We would like to WELCOME you to our office! We take great satisfaction in helping you maintain optimal oral health. Our practice is devoted to comprehensive and preventive patient care.
Throughout our website, you will find an abundance of information about our practice, procedures we provide, and dentistry in general. Please explore and learn as much about dentistry and our services as you desire. We believe our patients should have as much information as possible in order to make important, informed decisions regarding their oral health and treatment options.
Our patients are OUR MOST IMPORTANT ASSET, and we strive to develop long-lasting, trusting relationships with all of our patients. Your referrals are welcome and appreciated. We look forward to seeing you!
Removing a tooth no longer has to be something to fear. The horror stories that we all have heard no longer have to exist as long as teeth are extracted correctly. We understand the psychologic stress of knowing a tooth must be removed, as a result, we will walk you through the entire experience and have you walk out of our office highly appreciative and relieved.
There are many reasons teeth must be removed. Among the more common reasons include periodontal disease, failed root canals, traumas, and financial hardships. Removing teeth is not a negative situation as long as you understand what happens to your bone, tissue, and teeth when you choose not to replace the missing space and tooth. First, after a tooth is taken out of the bone, the bone is no longer stimulated to remain present. As a result, your bone will disappear forever. Studies claim that within the first year after tooth extraction, you may lose up to 40-60% of the bone volume width. This may lead to teeth shifting and interfering with how your teeth function, may increase periodontal problems, may prevent future dental implant placement, and effect how your smile looks. Thus, if we must extract the teeth, we need to preserve the bone to prevent the quick initial bone loss. We may do this with an immediate placement of a particulate bone graft. We will place the bone graft (looks like sand) immediately after the tooth is removed. This will prevent the immediate bone loss and will allow us to later place a dental implant in this area to maintain the height and width of the bone.
We will ensure that your tooth to be extracted will become profoundly numb and check and double check your comfort before starting. First we will check to make sure your gum tissue is numb. Next we will gently push directly around the tooth to ensure that it is also numb. From this point on, you will feel a "pressure" feeling and should never feel anything that resembles a pinch, needle, sharpness, or anything close to this. The pressure will never go away and is not painful, however "pinchy" we can give you more anesthetic to eliminate that feeling. We will start with gently wiggling the tooth back and forth. We will start very slowly to get you used to this feeling. Once we confirm you are ok, we will proceed with more pressure. The tooth will then start to slightly move. Once we see the tooth moving, you are almost finished. We then will embrace the tooth with special instruments and gently lift the tooth out of its socket.
Some teeth will need to be surgically removed with a surgical handpiece. Teeth that are impacted, broken and badly decayed, some previously root canaled, or extra curved roots. We start with the same protocol as above, however we may need to locally reflect the gum tissue and use our surgical handpiece to section on or around the tooth. Remember, you will not feel anything during the procedure. After the tooth is out, we will place sutures to hold the gum tissue for better healing. The dental assistant will then go over your post of instructions and home care protocol as well as educate you how and when to take your medication if given. Please see the "post op instructions" on the above toolbar for a complete description of home care.
A Few Words on "Wisdom Teeth"
A wisdom tooth is extracted to correct an actual problem or to prevent problems that may come up in the future. When wisdom teeth come in, a number of problems can occur:
Your jaw may not be large enough to accommodate them, and they may become impacted and unable to break through your gums.
Your wisdom teeth may break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can become trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful. These are signs of infection.
More serious problems can develop from impacted teeth, such as infection, damage to other teeth and bone, or the development of a cyst.
One or more of your wisdom teeth may come in at an awkward angle, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side.
Wisdom tooth removal usually is effective in preventing:
If your silver fillings make you feel self conscious when you smile, or it's simply time to replace them, consider white fillings. White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive! Made of the same composite resin used in bonding, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.
A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage. Dental crowns can also used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover cracked or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure. Made of either porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or gold, dental crowns are placed during a multi-step process and sometimes require more than one dental visit. The first step is a dental impression. A temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory to create the final restoration. With good oral hygiene and minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns can last years.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored porcelain that Dr. Shah, D.M.D. can use to cover stains or mask flaws such as cracked, broken, or misshapen teeth. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as "instant orthodontics" because they can also be applied to straighten the appearance of a crooked smile.
In-Office Venus Max:
Jump start your whitening with this dentist-supervised, in-office teeth whitening procedure. Fast and effective, Venus White Max in-office whitening is your answer to an absolutely brilliant smile in a hurry.
