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Our highly trained professional staff works together to evaluate your teeth and gums, both visually and with the assistance of modern technology, to discover threats to both your oral and general health. We thoroughly discuss our findings with you as we develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

We offer a wide range of dental procedures that will make a difference in your life. Click on the procedures below for additional information.

 

 
 

DENTAL CLEANING
A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take approximately 45 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. During your routine cleaning we will remove excess plaque and polish your teeth.

Some types of bad breath, such as "morning mouth," are considered fairly normal and are not usually health concerns. However, persistent bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems with the gums and teeth.

Bad breath may be caused by the following:

  • Poor dental hygiene – poor oral hygiene can leave food particles to decay in the mouth
  • Infections in the mouth such as periodontal (gum) disease
  • Respiratory-tract infections such as throat infections, sinus infections, lung infections
  • External agents including foods such as garlic, onions, and coffee, as well as cigarettes and chewing tobacco
  • Dry mouth caused by salivary gland problems or by breathing through the mouth
  • Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, sinus disease, reflux disease and others

Call our office promptly if you have bad breath with painful, swollen gums that bleed easily or loose teeth. We will perform a physical examination of your mouth to determine the cause. If we discover that systematic problems are the cause, we may refer you to your family physician. In severe cases of gum disease, we may recommend a specialized periodontist.

SEALANTS
Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by brushing. In some cases, the tooth structure has fine grooves or pits which accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because they're too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. To avoid cavities developing over time, the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

What is a Composite Resin (White Filling)?

A composite filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composites are also used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.

These two photos are back teeth. The before and after photo shows these teeth restored using a tooth colored filling material. These fillings were placed in one appointment.

Before
After
 

How is a composite placed?

Following preparation, the dentist places the composite in layers, typically using a light specialized to harden each layer. When the process is finished, the dentist will shape the composite to fit the tooth. The dentist then polishes the composite to prevent staining and early wear.

What are the advantages of composites?

Aesthetics are the main advantage of composites, since dentists can blend shades to create a color nearly identical to that of the actual tooth. Composites bond to the tooth to support the remaining tooth structure, which helps to prevent breakage and insulate the tooth from excessive temperature changes.

What are the disadvantages?

After receiving a composite, a patient may experience postoperative sensitivity. Also, the shade of the composite can change slightly if the patient drinks tea, coffee or other staining foods. The dentist can put a clear plastic coating over the composite to prevent the color from changing if a patient is particularly concerned about tooth color. Composites tend to wear out sooner than silver fillings in larger cavities, although they hold up as well in small cavities.

Before
After
 

 

Bonding
Bonding is a “catch all” term that dentists and patients use to refer to the ability to make a tooth colored material “stick” to a tooth. A tooth consists of two basic layers; enamel and dentin. Tooth restorations such as crowns, veneers, inlays, onlays, bridges, and composite filling materials are made to stay in place by first placing a “bonding agent” on the tooth. These materials are very, very strong and long lasting. We pride ourselves on taking continuing education classes to be able to provide you with the latest choice of materials and “bonding agents” for long term success.

These photo's are an example of bonding and the dramatic effect this procedure can have on your smile. The before front tooth was fractured in a Frisbee accident and the after photo shows the repair.

Before
After
 

 

Crowns
Grinding your teeth, an improper bite, age, fillings and tooth decay can all be contributing factors in the wearing down, cracking or breakage of your teeth. Dental crowns cover the entire visible surface of your affected tooth and add strength, durability and tooth stability.

Dental bridge
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The two crowns holding it in place that are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.

Partial Denture
A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.

Dentures
There are two main types of dentures. Both Complete Dentures and Partial Dentures are finely crafted, custom-fitted. If you properly maintain your dentures they will appear natural and provide a perfect smile. Additionally, dentures help strengthen muscles controlling your expressions that require the support of your teeth, rid you of pronunciation problems caused by missing teeth and aid with chewing.

Removable Partial Dentures
The most recent advance in dental materials has been the application of nylon-like materials to the fabrication of dental appliances. This material, Valplast, generally replaces the metal, and the pink acrylic denture material used to build the framework for standard removable partial dentures. ValPlast is similar to the material used to build those fluorescent orange traffic cones you sometimes see on highways. It is nearly unbreakable, is colored pink like the gums, can be built quite thin, and can form not only the denture base, but the clasps as well. Since the clasps are built to curl around the necks of the teeth, they are practically indistinguishable from the gums that normally surround the teeth.

