Dental Services

Below are descriptions of some of our most common services.

Comprehensive Oral Examination

A comprehensive examination begins with a thorough health history. There are many health conditions that influence dental health and dental care. Many dental conditions can influence your health. Answers to your health history are important (click here to download the health history). It is important that you keep Dr. Wolff informed about changes in your health or medications. In addition to focusing on your health history we examine your mouth, head and neck for other conditions.

  • Oral cancer screening: Examination of the face, neck and entire oral cavity for any signs of oral cancer or pre-cancer. Including the soft tissues of the mouth and neck. We examine the salivary glands for shape, size and saliva flow. We palpate the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and surrounding muscles for tenderness deviation or signs of joint break down.
  • Examination of teeth for dental decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay and restorations are checked for functionality. read more...
  • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
  • Evaluation of dental radiographs (x-rays): Dr. Wolff and hygienists do not take radiographs on a fixed schedule but rather based on clinical conditions. Some patients require radiographs as infrequently as once every three years, others require more frequent and extensive radiographic series. These records are essential for detection of dental disease, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.
  • Evaluation of occlusion: Your occlusion is evaluated for function and esthetics. Not all teeth need to be perfect… they need to function well, not be likely to create problems and to satisfy your esthetic needs. Children are monitored for growth and development of their jaws and teeth and referred when necessary
  • Esthetic Dentistry

    If you do not like how your smile looks or what your teeth looks like…speak with Dr. Wolff. Don’t let discolored or chipped teeth to keep you from smiling. If you have spaces between teeth or shapes of teeth that prevent you from smiling…its time for a consult. Dr. Wolff has decades of experience in helping make people smile. Determining how to improve your Smile starts with a discussion of your concerns and then a careful smile analysis. We discuss the dental conditions, growth limitations and dental materials limitations that govern your smile potential. You receive a series of recommendations on how to best treat your esthetic concerns and the limitations different treatments available! Dr. Wolff has conducted research and written extensively on smile design, tooth whitening and edited two textbooks on esthetic dentistry (click here for articles and texts).

    There are NO cookie cutter solutions for YOUR esthetic need…its not what the Dentist thinks about your esthetics, its YOU think!

    Teeth Whitening

    If you have been living with a dark or stained smile, professional teeth whitening may help. It is important to identify and understand the reason for your tooth color. Not all conditions can be bleached and some patients, with grey teeth or sensitive teeth should not be whitened by bleach. Dr. Wolff has the research and clinical experience to determine appropriate cases for tooth whitening and to select products that deliver consistent beauty, lightening teeth. We offer in-office teeth whitening as well as take-home teeth whitening kits. We offer the best techniques to allow your brilliant smile emerge. Dr. Wolff frequently utilizes at-home teeth whitening. Custom bleaching trays and professional-strength whitening allow patients to achieve dazzling results. After 10 to 12 days of used, you will see a noticeable improvement in your smile. At-home whitening removes stains with minimal or no tooth sensitivity.

    Porcelain Veneers (Laminates)

    Porcelain Veneers (Laminates) are handcrafted pieces of porcelain that restore or develop esthetic contours for your teeth and are cemented to the teeth using composite (plastic) cements. They generally require some preparation of your teeth to establish natural contours and there must be aadequate tooth structure to use this treatment. Using this technique, we can turn your smile from lackluster to luminous. Porcelain veneers are constructed in the laboratory from fine dental porcelains. They resist stains, cover imperfections, alter tooth shape and help create a flawless appearance.

    The process requires:

  • Diagnostic evaluation and consultation (frequently with diagnostic wax ups and esthetic mock-ups)
  • Tooth preparations, impressions for use by the ceramist and temporization
  • Try-in, adjustment and customization of veneers and cementation
  • Tooth Colored (Composite) Restorations

    Tooth colored restorations (fillings) are often the best answer to restore the form, function and esthetics of a tooth. The tooth colored restorations are called composites because they are made of tooth colored micro filler particles and a resin that is hardened utilizing a bright blue light. This process is frequently referred to as bonding. It can also be used to change the shape of teeth. Chips, small gaps and cavities can be restored with. Often in one appointment, with composite bonding, Dr. Wolff can repair the imperfections and renew your smile.

    Composite restorations have their limitations. They may wear from chewing foods and clenching teeth faster than other materials. They may not properly re-establish tooth contours and tightly close contacts. There are other materials and techniques…Dr. Wolff will speak with you about these.

    Crowns (Caps)

    Frequently it is necessary to restore the shape, esthetics and function of a tooth by covering the whole tooth. Crowns are frequently utilized after a tooth has had extensive decay or extreme damage a tooth. A simple filling won’t restore the tooth to full function, so Dr. Wolff will likely recommend a crown.

    Crowns can be made of many materials and Dr. Wolff will discuss the rationale for use of each material: all metal (frequently gold), all ceramic (a variety of porcelain materials are available depending on esthetics and wear) and combinations of porcelain and metal. Each crown type, metal, all-ceramic and ceramo-metal, has benefits and limitations that need to be explained. The crowns are cemented on the remaining tooth structure. The crown usually completely covers the tooth area above the gum line. Our crowns are each hand designed and made in small custom American-based laboratories by individual craftsman.

    The process requires a minimum of two visits:
  • Diagnostic evaluation and consultation (frequently with diagnostic wax ups and esthetic mock-ups)
  • Tooth preparations, impressions for use by the ceramist and temporization
  • Try-in, adjustment and customization of crowns and cementation
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease

    Periodontal disease is a general term. It refers to a number of conditions, but it always inflammation of the gums and bone around teeth. It may lead to loss of the attachment of gums to the teeth or the loss of the bone that supports the teeth. The loss of attachment can be seen either as gum recession or deepening of the cuff of tissue around the tooth and tis is called developing pockets. What is a constant in all periodontal disease is inflammation. This is frequently recognized as a generalized or localized redness of the gums, frequently bleeding develops when the gums are touched, even while brushing and flossing! There are many causes of gum disease, some are under your control, some are not. The accumulation of plaque (soft debris accumulating on the gums) that cause the body to react to the irritation with a series of destructive reactions can be controlled by adequate brushing and flossing…we will teach you how to clean your teeth to prevent and control periodontal disease. read more...

    Tooth Replacement

    Frequently, patients are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. Most important is that not every missing tooth needs to be replaced! In consultation with Dr. Wolff, we will evaluate whether a missing tooth needs to be replaced using three criteria…does the missing tooth effect function (like chewing and eating), is the missing tooth likely to create a problem (like will adjacent teeth tip and move or will the empty space result in gum disease) or does the missing tooth provide an esthetic concern. If there is a reason for replacing the missing tooth (teeth) we will discuss how to best achieve the YOUR best outcome. In many cases there will be multiple ways to achieve a functional outcome…this is where your consultation with Dr. Wolff becomes most important. All tooth replacements will take many visits and require the efforts of both the dentist and the patient! read more...

    Tooth Extractions

    When tooth removal is necessary, we can perform simple and surgical extractions using local anesthesia. If you choose, we can also replace the missing teeth with dental implants. read more...

    Pedodontics

    We take pride in creating and maintaining beautiful and healthy smiles for our younger patients in an environment that is lighthearted and fun. We focus on establishing oral health habits that last a lifetime, with education and prevention as our primary tools.