Oral Hygiene Exams
Regular exams are a vital part of preventative health care. Our hygienists will clean your teeth, examine your gums, and check for cavities. Our doctors will evaluate your risk of developing any oral health problems and give advice on at-home care. Daily brushing and flossing will make your hygienist and your wallet SO happy - detecting problems early allows us to care for them when they are most treatable.
X-rays allow your dentist to see detailed images of your teeth, roots, and gums. Radiation from our dental x-ray machines is extremely low. Patient safety is our top priority - a weighted lead apron protects from excess exposure. During the x-ray, the patient will bite down on film holders, then *beep* all done! The photos are digital and are reviewed during your appointment.
Full Dentures & Partial Dentures
To keep you smiling, we offer complete or partial denture options. A dentures is a removable plate of plastic customized to fit your mouth. Modern denture technology is more natural looking and comfortable than ever! The first appointments in the full denture process include extracting remaining teeth and taking impressions. Your unique denture is then crafted in a lab and ready to be delivered at the next appointment. Denture adjustments and realignment appointment are common in caring for a denture.
It's okay - we like candy, too! Cavities are holes in the surface of your teeth that are caused by bacteria, sugary foods, and forgetting to brush your teeth. Tooth decay can be detected during a hygiene or new patient exam. Composite fillings are matched to the color of your tooth. Amalgam fillings are made from a mixture of metals and are not tooth colored, but can often last longer. Both composite and amalgam fillings are very common. Good oral health habits can lengthen the life of your tooth's filling.
If a tooth is broken, infected or too damaged for a filling, it may need to be extracted. Other reasons a tooth would need to be removed include a baby tooth blocking a permanent tooth trying to grow, to make more space before braces, or a problematic wisdom tooth. Our staff is very gentle and aware of common concerns when it comes to getting a tooth pulled.
Did you know that your teeth have nerves? When the nerve becomes infected, there is often increased sensitivity to hot and cold, swelling, and aching. Root canal treatment can save a dying tooth without having to remove it. The term "root canal" refers to cleaning out the infection from the tooth's roots. If properly cared for, root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
You don't have to be British royalty to wear a crown. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap to cover a tooth. This procedure is typically done in two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is prepped for the crown and you leave with a temporary. After about two weeks, the crown arrives from the dental lab! During the second appointment your crown is seated in your mouth. There are a lot of different types of crowns - your dentist will prescribe the best fit for you. Crowns are not as long lasting as implants, so make sure to floss and keep care of it!
Think dental Golden Gate - it is literally a bridge across the gap of a missing tooth. Two abutments attach to the teeth on either side of the gap, with a "fake tooth" in the middle - similar to a crown. There are a lot of options This procedure is usually split into two appointments. During the first appointment the teeth are prepped and you will go home with a temporary bridge. At the second appointment, the doctor will secure the custom made bridge in your mouth and send you home happy.
Dental implants are by far the best restoration choice for replacing a tooth! They are secure investments in your future oral health. Dental implants replace decayed tooth roots under your gums. An oral surgeon will place the implant in the bone and cover it with a healing cap. The patient then waits 6-9 months for the bone to heal around the implant. Then we restore the beautiful tooth-shaped cap on top. While this treatment is expensive, the payments are spread out. Implants are also the most permanent and lasting restorative option. They can transform the caps for customizable options as well.
Achieve dramatic results with our custom take home kit and set of whitening gel! At your first appointment, we will make a mold of your teeth for a set of clear plastic whitening trays. During the second appointment your custom trays will be fitted and our staff will explain the at-home process. It is normal to experience sensitivity during the first week. While this method is very effective, you may need to repeat the process if you smoke, consume dark drinks, or take certain medications.
Dentists are just as much artists as they are doctors. In addition to teeth whitening, Modern Dental Care provides creative solutions for cosmetic concerns. Crowns, veneers, other techniques to fill in the gaps is the type of work our dentists are passionate about! The transformations are dramatic and will leave you smiling bigger and brighter for years to come!
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