GENERAL DENTISTRY

Do you want your smile to last a lifetime? Then you need a dentist to help you keep your teeth healthy and looking great. Regular dental cleanings and dental check-ups are the best way to protect the health of your teeth and gums. Our teeth do more than just chew our food; they affect our appearance, our speech, our expressions, and our quality of life.

Everyone needs a dentist! People who do not see a dentist regularly are prone to have chronic dental emergencies and a less than ideal smile. A general dentist can detect and treat cavities early, before complications occur. Patients who wait for symptoms to occur (such as tooth ache) before visiting the dentist are likely to require treatment that is much more complicated and expensive.

Your dentist can help you prevent gum disease, which is the number one cause of tooth loss. Brushing and flossing are important but they are simply not enough to insure healthy teeth and gums. Bacteria can hide in very small places to create cavities and hide under the gums to start gum disease.

Dental infections can actually be life threatening due to the close proximity of the teeth to the throat, eyes, and brain. Unlike the rest of the body, teeth do not have the capacity to heal themselves, and a dental infection can become out of control in a matter of hours. If you experience sensitivity or pain, see your dentist immediately to prevent an infection and tooth loss.

General dentists practice all phases of dental care and are held to the same high standards of care as any dental specialist.

FAMILY DENTISTRY

The team of Dr. Nelson Butay and Dr. Lenh Phui are your family dentists. They are experienced in for teeth in all age groups, from care of baby teeth to the fitting of dentures and dental implants.

They also understand that a very gentle approach is needed in all aspects of dentistry, but especially when working with their youngest patients. The first experiences that your child has with a dentist may affect their attitude toward dentistry for their entire lives, which can have a significant impact on their future dental health.

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY

It is much easier and cheaper to maintain a great smile than it is to recover one after it has been lost! Regular dental checkups and cleanings will help you to maintain healthy teeth and gums, as well as detect potential problems early while they are still easily treatable.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Our teeth do much more for us than just chew our food. They affect our appearance, they affect our speech, and of course they give us our smile. It is hard to feel good about your appearance if you have crooked, stained, broken, or missing teeth. Our appearance also affects the way that we are perceived by others. A great smile can help you to succeed in both your personal and professional life.

Cosmetic dentistry starts with a healthy mouth. Many common dental procedures can be considered cosmetic. The choice of white, tooth-colored fillings as opposed to amalgam, or porcelain crowns as opposed to metal, are more cosmetically pleasing and will help you to have a more natural looking smile. Even professional dental cleanings have a cosmetic effect because a healthy mouth is key to maintaining a beautiful smile.

Our goal in cosmetic dentistry is always to help you achieve and maintain a beautiful smile while also practicing minimally invasive dentistry. This means that we use the most minimal tooth altering procedures possible to achieve that goal.

These are our recommended methods for using minimally invasive techniques to achieve the best cosmetic results:

1) Regular professional dental cleanings. A beautiful smile starts with healthy teeth and gums.

2) Removal of any tooth decay, and restoration with white, tooth-colored fillings.

3) Crooked teeth can be straightened with orthodontic braces.

4) Teeth whitening can improve the whiteness of your smile.

5) Replacement of missing teeth with dental implants.

6) Cracks, fissures, or gaps can be repaired with minimally invasive procedures for recontouring teeth, such as cosmetic bonding, veneers, or porcelain crowns.

ORTHODONTICS

Do you suffer from crowded teeth, spaces between teeth, crooked teeth, malocclusion (improper bite) or impacted teeth? Orthodontic braces can be used to gently move teeth into the proper position. The teeth will move and carry the bone surrounding the roots. This phenomenon allows teeth to be repositioned in the jaw into a more favorable position for proper tooth function and alignment.

The benefits of orthodontics go beyond just straight teeth and a more attractive smile. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and less susceptible to dental decay and periodontal diseases.

Traditional orthodontics involves brackets and wires on the teeth, but for less severe orthodontic issues there are less visible methods, such as the Invisalign system, that can provide excellent results also.

If you believe you may be a candidate to benefit from orthodontic procedures, call our office to arrange for a free consultation.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are the best possible solution to replace missing teeth. They are anchored into the jaw bone in exactly the same way that the original tooth was and they closely mimic the structure and shape of the original tooth.

Other tooth replacement procedures (such as bridges and dentures) are good, but they all have some impact on the surrounding teeth that over time can create other dental problems. None of these problems exist with implants.

The team of Dr. Butay and Dr. Phui are fully trained and experienced in the specialty of placing dental implants.