Dental procedures we offer at
Shadow Creek Cosmetic and Family Dentistry
Porcelain Veneers can greatly
improve the overall appearance of your smile. Using
your desires for your smile as our guide, we can close
spaces lengthen or shorten teeth, change odd shaped
teeth and whiten and brighten your entire smile, thus
creating a dazzling new you. Porcelain Veneers are made
of flawless porcelain. Your teeth are carefully prepared
and a beautiful provisional is made. The beauty of Veneers
is that they replace only the front surface and edge
of your teeth. Thus you save precious tooth structure.
The Veneers are then custom- created by our State of
the Art Dental Lab. Your new Veneers are then returned
to us and bonded directly to your natural teeth. In
as few as two visits you can have a new smile.
Porcelain Bridges are another
amazing cosmetic enhancement. Missing teeth can be replaced
with a porcelain bridge that looks and feels like your
natural teeth. A bridge uses crowns that are connected
together to bridge over a gap. The teeth will look like
normal individual teeth and your space will be gone.
The bridge is cemented permanently and is not removable.
You can eat and chew normally thus returning your mouth
and smile to health.
Porcelain Crowns are used to
replace damaged or diseased teeth. Some teeth have very
old fillings that have worn out or teeth have new large
decay or perhaps your tooth broke because you are a
clincher or a grinder. First, all disease is removed
and a new core is placed in the tooth. Then the tooth
is reduced and prepared for a crown. A porcelain crown
covers over, protects and strengthens the damaged portion
of tooth like a hat would cover and protect a cold head.
White Fillings are an excellent
way to replace old black silver fillings. Not only do
they look 100% better than the old silver fillings,
but also they are now stronger than ever. They are bonded
to the tooth with composite material to strengthen it
and return it to its natural color. New white fillings
are a great way to give your smile a lift.
whitening is a scientifically advanced
teeth-whitening system. It is safe, effective and fast.
In about an hour your teeth will be noticeably whiter
and your smile brighter. The procedure is simple. It
begins with a preparation period to protect your lips
and gums, followed by the application of the bleach
and three 15-minute sessions under the special ZOOM
light. The Light combined with the special bleaching
gel gently penetrates your teeth breaking up stains
and discolorations. ZOOM whitening is an excellent way
to give your smile a quick makeover.
Rapid, invisible braces are
the latest technology in teeth straightening. Very few
people have naturally straight teeth. Until recently
conventional metal braces were the only option for correcting
crooked teeth. Now wearing braces can be virtually unnoticeable.
Once it is determined that this course of treatment
is right for your smile, we will have your aligners
fabricated. Using the latest advances in 3-D computer
technology and Dr Lockhart’s specific instructions
the Lab will fabricate your new trays. A series of customized
undetectable clear tray aligners will be worn by you.
Each aligner will be worn for approximately 2 weeks.
Your teeth will move gently and gradually throughout
your course of needed treatment. The beauty of clear
aligners is not only can you smile throughout your treatment
with confidence but also the trays are removable so
you are able to care for your teeth normally with your
brushing and flossing. So lets get started today on
your new confident straight smile.
Dental Implants are an amazing
innovation in the field of dentistry. We as Dental clinicians
have the ability to replace missing teeth with man made
root forms. Imagine the confidence gained when you can
chew again on natural feeling teeth. Implants can be
used in a variety of ways to improve a smile. You can
replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. You can also
use implants as a support for an existing denture or
partial. Implants can be used as a foundation to snap
a new denture on to. There are many options available.
The first criteria is a healthy foundation, otherwise
known as sufficient healthy bone. An implant is only
as good as the supporting structure surrounding it.
That is why a thorough exam is needed to confirm the
health of your bone. Once that is completed and a plan
for your smile is formed and you are on your way to
an new confident comfortable smile.
General Dental Services:
Regular dental cleanings and examinations
are the most important part of a healthy adult’s
oral life. At your regular check up we not only clean
and polish your teeth, we complete an oral cancer screening.
