What To Expect On Your First Cleaning Appointment
At your initial hygiene visit, in our office, we will be taking a full series of digital xrays or a panorex. Your former dentist can email your films to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have xrays from a previous Dentist we ask that you bring them to your appointment so that we can review them and determine if you need additional films taken. It is important that we have the proper information so that we can accurately assess your dental profile.
In addition to xrays we will be performing a full and detailed periodontal charting that will enable us to understand your overall periodontal health.
Next, the dentist will join us and read your xrays and evaluate the results of your periodontal chart. The Dentist will perform a thorough examination. First they will perform an oral cancer screening and then examine each tooth individually.
At this point the Dentist and Hygienist will determine the course of treatment that best fits your dental needs.
For some patients a regular dental prophylaxis (cleaning) will be performed at this time. For other patients a different course of periodontal treatment may be required. If you need more extensive treatment we will discuss the reasons and schedule the appropriate appointments.
Your questions and concerns are very important to us. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you do not understand our recommendations for your course of treatment. The most important service that we can give you is providing you with the information that you need to make the best choices for your dental health.
Our office provides the following services:
A procedure that whitens teeth which reverses the effects of aging, tobacco stains, food & drink stains, and stains from medication use. Impressions are taken to create a mold from which we make a custom fit tray to achieve optimal results. Or we now offer Sinsational Smile – – a 20-minute, in-office procedure followed by a 2-week take home kit of $99 with a cleaning.
Dental bonding is a procedure in which a tooth-colored resin material (a durable plastic material) is applied and hardened with a special light, which ultimately “bonds” the material to the tooth to restore or improve a person’s smile.
Find more information at Your Teeth and Dental Bonding on WebMD.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped “cap” that is placed over a tooth – covering the tooth to restore its shape and size, strength, and/or to improve its appearance.
The crowns, when cemented into place, fully encase the entire visible portion of a tooth that lies at and above the gum line.
For more information, visit Dental Crowns at WebMD.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap – these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth/teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
For more information, visit Dental Bridges at WebMD.
Want to Improve Your Smile?
See what braces, crowns, veneers, teeth whitening, bridges, gum reshaping — or even a complete dental makeover — can do for your smile.
Watch this Cosmetic Dentistry Slideshow at WebMD.
Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed (permanent) or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Get more information at Dental Implants on WebMD.
A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Two types of dentures are available – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain.
Get more information at Dental Health and Dentures on WebMD.
Laser Use in Dentistry
Lasers have been used in dentistry since 1994 to treat a number of dental problems. Some dentists are using lasers to treat tooth decay, gum disease, biopsy or lesion removal, and teeth whitening.
Find more information at Laser Use in Dentistry on WebMD.
A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
Get more information at Root Canals on WebMD.
Snap On Smile®
The Fastest, Most Affordable Way to Change Your Smile
Are you getting married or going to an important event and need a quick Smile Makeover? Do you have an impending social or personal engagement that requires a dazzling smile but can’t get your smile permanently fixed in time?
Snap-On Smile® is a fast, temporary alternative to Porcelain Veneers, Porcelain Crowns and Porcelain Bridges that improves your smile almost instantly. With a Snap-On Smile® you can have the smile of your dreams in just two visits and enjoy the following advantages:
- Cosmetically improves appearance of your teeth in a snap.
- No pain, no shots, no drilling, no surgery!
- You can eat with them, and they’re easy to care for.
- No need to be embarrassed anymore.
- You’ll want to show off your new smile!
- Have the smile of your dreams in time for your big event
They are removable and temporary until proper care can be provided.
Dental veneers (sometimes called porcelain veneers or dental porcelain laminates) are wafer-thin, custom-made shells of tooth-colored materials designed to cover the front surface of teeth to improve your appearance. These shells are bonded to the front of the teeth changing their color, shape, size, or length.
Get more information at Dental Veneers on Web MD.
With the help of sophisticated computers, we are now able to reduce your x-ray radiation by another 80 percent. This means, that our new computers have made your visits safer than ever. With this significant reduction in radiation, you can rest assured that you are receiving the best dental care in the safest way possible. X rays are of better quality, and easier to read by both the doctor and the patient. x-rays are almost instant, stored and are easily transferred to specialists.
The intraoral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool that allows us to better identify potential problems within the mouth early on. The tiny intraoral camera can be inserted into a patient’s mouth, taking pictures of the teeth and displaying the images on a computer screen. Using the intraoral camera makes problems easily visible to both patient and doctor.
Health and Safety Compliance
Our staff is dedicated to protecting your health and safety. We meet or exceed requirements set by the Center for Disease Control, OSHA, and the American Dental Association. Our protective measures include:
- Heat sterilizing instruments and hand pieces after every patient.
- Monitoring sterilization techniques to guarantee effectiveness.
- Cleaning and disinfecting the chair, counters, and other surface areas after every patient.
- Wearing clinic gowns and face shields or masks.
- Changing to a new pair of disposable gloves after every patient.
- Using disposable (single use) products.
- Continuing education of our team and modernization of technique.