New Wave Dental Smiles is a family and cosmetic dentistry practice located in Burien, WA. We proudly offer children, teenagers and adults a wide range of dental treatments and procedures to help them achieve and maintain healthy, functional and beautiful smiles. Our dental team is committed to treating our patients as we do our own families, with respect and care for their overall being.
We offer a wide range of dental services from preventative and restorative work to the very latest and most advanced techniques in cosmetic dentistry and sedation technology. Below is an overview of the many dental services we offer at New Wave Dental Smiles.
Preventative Dental Care
By definition, routine preventative dental care helps you avoid undesirable conditions. By seeing your dentist for preventative care, you are minimizing your chances of having a painful dental emergency. Preventive dentistry is the first line of defense in preventing tooth decay and oral anomalies. Studies have shown that poor oral health can lead to other serious health concerns, including heart disease. Routine care includes cleanings, x-rays, exams, and fluoride.
- Dental Cleanings
Most people are familiar with what a dental cleaning is and it’s a procedure many people don’t look forward to having done. However, you have to admit that it feels good leaving your dentist’s office with teeth that feel nice and smooth, and which are squeaky clean! Recent research shows a systemic link between infections of the mouth with serious conditions elsewhere in the body such as heart disease, kidney failure and liver disease.These links make it evident that dental cleanings are important for more than your oral health as they are important for your overall health as well. A standard dental cleaning consists of scaling and polishing your teeth. Oral hygiene instructions may be given, and will be tailored to your dental needs. We can also use a cavitron to clean teeth which is an ultrasonic instrument that uses water to aid in the removal of tartar, plaque, and staining. A cavitron may be used for mouths with difficult to remove tartar and/or for those who have gone a long time between dental cleanings.
- Dental Examination
Regular dental examinations are vital for good health. During your exam the doctor will evaluate for infection, tooth decay, cysts, impacted teeth, bone loss and tumors. X-rays (radiographs) are the primary tool used to evaluate the condition of your teeth and bone. Digital X-rays are instant and reduce the amount of radiation you would receive from a film x-ray by 90%.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral that is known to strengthen the enamel on the tooth’s surface. By strengthening the enamel, the risk of tooth decay is decreased.
- Night Guards
A night guard is a removable appliance used to reduce the effects of clenching and grinding teeth. Night guards are custom made to fit your teeth and should be worn nightly. Wearing a night guard can protect teeth and restorations from breaking and can reduce TMJ. Night guards also prevent damage to patients with periodontal disease.
Restorative dentistry’s goal is to restore your teeth and oral tissues to their optimum health and function. It is always preferred to save a tooth rather than extract it.
- Composite Fillings
Composite (white) fillings adhere to teeth and are used to repair teeth that are chipped, broken or decayed. Composite fillings can also be used on molars where the decay and/or damage is minimal. Composite fillings look more natural than amalgam (silver) fillings. It usually takes longer to use composite material because the tooth’s surface must remain dry for proper adhesion. Composite fillings are made from a resin-based material, with the shade adjusted to match the shade of the patient’s surrounding teeth
- Crowns and Bridges
A crown (commonly called a “cap”) completely covers a compromised tooth above the gum line to protect it. Common reasons a crown may be needed are large amounts of decay or new decay surrounding an existing filling and/or fractured teeth. Crowns can look and feel exactly like a natural tooth, with the color and shape matched to your surrounding teeth.Bridges are similar to crowns but with the addition of artificial teeth to replace missing teeth. Bridges also serve to maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviate the stress in your bite from missing teeth.If you are in need of a crown, Dr. Bajwa will make suggestions regarding what material to use for the fabrication of your crown. Crowns can be made of:
- PFM (or PFC) Porcelain-fused-[to] metal: Metal under the porcelain creates strength and the porcelain provides aesthetics.
- Gold: Made of gold these crowns are very strong, but are not aesthetically pleasing. Crowns made of gold are typically used on molars that do not show in a person’s smile.
- Porcelain: The no metal alternative.These crowns have been revolutionized and now provide strength and aesthetics. Zenostar and E-max crowns are among the selection.
- Root Canals
A root canal is the removal of inflamed or diseased nerves. The dentist will open your tooth to reveal the nerve inside and remove it with precision. There are many reasons you may need a root canal such as deep decay, infection or cracked or traumatized teeth. After a root canal, a crown will be required to protect the remaining tooth structure.
- Dental Implants
Implants are the new standard of care for replacing missing teeth. An implant can replace an individual tooth or be used to stabilize dentures and large bridges. Although undergoing a root canal is an involved procedure, it is the ideal method for replacing missing teeth. Dr. Bajwa is able to place many implants right in our office. A CT-scan may be necessary to reveal the entire truth of your mouth. The scan will show important things a standard dental x-ray cannot show such as nerve and sinus locations. After the CT-scan has been evaluated, the implant will be placed. After implant placement there will be a 6-month waiting period before the implant crown is fabricated and seated.
A denture (often referred to as a “plate”) is a removable appliance designed to replace your missing teeth. Regardless of how you lost your teeth, a denture is beneficial for your overall health and well-being. Dentures make it easier to chew and talk. When you are missing teeth your facial muscles can sag and make you look older. Dentures fill in your face and can improve your profile.Types of Dentures
- Conventional Denture: Created for you after all of your teeth have been removed and your tissue has healed. Creating a good denture takes about a month and may require several adjustments after it has been given to you.
