A beautiful and bright smile starts with a healthy mouth. Attending regularly scheduled cleaning and exam appointments with current x-rays are important to monitor your health. The American Medical Association and the American Dental Association have linked oral health and systemic diseases, such as heart disease, lower birth weight babies, respiratory infections and diabetes. In addition, preventative visits are imperative for early detection and treatment of periodontal disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay. While most people attend two preventative appointments per year, it is not uncommon for some people to need additional care due to heavier build-up or periodontal conditions. Although, most insurance companies only pay for 2 preventative appointments per year, insurance benefits shouldn't dictate your treatment.
As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The ADA recommends that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a child’s first birthday. Don’t wait for them to start school or until there's an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with good mouth healthy habits.
If you have a dependent with special needs, we will work with you to help your loved one achieve oral health. We welcome patients of all abilities to the practice. We understand that some people require extra patience and may take a longer time just getting to the dental chair.
We will work with your schedule to see you when you have a dental emergency. Whether it is a broken tooth, a broken denture, or pain and swelling from a dental infection..we are here to help. We are a full service dental office: we perform root canal treatments, oral surgery, repair of dentures and restorative dentistry.
Root Canal Therapy
Inside each tooth is the pulp which provides nutrients and nerves to the tooth, it runs like a thread down through the root. When the pulp is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies. If the pulp is not removed, your tooth could get infected. When this infection goes untreated, you could develop a swelling and/or lose your tooth. If the tooth is restorable, the solution is root canal therapy. The dentist removes the pulp, and the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Your tooth will need a permanent restoration, usually a crown, once root canal treatment is completed. Root canal therapy is a simple procedure with little or no discomfort.
We understand that fear, anxiety or even a strong gag reflex might have prevented you in the past from getting comprehensive dental care. We have a visiting board-certified anesthesiologist to provide Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC). Unlike oral or even some IV sedation, MAC allows a more natural and complete state of tranquility. Your sleep will not be interrupted and you will not have any memory of the procedure. Your safety is assured by an experienced anesthesia provider who will always remain at your side and monitor the entire process.
Inhalation sedation by nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is available at the office as well.
Bruxism and TMD
Bruxism, clenching and grinding of the teeth can be caused by stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, abnormal bite, and missing and misaligned teeth. Other symptoms may include a dull headache or sore jaw. Severe grinding can lead to fractures of your teeth and treatment may include root canal therapy and crowns. Occlusal splints (night guards) can often alleviate grinding or clenching, and eliminate the possibility of fractures occurring.
Occlusal disease develops when upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly. Grinding teeth can make this problem much worse. Even in the absence of pain, the uneven bite is affecting tooth structure, bone, roots, gum tissue, and jaw joints. Excessive wear, cracks, fractures, tooth movement, sensitivity, and gum disease can all be part of the occlusal disease process.
With appropriate therapy, tooth wear and premature aging of the mouth can be minimized. The highest standard of care consists of customized treatment, appropriate to the individual patient's circumstance. Treatment of occlusal disease may include one or more of the following: bite splint therapy, equilibration (reshaping of the teeth to fit evenly together when biting), orthodontics, and replacement of missing teeth or restoration of damaged teeth. Diagnosing and treating occlusal problems is essential to optimal health, maximum comfort, and dentistry that lasts. Having a smile redesign or "cosmetic makeover" that is beautiful is not enough. Teeth need to function properly for long lasting results.
Tooth colored fillings
Long gone are the days of unsightly silver amalgam fillings. Innovative technology has advanced the esthetics of dentistry. We offer composite (plastic) fillings that are placed chairside as well as stronger porcelain fillings that are fabricated in a laboratory and are glued to your tooth with dental cement.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns, also called caps, can be placed over a tooth that has experienced significant loss of structure. Crowns may be done following root canal therapy, or if a tooth is so weak that a filling would fail. A bridge is simply three or more connected crown units.
Custom dentures are made in 5-6 appointments. We work closely with our laboratory and do much of the work on-site. The American Dental Association recommends that dentures be replaced every 5 years. If there is a full denture opposing natural teeth, the denture may need to be replaced sooner. We fabricate partial, full and implant supported dentures. In addition, we offer immediate dentures, so that if your teeth need to be extracted, you will be able to leave the office with a denture in place right after surgery.
Tooth discoloration can occur from a variety of factors. Genetics, smoking, certain medications, dark colored food, and poor oral hygiene can all be contributing factors. Whitening is an easy way to brighten your smile. There are different types of whitening that we offer, we are happy to guide you towards the right choice.