OUR SERVICES

We are a LATEX-FREE office.  For your comfort during treatment, we offer complimentary nitrous oxide sedation and a variety of music with headphones.

EMERGENCIES

For all dental emergencies, it’s important to visit your dentist as soon as possible. We reserve time in the daily schedules for emergency patients so be sure to call in and provide as much detail as you can about your condition. If the accident occurs when your our office is not open, visit the nearest emergency room. Types of emergencies:
• Tooth knocked out
• Cracked tooth
• Serious bite of tongue or lip
• Toothache
• Broken jaw
• Objects stuck in mouth or teeth

PREVENTION

Preventive dentistry means caring for your teeth and mouth to keep them healthy. Children should be taught proper oral hygiene at an early age. Besides a proper diet, prevention includes daily brushing and flossing, regular cleanings by a hygienist, and regular dental exams.

CHECKUPS/CLEANINGS

Most people should see their dentist twice a year, and we will discuss your particular needs and lifestyle to determine the best schedule. A cleaning and checkup will include:
• Professional cleaning by a hygienist to remove plaque and calculus that cannot be removed at home. We use the new standard of care for preventive visits: ultrasonic cavitron combined with handscaling
• Polishing to remove stains and plaque remnants.
• Digital X-rays might be taken; we will consider your clinical examination, dental history, and risk for developing cavities in determining the frequency for X-rays.
• Recommendations for prevention or treatment if any oral health problems are identified during your examination.

FILLINGS

Avoid the need for fillings by preventing tooth decay in the first place! Cavities are caused when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that attack your teeth. In time, this acid can dissolve away the enamel on your teeth and cause a hole. If you need to have a tooth filled, we'll discuss the options for materials, depending upon your needs.

CROWNS, BRIDGES, IMPLANTS

A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps a tooth and is bonded using dental cement. They are usually used to improve the strength or appearance of teeth.
A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from different materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. A removable bridge (or partial denture) is one you can take out and clean. A fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist. The success of a bridge depends on the foundation, so it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.
Dental implants are an effective, long-term way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth. Implant posts are surgically placed in jaw, where they integrate with the bone and function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.  Adults of all ages can benefit from dental implants.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth, gums and bite. This might include bonding, veneers, crowns, teeth whitening, orthodontics or gum reshaping.

DENTURES

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace lost natural teeth, whether from gum disease, tooth decay or injury. Replacing missing teeth benefits your appearance and your health, making it easier to eat and speak and avoiding facial muscle sag. Dentures can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance is changed very little.

EXTRACTIONS

An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding. If you need an extraction, we will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, we'll advise you about post extraction care. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was removed.

Here are some tips to follow to make recovery easier:
• Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
• Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
• Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
• Follow the diet suggestions.

For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call us right away. Ask about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual, but for the first
1-2 days don't clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed. Today's modern procedures and follow up care recommendations are there for your benefit and comfort.

ROOT CANAL TREATMENT

Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, the diseased pulp is removed, the pulp chamber and root canal of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.

Causes of an infected pulp could include:
• a deep cavity
• repeated dental procedures
• a cracked or broken tooth
• injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)

If you continue to care for your teeth and gums your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure that can save your tooth, with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits.

OCCLUSAL/NIGHT GUARDS

An occlusal or night guard is a horseshoe shaped piece of clear acrylic which is worn over the teeth to protect them against damage caused by clenching or grinding.  It works by creating a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth so that you bite against the plastic rather than wearing down your teeth.  

SPORTS GUARDS

When it comes to protecting your mouth, a mouth guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be part of your standard equipment from an early age. In fact, studies show that athletes are 60 times more likely to suffer harm to the teeth if they’re not wearing a mouth guard. For teens wearing braces, a mouth guard also provides a protective barrier between the braces and your lips, limiting the risk of soft tissue injuries. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, are higher-risk sports for the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.