We love treating kids of all ages from ages 1 to 101.
Dr. Banga is a big kid at heart, which is part of the reason that kids and all her patients love her. She will treat you with the most gentle care possible.
Just like most things in life, it is always better to a prevent a problem than it is to fix one.
At Oral Health Center the most important form of Preventative Dentistry we offer is Patient Education. We want to make sure patients possess the knowledge that will empower them to take care of their teeth to the best of their ability. A good portion of this includes what a patient does right in their own homes, such as the good old brushing, flossing, and mouth rinse.
More often than not, even these routines should be customized. Power toothbrushes, special floss adapters, and prescription mouth rinses are all tools that can help some patients depending on their needs. After discussing our patients’ goals and what is important to them, we are able to determine a customized daily hygiene routine for each and every patient.
There are also measures that can be taken in office that can provide a significant reduction in the likelihood that a patient will develop dental problems. These include:
We Provide all General Dentistry under one roof
Tooth Colored Mercury Free Fillings
Tooth colored fillings, also called white fillings, are dental fillings that restore and mimic the natural appearance of tooth structure. In addition to restoring teeth that have fractured or decayed, tooth colored fillings may also be used to change the size, color, and shape of teeth.
Bonding is the application of a tooth-colored composite resin (plastic) to repair a decayed, chipped, fractured or discolored tooth. Unlike veneers, which are manufactured in a laboratory and require a customized mold to achieve a proper fit, bonding can be done in a single visit. The procedure is called bonding because the material bonds to the tooth.
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
Crown and Bridge
Immediate and Conventional Dentures
Implant Supported Dentures
Six Month Smiles
Sleep Apnea Solutions using dental appliances
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
IV sedation upon request
Oral Health Center provides comprehensive mercury-free and amalgam-free dentistry. Restorative dentistry seeks to repair or replace your natural teeth in order to return your mouth to full functional and aesthetic harmony. The restorative work can range from simple fillings and crowns to more complex root canal therapy and tooth replacement implants. No matter what stage of restorative care your teeth require, we can offer solutions.
A dental crown is a cap that is placed on your tooth when there is not adequate tooth structure remaining to be able to support a traditional filling. A crown will provide the necessary protection that is needed to avoid tooth loss. The cap is placed over whatever tooth structure is remaining after any dental decay is removed.
Until recently, this procedure took multiple dentist appointments and weeks of waiting for a lab to create the crown which meant having a temporary crown in the meantime. However, new technology makes it possible for this procedure to take place in a single dentist appointment thanks to digital imaging technology and in-office milling unit.
No one wants to have a dental emergency. But they can happen to the best of us. One minute you are biting into a sandwich and the next thing you know half of your tooth is in your hand. One minute a pain that was nagging but dull is suddenly keeping you up at night.
We know that tooth pain can interfere with your ability to eat, drink, work, sleep and even think. We are here to help. We offer extended hours, including Saturday appointments, and are happy to see emergency appointments the same day.
Even if you are not in pain, such as when a tooth is broken or lost, it is still extremely important to be evaluated as soon as possible. Often time is of the essence and the first several hours after the incident or accident can determine the prognosis of the affected tooth.
Dr. Banga is highly skilled but also very sensitive and ethical. Our entire staff will treat your dental emergency the way we would want our own treated…promptly and with compassion.
And we will do whatever we can to get you back out of pain and back to your life..
The most common reason a root canal is indicated for a patient is when dental decay extends to the nerve of the tooth. This may present itself with or without pain. In either case, a root canal is critical in order to stop the progression of infection.
A root canal is performed by accessing and cleaning out the nerve from the pulp chamber and sealing it to prevent further infection. A crown is then placed to protect the remaining tooth structure.
Unfortunately, once diagnosed, there are no alternative treatments to a root canal other than extracting the tooth, which we do not recommend if at all possible.
Root canals can also be indicated when there has been trauma or root resorption.
Dr. Banga is skilled in performing root canals on most teeth.
Implants are quickly becoming a standard procedure in dentistry. Implants have been around for decades. In the past, they were not well understood by many dentists, and due to the higher expense, patients chose more economical means of dentistry that the dentist was well practiced in. Now, dental implants are considered by many dental professionals as a first choice option that is more conservative than the “standard” choices we as dentists have made for so many years. Fortunately, costs have come down considerably over the years to make it very competitive with conventional treatments. For example, if you want to replace a single tooth, say your lower right first molar, the cost of an implant and a crown to replace this tooth is approximately the same as a 3-unit conventional bridge that would be required to replace the same tooth. There are also implant procedures that allow us to build back an entire arch of teeth and have them permanently fixed into your mouth. No more dentures floating in a cup on your nightstand!
If you desire a significant change in your smile but you do not want to invest a great deal of time in the process, then porcelain veneers may be the answer. When you see those dramatic "smile makeovers" on TV or hear "straighten teeth without braces" ads on the radio, they are most likely using bonded porcelain technology.
Veneers are used to fill in gaps, repair fractured or discolored teeth and correct minor rotational or displaced teeth. We do this by reducing tooth structure from the fronts of the teeth. Depending on what is needed, the amount of tooth structure removed is variable. In some cases, no tooth structure is removed; in others, more has to be removed (e.g. a protruding tooth or rotated tooth). Usually the amount removed is between 0mm and 1.5mm.
Basically, the procedure entails replacing the front (viewable) portions of the teeth with a thin piece of porcelain. The porcelain can be the color and shape that is desired by the patient. The porcelain is bonded to the front of the tooth with a very strong composite resin material. There is a difference between "bonding" and porcelain veneers. With bonding, tooth-colored filling material (made of plastic) is used to repair chips and fill in small gaps. The difference between porcelain vs plastic boils down to more natural looks, durability, longevity and resistance to stain with porcelain.
Implants can also greatly benefit those of you who have all of your teeth missing. One way they can benefit you is by providing anchors in your jaw for your dentures to attach to. Just imagine, being able to “snap-in” your dentures and not worrying if they will fall out of your mouth at the worst time.
Whether you need to replace one tooth or an entire mouth full, dental implants may be your best option.