Regular examinations and cleanings are recommended every six months to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Patients have options for restoring teeth that have fractures or decay. Options include silver (amalgam), composite (resin), gold and porcelain.
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, to include tooth decay that has destroyed extensive tooth structure which prevents restoration. Extractions may also be performed for orthodontic purposes.
Surgical Suite with IV Sedation
Intravenous Sedation is a form of pain and anxiety control that involves injecting a sedative into the vein of a patient’s arm or hand. This approach is usually reserved for patients undergoing extensive dental procedures, (wisdom teeth extractions) or for the extremely anxious patient. With IV sedation, the patient is awake but very relaxed and usually does not remember the procedure. The sedation patient must have an escort for the appointment and post-surgical supervision at home.
Nitrous Oxide (“Laughing Gas”)
Nitrous Oxide is inhaled by the patient through a rubber nosepiece and helps patients to feel relaxed. It is one of the most common forms of sedation used in the dental office, and the effects wear off quickly after the gas is turned off. This is the only form of sedation where patients can drive home after the procedure and can eat food pre- and post-operatively.
- Veneers are ultra-thin, custom-made porcelain that are laminants bonded directly to the teeth. They are an option for closing gaps or disguising discolored teeth that do not respond well to whitening procedures.
- Bonding composite is a process in which a plastic tooth-colored material is applied to a tooth’s surface, sculpted into shape, light-cured and then polished.
- Whitening is the most common cosmetic dental procedure. While many whitening options are now available, including over the counter products, dentist-supervised treatments remain the recommended procedure for lightening discolored teeth.
- Contouring, also known as tooth reshaping, is an instant treatment now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping can correct some crooked, mal-aligned, or chipped teeth.
Crowns and Bridges
- A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth, covering it to restore the natural shape and size, strength, and/or to improve the appearance of the tooth.
- Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by implants.
Crowns and bridges can be made from gold, alloy, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Dentures and Partials
Dentures and partials are removable replacements for missing and extracted teeth that closely resemble natural teeth and gums. We understand the emotional effect of the appearance of your smile, especially when you have teeth missing, so going even a day without a denture or partial is very uncomfortable. Whether you need an old appliance replaced or repaired, or you need fabrication of your first appliance, we have an excellent local lab that will work with us to get your appliance as quickly as possible.
In addition to dentures and partials, an alternative to replace missing teeth is dental implant. An implant is typically done to replace a single missing tooth, but if you have several missing teeth you may still be a candidate. We coordinate our implant cases with an experienced oral surgeon. The oral surgeon will surgically place the implant into the bone. After a healing period, we will attach a crown to that implant. The results are more permanent, maintain your bone health, and look more realistic.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Gum disease affects many Americans and is the leading cause of tooth loss in this country. On your first visit, you will receive a thorough periodontal examination. If you have periodontal disease, our hygienists are able to treat you over a few appointments. Periodontal disease may be diagnosed as early stage (gingivitis) or it may be more advanced. Regardless, we will work with you to restore your gum health and prevent any further deterioration. We will consistently monitor your health at regular examinations and cleanings.
Root canal therapy is necessary when a tooth is infected and will not heal on its own. Symptoms may include pain when biting and chewing, sensitivity with hot and cold, and constant aching or discomfort. Complex cases may warrant a referral to an endodontic specialist.
Sealants and fluoride treatments are provided to prevent cavities from forming.
As a reminder, we use the highest infection control standards for all of our dental procedures.
Other services we offer include digital x-rays, periodontal laser treatment, mouth guards for athletic purposes and night guards for clenching and grinding of teeth.