Services We Offer

Exams and Teeth Cleaning

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Perform a thorough teeth cleaning

Your regular exam will take about 45 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface.

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Digital X-Rays

Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office. Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to shorten appointment times, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology. This also allows for easier communication when we refer you to a specialist, as we can easily transfer your images without loss of quality.

Periodontal Treatments

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical, but some serious cases require surgical options.

Non-Surgical Treatment

The first line of defense against gum disease is called scaling and root planing. We use an ultrasonic cleaning device used to remove plaque and tartar under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. The next step is to plane or smooth the rough surface of the tooth and the root. This provides a healthy, clean surface so that gum tissue can reattach to the tooth.

If gum disease is caught early enough, this treatment will be all that you need. We recommend flossing and brushing a few times a day, eating a healthy diet, and having regular dental checkups to prevent the recurrence of symptoms and ensuring proper dental health.

Surgical Treatment Options

In some cases, the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth is too damaged for scaling and planing to work. We will recommend a surgical procedure that is best suited to the condition of your teeth and gums. There are three common types of surgical treatment:

  • Pocket Depth Reduction / Flap Surgery
    In a healthy mouth, the teeth are firmly surrounded by gum tissue and securely supported by the bones of the jaw. Periodontal disease damages these tissues and bones, leaving open spaces or pockets around the teeth. Bacteria collects inside these pockets, causing more damage as time progresses. Eventually the supportive structure degrades to the point that the tooth either falls out or needs to be removed. To treat this, we fold back the gum tissue and remove the bacteria hiding underneath, as well as the hardened plaque and tartar that have collected. Once this has been removed, we sew the healthy tissue back into place, which allows the now clear pockets to reattach to the teeth.

  • Regeneration
    When the bone and tissue supporting the teeth have been lost, we can restore these areas with regeneration. We begin by folding back the gum tissue and removing the bacteria, plaque, and tartar. After we have cleaned the areas, we will either perform a bone graft to simulate new bone growth or we apply a special protien that stimulates tissue growth to repair destroyed areas.
  • Soft-Tissue Graft
    A common symptom of gum disease is gum recession or gingival recession. As the gums recede, more of the roots are revealed which can make teeth appear longer and create sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or food. It also exposes the tooth to increased damage from gum disease, as bacteria, plaque, and tartar have easier access to attack the tooth and root. During a soft-tissue graft, tissue from the top of your mouth or another source is sewn to the gum area, covering the roots and restoring the gum line to its original, healthy location.

Composite Resin Fillings

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.

Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, and veneers. They are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling but not enough to necessitate a crown.

Invisalign®

We will map out a precise treatment plan that shows the exact movements your teeth will make and how long it will take. Your custom made aligners are virtually invisible, so most people won’t notice you’re wearing them during your teeth straightening.

As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. We may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups every six weeks or so to determine your progress and if any changes need to be made to your treatment plan.

Phillips Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Though everyone can benefit from teeth whitening, the effectiveness is different for each patient. The Zoom system has great success against red wine, dark soda, tea, coffee, tobacco, and aging. If you teeth have gray shading from chemicals, you can still see results, but they may not be as dramatic. We will determine the ideal level of whitening for your smile during your office visit.

Veneers

You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

When your veneers are placed, you’ll be pleased to see that they look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.

Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

Dental Implant Restorations

If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!

An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: one part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, you can smile confidently knowing no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.

In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile.

Dentures and Partials

Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.

Implant-Supported Dentures

If you don’t have any teeth in your jaw, but you do have adequate jawbone to support multiple implants, an implant-supported denture may be the ideal option. Special attachments fasten or snap onto the implant base for a secure fit. These dentures are usually created for the lower jaw since regular upper dentures rarely need extra support, but they can be crafted for both upper and lower jaws.

Exams and Teeth Cleaning

Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral health. During your regular exam, we will:

  • Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
  • Look for cavities or any other signs of tooth decay
  • Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of periodontal disease
  • Perform a thorough teeth cleaning

Your regular exam will take about 45 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning, in which we will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the tooth’s surface.

Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your oral health. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.

Digital X-Rays

Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office. Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to shorten appointment times, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology. This also allows for easier communication when we refer you to a specialist, as we can easily transfer your images without loss of quality.

Periodontal Treatments

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, there are a variety of treatment options depending on the details of your situation. We always start with the least invasive options, which are non-surgical, but some serious cases require surgical options.

