General Dentistry

New technological advances in dentistry can not only help to prevent tooth decay ? they can also save lives. Velscope is a quick and painless exam that can prevent the spread of deadly cancers by catching precancerous abnormalities, such as those that indicate malignancies such as oral cancers. Oral cancer, or cancer of the mouth, is one of the most curable diseases when caught in the early stages of development. In fact, when oral cancer is found in its earliest stage, treatment is more than 90% successful ? and more simple and less invasive as well.

Drs. Mann, Dolfi and other progressive dental professionals use the Velscope screening process to help save patient lives by identifying abnormalities that might develop into oral cancer. The exam is fast and painless and helps to identify, evaluate and monitor these abnormal areas that might not be caught otherwise. An annual Velscope exam, in combination with a conventional visual examination, provides a comprehensive oral screening procedure for patients at risk.

If you are in a high risk group for oral cancer (older than 40, a tobacco user, or a heavy or chronic alcohol consumer), make sure to get screened at least once a year. Even without these factors, your health could be at risk. According to the American Dental Association, over 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and have no other risk factors. Don’t take chances with your life ? talk to Drs. Mann and Dolfi about receiving a quick and painless Velscope exam that could help save your life today.


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Cavities are the most common and most preventable dental problem in the country today, occurring when residual sugars in the mouth are converted into acids which attack the enamel on the outside of teeth. As the acid eats its way through this protective layer, it exposes the delicate nerve center of the tooth. Exposed nerves can cause extreme pain and sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure.

In order to correct a cavity, part of the damaged tooth is prepared and the hole is filled with a strong yet pliable substance. Fillings made of mercury, gold, and silver were popular for many years, but new advances in dental technology allow dentists to use composite resins or porcelain inlays and onlays. Unlike older and less attractive metal fillings, porcelain and resin fillings move with your tooth and offer better protection over a longer period of time. In addition to treating current cavities with these new procedures, more and more people are electing to replace their old fillings with new, cosmetically pleasing porcelain covers.

However, more important than cavity correction is cavity prevention. A healthy, low sugar diet and daily maintenance of brushing and flossing is essential for preventing cavities and gum disease. Regular dental visits are also imperative for long-term dental health. Talk to Drs. Mann and Dolfi today about the most effective ways to both fix cavities now and prevent them in the future.


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Snoring isn?t just a noisy nuisance. As well as being loud enough to disturb sufferers and their families, snoring can also interrupt sleep and place pressure on relationships. When snoring is so loud that it disturbs the sleep of snorers and their families, it may be a sign of a related condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea increases a person?s risk for heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.

dental implant The Somnomed MAS is a Mandibular Advancement Splint that treats snoring and mild to moderate OSA by moving the lower jaw forward slightly. This forward movement tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway, which prevents obstruction of the airway while you sleep and vibration of the tissues which is responsible for the snoring sound. The Somnomed MAS is a custom made device that is adjustable. It consists of an upper and lower plate which allows for normal opening and closing.

The Somnomed MAS is a highly effective solution for the majority of patients, to the problem of loud snoring and mild to moderate OSA. Its exceptional levels of patient acceptance, compliance, and treatment efficiency are backed by a large body of clinical research.


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Many people take healthy teeth for granted until they are lost to accidents, disease, or the natural effects of the aging process. Unfortunately, missing teeth of any sort can take an obvious toll on a smile and can compromise self-esteem. Luckily, those who suffer from extensive tooth loss have more options than ever before due to recent advances in dentures.

Dentures are partial or complete sets of artificial teeth for either the upper or lower jaw. Although aesthetic improvements are obvious, the benefits of dentures extend beyond physical appearance. Without teeth to support the jaw and gums, skin can hang and sag, impairing a person’s ability to eat and speak. These complications can dramatically affect one’s quality of life and overall happiness.

Dentures are custom-made to closely resemble your natural teeth. For this reason, there should be no noticeable change to your facial appearance aside from your vastly improved smile. Dentures can also allow you the pleasure of eating certain foods again and can alleviate the embarrassment caused by missing teeth. Contact Drs. Mann and Dolfi today for the right denture solutions tomorrow.
Valplast Theromoplastic Removable Partial Denture

Losing a tooth is usually a troubling experience, and filling in the resulting missing spaces can be just as bothersome. Until recently, dentists had few options for replacing teeth other than metal and acrylic partial dentures. Although these appliances were functional, they were a very visible blight on otherwise beautiful smiles.

Today, individuals who have lost teeth have more effective replacement options. Valplast Theromoplastic Removable Partial Dentures provide an ideal balance between functionality and appearance because they fit around natural teeth without the obvious metalwork that accompanied older appliances. The high quality plastic used in Valplast Theromoplastic Removable Partial Dentures is more comfortable to wear and bends naturally with the mouth. A tighter, more comfortable fit can provide the freedom to eat and speak without fear or discomfort. Valplast also matches the natural color of existing teeth better than other materials, providing a confident smile that does not expose the signs of dental work.

