Dental Exam & Digital X-rays
In today’s society, having a whiter brighter smile has become a priority for many people. We can deliver a noticeably whiter smile in as little as 3 days with full results in 7-10 days. Colgate Optic White Professional take home kit allows you to whiten, at your convenience, for as little as 30 minutes a day. This professional strength home whitening system offers different concentrations in order to provide our patients with a fast but comfortable result.
We recommend that prior to using a whitening system each patient has a comprehensive exam and dental cleaning. At this time, you can discuss with our trained staff any treatment that may be needed to enhance your smile. We then make custom fitting trays to hold the whitening solution and show you step by step how to apply it. You complete the process at home at your own pace.
If you prefer to whiten with strips, we also offer Sheer White in our office. These strips are not as effective as the tray bleaching system. They are similar in strength to other over the counter strips, except wider in length and adhere to your teeth better than other brands.
Periodontal Disease Treatment
Periodontal Disease is a common disease effecting 80% of the population. This disease can range from bleeding gums to tooth loss in advanced stages. Periodontal Disease is caused from bacteria infecting the gums and other supporting tissues. Studies have shown a connection between Periodontal Disease and many other health diagnoses such as arteriosclerosis and heart disease, stroke, and diabetes to name a few.
Dr. Roach and the Licensed Dental Hygienist will evaluate the health of your gums and determine an individual treatment plan to treat your disease. This could include periodontal scaling and root planning in conjunction with an antibiotic therapy. Our dental team will work with you in order to give you the tools you will need to improve your overall dental health.
Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown is used to cover a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength, and improve its appearance. Crowns can be recommended treatment in many situations:
- Protect a weak tooth with a large filling from breaking
- To hold together a tooth that has been cracked
- Restore an already broken tooth
- To cover misshaped or discolored teeth
- To attach to a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
When preparing a tooth for a crown, all sides of the tooth are reduced slightly. This is done so when the crown is placed over the tooth, it will be the same size as the original tooth. Otherwise, the crown would be too large and bulky. An impression of the reduced tooth is taken during this apppointment and the impression is sent to a dental lab where a precision fit crown is made. A temporary crown is then made in our office and placed over the reduced tooth to insulate it from temperature changes. The temporary also maintains the space until the permanent crown can be placed. A short follow up appointment is needed about 2 weeks later so that the permanent crown can be placed.
A bridge is made of crowns on either side of a missing tooth or teeth called abutments. A fake crown, called a pontic, is attached to the abutment teeth to make a bridge. The entire bridge unit is permanently cemented in place.
Laser Dentistry is one of dentistry’s latest advancements. When restoring small area of decay, there is no heat or vibration created with the laser making the procedure more comfortable for patients. Dr. Roach uses the laser consistently when treating our youngest patients needing restorations in their deciduous or “baby” teeth. He is able to complete the procedure without local anesthetic which means no shots and happy patients.