We strive to provide comprehensive care to help each patient maintain their dental health throughout their life. We treat our patients like we would treat our own family.
We provide the following treatments:
Regular examinations help detect and prevent dental and some health issues before they become serious. As part of your examination we will check for gum disease, do a thorough oral cancer screening and a visual evaluation for tooth decay. If you do not have current x-rays we will take digital x-rays to detect decay, cysts, tumors and other problems that can't be seen visually. We will also use an intraoral camera to take photographs that will show in detail your oral condition.
Our licensed dental hygienists do professional cleanings, they will not only clean your teeth but also advise you on proper techniques. Your hygienist will remove plaque ( which contains bacteria that causes decay and gum disease). Additionally, tarter or calculus ( hardened/ calcified plaque ) that adheres to teeth is removed by using sonic scalers and hand instruments. The stains on the surface are removed by using a polishing paste.
Our hygienists will perform deep scaling for those areas of the mouth where periodontal disease has been diagnosed. (Periodontal disease by definition is bone loss, which if left untreated can lead to tooth loss). Topical and local anesthetics are used when needed to make scaling more efficient.
We have been using digital x-rays since 2010. The amount of radiation used to take a digital x-ray is 70% less than conventional film. The x-ray images are seen almost instantly on the computer screen. We are able to modify, enlarge, and change contrast of the image in order to give you the best view and explanation of specific areas of interest.
Bleaching or tooth whitening is a process that uses Carbamide Peroxide gel to lighten teeth. We provide several options: 1. A custom tray is constructed after taking an impression of your teeth, the tray is filled with the gel and worn during the day or night. The process takes about one to two weeks. 2. Another option are preloaded stock trays that you wear for 15 – 20 minutes. Both options will achieve the same results. Bleaching can sometimes cause teeth to become sensitive to cold or air. This condition is usually temporary and will go away after a couple days of not bleaching.
Sealants are a resin material that is used to fill in the pits and grooves that are prone to decay in developing mouths. Permanent 6-year and 12-year molars are generally recommended to have sealants placed soon after they have erupted into the mouth.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Composites ( tooth colored fillings) are used to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay or a tooth that has a chip or fracture. If decay is detected early the restorative procedure can be simple and painless. Decay left untreated can lead to tooth pain and either a root canal or even extraction.
A crown is a cover or a “cap” that is put on a severely broken or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth to its normal shape, size, and function. The purpose of the crown is to make the tooth stronger or improve the way it looks. The procedure involves preparing the tooth and taking an impression that is sent to a local dental laboratory for fabrication of the crown. During the interim a temporary crown is worn while the permanent crown is made. There are several options for the types of crowns fabricated and the advantages/disadvantages will be discussed for each.
A bridge is a dental restoration that fills the space where one or more teeth are missing between two natural teeth. The bridge restores your bite and helps keep the natural shape of your face. When you lose a tooth, the nearby teeth may tilt or drift into the empty space. The teeth in the opposite jaw may also shift up or down toward the space. This can affect your bite and place more stress on your teeth and jaw joint.
Implants may be the best option to replace a missing tooth or teeth. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted into the bone and allowed to heal. After the bone and tissue have healed, a permanent crown is attached to the implant. Implants can also be used to replace multiple missing teeth by attaching a bridge between two implants. Implants can also be used to stabilize removable partials and dentures. A great benefit of implants is that they don't depend on adjacent teeth for support and do not decay.
A root canal or endodontic procedure is done when tooth decay reaches the nerve in a tooth, or trauma to the tooth causes the nerve to die. Once the nerve is infected or necrotic, the nerve will not heal on its own. The options at this point are to have the tooth extracted or have the nerve removed. The tooth becomes very painful to hot/cold, starts to hurt on its own, hurts worse at night, may cause swelling and feels like your heart beat in the tooth.
The procedure for a root canal is to clean out the infected nerve tissue and disinfect the inside of the tooth. The tooth is filled with a material called gutta-percha that is a inert to the body. Usually a crown is recommended to restore the tooth after the root canal is complete.
A denture is made when all of your natural teeth are missing. Dentures can replace your missing teeth and improve your quality of life. A conventional denture rests against the tissue and bone. The upper covers the palate and creates a suction that helps to hold the denture in place, while the lower denture relies on saliva and the cheek muscles to help hold it in place. The current standard of care is to recommend dental implants to help stabilize and secure dentures.
Cosmetic Bonding / Porcelain Veneers
Bonding involves the application of composite resin to the existing tooth. The bonding technique is used as a conservative method of closing small gaps and covering stain. The tooth is prepared using a mild etching solution and then the material is bonded to the tooth and cured using a special light. Porcelain veneers involves bonding a thin laminated veneer made of porcelain to the etched enamel tooth surface. The procedure involves preparing the tooth and taking an impression to send to a dental laboratory. The primary advantage of the porcelain veneer is the beauty and durability of the material.