OUR SERVICES

1. Your First Visit / Cleaning
2. Cosmetic Dentistry / Smile Makeovers / Veneers
3.Deep Teeth Bleaching / Whitening
4. Computer Designed (CAD/CAM) Restorations
5. Crowns and Bridges
6. Tooth Colored Fillings
7. Laser Cavity Detector
8. Implants
9. Root Canals
10. Dentures
11. Sealants

1. YOUR FIRST VISIT / CLEANING
On your first visit with us we will begin by discussing with your wishes and needs. Together, we will review your medical, dental health and history. We will create a plan to achieve your goals and recommend a step by step comprehensive treatment plan to get you to a point where only regular recall visits are necessary. Most first time visits include diagnostic x-rays and a dental cleaning. Some times we may use a comfortable ultrasonic cleaner that uses water to power wash your teeth.

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2. COSMETIC DENTISTRY/SMILE MAKEROVERS/VENEERS

COSMETIC DENTISTRY/SMILE MAKEROVERS

 

This can be anything done to correct imperfections in the appearance of the mouth. Anyone who is unhappy with their smile can have it fixed. The upper teeth show, usually, only when smiling, while the lower teeth remain hidden. This is reversed when talking, with the upper teeth remaining hidden while the lower teeth show. The color, alignment, spacing as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that give the overall appearance. Any of these can be repaired to give a stunning look to the mouth.

At Dr. Watson's office a wide of cosmetic options are offered. Some of these options are whitening, smile design, recontouring of the shape of the teeth, veneers, bonding, and all ceramic/porcelain crowns.

VENEERS

 

Veneers are a dental procedure in which a covering is placed over the outside (visible area) of the tooth. Veneers are usually only done to the part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. This method is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers will be fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. In two to three weeks the veneers are back from the laboratory, the temporaries are removed and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are very esthetic.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less tooth material is removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are recommended for teeth that have large fillings or little tooth structure

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3. DEEP TEETH BLEACHING (WHITENING)

Everyone is doing it now. The process has been perfected to be relatively easy and painless. We offer 3 types of Deep Bleaching Systems. These involve an in office and home based systems. The systems include a special ingredient to reduce sensitivity which can occur while completing the process. We get great results and encourage you to make a free consult appointment.

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4. COMPUTER DESIGNED(CAD/CAM) RESTORATIONS

We have recently teamed up with a local lab to offer our patients a very new and exciting restoration called CEREC. This technology produces tooth colored filling and crowns made by a CAD/CAM computer machine and precisely fits your tooth. They are conservative fillings that allow us to preserve much of your tooth structure. They are very strong and beautifully colored to look exactly like your original tooth. See the New Technology page for a more explanation with pictures.

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5. CROWNS AND BRIDGES

CROWNS

 

Crowns are full coverage restorations that are used to cover a tooth that is likely to break, or is too broken down to be restored with a filling. They are most commonly done after root canal treatment, or when a large filling wears out. The larger the hole made by a cavity that has to be treated, the more likely a crown will be needed. Even after a filling is put in a large cavity, a tooth is more likely to break. Keep in mind that the jaw muscles are the strongest in the human body. Teeth are subjected to tremendous pressures and used all day and nite. Crowns surround over the weakened tooth, providing strength and protecting the tooth against breakage. A broken or cracked tooth is a far more serious matter and much more difficult to treat. Crowns on these teeth prevent this, as well as making for a nice smile.

It takes two appointments to restore a tooth with a crown. In the first any decay is removed from the tooth and it is shaped to accept the crown. Then an impression is made of the tooth for use in fabricating a crown. Between the two visits the crown is made by our lab, usually of high-strength porcelain over gold alloy, all ceramic material, or gold. During this time a temporary crown is worn. In the second visit this temporary is removed. Then the permanent crown is adjusted as needed and then cemented in place.

BRIDGES

 

This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. It is formed to look like the missing tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The sides of a bridge use the two surrounding teeth for support, hence the name. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. The materials used may be gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all ceramic material. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated the teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to "fall." As this worsens the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before them, too, are lost. Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.

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6. TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS

BONDING/TOOTH COLORED FILLINGS

 

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth, to the front of the tooth. This is done to repair damage done to the tooth by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for cosmetic purposes. First the surface of the tooth is roughened in order to accept the bonding and hold it. A gel is applied to micro etch the tooth surface, and a primer/bond agent is applied so the material adheres to the surface. Then the material itself is placed on the tooth and hardened with intense light. The composite resin material is shaped and polished to get a lustrous finish as a last step.

 CEREC TOOTH COLORED RESTORATIONS

 

We have teamed up with an outstanding local lab to offer you this very new but proven technology that replaces bonded fillings with long-lasting restorations.

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7. LASER CAVITY DETECTOR

Laser decay detection uses a small handheld diode laser to scan the surfaces of your teeth. As the light goes along, any areas of decay show up. This is because healthy tooth material does not fluoresce (glow) under the special light. Decayed tooth material, however, shows up clearly. This allows us to see forming cavities months or years before they will ever show up on x-rays. This early detection makes it very easy to catch small problems long before they get a chance to become big problems. See the New techology page for a picture.

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8. IMPLANTS

Dental implants are an option to replace a missing tooth or several missing teeth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to set. The bone grows around it forming a tight connection, which additionally slows or stops the bone loss that occurs when the root of a natural tooth is missing. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft. This permanent solution has the advantages over bridge work that it does not stress the surrounding teeth for support, and, should the tooth wear out, another can simply be replaced on the shaft.

Implants can also be used as support as part of an implant bridge. This is an alternative to partial dentures, and has several advantages. First, there is no adjustment period to acclimatize the patient who, once the work is done, only feels teeth, not metal supports intruding into the mouth.

To learn more about dental implants, click here

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9. ROOT CANALS

Root canal treatment (also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy) is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to this pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. Once this occurs the pulp becomes infected, and can even extend through the root tip and begin to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection. Usually a core build-up and crown is recommended for restoring a tooth that has had root canal therapy.

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10. DENTURES

There are different types of dentures, but they share their common function. They replace teeth that have become loose or been lost due to bone loss. When bone loss around the roots of teeth is great enough to loosen them or let them fall out, it's time for dentures. Relax. No one enjoys losing their natural teeth, but you can still eat and talk regularly.

The entire mouth is examined and a determination is made as to which teeth will have to be removed, and which will remain. The loose teeth are then extracted. Dentures are fitted to go over or around whatever teeth remain in the mouth, depending on the type. There is an adjustment period after dentures are placed in the mouth, and it can take some getting used to. But once accustomed to the dentures, all the normal functionality and appearance return and one just carries on as usual. Often implants can used to further stabilize the dentures

WE OFFER SAME DAY DENTURE REPAIRS

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11. SEALANTS

This is used to fill in narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. These will develop cavities over time, and you don't want that. So the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

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HOURS
Monday: 8:00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am– 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am– 1:00pm
Friday: 8:00am– 1:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: By appointment only

CONTACT US
If you have a question or need an appointment,
contact us today, or call 610-356-8011

Tom Watson D.M.D. | Broomall Dental Health | 39 N. Sproul Road | Broomall PA, 19008 | 610-356-8011
Email: DrTomW1@aol.com
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