General Dentistry

generaldentistryWe provide high quality routine dental treatment to the entire family. Whether you want to improve your smile or have a sensitive tooth, Paradise Dental can help. Our goal is to give you a smile that will last a lifetime and that you will be proud of. We take pride in what we do.

Routine services that we offer, include:

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Before & After Composite Filling

Composite fillings are tooth colored restorations that match the shade of the natural tooth structure. They do not contain metal or mercury like traditional silver amalgam fillings so there is no risk of exposure to those materials. Composite fillings are practically invisible when you talk or smile, because they blend in naturally with the surrounding tooth enamel.

Because of the unique way that the material bonds to the tooth, less tooth preparation is needed. With normal amalgam fillings a wedge must be cut into the tooth, large enough to retain the filling in its place. Composite restorations flow into the prepared area and bond directly into the pores of tooth enamel. This allows them to be placed in smooth areas like on the surfaces of roots, or on the sides of teeth.

If a tooth needs a restoration that is larger than what a filling can treat, it may be possible to have a porcelain inlay or onlay placed on the tooth. Porcelain inlays and onlays are similar to a crown, but they only cover a portion of the tooth instead of all of it. By treating the damaged area of the tooth, inlays or onlays help to sustain the stability of a tooth so that it can function normally. The porcelain is made to match the rest of the tooth enamel so that it appears natural and blends right in with the teeth around it.

Porcelain inlays and onlays are traditionally fabricated in an off-site dental laboratory, but because Paradise Dental uses an in-office CEREC machine, we are able to make them during your appointment. CEREC uses 3-dimensional imaging to scan the prepared tooth and create a porcelain restoration that fits perfectly. This means Paradise Dental patients only need one visit, instead of 2 or more.

Sometimes tooth decay is too large for a filling to correct. Maybe a tooth is broken or cracked. Placing a crown on a tooth allows us to cover it entirely with a restoration that can hold up to normal activities like chewing and biting. It distributes the weight evenly across the tooth so that fractured areas do not cause the tooth to break off. A crown helps cover the entire tooth to stop decay or fracturing and enables it to sustain pressure.

Our in-office CEREC machine allows dental patients to have their crowns generated and placed in one dental appointment. CEREC technology is like having a private dental lab right in our office. High-resolution digital imaging scans the surface of the prepared tooth during the treatment appointment. In the past the patient would have returned home with a temporary crown, waited 2 weeks, and then returned to have the permanent crown fitted. Our CEREC machine lets patients skip having a temporary crown or a 2nd appointment, because the permanent crown is made while they’re still in the treatment chair.

Patients can receive several types of simple oral surgery, depending on their oral health needs. Some of the surgeries that the doctors at Paradise Dental offer are:

  • Simple extraction of deciduous (baby) teeth
  • Simple extraction of permanent teeth
  • Simple extraction of teeth prior to braces
  • Extraction of fully erupted wisdom teeth
  • Extraction of partially soft tissue impacted permanent teeth
  • Sinus elevation surgery prior to dental implants

Complex extractions, such as with fully impacted wisdom teeth are referred to an oral surgeon.

For patients with missing teeth, Paradise Dental offers several types of tooth replacement. If there are only a few areas, dental implants or a fixed permanent bridge can help to fill the empty space and give you a tooth to chew with again. Bridges work well when there is one or two missing teeth but healthy teeth just adjacent to them. Implants can be placed anywhere, regardless of adjacent teeth as long as there is healthy bone to support it.

If a patient has several missing teeth, they might prefer a removable complete or partial denture. Dentures allow us to replace several or all teeth with one appliance. They are removed overnight for oral hygiene purposes and are easy to keep clean. Some dentures even use implants to stay seated more firmly in the mouth.

Do you wake up each morning with a headache, sore neck or jaw? Do you find yourself getting tense in the teeth or jawline throughout the day? Are your teeth wearing down flat? These are several signs and symptoms of clenching or grinding. When left alone, grinding and clenching can cause severe trauma to teeth. Wearing an occlusal guard during times when you are especially prone to grinding can help correct this. Paradise Dental offers a range of guards, depending on whether you tend to grind in the night or daytime. The guards help create a space between the upper and lower jaws to reduce pressure in the TMJ and on the teeth.

OraVerse is a new product available that allows dentists to actually reverse the effects of anesthetic after a dental appointment. Using OraVerse allows our patients to return to school or work even sooner after their appointment. In the past when patients had dental work, their mouth might be numb for 4, or even 5 hours afterward. OraVerse can reduce this recovery time by up to 50%, returning sensation in just one or two hours. Also administered by injection, it is delivered to the same areas where the local anesthetic is placed. It is thought to work by dilating the vessels in the area, allowing the body to cleanse the anesthetic from the soft tissues. OraVerse is the first and only medication regulated by the FDA to reverse the effects of anesthetics and is for patients ages 6 and older.

Phone: (781) 780-2246
Fax: (781) 598-3730
142A Canal St.
Salem, MA 01970