The loss of one or more teeth can have a major impact of your dental health and personal appearance. Teeth rely and support one another in the mouth, When one or more are missing, the surrounding teeth can shift and move out of place. Bridges are permanent prosthetics fabricated to replace missing teeth. The teeth on either side of the space are used as anchors to hold the bridge in place. The process for fabricating a bridge is much like that of a crown and usually occurs in 1-2 visits. Bridges can restore function, increase bite stability and improve aesthetics.

A smile is often the first thing you notice about others. Cracked, chipped, stained or spaced teeth can be improved with such dental solutions as tooth colored fillings, crowns, and implants.

Crowns are laboratory fabricated & cover the entire visible surface of the tooth. Crowns often serve as the best solution to restoring teeth that are cracked, fractured, broken, have recurrent decay or have been root canal treated. A crown can restore teeth to their original shape, strengthen teeth, improve cosmetics, and add stability. They can be made of porcelain, metal or a combination of both. Crowns usually require two visits to complete: one to prepare the tooth and take an impression and a second to cement the crown into place.

Dentures are a removable prosthetic that are a natural- looking replacement for teeth. Alginate impressions are taken of the upper and/or lower teeth. Detailed models are made from the impression at our dental lab. We will help you decide on the shape and color of the teeth for the lab to fabricate your new smile. The entire process from beginning to end may require 3-5 visits to ensure a proper fit. Most insurance companies including Medicaid will cover a portion of the cost for a denture every 10 years for any given patient.

We offer 24-hour emergency contact care for all patients of record via a pager. If you are unable to reach our office in an emergency, please call 911.
Common dental emergencies are as follows:

  • Broken jaw
  • Broken/Cracked teeth
  • “Knocked out” tooth
  • Severe tooth pain
  • Severe face swelling

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. Most teeth can be extracted at one of our offices, but sometimes due to the complexity of the case we may have to refer out to an oral surgeon.

Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, bone and periodontal ligaments. Periodontal disease is often silent and painless until the advanced stages. Regular dental exams can help detect the disease at its earliest signs.

Possible indications of Gum Disease may include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Shrinking gums
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between gums & teeth
  • Expanding spaces between teeth

For patients with excessive dental fear or anxiety we offer oral conscious sedation. The medications used for OCS are known as Benzodiazapines: we specifically use Diazepam (valium). The dose is based on body weight. Valium affects the central nervous system offering a two-fold affect; an anti-anxiety or sedative effect and often some level of an amnesic effect. You still have the ability to maintain an open airway and respond to verbal and physical stimulus. Valium usually takes effect within 30-60 minutes, is at its maximum affect between 1-2 hours and can have lasting effects up to 24 hours; usually drowsiness. You must have someone accompany you to your appointment, remain in the office during your visits entirety, and drive you home.

Partials are designed to replace only a few missing teeth. The process for fabricating a partial is much like how a denture is made. Partials are effective in preventing shifting, maintaining space and restoring normal function. Most insurance companies including Medicaid cover a portion of the cost of partials.

Gum disease or periodontal disease is an infection of the gums, bone and periodontal ligaments. Periodontal disease is often silent and painless until the advanced stages occur. Regular dental exams can help detect the disease at its earliest stages.
Possible indications of Gum Disease may include:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Swollen, tender or red gums
  • Shrinking gums
  • Loose or mobile teeth
  • Bad breath
  • Pus between gums & teeth
  • Expanding spaces between teeth

We pride ourselves in offering thorough evaluations, extensive patient education, and recare that are personally catered to every patient. Preventative care is important to maintain throughout your life. Each patient receives a customized treatment plan addressing their immediate and long term restorative and preventive needs.

Age, diet, habits, health and inheritance can all affect your tooth color. There are several options available to enhance the color of your teeth.
BLEACHING GEL – a 10-14 day take home custom tray & solution kit. Can be formulated to each patient.

Root Canals or endodontic therapy treats the living tissue within the tooth. We may refer to the tissue as pulp or nerve. This tissue can be irreversibly damaged due to infection or injury. An infection of the nerve can be a result of severe decay. Untreated, the nerve will eventually die. Infection of this magnitude can travel to the surrounding tissue and bone forming an abscess, a painful and often serious type of infection. Preforming a root canal can often save these teeth.

A white filling (or composite filling) is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed or broken teeth back to its original appearance.