General Dentistry

Dental Technology

Tooth Colored Restorations (Mercury Free Fillings)

We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings from years past in their mouths. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure.

Porcelain onlays and composite resins create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are esthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.

Same Day Crowns/Onlays (Cerec)

What is Cerec?
CEREC is a high-tech instrument that helps Dr. Alayan restore damaged teeth. The new “what you see is what you get” software makes designing the perfect restoration fun and easy.

In the virtual world of CEREC, Dr. Alayan views, manipulates and verifies all aspects of restoration (crown/onlay) design for accuracy and assurance of an ideal fit. The material block is then placed in the milling chamber. Minutes later, milling is complete and the restoration (crown/onlay) is ready to place!

What Are the Advantages CEREC Offers?

  • The dentist performs the restoration (crown/onlay) in a single session, usually in less than one hour
  • No need for the dentist to make an impression and send it to a lab
  • No return visits for the patient
  • The restoration is natural looking, as it is made out of tooth-colored ceramic material
  • Ceramic material is biocompatible, high-grade, anti-abrasive and plaque-resistant
  • Metal-free – no silver-colored fillings
  • Allows dentist to save more of the healthy tooth
  • Extremely precise

If you’re interested in the world-class porcelain dental crowns and/or onlays placed in Dr. Houtan Alayan’s office, please schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Alayan, through our treatment coordinator.

Dental Assistants

Root Canal Therapy

Endodontic treatment, also known as root canal therapy, is necessary when a tooth pulp (nerve) becomes inflamed or infected. The word “endo” is the Greek word for “inside” and “odont” is the word for “tooth”. Hence, endodontic treatment cares for the inside of a tooth.

There are many causes for a tooth pulp to become inflamed or infected. Deep decay, repeated dental procedures, a crack, chip, or a blow to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if there is no visible damage. Signs of pulp damage include pain, prolonged sensitivity to heat or cold, discoloration of the tooth and swelling. Sometimes there are NO symptoms at all.

Our office performs a thorough examination to ensure root canal therapy is truly needed. Digital radiographs (x-rays) are taken of the tooth and displayed on our treatment room computer monitors. Next, a detailed dental interview is completed including any symptoms present currently and in the past, the onset of symptoms, medications taken, etc.

To perform a root canal, achievement of profound anesthesia is our goal so you are comfortable. Dr. Alayan removes the inflamed or infected pulp (the source of the pain), carefully cleans and shapes the inside of the tooth, then fills and seals the space. Since Dr Alayan has been performing same day crowns utilizing Cerec technology since 2005, you will receive your crown THE SAME DAY, saving you time and money. Most teeth can be endodontically treated, and most endodontically treated teeth last as long as other natural teeth. When endodontic treatment is not effective, endodontic surgery may be able to save the tooth or implants may be another excellent option.

For additional information, please visit AAE (American Acadamy of Endodontists)