Services

Bold Dental Philosophy

LifeSMILE

Your individual dental health is unique and ever-changing. Our commitment is to consider the past, present, and future of your oral health when providing optimal dental care.

Exams

Comprehensive Evaluations

Rarely are dental problems truly isolated to just one tooth. It is our philosophy that every new patient be diagnosed and treated comprehensively. Often, it is a single concern that motivates a patient to seek treatment, but we feel that it should be the goal of every dental provider to identify all potential concerns. By providing additional information about the complete dental condition, we can trust that our patients are able to make truly informed decisions regarding their dental healthcare.

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Oral Cancer Screenings

As part of comprehensive dental care, we feel that our treatment scope includes all areas of your mouth. As conscientious dental providers, we are commonly the most routine, and often the first point of medical intervention for many patients. In most cases, early detection is the most important factor in successfully resolving many potentially serious oral diseases. For these reasons, we make a special point to thoroughly assess our patients’ entire health as the first part of each dental exam.

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Digital X-rays

Digital-X-raysTraditional dental radiographs (x-rays) were made using specialized photographic film and lengthy chemical developing processes. As with regular photography, digital sensors can now be used to produce radiographs instantaneously with all the other benefits of modern imaging as well. And, thanks to their enhanced sensitivity, digital radiographs require only a fraction of the radiation necessary for traditional x-ray image production.

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3-D Cone-Beam CT Scans

3D-Cone-Beam-CT-scans-Certain dental procedures (i.e. dental implants, oral surgery) can benefit tremendously from 3-D radiographic imaging. Historically, dentistry relied on medical CAT/CT scanning, but that required a separate trip to a hospital, higher fees, and greater radiation exposure. Thanks to recent technological breakthroughs along with our commitment to cutting-edge treatment, we offer fast, safe, and affordable dental CT scans right here in our office.

 

 

Cosmetics

Tooth-Colored Fillings

fillingsWhen teeth develop cavities, in order to stop the break-down and restore health, the damaged portions must be removed and replaced.  The most popular material for restoring simple cavities is a mixture of microscopic glass particles and light-activated resin called “composite”. Dental composite chemically bonds to tooth surfaces becoming nearly indistinguishable from the natural enamel and fully functional almost immediately.

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Metal-Free Crowns & Veneers

metal-free-crownsWhen teeth are significantly damaged or otherwise undesirable in appearance, a crown or a veneer can be a great restorative option. The material of choice for the most natural appearance is porcelain and has been for a long time. However, recent developments have proven to enhance the properties of these enamel-like ceramics making them even stronger and more long-lasting without the need for unattractive metal reinforcement. Depending on the extent of the problematic area, when used in conjunction with adhesive bonding, sometimes it’s is only necessary to apply porcelain to one side (veneer) versus an entire tooth (crown).

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Esthetic Bonding

esthetic-bondingThere are many reasons teeth can chip or break. Sometimes teeth don’t develop into the desired size, shape, or shade.   Minor problems of this sort are often correctable by adhesively bonding composite filling material to the deficient surfaces of the teeth. This material can be very natural-looking and often can be a conservative and cost-effective means of changing the appearance of teeth.

Tooth Whitening (Bleaching)

Tooth discoloration happens due to a number of factors including bacteria, trauma, old-fillings/crowns, and even certain medications. Most often, it’s our favorite foods/drinks that are to blame (i.e. tea, coffee). Usually, the majority of these stains can be removed with special instruments used during professional cleanings, but at-home tooth whitening (bleaching) can be done as well to further brighten your smile.

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Surgery

Tooth Extractions (Including Wisdom Teeth)

Wisdom teeth (third molars) are the last teeth in the jaws and usually the most problematic. They are very difficult to keep clean and are challenging to repair when damaged. More often than not, these teeth fail to erupt correctly in the first place, causing significant discomfort and potential damage to adjacent teeth. For all of these reasons, it is usually wise to have them removed. Most often this is accomplished with a simple surgical procedure that can be done with or without IV sedation in addition to local anesthetic.

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Sedation Anesthesia

Depending on the nature of the procedure, it may be necessary to provide certain treatments in conjunction with IV sedation or even general anesthesia. Even for those procedures that can be accomplished with local anesthesia only, elective sedation is can be an option to help control anxiety and enhance patient comfort.

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Bone Grafting

In areas of missing teeth, especially where they have been absent for long periods of time, it is likely that the jaw bone that originally surrounded the tooth root has become too short or too narrow to accommodate a dental implant. In many cases this can be overcome by bone grafting procedures wherein tiny particles of natural bone are placed in the deficient areas (often done at the same time as tooth removal and/or implant placement) and allowed to heal until the site is strong enough to support a dental implant.

