Complete Oral Examination
The purpose of this exam is to address any concerns or questions our patients may have. A visual and radiographic inspection of the mouth is conducted to determine each patient's overall oral health. We are proud to provide our patients with digital x-rays, which emit less radiation than traditional x-rays. The individual's treatment plan will be explained at this time, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Routine, superficial cleaning is done using an ultrasonic device to remove surface plaque and calculus around and between teeth. Calculus is plaque that has hardened over time. An overall polish follows this with a dental paste that leaves the mouth feeling refreshed!
Often referred to as 'Scaling and Root Planning,' a deep cleaning involves removing plaque and calculus below the gumline. Cleaning below the gums is important to preventing gum disease and stopping the progression of existing gum disease. Anesthesia is often used to make the procedure more comfortable for patients.
There are two types of fillings offered in dentistry today:
Amalgam and Composite
Amalgam is a silver filling made of an alloy of metals, including silver, mercury, tin, copper, and zinc. The amount of mercury found in dental amalgam is minimal and, according to several studies, has been deemed safe for use by the American Dental Association. Amalgam has been used for several centuries in dentistry due to its strength and durability.
Composite is a resin or plastic material that is white. It is a popular alternative to amalgam due to its ability to blend in with surrounding teeth. Modern composites are as equally strong and durable as amalgam. Anesthesia is often used during both of these procedures to ensure the comfort of the patient.
For our pediatric patients, we offer preventative fillings called 'sealants' that help prevent cavities. Anesthesia is not required for this procedure.
Root Canal Therapy
A root canal is a procedure where the tooth's pulp is removed, the internal surfaces cleaned and then filled with rubber. Reasons that necessitate root canals are deep cavities, trauma, fractures, repetitive dental procedures, or spontaneous infection from an unknown cause. This treatment provides an effective means of saving teeth that might otherwise require extraction. Anesthesia is always administered before this treatment.
Post and Core Build-Up
A post is only placed in root canal treated teeth if there is not enough tooth structure to hold the permanent filling in place. It functions to retain the filling and crown. The core build-up material is then placed around the post to permanently seal the entrance of the canal(s) of the tooth. Materials used can vary from amalgam to varying types of composites.
Bridges are multiple attached crowns that replace missing teeth. Unlike a denture, they are a permanently cemented restoration.
Partial & Full Dentures
Replacing missing teeth is important if you want to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile! Dentures are custom made for each individual and replace multiple missing teeth or a full set of teeth if needed. Dentures function to restore your smile, chew your food, pronounce your words, and prevent facial sagging by providing support to your lips and cheeks.
There are many materials used to make full dentures, and you should consult your dentist about which ones are right for you.
General Pediatric Dentistry
As a family practice, we also treat children from the age of 2 and above. Our dentists and staff are trained to cater to children's dental needs and are highly experienced and patient. Patients will find their environment to be friendly and welcoming.
An extraction, or tooth removal, is performed when a tooth is causing pain, damage and can no longer be saved.
Cosmetic Dentistry aims to restore the smile to a more natural and pleasing appearance through Bonding, Veneers, or Whitening.
Bonding is a procedure where composite resin is placed to cover irregularities on teeth to restore them to the desired appearance. It is the most conservative technique to brighten one's smile! The composite can repair chips, minor cracks, gaps between teeth, exposed roots, and so much more. The procedure is done in one appointment and usually doesn't require the use of anesthesia. Regardless of its use, bonding can produce stunning results!
It is normal for teeth to darken with time, especially if one's diet includes food and drinks that stain. Although bleaching can lighten most discolorations, certain strains are difficult or impossible to eliminate.
Our office provides home whitening kits, custom-made, clear trays for each person, and the whitening gel is provided. Altogether, whitening is the most common and successful method used in creating a wonderful smile.
All our dental services will be completed along with patient education. Most of the time, patient education is done before and after the procedure is done. Our doctors are very experienced and can complete the treatments quickly and efficiently. Our patients have and always will receive the best treatment dentistry offers. So, we welcome you to our office with a warm smile and many helping hands.