Preventive Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Preventive care is the foundation of your dental health. Proper oral hygiene is important not only for maintaining good dental health, but also overall well-being. The dental services we provide help safeguard you against serious tooth- and gum-related issues.

We can help you establish regular office visits and learn about proper at-home care for optimal oral health. During your regularly scheduled hygiene visits, our dental hygienists will teach you proper techniques to help maintain healthy teeth and gums between visits.

Preventive Services

  • Cleanings
  • Dental sealants
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Mouthguards
  • Periodontal (gum) treatments
  • X-rays

Tips to Maintain a Healthy Smile

  • Brushing - at least twice daily
  • Flossing - at least once daily
  • Dental cleaning - at least twice a year
  • Diet - limit sugar and refined starches; increase water intake, especially with meals

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease

  • Any change in the fit of partial dentures
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Any change in the way teeth fit together when biting
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen, tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth

If you are experiencing any of symptoms of periodontal disease or would like to schedule a cleaning, please contact our office.

Restorative Dentistry

Restorative Dentistry

During your dental visit, we may find signs of decay, cracked fillings, or damaged or chipped teeth that require additional care. Through restorative dentistry, our dentists can repair and restore the function and aesthetics of your teeth and their supporting structures.

Dental Restoration Objectives

Improve Function

Your teeth are important for chewing, speaking, and for maintaining bone density in your jaw. When one or more teeth are missing, you may not be able to effectively chew certain foods in order to get the highest nutritional value for your health. Missing teeth may also cause speech problems or bone loss in your jaw.

Reduce Additional Dental Problems

Once a tooth is missing, the surrounding teeth can begin to shift making it more difficult to maintain good oral health. Food and bacteria can hide in crevices created by crooked or shifted teeth, leading to decay and possible gum disease.

Correct Facial Appearance

When you lose teeth, it not only affects the way your smile appears, but can also change your facial appearance. Your teeth and jaw bone provide support for your facial muscles. Once teeth are lost, the facial muscles can sag or appear shrunken making you look older. Dental restorations give your facial muscles the support they need for a more youthful appearance.

Enhance Quality of Life

Your smile is an important part of your appearance and when you lose one or more teeth, you may feel embarrassed to smile or be as social as you once were. While there are many functional and health reasons to replace missing teeth, your self-confidence and quality of life are just as important. Restorative dental care can give you back a complete, confident smile that can have a positive impact on your mental and emotional well-being.

Restorative Services

  • Bridges
  • Crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Dentures
  • Fillings
  • Root canals
  • Tooth extractions

If you have missing or broken teeth in need of repair, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Despite the name, cosmetic dentistry addresses more than just the appearance of your smile. Damaged teeth due to injury or decay may cause significant discomfort. Chipped or broken teeth can make simple daily activities, like eating and speaking, a painful and embarrassing experience.

Our cosmetic dentistry team uses a wide range of advanced, professional techniques to redesign the functional and aesthetic aspects of your teeth to achieve a uniform, natural look. We can straighten, repair, or change the shape of your teeth to eliminate discomfort and improve self-esteem.

Cosmetic Services

  • Bonding
  • Gum recontouring
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening / bleaching
  • Tooth-colored fillings

Issues Addressed

  • Dull or discolored teeth
  • Minor chips and cracks
  • Small spaces between the teeth
  • Severely worn teeth
  • Unevenly sized or short teeth

If you are interested in our cosmetic services, please contact our office to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

Emergency Dental Services

Emergency Dental Services

Our emergency services are available for any urgent dental care needed to relieve pain and prevent the progression of more serious dental problems.

Signs of a Dental Emergency

  • Extreme pain caused by hot or warm food and drinks
  • Extreme pain and sensitivity to cold food, drinks, and breathing in cold air
  • Knots or swelling in the gums
  • Loose or knocked-out adult tooth or teeth
  • Severe pain in the mouth, face, or teeth
  • Swelling of the mouth or face

What to Do

Bitten Tongue or Lip

Clean the area with a wet cloth and place a cold compress on the area to reduce swelling. If the cut is larger than 1/4 inch, bleeding persists for more than 10 minutes, or is excessive, call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department for assistance.

Broken Dentures

If a tooth broke off, find the missing tooth, if possible. If the entire denture cracked, remove the denture, dry it off and check that the pieces still fit together snugly. If they do not, check for loose pieces in your mouth or on the surrounding floor area. Store your dentures and call our office.

Broken Jaw

If you suspect your jaw is broken, do not move your jaw. Secure your jaw in place with a handkerchief, necktie, or towel tied around the jaw and over the top of your head. Call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency department for assistance.

Broken, Chipped, or Cracked Tooth

  • Rinse your mouth with warm water and apply gauze to the area using firm pressure to stop the bleeding. If the area does not stop bleeding after 10 minutes of constant, firm pressure, go to the emergency room.
  • Once the bleeding stops, apply a cold compress over the facial area of the injury.
  • Recover any broken tooth fragments, wrap in wet gauze or a wet towel to bring with you, and call our office as soon as possible.

Knocked-Out Permanent (Adult) Tooth

  • Locate the tooth - hold it by the crown (top) and not the root end.
  • If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse under water. Do not use soap, scrub or dry the tooth, wrap in tissue or cloth, pull on the root, or remove any tissue attached to the root.
  • If possible, gently reinsert the tooth in the socket and hold it in place using your fingers or by biting down.
  • If the tooth cannot be reinserted, hold it under the tongue (preferable) or carry it in a cup containing milk, water with a pinch of salt, or the saliva of the injured person. To preserve the root, it is important to keep the tooth moist at all times. Because time is essential, contact us immediately.

Loose Permanent Tooth

If a permanent tooth becomes loose due to trauma, do not wiggle or pull at the tooth. Call our office immediately.

Lost Crown

  • If your crown pops off, remove it from your mouth or find it if you think it fell elsewhere.
  • Gently clean any debris from the inside of your crown.
  • Apply denture adhesive, dental cement, or toothpaste to the inside of the crown before slipping it back in place. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Lost Filling

  • If you find the filling, put it in a safe place and bring it with you when you visit our office.
  • In the meantime, fill the hole in your tooth with tooth wax or dental cement. Both are available over-the-counter at your local pharmacy - please, do not use household adhesives in your mouth. Call our office to schedule an appointment.

Severe Pain

To alleviate pain, take acetaminophen as directed on the packaging label. Apply ice to the area for 10-20 minutes once an hour to reduce swelling and call our office.

Tissue Injury or Facial Pain

Any injury such as a puncture or laceration to the tissues inside your mouth, including your lips, cheeks, tongue, and gums, is considered a dental emergency and you should contact our office immediately.

Prolonging treatment may result in a more painful, time-consuming, and costly problem. If you are experiencing any symptoms of a dental emergency, please contact us as soon as possible.