Provided Dental Services

Dental Exam

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The secret to a bright, healthy smile is actually no secret at all: brush, floss and get a professional dental exam at least once every six months. Professional dental exams are all about prevention – preventing existing problems from getting worse and preventing dental problems from developing in the future. Regular dental exams make it possible to identify and treat a problem in its earliest stage – which is not only good for your oral health but also good for your budget!
There's nothing to fear with a dental exam. Your teeth will be visually examined for signs of plaque, tartar and tooth decay. Your gums will also be examined for puffiness or discoloration, which are signs of gum disease. A full set of dental X-rays will be taken during your initial dental exam, to allow us to see below the surfaces of your teeth.

Dental X-Ray

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Dental X-rays have come a long way. Today’s dental X-rays are safer, faster, more comfortable and more informative than the X-rays of years past. Digital X-rays, one of the latest and most advanced dental technologies, produce high-quality images of your teeth that can be viewed instantly by you and your dentist on a LCD monitor. Digital X-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% and provide exceptional diagnostic information to ensure that potential problems are caught in their earliest stages. Intraoral imaging is another diagnostic tool in addition to traditional dental X-rays. With intraoral images, problems such as cavities, fractures and discolorations in the teeth are captured through clear and sharp photographic images that are taken with an intraoral camera.

In-Office CT Scan (3D Cone Beam)

More and more dentists are using a new dental imaging technology called 3D cone beam scans – and for good reason.  3D cone beam scans produce high-quality 3D images of teeth, teeth roots, jaws and even the skull.  These 3D images allow dental professionals to identify potential problems that oftentimes go unnoticed with traditional dental images.  3D cone beam scans have benefits for patients, too: they emit far less radiation than traditional dental X-rays!

In-Office CT Scan (CAD CAM)

Dental visits will never be the same, thanks to the development of high-tech dental technologies such as the CAD CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacturing). With CAD CAM technology, dentists can take high-quality images of the teeth and use those images to design a premium dental restoration on a computer – all in one visit!  CAD CAM takes less time, reduces discomfort and produces outstanding results.

Teeth (Prophylaxis) Cleaning

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No matter how often you brush and floss, plaque and tartar deposits can still build up on your teeth. A prophylaxis cleaning is the single most effective way to remove these deposits and prevent them from causing more serious problems in the future.

Gum Disease Treatment

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Red, swollen gums are a red flag for one thing: gum disease.  If you have the symptoms, you're not alone. More than 80% of adults have some form of gum disease.  Fortunately, there are many effective and pain-free gum disease treatments.  For gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease, treatment typically involves a thorough dental cleaning, followed by daily brushing and flossing.  Advanced gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, requires scaling and root planing to remove stubborn deposits below the gum line.  If non-surgical methods of gum disease treatment are ineffective, a gingivectomy, or periodontal surgery, may be necessary.

Scaling & Root planning (SC&RP)

Scaling and Root planing may be recommended if excessive plaque and tartar deposits have developed below the gum line.  Scaling and root planing, involves a two-part process: first, the stubborn deposits are removed, and then the root surfaces are smoothed.  SCRP helps aid in the treatment of periodontal disease and restores gum tissues to a healthy state.  The specific bacteria that are a contributing factor to periodontal disease is also targeted by a prescription rinse and in severe cases a systemic antibiotic.

Periodontal (Gum) Maintenance

After all quadrants of SCRP have been completed, you will follow up with a periodontal maintenance appointment. At this appointment your hygienist will re-evaluate your gum tissue and pocket depths in addition to removing any plaque and calculus above and below the gum line that is difficult for you to remove on a daily basis.  Periodontal maintenance appointments are typically recommended every 3-4 months. 

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer affects nearly 35,000 Americans every year. The keys to surviving oral cancer are early detection and early treatment. This starts with a regular oral cancer screening – at least once every six months.  An oral cancer screening takes just minutes.  Cancer Screenings are pain-free and can be performed during regular dental exams.  If you are male, a regular oral cancer screening is especially critical: Oral cancer is more than twice as common in men as it is in women.  Other people at high risk of oral cancer include people over the age of 60, tobacco users + and heavy drinkers.

Dental Fillings

If you've been told you need a dental filling, you're not alone: 92% of Americans have had at least one cavity. Dental fillings are the tried-and-true treatment for treating cavities – and they come in a variety of options to suit every need. Dental fillings can be made of silver amalgam, composite, porcelain and even gold. Amalgam fillings have been used by dentists for more than a century and are still the most common and cost-effective type of dental filling.  Composite fillings, which are made of a tooth-colored plastic and glass composite, are quickly becoming the preferred dental filling due to their natural appearance and durability.  The type of dental filling used is determined by a number of factors, including size and location of the cavity, as well as your budget.

