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ROUTINE CLEANINGS

One of our main goals is preventative dental care.  We recommend a dental exam and cleaning every six months.  Once a dental problem starts, it can quickly progress to something more extensive.  Dental problems are usually most easily fixed at their earliest stages.  In addition, poor oral health is now being linked to systemic medical conditions including heart disease and diabetes.  The first signs of many serious medical problems can show up in the oral cavity. 

At a routine cleaning we remove tarter build up, perform an oral cancer screening, and do a routine dental exam.

PERIODONTAL THERAPY

During a routine dental exam we may discover periodontal problems (gum disease) that need to be addressed.  Periodontal disease is a condition that can develop for many different reasons.  It is a disease that affects the bone and gums which serve as the foundation for your teeth.  Like a home built on a strong foundation, your gums and bone need to be strong and healthy.  Without a good foundation of bone and gum health, the teeth will not last as long, become loose, and lead to other oral health problems.  Also, periodontal disease has been shown to be strongly linked to many systemic illnesses including heart disease and diabetes.  Based on your periodontal exam, which is performed as part of a routine dental exam, we may recommend more extensive work to address the periodontal issues.

DENTAL SEALANTS

Sealants are placed on permanent molars to help protect them from cavities that can develop in the deeper grooves of the teeth.  Along with good home care and regular dental cleanings, they aid in helping prevent cavities on the top surfaces of teeth.

DENTAL RESTORATIONS (Fillings)

When decay is removed from a tooth a space is created.  Our natural tooth colored composite resin fills this space to build the tooth back up to its natural shape.

CEREC ONE VISIT CROWNS

A crown is indicated for a tooth when it is at risk of breaking due to the presence of a large filling, cracks, a root canal, or a large amount of decay.  People who grind or clench their teeth are sometimes more susceptible to cracked teeth.

Unlike traditional crown procedures, Cerec crowns do not require traditional messy impressions.  Also, no temporary crown will be needed as the crown will be fabricated in one visit.  We will simply take a digital scan of the tooth needing a crown, and use special software to help us design the crown chairside.  The information is then sent to our in office milling unit to mill the crown out of a metal free ceramic material. 

This computer technology provides excellent precision creating a truly unique result. 

CROWNS AND BRIDGES

A crown is indicated for a tooth when it is at risk of breaking due to the presence of a large filling, cracks, a root canal, or a large amount of decay.  People who grind or clench their teeth are sometimes more susceptible to cracked teeth. 

Crowns can be made of several different materials including porcelain fused to metal, gold or all ceramic.  With an ever expanding technology, all ceramic alternatives to the traditional porcelain fused to metal crowns, are providing both strength and high quality esthetics.

Bridges are indicated to replace a missing tooth or teeth when the space created by the missing tooth is bordered on both sides by teeth capable of supporting a bridge. Bridges can be fabricated from the same materials as crowns.

ROOT CANAL THERAPY

When a tooth has a large amount of decay or a traumatic injury, the nerve of the tooth can sometimes become infected.  When this occurs, a root canal can be done to save the tooth.  The procedure involves removing the affected pulp tissue which includes the nerve of the tooth and then cleaning, disinfecting, and sealing the canals to try and prevent further infection.  In the event that a root canal is needed and not performed, an infection can develop leading to an abscess requiring more extensive treatment.  We will sometimes refer a patient to an endodontic, or root canal specialist, depending on the anatomy of the teeth and the canals that need treatment to make sure the highest quality of care is performed.

IMPLANT RESTORATIONS

Implants are made to completely replace and replicate a natural tooth. We work together very closely with an implant surgeon who places the titanium implant in the bone.  The bone then heals to the implant over a period of a few months and will serve to act as the root in replacing the tooth.  After full healing of the bone, we restore the implant with a crown to fully replicate the tooth. 

Implants can replace a single missing tooth, as well as multiple missing teeth.  They are usually the first choice in replacing teeth because of their longevity and strength and ability to not become decayed.  Implants may also be used to help secure removable full and partial dentures to allow our patients to obtain the best looking and functioning prosthesis possible.

REMOVABLE DENTURES

When a patient is missing multiple teeth, a removable prosthesis is sometimes a more affordable option, while still creating something that is functional and esthetic.  We offer partial and complete dentures made of various types of materials based on each individual case.  We work together with a lab technician to create the best possible prosthesis for each patient.

EXTRACTIONS

Extractions are the removal of severely decayed teeth that cannot be restored because of the amount of decay or the removal of teeth with severe periodontal disease that have lost most of the supporting structures like bone or gum tissue.




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