Routine Cleanings and Exams
Our outstanding dental hygienists will clean, floss and polish your teeth. A detailed oral cancer exam will be performed at each visit and a periodontal (gum) exam will be completed once a year. We will provide instruction and advice for how to best care for your teeth at home. Any necessary xrays will be taken at these visits to aid with thorough care and diagnosis. We recommend scheduling your routine cleaning and exam on a regular 6 month interval to assist in maintaining the best dental health possible. Please ask our staff to help find an appointment that is convenient for you and your family.
Endodontics (root canal therapy)
Each of your teeth has a live nerve inside. It is the nerve that gives your tooth its feeling and sensation. A very large filling or crack in your tooth can cause the nerve to be injured, irritated or infected. Root canal treatment can be performed to relieve the discomfort associated with nerve irritation or infection. Following root canal treat , it is recommended that broken or damaged tooth structure be rebuilt with a filling and your entire tooth be protected with a crown. Molar root canals will be referred to a trusted endodontic specialist.
A sealant is a plastic coating placed in the deep grooves on the chewing surface of your molars. These grooves are prone to collecting food and debris, making them susceptible to cavities. Sealants help to protect and make these teeth more cleansable when brushing. Sealants are typically recommended for patients ages 6-12.
Tooth Colored Fillings
We are able to place esthetic fillings to match the color of your tooth in areas where you have cavities. No more need for silver colored fillings.
Teeth whitening uses a peroxide gel placed in direct contact with the surfaces of your teeth to create a brighter, whiter smile. Teeth whitening can help with discolored teeth, as well as teeth stained by such things as coffee, tea, wine and tobacco. Please ask about our different whitening options.
Crowns and Bridges
A crown is chosen as an option to rebuild and protect your tooth when a cavity is too large to have a filling placed, when you have a crack that needs to be held together, or following root canal treatment to prevent a potential fracture. A crown makes your tooth stronger and helps rehabilitate the shape, size and appearance of your tooth. For this procedure your tooth is shaped and reduced in size so a protective crown (cap) can be placed over the tooth to hold and bind it together. Crowns can be made out of porcelain, porcelain fused to a metal substructure or metal. Ask our team which is best for you.
A bridge is chosen as an option when there is a need to replace one or multiple missing teeth. A bridge is very similar in procedure to a crown. In this scenario, the teeth on either side of the area where you are missing teeth are shaped and reduced in size to have crowns placed over them. These crowns will be joined or fused to a false tooth which will fill in the area of missing teeth. A bridge is a fantastic restoration that can help to restore your chewing function, maintain and fill out the shape of your face and enhance your smile.
Both crowns and bridges typically require 2-3 appointments
Dentures are a removable tooth replacement option when you are missing teeth. There are two types of dentures. A complete denture is made when all of your teeth are missing. A partial denture is made when you still have some of your own natural teeth. We will work closely with you and our laboratory to get a natural appearance and comfortable fit to your dentures. Our goal is to rehabilitate your smile and improve your quality of life.
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that is bonded to the front of your tooth. A veneer is a highly esthetic restoration that can change the color, shape , and position of your tooth. Veneers are stain resistant. We can transform your smile with minimal preparation of your teeth and can deliver a beautiful result in 2-3 appointments.
Night guards (occlusal guards)
Have you ever not been able to fall asleep or have woken up due to the sound of your partner or family member grinding (bruxing) their teeth? Ask us about a protective night guard. Grinding or clenching your teeth can lead to TMJ joint dysfunction. Symptoms include: headaches, jaw tightness, muscle pain, chipped or cracked teeth, temperature sensitivity in your teeth, ringing ears, dizziness, and clicking or popping sounds in your jaw. A night guard can help to protect your teeth, eliminate symptoms and create a more restful sleep.
Non Surgical Periodontal Treatment
The health of the gum tissue and bone surrounding your teeth is critical to maintaining a healthy mouth. Plaque and bacteria, if left untreated, can cause inflammation and loss of bone support around your teeth. Ultimately, this can lead to bleeding gums, infection, bad breath, loosening of teeth or possibly tooth loss. Our highly trained staff will perform a thorough periodontal exam and keep you informed if any further treatment should be needed.
Have you always wished you had straight teeth but didn't want a mouth full of silver brackets and wires? Invisalign may be your answer. With the use of a series of clear retainers, each worn for two weeks, we are able to make gradual movements to straighten your teeth. With the commitment to wear your clear retainers for at least 20 hours per day, an amazing smile is truly possible. Most cases can be completed within a year. Ask if you are a good candidate for this exciting treatment.
Telling a patient they need to have a tooth removed is the last thing your dentist wants to do. But, sometimes it is necessary. If your tooth is infected, mobile due to bone loss, badly decayed or broken, tooth removal may be needed. We aim to make this experience as comfortable as possible. On occasion, we will need to refer our patients to an oral surgeon for difficult extractions and wisdom tooth removal.
An implant restoration is one of the best ways to replace a missing tooth. This state of the art procedure is performed in two parts. First, a dental implant is placed at one of our trusted specialists' offices. The dental implant is placed into the bone where your previous tooth root use to be. The implant is typically allowed to heal for 6-8 weeks. After the healing period, we are able to take the steps to create a new tooth (a foundation and crown) that will be attached to your implant. Implant restorations are a durable, long lasting and esthetic solution to replacing missing teeth. Implants are also a fantastic way to anchor a denture. A denture secured with implants will give you the confidence you desire. No more concerns about your dentures moving or falling out when speaking or eating. This security can be life changing for your health and confidence.