Take Home Venus Pro:
Venus White Pro is the high-performance whitening system specially formulated for simple at-home use. Our team member will create custom-fit trays and determine the right Venus White Pro gel for you. So day or night, your smile will look brighter and more radiant.
Dr. Shah will consult with you to determine if using a teeth whitening product is appropriate for you.
What is the difference between a general cleaning and scaling and root planning?
Scaling and Root Planning is a highly skilled procedure that removes calculus, or tartar, that is loaded with bacteria, around and below the gum line where the toothbrush and floss cannot reach. A general cleaning removes only the soft sticky plaque and calculus that is above the gum line. Scaling and Root Planning is a method of treating gum disease when pockets form around the teeth. Plaque and tarter that sits on the teeth provides an environment, which allows bacteria to thrive and multiply. The bacteria cause the gums to become inflamed and bleed. The condition becomes more noticeable when you brush your teeth or sometimes when you eat. These are signs of the early stage of gingivitis. Gingivitis is easily treated by having the hygienist scale and polish the teeth. If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition will progress and the roots will need a planning. The difference between scaling and root planning is simple. Scaling is the removal of the dental tartar from the tooth surface Root planning is the process of smoothing the root surfaces and removing the infected tooth structure.
As a non-surgical procedure, scaling and planning is performed without any anesthesia, in the dentist’s office. While the procedure is usually painless, advanced stages of gingivitis may make it necessary to numb the area for complete comfort. Deep scaling and root planning is usually broken down into one section of the mouth per appointment. This allows for adequate healing time, and reduces the time for each appointment.
Once you have had periodontal scaling and root planning, it is recommended to repeat the process either once per year or once every two years, depending on the severity, to prevent further destruction of the supporting tissues along with regular follow-ups and professional cleanings every 3-4 months.
REMEMBER: Periodontal Disease is NOT curable but can be improved and maintained, thus reducing the systemic effects.
Dentures have been a reliable method for dental reconstruction for hundreds of years now, and today, many patients still enjoy their convenience and affordability. At Celebrity Smiles, Dr. Anand Shah is happy to offer both complete and partial dentures that are crafted from high-quality materials and precisely designed with your aesthetic needs in mind. Implant-supported dentures are also available at all our offices for patients who are looking for more stability and permanence in their denture.
Complete dentures are used to replace the entire bottom or top arch of teeth. Our doctors can also measure your entire mouth for a full set of dentures if needed. These customized appliances can be held in place with natural suction and perhaps a little denture cream for additional sturdiness so that you can feel confident eating all your favorite foods.
Partial dentures, also known simply as partials, are created to replace a certain number of teeth within your smile while also maintaining your natural, healthy teeth. We’ll be sure to design your new partial to match your existing teeth as seamlessly as possible! The appliance maintains its position by using clips or brackets to attach to other teeth in the mouth.
In addition to various treatments listed above following treatments are also recommended on case to case basis.
Nitrous & Oral sedation:
For patient with anxiety. This option has allowed many anxious patients to receive the care they seek and need.
Protective guard for teeth for all trauma from grinding to sports events. Ask Dr. Shah about your preferences and best options for your specific case.
Wherever you have a tooth missing your first thought should be to quickly replace this missing tooth. Most importantly, you must consider the tooth be replaced with a dental implant.
Dental Implants have the potential to outlast any other treatment option we may provide you. Some research studies show over a 95% success rate over 7 years compared to a bridge at 50% survival. Dental implants are made of titanium which your body will not reject. They are precisely machined to resemble the shape of a natural tooth's root anatomy. What better way to replace a tooth than with something the looks, feels, and resembles a natural tooth. During the procedure, you can expect to feel less vibration during implant placement than you would feel with performing a routine cavity preparation. Depending on many factors for success, dental implants may be placed immediately after a tooth is removed, or delayed 4-6 months to allow the extraction site to heal and fill in with bone. Additionally, not all patients are acceptable candidates to receive dental implants. Some patients may require adding bone to the implant site for better results.
Please schedule a consultation to discuss if you are a candidate for dental implants. Below we list a few reasons why dental implants have numerous advantages over bridges and partial dentures, and complete dentures.
