• Tooth Colored Fillings

    Our office places tooth colored fillings in both front and back teeth.

    Fillings are placed initially due to decay or breakage.  After that, a new filling may be placed to replace a defective older filling, if there is new decay on a tooth or if someone desires to change mercury metal amalgam fillings to tooth colored fillings.

    Tooth colored bonded filling materials continue to improve and we are happy to offer this option to our patients.

  • Bridges

    Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges can be made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.

    The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.

    We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas and look more appealing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments and we will then use an adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.

    The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it likely will feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues. Always avoid hickey foods.

    If you are missing a tooth you should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile.

  • Crowns and Onlays

    Crowns and onlays may be used in our office as a replacemnt for older defective crowns, crowned teeth with new decay, as a protective restoration over root canal treated teeth and teeth with minimal supportive tooth structure, cracked teeth and over teeth that lack enough hard tooth structure to reliably support a filling in a patient with a history of breaking teeth and fillings usually due to bruxism (clenching and grinding).

    The main difference between a crown and onlay is how much tooth structure is left above the gumline.

    Crowns can be made of several materials:  all metal, including all gold color, porcelain fused to metal, and all ceramic.

    As ceramic crowns grow in popularity they are being used more and more.  There is a new concern developing on some ceramics and their hardness harming opposing teeth.  Most of the all ceramic patients in our office wear bite protectors at night to compensate for bite pressures of up to 1300 pounds per square inch as observed in some who night clench and grind.

  • Full and Partial Removable Dentures

    We have heard it said that “Dentures are not a replacement for teeth, they are a replacement for no teeth”

    Nonetheless, millions of people successfully wear removable full or partial dentures.

    How successful will you or our loved one be in wearing a removable prosthesis?

    Bottom line, we don’t know.  Each person has different tolerances, expectations and oral health conditions.  Usually, those with more bone and some anchor teeth do the best.  Also, having the removable teeth placed at the time of extraction of the natural teeth seems to help with transition.  This is called an Immediate full denture or Immediate partial denture.

    Dentures are usually made of acrylic, some have metal and some are thermoplastic.

    They come in and out and often need to be cleaned after each meal.

    Even those with full upper and lower dentures should visit the dentist regularly to get an oral cancer screening and make certain their dentures are clean and and functioning properly.

    Still, removable full and partial dentures can provide for many an affordable alternative for replacing missing teeth.

  • Dental Hygiene and Periodontal Health

    While at our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you establish a dental hygiene routine that will keep your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask us.

    Your teeth are not the only important part of your mouth. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. We can provide periodontal cleanings and treatment, or refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  • Night Guards/Bruxism Appliances

    Many people are afflicted with bruxism, or teeth grinding. Some people may do this consciously during the day, but it is a larger problem at night while you are asleep. Grinding your teeth can damage enamel, wear down teeth, cause jaw pain, or irritate your gums. The noise from teeth grinding can also disturb your spouse’s sleep if loud enough.

    If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which maybe similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. we will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and may be last for up to 10 years.

    Massage and mindfulness training can also sometimes help with bruxism.

  • Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal

    There are many reasons people choose to have their mercury amalgam fillings removed.

    Sometimes the filling is broken, cracked or chipped.  Or, other times the tooth with the mercury amalgam is broken, cracked, chipped or decayed.  Thirdly, some people just want their amalgams out!

    In any case, the tooth and filling need attention.

    Whether there is enough tooth support for another filling (this time we would do a bonded composite) or an onlay or crown, the old mercury amalgam will be removed.

    For removing that filling we offer the option of the following safe amalgam removal techniques:

    • Rubber dam
    • High Speed Suction/copious water irrigation
    • Additional High Volume Evacuation
    • Concentrated Oxygen nasal cannula delivery

    We can also recommend taking Chlorella and Cilantro Supplement regimens for those interested.

    For some time, our office has used amalgam separators to collect mercury amalgam debris.

    Hundreds of thousands of mercury amalgam fillings are removed in our country each year for different reasons.  Most are removed conventionally with high speed suction, volumes of water, minimal isolation and no post-op supplements.

    The majority of patients are not concerned and report no complications.

    Still, our office offers you the option of safe amalgam removal and counseling on it at no additional charge.

    Just ask…

  • Post-Op Instructions

    Our office for us is a primarily preventative and restorative practice.

    If extensive instructions are indicated we will provide those at appointment time.

    If you are confused about instructions please call our office.

    For any procedure with local anesthesia please avoid eating or drinking until the effects of the anesthetic has completely worn off to avoid accidental injury.

    For any persons taking an oral relaxant sedative please in addition:   do not drive, operate equipment, use sharp objects, make critical decisions or be unsupervised until the effects of the sedative have become completely gone.

  • Oxygen/Ozone Therapy

    Disinfect teeth in just seconds, Impossible? Not with Ozone

    The mouth is a sea of bacteria, and under certain conditions disease causing bacteria can become dominant, creating infection.  These bacteria live together in what is called biofilm.  This biofilm plays host to a mixed type of infection made up of bacteria, viruses, fungi and even parasites.  The complication is that each of these disease causing types needs a different drug to eliminate its dominance. We now offer a cutting edge dental therapy that can treat and eliminate infection while supporting the surrounding healthy tissue without toxic side effects. It is called ozone therapy and it may very well revolutionize denistry!

