Your initial exam will last approximately one hour. Your dentist will thoroughly exam your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems.
The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material.
An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.
Routine Teeth Cleanings
Annually, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.
Your third molars are more commonly called “wisdom teeth. We partner with Dr. Heath Snell, DDS. to provide you the equipment and training needed to perform such extractions, with an absolute minimum of discomfort.
Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. Our goal is to meet the needs of every patient, and every patient’s needs are different.
Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to improve the appearance of your smile.
& Hybrid Dentures
Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions.
Post Implant Care
Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.
Early Dental Care
While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines.
A Child's First Dental Visit
A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with a doctor and his staff.
Why Primary Teeth Are Important
Foremost, good teeth allow a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. Healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. The self-image that healthy teeth give a child is immeasurable.
Preventing Baby Bottle Tooth Decay
Our office is dedicated to fighting baby bottle tooth decay. Let us know if you notice any signs of decay or anything unusual in your child’s mouth.
Good Diet and Healthy Teeth
The teeth, bones and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods from the five food groups helps minimize (and avoid) cavities and other dental problems.
Endodontics - Root Canals
When left untreated, these problems can lead to severe tooth decay reaching the root of the tooth, causing extensive damage to the tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, we can perform a root canal to preserve the tooth and retain its original integrity.
We will work with each patient individually to discuss the details of your treatment and any possible alternatives. Our top priority is to provide you with the highest standard of care.
We are proud to offer our patients the latest in root canal therapy. A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthened filler.A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.
Periodontics - Gum Disease
The term “periodontal” means “around the tooth.” Therefore, periodontal disease affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Gum, or periodontal, disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss and bone damage. The infection starts when the gums become inflamed due to bacteria in plaque, a sticky, colorless film that forms on your teeth. While this is often the main cause of periodontal disease, other factors can also be attributed to affecting the health of the gums and bone.
Periodontal disease comes in many forms. Gingivitis is perhaps the mildest form of gum disease. While the gums become red, swollen and bleed easily, there is very little to no discomfort associated at this stage of the disease.
Through a good oral hygiene regimen and treatment from your dentist, the results of gingivitis can be reversed.Periodontitis is another form of periodontal disease and can be aggressive or chronic.Aggressive periodontitis displays rapid bone destruction and attachment loss in clinically healthy patients. Chronic periodontitis is one of the most common forms of periodontal disease and is frequently seen in adults. The stages progress slowly and can be recognized by gum recession and pocket formation.