Preventive and Diagnostic
A dental cleaning helps maintain your oral health, keeps your breath fresh, and brightens your smile. Dr. Berkal integrates the latest technologies into cleaning visits to offer the highest level of comfort and care to her patients. A Velscope oral cancer screening exam is performed once a year as part of your cleaning visit. The health of your mouth determines the type of dental cleaning you will need.
For healthy gums, a prophylaxis is performed. If we determine gum infection is present, a scaling and root planing is prescribed
Prophylaxis: This type of cleaning is traditionally done every six months to maintain healthy gums. We comfortably clean plaque and tartar off your teeth and from under your gums using ultrasonic and hand instruments.
Scaling and Root Planing: This cleaning is done when a patient has severe gingivitis and/or periodontal disease. Plaque and tartar are removed from teeth, under the gums, and along root surfaces. Reducing bacteria and decreasing inflammation are important aspects of this procedure. Again, both ultrasonic and hand instruments are used to optimize patient comfort.
Occlusal guards offer a variety of benefits to patients that wear them. They protect the enamel on the biting surfaces of teeth as well as decrease the forces of clenching and grinding. An imbalance in the way teeth fit together and the improper position of the jaw can affect people in different ways. Some people get muscle pain and headaches.Others wear down, crack, or loosen their teeth. In extreme instances, some people actually damage the jaw itself.
If you have facial pain or any signs of damage on your teeth, Dr. Berkal can make a custom fitted guard for you. It can relieve your symptoms without use of medication, and help protect your teeth.
Occlusal guards offer a variety of benefits to patients that wear them. They protect the enamel on the biting surfaces of teeth, as well as decrease the forces of clenching and grinding. An imbalance in the way teeth fit together and the improper position of the jaw can affect people in different ways. Some people get muscle pain and headaches. Others wear down, crack, or loosen their teeth. In extreme instances, some people actually damage the jaw itself. The protection of wearing a guard can help prevent worsening of Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction.
CEREC crowns are strong, natural looking restorations that can be made in one day. Often times, we can preserve more of your healthy tooth structure. You get the best possible treatment and a great looking smile.
Before and After Full Mouth Crown Restoration
Before and After Fixed Bridge Implant
A missing tooth can affect what you eat, how you speak, how your teeth come together, and most importantly, your confidence.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, and sometimes all missing teeth. Dr. Berkal works with specialists who place the implant that serves as the root of your tooth. After this has healed, Dr. Berkal replaces the missing tooth that completes your smile.
Implant crowns made by Dr. Berkal look like your natural teeth and are extremely durable. Implants are the most comfortable and permanent solution for missing teeth. They keep the jaw healthy and strong, allow you to enjoy the foods you love, speak normally, and smile with confidence.
A partial denture provides replacement teeth for patients who still have some remaining teeth.
Laser whitening: This is the fastest way to whiten your teeth and is a great option if you want an instant result for an upcoming event or occasion. It is done in the office in about an hour. Dr. Berkal’s EPIC laser treatment lightens yellowed or discolored teeth.
Home whitening: Our patients love this option because it is extremely effective and allows you to control how bright you make your smile.We fabricate custom trays that precisely fit your teeth. They are extremely comfortable and allow you to whiten at your convenience in the comfort of your own home. Dr. Berkal has chosen a system which has a built-in desensitizer for optimal patient comfort.
Clear Correct is an orthodontic alternative to braces designed to straighten crooked teeth, using a series of custom aligners. This treatment slowly straightens teeth through a series of custom aligners, or plastic trays, that are prescribed based on each patient’s needs. Clear Correct aligners are worn continuously during treatment, except when eating, drinking, or teeth cleaning. Having straighter teeth can correct your bite, improve your gum health, and give you a gorgeous smile.
Dr. Berkal will discuss options and work with you to create a plan for your smile. Once this is determined, veneers are typically completed in two visits. It is nearly impossible to tell the difference between a veneer and a natural tooth because they are custom made for each patient. They are strongly bonded to your tooth so you have a beautiful, natural looking tooth for a very long time.
Before and After Crown Placement
The Tempo Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jaw to your skull. A disorder of the joint may cause pain, popping, clicking noises, difficulty chewing, or even locking of the jaw. Treatments are available to help you function comfortably. Dr. Berkal also offers laser pain therapy treatments which help minimize discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.
The DNA system is a program designed to help people with snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea. The DNA appliance is comfortable, practical, and painless. The treatment does not require drugs, injections, surgeries, or the use of a CPAP machine. It often straightens teeth as it widens the airway.
The Full Breath Solution Appliance dramatically reduces snoring without risk of jaw problems. It lowers your tongue without moving the jaw, which opens the airway. Low pressure oxygen can be delivered through the Full Breath Solution appliance, which can dramatically improve health.
The connection between oral health and overall health is significant. Dr. Berkal is committed to supporting our patient’s overall well-being. She has completed training and certification and can expertly provide this unique service to patients suffering from nightly obstruction of their airway.
Lasers in dentistry allow many dental procedures to be done much more comfortably.
Dr. Berkal uses WaterLase which is extremely versatile and can be used for a wide range of procedures. The benefits to our patients are tremendous. Lasers reduce damage to surrounding tissues and minimize trauma. Lasers conserve more of your tooth structure, helping you to maintain your natural teeth longer!
Our office utilizes diode laser technology for TMJ discomfort, whitening, and Laser Bacterial Reduction. Laser Bacterial Reduction treatment is used in conjunction with dental hygiene cleaning and after deep cleanings for bacterial decontamination below the gum line.
Our WaterLase is a Er;Cr:YSGG laser. It can be used to remove hard structure, such as tooth or bone, and soft tissue. Soft tissue removed with the WaterLase is less likely to require sutures, has minimal bleeding at the site of treatment, heals faster than traditional surgery, and requires less need for pain medication. WaterLase does not generate heat, vibration or pressure therefore, many dental procedures can be performed comfortably with less anesthesia.
Procedures that can be performed with WaterLase:
Periodontal Surgery: Gingivectomy, Crown Lengthening
REPaiR- Treatment for Gum Disease
Before and After Crown Placement