We differentiate ourselves by achieving superior treatment results. One way this is accomplished is by allowing our providers extra time to perfect the smallest details. This philosophy also translates to minimal wait times in our reception area. We also ensure superior outcomes by using the best materials and meticulously perform procedures under rubber dam isolation. We partner with dental laboratories that share our commitment to excellence. We spend time explaining treatment alternatives and recommendations in order to facilitate informed patient decisions.
Unlike many dental offices we routinely utilize a rubber dam, which is the highest standard of isolation. A rubber dam is a thin sheet of rubber. A small hole is made in the rubber dam, which is then stretched over and around the tooth. This provides a barrier between the mouth and the tooth, preventing moisture contamination. The rubber dam also serves the function of protecting the soft tissue from injury during dental procedures. It also acts as a barrier to safeguard the patient from inhaling or swallowing foreign material.
We use only the highest grade of dental materials and upgrade as superior products become available. There are variations in tooth-colored filling materials that include differences in aesthetics, fracture-resistance, wear-resistance, smoothness and decay-resistance (fluoride releasing). We utilize tooth-colored filling materials that have the best combination of these characteristics. Unfortunately, many offices choose to purchase inferior products in order to maximize their profit margin. Another example of our commitment to excellence is in the choice of bonding agent. Bonding agent is the “glue” that holds the restoration in place. Bonding agent also seals the tooth preventing recurrent decay. Bonding agent is a solution composed of resin and a carrier molecule (usually ethanol). This carrier molecule is essential to maximize bond strength. Carrier molecules draw the resin into the tooth and are then evaporated by a blast of air before the tooth is restored. This leaves the resin embedded in the tooth. This resin is then light cured, creating a layer of resin attached to the tooth. The resin filling material that is used to restore the tooth is then attached to this layer of resin. Carrier molecules evaporate every time the container of bonding agent is opened. If a bottle of bonding agent is opened multiple times the carrier molecule will be completely evaporated, leaving only resin in the bottom of the bottle and the resin will not adhere to the tooth properly. To conceptualize this evaporation, it can be compared to the fizz lost by opening a two-liter bottle of soda multiple times versus opening a single serve can of soda. Each time the two-liter bottle is opened, fizz is lost. In the same way, each time a bottle of bonding agent is opened the carrier molecule evaporates and bond strength decreases. For this reason we choose single-patient bonding agent, whereas many offices choose to purchase a large “bulk” bottle of bonding agent despite the proven loss of bond strength.