Silver-Mercury fillings have been the filling material of choice
of dentists for many years. Many dentists still do provide this
filling material. This material has been shown to be safe and
effective. We feel that silver fillings are just fine. However,
we no longer provide this material for a couple of reasons. Evidence
has shown that the manufacturers of tooth colored filling materials
have improved these materials so much in the past few years that
we can confidently predict that the tooth colored materials will
last at least as long as silver fillings. In addition, since the
tooth colored materials bond to the existing tooth, there is less
risk for tooth fracture than when using silver fillings, which
do not bond to the tooth. Finally, if we can restore a tooth with
a fine, long lasting material that blends in with the natural
tooth, why use something ugly such as silver filling material?
Most of our patients like the fact that their fillings are invisible.
Thus, we have found that there is no real reason to continue to
provide silver fillings for our patients.
Bonded, Tooth colored restorations:
We offer this type of restoration for a number of reasons-
1. We are able to make invisible fillings with this material. In addition, there will be no future black staining of the
tooth which is so common around old silver-mercury fillings.
2. The latest bonded, tooth colored materials are just as strong as silver-mercury fillings, and are able to be bonded very
strongly to natural tooth structure. This enables us to place a restoration which will function for many years and help the
patient avoid tooth fracture, the side effect so common with silver-mercury fillings.
3. Although there is no consensus in the scientific community that silver-mercury fillings pose a significant health risk,
why place it if you don't have to? It is nice to be able to place a bonded tooth colored restoration, which not only
strengthens and beautifies your tooth, but also has no mercury, the second most toxic element know to man.
Also known as a "cap," a crown is used to restore teeth which
are badly broken down, root canal treated teeth or for teeth that
have huge fillings which are prone to break down. The crown acts
like a "thimble ", covering over the tooth and helping to prevent
the tooth from breaking. Traditionally, crowns were made of all
metal, such as gold, or were made of a metal core with porcelain
baked onto the outside to make it look more like a natural tooth.
Drs. AJAY & SEEMA have recently begun delivering some all ceramic
Empress crowns. These crowns, when bonded in place, have been
shown to be as strong as crowns with the metal core. In addition,
due to the absence of metal, light is able to reflect through
the "Empress "crown similar to a natural tooth. This means that
in most instances, it is almost impossible for a casual observer
to tell an Empress Crown from a natural tooth. The aesthetics
are simply astounding!
It is no longer necessary to have your tooth extracted due to
a toothache in a badly decayed tooth. Earlier in such situations,
the tooth was pulled out. Modern dentistry now allows us to get
such a tooth saved with a root canal procedure. The tooth would
then need a crown to restore it and prevent it from breaking apart.
With the help of modern anaesthetic technologies, root canals
can be accomplished absolutely pain free! We are able to complete
most root canals in one 60 - 90 minute appointment.
For those of our patients needing extractions (including wisdom tooth extractions), we have the facility of nitrous oxide
anaesthesia in case you don't want to be awake for your extractions.
Dr. Seema Nangia Sharma enjoys working with children. She has many patients as young as four years old. For the very
apprehensive and / or uncooperative children, she is the best dentist to approach.
Porcelain Facial Veneers:
For patients with badly discolored, or badly shaped front teeth,
we can bond porcelain facings onto these teeth. The cosmetic improvement
that can be achieved in many cases is truly amazing. This procedure
requires two appointments, and in most cases requires very minimal
removal of actual tooth structure prior to making an impression
to be sent to a dental laboratory. Our experience is that these
restorations should easily last ten years or longer while maintaining
Dentures and Partials:
For those patients that have no option, due to extensive tooth decay, or advanced gum disease, we are able to offer dentures
or partials. Many patients want to have their denture or partial on the same day their teeth are extracted. We are able to
provide this service by taking the impressions of the mouth a week before the extraction visit. The impressions are then
sent to a dental laboratory, and the denture or partial is constructed and ready to be placed on the day of the extractions.
As the healing process occurs, the gums will shrink. As a result, the denture or partial will loosen and need to be relined
at a later date. For those patients wearing partials with ugly metal hooks, we are able to recommend precision partials.
These partials contain no hooks. Rather, they have hidden snaps which secure the partial in place. As an alternative
to partials, we recommend implant dentistry as a nice option for those patients wishing to totally get away from having a
denture or partial.
Periodontal (Gum) Treatment:
Although great strides have been made in preventing tooth decay
due to the advent of fluoridated water supply, tooth loss due
to gum disease is still very common. At the comprehensive new
patient visit, we will do a thorough gum examination. We will
discuss the various factors associated with gum disease, and will
outline a treatment plan to help the patient get their gums healthy.
Our hygienist will demonstrate techniques for removing plaque
from all surfaces of the patient's teeth. After treatment with
the hygienist, on a subsequent visit, we will re-evaluate the
patient's gum condition and if necessary, refer the patient to
a local periodontist (gum specialist).
Over the years, most people's teeth will absorb stains from food, drink, tobacco, etc. As a result, their teeth will turn
a couple shades darker. For these patients, we can fabricate a custom tray into which a bleaching solution can be placed.
Patients apply the solution into the tray, then wear the tray for a few hours every day for a couple of weeks. After
a couple of weeks, most patients' teeth will lighten a couple shades, which in most situations is a very noticeable
improvement. This process does not work as well for patients with deep stain such as from certain antibiotics taken in
childhood. In these situations usually, a porcelain veneer, or crown is needed to mask the stain.
Patients who had to compromise their aesthetic apearance, chewing
functionality and nutritional intake due to one or more teeth
loss can now be restored back to various degree of normal aesthetics
and function with the help of dental implants. The problem of
loose dentures due to small bone height can now be solved by the
placement of dental implants by our specialist Dr. Ajay Sharma.
He is a fellow of International Congress of Oral Implantologists
and has been placing Implants from the last seven years. Dental
Implant once placed in the jaw bone works like a natural tooth
throughout life and also prevents the cutting of adjacent natural
teeth for placing one or more teeth.
Patients, specially children having mal-aligned or irregular teeth,
can get them corrected by the placement of braces on their teeth.
We use latest techniques and the materials for these type of procedures.