For most people, having a dental cleaning every six months will help them keep their gums healthy, their breath fresh, and their teeth white and clean. Our hygienists who perform cleanings are very kind and gentle, ensuring that you are well taken care of each time you visit. Their goal is to make cleaning appointments on time, effective, and enjoyable.
We provide periodontal (gum) therapy for patients who need a little extra care to achieve and maintain healthy gums and clean teeth. Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the gums and bone around one tooth or many teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. It has also been linked to other serious health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer's disease. If you have any degree of periodontal disease, we want to help. Your oral health is important to us.
Are you tired of seeing a crooked smile when you look in the mirror? Does your child or teen struggle with low self-esteem due to overlapping teeth or gaps? Do you have a wedding, reunion, or other big event on the horizon and wish you could improve your smile in time for all the photo opportunities? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have teeth straightening solutions for you and your family to choose from.
Six Month Smiles® Adult Cosmetic Braces
Get straight teethbefore your next dental cleaning
Average treatment time is only 6-9 months
Clear or tooth-colored brackets and very thin wires
This low-force orthodontic treatment is safe and relatively comfortable
Break it up into low monthly payments
Conventional Comprehensive Orthodontics
Ceramic braces use strong, clear or tooth-colored composite materials
Traditional metal braces can have fun-colored elastics put on them
Both of these types of comprehensive orthodontic treatments are great for teenagers
Correct bite alignment problems in addition to improving smile appearance
Average treatment spans between 1.5-2 years
The clear alternative to braces
A series of custom-made, transparent aligners repositions teeth step by step
Aligners are comfortable for the sensitive tissues of your gums and cheeks
Easily remove the aligners to eat, brush and floss
Most Invisalign appointments are quick, with an in-and-out progress check every 4-6 weeks
Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, and they grow in last - usually between the ages of 15 and 25. Some people are lucky enough to have no problems with their wisdom teeth. However, when wisdom teeth don't come in properly they can cause serious problems, including gum infections, crooked teeth, cysts on the jaw bones, and even bone loss. In addition to causing issues with the surrounding gums and bone, problem wisdom teeth can also kill adjacent teeth. Perhaps worst of all, many of these issues are extremely painful for your teen or young adult, resulting in a dental emergency. Having wisdom teeth removed before they grow in is often the best and, surprisingly enough, the most conservative treatment because of the future problems it prevents. Our dentists remove wisdom teeth when needed so you won't have to be referred to an out-of-network specialist. We can schedule appointments ahead of time around school and work schedules, and we offer sedation options when appropriate.
If we can help you save your natural tooth for a healthy and attractive result, we will - each and every time. We practice conservative care, always with your best interests in mind. Sometimes conditions in your mouth, ranging from infection and pain to very advanced tooth decay, make tooth extraction (tooth removal) the best option. If this is the case, we are going to do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible, in addition to being effective.
If you are one of the many people who are missing teeth and struggling with ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or a retainer with false teeth, we can give your smile a second chance with dental implants. A dental implant is a small post that serves as a permanent replacement for the root portion of a missing tooth. The replacement tooth that goes on top of the post is referred to as a dental implant restoration. Implants can replace single or multiple missing teeth to give you your smile back, and make it better than ever!
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth
Prevent the bone loss that can occur after tooth loss
Improve the fit and stability of dentures with as few as two dental implants
Eat the foods you love and get the nutrition you need
Talk and smile with confidence again
We can help determine the best of several options for denture wearers. Complete dentures, or full dentures, are worn by patients who are missing all teeth of an arch (upper and/or lower). Removable partial dentures act as replacement for missing teeth similar to other dentures, they just fit around remaining natural teeth. Dentures can also be supported by dental implants to provide additional stability and strength. We work hard to make sure dentures look natural and feel comfortable.
"General dentistry" involves the diagnosis and treatment of general conditions affecting the teeth, gums, and jaw. Prevention and gum care are major aspects of general dentistry, as is addressing problems before they grow to be painful and often expensive. Our dentists believe conservative treatment is best whenever possible, and they use the latest dental technologies and treatment techniques to minimize invasive procedures.
We offer numerous general dentistry treatments in addition to cleanings:
Crowns are sometimes called caps. They cover teeth to restore them to their appropriate size, shape, and strength after large fillings, fractures, or weakening forces such as intense grinding. In addition to restoring single teeth, crowns are used to attach fixed bridges, top dental implants, and cover teeth that are too discolored for whitening. Crowns can be made of various restorative materials, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. We prefer porcelain because it is the most natural looking.
Dental bridges do exactly what their name implies: bridge gaps left by one or multiple missing teeth. The two teeth on either side of the gap to be bridged serve as anchor teeth. A crown is put on each anchor tooth to attach the bridge. Fixed bridges can be supported by natural teeth with crowns on top, or by implant-supported crowns.
Tooth-colored fillings, often called composite fillings, are both natural looking and feeling. Once placed, the tooth-colored material is cured with a special light, and the surface is shaped and polished. The end result is a practically undetectable restoration that appears and feels like a natural tooth.
Root Canal Therapy
The inside of each tooth contains soft tissue and nerves running from the root to the crown. A crack, deep cavity, or other injury to a tooth can cause the nerve to become damaged and infected. Without treatment, patients can experience pain, swelling and abscesses, tooth loss, and eventually even damage to the surrounding bone. With endodontic treatment, also called root canal therapy, we carefully remove damaged tissue and nerves from the tooth, then gently clean and seal the root canal to protect it from bacteria.
We look forward to seeing kids' faces light up with smiles in our offices! We take the time needed to build excitement about dental visits, and we show children how important it is to keep those "cavity bugs" away. If our little cowboys and ballerinas ever do need cavities fixed, we make their experiences relaxing and enjoyable. We provide all care with a gentle touch, and we can perform many procedures without the need for shots. Wondering about your infant or toddler? We are happy to see him or her, too! We see kids of all ages - from infants and toddlers to young children, tweens, and teens. The American Dental Association recommends that parents bring children to the dentist for their first visit soon after the first baby tooth comes in.
A healthy, beautiful smile makes life more beautiful. It can raise self-esteem and help you make better impressions on others. There are a variety of subtle yet noticeable ways we can enhance your smile. There are also more dramatic cosmetic dental treatments, often called smile makeovers, that can totally transform the appearance of your teeth. Our dentists offer the latest cosmetic dental treatments and techniques, including tooth-colored dental restorations such as fillings and crowns, cosmetic bonding, teeth straightening solutions, and professional teeth whitening options.
One of the subtle, yet very noticeable ways you can take years off the appearance of your smile is teeth whitening. We offer both in-office and take-home whitening options. For all our whitening systems, we use safe, professional, high-strength whitening products made by companies such as Discus Dental (the makers of ZOOM® in-office whitening), Ultradent (the makers of Opalescence®), and other quality companies. We will consult with you about your clinical needs and hopes for your smile to help you choose the teeth whitening system most likely to achieve the results you're looking for.
Snap-On Smile® is an inexpensive way to totally change the appearance of your teeth without permanent cosmetic treatment such as veneers or crowns. Snap-On Smiles are made of a strong yet flexible material that is formed into a thin, removable appliance that literally snaps onto teeth. There's no drilling or other invasive preparation, and no adhesive is needed for application! Snap-On Smiles come in 18 different smile designs and 23 color shades. We will provide a Smile Style Guide to help you choose a good look for you.
For some patients, being sedated during their dental appointment is important. In most cases, we're able to give our patients medicine that totally relaxes them and allows them to rest during their visit. We then complete as much of their treatment as possible, after which they regain alertness feeling comfortable and refreshed. We also have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help patients feel at ease.