It's a fact - no two smiles are exactly alike. Our approach to your care begins with a thorough assessment of the condition and health of your teeth, bite, jaw joints, gums and supporting bone.
As part of this analysis, we utilize digital xrays to view structures not visible to the human eye and conduct an oral examination that includes gum measurements to detect signs of periodontal disease. We then combine this data with an oral cancer screening and detailed medical and dental history to arrive at recommendations based on your specific needs and smile goals.
Our practice features a comprehensive array of services to care for your smile, including:
Dental Crowns, Bridges, Implant Restoration & Fillings
The hardest substance in the human body is tooth enamel. When this structure is compromised due to decay or trauma, it can sometimes be restored by rebuilding the tooth structure with a protective crown, or "cap". If the tooth is damaged beyond repair, it may be replaced by a dental bridge supported by adjacent teeth, or, a dental implant placed by a specialist and then restored by our doctors with a crown.
For areas of lesser damage, smaller, more conservative laboratory-fabricated inlays or onlays can sometimes be placed to restore tooth structure. Composite plastic or silver filling materials can also be used to repair tiny chipped areas or deep grooves in the teeth that have developed early signs of decay due to penetrative bacteria.
Tooth restorations are available in a variety of materials, including gold and semi-precious metals, as well as natural-looking materials such as tooth-colored fillings or porcelain.
The main purpose of any restoration is to help balance the biting forces of the mouth and create a surface that is easy to clean. Sometimes we will use materials to "build up" remaining tooth structure to create a better foundation for placing a restoration.
In some cases, the nerve of the tooth may have been affected by the damage to the tooth, requiring a root canal procedure to treat infection and seal the canals prior to placing a permanent restoration. We sometimes refer our patients to a root canal specialist, or Endodontist, for this procedure.
Prevention is the key - Keeping your teeth healthy is ultimately better for your smile and your budget. Our goal is to detect warning signs of tooth decay or bite imbalance as early as possible through regular checkups and dental cleanings. Be sure to ask about preventive measures that you can take at home, such as brushing and flossing techniques or medicated rinses to help protect your smile.
Teeth Whitening, Dental Bonding, Porcelain Veneers & Crowns
Many cosmetic services are available today to enhance your smile! Often, dramatic results can be achieved with minor procedures, such as teeth whitening or dental bonding to conceal gaps between teeth or to smooth chipped edges.
Porcelain is a great restorative material for use in cosmetic dentistry, it is translucent and highly resistant to staining, which results in a permanently white, natural-looking restoration. Veneers are thin, porcelain coverings that are adhered to your natural teeth; they are custom-fabricated by our dental laboratory and shaped to create the smile "style" that you want to achieve. Veneers can usually be adhered with minimal to no drilling or tooth preparation. All-porcelain crowns can also be used to replace discolored crown and bridge restorations or when more extensive tooth coverage is required.
As part of our consultative process, we will take photographs of your teeth and our dentists will work closely with you to show you examples of cosmetic services and offer recommendations to help you arrive at your smile goal. From conservative to "extreme", there are more options today than ever in dentistry to make esthetic changes to your smile. Contact Us today to schedule a Smile Analysis with one of our dentists!
Complete & Partial Dentures
When multiple teeth are lost and bite and chewing functions are compromised, the digestive processes of the body can be disrupted. Eventually, this condition can lead to gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, any remaining teeth can become stressed due to bite imbalance.
A complete or partial denture may be required to replace missing teeth and restore proper bite and chewing function. We work closely with our dental laboratory to design a custom-fitted denture appliance, followed by necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit.
Your quality of life and overall well being are very important to us! If you have missing teeth in need of replacement, contact us today to schedule a complete examination so that we may assess your needs.
Periodontal Care, Dental Cleanings & Sealants
Our Hygiene Team plays a vital role in our practice. A proper health maintenance plan for your smile will include regular visits, every 3-6 months, to see one of our hygienists for routine cleanings, necessary xrays and gum measurements to look for signs of periodontal disease. Be sure to ask about preventive services such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help you and your family maintain healthy smiles for a lifetime!
Periodontal Disease: Our hygienists provide nonsurgical gum treatments under the direction of our doctors to treat gum infection, or periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease is a progressive disease that begins when bacteria penetrate and grow beneath the gums. As the disease spreads, gum tissue and eventually bone become infected and are destroyed. If left untreated, periodontal disease can break down enough bone and gum tissue to cause teeth in the affected area to become loose and eventually fall out.
Common signs of Periodontal Disease are bleeding or swollen gums, persistent bad breath, receding gums or "loose" teeth that do not have a history of trauma.
Stress, smoking and poor nutrition can be contributing factors to gum disease. Recent studies also indicate that there is a link between the bacteria that cause periodontal disease and increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and pre-term low birth weight.
If detected early, periodontal disease can often be treated in our office with nonsurgical treatment supported by effective home care. In some cases, surgical procedures may be required to treat bone loss or advanced penetration of the infection. We may refer this type of case to a gum specialist, or Periodontist to maintain an assertive approach to this detrimental disease.
We enjoy providing dental care for your entire family.
Generally, we see children ages 3 and up in our office, and recommend that toddlers under 3 or children with complex needs be seen by a pediatric dental specialist.
We want your child to look forward to visiting the dentist! Your child's first visit will include a fun introduction to the sights and sounds of a dental office and a "ride" in the dental chair. Once we know that our young patient is comfortable and relaxed in our office, we will proceed at their pace to obtain any necessary xrays and perform a routine cleaning. Sometimes this takes more than one visit, and that is okay! Your child's comfort and health are always our top priority.
Nightguards & Sportsguards
Biteguards are custom-fitted removable plastic appliances that are worn over the teeth, often during sleep. Biteguards (or nightguards) help protect the teeth and jaw joints from damage from teeth grinding or clenching.
As part of your complete dental examination, we will evaluate both jaw joints (TMJ) and each tooth surface to observe for signs of teeth grinding or clenching. If you find you are grinding your teeth or clenching, please bring this to our attention so that we can take appropriate measures to help keep your teeth and jaw joints healthy and pain-free.
Similar to a biteguard, a sportsguard is a custom-fitted removable plastic appliance that can be worn during sports activities to cover the teeth and help prevent injuries. Please contact our office to find out how we can help your young athlete protect that precious smile!
We invite you to Contact Us and ask questions, anytime. Our entire team is committed to empowering you with information to allow you to stay in control of your own health.
We welcome emergency patients. Call early for same-day service.
If you experience tooth pain or discomfort, please contact our office to make arrangements to be seen. Dental disease is progressive by nature, and delaying treatment can cause your condition to worsen and possibly result in infection or increased pain.
In the event of an injury from a traumatic blow to the teeth or jaw, contact our office right away or go to the nearest emergency room for immediate care. We invite you to download our Common Dental Emergencies Guide to keep with your first aid kit at home.