While we hope to be a part of your dental care team, even if you're not our patient, we think everyone deserves access to some free dental information so that you can make educated decisions no matter what stage of life you're in. Be sure to also check out some of the videos in our "Home Care and Tips" page.
We also highly encourage everyone to see a dentist at least every six months. It is important to remember that proper maintenance is critical for protecting your mouth and any investment you've made. Everything done in a dental office to fix or improve the health, function or appearance of your mouth can be undone without proper maintenance.
Our services include:
Dental Exams, Dental X-Rays, Dental Cleanings, Deep Cleanings, White Fillings,
Crowns (including implant restorations), Bridges, Custom Dentures and Partial Dentures,
Same Day Denture Repairs, Root Canal Therapy, Oral Surgery, Six Month Smiles,
Teeth Whitening, Veneers, Snore Guards and Protective Night Guards.
These exams are all about the diagnosis and prevention of existing issues from getting any worse. Furthermore, they are used to prevent an already healthy mouth from having future problems. Regular exams allow you to identify and solve any problems in their earliest stage. This is not only good for your oral health, but also good for you budget.
You really have nothing to fear during your dental exam. Typically, we will visually examine your teeth and gums, along with checking for any signs of abnormal pathology. Sometimes, dental x-rays are also taken during the exam so that areas of teeth and bone not seen with the naked eye can be visualized.
Dental exams will normally end with a dental cleaning which removes the majority of surface stains or buildup.
Today's dental radiographs have improved significantly. They are much safer, faster, and more informative than they once were.
Digital x-rays are one of the most advanced dental technologies yielding high-quality images and viewed instantly on a computer monitor. They can reduce radiation as much as 90% while still allowing amazing diagnostic information. Intraoral photography is another diagnostic tool.
Even with proper flossing and brushing, plaque and tartar (calculus) deposits will still develop on your teeth. A professional dental cleaning removes the majority of these deposits and prevents more serious problems, such as periodontal disease, later on.
Traditional cleanings use hand instruments to scrape away these deposits. New technology allows us to give you more options for teeth cleanings such as ultrasonic cleanings. An ultrasonic scaler uses high-frequency waves to break away deposits and remove harmful microbes and bacteria from teeth and gums. The majority of patients enjoy ultrasonics because they experience less sensitivity and are faster.
It is recommended that patients receive a dental cleaning every 6 months.
A "deep cleaning," also known as scaling and root planing (SRP), may be recommended when plaque and calculus deposits have developed well below the gum line and there are signs of bleeding, bone loss and/or deep pocket depths (Periodontal Disease). Deep pockets around the tooth make it nearly impossible to keep clean at home with brushing and flossing, which leads to infections and eventually bone loss.
These cleanings are a three-part process; first, the deposits are removed, second, the softened, toxic and decayed tooth root surfaces are cleaned and smoothed and third, you return in 4-6 weeks to evaluate the effectiveness of the deep cleaning.
Ideally, these deep cleanings allow the inflamed gums to heal, reattach to the newly cleaned root surface and create a much smaller pocket depth that can be properly cleaned at home. Typically, these patients return every 3-4 months for maintenance cleanings to prevent deep pockets from returning and minimize further bone loss.
Many people think of cavities when they hear the word dentist. Cavities, or tooth caries, are ideally caught early enough to be restored (filled). This is to avoid further progression into the nerve which would require more costly root canal therapy. Composite resin is tooth colored and commonly used in place of the traditional amalgams (silver fillings) that require much larger tooth removal and preparation.
Composite resin is great for small to medium sized carious lesions and offer both strength and the beauty of natural tooth color and esthetics. These restorations will allow you to laugh and smile your biggest without being self conscious about what others see inside.
While you may not feel like a king or queen, a dental crown offers full coverage protection for teeth with extensive caries, lost tooth structure or small fractures. Crowns may be used to cover teeth that are improperly shaped, discolored or have undergone root canal therapy.
Crowns can be porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or gold and often take two appointments. First the tooth is prepared to specific parameters based on things such as location and material choice. Next, an impression is taken and sent to a laboratory where the crown can be fabricated. Before leaving, a temporary crown is placed to help protect the tooth and stabilize the gums until the crown is made. Finally, the final crown is placed at the second appointment and adjusted accordingly.
With proper maintenance and care, dental crowns can last up to 15 years, so be sure to protect your investment by seeing the dentist at least every 6 months.
As the name implies, dental bridges are used to bridge the gap of a missing tooth and restore esthetics and function. Today, bridges can also replace larger spans of missing teeth through use of dental implants. Utilizing two anchoring teeth with a false replacement tooth between, bridges can prevent surrounding teeth from drifting, improve chewing, speech and allow for a more natural facial shape that might previously appear "caved in." Often times, they can help the tongue and cheeks from invading the tooth space and prevent cheek biting.
Bridge variations include the traditional dental bridge, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges have natural teeth (abutments) on either side of the false replacement tooth (pontic). Cantilever bridges are used in certain cases where there is only one natural abutment tooth beside the missing tooth. Maryland bridges are not commonly used today but are cemented to a metal framework and then cemented to the surrounding teeth. Implant-supported bridges allow us to replace spans of multiple missing teeth by using implants as the abutments. This allows surrounding teeth to remain intact.
