Your first visit at our office is very important in establishing your oral health baseline. We will perform a complete oral examination which includes an oral cancer screening, periodontal evaluation, an analysis of your occlusion (bite) and a thorough examination of your teeth, their supporting structures and of the oral anatomy.
Both natural teeth and teeth with restorations survive best in an oral environment that is clean and where proper oral hygiene is maintained. Our dental hygiene program is designed to help prevent new cavities, preserve teeth that have been restored and manage periodontal disease. At the initial visit , oral hygiene instructions are reviewed and are reinforced at subsequent recall visits.
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, include gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite. With the advent of the newest technologies in dental science, today's state-of-the-art restorative materials include ceramic and the latest composite materials. These materials are not only strong and durable, but restore the look of natural teeth and are very aesthetically pleasing.
Periodontal treatment methods depend upon the type and severity of the disease. Periodontal disease progresses as the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums gets filled with bacteria, plaque and tartar, causing irritation to the surrounding tissues. When these irritants remain in the pocket space, they can cause damage to the gums and eventually, the bone that supports the teeth. If the disease is caught in the early stages of gingivitis, and no permanent damage has been done, one to two regular cleanings will be recommended. You will also be given instructions on improving your daily oral hygiene habits and having regular dental cleanings. If the disease has progressed to more advanced stages, a special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended. If the pockets do not heal after scaling and root planing, periodontal surgery may be needed to reduce pocket depths.
The terms dental crowns and caps are synonymous. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth's function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore the tooth. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, or to prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance. Crowns are fabricated in a laboratory and are made either of porcelain baked onto a metal substrate, all-porcelain, or many of the new ceramic materials that have been developed.
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite. A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. There are two basic types of bridges. A fixed bridge which remains in your mouth at all times and is supported by your natural teeth. Removable bridges (partials and full dentures) are removed from the mouth several times a day for cleaning and rest on the gum where the missing teeth are being replaced.
If a tooth is extracted or missing for some other reason, it is now possible to replace it using dental implants placed surgically in our office. An implant is like a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It's composed of two main parts: One part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so that you have a more natural-looking smile.
When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform simple extractions using local anesthesia.
We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.
Gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth can now be treated with wonderful results and very conservatively using porcelain veneers. Veneers are natural in appearance, and are a perfect alternative for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain) designed to cover the front side of your teeth.
Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges. Symptoms of the infection are generally acute dental pain or sensitivity to hot, cold or percussion. If you experience any of these symptoms, your dentist will most likely recommend root canal therapy to eliminate the diseased pulp. This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed. This therapy usually involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required. Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.
Our advanced laser teeth whitening procedures are safe and comfortable. Laser Teeth whitening offers another advantage over other types of tooth whitening procedures. A person with sensitive teeth may find it painful to use teeth whitening trays, tooth whitening toothpastes or other similar products. The laser process works well for people with sensitive teeth.
The goal of orthodontics is to correct a malocclusion – a bad bite. Teeth may be crowded or crooked or the upper and lower jaws may be out of alignment. Occasionally, even when teeth appear straight, the patient may have a bite which is not even and which may be causing further dental problems. Malocclusions may be inherited familialy, may be developmental or may be caused by poor oral habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting.
Orthodontic treatment seeks to address any or all of these problems. The goal of orthodontic treatment is not only to create an attractive smile, but to develop a bite which can promote oral health. Straight, uncrowded teeth are a lot easier to keep clean. Crooked, crowded teeth are much more difficult to maintain and can lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
Orthodontics utilizes physics to slowly move teeth into the proper position. This is performed by using corrective appliances, including braces and retainers. Brackets are placed on the teeth using bonding technology. Arch wires are then threaded through these brackets . The tension and tightness of these wires determines the individual movement of each tooth.
Invisalign ® is a form of orthodontic treatment that works to correct many different types of malocclusions through the use of a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. Invisalign® was developed to eliminate the use of unsightly metal brackets and wires and allow orthodontic treatment to occur almost "invisibly".
Your dental work should be free of pain and anxiety. Weston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offers intravenous sedation and continuous monitoring by Dr. Eddie Moran. Dr. Weston and Dr. Moran have an extensive working history together and the results have been very satisfying for our patients. Dr. Moran is a board-certified physician anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience, dedicated to keeping patients safe and comfortable. He provides complete mobile anesthesiology services for in-office dental procedures. Click here to view Dr. Moran's website for more information.
We are proud to offer Botox® and Juvederm® injections to our patients. You can usually schedule these services on the same day as your dental visit. All injections are given by Dr. Eddie Moran, a board-certified physician anesthesiologist with over 20 years of experience. We offer Botox at $10.50 per unit with additional discounts if you pay with cash. Botox lasts about three months and the average woman spends about $450 per visit. Juvederm comes in several formulations, starting at $600 per syringe. It lasts about twelve months. We offer anesthetic creams for Botox injections and anesthetic nerve blocks for Juvederm injections to maximize patient comfort during the treatment.
Facial refreshment with Botox and Juvederm will certainly compliment the results of cosmetic dental restoration. Smoothing the lines in your upper face with Botox and reducing the appearance of lines of your lower face and/or plumping your lips with Juvederm will leave you looking years younger. For more information about treatment with Botox and Juvederm, please call us.
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Dr. Neil Weston is dedicated to providing mercury free, health-based dentistry at his Germantown office. He does not use amalgam fillings because they are composed of dominantly of mercury and other heavy metals. It has been proven that amalgam (mercury) fillings pose serious health risks to children, pregnant women and persons who are sensitive to mercury exposure.
Amalgam (mercury) material is a technique used for over 100 years and there are far better materials to use when filling cavities and restoring teeth to their full function. Namely, composite fillings which are mercury free and strengthen the tooth. Composite also helps prevent future fractures.
Oral health and whole body health are closely linked. As a holistic dentist, Dr. Weston believes that healthy teeth and gums are essential to the health ofthe whole body. Poor dental health has been connected to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and some cancers, etc.
Dr. Weston has studied how to safely remove mercury fillings to reduce any unnecessary exposure. He has special equipment that involves less drilling and helps tremendously in reducing body contact. Dr. Weston even can provide an alternate source of air for high risk patients.
Weston Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
7500 Enterprise Avenue
Germantown, Tennessee 38138
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