Extractions

An extraction is the process of removing a tooth or tooth parts.  With adequate anesthesia, even extractions should not be painful.

VELscope® Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening is the first adjunctive device cleared by the FDA to help clinicians visualize cancerous and precancerous lesions and other lesions that might not be apparent to the naked eye. This procedure is noninvasive, takes approximately 2 minutes and is performed once a year.

Digital X-rays

Digital radiographs are fabricated with the use of digital devices to minimize the amount of radiation needed with conventional radiographic film techniques.  Since x-ray images are taken directly with digital sensors, the amount of needed x-ray radiation has become significantly lower than that of conventional x-rays.

Implant Treatment

An implant is a surgically placed dental device designed to replace a tooth or multiple teeth with either fixed (cemented) restoration such as crowns or even removable prostheses. The intent of implant treatment is to help retain a normally unretainable prosthesis, such as a denture, due to bone loss.  Also, implants help retain surrounding bone…

Dentures

Dentures are artificial replacements of multiple missing teeth and adjacent tissues, and are typically removable appliances.  In cases of periodontal disease, the longer that the disease exists, the longer it takes for a denture to fit well.  Early intervention with a dental visit often times improves the chances of well fitting immediate dentures.

Waterlase® Laser Dentistry

The use of a laser is valuable in treatment of a tooth or teeth in such procedures as tooth cutting and gum and bone recontouring.  Laser dentistry allows the painless use of a laser to reshape gum tissue for functional and cosmetic reasons.  In some cases, decay can be removed and repaired using laser dentistry.

Root Canal Therapy

Treatment by which diseased or damaged pulp, or blood vessels and nerve of a tooth, are removed and replaced with dental material to allow for the healing of surrounding tissues.  With new advances in techniques and anesthesia, most root canal treatment is perfectly painless.  The key to painless root canal treatment is to see the…

Splint / TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Therapy

A splint is an appliance specifically designed to allow for movement of the lower jaw such that teeth, muscles, and Temporomandibular Joint (jaw joint) are protected. This is sometimes used prophylactically, or therapeutically, in the presence of TMJ symptoms.  In a number of cases, if used consistently, splint therapy can stop headaches caused by bruxism or…

Equilibration

An equilibration is the reshaping of the biting surfaces of teeth to create a more harmonious bite and functional relationships between upper and lower teeth. This may sometimes be referred to as occlusal or bite adjustment.

Sealants

A resinous material applied to the deep, thin grooves and/or pits naturally occurring mostly on the chewing surfaces of back teeth. Normal brushing can sometimes be ineffective in removal of plaque and debris on back teeth, and sealants act as a protective prophylactic armor to prevent the onlay of plaque and debris into the grooves…

Tooth Whitening

This is a process by which teeth are lightened in color using chemical oxidizing agents, such as carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide, sometimes in the presence of light and/or heat. The intended result is to remove discoloring stains and develop whiter teeth and a more confident smile.

Oral Sedation
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Oral sedation is taking prescribed medications orally to create a medically controlled state of depressed consciousness while maintaining the patient’s airway, protective reflexes, and ability to respond to stimulation or verbal commands. Sedation dentistry includes non-intravenous sedation and/or analgesic agents and appropriate monitoring. The intent is to decrease the level of anxiousness for the dental…

Arestin® Periodontal Therapy / Gum Disease

The local delivery or placement of FDA approved concentrated antibiotic directly into a diseased periodontal pocket, in conjunction with thorough scaling and root planing of the affected site. This treatment creates fresh surfaces with the intent to form an environment that will allow the gums to heal by reattaching to the affected area and killing…

Scaling and Root Planing

This procedure is the removal of plaque, calculus, and stain that is attached to roots of teeth, typically under the gum line. This buildup is too tenacious to be removed by flossing and brushing alone and is usually associated with varying degrees of periodontal disease.

Prophylaxis

A prophylaxis, or cleaning, is the removal of stain, plaque and calculus from tooth surfaces to prevent irritation of surrounding supporting gums and bone.

Porcelain Veneers

A thin covering of ceramic or porcelain typically bonded on the front surface of a tooth or teeth. Veneers are usually made of tooth colored material and used to improve function and aspects of appearance such as color, alignment, shape, damage, and malformation. The fact that the veneers are all ceramic and includes no metal…

Cosmetic Contouring

This is a procedure in which minimal amounts of superficial tooth structure are shaven to reshape a tooth or teeth to improve appearance and/or function.  Sometimes, minor changes in individual tooth contours and shapes can make a dramatic impact on the overall look of someone’s smile.

Composite Fillings

Term usually referring to tooth colored material used to repair a tooth or teeth back to normal appearance and function, usually after decay removal or in repair of traumatized or damaged teeth. With the new advances in dentistry, tooth colored restorations, or “fillings”, are replacing amalgams, while also reinforcing the tooth due to the bonded…

Composite Bonding

This is a tooth colored restoration bonded in place onto a tooth or teeth, usually to improve the appearance or restore damaged teeth back to a natural look. Composite bonding is an effective inexpensive choice to repair and/or improve tooth esthetics.

Bridge

A bridge is a restoration bonded or cemented in place, as are crowns, replacing one or more missing teeth using adjacent teeth as anchors. A bridge can also be designed in gold for highest strength and situations where esthetics is not a priority.  A bridge can also be porcelain fused to metal for more esthetic…

Crowns

Crowns are restorations on teeth that typically cover the whole visible part of the tooth or teeth. Indications for crown therapy typically include extensive decay rendering a tooth structurally compromised, or the need for making functional or even cosmetic changes. Crowns are bonded or cemented in place. With today’s advances, we have choices for different…

Comprehensive Oral Examination

Your comprehensive oral examination is a multi-level exam including: TMJ examination Occlusal or bite examination Periodontal examination Caries examination Cancer examination Radiographic (x-ray) interpretation, using a full mouth series of digital x-rays (recommended for a full picture of a patient’s mouth)