General Treatment

Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services. We   provide many types of dental services, and can assist you in getting you specialized treatment if needed.  Our emphasis is on total and complete care for our patients.

Complete Preventative Care 

We believe that preventing a problem is far better than treating one, therefore we want to initiate an enthusiasm for preserving natural teeth by taking time to show you how to keep your mouth free from decay and gum disease. Our comprehensive examination includes a detailed look at the teeth and gums, an oral cancer evaluation, an instruction of correct brushing and flossing, a blood pressure reading, and any x-rays necessary for a thorough diagnosis. Preventing problems before they occur is the most convenient and economical way to maintain good oral health. And good oral health allows you to eat with pleasure the foods you enjoy and smile with confidence. Let us give you that confidence.


Oral Cancer Screening 

Did you know that one person every hour of every day dies of oral cancer in America?  It has become the sixth leading cancer among men and is one of the few cancers in which the rate of detection is increasing among young adults.  The Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that 34,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year alone, with only 50 percent still being alive in 5 years. The problem is much larger worldwide. Even with these statistics, most people are not aware of the potential risks; however, the experts agree that early diagnosis pushes the five-year survival rate to an astonishing 80 percent.



We have always conducted an annual comprehensive oral cancer screening for all of our patients, but we have recently incorporated a breakthrough technology that will allow us to see things we’ve been unable to see previously. This new and exciting technology, called VELscope™, utilizes a narrow band of safe, high-energy blue light and specializedindex filtering technology to help thoroughly evaluate the oral tissue for abnormal areas of concern, such as potentially cancerous lesions that may not be evident under white light.


The VelScope will assist us in detecting disease at earlier stages so that we can catch abnormalities before they turn into cancer. We believe that consistent, regular dental check-ups not only save teeth, they can also save lives.


Please give us a call if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you at your next visit.


Routine Teeth Cleanings

Twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can't reach, such as underneath the gum line and between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a substance that helps teeth become stronger and resistant to decay. The benefits of fluoride application, whether by our office professionals or by you at home, are numerous:

  1. Cavity Control: Fluoride protects the teeth from bacteria attack and helps prevent decay at any age. It can also help remineralize enamel weakened by early cavity development.

  2. Sensitivity: Gum recession and natural wear off the teeth can cause sensitivity. Fluoride coats and insulates the teeth from hot and cold.

  3. Orthodontic Maintenance: We recommend all patients who have braces on their teeth to follow a daily regimen of fluoride use to drastically reduce the possibility of gingivitis and decalcification.

  4. Crown and Bridge and Partial Denture Maintenance: Recurring decay to teeth supporting crowns, bridges, and partials threatens the entire restoration. Fluoride helps protect these critical areas from marginal and root decay, protecting your investment.

  5. Side Effects from Medications: Many prescription medicines increase a patient’s risk of cavities because they decrease saliva flow which is a natural cleanser of the teeth and gums. Proper use of fluoride can help offset this “dry mouth” challenge.

  6. Gum Maintenance: Fluorides are used to help prevent reinfection of periodontal disease.


     We can evaluate whether fluoride treatment is advised for you. A wide variety of options is available, including some performed by the doctor or hygienist and others by you at home. Trust us to recommend what is best for your specific needs.


The grooves and depressions that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth are extremely difficult to clean thoroughly. As bacteria react with the food that is trapped in the grooves, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Recent studies indicate that 88 percent of total cavities in American school children are caused this way. Tooth sealants protect these susceptible areas by sealing the grooves and depressions, preventing bacteria and food particles from residing in these areas. Sealants are a resin typically applied to the chewing surface of the molars and premolars, areas prone to cavities. They are a very cost-effective measure of preventing decay, holding up well under the force of normal chewing and usually lasting several years.

Fillings and Bonding

 The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material that will stand up to the stress and strain of everyday chewing and will look natural.  We will restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel with the use of new white resin fillings, called composites. With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark, black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, bonded tooth-colored materials.

The benefits of  bonded white composite fillings:

  1. Composites are beautifully natural looking and comfortable feeling.

  2. Composite fillings bond to tooth structure, strengthening the tooth by restoring most of its original shape.

  3. Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material that is bonded and sealed to natural tooth structure.

  4. Restorations with composites require less removal of tooth than with silver fillings. Oftentimes, no removal of healthy tooth structure is necessary in order to place a composite.

