Unfortunately, periodontal (gum) disease can lead to more than just an unsightly smile—it can cause loss of teeth and, eventually, if left untreated, serious health problems. Called gingivitis in its early stages, periodontal disease is caused by excessive toxic bacteria (found in plaque) that attack your mouth’s soft tissues. Early warning signs of the disease include red, swollen, bleeding gums. If caught early, we can help you reverse the damage or, if detected late, we can use one of many effective cosmetic dentistry procedures to restore your mouth to a healthy, beautiful state. For more information, please contact our office today.
Dr. Ikuta has extensive training is periodontics. He feels that the gums are a major part of designing a new smile, one that many dentists neglect. By altering the look of the gums, beautifully shaped teeth become more pronounced and more pleasing to the eye. And now with Smile Design, it’s possible to create that brilliant smile you always wanted. Beginning with a consultation, you will discuss how you want your new smile to look. Once you’ve decided on a look for your new smile, we can use non-permanent materials on the teeth and gums to give the experience of how the new smile will make them feel.
Based on your natural teeth and specific facial features, our dentist can custom-design a beautiful smile exactly suited to you. We first use digital computer imaging to give you a preview of what your smile could look like with enhancements. Next, we employ a wide array of techniques – including veneers, crowns and onlays – to create a stronger and more aesthetically balanced smile. Then, for the finishing touch, we polish off your new look with teeth whitening for a dazzling, beautiful new you.
Laser Dentistry (Waterlase™)
The Waterlase™ is an amazing new tool that allows many dental procedures to be performed without using needles or a drill. Combining the power of laser energy with atomized water, the Waterlase™ can remove hard and soft tissue quickly, effectively, and virtually painlessly. The Waterlase™ eliminates the heat and vibration that make drilling painful, while offering greater precision and accuracy. The Waterlase™ can be used to remove tooth decay, perform soft tissue procedures, remove enamel, prepare for cosmetic treatment, and remove diseased gum tissue. Most patients do not require anesthesia when being treated with the Waterlase™. To learn more, please contact us today.