Preventive Care for the Entire Family
One of the most important things you can do for your teeth is have them cleaned regularly. We have a highly skilled team of dental hygienists that are happy to assist you with your dental cleanings as well as provide technique strategies for improved oral health. They are personable, gentle, and thorough and strive to ensure your comfort and understanding. Each member of our hygiene team is proficient in providing treatment to all ages, so regardless of its your very first appointment ever or in a long time, you can rest assured that your oral health is in the most skilled and caring hands.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR DENTAL CLEANING VISIT
- A thorough review of your medical history.
- A thorough oral cancer examination.
- A thorough examination and diagnosis of any disease that may be present in your gums, such as gingivitis or periodontitis.
- A thorough examination and diagnosis of disease of your teeth.
- Necessary x-rays.
- Removal of plaque, tarter and stain from your teeth.
- Polishing of the teeth, unless you prefer otherwise.
- Placement of fluoride. (kids and cavity prone adults)
- Examination by dentist.
- A treatment plan will be devised after the dental exam and a plan to correct and treat any disease will be initiated. A detailed treatment can be completed upon request.
- Referrals will be completed for treatment that must be completed outside the office.
FREQUENCY OF DENTAL CLEANINGS
Most people will have a dental cleaning every six months, some will require less attention while others will require additional. That recommendation will be made on an individual basis and could include an additional cleaning or two each year. This will be determined based on the examination and diagnosis and will be recommended based on individual needs.
1st appointment can be made as early as 3 years of age.
We are not child specialists, therefore we do not sedate children and we do not put them to sleep. We do offer Nitrous Oxide and will provide encouragement for a positive dental experience. It is our desire to always provide treatment that fosters an environment in which alleviates fear and anxiety and builds a trusting, lifelong dental relationship. We will not be dishonest with your child nor will we EVER hold them down. Our efforts are always positive and encouraging. If after every effort we realize we’re unable to accomplish this in our office, we will refer your child to a dentist who does specialize in children. We are extremely proud of our very high success rate when treating children and referrals have only been necessary in about 5% of all pediatric cases!
Periodontal Therapy and Maintenance
Periodontal disease is a disease of the tooth’s bony support and is classified as early, moderate or severe. Long-term prognosis is much greater if diagnosis and treatment is completed early in the process. We are happy to provide treatment and maintenance for early and moderate disease.
Referral to a specialist (Periodontist) will be necessary if your treatment does not respond appropriately to treatments or if your periodontal classification is advanced.
Treatment options could include, but are not limited to, deep cleaning with or without anesthesia (numbing), multiple visits to complete treatment and maintenance frequency 3-4 times yearly. There are also surgical options that can be completed by a specialist.
A veneer is a thin tooth colored shell that will bond to the teeth. They can be made of ceramic or composite. They require minimal preparation of the tooth structure and are ideal as a means of improving your smile, covering defects, spaces, minor crowding or stains.
A crown is a cover or “cap” that can be placed on a tooth which will restore the tooth to its normal shape, size and function. You may need a crown if you:
- have a cavity that is too large for a filling
- have a missing tooth and need a bridge
- need to cover a dental implant
- have a tooth that is cracked, worn down or otherwise weakened
- have had root canal treatment—the crown will protect the restored tooth
- want to cover a discolored or badly shaped tooth and improve your smile!
A bridge is a means to fill spaces that result from the loss of teeth. A bridge replaces missing teeth by attaching them to the adjacent natural teeth, which are called retainer teeth.
The retainer teeth are prepared and the final product is one where the retainer teeth hold a crown(s) that replace the missing teeth, which are called pontics.
A bridge can also use implants as retainers in place of natural teeth, usually when there are several missing teeth in one area or there are no healthy adjacent teeth.
Dental implants are small screws called posts, that are placed into the bone that act as the missing tooth’s roots. They are highly successful and can act in the mouth in many capacities.
- Single tooth
- Multiple teeth, all as individual or as bridges
- Support a denture that is removable
- Support a denture that is not removable
Dental implant posts are placed in the Oral Surgeon’s office and is a relatively routine procedure. They can be placed under general sedation or regular dental anesthesia.
Root canal therapy is the nonsurgical treatment of a tooth that is damaged or infected, in which the nerve tissue is removed. This treatment is the alternative to removal of the infected tooth. Treatment success has improved tremendously in recent years and outcomes are much more predictable.
We perform many root canals in the office but a large number are referred to a specialist who utilizes a microscope to better navigate small canals of teeth with numerous roots.
Natural teeth are ideal for function and maintenance of bone and it is our desire to save and maintain natural teeth whenever possible, however sometimes an extraction is unavoidable. We are able to perform most dental extractions within the office after a complete evaluation and x-ray.
Dentures are used when all the teeth of one arch are missing or will need to be extracted, therefore are the full replacement of missing teeth. Most people envision and associate dentures with the elderly population often recalling the poor fitting denture with big teeth that their grandparents wore. The good news is that dentures are very natural looking and better fitting!
We fabricate dentures in our practice custom from an impression that is obtained from your mouth and not from a prefab mold.
While this process does increase the preparation necessary as well as the number of visits required prior to delivery, the outcome is more favorable and predictable.
Dental implants can improve stabilization and retention and are recommended for a lower denture or in cases of limited bony support.
Partials are used when a few teeth are missing in one arch. They can be fabricated in full acrylic or use a metal base with clasps that attach to your natural teeth.