One of the most important services we provide is regular recall cleanings and oral hygiene coaching.  Most patients benefit from having their teeth cleaned twice a year.  However some patients require more frequent recall appointments depending on individual circumstances.  We will recommend an appropriate schedule for you based on the health of your mouth and how well you are performing with homecare.  In some cases, referral to a periodontist for care is necessary.  Diet counseling can be an integral part of achieving optimum oral health.
When a tooth is decayed or broken, a filling is often placed to restore the tooth back to its natural form for proper function. There are several different types of dental materials used for fillings. An appropriate material will be chosen based on individual needs.
If a tooth has extensive decay, is broken or cracked, has had root canal therapy, or is no longer able to support a filling, a full coverage coronal restoration known as a crown is typically placed. Crowns are made of metal, ceramic, porcelain, zirconia, or a combination of these. Bridges are sometimes fabricated to replace missing teeth.
In the case of full or partial tooth loss, removable appliances can be fabricated to replace missing teeth. Traditionally, partial dentures have a metal framework for strength, however there are metal-free options if appropriate. Complete dentures are made of processed acrylic.
Implant Dentistry offers a patient the ability to have missing teeth replaced with a fixed or non-removable solution. After an oral surgeon or periodontist surgically places a dental implant(s), a crown can be fabricated to restore the space(s). Implants are often used to anchor complete or partial dentures.
To minimize the negative effects of tooth grinding (bruxism) on the teeth as well as on muscles and the jaw joints, bite guards can be fabricated. These are typically made of hard, processed acrylic. For patients who have TMD (tempromandibular dysfunction), splint therapy can aid, not only in diagnosis, but in treating symptoms such as headaches, earaches, muscle pain, and jaw pain.
For patients diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea, in lieu of CPAP therapy, some patients choose to wear a dental appliance that positions the lower jaw such that the airway is more open. This can aid in patients ability to sleep much better.
Bleaching of teeth is accomplished using a peroxide based gel delivered to the teeth at home in a custom made tray. There are also in-office treatments available for attaining a whiter smile. Use of composite bonding (tooth-colored filling material) can aid in improving aesthetics for patients.
Intraoral cameras give us the ability to capture close-up images of various points of interest in the mouth. These can be used to aid in diagnosis and treatment planning. The images can be shown to a patient to allow him/her to better understand conditions that are present.

 

We are so fortunate to practice in an area which has many talented, knowledgeable, and compassionate specialists encompassing all areas of oral medicine. We believe in utilizing a team approach to patient care and referring to specialists when appropriate. This allows us to address the needs of our patients completely and ensures that they receive the highest level of care possible in all facets of dentistry. Dental specialties include: oral and maxillofacial surgery, periodontics, endodontics, orthodontics, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, oral pathology, and others.