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Our Services

Our Services

If you're looking for excellent service and a people-friendly approach, then you've come to the right place!  At Dr. Murasaki's office, our ultimate goal is to serve you and make your experience a pleasant one.  Our team will stop at nothing to ensure that you come away more than satisfied.

Oral care

Oral hygiene is an important facet of dental health. Modern diets can be high in sugary drinks and junk food, so our teeth face a battle every day. Our dental specialists can show you techniques to maintain good oral hygiene for life. We now also offer Dentalvibe, which provides pain-free shots for patients.  Let us put you on the road to amazing dental health!

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Dental Bridges

Having one or more missing teeth can have a serious effect not only on your smile, but also on your dental health.  Specifically, missing teeth can cause:

   • A shift in the alignment of your teeth
   • Increased risk of periodontal disease
   • Increased risk of tooth decay
   • Loss of adjacent teeth
   • Speech disorders
   • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)

    What Are Dental Bridges?

    Like dental implants, dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth, except bridges are supported by the teeth on either side called abutment teeth.

    What Are the Benefits of Bridges?

    Like many cosmetic dental procedures, placing bridges also serves a restorative purpose.  A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as your smile.  In a recent study published in the Hournal of the American Dental Association, dental bridges were shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth that are adjacent to a missing tooth.  In addition, dental bridges can help keep your jaw and face from changing shape, as they tend to do when a person has missing teeth.

    What Types of Bridges Are There?

        Cantilever Bridgesare used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area.
        Maryland Bonded Bridgesinclude artificial teeth and gums, and are held in place by a metal frame.
        Traditional Bridges are the most common, and literally bridge the gap of an empty tooth space by securing a false tooth using crowns on the teeth on  either side.

      How are Dental Bridges Placed?

      The procedure of installing a dental bridge is typically completed in two visits.  First, your dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.  If you are, your teeth will need to be prepared by reshaping or reconstructing any badly decayed or damaged areas.  Afterward, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth, which is then sent off to a lab where it is cast into a mold, and give you a temporary bridge to wear.  On your second visit, this mold will be fitted to your teeth, and any necessary corrections or adjustments will be made on that same visit.

      How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

      Dental bridges can last from 8 - 15 years.  They may last even longer if you maintain good oral hygeine by brushing and flossing regularly.

      Dental Bonding

      What is Dental Bonding?

      Dental bonding is a favored procedure for minor dental corrections.  Also known as composite bonding, it is a quick and affordable way to correct a variety of dental flaws, such as:

         • Cracks
         • Discoloration
         • Gaps
         • Low Bite Pressure (caused by short or uneven teeth)
         • Tooth Decay

        If you have any of the above issues, you may be a good candidate for dental bonding.

        How Does Bonding Work?

        After inspecting the tooth in question, your dentist will select a color for the composite resin (the material used in bonding) that most closely matches your tooth.  He or she will then roughen the outer layer of your tooth, removing a minimal amount of tooth enamel, and apply a strong adhesive that will help the resin stick.  Your dentist will then shape the resin to fill in any cracks or gaps, or change the contours of your tooth.  Afterwards, a dental laser is used to "bond" the material to your tooth.  A local anesthetic is generally only requred when tooth decay or nerve damage is involved.

        How Long Does Bonding Take?

        Dental bonding can be performed in a single visit, unless you're having several teeth bonded.  The procedure usually takes between an hour and two.  If you're having your teeth lengthened, it might take a few days for you to get accustomed to them.

        How Long Does Bonding Last?

        The composite resin used in bonding can last up to 10 years before it needs to be repaired or replaced.

        Dental Crowns

        Depending on the type of treatment you have received for your pental issue, it might be necessary to:

          • Have your tooth restored to its original shape and size
          • Supply additional physical support for the treated tooth
          • Get a complete "makeover" on the affected tooth

          For cases like the above, a crown is the most logical solution.

          While inlays and outlays cover the chewing surface of the tooth, and fillings fill in the empty interior space of the tooth, crowns completely cover every visible part of the tooth - which is why they are sometimes referred to as "caps."  A part of your tooth remains but is essentially "rebuilt" to resemble the tooth at its exterior best.

          While porcelain crowns certainly can improve the look of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is recommended only in conjunction with prior repair of the tooth - not simply for cosmetic purposes.

          Composite Fillings

          For over 150 years, cavities were filled with a mixture of metals, including silver and mercury.  It was perfectly normal to see dark gray areas in someone's mouth when they laughed.

          But today, you can get your cavities, as well as other smaller hollow areas in your teeth, filled with composite fillings.  Composite fillings are made from resins that are matched to your tooth's color - so theybecome invisible when applied.

          Composite fillings also provide an excellent seal on the affected area, so that tooth decay can be prevented.  The factors that go into our decision to use composite fillings include:

             • The size of the area that needs to be filled
             • The location of the affected area in the mouth (i.e. a tooth that is heavily relied on for chewing)
             • Allergies the patient might have
             • The preference of the patient regarding the use of metals in the mouth
             • Whether it is necesary cosmetically to have a tooth-colored filling

            If you are unsure about the type of filling to use, schedule an appointment today for a consultation.

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