Dental examinations

Dental examinations are needed to assess dental conditions of the teeth, mouth, and surrounding areas. There are a few types of dental examinations. A limited exam is used to assess a pressing dental matter and is usually limited to one tooth or area of the mouth. A comprehensive dental exam is used to gain information about the whole mouth and surrounding structures and is used to help aid in treatment planning for optimal oral health. A periodic oral exam is used to assess previous treatment and monitor for continued oral health.

Dental cleanings and periodontal therapy

Oral hygiene plays a large role in oral health and the success of any dental treatments. The periodontium consists of the gums, bone, and tissue that surround the tooth. These structures support the tooth and if lost, usually lead to the eventual loss of the tooth as well. Regular dental visits where these structures are checked, and the appropriate type of cleaning are done, are vital to maintaining your teeth for a lifetime. If the periodontium is healthy, a cleaning to remove build up of calculus (tartar), stain, and plaque is performed and is called a prophylaxis. This is done every 6 months. If there are some problems with your periodontium you may need a deeper cleaning. Plaque and tartar can build up under the gums where you can’t reach. This leads to loss of gums, tissue, and bone around the teeth. If this has occurred then you will need to have periodontal therapy or scaling and root planing to clean the areas under your gums that you can’t reach. You will usually need to have these areas of your mouth numbed in order to have this done. The mouth is split into quadrants for this type of cleaning and usually it takes 2 appointments to complete the initial “deep cleaning” where the stain, calculus (tartar), and plaque are removed around your teeth and under your gums. You will then have examinations at varying intervals depending on your personal needs.

Extractions and oral surgery

Teeth have to be removed from the mouth for a number of reasons. Extractions of teeth can be simple or complex. A simple extraction involves numbing the area around a tooth to be removed and lifting the tooth away from the bone and tissue that surround it. A complex extraction involves the use of a dental handpiece to take away bone from around the tooth to make the lifting of the tooth away from the bone possible. Both of these types of procedures are done in our office as well as other oral surgeries that may need to be done to help preserve or replace teeth.

Root canal therapy (Endodontic Therapy)

In the center of the teeth lies a small area that is filled with blood vessels and nerves. This area is called the dental pulp. If this part of the tooth gets infected the tooth will need a root canal to be saved. This involves the removal of the nerve and blood vessels inside of the tooth, cleaning, and filling this area. This usually stops any pain and discomfort that occurred as a result of the infection and allows the tooth to remain in the mouth and function for you. This procedure is one of the services we offer in our office.

Dental Implants

Implants are improving many aspects of dental care and allowing for enhanced oral health and comfort. A dental implant is a titanium cylinder that can be placed in your bone and become integrated (attached) to your bone. The implant acts like the root of a tooth and allows for us to place crowns on top of the implant to replace missing teeth. Implants can also be used to help stabilize dentures and removable partial dentures using attachments that protrude from the implant through your gums. Although we are currently not placing the implants in our office we offer a full line of restorative options for implants that have been placed and would love to talk to you about your options in regards to obtaining and restoring dental implants.

Dentures and partial dentures

Dentures and partial dentures also called removable partial dentures or RPD’s are used to replace missing teeth. The prosthesis or appliance is usually made from metal or plastic and can be taken out of your mouth. These appliances derive their support from remaining teeth as well as gum and bone. In our office we perform fabrication procedures for these appliances, as well as adjustments, but with a large emphasis being placed on using dental implants with these appliances to enhance your comfort and overall denture experience.

Crowns (caps) and bridges (fixed partial denture)

A crown is needed to replace a large portion of missing tooth structure or after a root canal has been completed. A crown is a dental material (metal and/or porcelain) that fits over a tooth that has been shaved down. This protects the tooth and restores the tooth to previous size, shape, and color. Crowns can also be placed for cosmetic purposes. A bridge uses crowns on teeth adjacent to an area of a missing tooth/teeth to span this area with a fake (pontic) tooth. Both services are offered in our office as well as placing crowns on dental implants to replace missing teeth.

Fillings (Restorations)

Teeth with defects, damage, or cavities need to have these areas replaced with a dental material. There are currently 2 major types of dental fillings: Amalgam (silver) fillings and Composite (white) fillings. Both of these materials are used in our office and have different strengths and weaknesses. We would love to discuss any questions or concerns you may have in regards to choosing the best option to restore you teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns, veneers (coverings on the front of teeth), white fillings, or bleaching are procedures used to improve the appearance of teeth. These procedures are usually performed on the front teeth and some of these procedures involve the removal of some of your natural tooth structure. Call our office today for you consultation involving these procedures and how they may be helpful for you.


Dentistry has come a long way in helping to control the discomforts associated with certain aspects of its practice. There are still those who avoid coming to the dentist because of fear or previous bad experiences. Our office is here to help with your anxiety needs. We offer a full line of sedation services including IV sedation to make your dental experience more pleasant. Please call to find out more about how we can help you get the dentistry you need.