Like crowns, bridges are typically sent to a laboratory to be fabricated and involve similar steps and multiple appointments to be completed. Again, with proper maintenance and care, bridges can last many years so be sure to protect your investment by seeing the dentist at least every 6 months.
Dentures not only replace missing teeth, but help you to look and feel younger. Dentures typically use a plastic resin or acrylic that resemble the natural color of your gums, with resin or porcelain replacement teeth and are custom made to fit the anatomy of your mouth.
If you have all or many teeth missing or severely decayed, complete dentures might work best for you. Partial dentures are an option for patients who have the majority of their teeth still in a stable state, but have several teeth missing or severely decayed.
Unfortunately, the process of getting dentures may take a long time and many dental visits. Every case is tailored to the patient's needs and goals, so variations in the process can occur. In certain cases, same-day dentures are available and made right in the dental office rather than sent to the laboratory. Same-day dentures definitely cannot be used for everyone so speak to your dentist to see if this is possible.
***NOTICE: For patients who have never had dentures before, there are some very important things to keep in mind before deciding if dentures are for you. Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance (cleaning and brushing). Additionally, dentures may require months to get acclimated to and this varies with each patient. Speech and eating must ultimately be re-learned and the muscles of the face and tongue must adapt and adjust. These things can take time and many patients are unprepared for the reality of changes and learning time it may take.
Finally, it is critical that patients understand that our mouths are constantly undergoing changes to the bone and gums. Following an extraction, it is best to wait at least 4-6 weeks before beginning the denture making process so there is time for bone and gum healing to take place. Although the majority of changes will occur within 6 months after, our bone and gums will continue to change throughout our life. This means it is likely your dentures will need periodic adjustments and relines to accommodate the changes so your denture fits and functions well. Be sure to let your dentist know immediately if your denture is broken so it can be properly repaired: at home repair kits often will cause more damage and make it more expensive to fix. Sometimes, dentures must be completely re-made should they break or if they're very old and your mouth anatomy has changed dramatically.
With most repairs, your removable dentures can have your name or initials placed into them, so let your dentist know if you're interested in this option.
You rely on your dentures for a number of things. Proper denture care at home will help your dentures and partials last longer but we understand that accidents happen and our mouth's anatomy is constantly changing.
If you need a denture repair or a denture reline, please do not use an over-the-counter denture repair kit because this could actually make things worse and end up being more costly to fix. Instead, call us; we offer same-day denture repair or emergency denture care services for most situations and can see you the same day.
To the average patient, "root canals" have a bad reputation. Well, don't trust the rumors because they are not as bad as you think.
Root canal therapy is an option for saving natural teeth when decay or structural integrity has invaded into the tooth pulp (nerves and blood supply). When the pulp becomes irreversibly damaged, the pulp must be removed. Initial stages of decay may not cause you any pain at all, however, as it progresses, commonly you have painful tooth aches and even swelling or an abscess. Other than decay, the pulp can be damaged from deep restorations, fractures and trauma, or even periodontal disease.
Pulp capping is a possible alternative to root canal therapy when the infection has not quite reached the pulp and hopefully prevent a deep restoration from allowing the pulp to be damaged further.
Oral surgery is a broad term for many types of procedures in dentistry. These may include extractions, bone grafts and even dental implants. Many general dentists can perform these procedures, however, in some situations, an oral surgeon is required.
Here, we perform most of our own extractions, including some wisdom teeth. Many emergency patients are often seen when the issue has gotten to the point where an extraction is the only solution. If you are experiencing any pain, swelling or even notice your tooth is breaking down, please see the dentist sooner rather than later: our hope is that you will still be in a position to save your tooth.
Self conscious about your teeth being slightly mis-aligned? Six month smiles might be just what you are looking for. This treatment can allow minor movements and re-positioning of teeth within months unlike traditional orthodontics.
Six month smiles is NOT for everyone and each patient has their own unique set of considerations, so be sure to ask us for more information.
Self conscious about the color of your teeth? Let us make your smile shine brighter and whiter with the option that works best for you. We have two ways to help achieve the look you're looking for:
1) Custom-made whitening trays that allow you to whiten your teeth from the comfort of your own home or even on the go. This is typically the most popular option.
2) 1-hour whitening is done right in our office. Using a special light to give much faster results in one visit.
Many of us have been tricked into thinking that healthy teeth are those that have that "hollywood" bright white appearance. While this is not true, we do understand the desire to have whiter teeth - so be sure to ask us for more information.
Whether you want to fill spaces between teeth, fix crooked or chipped teeth, or mask over discolored teeth and misshaped teeth, veneers could help create that confident smile you've always dreamed of. Made from either porcelain or resin composite, veneers are thin shells that are bonded to your teeth for cosmetic purposes.
Composite veneers require very little to no prepping and can be applied in just one appointment, while those of porcelain are similar to the process of dental crowns. Make sure you ask us about what veneers could do to give you your dream smile.
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