General Dental Services

Preventive and Diagnostic

An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities.  Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
Oral Cancer Screening is a visual and manual examination of the mouth, face, and neck to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions. Screening is essential in helping to detect oral cancer in its early stages, when there is a better chance for a cure.
A dental cleaning, also known as an oral prophylaxis, is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. First, an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water is used to loosen larger pieces of tartar. Next, hand tools are used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces have been cleaned of tartar and plaque, the teeth are polished.
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.

Restorative Dentistry

A crown is used to completely cover a severely decayed or broken down tooth, restoring it to its normal size and shape.

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A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth by attaching to neighboring teeth. In order to make a bridge, teeth on either side of the space are prepared for crowns. Then, a replacement tooth is connected between the crowns, which act as supports for the bridge.

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Dental implants are small anchors, or posts, made of titanium, a biocompatible metal. They are surgically placed in the jawbone to replace missing tooth roots. Once the anchors fuse to the bone after several months, they provide the foundation for fixed or removable crowns, bridges, or dentures.

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A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures, complete (full) and partial dentures.

Complete (Full) Dentures are made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. The denture includes an acrylic base that is custom made in the dental laboratory and are made to look like natural gums, which sits over the gums or can be anchored to dental implants.

Removable Partial Dentures are made to replace several missing teeth. This type of denture can be made from a custom, flexible acrylic base or a metal and acrylic framework.

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An inlay or onlay is a partial crown restoration that can be placed when there is insufficient tooth structure to support a filling, but not quite large enough to require a crown. They are made of porcelain or gold, depending on your preference.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Whitening, also known as bleaching, is a procedure used to brighten yellowed or discolored teeth. There are two different ways to achieve a desired whiter smile, In-Office Bleaching and At-Home Bleaching.

In-office Bleaching usually requires one to two office visits. A protective gel or a rubber shield is placed over the gums to protect the soft tissue. A bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a laser light is then used to enhance the action of the whitening agent .

At-Home bleaching requires an impression of the teeth to be taken to make a customized mouth guard to hold the whitening gel, containing carbide peroxide, against the teeth. Once the mouthguard is made, it is worn during the night, anywhere from approximately seven to ten nights.

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Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom made series of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic aligners. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just wear a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until the aligners gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. You will achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the entire process is that most people won’t ever know that you are straightening your teeth.
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Bonding is an aesthetic treatment that uses natural-looking composite resin to improve the appearance of a tooth that is chipped, decayed, or discolored.

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Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain, ceramic, or resin that bond to the fronts of teeth to correct color, shape, size, or length of teeth. Your teeth remain largely intact, with only a minimal amount of tooth preparation.

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Additional Services

Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected.  When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection.  Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.

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Extraction is the removal of a non-restorable tooth. Local anesthetic is used to minimize discomfort, while the tooth is gently loosened from the socket.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is similar to a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

To treat TMJ disorders, the cause must first be identified. In less severe cases, TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, stabilization splints).

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We work with specialized labs to create custom appliances, retainers, and mouthguards, depending on your needs. We fabricate night guards to protect teeth from clenching, appliances to help eliminate snoring, retainers to prevent teeth from shifting, as well as sports mouthguards.