As a family dental facility, we provide the full range of preventive and restorative services for your entire family. From a child’s first dental visit, to the specific needs of our geriatric patients, we truly encompass the dental needs for a lifetime. We take pride in our awareness of the esthetics and function in the smiles we restore. Creating natural looking, healthy appearance is the true blend of the art and science of dentistry.
Click any of our services below to learn more about how we can help you to achieve a beautiful smile:
A general cleaning is a procedure that is recommended every six months. Even though visiting the dentist twice a year may seem like a lot, two short visits a year will potentially prevent a life time of dental problems and worry.
Bonding is a common solution for:
- Repairing chipped or cracked teeth
- Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
- Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth's surface.
Bonding is achieved by applying a composite material to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth. Composite bonding is a quick process, usually taking less than an hour.
A crown is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable.
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Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. For some people, dental implants offer a smile that looks and feels very natural. Surgically placed below the gums over a series of appointments, implants fuse to the jawbone and serve as a base for individual replacement teeth, bridges or a denture. Implants offer stability because they fuse to your bone. Integration of the implants into your jaw also helps your replacement teeth feel more natural and some people also find the secure fit more comfortable than conventional substitutes. Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by your dentist will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Periodontal disease, injury and tooth decay can all cause a loss of your natural teeth. However, we can bring back the smile on your face with dentures to restore your missing teeth. With improved technology and updated materials, dentists can now make them appear more natural and more comfortable for the patient. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures cover the patient’s entire jaw while partial dentures, with their metal framework, replace multiple missing teeth. Ask our doctors to see which type would be right for you. It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.
A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has compromised restorability, excessive periodontal disease, or to make space for orthodontic treatment. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are referred to our oral surgeon colleagues for evaluation and treatment.
Dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth. Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and cost of dental restorations. These factors include:
- Patient’s oral and general health
- Components used in the filling material
- Where and how the filling is placed
- Chewing load that the tooth will have to bear
The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth.
The ultimate decision about what to use is best determined by the patient in consultation with the dentist. Before your treatment begins, discuss the options with your dentist.
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Our dentists can fit your teeth with a custom night guard to be worn day or night to protect teeth from excessive wear and discomfort associated with grinding and clenching of the teeth.
Periodontal Therapy – Our dentists emphasize the importance of diagnosing, preventing, and treating gum disease. Most people have some form of periodontal disease and are unaware of it because it is painless in early stages. If undetected or left untreated the support for the teeth in the jaw bone is destroyed. At later stages this causes the teeth to become loose or painful. In addition, gum disease can cause bad breath and change the appearance of your smile. Early diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease is crucial.
The most important part of oral health is preventive care. Our mission is to preserve healthy teeth and gums and prevent dental caries and oral disease. This is done through regular brushing and flossing at home and routine visits to your dentist and dental hygienist for exams and cleanings. At each appointment, you will receive a thorough dental cleaning, exam by the dentist, periodontal charting, and any necessary x-rays. Healthy teeth and gums not only look good, they are an important part of your overall health!
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Root Canal Therapy
Once upon a time, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called a root canal therapy you may save that tooth. 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 you don't remove it, your tooth gets infected and you could lose it. After the dentist removes the pulp, the root canal is cleaned and sealed off to protect it. Then our dentists place a crown over the tooth to help make it stronger. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile!
Dental sealants act as a barrier, protecting the teeth against decay-causing bacteria. The sealants are usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars) where decay occurs most often.
Teeth whitening is the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure. It's designed to enhance your appearance by reducing tooth discoloration and staining to elicit a whiter, brighter smile.
Veneers - A veneer is a thin covering that is placed over only the front part of the tooth. They are a popular option because they use most of the present tooth structure and can correct a variety of problems. If you have tooth discoloration, slightly crooked or poorly shaped front teeth, this can be a good option. Veneers can also be used to correct teeth that are chipped or worn, and can correct uneven spaces or a slight gap in front teeth.
For procedures requiring a specialist (braces, extraction surgery, gum surgery, some root canals, initial implant surgery) we will refer you to trusted colleagues we collaborate with to achieve the best success for you.
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