Tooth Whitening (Bleaching): Everybody loves a bright white smile, and there are a variety of products and procedures available to help you improve the look of yours. Laser Tooth Whitening: Using a laser with a whitening gel, this is an in-office bleaching system. The translucent bleaching gel is applied to the teeth and a laser light is used to activate the crystals to absorb the energy from the light and penetrate the teeth enamel to increase the lightening effect on the teeth. Root Canal Therapy: Not so long ago, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, a special dental procedure "root canal therapy" may save the tooth. Teeth contain a pulp that provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth. This runs like a thread down through the root. And when diseased or injured, pulp tissue dies. If you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned out then sealed off to protect the inside of the tooth from further damage or infection. Finally the dentist places a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger. Usually, root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving 1-3 visits. Crowns & Bridges: For a great smile you may need crowns to restore a tooth to its normal shape and size. A crown also makes the tooth stronger and improves its appearance. And cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't enough tooth left. Or used to attach a bridge, protect a weak tooth from breaking, or restore one that's already broken. A crown is also a good way to cover discolored or badly shaped teeth and dental implants. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face as well as improving your bite by replacing missing teeth. Often referred to as a fixed partial denture, bridges replace missing teeth and look great. They are usually made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these and are bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge or denture that can be removed and cleaned, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under gum tissue.