Comprehensive Treatment Planning | Full Mouth Rehabilitations | Full Mouth Rehabilitations Corrections | Oral Hygiene Care | Nitrous Oxide Sedation | Teeth Whitening | Restoration Of Implants | Porcelain Veneers | Gold Crowns | Bridges | Night Guards | Periodontal (Gum) Care | Endodontics (Root Canal) | Dental Fillings | Extractions | Partial & Full Dentures | Implant Supported Dentures
Many Dentists and patients fail to consider the long term when making decisions about their dental care. How often does a dentist make a quick exam, tell the assistant they “need three fillings” and walk out of the room, to have the assistant quote a fee and make the next appointment?.
All of the patients under the care of Dr. Smith have a full examination, with radiographs (x-rays) and any other needed diagnostic studies. Dr. Smith then has an unrushed discussion with the patient about where that patient is health wise, and where they are headed. Preventing future damage by recognizing and controlling habits such as grinding , or just improving brushing and flossing to prevent periodontal (gum) disease may be discussed. Any needed treatment options are considered, with the expected longevity of the treatment always being discussed.
No one dentist has all the equipment to, or is able to perform all dental specialties as well as the best dental specialists. If you require something that is not in the realm of general dentistry, Dr. Smith will suggest a specialist with whom he knows will fulfill your individual needs, and the office will co-ordinate your care with that specialist’s office. [Top]
If you have been delaying needed work, and have worn down or broken many of your teeth, looking at the overall picture of your mouth before starting any work may make better sense than just doing one tooth at time. Teeth are “gears that mesh together”, and we all know what a broken “tooth” in a gearbox can do to a transmission. Dr. Smith has done hundreds of long lasting Full Mouth Rehabilitations, and has the experience to know when treatment can be done in phases, or if it needs to be done all at once.
Diagnosing and planning the end result before starting the first procedure always makes sense. Dr. Smith always considers the long term consequences of your care before suggesting any treatment. [Top]
If you have had extensive dental work done, and you still are having problems, you are probably doubtful and skeptical if you will ever again be comfortable chewing. Dr. Smith has extensive successful experience in diagnosing the underlying problems of failing complex rehabilitations, and then working to correct whatever is needed to make your mouth pain free. [Top]
The key to long term oral health is to control the bacteria in the mouth. This is done by selecting for “healthy bacteria” and removing colonies of harmful bacteria on a daily basis. Depending on your personal needs and level of health, Dr. Smith and his team will ensure this basic but vital component of your oral health is maximized. Oral hygiene and instruction are key in not only teaching you how, but why, cleaning, diet and habits all contribute to a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. [Top]
“Laughing gas” can help the anxious patient be more comfortable during dental procedures. Nitrous Oxide, commonly called laughing gas is safe and friendly for children and adults. It relieves pain and anxiety during dental procedures, and is a safe, reversible adjunct to help you relax and feel more comfortable during treatment. You remain conscious and in control throughout the procedure. Simply relax and breathe deeply through your nose. It's that easy. [Top]
One of the first things people notice about a smile is the color of the teeth. If you are not happy with your look, one of the easiest fixes is to bleach them. Dr. Smith will discuss with you all the whitening options out on the market and in the office, to discover the best option for you. Planning ahead to achieve the maintainable color you desire makes for happy, satisfied patients. [Top]
Usually the best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. How well the implant is restored to ensure the new implant crown looks feels and functions like a natural tooth takes the expertise of a high quality restorative dentist, using the best techniques and materials available. Dr. Smith has restored thousands of implants, he will discuss all the options and recommend the best way to give you back your natural feel and look. [Top]
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility. Porcelain veneers once bonded to the teeth are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options, and will maintain a natural shiny luster that will last for many years. [Top]
Gold crowns are one of the classic types of dental crowns used in dentistry. There are two types of gold crowns used to restore a tooth. The full gold crown is made entirely from gold or gold alloy. A Porcelain Fused to Metal crown (PFM) is made from a combination of gold and porcelain. Gold crowns are a viable option for back teeth, being made from a non-toxic, biocompatible metal, gold crowns allow you to keep more of your natural tooth, and they have a life expectancy that far surpasses almost any other material. Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns are the second (to gold) most durable dental restorations, and can be made to look like ideal natural teeth. [Top]
Dental bridges, like implants and partial dentures, can restore your teeth to normal function by replacing missing teeth. Once you and Dr. Smith determine that a dental bridge is the best replacement for your missing tooth or teeth, you will be advised of different materials that the dental laboratory can use to make your restoration. A bridge will improve the entire health of your mouth by keeping the surrounding teeth in position. If you exercise proper dental hygiene and visit your dentist for regular checkups, your bridges can last for many years. [Top]
A moldable, custom fit dental protector that helps prevent damage from nighttime teeth grinding. Habit controlling appliances or night guards can make a world of difference for grinding patients, alleviating pain and preventing further destruction of existing healthy teeth and gums .Even if your teeth are way out of position, a properly made Night Guard can load your jaws properly to reduce pain and keep your teeth from drifting. Sleep better with more comfort knowing your teeth are protected from and nighttime teeth grinding (Bruxism). [Top]
Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in Americans over 18 years old. Because gum disease begins below the gum line, early detection is difficult. Many symptoms are barely noticeable at first and you may not experience any discomfort until the disease has progressed to its later stages. So when you come in for a check-up, Dr. Smith will thoroughly examine your gums for any possible problems. If we discover the disease early enough, we can minimize or even reverse its potentially devastating effects. [Top]
Root canal treatment is needed for teeth that have nerve damage that can’t be repaired. Teeth’s nerves are most commonly damaged by infection from cavities that become too large, which causes the nerve to die, and eventually becomes a dental abscess. Abscessed teeth have to be treated with root canal (endodontics) or extracted, to remove the infection from the mouth. Dr. Smith believes that preserving natural teeth whenever possible should always be a first option for his patients. That is why Dr. Smith has taken several year long post graduate classes in endodontics. He wanted to ensure he has the expertise to guide and treat his patients. [Top]
A dental filling is used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. Dental filling materials, which include composite, porcelain and silver amalgam, may be used to even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or eliminated once an appropriate dental filling material is placed. If Dr. Smith determines that a filling is needed, he will advise you of your options for filling and sealing the cavity to prevent further decay and damage to the tooth. [Top]
When it comes to dental procedures, tooth extraction — or having teeth "pulled" — is among patients' most dreaded prospects. Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved. Although Dr. Smith makes every effort to preserve natural teeth, extractions are sometimes unavoidable and better for the patient. Depending on which tooth or teeth are extracted, a dental implant, bridge, or removable partial denture can be a treatment option for restoring the chewing lost by the extracted dentition. [Top]
Dentures are removable appliances that are custom made to replace a person's missing teeth and restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost. The denture can be either a full denture or a partial denture. A full denture is used when all of the person's teeth are missing and a partial denture is used when only some of the teeth are missing. Dentures can help fill out the appearance of your face and restore your smile. If you’ve lost all of your natural teeth, whether from tooth decay, gum disease or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. [Top]
An implant-supported denture is a type of overdenture that is supported by and attached to implants. A regular denture rests on the gums, and is not supported by implants. An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn't have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants. Dr. Smith will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options. [Top]