Family Dentistry

Our team provides comprehensive, customized care to patients of all ages, including thorough dental checkups, cleanings and education on proper dental hygiene. We lay a firm foundation for dental health at an early age and maintain excellence in consistent care throughout our patients’ lives. We take pride in seeing our patients grow from small children into adults.

 

Sleep apnea

Treatments for sleep apnea depend on the severity of each individual case. Basic treatment can be behavioral — i.e. patients may be instructed to lose weight or sleep on their sides. In more severe cases, surgery may be the best option.

In a number of Sleep Apnea diagnoses, treatment may be an oral device. The device is used to position the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage. In these cases, we are able to create a custom oral device, perfect for you and a good night’s sleep.

 

Oral Cancer Screening

We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer are identified.  Our team is trained in a simple, quick screening that involves an examination of your oral cavity to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. We also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a more thorough examination using a fluorescent light.

The VELscope® is a wireless, handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to enhance the way we see abnormalities. Recognized by the World Health Organization, the award-winning VELscope® is the world’s most widely used adjunctive device for the early detection of oral cancer.

Early detection is crucial and regular dental visits are key.

 

Advanced Digital Technology

Because we are committed to providing our patients with the safest and most convenient treatment options, we offer advanced, digital X-ray technology. Digital X-rays provide advanced imaging options designed to provide clearer dental photos and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.

 

Sealants

Sometimes brushing is not enough. It is nearly impossible for your toothbrush bristles to reach the bottom of the small cracks and grooves on your tooth surface. If left alone, those tiny areas can develop tooth decay. Sealants give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.

Dental sealants are a plastic resin material that bonds in the deep grooves. When a tooth is sealed, the tiny grooves become smooth and are less likely to harbor the bacteria that cause tooth decay.

 

Fluoride

Fluoride is effective in preventing cavities and tooth decay.

Fluoride comes in two varieties, systemic and topical:

Systemic fluoride is ingested, usually through a public water supply. While teeth are forming under the gums, the fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel, making it stronger and more resistant to cavities.

Fluoride can also be applied topically to help prevent cavities on teeth present in the mouth. It is delivered through toothpaste, mouthwash, and professional fluoride applications.

A topical fluoride treatment in your dentist’s office takes just a minute. Depending on your risk factors, the recommendation may be to have a professionally applied treatment every three, six, or twelve months. Your dentist may also prescribe an at-home fluoride product such as a mouthwash, toothpaste, or gel for more frequent topical use.

 

Mouth guards

A custom-fitted mouth guard is individually designed and made in a professional laboratory based on our instructions. From an impression of your teeth, a custom mouth guard is molded, using a highly durable acrylic material. Due to the use of special material and the time and work involved, this custom-made mouth guard is more expensive than other types, but it provides the most comfort and protection.

Mouth guards should be used by anyone who plays contact sports such as football, boxing, soccer, ice hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. Even children and adults participating in noncontact sports or recreational activities that might pose a risk of injury to the mouth would benefit from wearing a protective mouth guard.

Bruxism, a fancy word for “grinding” your teeth is a very common habit in many adults. Adults who grind their teeth at night should wear a custom Night Guard or mouth guard to prevent enamel wear and tooth damage.

 

TMJ Disorder Treatment

Your temporomandibular joints, or TMJs, are the joints that allow your mouth to open, close, and move side to side. TMJ disorder occurs when the TMJs must overcompensate for an imbalanced bite, and the resulting strain causes facial pain and other symptoms. If you have a mild or moderate case of TMJ, your dentist can often treat it with a customized occlusal splint.

 

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals can alleviate pain and save your tooth. Your dentist will remove the infected inner pulp, clean the inner chamber of the tooth, then fill the root canals with a soft, restorative material. A crown is then placed on top of the tooth to restore its strength and structure.

 

Periodontal care

Non-surgical periodontal therapy, or scaling and root planning, is a procedure recommended to eliminate active gum disease. During the procedure, harmful bacteria are removed and root surfaces are smoothed to prevent further attachment of bone-destructing bacteria. With evidence of a Systemic Link connecting periodontal bacteria to a number of chronic and acute illnesses, we are now, more than ever, aware of the importance of healthy gums.

 

Special needs patients

Our dentists and dental professionals provide compassionate, gentle care for special-needs patients. If you or your loved one has a disability, our team will take the necessary measures to accommodate you.