Other Services

Implant Supported Crowns

No longer is it necessary to sacrifice sound tooth structure when teeth are lost. Where there is sufficient bone, it is now recommended to place an implant into the missing area instead of grinding down the adjacent teeth on either side of the empty space in order to place a Bridge spanning the gap. A natural tooth has a crown-the part which shows above the gum-line, and a root-nature’s anchor hidden below the gum-line and imbedded in bone. When a tooth is lost or missing, a dental implant takes the place of the missing root and a prosthetic crown replaces the natural crown. The placement of the implant is performed by highly skilled Oral Surgeons, and there is typically a healing period of several months. The healing phase is variable depending upon the size and location of the implant. Once healing is complete and the implant is fully integrated, or firmly fused to the bone it has been placed into, a crown is placed upon the implant. The crown may sometimes be accomplished using CEREC technology.

Root Canals

Preventative care

Sealants

The only potentially permanent condition encountered in dentistry is an intact and healthy natural tooth surface! Once this surface is violated, by decay or injury, nearly any restoration placed by a dentist will likely require future replacement.
Sealants may be the most effective means of minimizing the risk of tooth decay available today. It is the easiest and most cost effective tool we have in helping patients reduce, if not completely avoid, some of the future costs and the anxiety that comes with unavoidable repetitive dental treatment over a lifetime.
A sealant is a plastic material (flowable resin) that is typically applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth-molars and premolars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pit and fissures) of these teeth. The sealant provides a barrier protecting these pits and fissures from bacterial plaque and the acids they produce which ultimately leads to cavity formation. A toothbrush bristle cannot always reach entirely to the full depth of these areas. Sealants can create a smooth, shallow and easily maintained surface protecting these vulnerable areas. The limiting factor regarding sealants is that we are only capable of protecting the chewing surfaces of teeth. For more information on sealants, click here.

Consistent Preventative Maintenance Visits

Our goal is to assist all our patients in establishing sound oral health. We can best provide the help needed to achieve a sound, vital and proper functioning level of oral health with consistent prevention. Sweat the small stuff –it’s definitely easier to fix a little problem than a large one! Dedicated emphasis on prevention leads to the discovery of and solving of small dental issues before they become more difficult to treat and likely more expensive.

Periodontal disease

The Stealth Disease! Gum disease is the most common disease in the United States and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults. The insidious nature of periodontal disease is that it is more often than not, a condition that patients are totally unaware they possess. Most everyone has experienced the sight of “just a little blood” when rinsing their mouths following brushing. The recognition of bleeding following cleansing of any other area of our bodies on a consistent basis would trigger panic and cause for immediate evaluation by most anyone. Healthy tissue does not bleed unless it has been injured, otherwise there is likely infection present. Gum disease left untreated may undoubtedly lead to an unsightly smile. Of greater consequence, it could be the precursor to serious illness. Periodontal disease is now linked to more serious health considerations including, but by no means limited to:

  • An increased risk of cardiovascular accidents such as stroke and heart attack
  • People with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease
    (Gum disease links to heart disease and stroke, perio.org/consumer/mbc.heart.htm)
  • Premature or SHORT-TERM DELIVERY in pregnancy. Women are up to 7 times more likely to deliver babies either too early or too small
    (Gum disease and pregnancy problems,perio.org/consumer/mbc.baby.htm)

Like tooth decay, gum disease is caused by pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria found in plaque. Tooth decay, however, is also dependent upon fuel for the bacteria, basically refined carbohydrates (Sugar!). The toxin producing bacteria responsible for gum disease and the regrettable outcome may be found in people who have never experienced any tooth decay at all! We provide non-surgical periodontal treatment in addition to routine periodontal maintenance. With consistent maintenance at home and indicated treatment, we may be capable of preventing advanced periodontal disease and restore oral soft tissue to a healthy state.

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