According to Valplast:

“Metal-based RPD design is complex because it has to adapt rigid materials to a flexible environment. This leaves room for error particularly under conditions where ideal designs and clinical preparations are challenged.

In contrast, the material in flexible partials is perfectly suited to the variety of natural conditions in the mouth. It simplifies the design and enables the RPD itself to balance the simultaneous requirements of retention, support and stability.

Flexibility removes many of the unwanted aspects of metal partials. There are fewer steps in the treatment process because preparation of natural teeth is unnecessary. Without the metal frame, the fabrication and try-in processes have also been simplified. In addition, the choice of a Valplast partial avoids the placement of metal in your patient’s mouth, which allows you to satisfy the patient’s interest in metal-free dentistry.”

Patients like Valplast a lot better than their old metal framework removable partial dentures. Far more comfortable and much better aesthetics.

Procedures:

Teeth Whitening
Whitening of the teeth is performed for patients who desire a brighter smile. Tooth whitening can be performed to reduce discoloration and staining, or simply to provide the patient with whiter, brighter teeth.

Veneers
Often an alternative to crowns, veneers are very thin pieces of specially-shaped porcelain or plastic that are glued over the front of your teeth with little or no anesthesia needed. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Veneers won't stain, making veneers a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile.

Dental Implants
Implants are great for replacing missing teeth. Implants are not only used to replace one tooth, but rather people missing most, if not all, of their teeth benefit greatly as well. Implants are increasingly being used to replace certain types of bridges and removable partial dentures.

Bonding
Bonding is a composite resin filling placed in the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Composites are the solution for restoring decayed teeth, making cosmetic improvements and even changing the color of your teeth or the reshaping of teeth. Bonding will lighten any stains you may have, close up minor gaps and can be used to correct crooked teeth. Basically, bonding will cover any natural flaws applying a thin coating of a plastic material on the front surface of your teeth.

Tooth contouring and reshaping
Tooth reshaping, or contouring, is one of few instant treatments now available in cosmetic dentistry. Dental reshaping and contouring is a procedure to correct crooked teeth, chipped teeth, cracked teeth or even overlapping teeth in just one session.

The dental contouring procedure can even be a substitute for braces under certain circumstances. It is also a procedure of subtle changes. A few millimeters of reduction and a few millimeters of tooth-colored laminate can create a beautiful smile when performed by a cosmetic dentist, with no discomfort to you. Tooth reshaping, or dental contouring, is commonly used to alter the length, shape or position of your teeth.

Composite resin fillings
Composite resin dental fillings were created as an alternative to traditional metal dental fillings. Tooth fillings colored to look like a natural tooth are known as Composite Resin Dental Fillings, are made of a plastic dental resin. Composite Resin Dental Fillings are strong, durable, and make for a very natural looking smile. Many dental insurance plans cover their use.

Dental Root Canals for Your Teeth
Many of us have heard the comparisons of painful things to the root canal procedure. It's not that bad. There are tiny canals within your tooth that may become infected. This leads to the pulp inside your tooth also becoming diseased. Either your dentist or an endodontist to remove any infection performs the root canal procedure. The canals are then filled and the tooth receives either a filling or a crown. Crowns are more common in most cases as they add strength to the tooth itself. The procedure itself takes one to two visits.

Transform Your Entire Appearance Painlessly with LUMINEERS

Smiling should be a happy, enjoyable experience, not stressful or embarrassing. With LUMINEERS, you no longer have to hide your smile…and you don’t have to endure lengthy, uncomfortable procedures to get the smile you enjoy sharing with the world. LUMINEERS offer:

  • Painless procedure
  • Sensitivity-free results
  • Permanently white results that last
  • Quick and easy process
  • LUMINEERS…accept nothing less!
 

 

 

What is dental phobia and why do so many people hate the dentist?
Dental phobia is a severe fear of the dentist that over time causes loss of teeth because of the patient's inability to go to the dentist and receive regular care. The heart of the matter is that dental phobia can rob patients of their self esteem as they become embarrassed about the appearance of their teeth and withdraw from friends, coworkers and loved ones.

