Below is a partial list of the dental services that we offer to our patients. In order for us to better service your dental needs, we recommend a complete oral examination followed by a free consultation in which we will create a detailed treatment plan specific for you and answer any questions you may have.
Oral Hygiene Visit
Sure you may take excellent care of your teeth at home with daily brushing and flossing. Yet regular oral hygiene visits are vital for keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy, preventing potentially serious problems. Depending upon your unique situation and dental health, your visit may include any combination of the following diagnostic, preventive or educational services: cavity check x rays, assessment for periodontal disease, scaling of teeth to remove all plaque and calculus, and oral hygiene instruction.
Now you can have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. With dental implants your teeth will be secure, you can regain nearly all the capabilities you had with your natural teeth. Most implant patients experience renewed confidence. Your improved self- esteem will allow you to participate in activities you were once restricted from.
If you are concerned about the discoloration of your teeth, this may be the solution for you. Using a custom - fitted mouth guard filled with bleaching gel, we can easily and painlessly brighten your smile and improve your self confidence.
You may have gum disease and not realize it. This disease is the primary cause of the loss of teeth after age 35. It has also been proven to be a contributing factor in heart disease. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a colorless film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. Plaque mixes with sugars and starches in the diet to form acids and other by-products in the mouth, irritating the gums and causing them to become red, tender and swollen. If caught in the early stages, however, periodontal disease can be reversed with proper dental care. A thorough oral examination and periodontal charting is crucial to diagnosing periodontal disease. In most cases we recommend an in-office exam and tooth scaling, especially below the gum line for all adults twice a year. Good periodontal health starts with you. Here's what you can do to prevent or control gum disease:
1. Thoroughly brush and floss your teeth every day.
2. Eat a well-balanced diet, avoiding sticky sweets and junk food.
3. Examine your mouth routinely for any early signs of gum disease or other oral changes.
4. Visit a dentist at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and oral examination.
Children and Infant Dental Care
As soon as your child gets his first teeth, you should begin cleaning them after feedings with a gauze pad or washcloth. We also recommend an initial visit with the hygienist before the age of 2, so that we may check their oral condition, and give oral hygiene instructions to the caregivers. We feel so strongly about the importance of this visit that we offer this as a complementary service. All first visits are free! We want children to have a good dental start in life.
Veneers are extremely thin porcelain shells that are permanently attached to the front surfaces of teeth. They can be used to cover severely stained, badly chipped or very uneven teeth as well as large fillings. Veneered teeth must be either periodically re- veneered or crowned if the veneers chip or peel off or if decay develops under the porcelain veneer. Veneers typically need to be replaced every 10 years.
Crown and Bridge
If you are faced with tooth loss, crown and bridge treatment may be the right restorative option for you. This long term solution can help prevent the cycle of problems that can occur when just one tooth is missing, such as shifting of the remaining teeth, decay, periodontal disease and bone loss.
You probably know someone who has had their wisdom teeth taken out - maybe your's have been removed. Wisdom teeth are often removed when they become infected, when the gums over impacted teeth become infected or when there is not enough room in the jaw for them to erupt. Most of the time, wisdom teeth can be removed under a local anesthetic, and recovery time is short. When wisdom teeth are impacted, the removal procedure is more complicated and may require referral to the oral surgeon to be surgically removed.
A new gentle way to treat decay. The miniature sandblaster that literally sprays away decay without heat, vibration or the whining of the drill & and less need for freezing! This technology makes it easier to create fillings that leave more of your healthy tooth structure intact. The filling remains small and the tooth remains strong through-out your lifetime.
We strive to make every effort to ensure you are comfortable and calm during all dental procedures. If you are nervous about coming to visit us we do offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other oral sedation to help you have a great visit with us.
Root Canal treatment
If you have been told that a root canal is necessary to save one or more of your teeth, it is important that you understand why this painless procedure is necessary and what happens during root canal treatment. Root canal treatment (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve (also called the pulp) of the tooth. It used to be that a tooth with a disease or infected nerve had to be removed. In 95 percent of the cases today, however, this is no longer true. We believe in saving teeth (instead of removing them) We make every effort to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime!
First we want to relieve any discomfort you might be experiencing and ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. When necessary, an aesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. With special files the diseased pulp is removed, the tooth is then sterilized and a temporary sedative filling is placed in the tooth. At the next appointment we will place the permanent filling on the tooth.
Sealants are a cost-effective approach in preventing tooth decay, particularly with children. Thought there is no specific age at which sealants are indicated, often we will recommend that the best time to apply them is when the six - year molars (the first permanent back teeth) appear. Sealants form a protective barrier by bonding to tooth surfaces and covering natural depressions and grooves (called pits and fissures) in the teeth. More than 75 percent of dental decay begins in the pit and fissure areas of the back teeth. Combined with proper home care and regular dental visits, sealants are extremely effective in preventing tooth decay.