Our team is dedicated to providing you and your family with state-of-the-art, mercury-free, mercury-safe, fluoride-free, restorative and esthetic dentistry in a modern high-tech facility designed for your comfort. We can help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health, restore problem areas, and cosmetically enhance the appearance of your smile.Click here if you are traveling from out of town.
- Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing
- Crowns, Inlays and Onlays While You Wait
- Metal-Free Alternative to Titanium Implants
- Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free Procedure for Correcting Gum Recession
- White Composite Fillings
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) is a laboratory screening process used to help identify existing sensitivity problems to various chemical groups and families of compounds in an individual patient. This process is currently being implemented in the CMRT Dental and Orthopedic panels. After a patient’s test panel has been completed, the patient’s reactivity test results are compiled in a report. Click to visit the Clifford Laboratory Website.
Crowns, Inlays and Onlays While You Wait
On the forefront of dental advances is the amazing CEREC technology we have in our office.
CEREC is an acronym for Charismatic Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. This high-tech equipment allows us to restore damaged teeth with beautiful custom ceramic restorations in a single visit, completely eliminating the need or multiple appointments over a several week period.
The process can create a ceramic crown, inlays, onlays or veneers using 3D photography, computer-aided design and manufacturing known as CAD/CAM. Using an intra-oral camera, a photograph is taken of the tooth and the picture is loaded onto the computer. Using Computer Aided Design technology, Dr. DeGregorio and her team design the restoration and transform the image into a three-dimensional model. Then the appropriate shape is calculated to size to create a near perfect restoration.
When the model is ready, a milling machine then creates the restoration using a high-speed diamond bur and calculated precision. The restoration is then bonded to the tooth using a special resin bonded cement. The result is a beautiful custom designed metal-free restoration, made to fit your mouth perfectly. Dr. DeGregorio and her team have mastered this technology through extensive educational and clinical training, and it has been adopted as a standard of care since she introduced the technology to her dental practice.
Metal-Free Alternative to Titanium Implants
One of the newest advances in dental implantology is the all-ceramic Z System® implant. Designed to promote bone growth and cater to patients with allergies or complications with metal implants, Z-systems implants are revolutionary. Made with the highest quality zirconia material, we provide this type of dental implant at our patients’ requests to improve the osseointegration process (the fusing of the implant to the jawbone) and reduce the risk for allergic reaction in particularly sensitive patients.
Invisalign is a clear aligner system committed to continuous innovation, with 20 years of clinical research and more than 700 patents. Compared to traditional solutions, treatment times take about half the time, and achieve 75% more predictable tooth movement. They are comfortable and easy to take on and off. Learn more about Invisalign.
MTM Clear•Aligner is the virtually undetectable way to align your smile without traditional braces. MTM Clear•Aligner uses clear, removable aligners to correct slight misalignments (such as crowding or gaps). Each custom fit aligner is fabricated per your doctor’s treatment plan, to progressively advance your teeth into their ideal position, leaving you with a healthy and beautiful smile.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles has taken the best aspects of braces and aligners and modified the treatment and the materials to give adults a common-sense, cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle. Here is what makes Six Month Smiles® so innovative and effective. The average treatment time is only 6 months. Braces are barely visible; they are made up of clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. Low forces and short overall orthodontic treatment times increase comfort, safety, and hygiene.
Scalpel-Free, Suture-Free Procedure for Correcting Gum Recession
Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique
The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a scalpel-free, suture-free procedure for correcting gum recession, invented by John Chao, DDS. Through a small hole made by a needle, specifically designed instruments are used to gently loosen the gum tissue and glide it over the receded part of the tooth. Patients can expect minimal post-operative symptoms of pain, swelling and bleeding. Most patients are surprised and grateful for the instant cosmetic improvement.
MyPerioPathsm and MyPerioIDsm PST
Used together, MyPerioPathsm® and MyPerioIDsm PST® salivary DNA diagnostic tests can help reduce patient incidence of periodontal disease by helping identify patients with and at risk. This is genetic testing for gum disease, performed with an easy saliva test.
According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 75% of all Americans over the age of 35 have some form of periodontal disease. Moreover, research conducted during the past 10 years has provided insight into the Perio / Systemic Connection and the link between chronic periodontal infections and heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and some forms of cancer.
OralDNA offers two DNA-Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests for periodontal disease diagnosis and genetic susceptibility: MyPerioPath detects the presence and quantity of specific bacteria associated with periodontal disease, while MyPerioIDsm PST provides a means of assessing an individual’s genetic risk for periodontal disease. The company also has an oral HPV test named OraRisksm HPV for use in assessing the risks associated with certain types of oral cancer.
Used together, the new salivary DNA diagnostic tests can help reduce patient incidence of periodontal disease. MyPerioPathsm provides early and accurate diagnosis of existing periodontal disease by identifying and measuring specific types of bacteria, while MyPerioIDsm PST assesses a patient’s genetic predisposition to developing periodontal disease well before physical symptoms occur.
White Composite Fillings
Composite fills are completed with a restorative material that contains 30-50% less resin than many other composite brands. Less resin means a reduction in the presence of trace amounts of bisphenols. The composite filling used in our office does not contain any Bisphenol A or B. The composite material used by Dr. DeGregorio tests high for biocompatibility among patients.
Even for smaller restorations, positive points of comparison with amalgams do not mean composites are the perfect filling material for everyone. There is speculation over potential estrogen-mimicking effects of plastic chemicals like Bisphenol A contained in certain composite resins.
Any dental material made with BisGMA may contain trace amounts of Bisphenol A. Some companies strive to produce significantly less toxic materials. VOCO (www.voco.com) brand restorative materials contain 30-50% less resin than many other composite brands, proportionately reducing potential presence of trace amounts of bisphenols. Furthermore, VOCO does not add Bisphenol A or B to its composites. Because less resin is present in its products, VOCO tests high for biocompatibility (Clifford Labs: ccrlab.com), and Scientific Health Solutions classifies VOCO products (Admira, Grandio, etc.) in the Least Reactive Components category for dental restorative materials. Other brands similar to VOCO are available.
Porcelain is the most biocompatible, hypo-allergenic, non-metallic restorative material of which we are aware at this time. Porcelain restorations are also dramatically less effected by factors that influence longevity of both amalgams and white composite fillings: i.e., restorative technique, filling size, your body chemistry, and your nutritional intake. Porcelain restorations (inlays, onlays, crowns) can last 12-15 years or longer. We offer lab-processed porcelain or, for your convenience, CEREC CAD/CAM technology for same-day, on-site porcelain restorations.
Potential longevity of dental restorations is a critical factor because every dental procedure represents trauma to the nerve of the tooth. Repeated trauma to the nerve from filling replacement during the course of a lifetime will eventually cause nerve breakdown. Porcelain restorations cost more initially than amalgams or composites, but porcelain’s longevity decreases the potential need for root canal therapy.
Whether the filling is of amalgam, white composite or porcelain, longevity is influenced by the amount of natural tooth structure preserved during removal of decay. An amalgam filling cannot adhere to tooth surfaces, and the amalgam-placing dentist must create an undercut after removing decay, sacrificing healthy tooth structure to trap the amalgam filling in place. For composites or porcelain, the dentist strives to remove decay only. The cleaned-out space inside the tooth for a composite or porcelain prep often has relatively straight or inward-slanting walls. Healthy tooth structure is preserved.
Again, we encourage you to research safety issues surrounding amalgam restorations for yourself. When existing amalgam fillings are mechanically intact, it must be your personal choice to have them replaced with other materials, whether for health or esthetic reasons.