If you have lost a tooth or teeth, you May be a good candidate for a Valplast Theromoplastic Removable Partial Denture. You deserve to have a smile that exudes warmth and vitality despite the consequences of aging or accidents. Contact Drs. Mann and Dolfi today to discuss effective and inexpensive ways to restore your smile.


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Dental bonding is used to correct many types of imperfections and can be an ideal option for repairing damaged or chipped teeth, filling unsightly gaps between them, or covering old fillings with more aesthetically pleasing materials. Dentists have even used bonding to correct stained or uneven teeth to enhance confidence and improve the appearance of a smile.

Dental bonding can also prove beneficial in corrective procedures as well. Old metal fillings do not join with teeth and dentists are often forced to remove part of the healthy tooth in order to fill the cavity. With new composites, only the damaged part of the tooth needs to be removed and the new bonding actually moves and expands for easier speaking and eating. This further reduces the potential for cracked or damaged teeth that can be caused by metal work.

A beautiful smile is no longer out of reach. If you’ve felt uncomfortable about the appearance of your teeth, now is the time to take action. You deserve to look your best, and today’s cosmetic dentistry procedures are more affordable than ever before. Contact Drs. Mann and Dolfi today for a brighter smile tomorrow.


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A great smile can help instill confidence and self-esteem, and thanks to recent developments in dental science, even individuals with lost or missing teeth can look poised and self-assured. A dental bridge is an excellent option for replacing teeth lost to aging, accidents, or disease.

A dental bridge is a simple procedure that fills in the gaps between teeth with a set of either removable or fixed artificial teeth. While a bridge has many cosmetic and aesthetic advantages, there are also significant medical benefits gained by replacing lost teeth. Without an even biting surface, many people experience severe pain while speaking or chewing. Additionally, exposed gum sockets are perfect places for bacteria and infections to thrive.

A bridge can improve overall dental health and you deserve to have a beautiful smile. If missing teeth have affected your self-confidence, a bridge May be the perfect solution for your specific needs. Discuss your dental goals with Drs. Mann and Dolfi today.


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A dental crown is a simple procedure that places a tooth-shaped “cap” over a misshapen or broken tooth to restore its strength and appearance, and crowns can be made of a variety of materials including metals, ceramic, and porcelain composites.

Though they can greatly improve the appearance of a tooth, crowns are more than just cosmetic devices. They can be used to salvage a tooth that has been badly decayed or damaged and can support and protect weak teeth. Crowns are also used to anchor other dental corrections by providing the necessary framework to secure bridges or dentures.

A crown is one of the most common dental procedures performed today and with proper care, the benefits can last a lifetime. Make sure to talk to Dr?s Mann and Dolfi now about dental crowns so that you can explore the best options for your particular needs.
CEREC Tooth Restoration

Although metal fillings and coverings have been used for generations to correct cavities, they can be unattractive and detract from the natural beauty of a smile. While in years past patients were forced to rely on these materials to fill cavities and protect teeth, the development of the CEREC tooth restoration procedure makes unsightly metal fillings a relic of the past.

With a CEREC tooth restoration, Drs. Mann and Dolfi can replace your unattractive old fillings with new, aesthetically-pleasing ceramic resin coverings. Not only do these restorations mirror the natural color of your teeth, they also provide better protection, last longer, and bond completely to your teeth. Furthermore, the CEREC tooth restoration system usually requires only a single visit – saving you valuable time and money.

Enhance your smile and increase your self-confidence today with a CEREC tooth restoration with Cosmetic Dentists Dr. Ashley Mann and Dr. Ralph Dolfi. Every 20 seconds a lucky patient experiences the vast improvement that a CEREC tooth restoration can bring to an imperfect smile. Don’t wait – that next person could be you.
Metal Free Options (ceramic, composite, or fiber reinforced composites)

Dentists used to have few options other than metal when they needed to fill a cavity, construct a bridge, or reinforce the strength and integrity of a tooth. Not only was the use of these materials painful, metals had the potential to actually damage the tooth and almost always detracted from the aesthetic value of the patient’s smile.

Fortunately cosmetic dentists like Drs. Mann and Dolfi now have myriad options for providing patients with structural improvements without compromising aesthetics. Ceramic, composite, and fiber-reinforced composite materials provide alternatives that are more attractive than metal and are generally safer and longer lasting as well.

You can now replace your unsightly metal dental work with strong and affordable alternatives. Talk to Dr?s Mann and Dolfi today about your metal-free options and have those old-fashioned and unattractive metal fillings replaced today!

Watch our video on CEREC one-visit crowns here!


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