We check and probe for periodontal disease (the leading
cause of tooth loss in adults). We check for cavities
and tooth fractures, both of which can cause severe
pain if left undetected. We make every effort to make
your visit as comfortable as possible. We believe in
warding off oral problems before they become uncomfortable
or painful. Be sure to schedule your regular visit today,
your teeth are worth it and so are you.
Periodontal services are necessary
for those patients with gum-disease, piarea, periodontal
disease and other localized bone and gum issues. All
the above named conditions are due to disease in your
bone that supports your teeth. If you do not have a
strong foundation (bone), then your teeth, no matter
how healthy they are, are at risk! Some people are more
susceptible to damage from the presence of oral bacteria
in their mouth. Others have a genetic pre-disposition
to the disease. Luckily most people can completely stop
the effects from the disease. The key is to begin your
treatment as soon as possible once you have been diagnosed
with the gum disease. The lost bone does not grow back
but the disease can be intercepted and arrested. There
are also bone-grafting procedures that can help. Due
to the very vascular nature of our gums that cover our
teeth just by changing your oral hygiene habits with
the help of interceptive therapy great results can be
Root Canal Therapy can be a
scary thought for most people. The interesting fact
about root canals is that 90% of them are non-painful.
It just so happens that the 10% that are painful are
the ones everybody talks about. In most cases the entire
process can be completed comfortably and easily. A root
canal is necessary when a tooth nerve dies or is infected.
This can happen for a number of reasons the most common
being large decay that goes into the nerve. A tooth
can also die from trauma (e.g.: being hit in the mouth
with baseball or from a fall). Teeth that bite together
incorrectly can also experience trauma. Another strange
occurrence with teeth needing root canals is the fact
that some teeth with severe nerve damage don’t
hurt or have any outward symptoms. These teeth must
be diagnosed from a x-ray and any nerve damage can thus
be revealed. Yet another reason that regular visits
to the dentist are so important. Most people cannot
imagine having a problem in their mouth that doesn’t
hurt. The truth is damage to teeth and nerves can occur
without pain. And if a tooth infection is not treated
in a timely manner you could lose your tooth. A root
canal is a fairly simple procedure. The infected nerve
of the tooth is removed. The empty tooth canal is then
cleaned, shaped and then filled and sealed completely
with a man made material similar to rubber. That’s
it, a root canal in a nutshell. So don’t put off
a needed root canal any longer.
Oral surgery consists of a
variety of different procedures. From simple extractions
to more difficult gum surgery we aim to make your appointment
as comfortable and relaxing as possible. We are pleased
to offer you a caring and gentle environment to make
your surgery visit with us go smoothly and your healing
commence both rapidly and comfortably.
TMJ and Occlusal or bite problems
are treated thoughtfully in our office. We want our
patients to be comfortable as we work together to solve
your TMJ and bite issues. We fabricate custom-made bite
splints and TMJ appliances to treat your symptoms. Most
appliances can be worn primarily at night when most
para-functional habits are performed. Meaning the damage
you are doing to your teeth and TMJ happens while you
Partials and Dentures are a
necessary dental appliance for many adults to replace
missing teeth. The great news is that there are many
choices regarding the materials and the type of teeth
replacement. The name partial comes from the fact that
it will replace only part of the teeth in your mouth,
meaning you still have some teeth remaining. Dentures
give you a complete set of teeth, meaning you either
have no teeth remaining or the teeth or implants that
you do have are underneath the denture and are not seen.
The materials for booth appliances are fabricated with
very strong plastics that look just like your natural
teeth and gums. Partials and Dentures can also both
have a metal substructure designed for strength. One
really great new invention is the Valplast partial.
It is comprised of a thermal plastic that moulds and
gently hugs close to your gums thus negating the need
for ugly silver wire clasps. Your partial can now look
much more natural as well as feel strong and comfortable.
If a partial or Denture is what you need, call us so
we can go over the benefits of these great materials
to complete your smile.