Our practice specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry. We offer teeth whitening (ZoomII and custom trays), tooth colored and silver fillings, oral surgery, partial and full dentures, crowns, bridges, implant restoration, sports mouthguards, bite guards for teeth grinding, sleep apnea appliances, preventative therapy, periodontal treatment, as well as other general dentistry.
Austrins Family Dentistry offers two whitening options: In-office (ZoomII) and custom take-home trays.
In-office bleaching (Zoom II) provides the quickest and most effective way to whiten teeth. With in-office bleaching, the whitening gel is applied directly to the teeth after the gum tissue has been isolated. This gel is used in combination with a special light to accelerate the whitening process. Custom take home trays are also included in this procedure and are used for at-home touch-ups. Click here for more information on Zoom! Whitening.
Custom take-home trays
These are clear plastic trays that are custom made to fit the patients teeth, which hold a professional strength whitening gel. Austrins Family Dentistry will take an impression of your teeth and make the custom trays to exactly fit your teeth. This customization allows for maximum contact between the whitening gel and the teeth. A custom-made tray also minimizes the gel’s contact with gum tissue.
*** Austrins Family Dentistry stocks whitening gel refill solution for touch-ups.
*** Whitening is not permanent. People who expose their teeth to foods and beverages that cause staining may see the whiteness start to fade in as little as 1 month. Those who avoid foods and beverages that stain may be able to wait one year or longer before another whitening treatment or touch-up is needed.
*** The degree of whiteness will vary from individual to individual depending on the condition of the teeth, nature of the stain, the type of bleaching system used and for how long.
Composite (Tooth Colored) Fillings
If you have a decayed tooth that needs to be restored or would like to replace one of your older silver fillings, you should consider a composite tooth colored filling. Composite fillings are ideal for treating decay at its earliest detection and can be used for small to medium size tooth repair. The procedure involves removing the decay or defective filling and bonding layers of tooth colored composite into the void. The bonded tooth colored filling looks natural and in most cases even strengthens the tooth.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Extraction may be used to remove teeth that are so badly decayed or broken that they cannot be restored. Teeth may also be extracted to make more room in the mouth prior to straightening the remaining teeth (orthodontic treatment), or because they have severe periodontal disease.
Removable Partial Denture
A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It can be attached to the teeth with clasps or it can be attached to the teeth with precision attachments (hidden clasps). Both types have a metal framework, normally plastic teeth, and pink acrylic in the gum areas.
With full dentures, a pink-colored acrylic base fits over the gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of the mouth), while that of the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate the tongue. Full dentures are made when a patient is edentulous (no teeth remaining in their mouth).
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn’t a lot of tooth left
To cover misshaped or severely discolored teeth
To restore a dental implant.
Bridges are a fixed or non-removable prosthesis constructed to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the existing space anchor the bridge. We are now able to construct beautiful full porcelain bridges and porcelain over metal bridges to produce beautiful aesthetic results.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between, called the pontic. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth or implants.
Dental implants are an excellent dental option for patients who are missing a single tooth and do not wish to have a conventional bridge or have multiple missing teeth and do not wish to have a removable appliance. They can also be used to hold ill-fitting dentures in place. Made of a titanium alloy that is both strong and biocompatible, dental implants are artificial tooth roots placed directly into the jawbone and soft tissue. After the dental implant is set and both bone and gum grow around the artificial root, the dental implant is covered by an abutment, then a dental crown.
Mouthguards are primarily used for sports. Vacuum-formed and multi laminated Playsafe Mouthguards are prescribed for both professional and amateur athletes because they offer the highest level of protection. They have a competitive advantage over store bought boil-and-bites because they are custom made to provide superior fit, retention and comfort to the patients unique mouth. Austrins Family Dentistry offers mouthguards in five levels of protection and many different colors for individuals or teams.
A bite splint (Bruxeze) can be made by Austrins Family Dentistry for protection of the teeth due to grinding and clenching. This way the teeth can still grind but on a smooth surface to prevent tooth breakage and help protect the temporal mandibular joint.
Sleep Apnea/Snore Prevention
An oral (or dental) appliance is a small device that’s very similar to an orthodontic retainer. It’s worn in the mouth while sleeping to help prevent soft throat tissues from collapsing and obstructing the airway. Some of the devices hold the lower jaw forward during sleep, while other appliances directly affect tongue position. Austrins Family Dentistry offers the SilentNite appliance and the Tap II appliance.
All oral appliances attempt to open the airway to relieve snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). They are especially helpful to patients who are intolerant of their CPAP mask, or for snoring only. Accepted by patients and sleep specialists for both comfort & effectiveness, oral appliance therapy has some very definite advantages:
• excellent patient acceptance and compliance
• non-surgical, conservative treatment
• comparatively moderate cost; several manufacturers to choose from
• repositions soft palate; stabilizes lower jaw; user-friendly
For preventative care and optimum oral health, regularly scheduled appointments for cleaning and oral hygiene are essential. At Austrins Family Dentistry, our hygienists have the highest level of training available, with the ability to anesthetize. In their approach to cleaning, they are gentle but extremely thorough. We also have a very strong periodontal program built within our practice, which allows the hygienists to perform deep scaling and root planing procedures on those patients with periodontal disease.
We offer exceptionally effective Periodontal Therapy at our office to ensure the beauty of your smile and to maintain total dental health. When gingivitis is not treated soon enough, this leads to a bone infection that the patient may not feel at all but may be loosing bone level around the infected gum area. Periodontal Therapy detoxifies the root surface of a tooth to help restore the health of that area. This procedure is done by the dental hygienist and does not involve surgery of any type. This procedure is called scaling and root planing. We also have antibiotics that can be placed in the floss area of the tooth to slowly release antibiotics over 10 days to help kill the bacterial that may be difficult are for a patient to take care of on their own.