General Dentistry

X-Rays

BITEWING XRAYX-Rays are an important tool in diagnosing your dental needs. They help us detect decay, infection and any abnormalities that need to be addressed.

We use digital x-rays, which are safer for you than traditional x-rays, and they offer a high quality image to aide in your diagnosis and treatment.

We also use digital, video imaging and photos to help you see what we see! Getting you involved in your treatment and making sure you are informed is one of our top priorities.

Routine Teeth Cleaning

Routine dental cleanings are important in helping you maintain healthy teeth and gums. Visiting us on a regular basis also allows us to find any problem areas while they are small helping you to avoid a more costly procedure in the future if left untreated.

During your routine teeth cleaning, your hygienist will clean, floss and polish your teeth. She will also make sure your teeth and gums are healthy, and will work with the dentist to spot any trouble areas.

Sealants

sealant_Francois_afterSealants help prevent you from getting cavities. Sealants are often done on children who are just getting their permanent molars. If the teeth that are coming in have deep groves on the biting surfaces of the teeth, they can be harder to keep clean. So, the dentist or hygienist will place as thin, plastic, protective coating over the tooth to protect it from decay.

Periodontal Treatment

Patients with gum disease need periodontal treatment. Having gum disease means the tissues are inflamed and infected and need to treated to remove the heavy build-up that is causing the infection. Our hygienist have years of experience treating gum disease and helping our patients return to a stable condition.

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Fillings

When you get a cavity, you need a filling. Cavities are areas of tooth decay that need to be cleaned out and restored with a filling. We use tooth colored or resin material to restore your teeth, giving them a natural look and feel.

Root Canal

Sometimes when you have a cavity, it is too deep to just place a filling. If the decay has reached the nerve of the tooth, a root canal is necessary. In many cases the nerve has become infected or is dying and the nerve space in your tooth needs to be cleaned out and filled. We perform root canals in our office, but in certain circumstances, you may be referred to a specialist to perform this procedure.

Crowns

Dental crowns are necessary when a tooth breaks losing a large portion of the tooth, has decay around an already large filling, a tooth is cracked and/or after root canal treatment. Many times before a crown can be placed, the tooth need to be built back up in order to have enough structure to secure the crown in place. This is usually accomplished with a core build-up or the use of a small post. Once your tooth is built-up, an impression is taken of your tooth and sent to a lab to have a custom crown made. When the crown is complete, it is permanently cemented over your tooth.
In the instance where a tooth is missing, a crown can also be placed over a dental implant.

Bridges

A bridge replaces a missing tooth or teeth over a small span in your mouth. It consists of two or more crowns splinted together including a pontic, or false tooth, to replace the tooth or teeth that are missing. Having a bridge placed is a very similar procedure to having a crown done. The teeth are prepared and possibly built-up and an impression is taken. Then the impression is sent to the lab to have the custom bridge made. The bridge is permanently cemented in place and is not something that is removable. Just like a crown, a bridge can also be placed over two dental implants to restore more than one tooth.

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Dentures and Partial Dentures

Dentures replace missing teeth and the procedures used to make custom dentures vary from office to office. We like to take the time necessary to give our patients the best fit we can by taking accurate impressions and performing try-ins before the final product is completed. Whether you are replacing all of your teeth with a full denture or only a few teeth with a partial denture, fit is important. That’s why we take the time to make any necessary adjustments to help you feel comfortable.
For patients who are not happy with the fit and feel of their dentures, we also offer implant supported dentures and partial dentures. Implant supported dentures “click” down over the implants holding the denture in place more securely.

Oral Surgery

Unfortunately, there are times when teeth are beyond restoration and just need to be removed. We perform many tooth extractions in our office and our doctors cater to cowards! However, if your case is more complex, you may be referred to an oral surgeon.

Mouth Guards

Mouth guards can protect your teeth if you are grinding or clenching throughout the day or night. Grinding and clinching can wear and crack the teeth leaving them susceptible to decay and breakage and even change the way you bite or the way your teeth fit together. Certain types of mouth guards can also help relieve the pressure you may be putting on your jaw joint and muscles.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation is available in our office.