General and Cosmetic Dentistry
4600 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton FL 34209
941-746-5033

Our Services

General Dentistry


Oral Exam


A comprehensive oral exam is an extensive evaluation and the recording of all extraoral, intraoral and soft tissues of the mouth. A comprehensive exam lays the foundation for the “routine (periodic) oral exam” and is much more than just a cleaning. The mouth is really a window into the body. Medical conditions may be discovered by a comprehensive dental exam before symptoms show up elsewhere in the body.

X-Rays


Dental X-ray examinations provide valuable information that helps your dentist evaluate your oral health. With the help of radiographs (the term for pictures taken with X-rays), your dentist can look at what is happening beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. If you have questions about your dental X-ray exam, talk with your hygienist or Dr. Stoyka.

Teeth Cleaning


A clean, healthy mouth starts with clean, healthy teeth. Regular cleanings help remove plaque and tartar build-up and prevent you from getting periodontal diseases.

Fillings


Restoration of lost tooth structure with porcelain or resin materials. We are proud that we use only the latest technologies for fillings. Your smile can remain unflawed if you should need a filling. Let us take care of your cavities with our expert filling processes.

Composite resin fillings are tooth-colored restorations. Because they are mechanically and chemically bonded to the tooth, leakage, a common problem with silver amalgam fillings, is less likely to occur.

Advantages of Tooth-Colored Restorations


There are many advantages when resin-or tooth-colored-onlays are used to restore teeth.

Resin onlays are bonded to the teeth. This creates a tight, superior fit, and restores the tooth to nearly its original strength. Resin onlays can be used in cases where much of the tooth structure has been lost, so a crown might not be necessary. This keeps your tooth intact and stronger.

Resin onlays wear like natural teeth. And since resin onlay margins are invisible, they don't have to be placed below the gum line. This is healthier for your gums.

Resin onlays often also contain fluoride. This fluoride may help prevent new decay at the edges of the fillings.

The improved appearance of your smile is immediately evident. Whether you replace one or all of your fillings, it's simply amazing how beautiful and natural resin onlays look!

Crowns


Dental crowns and bridges are very popular among people of all ages, of either sex, and regardless of ethnic diversity. These are mostly cosmetic forms of treatment, covering unsightly teeth or replacing missing teeth.

A dental crown is a tooth-shaped "cap" that is placed over a tooth - covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.

The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?


A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:
  1. To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth
  2. To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down
  3. To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left
  4. To hold a dental bridge in place
  5. To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth
  6. To cover a dental implant

Bridges


Bridges resemble natural teeth, and are designed to take the place of areas where there are missing teeth. A bridge is a stationary dental prosthesis (appliance) fixed to teeth adjacent to a space. It replaces one or more missing teeth, cemented or bonded, to supporting teeth or implants adjacent to the space.

A bridge is a tooth replacement alternative to implants. The teeth on either side of the space are covered with crowns and a false tooth is suspended between them.

Specialty Dentistry


Oral Surgery


Includes the diagnosis, surgical and related treatment of diseases, injuries and defects involving both the functional and esthetic aspects of the hard and soft tissues of the head, mouth, teeth, gums, jaws and neck.

Root Canal / Endodontics


Unfortunately not all teeth are perfectly healthy. We can save a damaged tooth by performing a root canal — which removes decay on the interior space of the root. We will discuss this and other options with you before determining what works best for you.

Root canal therapy (endodontic therapy) is a technique used to save a diseased or damaged tooth. The alternative to a root canal would be an extraction or removal of the tooth. Treatment requires that the nerve inside the tooth be removed and replaced with a solid filling material that is resistant to infection.

A Dark Tooth


A dark-colored tooth in an adult usually indicates that the nerve of the tooth has become infected and the normal flow of blood in and out of the tooth has stopped.

In most cases, the tooth will need a root canal. Sometimes the tooth will "die," yet not need a root canal. To restore the tooth to its natural color, you might consider bonding, veneers, a crown, or single-tooth whitening, a procedure in which a whitening agent is placed inside the tooth after root canal treatment.

Dentures


Dentures are another alternative to tooth replacement. In many instances, dental implants can be used in conjunction with dentures. While full and partial dentures may have come a long way since their early years, they can still be a hassle resulting in slipping, inconvenience and discomfort. Many denture wearers are looking for a better solution, and Dental Implants may be the answer for you.

Dental Implants


Sometimes, a missing tooth will create the need for a dental implant. A dentist typically uses implants to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Dental implants are normally made of titanium at the root, with a traditional crown as the tooth itself. They are an excellent alternative to pulling several teeth in order to utilize a bridge or to get dentures. While dentures can be made from implants, they can be quite costly without dental insurance coverage.

Dental implants can be an ideal solution for people with dentures, providing replacement teeth that are as close to your natural teeth as possible, regardless of whether you're missing one tooth or an entire set of teeth. The dental implants are anchored into the jawbone like natural teeth; making your replacement teeth so strong that slippage becomes a thing of the past. With your new dental implants, you'll be able to eat whatever you like more comfortably and speak with confidence.

It is common for dental implant patients to experience a greater quality of life. They feel more comfortable and secure with their dental implants than they did with removable dentures. There are all sorts of problems that can plague denture wearers. Dentures can slip and click, causing embarrassment in social settings. They can restrict your diet and make you look older than you are.

Dental implants allow for a happier, more active lifestyle. They allow you eat the foods you want to eat and to speak clearly and with more confidence.

Periodontics


A periodontist is a dental specialist who treats the gums and supporting soft and hard tissues in order to retain natural teeth and prepare for surgical placement of dental implants. Heredity, diet and other factors can result in gum disease. We will help you get a treatment plan that aggressively attacks any form of periodontal disease that will soon have your mouth back in top health.

Treatment of Gum Disease


It is possible to have periodontal disease and have no warning signs. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good oral hygiene at home is essential to help keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious or recurring. You don’t have to lose teeth to periodontal disease. Brush, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet, and schedule regular dental visits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Pediatric Dentistry (Children)


As the name implies, pediatric dentistry is the field of medicine that deals with dentists for children. A children’s dentist specializes in the care of a child’s small mouth and teeth, normally including braces, invisible braces, crowns, fillings, cleanings, plates, x-rays, etc.

Cosmetic Dental Care


Teeth Whitening


A chemical process to lighten the color of teeth.

Veneers


A plastic or porcelain facing bonded directly to a tooth to improve its appearance.

Bonding


Bonding is a technique similar to veneers. Instead of using a porcelain facing, a tooth-colored filling material (composite resin) is chemically and mechanically bonded to the tooth giving the appearance of straight teeth.

Bonding enables us to:
  • Close spaces between your teeth
  • Lengthen small or misshapen teeth
  • Whiten stained or darkened teeth
A single tooth can be shaped and colored, or your entire smile can be changed!

When teeth are chipped or beginning to wear, bonding can protect them from damage and restore their original look. Bonding your teeth with resin is a one-appointment procedure:

First, teeth are roughened and a conditioning gel is applied. Then a tooth-colored material called resin is placed on the teeth, and is sculpted to the desired shape. A harmless high-intensity light hardens the resin, bonding it to the teeth.

Once in place, bonded restorations are very strong. Bonding can greatly improve the appearance of your teeth, resulting in a more beautiful, natural looking smile!
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