Here at Sylvan Heights Dental, our goal is to provide you with comprehensive dental care under one roof and in one location, making your visits easy and convenient. Dr. Leary has received Advanced Educational training in General Dentistry (AEGD), stays up to date with continuing education and has worked hard to refine his skills in all aspects of family dental care.
Our practice philosophy is based upon the principles of prevention, which are achieved by regular check-ups and cleanings tailored to your individual needs.
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If gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) is left untreated, over time it can progress into what is called periodontitis, an active infection in the gums that can lead to loss of tooth-supporting tissues. This can require a more site specific treatment called scaling and root planing or a "deep cleaning." Signs that you may need this type of treatment can include:
||Heavy plaque, tartar, or calculus
||Spaces developing between the teeth
||Persistent bad breath
A crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer than it would be with a filling or another restoration. Crowns restore form and function of a decayed or damaged tooth while improving aesthetic appearance through the use of an all-porcelain restoration.
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When dental caries are found, resin composites are used to fill in the spaces where these "cavities" are cleaned out. These moldable and shade-specific materials can also be used to improve shape and aesthetics of teeth in certain situations. In our clinic, we do not use any amalgam or "silver" restorations.
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Root Canal Therapy
When a tooth has suffered deep decay or trauma that has affected the pulp or "nerve" of the tooth, pain and/or infection can occur. Root canal therapy can be performed on these teeth to clean out the damaged tissues and relieve symptoms. In most situations, a build-up filling and a crown is also necessary to prolong the life of the tooth.
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Dental Implant Restorations
A dental implant can be used to replace an entire missing tooth and consists of two parts, the implant body, which is surgically placed in bone, and the implant crown, which is screwed into place. Although we do not place the implant bodies in our office, we work with our team of specialists to coordinate treatment and restore these implants with crowns that look and appear as natural as other teeth already in your mouth.
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We offer the EZ White in-office bleaching system, used to professionally whiten your teeth in one sitting, all with little to no sensitivity. We also can provide you with custom trays and a take-home gel to whiten at your convenience.
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Perio Protect® combines professional cleanings with non-invasive Perio Tray delivery of medication to better manage gum disease. Side effects include whiter teeth and fresher breath.
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Call Sylvan Heights Dental at (503) 388-5882 for more information.