General Treatment

Teeth Cleanings    |  Fillings   |  Dental Implants   |   Root Canals   |   Tooth Extractions   |   Bonding   |   Digital X-Rays

Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services. Whenever possible, we will provide most types of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice.  In the event a referral to a specialist is needed, our caring scheduling staff will assist you with securing the appropriate appointments.   Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines.

Our practice also provides the highest-quality services for restoring mouths that have been damaged by dental disease and injury and common problems that require cosmetic dentistry. Our primary goal for our patients is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and by maintaining their scheduled dental exams.


Teeth Cleanings

Our team of doctors and dental hygienists will determine the appropriate interval for your routine dental examination and cleaning.  Most healthy adult patients should visit the dentist every six months. During this routine examination and cleaning visit, Dr. Blew or Dr. Bryan will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and mouth.  One of our dental hygienists will remove plaque and calculus from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can’t reach, such as underneath the gum line and in-between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and, if appropriate, apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fluoride is an important advancement in dental and oral health. Studies consistently show that a moderate but consistent exposure of teeth to fluoride helps strengthen and rebuild tooth structure, and helps prevent future decay.

If prescribed by one of the doctors, digital radiographs will be obtained.

If you are due for your regular dental cleaning, please call our office to schedule an appointment.

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Fillings

The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a long lasting dental material. Many options are available, including amalgam (metal) fillings, composite (plastic) fillings or ceramic inlays, onlays, or crowns.  Be sure to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each with one of the doctors in order for you to determine which types of restorations are right for you.

Eventually, most large fillings of any type will fail as a result of breakage or decay penetrating around the edges.  This is one reason that a tooth may need to be restored with a different type of procedure.  The photos below show teeth with large, older fillings that have been replaced with durable and esthetic ceramic crowns.

BEFORE AFTER

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Dental Implants

 

Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

  • Single Tooth Replacement
  • Anterior Replacement
  • Posterior Replacement
  • Full Upper Replacement
  • Full Lower Replacement

If you are in need of replacement teeth, whether one or many, ask whether dental implants may be right for you.

Post Implant Care

Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. 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.

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Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that removes diseased pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with a specialized sealing filler material.

A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth, thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.

Procedure:

  • The patient undergoes anesthesia.
  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.
  • The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.
  • The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.
  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.
  • The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.
  • A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.
  • Patients MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.

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Tooth Extractions

General Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth.  In children, extractions are sometimes necessary if a primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired. The same local anesthesia is used as when fillings are done to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

In adults, extractions are sometimes necessary if the tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, is malpositioned or impacted, or if the patient suffers from periodontal disease. Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.

Wisdom Teeth

 

Your third molars are more commonly called "wisdom teeth." Usually appearing in the late teens or early twenties, third molars often lack the proper space in the jaw to erupt fully or even at all. This common condition is called impaction.When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, damage to adjacent teeth and crowding occur.

In certain cases, the wisdom tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues can result.

To potentially stave off this result, an extraction of one, several or all of the wisdom teeth may be advised. If that is the case, we will make the appropriate referral to an oral surgeon. Ask our staff for more information regarding tooth extractions if you feel you may need one.

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Bonding

Bonding is a common solution for:

  • Fixing or repairing chipped or cracked teeth 
  • Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth
  • Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface

Often, composite bonding is used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite material, a type of plastic, is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.

Composite bonding has many advantages:

  • It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.
  • It does not reduce the tooth’s original structure and is relatively inexpensive.
  • Composite resins come in many different shades and provide better matching of shades to the natural color of your teeth.
  • Composite bonds, however, are not as durable and long-lasting as veneers and crowns and may need to be re-touched or replaced in the future.

Composite bonds stain more easily and therefore require proper care and regular cleaning. In order to ensure the longest possible duration of the bonding, composites should be brushed and flossed daily. Common staining elements include coffee, tea, tobacco, foods and candy.

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Digital X-Rays

We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays. A sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in a couple of seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.

Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by up to 90 percent!

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