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General Dentistry

Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. The Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates team is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.

Treatment of Periodontal (Gum) Disease – Periodontal Therapy

Fifty percent of all adults have some form of Periodontal Disease… often without even realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums. The truth is, it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, periodontal disease treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective. Your visit at Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. You will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Pus around teeth
  • No pain associated with this disease until it is too late…

Fillings

Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth? If so, you may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. However, with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.

Oral Cancer Screenings

As a comprehensive dental practice, Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates offers routine oral cancer screenings to you as a patient. Your dentist is the only medical professional in a position to evaluate routinely and detect abnormalities.  Early detection is important. There will be 41,000 Americans diagnosed with oral cancer this year and 12,500 deaths.  The death rate from oral cancer is especially high due to late discovery of the disease.  Prognosis is more positive with early detection.   A patient who does not seek regular continuous care from a dental professional is putting their health at risk by delaying a diagnosis in the early stage of oral cancer. We are dedicated to providing this potentially life-saving procedure for you.

Oral Cancer Statistics:

  • Deaths due to oral cancer equal 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day
  • Death rate is high not due to difficulty of diagnosis but due to late diagnosis
  • 90% success rate if detected early
  • Three times more common than cervical cancer

Nightguards

Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Your dentist at Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask your dental team about having a night-guard custom created just for you.

Root Canals

Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. The team at Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while also taking less time. The procedure involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth when it has become infected and inflamed. Dr. Torrisi, Dr. Burba, or Dr. Smart will then gently remove the infected tissue, filling the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a crown.

Extractions

In some cases, injury or decay extensively damages a tooth, and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. Dr. Torrisi, Dr. Burba, or Dr. Smart can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and completing your beautiful smile again.

In-House Endodontist/Periodontist

Enjoy the convenience of specialized care at your own dental home. Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates offers the added bonus of an in-house Endodontist and Periodontist. This next-level expertise is valuable in both diagnosing oral health issues like periodontitis and in completing procedures like root canals. Take advantage of the most advanced knowledge and care at Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates.

Technology

Your enjoyable dental experience depends on your comfort and safety. The Torrisi and Burba Dental Associates team utilizes the latest technological advances in dental equipment and techniques.

Patient Resources

Helping make your dental care financially comfortable and affordable is important, and we proudly offer a variety of options. We are happy to estimate fees and insurance reimbursement before starting recommended treatments.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic care can heal a smile. Dr. Torrisi, Dr. Burba, or Dr. Smart will create a customized treatment plan especially for you.