DENTAL PROCEDURES

Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients – with a gentle touch, and stunning results. Your smile is our first priority, and we'll give you something to smile about.

Dental Exams and Cleanings

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  • A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by your dentist at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, your dentist and hygienist will include the following:

    • Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
    • Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
    • Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
    • Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
    • Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc
  • Professional Dental Cleaning (dental prophylaxis) read more
  • Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:

    • Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
    • Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease!
    • Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
  • Dental X-Rays
  • Home Care

Cosmetics

  • Composite Fillings
  • Porcelain Crowns (Caps)
  • Porcelain Fixed Bridges
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Tooth Whitening

Implants

They feel like your natural teeth because implants are bridges that are permanently anchored to your jaw. They can replace ill-fitting dentures and or missing teeth. read more

If you are missing one or more teeth, you'll want replacements that are as natural as possible. If dentures don't work for you, you may consider dental implants. Unlike dentures, which can be removed, implants are permanently anchored into the jaw itself.
You are a good candidate for implants if you have jawbone ridges that are in good shape and healthy oral tissues. When the implant device is inserted into the jaw, a chemical and mechanical bond is formed. The jawbone actually grows into the implant.
With implants, you get a perfect fit, and they will look and feel as good as (or better than!) your original teeth.
Additionally, tooth-colored fillings can substantially improve the beauty of your teeth.

Mini Implants

With mini implants you can enjoy secure eating comfort again. In one short visit you can have a stable denture with a simple relatively painless procedure.

Children and Infant Care

Choosing the right dentist for your children is an important decision. We're ready to give you and your family the quality dental care you deserve. read more

When should I start cleaning my baby's teeth?

This is a good habit to start early! The teeth must be cleaned as they erupt. Use a damp wash cloth or a toothbrush.
If your health care provider agrees, use a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste. Tooth brushing is definitely a parents job in the preschool years.
Children are usually able to brush their teeth well when they are 8 years old. Be sure to check your child's teeth regularly for any chalky white or brown spots which could be the beginning of tooth decay.

Advice on infant teething?

Sore gums from teething often occur for a few days at a time between six months to age three. Babies often get relief from a clean teething ring, cool spoon, cold wet washcloth or toothbrush. Chilled teething rings or rubbing a clean finger on the sore gum area often helps too.

When should my child first see a dentist?

"First visit by first birthday" sums it up. Your child should visit a dentist when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age. Early examination and preventive care will protect your child's smile now and in the future.

What dental problems could a baby have?

Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (BBTD), which is preventable. BBTD can result from long periods of exposing baby teeth to liquids that contain sugar including formula, milk, breast milk, and juice.
A baby who has a habit of sleeping with a baby bottle filled with any sugary liquid or a breast in their mouth is at risk of getting BBTD. Frequent snacking on sweet or sticky foods can also cause decay.
The earlier the first dental visit, the better chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth can chew food well, speak clearly and share precious smiles. Start your child on a lifetime of good dental habits now!

How can I prevent tooth decay from nursing or a bottle?

Taking your baby off of the breast when he/she falls asleep can prevent baby tooth decay. Hold your baby while bottle feeding. Always take a bottle filled with milk or juice away from the sleeping child.
If your child requires a bottle at bedtime provide a bottle filled with water. Instead of a bottle try comforting your child with a pacifier or a favorite toy or blanket.
Check with your health care provider to make sure your child is getting the right amount of fluoride. Brush your baby's teeth with a soft toothbrush daily.

Should I worry about infant thumb or finger sucking?

Thumb sucking is perfectly normal for infants; most stop by the age of two. Prolonged (beyond age 5 or 6 years) thumb sucking can create crowded, crooked teeth or bite problems. Your dentist will be glad to suggest ways to address a prolonged thumb-sucking habit.

TMJ Treatment

Symptoms of TMJ can range from head and neck aches to popping or clicking when you open your jaw. Treatments can range from bite guards to muscle relaxers. A thorough dental exam may reveal the problem. read more

You or someone you know have probably experienced TMJ (temporomandibular disorders) symptoms, including:

  • pain in the face or head region
  • toothache with no evidence of decay, infection or trauma
  • neck or shoulder aches
  • soreness in front of the ear
  • grinding of your teeth
  • a burning sensation in the mouth/ tongue
  • clicking, popping noises as your jaw opens and closes
  • restricted range of jaw movement or locking of your jaw

A thorough dental examination is the first step toward finding a solution. Depending on the diagnosis, treatments may include reshaping teeth, bite guards, and muscle relaxants

Orthodontics

Braces correct overbite, underbite, wide spaces between teeth, and more. Have your child evaluated or improve your own smile. It's never too late.

Dentures

Replace worn dentures with a 21st century version and you'll look ten years younger.

Veneers

When almost perfect won't do, veneers cover a multitude of problems from a simple chip to misshapen teeth. It's the little extra that makes a big difference in your smile.

Periodontal Disease

Unhealthy gums are a red flag, warning of future tooth loss and the potential for stroke and heart disease. A periodontal assessment is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family.

Come in for a Smile Design

Now we can design a smile that's perfect for you, and you alone. It's amazingly easy to preview a smile that will help you look and feel better about yourself.

Whitening Teeth

If you're concerned about the color of your teeth due to coffee, cigarettes, medication or just getting a little older-- we can help. Ask us how we can easily and painlessly brighten your smile.