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TMJ (Jaw Joint) Therapy

The TMJ (jaw joint) is arguably the most complex joint in the body, and identifying the source of pain associated with this area can be equally complicated. After proper diagnosis, appropriate treatment options can range from simple splints/night guards, to conservative bite adjustments and restorative treatment, to surgical repair and even partial/total joint replacement.

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Hygiene

Professional Cleanings

Even with excellent home care practices, over time teeth can accumulate plaque and other bacterial deposits that are virtually impossible to remove by simple brushing and flossing. This is why bi-annual dental visits are recommended—even for patients in perfect dental health. Our team possesses the professional knowledge and specialized instrumentation necessary to establish and maintain optimal health for your teeth and gums.

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Non-Surgical Periodontal Therapy

When periodontal disease (i.e., gingivitis, periodontitis) is identified early, it can usually be stopped and sometimes even reversed by appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Our experienced dental hygienists are extremely knowledgeable and well-equipped to return your teeth and gums to health through local antibiotic delivery and no-incision bacteria, plaque, and calculus (tartar) removal.

Local Antibiotic Delivery

Certain types of moderate-severe periodontal (gum) disease can be more effectively treated if, in conjunction with a thorough cleaning, antibiotic medication (Arrestin®) is placed directly into the area of infection.   This direct delivery has shown far better results in stopping and sometimes reversing the damage caused by this disease process.

Oral infection Management

There are many different causes of dental/ intraoral diseases, and the vast majority are caused by a simple overgrowth of certain germs that exist in our mouths normally. Depending on the location and type of microbial imbalance, various treatments are available ranging from physically removing bacteria, to prescription antibiotics, to routine dental procedures, to surgical infection control.

 

Orthodontics

3-D braces®

Misaligned or crowded teeth can lead to both cosmetic and functional problems. As dentistry in general becomes more and more computerized, technologies like 3-D Braces® can take much of the guess-work can be out of orthodontics treatment which significantly speeds treatment time and enhances the final outcome.

Invisalign®

More and more patients are finding that their specific tooth alignment problems are now correctable by, instead of brackets and wires, thin plastic trays that are virtually invisible when worn. By minimizing visibility and maximizing comfort, Invisalign® has many adults now re-considering orthodontic correction that they might otherwise avoid.

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Retainers

After orthodontic treatment is complete, it is almost always advisable to hold the teeth in their new beautiful and functional positions by way of retainers. These appliances come in many different styles and designs and the most appropriate type can be determined based on your individual needs and preferences. Even in cases where teeth have already shifted (whether braces were done or not), a retainer can still be beneficial to prevent any further tooth drifting.

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Virtual Impressions

Virtual-impressionsMany dental procedures require that models of your teeth be made to aid in further diagnosis and restoration design. Recent advancements in digital imaging now allow for the substitution of traditional trays full of runny, messy impression material with a specialized camera capable of taking extremely high-resolution 3-D pictures of your mouth from which dental models can be computer-fabricated.

 

Prosthetics

Computer-Guided Dental Implants

Modern dental technology (like Cone-Beam CT scans) along with state-of-the-art computer software allows for extremely detailed diagnosis and treatment planning. Dental implants can now be placed using computer-guidance achieving accuracy and success like never before. Not only does this make dental implant procedures easier and more predictable, it also enhances the final outcome—allowing for more beautiful, better-fitting, and longer-lasting dental prosthetics.

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Digital Dentures

Digital-DenturesWhen most or all of the teeth are missing in one or both jaws, various types of partial or complete dentures can be used as tooth replacements. If enough natural teeth are not present to adequately stabilize the dentures, dental implants may be considered to enhance comfort and function. Utilizing recent advancements in computerized dentistry, Avadent® dentures can now be created through virtual 3-D design processes allowing rapid fabrication, superior fit, maximal strength and bacterial resistance, and both simple and affordable reproduction/replacement if anything should happen to the original prosthesis.

Full-Mouth Reconstruction

In cases involving dental trauma, developmental abnormalities, extreme tooth grinding or dental neglect, it may be necessary to treat all the teeth at once. Diagnosing, planning, and delivering high-quality, full-mouth dental therapy can involve a wide range of techniques and procedures and often introduces a level of complexity usually handled best by a team of clinicians with advanced training.

CAD/CAM Implant Crowns & Bridges

These days, just about every type of restorative dentistry—from simple crowns, to complete implant bridges—is now being perfected by recent adaptations of Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing (CAD/CAM) processes. These technologies have made a profound impact on the field of dental implants especially. Now we are able to digitally pre-engineer dental implant prosthetics resulting in reconstructed teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from the natural counterparts they replace.

*We also offer easy-transfer digital patient records, as well as both online and call-in scheduling along with multi-media appointment reminders—ALL to maximize our patients’ access to their individual dental care.