The Secret Of Our Success

Some of the reasons why our restorations look good, feel good, and last a long time.

Trust is a must

You might be pleasantly surprised to find that we still believe that TRUST is the most important ingredient to any dental treatment.  Long before we reach for a dental instrument, we strive to build trust by listening to what is most important to you as a patient, by being honest, genuine and transparent, and by allowing you to decide how much help you would like from us.  

Begin At The End 

When deciding on treatment we like to begin at the end.  How do you want your teeth to look 20-30 years from now?  Once we know this it becomes easy to answer any other questions.  We have found that treatment planning this way really helps our patients save time, save money, and avoid pain.

How we treat your tooth...

If we decide to work on a tooth, we will use whatever techniques necessary to help you achieve your goals.  Most people want restorations that look good, feel good and last a long time.  Following is a list of techniques we use in order to help achieve this... 

Cut with round diamond burs

Round diamond burs are used to decrease sensitivity and trauma to the tooth.  It also helps to maximize bond strength.

Ultraconservative removal of tooth structure.

When it comes to the health of a tooth, keeping as much healthy tooth as possible is crucial.  That is why we only do ultraconservative removal of tooth structure.  We only remove what is needed to get a long lasting restoration.


Microscope

The devil is in the detail, and nothing helps you see detail like magnification!  Magnification aids in identifying critical structures, diagnosing conditions, and perfecting the art of dentistry.

Diagnodent verification

A diagnodent is a bacteria detecting laser.  It allows us to verify when all of the bacteria has been removed from the tooth and lets us know when the tooth is ready for restoration.

No gaps = no leaks and a stronger tooth.

Bonding to the tooth means that the atoms from the tooth actually attach to the atoms of the material used to restore the tooth.  This means there is NO GAP between tooth and material, which means bacteria can no longer get access to the inside of the tooth.   It also means that the tooth is connected from top to bottom, side to side, and is as strong as nature intended it to be.

Super Dentin = Superhuman!

We use a bonding agent that is able to trigger the tooth into producing an acid resistant layer called Super Dentin.  This Super Dentin protects the tooth against further decay.  This means that even if bacteria were able to get in-between the restorative material and the tooth, you still would not get a cavity.

We think it's pretty cool that every day we're turning normal human beings into Super Humans!

Immediate Dentin Sealing

Immediate Dentin Sealing is exactly what is says.  Once the tooth is ready to restore we immediately seal the dentin.  This keeps bacteria out and also allows us to get our strongest bond.

Rounded line angles

Rounding the line angles helps minimize the effect of C-factor so that we can get a stronger, better bond.  It also prevents crack initiation and propagation so that your tooth will not break.  

Infinity margins

"Infinity" finish lines for increased bond strength, no white lines, and superior esthetics.

Ribbond

Ribbond is fiber reinforcement designed to prevent fractures in either the tooth or the restorative material.  It increases bond strength, mitigates C-factor, and decreases the amount of stress within the restoration; therefore decreasing the stresses on the tooth.

Stress relieved

Overcoming C-factor is possible.  By layering restorative materials we are able to produce a restoration with a strong bond and not a lot of built in stresses.   We call these Stress-Reduced Restorations. 

Decoupling with time

By waiting 2-5+minutes between bonding layers, the amount of stress in the new bond is decreased and overall bond strength increases.  This allows us to completely seal the tooth and create restorations with much higher bond strengths.

Hybrid Ceramics

Hybrid ceramics are like the Goldilocks of restorative materials: not so hard that they wear down opposing teeth, not so soft that they wear down too easily.  Hybrid ceramics look great, last a long time are just right to the opposing teeth.

MMPs deactivated

Our bonding agent is able to deactivate MMPs; proteins which are responsible for breaking down the bond between dentin and the restorative material.  With MMPs deactivated, the bond does not break down and the tooth remains bonded.