White Fillings

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If your silver fillings make you feel self-conscious when you smile, or it's simply time to replace them, consider white fillings.  White fillings are just as durable as they are attractive!  Made of composite resin, white fillings match the natural color of your teeth and are an excellent option for small to mid-sized cavities. White fillings are strong, stain-resistant and require less removal of your tooth structure than amalgam fillings.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown may not make you feel like royalty, but it is one of the premiere treatments for teeth with extensive decay or damage.  Dental crowns can also be used to hold a dental bridge in place, cover misshapen or severely discolored teeth, or cover a tooth after a root canal procedure.  Made of porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or gold, dental crowns are placed during a multi-step process and sometimes require more than one dental visit.  The first step is a dental impression.  A temporary crown is then placed to protect the tooth while the impression is sent to an offsite laboratory to create the final restoration. In some cases, same-day crowns are possible, so be sure to inquire.  With good oral hygiene and minimal wear and tear, your beautiful new dental crowns can last several years.

Porcelain Dental Crowns

Although dental crowns can be made of a variety of materials, including stainless steel, gold and silver, nothing looks better than a porcelain dental crown. Porcelain dental crowns match the natural color of your teeth and are virtually undetectable by the naked eye.  And because they're metal-free, porcelain dental crowns are an excellent option for patients with metal allergies.  Best of all, porcelain crowns don't just look beautiful – they're long-lasting, too!

Dental Bridges

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Dental bridges have been used for centuries to replace missing teeth.  Dental bridges are durable, conservative and cost-effective option for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth.  Comprised of two anchoring teeth and a replacement tooth, dental bridges help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position, improve chewing and speaking, and help keep your natural face shape intact. Dental bridges typically take 3 weeks to complete.  With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last several years.

Porcelain Veneers

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Years ago, smile makeovers involved multiple dental treatments over a period of several months. That's no longer the case, thanks to porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are ultra thin shells made of translucent porcelain that can be bonded to your teeth for cosmetic purposes.  Extremely versatile and durable, porcelain veneers are an excellent option whether you want a total smile makeover or need to cover a chipped tooth, mask a cracked tooth, or close gaps between your teeth.  They require little to no prepping and can often be applied in just one dental visit!

Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Cosmetic dental bonding is a versatile and affordable way to improve the appearance of chipped teeth, stained teeth and gapped teeth. As one of the most conservative cosmetic dentistry treatments around, cosmetic dental bonding requires little to no prepping and preserves most of the natural tooth structure. And it's fast, too! Dental bonding usually takes just one visit to complete.

Root Canals (Endodontics)

Root canals are often thought to be an awful dreadful procedure. Don't believe the rumors. The dreaded root canal isn't dreadful at all!  Root canals are needed when either decay or an injury infects the inner tooth (the pulp).  In the earliest stages of infection, you may not feel any pain at all.  But when it progresses, you could have a toothache and swelling, or a dental abscess might form.  Root canals remove the infection and all nerve from within the tooth. Once the root canal is completed and restored properly the tooth is back to functioning like normal. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, root canals should last several years.

Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is an umbrella term for surgical treatments such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extractions and bone grafting.  Dental implants, an excellent solution for missing teeth, are surgically placed tooth roots that hold dental crowns in place.  A wisdom tooth extraction may be recommended if there isn't enough room in your mouth to accommodate wisdom teeth and they become impacted, partially erupted or infected.  Bone grafting transfers bone from one part of the jaw to another, usually to accommodate a dental implant. 

Single Tooth Implants

If you're missing a tooth and want the very best dentistry has to offer, you could be the perfect candidate for single-tooth implants.  Single-tooth implants act as tooth roots for replacement teeth.  They are securely anchored into the jaw and topped with a dental crown for the very best in look, feel and function. Single-tooth implants offer several advantages over other tooth replacement options, such as dental bridges and partial dentures. Surrounding teeth and the jawbone are better preserved. Single-tooth implants are also easier to clean. And they can also outlast bridges and dentures by about 10 years!

Cosmetic Dental Implants

It's almost impossible to feel confident when you smile if you're missing teeth. Cosmetic dental implants can change that. With cosmetic dental implants, you get the best in function and aesthetics.  Cosmetic dental implants are securely anchored in the jaw bone for maximum comfort and durability. The replacement tooth, or dental crown, is made of tooth-colored porcelain so that your cosmetic dental implants look, feel and function just like your real teeth!