    Ozone is a gas that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi within seconds.  It has been used for over a hundred years as a common water and air purifier.  To put it simply, ozone is just an energized form of oxygen totally non-allergenic.  The treatment is fast, simple, and completely pain free.

    We use it in our office after we remove decay to eliminate any pathogens we cannot see which might reirifect and do derange to a tooth before we done a filling as a result, the need for root canol treatments on even large fillings has gone down ‘0%’.

  • Oral Sedation

    We realize that on occasion people get very nervous about a dental visit.

    For those patients, we have optional oral sedation by giving a prescription for one dose of oral sedative prior to the appointment.

    Our post operative precautions are listed on the Post Operative Instructions page.

    If you require an oral sedative to help you with a dental procedure, please discuss this with the doctor at your examination or consultation visit.

  • Dental Specialty Services

    Clenching anad grinding of teeth is a common occurrence, more common then people realize.  And, frequently, we don’t recognize it is happening.

    Most often the habit occurs at night and we call it nocturnal bruxism.  It can be connected to obstructive sleep apnea and if we feel that is a possibility for you, we may recommend an apnea evaluation by a physician.

    Evidence of clenching or grinding (bruxism) includes worn or chipped teeth, sensitive teeth, especially to cold, notches at the gumline on teeth, receding gums and several existing crowns on teeth especially posterior teeth.

    To protect the teeth we recommend occlusal guards sometimes called biteguards or nightguards.  If the clenching or bruxism is connected to sleep apnea and you already wear a CPAP we may still recommend guard protection as a CPAP is not designed to stop this occlusal habit.

    Fortunately for those who rely on dental insurance to help with their costs, insurance companies are more frequently covering protective appliances perhaps realizing that it is cheaper to prevent tooth fracture and loss which may require more expensive root canals, crowns or implants.

    Even for an uninsured patient, prevention of tooth and jaw damage with an occlusal guard may save your teeth, jaw joints and wallet so you might consider an occlusal guard as a good choice to preserve your dental health.

  • OSA - Obstructive Sleep Apnea

    During Professional School, we, as dentists, benefit from studying medicine before we separate off to specialize on the head, neck and oral cavity including teeth.

    In our studies we cover:

    • Anatomy
    • Physiology
    • Neurology
    • Biochemistry
    • Neuroanatomy
    • Microbiology
    • Immunology
    • Pharmacology

    And, Dental Specific courses to an a few.  In our early years we sit in class with medical students.

    Therefore, we recognize that our dental exam includes looking past the lips and teeth to the tissues.

    We do an oral cancer screening at each exam appointment and check the tonsils and intraoral airway appearance.  We check neck and facial muscles.

    Often, we see evidence of suspicion of clenching or grinding of teeth which we call bruxism.

    This may appear as teeth with cracks, wear, several existing crowns, heavy bone growth on the jaws, enlarged tight muscles or complaints of facial muscle soreness or headaches.

    Patients at times know they clench or grind and other time the do not know.  Similarly, a patient may or may not be aware of snoring at night.

    In addition to the trauma on the teeth from what we in dentistry call nocturnal bruxism or clenching and grinding at night, this habit may be an indication of a medical problem called OSA or obstructive sleep apnea.

    Sleep apnea can only be diagnosed by a physician.  However, today, the test can be ordered by the physician and done in the comfort of your own home.

    The test evaluated how well your brain and body are getting oxygen while you sleep.

    You may have heard that our body recovers through our nightly sleep, but that only happens if our brain gets enough oxygen and it does not with sleep apnea.

    Therefore,  with apnea, you become at increased risk to heart attack, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, motor vehicle accident and death.

    So, the next time we do our exam and ask you to stick out your tongue then ask you if you have been told you snore at night, don’t think it odd.

    Realize we are evaluating characteristics that may indicate sleep apnea. And, if we suspect it, we will likely suggest you see your physician or give you a referral to a sleep physician.

    This is one time when sticking your tongue out could save your life! 😉

  • Biomimetic Dentistry

    Biomimetic Dentistry is a minimally invasive technique style to reproduce the look and function of natural teeth.

    When I left the Air Force, I went into the Corporation world of dentistry where every tooth with a crack line deserved a crown and no teeth were to be filled that had more than 2 surfaces of decay.  Those also had to have crowns.

    It was confusing to me, as we had rebuilt entire teeth with pins and amalgam fillings when I was overseas in the military and those teeth seemed to do well overall.

    Now, I no longer use amalgam and the number of crowns has decreased percentage-wise since my corporate clinic days, however, I believe I have learned a few things on making dentistry less invasive and more affordable from attending numerous professional seminars.

    Recently, I have returned from a seminar on Boden ceramic bridges given by a German professor of prosthetic dentistry, Dr. Matthias Kern so to have an option to offer patients to implants especially in the anterior.

    As I am learning, it is not always possible to avoid crowns or extractions, but sometimes less can provide more…

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