Dental Implants and Other Services for Norfolk, VA
At Bonnie & Horowitz, we are committed to providing dental care and oral health therapy with attention to good value for your dental dollar and an emphasis on solid, long-term solutions.
Naturally, attending to urgent needs as quickly as possible will always be a core standard and practice at Bonnie & Horowitz. But, like any emergency health care, urgent dental care and crisis management is not the best value for your mouth or your pocketbook. Investment in preventive treatments and regular dental hygiene are your best bet for good oral health. We help you at every step of the way...from baby teeth to dentures.
Restorations (commonly called fillings) – are still the most prevalent procedure in most general dental practices. Silver amalgam – while declining in popularity – is safe, effective and incredibly durable. In the past 30 years, tooth-colored composite resins have surpassed amalgam in popularity and are almost as durable. Both of these types of materials and their use are still limited to smaller repairs.
Crowns – either metal, porcelain or a combination – are the preferred technique when attempting to restore a diseased tooth to full function and cosmetic appearance.
Cosmetics and Bonding
The use of dental bonding chemistry and composite resin have given dentists the tools to conservatively enhance the aesthetic restoration of teeth at minimal expense and with very little sacrifice of natural tooth. Bonding materials are blended in different shades, toughness and translucencies, and so that – with the proper artistic eye and skill of your dentist – they can match your teeth very nicely and are used to close tooth gaps, fill cavities, eliminate spots and discolorations, repair chips, or even make teeth longer. Skilled cosmetic dental care and bonding can do beautiful things for your smile and self-esteem.
The 3M True Sefinition Scanner is a digital impressioning system. A scanning wand captures high-resolution video images of the patient's mouth in real time. Those images are converted to 3D data sets. To create 3D models in real-time, the wand and computer software work together to capture high resolution images, creating a three-dimensional model that can be stored. The new technology facilitates a digital workflow which reduces or eliminates many steps traditionally required by the dentist. An example would be a crown and bridge impression. No longer would the dentist have to place impression material into the patient’s mouth and then fabricate stone models that would be sent to a dental lab. Instead a scanned image is digitally sent to the lab where a computer reads the images and digitally fabricates the crown.
Extractions – The removal of teeth is still an important skill set of the contemporary dental practice. Extraction of hopelessly diseased or non-restorable teeth can be quite anxiety-provoking and can have a psychological impact on the patient. Wisdom teeth (also known as third molars) are an evolutionary remnant from our ancestors. As the human diet has evolved we have less wear and grinding down of our natural teeth. Consequently the space needed for these third molars does not develop and extraction has become the norm. If the teeth are unerupted into the oral cavity and/or covered by bone, their removal may be unwarranted.
Biopsies – A biopsy of suspicious sores and intra-oral lesions is luckily an infrequent occurrence. However, the devastating nature of head and neck cancers warrants an ongoing and alert system of evaluation, which should be part of your semi-annual cleaning and exam.
Facial Pain (TMJ)
This discipline of pain management is a mostly modern symptom. The field of facial pain can encompass typical headaches, outright pain in or about the jaw joint (TemporoMandibular Joint – TMJ), musculoskeletal pain, myofascial pain, and a myriad of other disorders. If you suffer from – or have symptoms of any of these disorders – get a methodical evaluation. It is easy to over-diagnose and over-treat what may be a “lifestyle” symptom. In many instances a simple bite-guard may be enough to break the cycle of pain, while a more definitive diagnosis is developed.
Medical vs. Surgical (Mechanical) Approach – Traditionally the use of fluoride, especially in children, was the main therapeutic regimen dentistry had to offer for the prevention of tooth decay and dental disease. Fluoridation of community water supplies has been the most inexpensive, widely accepted and cost efficient method for delivering fluoride during tooth development. And today – with so many factors impacting oral health, including diet, environment, water sources, etc. – new methods of prevention and treatment are on the horizon.
The management of dental disease in the adult and older adult populations has been difficult and unreliable for decades. Late-onset tooth decay and disease in otherwise stable and healthy mouths can be devastating and embarrassing. The use of a medical management approach, as opposed to a surgical/mechanical technique, will hopefully prove fruitful. This involves managing the acidic component, along with the infectious (bacterial) one. Re-mineralization therapy coupled with pH neutralization and bacterial management may be the “magic bullet” dentistry and patients have been demanding.
Annual Exams – The best therapy is the least amount and least invasive, and one that can be assured with regular exams.
Hygiene Treatments – During this treatment the staff examines your entire oral cavity and performs an oral cancer evaluation. They look for such things as bleeding gums, other kinds of oral infections, and monitor growth and development in pre-teens and adolescents. Tooth surfaces are polished to ward off harmful organisms that can lead to dental disease.
Dental Implants have revolutionized the management of tooth replacement. And not just for individual teeth – but even for entire dentition!
We can replace a single lost tooth with a dental implant with less long-term risk and expense than any other "permanent" (non-removable) solution. The main limiting factor is the bone quality and volume. If the natural teeth adjacent to the space are healthy with minimal restoration, then there really are NO better alternatives to dental implants.
There are countless excellent resources for you to study. One in particular is from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
We provide our dental services in Norfolk Virginia and our patients come from Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth and beyond.