Preventitive and Hygiene

Our philosophy is that all teeth and their supporting structures are valuable. Our hygienists are very educated and up to date in the latest techniques in dental hygiene. They work very hard with our patients to educate them on the best ways to care for their teeth and gums. We strongly recommend routine visits by patients so we can detect problems early, and resolve them more easily.

Services performed during routine hygiene visits:

  • Complete periodontal exam(exam of the gum tissues)
  • Complete intraoral exam (exam of the teeth and soft tissues)
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning)
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Educational digital photography
  • Antibiotic therapy (systemic and local)
  • Oral Hygiene instructions
  • Product recommendations
  • Flouride treatment

Periodontal Therapy

periodontal disease

Periodontal disease is an infection that effects the bone and tissues that surround the tooth. As a result of this disease process, a pocket develops which is an increase of the space between the tooth and the gum. These pockets are difficult to keep clean for patients, resulting in the growth of harmful bacteria. Research has shown an association between periodontal disease and other health problems such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and bacterial pneumonia.

Non Surgical Treatment

Deep Cleanings or Scaling and Root planning are done to remove plaque and tartar that are present in periodontal pockets. These cleaning are done with local anasthestic for patient comfort. These Cleaning can be combined with Antibiotic treatments to help improve results.

Surgical Treatment

Many procedures are available to further reduce pockets and regenerate lost gum and bone tissue around teeth. Patients with more advanced disease may need to see a Periodontist or gum and bone specialist.

It is strongly recommended that patients with periodontal disease be seen every 3 months for cleanings. Research has shown that being seen more often reduces the risk of disease progression.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Teeth Whitening

In our office, we use a take home prescription strength tooth whitening system.  Initially, impressions are taken of your upper and lower teeth.  From these impressions, custom trays are made to allow for a more accurate and effective whitening.

Tooth colored Fillings

Composite or tooth colored fillings are used to treat cavities or broken down teeth.  A careful effort is made to match the shade of the filling to your existing teeth.

Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

Veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are applied directly to tooth structure.  They are used to improve the color of stained teeth, alter contours of misshapen teeth , and they can close spaces between teeth.  All porcelain crowns provide the same esthetic function as veneers, but are used in cases were teeth require more strength.  To ensure the best color match for these restorations our patients visit the lab technician for a short shade match visit, were the restoration is color matched to the patient’s existing teeth before it is delivered.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns

crownsA Crown is a restoration that covers or caps a tooth to restore it to it’s normal shape and size. It provides additional strength to a tooth along with improving it’s appearance. Crowns can be made of porcelain fused to metal, all metal, or all porcelain.

Reasons for needing a crown:

  • To support large fillings when there isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • To restore fractured or broken down teeth.
  • To protect teeth that have had root canals.
  • To cover dental implants.
  • To improve esthetics of teeth which are badly shaped or discolored.

Bridges

bridgeA Bridge is when multiple teeth are crowned and used to replace missing teeth.

Root Canals

Many times bacteria or trauma to a tooth can cause the nerve to become infected. In these cases a root canal is performed, which involves removing the unhealthy nerve tissue from the tooth and replacing it with a safe synthetic filling material. Teeth that have had root canals are more brittle and are at a higher risk of fracturing. Restoring the tooth with a crown afterwards for strength is considered the standard of care.
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Dental Implants

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Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made from a safe biocompatible material (titanium) that replaces missing teeth. On top of the implant, a crown is placed which functions like a normal tooth.

Once an implant is placed it needs to heal for 3 to 6 months. Once the healing process is completed the crown portion can be added.

Advantages of Dental Implants

Highest long term success rate for tooth replacement options. Studies have shown success rate to be as high as 97% for 10 years.

Implants maintains bone where the tooth was lost. Other options such as Bridges and Partials lead to increased bone loss where the tooth was lost.

Adjacent teeth do not need to be altered or have added stress on them.

Adjacent teeth have decreased risk of getting decay or needing root
canals. This is because with implants the adjacent teeth are easier to keep clean and have less stress on them.

Socket Grafting

When a tooth is removed the bone that surrounds that tooth resorbs as it is healing. Placing bone graft material and collagen in the extraction socket prevents this process from happening. This will allow for a more favorable site for implant placement in the future.

Oral Surgery

Extractions of almost all teeth are done in our office, including wisdom teeth. Nitrous oxide is available for patients who are anxious about treatment.

Reason for needing wisdom teeth extracted:

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Teeth impacted in bone are at risk of developing cysts and other forms of pathology.

Impacted teeth too close to second molars can create bone loss problems for those teeth.

Partially erupted wisdom teeth can create infections, because food and bacteria can easily get caught in the space between the tooth and the gum.

Pediatric Dentistry

Children of all ages are welcomed in our office. Pediatric patients are evaluated at every recall visit to determine if and when the best time to start orthodontic treatment. We do recommend sealants or protective coatings on first and second molars to help prevent decay.

Dentures and Partials

Dentures and Partials are used to treat missing teeth. Complete Dentures are made for patients who have no remaining teeth. Removable Partial Dentures are used when some teeth are still present and provide support for the denture.

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TMJ and Occlusion

Clenching and grinding of our teeth can be caused by problems with how are teeth come together. This can result in tooth wear, facial muscle pain, joint pain (TMJ) and headaches. Fabrication of an appliance that is worn over the teeth can reduce the stresses of clenching, resulting in less muscle and joint pain.

The Temporomandibular Joint makes it possible to open and close your mouth. It is one of the most-used joints in the body.

Fitted appliances can help reduce TMJ pain and stress from clenching your jaw.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide is a very safe inhalation gas used to provide both pain and anxiety reduction for patients. It is available for both adults and children.