We are pleased to offer the following services in our office:

Six Month Smiles

Six Month Smiles (http://www.6monthsmiles.com) is a fast, esthetically-pleasing orthodontic option for adults. Most patients are completed with treatment in only 6 months. The brackets and wires are tooth-colored and blend in naturally with your teeth. Many people equate straight teeth with esthetics, but straight teeth are beneficial to your overall oral health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean and therefore, allow for healthy gums and bone.

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KoR Whitening

KoR whitening (http://www.korwhitening.com) is an in-office tooth whitening system. KoR whitening is absorbed deep into your teeth to help remove deeply-rooted stains. It is one of the only systems on the market that has been proven to whiten Tetracycline staining. A patient will receive at home bleaching trays as part of the therapy so they can maintain their beautiful smile.

Oral Sedation

Oral Sedation and Anxiolysis (anxiety control) are offered in our practice. Sometimes, a prior bad experience can make a patient nervous about seeking care. There are different ways to reduce your anxiety. We offer nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”).  If you are able to bring a driver with you, we can also give you a prescription to help reduce your anxiety. We will be offering oral sedation this fall. The difference in the medications between anxiolysis and oral sedation is that anxiolysis uses a 1-drug protocol, whereas, oral sedation uses a combination of medications. BOTH require a driver to and from the appointment.

Crowns

Crowns are needed when a tooth has either had previous endodontic therapy, fractures or very large cavities weakening the remaining tooth structure. Crowns are completed in two appointments. Our labs are very quick in fabricating your crown and most times we have them back in a little over a week. During that time, you’ll have a temporary crown we will make for you to wear to help protect your remaining tooth and keep your gums healthy.

Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic procedure for patients who have healthy tooth structure but are unhappy with the overall shape and shade of their teeth. This is a very conservative two-appointment procedure. If you are unsure exactly what you are wanting to accomplish from your treatment, we are able to provide a laboratory wax-up model of what your teeth could look like.

Root Canals

Root Canal Therapy (aka Endodontic Therapy) is a procedure required when the nerve of a tooth is highly inflamed or was at some point and the tooth is now abscessed. There are many different reasons this can occur, the most common being due to a large cavity or past trauma. We are able to clean out the canals of tooth and place a sealing material inside the canals. Teeth that have had root canal therapy must be crowned. This is to help protect the weaken tooth structure from fracturing. We are able to do most root canal procedures in the office. However, sometimes we will refer our patients to a specialist if the tooth appears to be a most difficult case or if it is in the best interest of our patient.

Fillings

Fillings are required when there is a cavity destroying tooth structure. Most times cavities don’t hurt. However, not removing the decayed tooth structure can lead to more damage and more costly and invasive procedures. We only place the white-colored composite fillings. It has been shown that the older generation silver (amalgam) fillings have a tendency to fracture tooth structure once the amalgam has started to break down.

Periodontal

Periodontal Therapy (aka Scaling and Root Planing aka “Deep Cleanings”) is required when the supporting bone and tissue around teeth are unhealthy. Usually, there is a presence of calculus buildup beneath the gums. Calculus is formed by bacteria; however, the bacteria in periodontal disease are not commonly found in a healthy mouth. This particular type of bacteria has been linked to heart disease, diabetes type II, preterm/low birth weight babies, and erectile dysfunction. Periodontal disease is a communicable disease. Therapy involves seeing our hygienist for frequent care every 3 months to help keep the bacteria levels low and allow the gums and bone to heal. We will also place antibiotics in localized areas that are not healing. If the patient’s tissues are not responding favorably to treatment, he/she is referred to our periodontist for further evaluation and treatment. Patients who opt out of doing periodontal therapy are at a high risk of losing their teeth.

Implants

Implants are to replace one or more missing teeth. They are designed for patients with healthy bone levels. We do not currently place implants in our office. However, we have multiple specialists we refer our patients to have them placed. We coordinate your therapy with our specialists and once the implant has completely healed in 3-6 months, we will place your permanent restoration.