Fillings & Restorations

A dental restoration uses a dental restorative material to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure. The structural loss is typically the result of decay or trauma. At Today’s Dentistry, Dr. Brennan has over 30 years of experience helping patients restore their teeth to a fully-functioning and natural looking state. You can trust Today’s Dentistry to deliver exceptional results with all of your restorations and fillings.

Dental Composite

A composite filling, typically made from ceramic (ground glass) and resin, offers a few advantages over silver fillings. For one it can be shaded to match the color of a person’s existing teeth. Composite fillings chemically and physically bond to tooth enamel to create a tight, reinforced seal with the natural tooth. Sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed compared to amalgam fillings when removing decay and preparing for the fillings. As more people want natural looking smiles, composite fillings have become increasingly popular.

Dental Amalgam

Dental amalgam is a commonly used filling material that has been in use for over 150 years. It is a mixture of mercury, silver, and at least one other metal. Dental amalgam has many advantages over other restorative material such as low cost, durability, strength, and ease of placement. Silver fillings contain 50% mercury. They can corrode, leak, and cause stains on your teeth and gums. Amalgam possesses greater longevity than other direct restorative materials, such as composite. On average most amalgam restorations serve 10 to 12 years, where as resin based composites serve a bit more than half that time. However, with recent improvements in composite material science and a better understanding of the technique-sensitivity of placement, this difference is decreasing rapidly.

The American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs has concluded that both amalgam and composite materials are considered safe and effective for tooth restoration.

Crowns and Bridges

Most dentistry looks like dentistry. Our goal is to provide dentistry that is undetectable. Where damage to a person’s teeth is extreme we can use porcelain crowns and bridges to make the smile appear “as new”.  This is a reliable technique for repairing the most severe dental problems, even replacing missing teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite. We are recognized for the quality of our work and the fantastic changes for people using this technology.  These treatments are used for long lasting correction of major dental problems.

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Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. With veneers as an alternative there is no reason to put up with gaps between your teeth, teeth that are stained, poorly shaped or crooked. A veneer placed on top of your teeth can correct these problems simply and quickly and help you achieve a beautiful smile.

Root Canals

A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. The therapy eliminates pain resulting from this damage. During a root canal procedure the pulp and nerve are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned, disinfected and sealed. Without treatment the tissue and bone surrounding the tooth will become infected, resulting in an abscess. A root canal procedure restores the functionality of a tooth, enabling patients to keep as many of their own teeth as possible. The procedure is less costly than alternative treatments that may require bridges, dentures, or implants. To preserve the tooth long term a crown and good oral hygiene are required.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are small, sturdy, titanium posts that are designed to replace the root structure of a naturally growing tooth. During treatment a small titanium screw is implanted into your jaw bone where it effectively fuses to the bone, providing stable support for any number of dental prosthetics. Once stabilized, dental implants are designed to hold a crown, bridge or over-denture in place, just like the root of a naturally growing tooth. Dental implants are used frequently to replace anywhere from a single tooth to a full set of teeth for a natural look and feel.

Reasons to consider dental implants at Today’s Dentistry:

  1. To replace one or more missing teeth
  2. To provide support for a partial denture
  3. To increase support and stability for full upper or lower dentures
  4. To enhance comfort while chewing
  5. To increase confidence while talking, eating and smiling
  6. To improve your overall oral and psychological health
  7. To preserve jaw bone and improve appearance

Dentures

Dentures are devices constructed to replace missing teeth and will greatly enhance your health, appearance, and smile. A denture is an appliance that replaces all your natural teeth, and provides support for the cheeks and lips.

A conventional denture is made after all the teeth are removed and the tissue has healed.

An immediate denture is fabricated and inserted immediately after the teeth are removed and the tissue is allowed to heal under the denture. (The patient is never with out teeth.)

A partial denture is an economical, removable appliance that replaces some missing teeth when other treatments aren’t an option.

Dentures can be fabricated to fit over endodontically treated teeth and a complete denture can be attached to dental implants to allow a more secure fit of the appliance.

Dentures over the course of time will wear and need to be replaced or relined in order to keep the jaw position aligned. The alignment will slowly change as the gums recede or shrink due to the removal of the teeth. Regular dental examinations are important so that oral tissues can be checked for disease or change.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening Warren, Mi

Having a whiter smile might be easier than you think. Many people achieve the look they’ve imagined with our simple bleaching procedure.

What are the particulars of Teeth Whitening?

It’s safe, quick, and inexpensive. You can whiten your upper teeth, or both your upper and lower teeth, depending on how much you show when you talk and smile.

In a day or two your custom trays will be ready to be picked up. We provide you with a concentrated bleaching agent that you put into the clear splints. With only a few hours wear each day the bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel in a short time without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way. When your teeth reach their desired brightness, only occasional treatment is needed to maintain your new smile. Dental bleaching is used to correct tooth discoloration. Discolorations can be caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. We can offer a safe, inexpensive path to a beautiful smile. Bleaching is nearly always a safe, first treatment to improving your smile.

Key Benefits of Whitening
  • lightens dark stained teeth, especially teeth that are brown or yellow
  • works on people of any age
  • is a near permanent solution for a “dull” smile, restoring brightness and bringing a smile o life.
  • What’s the procedure?

An impression is taken to make a specialized mouthguard to hold the bleach against the teeth. The bleaching material is used as directed, usually 1 to 3 hours per night for between 1 and 2 weeks. Over this time significant whitening will occur. Bleaching technology allows us to promise improvements for brow, yellow, aging, or stained teeth. For severely stained teeth crowns or veneers may be more appropriate.

Caring for Your Smile

Your continuing oral health is our top priority. So, preventative care is a key component of our service commitment such as adult fluoride treatments and customized home care programs. Our goal is to reduce the extent, expense, and discomfort of future oral health problems.

Other Dental Services

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue that results directly in tooth loss. Signs include red tender gums, bleeding with brushing or flossing, loose or separating teeth, change in bite, bad breath or receding gums. Periodontal disease directly affects your overall wellness. Treating periodontal disease is one of the least valued, but most important services we provide.

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Dental Emergencies

Emergencies: Today’s Dentistry is pleased to offer emergency consultations and urgent dental care for tooth aches, extractions, painful gums, broken or chipped teeth, and many other services The primary goal of emergency dentistry is to control pain and make certain the injured teeth and soft tissues are in a comfortable state to prevent further damage. Simply call us whenever a dental emergency occurs and we will be happy to assist you in getting the medical attention you need. Emergency services provided by Dr Brennan include an evaluation of the problem which generally requires X-rays. Treatment is geared toward treating infection, relieving pain, and repairing or removing decayed, broken or chipped teeth. Please contact our office for more information or to make a same day appointment.

Here are suggestions to relieve toothache pain until you can be treated:

  1. Take an anti-inflammatory medication such as Ibuprofen.
  2. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water or rinse with cold water (which
    ever feels better).
  3. For swelling, apply a cold pack to the side of your face.
  4. Keep your head elevated.

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TMJ/TMD

TMJ / TMD’s are physical disorders arising from pathology in the jaw joints or an imbalance in the muscles that move the jaw. Pain, jaw sounds, limited or deviated mouth opening are common symptoms.

  • Snore guards/sleep apnea
  • Bite guards/ Bruxism Appliances