Why do people hate and fear the dentist ?
Fear of the dentist is most commonly something that patients learn from traumatic personal dental experiences. If these experiences occur as a child and are accompanied by a real sense of panic, the resulting reaction to the dentist may become deep seated, visceral and life-long. Such patients don't feel safe in the dental chair. Patients recall of their traumatic childhood experiences often includes being held down against their will, being yelled at, pain and terror. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that people, who suffer abuse as children, may have life-long alterations in their response to stress. If a patient suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, the dental office may be just one of many situations where such patients feel unsafe. Patients who suffer from panic attacks associated with dental care will do anything not to have that awful feeling again. Sedation, which can block the panic response, can be particularly helpful for dental patients with anxiety attacks.

Other patients may simply have difficulty getting numb after the dentist gives them an injection. If the patient is extremely anxious the patient may be sensitive to the slightest sensation because of the emotional component of their pain. Many patients may not be particularly anxious but still may feel pain during dental care because of anatomical reasons, the presence of infection or hypersensitivity of the tooth. Local anesthetics (AKA Novacaine, Novocain or Novocaine), used by dentists to numb the tooth or jaw may rarely cause patients to become excitable or anxious in large doses, especially in combination with epinephrine, a common additive. Newly developed injection techniques may help in these situations.

Some patients suffer from a severe fear of needles, also known as needle phobia. As a result people have trouble going to the dentist, and medical. A wide variety of techniques to help at the dentist are available, such as anesthetic pads or gels administered without piercing the skin. Patients can also be sedated with an elixir or pill before any injection.

What can be done to help people who avoid the dentist because of fear, pain, or embarrasment?
If you have a severe fear of the dentist, the most important thing is to recognize that there are people ready to help you. Take the time to find the right person. Take the time to communicate your feelings and concerns to your dentist. Make sure the treatment plan that you and your dentist have chosen reflects your cosmetic and long term oral health goals. Choose a quality office that is dedicated to a high level of care and patient satisfaction. Make sure the dentist you've chosen has the tools to care for you comfortably and has the patience and experience to guide you through the complete treatment plan. Consider relaxation and distraction techniques available by the dentist such as deep (diaphragmatic) breathing, or headphones.

Oral medications such as a Valium, or something similar, can be used to help you relax and feel more comfortable during long procedures. Intravenous sedation or even general anesthesia may be best for very anxious patients who won't have dental procedures any other way. Patients who have a very sensitive gag reflex, or have a lot of trouble getting numb with dental injections can also benefit from intravenous sedation. Nitrous oxide (sweet air, laughing gas) also provides pain relief and distraction. Nitrous oxide does help relieve anxiety as well as Valium and its related medicines when taken orally or intravenously. All medications should be administered by dentists (called Dental Anesthesiologists, or sometimes Sleep Dentists) who are well trained and experienced for the best and safest experience. Sedation Dentistry, also called Sleep Dentistry can be a beneficial way for patients to experience dental care without fear, pain or anxiety. Most importantly, it is possible for you to have your dental care in comfort.

What is Conscious Sedation?
This type of sedation induces an altered state of consciousness that minimizes pain and discomfort through the use of pain relievers and sedatives. Patients who receive conscious sedation usually are able to speak and respond to verbal cues throughout the procedure, communicating any discomfort they experience to the provider. The medication will help you rest. Many of our patients sleep while receiving Sedation dental Care. A brief period of amnesia may erase any memory of the procedure.

Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry.
A pill will be administered to you, which you will take in our special comfort room or at home, one hour before your visit. Please bring a friend with you to drive you home after your treatment is completed, because you will be very sleepy.

After you arrive, we will make sure you are safe and comfortable and cover you with one of our cozy blankets. A member of our highly skilled team will monitor your vital signs. When you are completely relaxed and ready for care, our Dr.'s will provide you with an excellent dental experience.

After your treatment is complete, your friend will take you back home to relax for the rest of the day. You will have little or no memory of your treatment.

Significant dental care, which previously required multiple appointments, can now be performed in a single visit; all while you are in a completely relaxed state.

Sedation dentistry is the perfect alternative for people who have trouble with anesthesia, dental fear or troublesome gag reflexes. It is a very safe way to eliminate the fatigue of extended visits for multiple dental treatments.