  5. No traces of mercury are used, unlike with silver amalgam fillings.

  6. They can be done in a single visit.

  7. They are among the easiest and least expensive of cosmetic dental procedures.


    Bonding is a common solution for:

  1. Fixing or repairing chipped, cracked, or decayed teeth.

  2. Reducing unsightly gaps or spaces between teeth.

  3. Hiding discoloration or faded areas on the tooth’s surface.

  4. Making teeth look longer or to changing the shape or color of teeth.

  5. Protecting the portion of the tooth's root that has been exposed and worn when gums recede

    How composite bonding is done:

    We will use a shade guide to select the composite resin color that will match the color of the tooth most closely. Once we have chosen the color, we will slightly abrade or etch the surface of the tooth to microscopically roughen it. The tooth will be coated lightly with a conditioning liquid, which helps the bonding material adhere. When the tooth is prepared, we will apply the tooth-colored, putty-like resin. The resin is molded and smoothed until it's the proper shape, and then it is hardened with a special light. After the bonding material hardens, we will further trim and shape it, then polish it until it matches the sheen and smoothness of the rest of the tooth surface. The procedure usually takes about 30 minutes per tooth, and adds years to the usefulness of the tooth and the function of your dentition.


Crowns and Bridges

A crown (or cap) is a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials. Porcelain generally has the most natural appearance, although it is often less durable. The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown involves:

1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it.
2. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown.
3. Making an impression of your teeth in order to create a custom-made crown (usually takes one to two weeks).
4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it onto the tooth during the interim period when the permanent custom-made crown is being created.
5. Applying the permanent crown (when received from the lab) by removing the temporary crown and fitting the permanent one onto the tooth.
6. After ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, the dentist cements it into place.

This process generally consists of a minimum of 2-3 visits over a three to four week period. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing, is required to maintain healthy, bacteria-free teeth, gums and crowns. This helps in the prevention of gum disease. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime. Bridges A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent:

* Shifting of the teeth that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems and resultant periodontal disease.

* Bridges safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile.

There are three main types of bridges, namely:

* Fixed bridge- this is the most popular and consists of a filler tooth that is attached to two crowns, which fit over the existing teeth and hold the bridge in place.

* The “Maryland” bridge is commonly used to replace missing front teeth and consists of a filler that is attached to metal bands that are bonded to the abutment teeth. The metal bands consist of a white-colored composite resin that matches existing tooth color.

* The Cantilever bridge is often used when there are teeth on only one side of the span. A typical three-unit cantilever bridge consists of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth space. The filler tooth is then connected to the two crowned teeth, which extend into the missing tooth space or end.


Teeth Whitening

Your teeth will darken over time. Changes in the color of your teeth can be caused by such factors as the food and beverages consumed (like coffee, tea and soda). Other known factors for discoloration may include childhood medications or illnesses, tobacco use, and improper oral hygiene. We can determine the source of your discoloration and recommend the best whitening system for you. In most cases, the results are striking.

Tooth whitening services are growing in popularity, and it’s one of the most requested services offered by our practice. We are trained professionals using an industry-approved method that is simple, safe, and effective. Our goal is to give you a beautifully white smile. Call us today for a whitening evaluation.


Non-Surgical Periodontal Treatment 

Periodontal simply means “the tissue around the teeth.” Healthy gum tissue fits like a cuff around each tooth. Periodontal diseases are infections that affect the tissues and bone that support the teeth. The disease begins when bacteria in plaque produce toxins that irritate the gums. The resulting inflammation causes swelling, bleeding, and damage to the tissues and can lead to bone destruction and ultimately tooth loss. There are many types of periodontal diseases, affecting individuals of all ages. Severe cases of the disease most often require surgery to control, but many phases of the disease can be controlled by non-surgical means of a special cleaning called scaling and root planing to remove plaque and tartar deposits on the tooth and root surfaces. This, along with diligent home care, helps gum tissues to heal.

Common problems associated with gum disease: 

  • Gums that bleed easily when you brush your teeth
  • Gums that are red, swollen, or tender.
  •  Persistent bad breath.
  •  Gums that have pulled away or receded from the teeth.
  •  Discolored or deteriorating tooth structure 
  •  Pus between the teeth and gums when the gums are pressed.
  •  Adult teeth that are loose or separating.
  •  A change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.

Several factors increase the risk of developing periodontal disease:

  •  Smoking or use of tobacco.
  •  Systemic diseases, such as diabetes and blood cell disorders.
  •  Medications, such as steroids, cancer therapy drugs, blood pressure drugs, oral contraceptives.


The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with this disease. Remember, professional cleanings are the only way to remove tartar, which traps bacteria along and below the gum line. Brushing twice a day and flossing or using another interdental cleaner once a day, eating a balanced diet, and scheduling regular dental checkups will minimize the risk of gum disease.

Please contact our office for a periodontal evaluation.