What We Do
A non-removal bridge can restore your teeth to normal function by replacing missing teeth. It will improve the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in position and can also help maintain the structure of your face and jaw.
So many of us feel anxious about going to visit the dentist, you are not alone. We strive to take every measure to achieve your comfort in the dental office. If there is anything you would like to request in this department, ask. We will do what we can to accommodate your request.
This encompasses re-shaping of the teeth, filling in gaps, and changing the shape or color. This can be done with bonded resin fillings or porcelain veneers and crowns. Whitening can often times be done at home with a bleaching kit.
A “cap” or crown, will restore a broken, heavily filled or cracked tooth to its original size and shape. This may also be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more prone to fracturing. Crowns can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improve the appearance of your teeth.
An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tartar on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual needs and oral health. During your visit we will check all your teeth for decay and breakdown of any restorations you have. We check the health of your gums by measuring the pockets on each and every tooth. We also do a soft tissue exam for oral cancers. We not only will scale your teeth, we also frequently use an ultrasonic scaler which uses sound waves to clean even more thoroughly below the gum tissue. Each visit is concluded with a tooth polishing and flossing to assure all deposits are removed in the hard to reach in-between areas.
A remarkable procedure, implants can replace any or all of your teeth. The implant becomes integrated with the bone and acts like a “bolt” which will ultimately support a new tooth. The advantages of implants for patients with dentures are: denture stability, increased patient comfort and confidence. While implants themselves are inserted by an oral surgeon or a periodontist, our role is planning the placement of implants and restoring the integrated implants after surgery.
The goal of modern dentistry is to prevent tooth loss. When a tooth cannot be saved, extraction (removal) of the tooth may be the only course of treatment. Many extractions are performed in our office, however, complicated cases, such as the removal of wisdom teeth, are frequently referred to a specialist.
For patients, adults and children who have crowded or crooked teeth, spaces between their teeth or misaligned jaws, orthodontic therapy can help reduce the risk of tooth decay, gum disease, and trauma due to protruding teeth. It is recommended that children are evaluated between the ages of 7 and 10 years old for any necessary orthodontic treatment. Twenty-five percent of all patients are adults, and while we cannot offer therapy in our office, we can refer you to a trained specialist.
While seldom painful and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can progress, undetected, to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. With 80% to 90% of all teenagers having some form of gingivitis (inflamed gums) and 75% of adult tooth loss for people over the age of 35 due to periodontal disease, early treatment and prevention is essential. While periodontal disease is caused by bacterial plaque, any number of other factors including poorly fitting bridges, badly aligned teeth and defective fillings contribute to the development of this condition. We provide many periodontal services.
Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth’s pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes infected or inflamed, root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth, short of removing it. Root canal treatment consists of removing the nerve that lies within the root of the tooth. Many root canals can be performed in our office, while complicated ones are referred out.
Sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic “coating” is painted onto the surface of the tooth. They have been proven to be highly effective in preventing decay that so commonly occurs in the natural grooves of the teeth. This procedure is highly recommended for children.
To protect our patients and staff we wear masks, gloves and goggles during dental procedures. All instruments are cleaned, disinfected and sterilized as required by the American Dental Association and the Centers for Disease Control. Disposable single-use products are also used for assurance of sterility and safety whenever possible. All surfaces of the treatment room are sanitized after each patient. Dedicated water supplies at each treatment room are also used to assure sterile water is used in each procedure.