OUR SERVICES

Digital X-rays
We take your safety very seriously and are able to offer the latest in digital x-ray technology.  Digital sensors are much more sensitive than film and require a much lower x-ray exposure.  What this means for you is that you are receiving a much lower x-ray dose than you would when using traditional film-based x-rays.
Fillings
We use the latest composite (white) filling materials available. We also offer amalgam fillings as an option for patients.
Cleanings & Screenings
It is very important to be seen at least twice a year by the hygienist and doctor. Decay usually begins as a completely painless condition.  If left untreated it can result in severe pain or even tooth loss. In addition to cavities, patients need to be concerned about bone loss and oral cancer.  These are typically painless conditions that can be detected by routine checkups and treated before advancing to a more serious state.
  
Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are very thin layers of porcelain that are bonded to the fronts of natural teeth. Veneers can be used to hide tooth discoloration, improve the overal shape and size of teeth, close spaces between teeth, etc. Porcelain veneers resist discoloration and are generally more durable than cosmetic composite bonding.  

​​Very small amounts of natural tooth structure (0.5-1.5 mm) are removed from your teeth. A mold or impression is then made of your teeth that is sent to an outside laboratory where your veneers will be fabricated.  This process takes approximately 2 weeks.  During that time you will wear temporary veneers.  
  
Teeth Whitening
We offer at home whitening. Molds are made of your teeth in order to make custom fit trays.  The whitening material is added to the inside of the trays, which will fit intimately around your teeth. Typically you will bleach 7-10 days for 1-4 hours a day, depending on the strength of the whitening material and your desired outcome.
Crowns
Crowns, or caps, are designed to replace missing tooth structure and protect teeth from breaking. A crown is especially important after a root canal. We offer various crown materials based on patient preference,  location in the mouth, and whether the patient exhibits bruxism (grinds their teeth), etc. Materials that can be used are: all porcelain (emax, zirconia), gold, and traditional porcelain fused to metal.
  
Cosmetic Bonding 
Cosmetic bonding is a conservative method of improving the appearance of your teeth, similar to porcelain veneers. The main differences of cosmetic bonding versus porcelain veneers are reduced longevity, lower cost, and the ability to place cosmetic/composite veneers in one visit.  
  
Implant Restoration
Implants are titanium posts that are placed in the bone and can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. Implants have an extremely high success rate, though smoking and uncontrolled diabetes can decrease long-term success.  Implants are surgically placed within the bone where the missing tooth was located.  After a healing period of 3-6 months, a single tooth, bridge, or denture can then be attached to the implant(s).  A crown or bridge attached to an implant is not removable.  Dentures that are attached to implants can be made removable or 'fixed' in place.
Periodontal Treatment 
Periodontitis is inflammation of the supporting bone and ligaments connected to your teeth. Periodontitis results from bacterial infections below the gum tissue. Treatment of periodontal disease involves the removal of tartar from below the gums by cleaning the roots of the teeth. There is a very clear and established link between periodontal disease and overall systemic health.  Periodontal disease creates inflammation that can spread throughout your body and lead to health conditions such as heart disease. It is extremely important to treat periodontal disease, not only to prevent tooth loss, but also to increase overall heath.
  
TMJ
The TMJ is the joint involved with the opening and closing of the jaw. The joint can become inflamed or irritated due to things such as grinding, clenching, opening wide, and gum chewing. Treatment can involve guards, splints, medications, and may even require referral to a specialist. 
Root Canals 
A root canal is a procedure where the nerves and blood vessels are removed from inside the tooth. Root canals are performed for a variety of reasons ranging from tooth infection, to teeth requiring posts in order to replace missing tooth structure. Root canals are generally painless and done under local anesthesia. After root canals are completed, a crown is typically required to protect the tooth from fracture.
 
Bridges
Bridges are similar to crowns in that they are permanently cemented on natural teeth. A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth and requires one or more healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth.  If a bridge is removable, it is called a partial denture.
Sealants
Sealants are white resin fillings that are placed in the pits and fissures of adult teeth to protect against decay. Sealants dramatically reduce the likelihood of decay and are strongly recommended in children as their adult teeth erupt.
Fluoride Treatment 
Fluoride has been proven to decrease decay by having both a topical and systemic effect on teeth.  Fluoride is either taken internally or applied topically to the teeth.  As fluoride is incorporated into tooth structure, teeth become more resistant to the effects of acid released by our diet or from the bacteria living on our teeth. Fluoride is recommended in toothpaste and should be applied as a varnish at your cleaning appointments.
Sleep Apnea/ Snoring
Sleep Apnea is a serious medical condition that causes an individual to stop breathing in their sleep . There are many contributing factors such as body weight and anatomy of the airway that can make sleep apnea worse in some individuals. The gold standard for treating sleep apnea is the CPAP, with virtually a 100% success rate; however, approximately 40-50% of patients are unable to tolerate the CPAP for various reasons.  If an individual is diagnosed with mild to moderate sleep apnea and unable to tolerate the CPAP, a dental appliance could be made that opens the airway by moving the jaw forward. About 70-80% of patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea can be effectively treated with a dental appliance.  If you suspect sleep apnea, it is very important that you mention this to your family doctor or dentist.  People that snore often have sleep apnea, but not everyone that has sleep apnea snores.
  
Early Childhood Care 
Early childhood care is very important.  Introducing children to the dental office at an early age can reduce dental fear and anxiety as an adult. Children as young as two or three are encouraged to at least come in and meet the doctor and hygienist to familiarize themselves with the dentist office.  In addition, parents are often unaware of underlying conditions that cause no pain to their child. If conditions persist, pain, and even tooth loss can result. Proper oral hygiene taught at an early age will last a lifetime.