Our doctors and hygienists work together to come up with a hygiene schedule that best suits your needs. Typically, cleanings are recommended every 6 months, but this does vary from patient to patient. At each visit, the doctor and hygienist both dedicate time to evaluating your at-home care and current dental health, as well as answering any questions you may have along the way. We believe that maintaining good oral health is the best way to prevent more serious and costly dental treatment in the future and routine dental cleanings are a vital part of meeting that goal.
Sealants are a common treatment recommendation for our younger patients. They are a preventative coating that acts as a barrier to prevent bacteria and food from collecting and sitting on the grooves and pits of the teeth. They work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth so that bacteria doesn’t have a place to hide and create cavities.
Our office does not use amalgam, or metal, fillings. The material used in our office is meant to mimic the structure and appearance of a natural tooth. If caught quickly, dental decay can often be treated by removing the decayed area from the tooth and replacing it with a filling.
If dental decay is left untreated, it can lead to more extensive treatment down the road. Often, that means Endodontics or a Root Canal. Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment, with a very high rate of success and involves removing the diseased tissue inside the tooth (the root and nerves), halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth.
Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. This is usually done when the area of the tooth that was removed is too large to replace with a filling. Without a crown, the structure of the entire tooth could be compromised. With our CEREC machine, we now have the option to produce a majority of our crowns in office rather than sending them off to a lab. Our crowns are custom made and designed specifically for you and your dental anatomy.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth, as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Dental implants can be one of the most predictable and long term tooth replacement options available. Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Dental implants can often be used to help secure dentures or partials. An implant is a small metal screw that is placed into the bone to replace the root structure of an individual tooth. A crown is secured to the top of this implant and all you see is a beautiful, natural-looking tooth. Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. Ask our doctors to evaluate you for this procedure.
Often confused with crowns, veneers cover a smaller portion of the tooth and are often used for esthetic reasons. They are typically used to alter the color and/or shape of your teeth. They can be used to correct chipped, oddly-shaped or discolored teeth.
When restorative procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be extracted. These procedures today are far less painful than ever before. In many cases, a patient who has a tooth extracted experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding. We also recommend going a step further and taking steps to preserve the site of the removed tooth. This helps to potentially stave off bone loss in this area, if the tooth is not replaced, and can help to prepare the bone and tissue for an implant in the future.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues. It is made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete or full dentures are made when all of your natural teeth are missing. Partial dentures are frequently a sound solution when several teeth are missing, but not all. Dental implants can often be used to help dentures fit more securely.
Dental emergencies are not on a M-F, 9-5 schedule like our office is, so we understand that problems will often pop up at the most inopportune times. In these cases, we recommend for our patients to remain calm and contact us as soon as possible. We have an after hours emergency line available for instances such as these. Call 806-221-2708 in case of an after hours dental emergency.
People who grind their teeth can sometimes develop a serious problem with their jaws. When left untreated, this can adversely affect the teeth, gums and bone structures of the mouth. People with TMD (TemporoMandibular Joint Disorder) often experience a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing their mouths. This disorder is often accompanied by frequent headaches, neck aches and in some cases, tooth sensitivity. Treatment for this disorder can range from night guards worn while sleeping, a splint therapy regimen customized for each patient or, in severe cases, jaw surgery. Our doctors custom make our night guards and splints in our office, by hand.
TMD THERAPY & NIGHT GUARDS
LANAP stands for Laser Assisted New Attachment Protocol. It is a state-of-the-art protocol for treating moderate to severe periodontal disease and is a great alternative to traditional gum surgery. With the LANAP system, a dental laser is used to clear inflammation, disinfect, and seal the gum tissue around each tooth. Discomfort after the procedure is very minimal. Traditional gum surgery requires cutting into the gum tissue and sewing it back together, which is much more traumatic to the tissue. Traditional gum surgery will also never result in periodontal regeneration. Regeneration occurs when new bone and gum tissue grows and attaches to the tooth. LANAP is the first and only dental laser treatment that is FDA approved for periodontal regeneration. The dental laser used in the LANAP procedure can also be used to treat cold sores, sterilization during a root canal, and treating some symptoms of TMD (TMJ). Ask our team about this exciting new technology at your next visit!