- Immediate Denture: When going without teeth is not an option, an immediate denture can be created. These dentures will be placed immediately following the removal of your teeth. Because an immediate denture will typically not fit as well as it was when first placed due to changes in the tissues and jaw once the healing process has taken place, the denture may need to be refitted or replaced.
- Implant Retained Denture: The new standard of care for entire arch replacement; 2-4 implants will be placed and the denture will “snap” into place. The use of implants eliminates the need for denture adhesives. Implants also make it noticeably easier to chew food because the denture fits more securely.
- Partial Denture: Partial dentures (“partial plate”) can be created when you have viable teeth you do not wish to lose, but are missing many other teeth. Partial dentures can be used for the upper and lower jaw. Complete tissue healing is needed to ensure proper fit.
New dentures can be uncomfortable to wear wherein they may need to be readjusted. Even patients who have previously worn dentures, will need their new dentures readjusted.
An extraction is synonymous with tooth removal. Teeth are usually removed because of disease, crowding or trauma. It is important to follow the directions we provide you with after having a tooth extracted. Once you’ve had a tooth removed, you should refrain from smoking or drinking with a straw. You should also follow the post-extraction diet we recommend.. There will be a one week follow-up appointment after an extraction. We refer wisdom teeth extractions to an oral surgeon.
Cosmetic dentistry is designed to make each patient’s dream of the “perfect smile” come true. We respect that everyone has their own idea of that means, so we work together with our patients to make that dream come true.
- Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are the painless, permanent cosmetic solution for stained, chipped, discolored or misaligned teeth, and the results are dramatic. There is no need to remove existing tooth structure, as is the case with crowns, and usually no anesthetic is required.
Dr. Bajwa is a certified Invisalign provider. Invisalign is a clear “braces” system that is custom-made to fit with no metal bands or wires, and it’s convenient and easy to use. Invisalign truly is almost invisible and usually re-positions your teeth in less time than conventional braces. The other clear advantage over conventional braces is that the patient can remove the Invisalign retainer briefly for the occasional special event.
- Whitening and Bleaching
Over time, teeth tend to become discolored or stained. Whether discoloration is from smoking, coffee, or other foods, a whiter smile is attainable. We offer multiple solutions for achieving that perfect smile.Bleaching can only be done on natural teeth and the degree of whitening is case-specific. Not all teeth bleach equally. There are different natural variations in tooth color and they do not bleach the same. Yellow hued teeth bleach better than grey hued teeth.
- Take-Home Whitening
Custom-made trays are fabricated in our office. Upon completion, the patient will receive the trays along with the bleach kit. The bleaching process consists of dispensing the bleach into each tray (upper and lower) and inserting the trays into the mouth, wherein they’re worn for a set number of hours. Since the trays are made precisely to fit each patient’s teeth, the bleaching is very effective and uniform. A noticeable improvement is seen within a few days of usage.
- Zoom Whitening
“Zoom!” is an in-office teeth-whitening procedure. A whitening gel is applied to the teeth. Then a specially designed light is used to gently break down and remove the stains and discoloration from your teeth. During this procedure, the gel will be applied multiple times, and the surrounding tissue and your lips will be covered for your protection. The procedure also includes custom fitted trays to take home for “touching up” your teeth when you feel it’s necessary. On average, patients can see a difference of 8 shades lighter!
- Take-Home Whitening
Sedation dentistry addresses the needs of the apprehensive patient, with various methods of sedation offered.
- Conscious Sedation
For apprehensive patients, premedication can be prescribed to relieve anxiety and fear. Each patient’s medical history and particular needs and concerns are addressed at their initial examination to determine the application of this option.Typically the patient takes the prescribed medication the night before their scheduled appointment; followed by another dosage one hour prior to their appointment time. It will be necessary that the patient has arranged for transportation to and from our office, because the patient will not be able to drive while taking this medication.
This is a service we offer that is performed by our hygienist. Periodontal maintenance is a variation of a routine cleaning appointment. The patient has been diagnosed with periodontitis (see below) and some form of periodontal therapy has been performed such as deep cleanings or gum grafting. It is typically recommended that a patient with periodontitis sees a dental hygienist every 3-4 months.
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of bacteria in your mouth. It begins as gingivitis but if not cared for promptly and correctly can become the much more serious periodontal disease.
This form of gum disease is not defined with any bone loss or tissue detachment. The gum tissue is red and puffy, but can be treated and usually reversed with daily flossing and brushing.
Periodontal Disease “Periodontitis”
If gingivitis goes untreated it will lead to periodontal disease aka periodontitis. Periodontal disease does include the detachment of tissue and bone loss. You will hear us refer to the spaces between the teeth and bone as “pockets.” If you see a dentist regularly, these pockets should be measured once a year during one of your regular check-up and cleaning appointments.
Signs of periodontitis include but are not limited to: red and puffy gum tissue, bleeding gums, chronic bad breath, loose teeth, painful chewing, and receding gum lines.
If you think you have periodontitis you should make an appointment to see us today!
Contact Your Burien & West Seattle Dentist
Dr. Bajwa and his team at New Wave Dental Smiles are proud to provide premier cosmetic & general dentistry to patients of all ages living in Burien, West Seattle and the surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide every patient we serve with superb dentistry to help them achieve optimum oral health. We accomplish this by offering a wide variety of high quality dental treatments and services that we individualize to meet each patient’s needs.
We are always more than happy to speak with you so please contact us If you have any questions about our practice or the services we offer. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bajwa please complete the Book an Appointment form. We will then follow up with you shortly thereafter to confirm the date and time.