Our dental solutions are designed just for you, to meet your individual dental needs. We will work with you to ensure your understanding of your dental health and treatment options, while providing for your comfort and safety.
We have a commitment to our patients to evaluate new technology and the latest procedures to meet their ever-changing needs. Digital radiography is an important part of our treatment, allowing us to diagnose with lower levels of radiation. Intraoral cameras provide our patients with clear images of their teeth on a computer screen right in front of them so that they can see their actual dental condition for themselves and have a better understanding of our findings and recommendations. Our General and Cosmetic Dentistry are designed for the patients with an emphasis on making you comfortable.
We offer a wide range of services for preventative, cosmetic dentistry and restorative dental care. These services include:
Oral Hygiene Care
We provide services for maintaining healthy, attractive smiles to patients of all ages. We offer:
♦ Regular checkups
♦ Radiographs (xrays) at appropriate intervals for caries and disease detection
♦ Scaling to remove staining, plaque and calculus
♦ Fluoride treatments to strengthen teeth
♦ Dental sealants to protect against decay
♦ Oral hygiene instructions to promote effective home care
♦ Oral cancer screening
Sealants and Fluoride
A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth: premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids. Thorough brushing and flossing help remove food particles and plaque from smooth surfaces of teeth; however, toothbrush bristles cannot reach all the way into the depressions and grooves. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by "sealing out" plaque and food.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources, including the oceans, in lakes and in underground water sources. Extensive research has shown that optimal levels of fluoride not only reduce cavities in children and adults, but also help repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay is visible.
Periodontal Therapy Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that support your teeth. Your gum tissue is not attached to the teeth as high as it may seem. There is a very shallow v-shaped crevice called a sulcus between the tooth and gums. Periodontal diseases attack just below the gum line in the sulcus, where they cause the attachment to the tooth and its supporting tissues to break down. As the tissues are damaged, the sulcus develops into a pocket: generally, the more severe the disease, the greater the depth of the pocket. Periodontal diseases are classified according to the severity of the disease. The two major stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is a milder and reversible form of periodontal disease that only affects the gums. Gingivitis may lead to more serious, destructive forms of periodontal disease called periodontitis.
Improving periodontal conditions may include a special cleaning called scaling and root planning, also known as deep cleaning. Our office offers non-surgical periodontal treatment including Arestin® and laser therapies. Perio Protect® is a new home care method to treat periodontal disease. This treatment uses an FDA-cleared device to deliver prescribed medication directly to the source of infection. It is comfortable, easy to follow and convenient to use in your home. To learn more about Perio Protect®, please click here.
Nightguards and Athletic Mouthguards A properly fitted mouthguard, or mouth protector, is an important piece of athletic gear that can help protect your smile. Mouthguards help cushion blows that might otherwise cause broken teeth, injuries to the lips, tongue, face or jaw and can reduce concussions.
A nightguard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching, which can result in the wearing down of teeth as well as mandibular pain and frequent headaches. We custom make our nightguards to fit over the teeth on one jaw and prevent contact with the opposing teeth.
Selected Oral Procedures General dentistry concentrates on the diagnosis of dental problems and providing services to maintain optimum oral health. We make every effort to preserve teeth, however removal may be necessary in some instances. When this is the case, our team will perform the extraction or will refer you to an oral surgeon, a dentist who specializes in such surgical procedures.
Selected Endodontic Procedures Endodontics is the area concerned with the treatment of disorders of the tooth pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains nerves, arteries, veins and lymph vessels. When the pulp is diseased, injured or infected and unable to repair itself, the pulp dies. In some cases, pain and swelling may occur. The most common endodontic treatment is called a “root canal”, the removal of the infected tissue and refilling of the canal inside the tooth. Root canal treatment can provide relief from pain and can save the tooth. Our team will perform root canal treatment when appropriate or will refer you to an endodontist, a dentist who specializes in such procedures.
Crowns A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of the tooth. A crown is placed for a number of reasons: to support a tooth after a large filling is removed; to attach a bridge; to protect weak teeth from fracture or if badly shaped; to support a root canaled tooth and/or cover an implant. Crowns can be made from gold, all-porcelain (ceramic) dental materials and porcelain fused to gold. Porcelain restorations are particularly desirable because their color and translucency mimic natural tooth enamel.
Porcelain Veneers Veneers are an effective alternative to more invasive procedures like crowns and orthodonture. For this reason, porcelain veneers can be an excellent choice for patients who would like to improve the overall appearance of their smile or to correct misaligned or damaged teeth. A veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that can replace or cover part of the enamel of the tooth. Porcelain veneers can cover anything from slight imperfections of teeth to permanent stains from coffee, cigarettes or even tetracycline stains.
Bridges A bridge (also called a fixed partial denture) is a restoration which replaces the space where one or more teeth have been lost. A bridge is bonded into place and is not removed. Your appearance, dental health and proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps to maintain the natural shape of your face and may help support your lips and cheeks. More importantly, your dental health may suffer when missing teeth are not replaced.
Implants and Implant Borne Restorations Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums during a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and the secure fit helps replacement teeth feel more comfortable than conventional substitutes.
Tooth Colored Filling Materials Our office uses composite, tooth colored filling materials. Composite fillings are a mixture of glass or quartz filler in a resin medium that produces a tooth-colored filling. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to-mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of an amalgam. Composites are "bonded" or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing a more conservative repair to the tooth.
Full and Partial Dentures
Dentures and partial dentures are substitutes for missing teeth. Dentures and partials that fit properly can improve your appearance, eating and speaking. The good news is that, with regular professional care, you can become one of millions of people who wear dentures successfully. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth. Removable partial dentures usually consist of replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases, which are connected by metal framework.
There are various types of complete dentures. A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after the remaining teeth are removed and tissues have healed which may take several months. An immediate complete denture is inserted as soon as the remaining teeth are removed. We take measurements and make models of the patient’s jaws during a preliminary visit. With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to be without teeth during the healing period.
Our office offers dentures from Altadontics®, which allows us to provide exact duplicates of dentures if the original dentures are lost, broken or need to be replaced for health reasons. This service offers quick, comfortable replacement of dentures in an emergency or for your convenience and eliminates the adjustment period typically needed for new dentures. To learn more about Altadontics®, please click here.
Imagine having a whiter smile!
We offer a professional home whitening system where we create custom whitening trays made to precisely fit over your teeth. Depending on the strength of whitening gel you choose (20% or 35% peroxide), the whitening process can take 1-2 weeks. This method is faster and stronger than over-the counter products, especially for those patients who have significant staining on their teeth.