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We understand that, when it comes to dental care, people have varying comfort levels, budget constraints and dental insurance.
So whether it’s drawing pictures to explain procedures or explaining your payment options, we take the time to make sure you understand all your options and are comfortable in choosing the ones that work best for you.
Regular Dental Hygiene/Cleaning – We recommend routine teeth cleaning every 6 months as an important part of maintaining healthy teeth and gums. During these appointments, we remove tartar, plaque and stains that build up on your teeth over time and lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
Sealants – Dental sealants are thin coatings that are painted on to the biting surfaces of the back teeth. Acting as a barrier to cavities, the sealants protect the teeth in these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” food, plaque and bacteria that can cause decay.
Fluoride Treatment – Applying fluoride to the teeth can prevent cavities and decay by strengthening the enamel. Fluoride treatments make teeth more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and bacteria.
Gum Disease Treatment – Depending on the severity of the gum disease, we work to prevent onset progression, and create a treatment plan that’s right for you. Gum disease treatment may include deep cleaning (scaling and root planing) to control bacterial growth or, if necessary, surgery to restore supportive tissues.
Bite Correction/Protection – If your upper and lower teeth are not well aligned, they may be harder to clean, leading to gum disease. Various methods we use to re-align teeth include reconstructing, replacing, and reshaping them. If your teeth need protection from nighttime grinding, we can also custom-make acrylic mouth guards to wear at night.
Sports Mouth Guards – If you or your children are involved in sports, we highly recommend wearing a mouth guard to protect against dental injuries. In our office, we make flexible, custom-fit mouth guards that provide great protection for your teeth and mouth.
Fillings – Fillings are used to repair teeth that are damaged by cavities or fractures. When we do a filling, the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the area is “filled” with a composite, porcelain, or silver material.
Root Canal Therapy – A root canal can repair and save a badly infected or damaged tooth that might otherwise need to be removed. During a root canal, the pulp of the tooth, which contains nerves and blood vessels, is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed.
Crowns – A dental crown, also called a cap, is a tooth-shaped restoration placed over a weak or damaged tooth to make it stronger or to improve its appearance. The procedure often takes two visits: the first is to shape the tooth, make an impression of it, and place a temporary crown; the second to place the permanent crown, which is custom-fabricated to fit the tooth.
CAD/CAM Crowns – In our office, we are now able to digitally scan a prepared tooth and create a crown the same day with our in-office milling machine. These crowns are made of tooth-colored ceramic. Same-day crowns eliminate the need for temporary crowns and “wet” impressions.
Bridges – A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device used to “bridge” a gap in the mouth created by a missing tooth. Bridges fill the empty space with artificial teeth which are then cemented into place by crowns placed on the natural teeth on either side.
Bonding – Bonding is an easy, quick and inexpensive procedure used to fix minor imperfections in teeth. This may include filling in cavities or repairing teeth that are chipped, cracked or discolored. The procedure involves applying a tooth-colored resin to the tooth and hardening it using a special light so that it “bonds” to the tooth.
Extractions – An extraction, meaning the removal of a tooth, is commonly needed when a tooth is too badly damaged to be repaired or restored. This may be due to decay, trauma or infection. A tooth might also need to be extracted to make room for other teeth if there is overcrowding in the mouth.
Partials – A partial denture is a dental appliance that fits inside the mouth where natural teeth are missing. A partial consists of artificial replacement teeth, and is removable from the mouth.
Dentures – A complete denture is a removable set of artificial teeth that is used when all of the natural teeth are missing. Custom made, denture can restore a smile and improve oral function.
Dental Implants – Dental implants are small titanium posts placed surgically in the mouth. They are designed to support lab-fabricated crowns in places where natural teeth are missing. Dental implants are permanent fixtures, fusing with the bone in the jaw. A dental implant is the most permanent way to restore a missing tooth.
Teeth Whitening – Teeth whitening (or dental bleaching) can brighten a smile by removing stains or discoloration and restoring the natural color of teeth. In our office, we create custom-fitted trays to be used at home. A strong bleaching agent is placed in the trays to whiten the teeth.
Veneers – A dental veneer is a thin, custom-made layer of composite or porcelain material used to cover the surface of a tooth in order to improve its appearance. Veneers are often used when teeth are discolored, worn down, chipped, or misaligned.
Crowns – In addition to supporting a weak or damaged tooth, crowns can be done to improve a smile. The all-ceramic material we use for crowns is beautiful as well as durable.
Cosmetic Fillings – Tooth-colored fillings do two jobs. They treat cavities and restore natural beauty to the mouth.
Cosmetic Contouring – Dental contouring, or tooth reshaping, is a subtle and inexpensive way to repair minor imperfections in teeth such as chips, cracks and overlaps.
Orthodontic Consultation – We will do a complete examination of your teeth and discuss our recommended treatment options with you. We will work with you to come up with a plan that’s best for you and address any questions or concerns that you may have.