At DentalWorks Burlington, you’ll find gentle, understanding dentists and hygienists committed to helping you look and feel better. And we’re working hard to make it easy to keep your family healthy. To clean your teeth. Straighten your smiles. And do it in a way that fits best with your schedule and life.
We’re the dentist you can trust for the life of your smiles. Because whether you know it or not, we already consider your family, part of ours.
Enjoying a hygienic dental routine is critical at every stage of life, extending from a person's childhood years to the mature years. DentalWorks performs several comprehensive family dentistry techniques to allow you and your household to see the advantages of great oral wellness at any age. When your family members require pediatric dental care, restorative solutions, cosmetic oral procedures, or later-life care, our facility delivers efficient services that you can count on.
Family Dental Care
Our office helps patients of during all stages of life to get and keep their best oral health, including infants, children, teens, adults, pregnant women, and adults over age 55. Our office offers a wide range of dental services to help every member of the family. Some of our services include:
Preventative care: annual exams and bi-annual cleanings, sealants, fluoride treatments, proper home oral care routine and techniques, tooth-colored fillings
Cosmetic procedures: teeth straightening for teens and adults, whitening treatments, veneers, minor cosmetic adjustments
Restorative procedures: replace a missing tooth with a crown or missing teeth with a bridge or dentures, dental implants may be added for a longer lasting, more secure fit
Special areas: custom mouth guards for protection during sports and physical activity, mouth guards for night to stop teeth grinding and jaw clenching, treatments for gum disease, dental emergencies
Even with a perfect home oral care routine, including flossing and brushing, plaque and tartar can still build up on the teeth and lead to bacterial infections, cavities, discoloration, and other problems. To ensure your teeth remain healthy and clean, everyone should have a professional dental cleaning (also known as prophylaxis or scale and polish) at least twice a year at the dentist. During a dental cleaning, the dentist will use professional tools, including ultrasonic instruments and hand tools to carefully remove the plaque and tartar that have built up on the dental enamel. Once the teeth are smooth, the dentist will polish the enamel, plus any fillings and dental work to remove stains and keep the teeth healthy. Dental exams are usually performed after the teeth have been professionally cleaned and in younger patients and those at a higher risk of tooth decay, a fluoride treatment may be included to strengthen the enamel. Regular dental cleanings are essential to a clean, healthy mouth by preventing disease and oral health concerns.
There are children and adults who don’t have good oral care routines and this can lead to tooth decay and cavities. To help developing or weakened teeth, professional fluoride treatments may be given at the dentist’s office to strengthen and remineralize the dental enamel. Fluoride is a natural element that is added to tap water and most toothpastes to help our teeth, but a professional fluoride treatment uses safe, but effective concentrations to protect the teeth against decay. Fluoride treatments can be given in different forms (gel, foam, varnish) with two different types of fluoride (neutral sodium fluoride for patients who have dry mouth and dental restorations or acidulated phosphate fluoride) in a variety of flavors to give you a healthier smile.
One of the most important reasons to schedule an annual dental exam is so your dentist can catch problems, like dental cavities and tooth decay in their early stages. Tooth-colored fillings (also known as composite resin) can fill and seal and area of the tooth that has been infected with a cavity. Tooth-colored fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth, as well as teeth that have become worn our from nail-biting, teeth grinding, and misuse. Unlike older metal fillings (amalgams), tooth-colored fillings are made from a composite resin that can be colored to match the patient’ natural teeth for fillings that maintain the appearance of the smile. A filling is a quick, easy in office procedure and with proper care, a tooth-colored filling can last and protect your teeth for about ten years.
Since toothbrushes can’t always get every nook and cranny, especially in the back of the mouth, dental sealants are an easy and effective way to increase your protection against bacteria and cavities. Made with a thin, flexible plastic material, sealants are applied to the occlusal (chewing) surface of the back teeth, from the molars to premolars. Once in place, the sealants seal out plaque, tartar, food particles, and bacteria. While you won’t be able to see or feel your new sealants, your teeth will be cleaner and safer from tooth decay, cavities, and other oral health concerns, which will can mean better results at your next dental exam.
A custom-fitted mouth guard can be used during the day for sports protection or TMJ pain relief and at night for sleep disorders or teeth grinding.