What should I bring to my Sedation Appointment?
Anything that makes you more comfortable or secure is welcome. We provide music, blankets, pillows, and other comfort amenities. Please bring with you any medications you are currently taking, including asthma inhalers, supplemental oxygen, or any thing you need on a daily basis or have used in the past for emergency situations. Plan to have someone drive you to and from your sedation appointment.

Who should monitor Conscious Sedation?
Your dentist or qualified assistant monitor patient heart rate, blood pressure, breathing, oxygen level and alertness throughout and after the procedure.

What are the side effects Conscious Sedation?
A brief period of amnesia after the procedure may follow the administration of conscious sedation. Occasional side effects may include headache, nausea, hangover/jet lag feeling, or limited memory of the appointment.

What should patients expect immediately following the surgical or diagnostic procedure?
A qualified provider monitors the patient immediately following the procedure. Written post-operative care instructions will be given to the patient to take home.

Patients should not drive a vehicle, operate dangerous equipment or make any important decisions for at least 24 hours after receiving Sedation Dental Care. A follow-up phone call is made by the healthcare provider to check on the patient's condition and answer any remaining questions.

Conscious sedation allows patients to recover quickly and resume normal daily activities in a short period of time.

Our In-House Periodontist, Allen Rasheed, D.M.D., M.S.
Our Periodontist specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal diseases. A Periodontist also does treatment plans, places and maintains dental implants. Periodontists receive extensive training, including additional years of education beyond dental school, to learn the most effective technique in diagnosing and treating periodontal diseases and to replace teeth with implants.

The Benefits of a Specialist
Early intervention is the key to preventing advanced periodontal disease and tooth loss. In our office you get the benefit of a highly trained specialist and office staff in the field of periodontology. Some other advantages we offer include:

Focused Care
Our office only treats periodontal disease and related disorders which has allowed us to develop enormous experience and knowledge to help your specific problem. Since we routinely treat these conditions, we deliver optimal results with the greatest comfort. We also provide exceptional preventive services to help avoid future need for treatment.

Educational Services
We help you understand the nature of periodontal disease. We want you to be aware of the medical conditions that can make you more susceptible such as diabetes, stress, smoking, medications or pregnancy. We take time to answer any questions you may have.

Skill and Expertise
Our Periodontist received advanced knowledge in dentistry, medicine, surgery, microbiology, and soft and hard tissue (gums, teeth, and jawbone) physiology during his specialty training. In addition, we continually update our knowledge and techniques through a commitment to continuing education. By seeking your care in our office, you are insuring that you receive the highest standards of treatment in our field of dentistry.

Our In-House Orthodontist

Just like baseball and gymnastics are types of sports, an orthodontist (say: or-thoh-don-tist) is a type of dentist. Using braces, retainers, and other devices, an orthodontist helps straighten a person's teeth and correct the way the jaws line up.

Straight teeth and aligned jaws create nice smiles. On top of that, when your jaws and teeth are well aligned, it's easier to chew food. Orthodontic care can even help prevent snoring!

So why would you go to the orthodontist? Your dentist or one of your parents might recommend it because they see a problem with your teeth or jaws. Or a kid who doesn't like the way his or her teeth look might ask to see an orthodontist.

Orthodontists treat kids for many problems, including having crowded or overlapping teeth or having problems with jaw growth and tooth development. These tooth and jaw problems may be caused by tooth decay, losing baby teeth too soon, accidents, or habits like thumb sucking. These problems also can be genetic or inherited, meaning that they run in a person's family.

In order to provide your family with the highest attainable degree of precision, our practice features a state-of-the-art in-house dental laboratory and highly-trained dental technician. Our dental technician expertly crafts dentures, partials, and fixed bridges according to your desires and our dentist's specifications. Additionally, our laboratory allows us to provide our patients with same-day service for most types of prosthetic repairs.

With an onsite laboratory, there’s no need for your denture or partial to ever leave our sight. We understand how important your prosthetic is to your health and self-confidence, and we promise to protect your investment. You can rest assured that we’ll take care of your denture or partial, so it can continue serving you for years to come.

Benefits of an on-site dental laboratory include:

  • Quality assurance
  • Extremely short waiting periods for custom restorations
  • Same-day service for repairs
  • Totally custom designs
  • Maximum control over the size, shape, fit, and color of your restorations
  • Optimal cosmetic and functional results
 
   
 
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