Cinema Smiles is a top-notch dental practice located in Leominster, MA.
At Cinema Smiles, we believe in providing comprehensive care that addresses both your short- and long-term dental care needs. We offer excellent customer service and care and use the most up-to-date technology, training, and techniques to provide you with amazing dental service.
We offer a wide range of dentistry services to suit almost any dental need from cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and general dentistry procedures along with the most recent dental technologies to make your visit convenient, painless and positive!
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Bonding is a popular method to fill in or cover up defects in teeth with a white composite resin. An adhesive gel is placed on the tooth and the resin is molded and sculpted over it, then hardened with UV light and polished.
Bonding can be used to fill teeth after the removal of cavities, or to cover stains, cracks, discolorations, chips, or gaps in teeth. It is a technological improvement over highly-visible silver amalgam fillings and applications usually lasts more than 10 years.
Sometimes teeth began to weaken, crack or visibly decay, but remain well-anchored and firmly in place. Bonding or filling may not be sufficient and in these cases a crown is often recommended.
With a crown, the original tooth will be filed down to the enamel and left in place and capped with a crown of porcelain, gold or porcelain fused with metal. The color is matched to the other teeth and the crown will appear to be a regular tooth in your smile.
Dental bridges are a way to replace missing teeth by creating a segment that anchors to two existing teeth to “bridge” the gap between them.
Made from porcelain, gold, allows, or metal, bridges require the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth to be filed down into “abutments” that will hold the bridge in place, much like a pair of crowns with a third tooth joining them from the middle.
The bridge itself will be created in a specialized lab while a temporary bridge is put in its place. Once the final bridge is put in place, you will need to eat soft foods for a few days while the bridge settles, but after that, it will function and feel normal.
If you are missing a tooth, please strongly consider having it replaced. Not only are there aesthetic disadvantage from the missing tooth, but that gap could also harm your mouth and jaw and make it difficult to eat or speak properly.
Besides our prolific attention to the your teeth and keeping them clean and polished, we also take time to help our patients develop better oral hygiene habits at home. If we detect telltale signs of hygienic shortcomings we will recommend changes to your routine to improve your oral health. We can also suggest preventative measures like dental sealants or nightguards if you’re at risk of TMJ or bruxism.
Some gum diseases like gingivitis may need a root scaling or planing procedure to prevent long-term damage like bone loss or tooth loss.
Oral Cancer Screenings
During a dental exam your doctor will check your neck and oral tissues for lumps, colored patches, and sore spots to help detect oral cancer while it is easiest to treat. People who smoke and drink regularly are at the highest risk of developing oral cancel.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure where plaque and tartar are removed from below the gum line. Special slim tools clean the root surfaces of plaque and tartar and smooth down the surface. This prevents bacteria from getting a foothold in the gums.
Modern life offers a number of ways to stain our teeth, including coffee, wine, food and smoking. This can even happen to people who brush regularly. Teeth whitening restores the natural color to the teeth and can even be made whiter than normal.
We accomplish this by creating impressions of your teeth and using them to make a set of whitening trays. You can wear these trays for less than an hour a day for a few days and receive a dramatic increase in whiteness to your smile.
Please contact us to see if whitening is right for you.
Veneers are thin ceramic shells that hug the existing tooth to correct the appearance of teeth that are stained, cracked, chipped, improperly spaced or misaligned.
First, the client comes in and has their teeth evaluated for the veneers. The traditional process takes up to two weeks to fabricate the veneers and they are placed in a follow up visit. Temporary veneers can be placed during that gap.
Ask your dentist for more information about veneers and to learn how they work.
Dental implants are simply an artificial tooth put in the place of a missing tooth. They are an alternative to a bridge, where the teeth on either side of the gap are removed and crowned.
To place a dental implant, a screwed is fashioned to the jaw bone for a sturdy foundation. The process requires making an incision in the gum and several dental implants can be placed at once if needed.
The implant will take 3-6 months to heal and have the jaw bone form around it. During this time a temporary crown can be placed before it is replaced with the final artificial tooth.
Dentures are a removable replacement for missing teeth and can replace both full and partial sets of teeth. You can smile confidently again with the help of a custom, natural-looking full or partial denture created just for you. Dentures are a great solution if you are missing some teeth because the denture fills the gaps in your smile and helps make talking and eating easier.
For full sets, any remaining teeth are removed. There are two common approaches for full sets.
With Conventional Full Dentures, all the teeth are removed and the tissue is given time to heal. This typically takes several months and the patient is without teeth during that time. Once the healing is complete, the dentures are created.
With Immediate Full Dentures measurements are performed before the teeth are removed, and dentures are ready immediately afterward. The gum tissue will change shape as it heals and the dentures will need to be tightened later.
Root canals have a notorious reputation as a long, scary procedure. The Alfred Hitchcock of dentistry. Fortunately for the patient, medical technology has made this important procedure much quicker and less painful than it was in the past when it earned its dark reputation.
Endodontics are dental procedures that deal with the nerve endings in the root of teeth. Sometimes teeth become infected and those nerves need to be removed to prevent forming an abscess that could lead to loss of parts of the jaw bone.
In a root canal, a local anesthetic is applied and the dentist drills into the tooth, creating an opening that leads to the nerve. The dentist will use this opening to remove infected tissue and will typically replace the tooth with a crown. After the procedure some pain is normal, but can typically be treated with over the counter medicine.
Dental implants, where missing teeth are installed directly into the jaw, require a sturdy foundation in the jawline. For patients who lack a good bone foundation in the jaw to hold onto that dental implant, a bone graft can be used to build up a good foundation.
The bone pieces in the graft may be taken from another part of the patient’s mouth, or may use fragments from a bone bank. These donated fragments are both safe and effective.