Our Services

Preventative Services

The healthiest teeth are the ones well taken care of before problems arise, and when problems are detected early.

Full exams for all ages

Adults:
In line with our philosophy of complete care of our patients we invite new patients to have a comprehensive exam in order to determine what services are right for you.  This includes necessary x-rays, a charting of all the teeth and their conditions, a periodontal (gum) screening, oral cancer screening, a check of the bite and oral habits. The doctor will then explain and discuss her findings and recommended any treatment necessary and any alternatives. Questions are encouraged.

Children:
It is very important to us that children get off to a great start with the health of their mouth. The American Dental Association is now recommending children be seen as soon as their first teeth come in. We offer a free “Happy Visit” that introduces the child to the dental office in a pleasant and non-threatening way.

Children & Adult Cleanings

Adults:
In line with our philosophy of complete care of our patients we invite new patients to have a comprehensive exam. This includes necessary x-rays, a charting of all the teeth and their conditions, a periodontal (gum) screening, oral cancer screening, a check of the bite and oral habits. The doctor will then explain and discuss his findings and recommended any treatment necessary and any alternatives. Questions are encouraged.

Children:
It is very important to us that children get off to a great start with the health of their mouth. The American Dental Association is now recommending children be seen as soon as their first teeth come in. We offer a free “Happy Visit” that introduces the child to the dental office in a pleasant and non-threatening way.

Periodontal maintenance & therapy

Regular cleanings are preventive of disease. But what happens when the disease is active? We find this out by measuring the cuff of gum around the teeth. We want that cuff to be no more than 3 mm deep. The deeper it gets beyond that the more difficult to clean and the more infection there will be in the gums. This is called a periodontal pocket. We do this measuring of the gum’s depth at the initial visit and usually once a year after that.

At this point we are not preventing but we are treating a disease. This requires the hygienist to go to the depth of the pocket to clean out the infection that resides there. Since it is done gently and thoroughly it will take more time and skill to “clean” the teeth and gums. Instead of one appointment it may take two to four.

Even this does not usually bring the mouth back to complete health. The gums are weak and vulnerable to periodontal disease. If you have this problem you may need to be seen three to four times a year instead of twice to deep the disease under control.

There are situations where the disease is severe enough that we will refer you to a specialist is gum disease (periodontist) for more complicated treatment.

Fluoride treatment

If you, or a family member, are at a moderate-to high risk of developing caries, a professional fluoride treatment can help. The fluoride preparation used in our dental office is a much stronger concentration than that in toothpastes or fluoride mouth rinses that may be available in a store or at a pharmacy. Our professional fluoride treatment generally takes just a few minutes and is offered in the form of a varnish. Your teeth will absorb the fluoride and help repair microscopic carious areas. Depending on your oral health status, fluoride treatments may be recommended every six months or more frequently as an additional preventive measure if you are at a moderate or high risk of developing caries.

Oral Cancer Screening

In addition to traditional oral cancer screening, our office offers Velscope technology to thoroughly care for our patient’s oral health. The VELscope®Vx handheld device emits a harmless, bright blue light which is used to inspect the mouth and tongue. The device is sensitive to abnormal tissue changes and the distinctive blue-spectrum light causes the soft tissue (oral mucosa) of the mouth to naturally fluoresce. Healthy tissues fluoresce in distinct patterns that may be visibly disrupted when tissue undergoes an abnormal change (which can occur in the oral mucosa for a multitude of reasons,) such as when associated with dysplasia or oral cancer.

Sealants

The caries process if a multifactorial and can culminate in localized region of hard dental tissue, filled with bacteria producing weak acids from carbohydrate fermentation. Also, microbiological shifts within the oral biofilm can upset the balance of tooth enamel mineralization process, which can be affected by salivary flow and composition, fluoride exposure, consumption of dietary sugars, and hygiene habits.

Anatomical grooves, or pits and fissures on occlusal surfaces of permanent molars can trap food particles and promote presence of bacterial biofilm, increasing the risk of developing caries lesions. Effectively penetrating and sealing these surfaces with a dental material is part of a comprehensive caries management approach as sealants can inhibit or arrest the progression of caries in grooves.

Mouth Guards for Clenching, Grinding, or TMJ Problems

People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or toothache. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and may loosen teeth. Bruxism also can cause damage to the temporomandibular joints—the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The pressure from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the teeth. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying layer of dentin may be exposed. This causes the tooth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.

Although the causes of bruxism are not really known, several factors may be involved. Stress, problems in sleeping, an abnormal bite, and crooked or missing teeth may contribute. A night guard is a custom-made soft material to fit your teeth, it slips over the teeth in one jaw and prevents direct contact with opposing teeth. The nightguard relieves some of the pressure of grinding and clenching.

Restorative Services

  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Implants
  • Extractions

Cosmetic Services

  • Whitening
  • Metal free zirconia and full porcelain crowns
  • Veneers