Dentures

Using dentures to replace missing teeth is not only great for your oral health; it's a great way to look and feel younger! Today, there are a variety of natural-looking and comfortable dentures for patients who need to replace missing teeth. Made of a gum-colored plastic resin or acrylic base and resin teeth, dentures are custom designed to fit your mouth.  If you have several teeth or all teeth missing on the upper or lower jaw, full dentures may be your best option.  Partial dentures, which can be either fixed or removable, are great for patients who have several missing teeth scattered along the upper or lower jaw.


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The process of getting custom dentures may take several weeks and several dental visits.   Just as with your natural teeth, dentures require daily maintenance.  With regular wear and tear, your dentures can last 5-7 years. During that time, you may need periodic denture relines to accommodate changes in the contours of your mouth. Regular denture relines involve resurfacing the base to ensure that your dentures fit and function perfectly.  If you break your dentures, it's critical to bring them to your dentist for professional denture repair.  Home denture repair kits can cause more damage and be even more costly to fix.

TMJ Treatment

If you've been living with persistent jaw pain, ear pain and headaches, you could have temporomandibular jaw disorder (TMJ).  TMJ can often be traced back to an improper bite, misaligned jaw joints, or an injury to the jaw or face.  TMJ treatment from a dentist can relieve the discomfort.  Although TMJ treatment varies from patient to patient, it typically involves one or several procedures, including the use of an orthotic splint, enamel reshaping, dental crowns, dental braces or night guards.  The goal of TMJ treatment is to stabilize your bite so that your teeth, jaw muscles and jaw joints work properly together without strain – and without pain!

Dental Braces

Dental braces have come a long way – today's dental braces look, feel and function better than ever.  Along with traditional metal braces, there are now a variety of dental braces to fit every need and budget.  Clear dental braces use an innovative sliding technology instead of wires and have small, clear brackets that are virtually invisible.  Lingual dental braces are metal braces placed on the back of teeth, completely hidden from view.  Invisible dental braces don't use brackets at all; they include a customized set of clear plastic aligners that can be removed while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.  If a beautiful, straight smile is what you're after, you can't go wrong with dental braces – no matter what your age!

Invisalign

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Everyone's talking about Invisalign braces, and for a good reason. Invisalign braces have completely transformed the way we think about and experience dental braces. With Invisalign braces, there's no worry about metal brackets and wires that are uncomfortable and unattractive. Invisalign braces include a series of clear plastic aligners that are virtually invisible and completely removable. You can eat what you want, drink what you want, and brush and floss more thoroughly to keep your dental health in top shape!

Sedation Dentistry

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Ever wish you could sail through dental visits without anxiety or fear?  Would you rather endure an agonizing toothache than go to the dentist?  Answering “yes” to these questions could mean that you're a perfect candidate for sedation dentistry.  With sedation dentistry, you can forget about fear and focus on pure relaxation.


There are different levels of sedation to accommodate every patient.  Minimal sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”).  Nitrous oxide helps you relax and wears off quickly.  Conscious sedation is a moderate level of sedation that causes drowsiness and is taken in pill form.  IV deep sedation is typically administered intravenously and works very quickly.  With IV deep sedation, most patients fall asleep but can be easily awakened.  Total sedation could be the only solution for people with an intense fear or phobia of dentistry.  With total sedation, or general anesthesia, you are completely unconscious and cannot be easily awakened.

Teeth Whitening

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Today's teeth whitening treatments are so easy, convenient and affordable that they've become a regular part of everyone's beauty routine. It’s fast simple and affordable. A pair of custom trays will be made and a professional grade teeth whitening kit will be provided. These professional grade teeth whitening kits produce excellent results over a longer period of time.

Sleep Apnea

If you wake up feeling groggy every morning, or have a difficult time concentrating throughout the day, you could have sleep apnea.  Apnea is Greek for “without breath.” People who suffer from sleep apnea literally stop breathing while they sleep, for about 5-15 seconds at a time. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of chronic sleep deprivation, daytime sleepiness and poor concentration and can lead to more serious conditions if left untreated.


Sleep apnea can be treated in a number of ways.  Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy is one of the most common treatments, but many patients have a difficult time adapting to the bulky CPAP mask.  If this sounds like you, you’ve come to the right place. Sleep apnea dentists offer comfortable and effective alternatives minus the bulk.  Our dental devices open the airway to ensure that you breathe properly while sleeping and can, finally, get a good night’s rest.