This will be a very comprehensive appointment involving x-rays, intra oral and extraoral photos, full review of medical and dental history, recording of blood pressure, full exam of the teeth to check for decay, cracks, pain, mobility and positioning. We also perform a limited exam of the TMJ and do an oral cancer scan. There will also be time to review all of your dental concerns, your questions, and to discuss a treatment plan.
Digital technology offers less radiation to the patient then conventional films and eliminates the environmental hazardous wastes from the developing chemicals.
Cleaning/ Polishing/ Root Planning and Fluoride:
Our dental hygienists will probe the teeth, check for recession and mobility, provide a thorough cleaning of the root surfaces, polish off stain, apply fluoride if needed and make recommendations for your future appointments and home care.
We generally recommend placing sealants on newly erupted molars of our pediatric patients. Sealants have been shown to lower the incidence of cavities that specifically attack the chewing surfaces of these molars.
A small percentage of the population are true ‘grinders’ and we can make custom nightguards to protect the teeth from further night time damage.
Playing sports can be fun, but they can also be risky for your dental health, and can potentially lead to concussions. A custom sportguard will minimize risk and allow you to focus on the game.
Snoring has been linked to TypeII diabetes, Glaucoma, Stroke, Sleep apnea, hearing loss and much more. After referral for a sleep study to rule out severe obstructive sleep apnea, we can have custom appliances made to reduce or even eliminate snoring for our patients and have had great success.
Quitting smoking can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone! We can work with you to develop a plan to quit smoking and improve your oral health.
Oral cancer scans:
During this exam we will check all oral tissues, feel the skin and the neck to check for irregularities and lesions that may be questionable. We have a Velscope that we can use to look at the tissues and we make the proper referrals to specialists when needed.
Known as the temporomandibular joint, our TMJ analyses can look for conditions like crepitation, subluxation, and deviation.
Dentures provide you with natural-looking replacement teeth that are able to be removed. Full dentures are necessary when a patient has had all of their natural teeth removed.
Partial dentures, meanwhile, are dentures that attach to a metal frame and connect to a patient’s natural teeth to fill the gap where a natural tooth was before.
This procedure is used to treat teeth that have abscessed, most commonly from decay that has grown into the nerve of the tooth, leading to infection, swelling, temperature pain, and chewing pain.
Tooth colored fillings, also known as composite resin, are the only type of direct fillings that we provide our patients. Our office is Amalgam Free.
These are commonly called ‘Caps’, and can be made of Gold, all Porcelain, or a combination of the two. When a tooth has extensive restorations on them, we like to recommend a crown to decrease the chance of future tooth fracture.
Bridges can be implemented to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth by “bridging” the gap where a tooth may have been before.
An alternative to undertaking a filling or crown, our onlays can provide you with a solution to a damaged tooth. They can be made of Gold, Porcelain, or a combination of the two.
We can fabricate custom-made shells to cover the front of your teeth and correct imperfections including spaces, small rotations, misshapen teeth or discolored teeth.
Esthetic Crown Lengthening:
In one visit we can remove excess gum tissue to create a more even gum level when you smile, or it can also be done to lengthen very short teeth as seen in some patients with a ‘gummy’ smile.
Want to make your smile brighter? You can look forward to smiling brighter than ever before with our state-of-the-art teeth whitening methods — either in our office or on your own time.
When a tooth has reached an irreparable state, has become abscessed, has become too mobile, or is simply causing crowding or pain (ie. wisdom teeth)- it may be time for removal of the tooth.
These are Titanium ‘screws’ placed into the bone where a tooth used to be. After adequate healing time a new crown can be screwed into the implant and will look and function like a natural tooth.
Functional Crown Lengthening:
Sometimes gum and bone removal surgery is needed to expose more tooth structure in order to properly restore the tooth with a crown later.
This is a procedure done at the time of tooth extraction to help minimize significant bone loss and reshaping of the underlying bone. Many bone materials are available for use and can be placed in the socket immediately after extraction.