Night guards can be custom made at a dental office for patients who grind their teeth or clench their jaw for relief from pain and dental problems.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions
The last pair of teeth frequently emerge during the late teen are called wisdom teeth. Located in the rear areas of both arches, wisdom teethalso referred to as the third molars typically lack sufficient room to effectively grow in, are troublesome to keep bacteria-free, and may require extraction to safeguard general oral health. Wisdom teeth can be impacted (trapped under the gum tissues or jaw), misaligned, or not able to emerge as they should, causing a host of dental problems. DentalWorks Dentists conducts wisdom teeth extractions for US individuals to increase dental health and safeguard against an uneven bite and decay. If you or a member of your family has problematic or impacted wisdom teeth, call for a checkup at DentalWorks to find out about your many options.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is a colorless, odorless gas administered to patients during procedures to eliminate discomfort.
Oral-conscious sedation is given to patients as a pill before a dental procedure to help them remain comfortable.
Cosmetic dentistry will revitalize your smile and cover aesthetic flaws. To hear more about our elective dental treatments, arrange a consultation today!
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.
Porcelain veneers can restore a beautiful smile by covering certain concerns, such as cracks, stains, chips, small gaps, and other issues. Thin, customized covers that fit over the front surface of the patient’s teeth, dental veneers create a natural, good-looking smile. Porcelain veneers are sturdy, but still thin enough to be translucent, which helps the porcelain veneers to blend with the normal appearance of the teeth. Getting dental veneers created by our dentists at DentalWorks is a efficient, easy way to cover several physical flaws and make a restored, radiant smile.
Home Whitening – Home tooth whitening kits from the dentist include high-quality teeth trays and professional bleach for fast results.
Zoom! Laser Teeth Whitening – Zoom! laser teeth whitening is an in-office treatment to erase stains on the enamel for a brighter, whiter smile.
Laser Teeth Whitening – Laser tooth whitening is an in-office procedure to effectively remove enamel stains for a whiter teeth and smile.
A beautiful, confident smile can improve the way anyone looks and feels. By combining restorative and cosmetic dental procedures, a smile makeover can fix and revitalize the teeth and gums to create the person’s best smile. Our dentists will customize a smile makeover procedure plan that can treat cracks and chips, straighten the teeth, sculpt the gums, and make the teeth stronger and healthier. Based on the person’s specific needs and goals, a smile makeover at DentalWorks by our dentists can include professional teeth whitening, dental implants, dental veneers, tooth-colored fillings, bonding, contouring, teeth straightening, laser gum sculpting, and more procedures.
Dental Bonding and Contouring
For some cosmetic issues, such as discoloration and chipped teeth, dental bonding and contouring at DentalWorks offers a more vibrant and appealing smile. Fixing the teeth with dental bonding is one of the fastest cosmetic dental procedures at DentalWorks by our dentists that places a resin solution to seal subtle aesthetic irregularities. The resin substance is a natural-appearing match to the real teeth so it looks invisible. This cosmetic procedure is also used to create a tooth appearance that looks longer. This aesthetic procedure closes in small gaps between the teeth and recontours the edges for a straight and natural look creating a high-quality smile.
For high-quality, custom-made porcelain veneers that have been manufactured to last up to two decades, our dentists offer Lumineers by Den Mat Lab at DentalWorks. Certified Lumineers by our dentists can improve stained and unsightly teeth, cracked teeth, spacing and gaps, straighten the teeth, reshape, and restore old dental work in two easy visits. Lumineers are ultra-thin compared to other veneer options and more translucent for a more natural appearance. Lumineers also require less preparation (no shots, forceful enamel scraping, and temporary veneers). Lumineers are only available from Certified Lumineers Dentists, like our dentists, and produced from the superior materials at the DenMat Lab to give every patient a comfortable fit that looks natural.
No matter how careful a person is about their oral health, stains on the dental enamel develop over time from food, drinks, and tobacco, which makes the teeth seem darker and older. For an improvement to their appearance and self-esteem, a lot of patients use Opalescence tooth whitening to efficiently remove stains from their enamel and whiten their teeth several shades. Opalescence offers several options to help each patient with their individual needs and goals. Patients can pick with help from our dentists between home Opalescence teeth whitening kits and in-office whitening treatments at DentalWorks. Every Opalescence whitening system uses potassium nitrate and fluoride (PF) to strengthen the enamel while whitening for stronger, healthier teeth.
