Cleanings and Exams
Professional dental cleanings and comprehensive dental exams are recommended for each
patient. Our registered dental hygienists work with our doctors to perform these visits. During your first visit, a comprehensive dental exam will be performed. Both the initial exam and regular checkup exams include diagnostic x-rays when indicated, evaluation for gum disease, screening for oral cancer, examination of existing restorations and any new tooth decay. The dental cleaning (prophylaxis) performed by our dental hygienists removes plaque and calculus (tartar) buildup and polishes the teeth. Some patients may require more than regular cleanings (see “Periodontal Treatment” section).
Our office offers Clear Correct clear aligner therapy. Clear Correct removable clear aligners help to straighten teeth invisibly without traditional metal braces. Clear aligners are not indicated for every patient. Our office offers a free consult visit to determine if you are a candidate for clear aligner therapy.
Often times a tooth will require a crown due to many reasons including broken teeth or fillings, decayed teeth, root canal teeth, or very large fillings. A tooth may require a crown for cosmetic purposes such as to change the shape or color of a tooth. A crown covers the whole tooth surface and restores it to it’s original or desired size and shape. It also helps to strengthen and protect the underlying tooth structure.
Bridges are often indicated when one or more teeth are missing and there are sound teeth
adjacent to the missing tooth. A bridge does exactly what it’s name states – “bridges a gap.” A bridge consists of two abutment teeth on either side and pontic crown/crowns in between.
Both dental crowns and bridges are permanent restorations and are permanently cemented to the underlying tooth structure.
Dental radiographs or x-rays are essential in evaluating the overall oral health of a patient. They help the doctor to see the jaw bone, roots of teeth, unerupted teeth, areas between the teeth that are not visible in the mouth, and can sometimes reveal conditions that may be underlying. Our office offers the latest in digital dental x-ray technology, and we will recommend which type of x-ray is needed for each patient.
Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace all missing teeth in an arch and restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, dentures can replace those teeth and allow you to speak and eat better. Dentures can be conventional or immediate. Conventional dentures are made after the teeth have been removed and the tissue has had time to heal. Immediate dentures are made before the teeth have been removed and are placed immediately after removal of the teeth. After the tissue heals, adjustments will be needed.
Partial Dentures are removable dental appliances that replace some missing teeth in an arch. Tissue-colored plastic material attaches the replacement teeth to either a metal or resin framework. The framework will consist of clasps or precision attachments which hold it in place in your mouth. Partial dentures not only help to restore your smile, but they also help adjacent natural teeth to keep from moving or shifting.
Teeth sometimes require extraction or removal. We offer both simple and surgical extractions in our office. Some of the reasons a tooth may need to be removed include: broken teeth that are non-restorable, extra teeth, severe gum disease, severe tooth decay, orthodontic treatment recommendation, impacted wisdom teeth. After a tooth is removed, special care instructions are given and can also be found on the patient info tab of our website.
Both children and adults can benefit from fluoride. We offer in-office fluoride treatments which help to remineralize or rebuild weakened tooth enamel (the outer layer of the tooth). This can provide reversal of early signs of tooth decay as well as sensitivity relief in some patients.
Fillings are usually indicated when there is a hole or crack in a tooth caused by decay or trauma to the tooth. A filling will remove decay if present and fill in the cavity which restores the tooth. Fillings can also restore teeth that have been chipped, cracked, worn, and can sometimes be used to close gaps in teeth. There are two main types of fillings – “silver” and “tooth-colored.” Our practice offers both types of fillings, and our doctors can recommend to each patient which type is best for their particular situation.
A dental implant may be indicated if you are missing one or more teeth. Implants are surgically placed in the jaw bone and serve as a tooth root. How an implant is restored is specific to each patient and may include a crown, bridge, or denture that fits to your mouth and the implants. Implants are an excellent tooth replacement option, because they are permanent and nonremovable (unlike partial dentures) and help to decrease bone loss by stimulating the bone in which they are placed.
Nightguards are often indicated for patients that have a habit of clenching and/or grinding their teeth. Those habits can lead to headaches, clicking of the jaws, cracked teeth, and many other symptoms. A protective nightguard is worn over your teeth while you sleep. Our doctors can evaluate you for the need of a nightguard.
Nitrous oxide or “laughing gas” as it is more commonly known is a form of conscious sedation. It can help patients to be more relaxed during their dental procedures. It is a safe form of sedation, the effects can be felt quickly and can also be reversed quickly.
Oral Cancer Screening
During each dental exam, our doctors will check for any signs of oral cancer. Signs of oral cancer may include but are not limited to: sores that do not heal, red or white patches, pain or numbness in the mouth, lump or growth in the mouth, difficulty chewing or swallowing, changes in the way the teeth fit together. Please let your dentist know if you experience any of the symptoms listed or have concerns about something involving your mouth.
Periodontal disease is also known as gum disease. It is an infection along with inflammation that affects both the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth. There are may signs of gum disease, and each patient will be evaluated for these signs. Our office offers some types of periodontal treatment including deep cleanings. The type of treatment you may need would be discussed in office with our doctors and hygienists.
Root canal treatment is sometimes indicated for damaged or diseased teeth. Root canal treatment of a tooth can relieve pain and restore the tooth to health. During a root canal procedure the pulp tissue is removed from inside the roots of a tooth. The pulp tissue contains the nerves and blood vessels of a tooth. Once removed, the area is then cleaned and filled in and the tooth is restored.
Sealants are usually placed on permanent molars and premolars shortly after eruption to help prevent the development of cavities on the chewing surface of the teeth. Sealants can be applied quickly and painlessly.
Veneers are a thin covering or shell placed over the front of a tooth and can be used to close a gap or improve the appearance of a tooth. Veneers can be made out of different materials. Our doctors can evaluate you and help you decide which might be best for your smile.
As you age, your teeth may become stained due to the food and drinks you consume,
medications you take, or use of tobacco. Our office offers many options for whitening teeth, including both in-office and at-home treatments. Come in for a whitening consult or call our office for more information