Zoom Teeth Whitening
More and more people are choosing teeth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and staining from foods and/or tobacco usage. Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of the natural tooth enamel. It is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. Professional whitening performed by our practice is considered to be the most effective and safest method.
Dr. Stephen Miloser offers two types of whitening procedures at our dental offices in Pittsburgh:
OPTION 1 - ZOOM Teeth Whitening System
Our In-office whitening procedure uses the Zoom Advanced Power Chairside Lamp to accelerate the bleaching process. The lips and gums are covered, leaving the teeth exposed. The Zoom gel is then applied to the teeth for 15 minutes while the Zoom light is activated. The gel is applied for three 15-minute sessions.
OPTION 2 - TAKE HOME TRAYS
This option requires two appointments. During the first appointment, impressions are taken to fabricate the take-home trays. During the second appointment, trays are adjusted for a custom fit, and whitening solutions and instructions for use are explained in detail for optimum results.
It is important to remember that whitening may not be as effective for everyone. Dr. Miloser will perform a thorough examination and shade assessment as well as background medical history to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure.
Veneers, Crowns, Bridges and Dentures
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain cemented over teeth to change their color or shape. Porcelain veneers can mask undesirable defects caused by gaps, chipping, staining, injuries, discolored fillings, and root canals, to name a few. Veneers have a longer life and color stability than bonding.
During the tooth preparation visit, the teeth are lightly buffed to allow for the small added thickness of the veneer. Approximately half a millimeter of the tooth is removed, which may require a local anesthetic. An impression is taken and sent to our dental lab to fabricate the veneers.
During the final visit to one of our Pittsburgh dental offices, your teeth are cleaned with specific chemicals to achieve a bond between the tooth and the veneers. Using a special dental cement, the veneers are attached to your tooth.
A dental implant is a titanium post inserted into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth root. Once the implant has integrated with the bone, it can support a crown or bridge, or even secure a complete denture arch.
Dental implants eliminate the need for partial plates, traditional bridges, and dentures. Dental implants look, feel and function like natural teeth and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
Implants provide full chewing power, allowing you to eat the foods you like and need to maintain healthy, balanced nutrition. You can brush and floss as you normally would. The hygienists at Dr. Miloser's office will show you how to care for your implant during your routine oral maintenance at home.
The TMJ is the jaw joint located on both sides of the face in front of the ears. It serves as a hinge for the lower jaw. The chewing system is composed of the jawbone, joints, muscles, nerves and your teeth. If any of the components of the chewing system do not work in harmony, problems may appear. One of the most common causes of TMJ Disorder is the clenching or gnashing of the teeth. The problem is intensified when malocclusion (Faulty bite) exists.
The main symptoms of the TMJ Disorder are pain, clicking or popping sounds, limited jaw motion and deviation of the jaw during normal function. In addition to these symptoms, fullness in the ears or dental pain without any dental disease may be noted.
Dr. Stephen Miloser has been specifically studying and treating TMJ patients for more than 25 years; working with patients suffering from car accidents, chronic headaches, and malocclusion. He will evaluate your pain and work with you to determine the best treatment options for your specific condition. Your TMJ appointments will include advanced examinations, diagnostic testing, determination of your proper bite and a specific personalized treatment plan.
Periodontal disease is the number 1 reason for tooth loss. New research also shows there may be links between this disease and other diseases such as stroke, bacterial pneumonia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and increased risks during pregnancy. Smoking also increases the risk of periodontal disease.
The disease is usually painless in the early stages. Four out of five people have periodontal disease and don't even know it. Periodontal disease is characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. Periodontal disease attacks the gums and the bone that support the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria and saliva. When plaque is not removed it turns into tarter. Untreated, plaque and tarter will begin to destroy the gums and bone.
Vizilite Plus Oral Cancer Screening
When oral cancer is detected early, treatment can be successful 82% of the time. Because early detection is a key to survival, it is important to see your dentist regularly.
An annual screening exam called Vizilite Plus with TBlue used in conjunction with a routine head and neck examination performed by Dr. Miloser and his staff, can help to find abnormalities that could lead to cancer.
The Vizilite Plus exam is painless and can be performed in just a few minutes. First, our staff will examine your mouth and look for any abnormalities. Next, you will rinse with a solution that will help us conduct the Vizilite exam. The third step involves using the Vizilite to examine your mouth. If a suspicious lesion is detected, it will be marked with a blue dye. At that point, Dr. Miloser and his staff will use their expertise and may ask you to come back in a few weeks to follow up, or may refer you to an oral surgeon for a biopsy.
COMPOSITE (TOOTH COLORED) FILLINGS:
There are many types of filling material available. You and Dr. Miloser can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings are the most widely used. Composite fillings are tooth colored; therefore, they can be matched to the color of your teeth. They are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth and the more visible areas of your mouth. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, although this will subside after your tooth acclimates. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may need to be replaced in the future.
Silent Nite Snore Guard
Millions of people are affected by snoring. Snoring doesn’t merely interrupt your sleep cycle; the struggle for breath can result in soaring blood pressure which can lead to stroke. At certain levels of severity, complete blockage of the airway space by the soft tissues and the tongue can occur. If this period of asphyxiation lasts longer than 10 seconds, it is called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a medical condition with serious long-term side effects.
During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in snoring.
Silent Nite is a custom-fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Special Slide-Link connectors are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower forms. The forms are custom laminated with heat and pressure to Dr. Miloser’s model of your mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing.
SureSmile® Clear Aligners
Your journey to a healthy, beautiful smile.
If you are considering clear aligners, we know that you want to be confident that you will achieve the results you want, in the time you expect, without aligners interfering with your daily routine.
The SureSmile® Digital Lab works with doctor Miloser to understand your desired outcomes and create a customized treatment plan to make sure you get the results you want in the time you expect.