Patients may lose teeth due to Oral diseases, decay, or trauma may cause you to lose several or all of your teeth, but custom-made full or partial dentures allow to restore the appearance and function of their teeth.
Removable dentures replace some or all of the teeth to keep the proper shape of their mouth and teeth and help you eat and speak properly. Partial dentures replace several missing teeth while your healthy teeth remain, but complete dentures replace all of the teeth on the upper and/or lower arches, but some of the patient’s natural teeth remain. Removable dentures can be taken out as needed for cleaning or other reasons, unlike implant dentures that are anchored into the jawbone. For the most natural look, all dentures are custom made at a dental laboratory with high quality materials that are designed to look and feel natural.
A bridge fills in a gap in the teeth with a false tooth that is held securely in place by attaching the false tooth (pontic) to a crown that is placed over a natural tooth. There are three main options for bridges depending on the patient’s needs: a traditional bridges are a false tooth surrounds the pontic (false tooth) on each side by a crown over natural teeth; a cantilever bridge surrounds the false tooth surrounded on one side by at least one attached crown; and a Maryland bridges or resin-bonded bridge supports the false tooth by wings or framework bonded to the surrounding natural teeth.
To repair and protect broken teeth, deep discoloration, significant decay, and other problems, dental crowns cover the entire tooth. Crowns (sometimes called caps) are strong, durable covers that fit snugly over the visible portion of the tooth in cases where a cavity is too large to be filled or if the tooth is broken and needs protection. Crowns can also be used to mask a discolored tooth or add stability to a dental bridge. Crowns can be metal, porcelain, or ceramic, depending on the location of the crown. The back teeth usually benefit from the extra strength of metal, while visible teeth look better with porcelain or ceramic that are colored to match the natural teeth.
Certain dental issues (like a toothache, cracked tooth, jaw pain, and more) require fast relief. When these dental emergencies occur, patients are encouraged to call their DentalWorks dentists for help and guidance. Our dentists will answer all questions about the patient’s dental situation and talk about short-term relief and long-term treatment options. During regular office hours, the patient is usually able to come in to the office for treatment, but for problems that occur after office hours, the dentist will be contacted and given the patient’s information to help the patient decide the best course of action. Patients can also schedule appointments 24/7 online for problems that don’t need immediate relief.
Orthodontic braces for youths and adults are personalized based on the patient's needs and concerns. The length of treatment will depend on the severity of the case, but younger patients generally take less time and the patient will often avoid other mouth troubles.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.
Traditional orthodontics are one of the most effective techniques to straighten teeth and avoid oral health troubles that can be caused by teeth that are out of alignment. Braces can help all patients get their teeth, jaw, and lips in proper alignment to avoid tooth decay, chronic pain, gum disease, trouble chewing, speech problems, and more. Braces can also amend teeth that are crowded, protruding, or irregularly spaced, as well as crossbites, overbites, underbites, and jaw pain. While orthodontic braces are often associated with children and teens, orthodontic braces by our dentists at DentalWorks can help patients of all ages get a healthier, more attractive smile.
While some people have teeth that are naturally straight enough to skip traditional braces when they are children, they may want to perfect the alignment of their teeth. With advanced dental technology, Invisalign uses a series of custom-made clear plastic aligners to gently and gradually shift the teeth into alignment. The almost invisible plastic aligners fit snugly over the teeth to adjust the teeth throughout the day, but they can still be removed for eating, teeth cleaning, and sleeping, so patients don’t have to worry about special tools to floss around their braces or getting food debris stuck in their brackets. Invisalign is customized for each patient and can quickly improve nice teeth into a dazzling smile.
Clear Teeth Aligners
Quite a few individuals did not require or weren’t able to have braces in their youth, but they now have some spacing or crowding problems that do not allow them to have a straight, beautiful smile. Clear teeth straightening trays are tight-fitting covers for the teeth created with see-through acrylic, and sometimes plastic material that delicately moves teeth into a straighter look. Using various sets of aligners over a specified course of time, clear teeth aligners are able to transform moderately crowded teeth and spacing issues for straighter, healthier teeth. Clear aligners are often preferred by adults over traditional orthodontics since they are unnoticeable and can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Our dentists at DentalWorks discuss teeth straightening alternatives, including clear teeth aligners during regular appointments.