All treatment planning (type of implant, number, and location) is determined before implant placement. We start by adequately numbing the area to receive the implant. You will not feel any pain during the whole procedure, rest assured. Next, we reflect the gum tissue to inspect the implant site. Once approved, we use a series of instruments to enlarge the implant area. Once the implant area is of adequate size, the dental implant is slowly placed into the prepared site. Following, we will place sutures in the gum tissue for about one week. If indicated, we will insert a temporary tooth replacement (flipper) during the healing phase to give the appearance there is a tooth there. The dental assistant will go over all post op instructions and home care protocols. It truly is a very comfortable experience and you will thank yourself for choosing dental implants as the option to replace your missing tooth.
Explore Sleep program with take Home Sleep test.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly, and you feel tired even after a full night's sleep.
The main types of sleep apnea are:
Obstructive sleep apnea, the more common form that occurs when throat muscles relax.
Central sleep apnea, which occurs when your brain doesn't send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.
Complex sleep apnea syndrome, also known as treatment-emergent central sleep apnea, occurs when someone has both obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.
If you think you might have any form of sleep apnea, see your doctor. Treatment can ease your symptoms and may help prevent heart problems and other complications.
The word is quickly spreading that there exists a way to straighten your teeth without wearing metal braces. Forget the gunmetal-gray strapping of metal braces. Clear Case is a clear, pain free, removable, virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth. Imagine speaking with confidence while wearing "braces." Imagine being able to remove the ClearCorrect trays to eat, brush, and most importantly floss as you always have. Imagine being able to see your teeth move on a computer screen and view what the final result will be. Imagine knowing how long your ClearCorrect treatment will be before you start. These are all answers that may be determined before you ever wear your first aligner. Having a confident smile can change everything.
ClearCorrect makes the decision easy, because you can get a stunning smile without most people even noticing you're going through treatment. So start on the right track today, and find out more about ClearCorrect. Please schedule a consultation and see if you are a candidate for ClearCorrect!
Not only is ClearCorrect versatile, helping to correct a broad range of dental and orthodontic issues, but it really works. And there are over half a million smiles to back that up. But a confident smile isn't the only benefit of correcting your dental issues with custom-made ClearCorrect aligners your health can be positively impacted as well. Learn more about several common issues below that an experienced ClearCorrect doctor can work with you to correct.
Overly Crowded Teeth Overly crowded teeth: This occurs when there is simply a lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally. When left untreated, overly crowded teeth can cause dental decay, an increase in chances of gum disease, and can prevent the normal function of teeth.
Widely Spaced TeethWidely spaced teeth: This occurs with abnormal continued growth of the jaw bone. When teeth are missing, this issue can also be caused by the other teeth shifting due to extra space. Spacing issues in teeth can cause some periodontal diseases.
Crossbite Crossbite: This occurs when the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned. It causes one or more upper teeth to bite on the inside of the lower teeth, and can happen on both the front and/or the sides of the mouth. This issue can cause wear of the teeth, gum disease, and bone loss.
OverbiteOverbite: What people commonly refer to as an "overbite" is known to dental professionals as "overjet." It occurs when the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth. It's typically caused by either genetics, bad oral habits, or over development of the bone that supports the teeth. This issue can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Underbite Underbite: This occurs when the lower teeth protrude past the front teeth. It's usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both. It can also be caused by missing upper teeth. This issue can prevent the normal function of front teeth or molars which can lead to tooth wear. It can also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
Now you're excited to get started. It's simple. You must first go through a full comprehensive exam with necessary x-rays. This is to ensure you have NO active cavities or gum problems. You arrive at the office for diagnostics. We start by snapping 8 photos of your teeth and face. Next, we place intimate fitted plastic trays into your mouth and record impressions of your upper and lower teeth. That's it. You are now done with your appointment. We take it from here. We will send the impressions, x-rays, and photos to the ClearCorrect laboratory. In about 3 weeks, the laboratory will send us a back, via internet, a computerize 3D view of your teeth (Virtual Teeth).
On this program, we can watch your teeth move virtually on the computer screen. We study the results to ensure we like the final results. At this time, we can still make changes to the final outcome and positions of where the teeth will be positioned. You will be notified as to when the dentist finalizes the desired outcome for your approval. Once approved, the ClearCorrect aligners will then undergo fabrication. It will take the laboratory approximately 3 weeks to fabricate all of you aligners. The lab will send the aligners to our office and we will notify you upon their arrival to schedule an appointment.
At your delivery appointment, we will deliver the aligners and give you post op instruction and home care protocols. Every 2 weeks you will return to the office for your next aligner. It is extremely important that you wear your aligners 22 hours per day except when eating, brushing, and flossing. You will sleep with the aligners. For more information on ClearCorrect, you may visit: www.ClearCorrect.com.