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Dental – Preventive Dental Services

Prophylaxis (Dental Cleaning) is the removal of biofilm (plaque), calculus (tartar), and stains from the surface of teeth, both above gum tissue and up to 3mm below the gum line.

Periodic Exam: An exam that is performed by the dentist once every six to twelve months to assess any changes in patients’ oral health from any previous periodic or comprehensive exam. Diagnosis is made through the gathering of information from x-rays, periodontal examination, detection of cavities, oral cancer exams, etc.

Initial Oral Exam (Comprehensive Exam): Performed on a new patient’s initial visit to the practice, the initial oral exam includes x-rays, periodontal screening, dental charting (mapping the condition of your teeth), and an oral cancer exam. Results of the initial oral exam are presented by the dental hygienist to the Doctor for diagnosis and development of a treatment plan.

Digital X-Rays: Unlike traditional “analog” x-rays, our digital images are obtained through a sensor utilizing a low dosage of radiation – 90% lower than yesterday’s x-ray technology. The resulting images diagnose tooth decay, periodontal (gum-related) disease, and abnormalities. A Full Mouth Series is taken every three to five years and Bitewing X-Rays are taken yearly, as recommended by the American Dental Association.

Fluoride Treatment: Given topically (on tooth surfaces) or as an oral rinse, fluoride treatments have been proven to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride inhibits the loss of minerals from tooth enamel and encourages remineralization, which helps enhance the strength and durability of teeth. Fluoride also helps decrease both the bacteria and acid that can cause cavities. Custom fluoride trays deliver fluoride at home for patients that have or will undergo radiation to the head and neck or patients with a high rate of caries, also known as cavities. Here too, the fluoride treatments enhance the strength and durability of teeth.

Sealants: In preventative sealant procedures, a resin-based sealant material is flowed into the grooves of permanent molars to prevent tooth decay.

Oral Hygiene Instruction: We offer individualized instruction enabling patients to optimize their own dental homecare. Typically includes reviewing proper brushing and flossing techniques, telling patients about helpful new products, and educating patients about the importance of achieving good oral health.

Oral Cancer Screening: We conduct both visual and tactile examination of the oral cavity and the head and neck looking for abnormal lumps, bumps, and discolorations. Our office also provides Oral Cancer Screenings though ViziLite Plus™ . ViziLite Plus oral cancer screening is performed with a rinse and a special light source which enables our clinicians to identify abnormalities that may be missed under normal lighting. When oral cancer is found early, treatment is successful 82% of the time.

Niteguards: Clenching and / or grinding teeth can cause damage and make restorations necessary; niteguards prevent damage. We take impressions of upper teeth and create models from which custom niteguards are developed.

Sportguards: Worn during physical activity, Sportguards protect teeth from impact. Impressions are taken of upper and lower teeth and study models are made from which a lab creates the custom sportguard. The sportguard can be made in different colors (for example, to reflect the colors of a sport team) and they can even have the patient’s name on them.

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Dental - Cosmetic Dentistry

Composite Fillings (Bonding): A white resin-based material matched to the patient’s tooth color is used for restorative purposes / treatment of tooth decay.

Crowns (Caps): Crowns are used to restore and preserve decayed, broken, chipped, or cracked teeth. Crowns can be gold, other metals, or porcelain. Most common: porcelain fused to nonprecious metal or gold. Both the metal and the porcelain provide strength; porcelain adds a “like-real” aesthetic appearance.

Implant Crowns: Implant crowns differ from the crowns described above in that they are placed on a titanium screw previously inserted by our periodontist into jaw bone from which a tooth was missing. Implants are the next best thing to your own natural teeth both in terms of functional effectiveness and appearance.

Veneers (Lumineers by Cerinate™): Lumineers are thin porcelain shields -- as thin as contact lenses -- that are bonded to the front of your tooth to cover tooth discoloration, eliminate noticeable gaps, cover permanent stains, and repair the appearance of broken/mis-shaped teeth. Lumineers require little or no tooth preparation, preserving your natural tooth structure. Our process is painless!

Tooth Whitening: Achieves whiter, brighter teeth where formerly they were discolored. Results vary depending on the degree of staining and discoloration. Whitening is performed chair-side in our office or at home, depending on the type of application you choose. An in-office procedure called Sapphire™ whitens teeth in under an hour. After we complete the chair-side procedure, we take top and bottom tooth impressions and give you custom take-home trays for touch- up bleaching as needed. The take-home kit provides the same results as chair-side treatment, but takes up to two weeks (versus one hour chair-side, as noted above). Both procedures can be performed without issues on people with sensitive teeth.

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Periodontic Services  

Diagnosis: Periodontal disease is the most common inflammatory infection in the world. It affects a majority of adults and many children. We are committed to the early recognition and diagnosis of periodontal disease, so as to avoid loss of teeth.

Treatment: We offer the entire range of periodontal therapy from basic suppression of gum inflammation to nonsurgical approaches to reconstructive surgery.

Scaling and Root Planing: A nonsurgical cleansing of the root surfaces of periodontically involved teeth which can avoid or delay the use of surgical approaches. This is a simple procedure done with a minimum of local anesthesia.

Implants: Available for more than 30 years, this is the replacement of missing teeth utilizing root-form titanium fixtures. We utilize the most current techniques, which are usually simple and performed in the office with local anesthesia and minimal if any disruption to daily activities.

Crown lengthening: A simple procedure involving the removal of the tissue around the crown of the tooth, enabling proper tooth restoration.

Bone grafting: This involves the use of artificial materials to provide a scaffolding for a new bone to form around periodontically involved teeth. It is done during the course of routine periodontal surgical procedures, and does not involve removal of bone from the patient.

Gingival grafting: This involves the harvesting of gum tissue to provide a normal area of gum around teeth with excessive gum recession. It is a simple, in-office procedure carried out under local anesthesia.

Extractions: We provide this service for our patients, when teeth have to be removed for periodontal or excessive decay reasons.

Biopsies: We provide this service as a simple removal of minimal tissue where there is some question of a diagnosis that needs to be examined microscopically.

Laser tissue removal: We utilize diode lasers, whenever possible, where some tissue has to be removed either for aesthetic or restorative purposes. Very little anesthesia is necessary, and healing is quite uneventful.

Oral DNA testing: The most contemporary use of current science is the salivary test for the bacteria that cause periodontal disease, the patient's genetic predisposition to disease, and the presence of HPV (human papilloma virus) in the oral cavity.

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