Our dental team is well versed in all areas of dentistry. We offer you restorative, implant, and cosmetic dental care, utilizing state-of-the-art dental techniques involving the replacement or restoration of natural teeth for your general health and quality of life.
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays may also be taken during your dental exam, to enable your dentist to see below the surfaces of your teeth. Dental exams typically end with a dental cleaning, to remove surface stains and buildup.
Intra-Oral Camera Tour of Your Mouth
Dental X-rays have come a long way. Todays dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral photography is another alternative to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral photography, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with a 35mm or digital camera.
No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A professional teeth cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future. While a traditional teeth cleaning involves manually scraping away these deposits with special dental tools, advances in dental technologies now give you more options for teeth cleanings.
A laser teeth cleaning, also known as an ultrasonic cleaning, is a popular alternative to traditional teeth cleanings. With a laser teeth cleaning, an ultrasonic scaler (rather than a manual probe) is used to remove deposits, kill harmful microbes and eliminate bacteria around the teeth and gums through high-frequency sound waves. Many patients find laser teeth cleanings more comfortable than traditional teeth cleanings because they are quicker, quieter and pain-free.
A deep cleaning may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line. Deep cleanings, also known as scaling and root planing, involve a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothened. A deep cleaning helps prevent periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.
Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months. An oral cancer screening takes just minutes, is pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams. If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women. Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco smokers and heavy drinkers.
Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
We work as a team with physicians who specialize in Sleep Medicine and the treatment of Sleep Apnea. If you have been told that you snore or stop breathing in periodic episodes while you are asleep, let us help determine the best treatment approach for you so you can sleep with ease all night long.
If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and are unable to use a CPAP machine, oral appliance therapy may be of great benefit to you and your health!
An integral part of maintaining your teeth for life is the removal of plaque and tarter on a regular basis. The frequency of your visits is based upon your individual needs and oral health. During your visit we will update your medical history, perform an oral cancer screening exam, check your teeth for cavities, review oral hygiene instructions, and evaluate and diagnose your periodontal (gum) condition. Fluoride treatments are provided for children under the age of thirteen and for adults when appropriate.
The challenge is to maximize the benefits of sports participation and limit the number of oral/facial injuries that can occur. Pre-season examinations should be done to reduce the chance of unexpected dental infections and pain that will prevent an athlete from participating. Every person involved in any athletic activity where contact can be made or a fall could occur should be using an athletic mouthguard. This protection is necessary not only to avoid dental injuries, but also to reduce the risk of concussions. The types of mouthguards available in the stores are not safe to use. If you or your child loves sports, you should let us help you decrease the chances of dental and medical problems. Ask us about the Game Face sports safety mask and the portable tooth preservation systems.
Highly effective in preventing decay on the biting surfaces of your chewing teeth, sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic "coating" is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively "seals" the deep grooves where decay is most likely to start.
Crowns and Bridges
A "cap", "jacket" or "crown" will restore a broken, heavily filled or cracked tooth to its original size and shape. This may also be recommended after root canal therapy has been completed, as the tooth tends to become brittle and is more apt to fracture. Crowns can strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and improve the appearance of your teeth. You can replace missing teeth with a non-removable bridge. It will improve the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in position and can also help maintain the structure of your face.
While seldom painful and frequently free of any obvious signs or symptoms, periodontal disease can progress, undetected, to the point where supporting bone is destroyed. With 80 to 90 percent of all teenagers having some form of gingivitis (inflamed gums) and 75 percent of adult tooth loss for people over the age of 35 due to periodontal disease, early treatment and prevention is essential. While periodontal disease is caused by plaque, a number of other factors including poorly fitting bridges, badly aligned teeth and defective fillings contribute to the development of this condition. Our office, using new techniques and the results of new research findings, aggressively treats the causes of this disease so that the overall health of our patients is improved. Recent studies have proven that the association between heart disease and gum disease to be at least as strong as the linkage of heart disease to cholesterol, body weight or smoking!
The goal of modern dentistry is to prevent tooth loss. When a tooth cannot be saved, extraction (removal) of the tooth may be the only course of treatment. Most minor surgeries are performed at our facility; however, the doctors may choose to refer to a maxillofacial surgeon for more complicated cases.
Root Canal Therapy
If a tooth's pulp (nerve and blood supply) becomes infected or inflamed, root canal treatment may be the only way to save the tooth, short of removing it. Root canal treatment consists of removing the nerve that lies within the root of the tooth.
Many people believe that once they have dentures, they no longer need regular dental care. Denture wearers require regular exams to ensure their health, comfort and appearance. Gum tissues are in a constant state of change. Periodic relining of the dentures may be necessary to ensure a tight and comfortable fit.