Pain Free Injections / STA
The STA System is an innovative, clinically-proven way to achieve more precise injections, improved drug delivery and higher patient comfort levels.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Services

If chipped, stained, or crooked teeth are "hiding" the real you, it's time for a smile make over.

A beautiful smile can brighten your life every day both professionally and socially.  Unlike plastic surgery, cosmetic dentistry isn't a major operation. Imagine coming in for a single appointment or two and emerging with the smile you've always wanted...no pain, no strain, no time taken away from your busy life.  The results are immediate and dramatic.

Come in for a consultation.  There are many ways we can give you a youthful, attractive, natural looking smile!

There’s no reason to hide behind less-than-perfect teeth. After all, a clean, healthy mouth and a beautiful smile are your best assets! Our practice specializes in a wide array of procedures from crowns and veneers to teeth whitening and dental implants. we are devoted to giving you the exact look you desire, whether that requires delicate enhancement or more complex procedures. The following are just a few of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer.

Smile Makeover
Based on your natural teeth and specific facial features, Dr. Kalaf can custom-design a beautiful smile exactly suited to you. We first use digital computer imaging to give you a preview of what your smile could look like with enhancements. Next, we employ a wide array of techniques – including veneers, crowns and onlays – to correct misaligned, misshapen, or twisted teeth and create a stronger and more aesthetically balanced smile. Then, for the finishing touch, we polish off your new look with teeth whitening for a dazzling, beautiful new you. Learn more about makeover procedures, from dental implants to teeth whitening . So contact our office today for more information.

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Bonding
A smile can be dulled by stained, chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth. But bonding can quickly and painlessly restore your smile’s natural beauty. During the procedure, a thin coating of plastic or resin is painted over the damaged teeth, strengthening them and making them virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. To find out if bonding is the right option for you, please contact us today.

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Veneers
An excellent alternative to crowns, our veneers can perfect your smile by masking stains, hiding chips, correcting misalignment, and creating uniformity. Veneers, which are made of thin, customized porcelain designed to slide over the teeth, look incredibly natural, are long lasting, and are relatively easy to apply. Please contact us today to find out more about veneers.

 Porcelain Veneers can:

  • Close gaps in teeth

  • Repair broken or chipped teeth

  • Whiten dark, yellow, permanently-stained or discolored teeth

  • Straighten crooked teeth

  • Improve gummy smiles

  • Overall smile enhancement

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Crowns
Also called caps, crowns are natural-looking covers fitting snugly over teeth. They conceal cracked, badly discolored, injured or chipped teeth. Our porcelain crowns provide support to damaged teeth while also restoring functionality and esthetic balance. Ultimately, crowns can dramatically improve the overall appearance of your smile while making your teeth more resistant to injury. For more information about crowns, please contact us today.

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Tooth-Colored Fillings
Gone are the days when tooth ailments and cavities could only be treated with unsightly metal fillings. Today, modern, tooth-colored fillings made of durable resin or porcelain can be bonded to your teeth for a stronger, more natural-looking restoration. These revolutionary fillings are virtually undetectable and are easy to apply. To find out if tooth-colored fillings are a good option for you, please contact us today.

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Implant Restoration
Our office performs dental implant restoration by attaching artificial teeth to implants anchored in the bone below the gum line. After the anchor has been surgically placed in the jawbone, excess bone and gum grow around the implant, holding it firmly in place. An artificial tooth can then be attached to the implant. The end result is a strong, secure tooth that is virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Contact us to learn more about how we restore dental implants at our office .

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Bridges
Sometimes a bit more work is needed to give you the smile you want. If you are missing teeth, having trouble speaking or chewing, or are noticing strain when biting, bridges may be the ideal procedure to help make your mouth healthy and beautiful again. Bridges, sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, literally bridge gaps between teeth by filling them with strong, natural-looking artificial teeth. Bridges are semi-permanent – they can only be removed by a dentist – and are comfortable and proven to strengthen teeth. To find out if bridges are the right option for you, please contact us today. 

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Zoom! Teeth Whitening

As seen on ABC’s reality hit “Extreme Makeover” ZOOM! Whitening is an extremely popular, safe, non-invasive and effective way to whiten your teeth. Do you have an important event such as a wedding, business presentation, or class reunion where you want to make a memorable appearance? Our in-office tooth whitening procedure can be accomplished in 1 –hour.