Non-Surgical Treatment

The first line of defense against gum disease is called scaling and root planing. We use an ultrasonic cleaning device used to remove plaque and tartar under the gum line, on the tooth, and around the root. The next step is to plane or smooth the rough surface of the tooth and the root. This provides a healthy, clean surface so that gum tissue can reattach to the tooth.

If gum disease is caught early enough, this treatment will be all that you need. We recommend flossing and brushing a few times a day, eating a healthy diet, and having regular dental checkups to prevent the recurrence of symptoms and ensuring proper dental health.

Surgical Treatment Options

In some cases, the tissue or bone surrounding your teeth is too damaged for scaling and planing to work. We will recommend a surgical procedure that is best suited to the condition of your teeth and gums. There are three common types of surgical treatment:

 

  • Pocket Depth Reduction / Flap Surgery
    In a healthy mouth, the teeth are firmly surrounded by gum tissue and securely supported by the bones of the jaw. Periodontal disease damages these tissues and bones, leaving open spaces or pockets around the teeth. Bacteria collects inside these pockets, causing more damage as time progresses. Eventually the supportive structure degrades to the point that the tooth either falls out or needs to be removed. To treat this, we fold back the gum tissue and remove the bacteria hiding underneath, as well as the hardened plaque and tartar that have collected. Once this has been removed, we sew the healthy tissue back into place, which allows the now clear pockets to reattach to the teeth.
  • Regeneration
    When the bone and tissue supporting the teeth have been lost, we can restore these areas with regeneration. We begin by folding back the gum tissue and removing the bacteria, plaque, and tartar. After we have cleaned the areas, we will either perform a bone graft to simulate new bone growth or we apply a special protien that stimulates tissue growth to repair destroyed areas.
  • Soft-Tissue Graft
    A common symptom of gum disease is gum recession or gingival recession. As the gums recede, more of the roots are revealed which can make teeth appear longer and create sensitivity to hot or cold liquids or food. It also exposes the tooth to increased damage from gum disease, as bacteria, plaque, and tartar have easier access to attack the tooth and root. During a soft-tissue graft, tissue from the top of your mouth or another source is sewn to the gum area, covering the roots and restoring the gum line to its original, healthy location.

Composite Resin Fillings

Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.

Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, are usually used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important, but they can also be used on the back teeth depending on the location and extent of the tooth decay.

There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are fillings placed into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include silver amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers, and composite (resin) fillings. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, and veneers. They are used when a tooth has too much damage to support a filling but not enough to necessitate a crown.

Invisalign®

We will map out a precise treatment plan that shows the exact movements your teeth will make and how long it will take. Your custom made aligners are virtually invisible, so most people won’t notice you’re wearing them during your teeth straightening.

As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. We may recommend that you begin wearing a new set of aligners every week and schedule check-ups every six weeks or so to determine your progress and if any changes need to be made to your treatment plan.

Phillips Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Though everyone can benefit from teeth whitening, the effectiveness is different for each patient. The Zoom system has great success against red wine, dark soda, tea, coffee, tobacco, and aging. If you teeth have gray shading from chemicals, you can still see results, but they may not be as dramatic. We will determine the ideal level of whitening for your smile during your office visit.

Veneers

You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident, beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to the look and feel of their smile.

Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored materials (such as porcelain), and they are designed to cover the front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, your doctor will create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new veneer, your doctor may need to conservatively prepare your tooth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.

When your veneers are placed, you’ll be pleased to see that they look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant, your doctor may recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.

Extractions

There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. Sometimes a baby tooth has misshapen or long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk of decay, so your doctor may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of a tooth.

When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, your dentist may extract the tooth during a regular checkup or may request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, your dentist must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important to share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation.

Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we may recommend that you replace the extracted tooth.

Dental Implant Restorations

If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can destabilize your bite and cause you discomfort. When teeth are missing, your mouth can shift and even cause your face to look older. Implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can last a lifetime!

An implant is a new tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like your natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: one part is the titanium implant body that takes the place of the missing root, and the second part is the tooth-colored crown that is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, you can smile confidently knowing no one will ever suspect you have a replacement tooth.

In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures, implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile.

Dentures and Partials

Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill in where permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth, dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.

Implant-Supported Dentures

If you don’t have any teeth in your jaw, but you do have adequate jawbone to support multiple implants, an implant-supported denture may be the ideal option. Special attachments fasten or snap onto the implant base for a secure fit. These dentures are usually created for the lower jaw since regular upper dentures rarely need extra support, but they can be crafted for both upper and lower jaws.

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