Gum disease is primarily distinguished by three progressive phases. The first stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, followed by periodontitis. The final and most serious level of the condition is known as advanced periodontitis.
Thankfully, our Dentists perform many state-of-the-art options to address gum disease, regardless of its severity. Reach out to our facility to schedule your biannual routine assessment and find out about your solutions to stop gum disease.
People who might require treatment for gum disease those who have even minimal gum tissue inflammation and bleeding anyone who has loose teeth and significant deterioration to the neighboring oral tissues. In cases where gum disease is discovered and addressed early, individuals have increased potential to mitigate the condition’s harmful symptoms. A lot of individuals have bleeding gums or puffiness, which could be considered ordinary. Nevertheless, bleeding and various other symptoms of gum disease are never typical and must be looked at immediately by or someone on their team.
Laser Gum Sculpting
Laser gum sculpting, also known as periodontal plastic surgery or gum contouring, removes excess gum tissue that can make the teeth appear disproportionately small and create a “gummy smile.” Not only is a low gum line unattractive, it can also increase the patient’s risk of gum disease and infections. Our office offers laser gum sculpting by the dentist. In some cases, periodontal plastic surgery may be medically necessary, but most patients have the procedure for cosmetic reasons. After gum contouring , the smile will be more attractive and healthy.
Scaling and Root Planing
During a regular dental exam, if a patient’s gum pockets (also known as sulcus, the V-shaped grooves between the tooth and gums) are deeper than 3 millimeters, a scaling and root planning treatment is usually recommended. Scaling and root planing removes plaque and tartar below the gumline and then smoothes the enamel of the tooth to prevent future build up. To help patients who have or are developing gum disease, our periodontists offer nonsurgical gum disease treatment, scaling and root planing. An SRP treatment can improve inflamed, bleeding gums and prevent other dental problems, like tooth loss and bacterial infections.
In the past, there weren’t many attractive options when it came to replacing missing teeth, but now, thanks to modern dentistry, dental implants can not only return a beautiful, healthy smile, but restore the patient’s oral health as well. Tooth implants are small titanium posts placed in the bone socket of the missing tooth or teeth. Once the jawbone heals, it will grow around the implant, securing it into the jaw. This sets the foundation for the new tooth or teeth to be set. Tooth implants are durable, safe, effective, and easy to care for.
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In certain instances, a tooth may be so damaged or failing beyond repair that the tooth must be extracted. The tooth could be causing extreme pain, discomfort, or infection. If any of these situations arise, an exam from the dentist will determine if a tooth extraction is the best option and that the entire tooth will be removed from the jawbones. A general dentist can perform one of two types of extractions: simple or surgical. Simple extraction is a quick process to remove a tooth that’s visible in the mouth and surgical is for teeth that aren’t visible yet, such as the wisdom teeth.
Root Canal Therapy
When the soft inner section of the tooth, known as the pulp, becomes infected, the entire tooth begins to die. A root canal treatment removes the pulp from the tooth to stop the infection from continuing and spreading to the other teeth. The root canal will also relieve the patient’s pain and allow proper healing. Once the pulp is removed, the dentist will need to use a filling material inside the tooth or place a crown over the tooth to protect it from damage and future infections. A root canal will also stop the bacteria from entering the blood and infecting other parts of the body. Patients with heart problems, including congenital defects and artificial heart valves, are at higher risk of developing an infection and should take antibiotics before and after their root canal treatment.
Dr. Sae Kim earned his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 2003. In 2010, he earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Dr. Kim has also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Captain and General Dentist. While in the Army, Dr. Kim served as a DENTAC infection and Quality Control Officer at Ft. Jackson. Much of Dr. Kim’s time is spent as a dental humanitarian, actively involved in providing free dental care for refugees and the under-served. He’s a member of the North Carolina Dental Society, the American Dental Society, and the General Dentistry Study Club.
From a simple fix or complex shifts, invisalign clear aligners can straighten out your smile. Clear aligners are easy to wear, nearly invisible, and are more comfortable than traditional braces. Schedule a free consultation today to see if Invisalign treatment is your best fit.
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