Whether you want your teeth whiter right now or over a few nights while you sleep, Zoom! is your answer. The Zoom! In-Office Teeth Whitening System uses proprietary technology to whiten your teeth an average of eight shades in a little over an hour while you relax by enjoying a massage in our massage chair while listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite movie. It’s ideal for anyone who wants immediate results.

Get your teeth whiter in a fraction of the time with Zoom!

Ask us about our Zoom! specials & gift certificates.


Please contact us today to find out more about zoom!

Do you want to Zoom!™ in one hour?

The Zoom! In-Office Whitening System is a revolutionary tooth whitening procedure. It's safe effective and fast, very fast. In just over an hour, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. Zoom! Whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of Zoom! in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual.

Get ready to Zoom!

The Zoom! Whitening procedure is simple and painless. It begins with a short preparation to isolate your lips and gums. The Zoom! clinician then applies the proprietary Zoom! Whitening Gel, which is activated by a specially designed light. Teeth typically become at least six to ten shades whiter, sometimes more. A five-minute fluoride treatment completes the procedure. You'll be amazed with the results. In most cases, teeth get even whiter the first few days after the procedure.

How the Zoom! In-Office System Works!

The Zoom! light activated gel was developed after years of research by Discus Dental, the leaders in professional take-home tooth whitening. The gel is a scientifically formulated, pH balanced Hydrogen Peroxide that, when activated by the Zoom! light, gently penetrates the teeth to remove deep stains and discoloration. With proper care and an occasional touch-up at home, your whiter smile will sparkle for years.

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Invisalign

 


 

 

 

Now there is a new way
to straighten teeth
without braces.


 

 

What is Invisalign ®?

  • Invisalign ® is a way to straighten your teeth without braces. Invisalign is also referred by many as Invisible Braces, Clear Braces, Adult Braces, Adult Orthodontics.

  • Invisalign ® uses a series of clear removable aligners to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets.

  • Invisalign ® has been proven effective in clinical research and in orthodontic practices nationwide. In fact, over 70% of all U.S. orthodontists are certified to treat patients with Invisalign®.

How Does Invisalign ® Work?

  • You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.

  • As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move - little by little, week by week - until they have straightened to the final position your Ohio Invisalign Dentist Dr. Kalaf has prescribed.

  • You'll visit the dental practice about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your Invisalign orthodontic treatment is progressing as planned.

Total treatment time averages 9-15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.

Please contact us today to find out more about  Invisalign.

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CEREC

CEREC by Sirona Dental Systems is the world's only system for the fabrication of all ceramic dental restorations in one office visit. With CEREC at your dentist's side, you can be in and out in a single visit with a permanent, all ceramic crown, onlay, or veneer! For you, the patient, this means fewer injections, less drilling, and less time out of your hectic schedule for dental care.

Exam and Preparation
First, your Dentist examines the tooth and determines the appropriate treatment. It could be a simple filling, or a full crown, depending on how much healthy tooth structure is remaining and the clinical judgement of your Dentist. Next, she administers an anesthetic and prepares your tooth for the restoration, removing decayed and weakened tooth tissue. This preparation is just like she would do for many other restorative techniques.

Optical Impression
Then, your Dentist takes an Optical Impression of the prepared tooth. Instead of filling a tray with impression "goop" that you must bite into and hold in your mouth until it hardens, your Dentist coats the tooth with a non-toxic, tasteless powder. A camera is then used to take a digital picture of your tooth. This whole Optical Impression process only takes a minute or two.

 

No Temporaries
Next, the CEREC machine helps the Dentist create the restoration for your tooth. The CEREC 3D software takes the digital picture and converts it into a 3-dimensional virtual model on the computer screen. Your Dentist then uses her dental expertise to design the restoration using the CEREC 3D computer program. Within a few minutes, your Dentist clicks a button, and the restoration design data is sent to a separate milling machine in the office. A ceramic block that matches your tooth shade is placed in the milling machine. About 10 - 20 minutes later, your all-ceramic, tooth-colored restoration is finished and ready to bond in place. Finally, your Dentist tries the restoration in your mouth to ensure proper fit and bite. The restoration is then polished and bonded to the prepared tooth. Your tooth is restored with no "temporary" or return trip necessary. All of this is done in a single appointment! Ask your Dentist about CEREC today.

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