- Dental Amalgam
The word "amalgam" when referring to dental fillings means a mixture of two or more metals in which mercury is a component. Dental amalgam is a mix of approximately 43 percent to 54 percent mercury with other metals, including silver, copper and tin. Dental amalgams have commonly been called "silver fillings" because of their silver color when they are first placed. Today, amalgam is used most commonly in the back teeth. It is one of the oldest filling materials and has been used (and improved) for more than 150 years. Dental amalgam is the most thoroughly researched and tested filling material.
- Composite (resin)
Composite is a mixture of acrylic resin and powdered glass-like particles that produce a tooth-colored filling. This type of material may be self-hardening or may be hardened by exposure to blue light. Composite is used for fillings, inlays and veneers. Sometimes it is used to replace a portion of a broken or chipped tooth.
- 3rd Molar (Wisdom teeth) Surgery
Sometimes problems develop that require a 3rd molar's removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted (unable to come in or misaligned) Wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.
- Root Canal Treatment
An endodontic treatment to cure an infection of the root canal. A root canal, coupled with internal tooth bleaching, is also used to fix teeth that have blackened because of infiltration of decayed soft tissue into the dentin in the teeth, most often seen in incisors that have been injured through a sudden impact.
- Filling (Dental Restoration)
A filling or dental restoration is a dental restorative material used to artificially restore the function, integrity and morphology of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from caries or external trauma.
- Gum Care
Often the gums are neglected and gum receding can occur. Bleeding gums are also a sign that proper gum care has not been taken. We can help you focus on repairing the damage done.
- TMJ Treatment
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a small joint located in front of the ear where the skull and lower jaw meet. It permits the lower jaw (mandible) to move and function.
TMJ disorders are not uncommon and have several symptoms. Some complain of earaches, headaches and limited ability to open their mouth. Some may also complain of clicking or grating sounds in the joint and feel pain when opening and closing their mouth.
- Periodontal Care
"Periodontal" comes from the Greek, meaning "around the teeth." Periodontal diseases start as a bacterial infection which attacks the gums, jawbone and ligaments that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw. Periodontal diseases are usually painless and may develop slowly or progress quite rapidly.
- Bridgework and Crowns
Bridgework acts as a series of connected crowns, replacing missing teeth by bridging the gap and using the surrounding teeth as abutments. Crowns are required when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling. Teeth that are broken down from decay can be fully restored to proper appearance and function with a crown restoration.
- Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers, alternatively termed dental veneers or dental porcelain laminates, are wafer-thin shells of porcelain that are bonded onto the front side of teeth so to create a cosmetic improvement for a tooth. Porcelain veneers are routinely used as a way to make cosmetic changes for teeth that are discolored, worn, chipped, or misaligned.
- Teeth Whitening
During bleaching, Dr. Hardie will apply either a protective gel to your gums or a rubber shield to protect the oral soft tissues. A bleaching agent is then applied to the teeth, and a special light may be used to enhance the action of the agent to produce whiter teeth.
- Dental Emergencies
We're here for you when you need us the most. People rarely plan for fixtures to fall out or become dislodged. When a dental emergency strikes, call us.