Cleanings, Screenings and Check-ups
They say that a smile is the prettiest thing you can wear, and we want you to keep that smile for a lifetime! The best way to do this is to visit the dentist every 6 months. Here is what we can do to maintain your beautiful smile:
During a routine visit, our team will take the time to get to know you, educate you on proper dental hygiene, and answer any questions that you may have. You will get a comprehensive exam that will include a thorough cleaning, oral cancer screening, and exam of your teeth and overall mouth.
Your first visit will take approximately 1 hour. We ask that you arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment to process any necessary paperwork. Be sure to bring all insurance information as well as your most up to date insurance card. Please call us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment.
Fluoride helps to fight tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acidic foods and bacteria that may cause cavities. A fluoride treatment reinforces the outside of your teeth to strengthen the enamel and make the teeth more resistant to cavities
A mouth guard is a cover for your teeth and is worn when playing a sport to protect against injury or damage to teeth such as chipping or breaking. A custom fit mouth guard is designed specifically for your teeth and mouth and provides the most comfort and protection.
Often times, you may not even know you are grinding or clenching your teeth while sleeping. Symptoms of grinding and clenching can be: pain in the jaw, sore and sensitive teeth or headaches. Wearing a custom night guard can help reduce wear on your teeth and give you comfort at night as well as comfort when waking in the morning.
Digital X rays
Digital x-rays are the most effective and efficient way to view your teeth. They can be enlarged or magnified to view any problems that could be hard to spot with the naked eye. Digital x-rays use about 90% less radiation than a traditional film x-ray which makes them a safe and effective way to examine your teeth.
Intra Oral Camera
An Intra Oral Camera is a small camera (about the size of a dental mirror) that goes in your mouth and allows your dentist to show you enlarged views of your mouth and teeth on a screen. The entire process is sterile and comfortable.
We offer IV sedation by an anesthesiologist for those patients who are dental phobic
We understand that emergencies can happen after hours. If this is the case, please contact our office and you will be directed to the dentist on call. If it is a medical emergency, please dial 911. For more information on oral health topics or dentistry please go to ADA.ORG
Bonding is the most conservative way of repairing damaged teeth and is done for both cosmetic and functional reasons. Bonding is done to improve appearance and strengthen teeth that are chipped, decayed or damaged. The resin that is used comes in various shades to blend with the adjacent teeth. A glue is applied to the tooth and then cured with a UV light; glass filled resin is then placed onto the tooth and cured again with the UV light to harden the material. It will then be trimmed, shaped and polished to match the other teeth.
Veneers are used to change the shape, length, color and overall appearance of your teeth. Veneers are custom made by dental ceramists then bonded to the teeth. The teeth are prepared for the veneer material. A mold of the teeth is then made and a shade of white is chosen by you and Dr. Gold. The veneers are then placed on your existing teeth to create a beautiful smile.
Interested in brighter smile? Smiles on Hudson offers in office teeth bleaching. Please call or ask in office to get more information.
A dental bridge is a fixed (non removable) restoration used to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used as an anchor for the bridge, which is why it is important to keep your existing teeth strong. When complete, bridges can improve your speech, ability to chew, and overall appearance. A bridge requires two or more visits. The teeth are shaped for the bridge. A mold of your teeth is made and sent to a lab where your bridge will be fabricated. While this is being done, you will have a temporary bridge. The second visit will have your bridge inserted and cemented so that it is comfortable.
A crown restores and protects a tooth when it is significantly damaged or decayed. The crown is placed on the top of a tooth to strengthen it, improve function and appearance.
Dentures are replacement teeth that are removable. Depending on your need, you can have full or partial dentures. Full dentures are used for patients that are missing all of their teeth. Partial dentures are for when patients are missing some, but not all of their teeth. Molds and measurements are taken of your mouth (and teeth if there are any existing) to create a custom and unique denture. There will be several appointments to be sure that the dentures are the correct color, shape and fit. When you have the proper dentures, there will be a natural and comfortable fit.
Extractions, or the removal of a tooth or teeth, are needed for different reasons: decay, problems with wisdom teeth, overcrowding of teeth, or infection. Extractions are done under local anesthetic and recovery is usually a couple of days.
Fillings are needed when the tooth is chipped or has a cavity. A filling takes one appointment. When your tooth is numb, any decay will be removed. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared. A composite resin is placed, shaped and polished and your tooth is restored to the original shape and function. Composite resins restore your tooth to a natural, attractive state.
Dental implants replace missing teeth. Implants look, feel and function like natural teeth. They are placed into your bone and help to create a complete and attractive smile. Implants are a permanent solution when cared for properly. Molds are taken of the jaw and teeth. It will take about 3-6 months for the implant to integrate itself into the bone. At this point, Dr. Gold will fabricate a crown which will attach to the implant.
Sleep Apnea is an interruption of breathing while you are sleeping. It is a serious and dangerous disorder that, if left untreated, can result in the lack of oxygen getting to both the brain and the body. An oral device, made by Dr. Gold, can be worn at night to help open up your airway and allow you to sleep more comfortably and wake well rested. Depending on the severity, we would work with your doctor or sleep specialist to determine if this solution is right for you.
It is important to note that you will receive care instructions when any procedure is complete. Good oral hygiene, a healthy diet, and regular dental visits are important to maintain the health of your teeth and overall mouth.