In accordance with the American Dental Association recommendations for patient treatment, we encourage our patients to schedule their regular dental check-ups and cleanings every six months, unless more attention is required. We monitor periodontal and dental health while also screening for oral cancer and high blood pressure. Early detection is essential to the successful treatment of any dental condition.
We currently offer bitewing (BW), periapical (PA) and full mouth x-ray exams. BW’s are recommended every 1-2 years to help locate areas of decay, especially in between teeth, before a patient has any signs or symptoms. PA’s show a tooth in its entirety and are particularly helpful at times of localized pain or trauma. A full mouth series of x-rays is recommended every 3-5 years to help screen for problems in the bone and roots of your teeth. It consists of PA’s of each tooth and BW’s.
In 2011, we upgraded to digital x-rays. With increased diagnostic capabilities and lower x-ray exposure, this change benefits both patients and staff.
Periodontal disease (more commonly known as gum disease) is unfortunately very prevalent in the population. This is a disease that affects the structures that hold your teeth in place. We have several nonsurgical methods of treating the less advanced stages, which may involve: deep cleanings, medication (PerioGard Rinse), and more frequent dental cleanings.
When decay is found, many times, a filling is used to correct it. We offer tooth colored (composite resin) fillings. Composite resin allows us to be more conservative with remaining tooth structure and produces an aesthetic result.
When a tooth is missing a significant amount of natural tooth structure, has had a very large filling, or when a root canal treated tooth requires protection, a crown is used. Crowns (“caps”) cover an entire tooth, adding protection and many times, providing aesthetics to the tooth as well.
Crowns can be made out of gold, precious metal with a porcelain (tooth-colored) covering, or all ceramic (all tooth colored) and are cemented into place. Depending on a patient’s bite, a particular material may be recommended.
Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. A titanium implant is surgically placed, typically by a periodontist or an oral surgeon, replicating the root of a tooth. Once it has healed, an abutment is attached to the implant. Either an implant crown, implant bridge, or denture is placed over the abutment. Many times, implants are a more conservative option than a bridge since the adjacent teeth remain intact. In the situation of an implant supported denture (partial or complete denture), stability and retention of that denture is significantly improved.
A bridge is an effective alternative when implants are not an option. They involve multiple crowns connected together to replace a missing tooth or teeth, the pontic(s). These are cemented into place in a similar manner as single crowns.
Dentures are either partial or complete and, in certain situations, can be effective choices to replace missing teeth. They can improve function and aesthetics. Traditionally, partial dentures are held in place by certain remaining teeth and complete dentures are held in place by suction to your gums. As stated above, implants can improve dentures significantly by increasing stability, retention, and comfort. Concerning partials, implants can replace the wire clasps that hold onto natural teeth, thus improving aesthetics.
We offer extractions of some non-restorable teeth (depending on remaining tooth structure and root shape) and for the orthodontic patient.
Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a very complex joint. It is very commonly affected by grinding and clenching. In many cases, an occlusal splint (i.e. nightguard) can help significantly.
We offer both take-home custom trays and in-office single visit bleaching. We also have refills for touch-ups when using the at-home custom tray technique.
This is when tooth-colored filling material, composite resin, is used to correct misshaped, broken, chipped, misaligned or stained teeth.
In certain situations, thin porcelain facings can be bonded to the fronts of your teeth. They might be able to improve the shape and color of front teeth.
We offer traditional custom sports guards which can be used for both contact and non-contact sports for they will help protect your teeth and gums from trauma.