A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. White at your initial dental visit. At regular check-up exams, Dr. White and the highly experienced hygienist will include the following:
Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss. X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.
Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings are performed by our registered dental hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include a dental exam and the following:
Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that has been left on the tooth for some time and is now firmly attached to the tooth surface. Calculus forms above and below the gum line and can only be removed with special dental instruments.
Removal of plaque: Plaque is a sticky, almost invisible film that forms on the teeth. It is a growing colony of living bacteria, food debris, and saliva. The bacteria produce toxins (poisons) that inflame the gums. This inflammation is the start of periodontal disease.
Teeth polishing: Remove stain and plaque that is not otherwise removed during tooth brushing and scaling.
Restorative & Cosmetic Dentistry
A healthy smile can boost your confidence and self esteem. Cosmetic dental treatments help you attain the smile you have always wanted, and we offer many services that enhance the beauty of your own perfect smile. Enjoy the freedom to express the confidence you gain with cosmetic dental treatments.
Veneers: These are thin custom made shells that are designed to cover the front sides of the teeth. Veneers are made to treat unwanted spaces, discolorations, poorly shaped or crooked teeth. They are also used to cover teeth that are chipped or worn. Veneers are a great way to permanently improve your smile.
Lumineers: Lumineers are digitally designed to be ultra-thin (about as thin as a contact lens), so they can be applied seamlessly over your teeth to deliver a natural looking smile. These use a minimally technique which typically eliminates the need for shots or temporaries, so while you wait for your custom-made Lumineers, you’ll look great and feel great
BOOST Teeth Whitening: This involves bleaching the teeth to remove stained or discolorations from a number of causes like food stains. Whitening your teeth is an instant improvement to brighten your smile, and results get better with each treatment.
Composite Fillings: These are tooth colored fillings used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Our technology provides you a natural looking fix to tooth decay without using metal fixtures.
Crowns: A crown covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal size and shape. There are several options in materials for crowns, you and Dr. White will decide what option is best suited for your needs.
Porcelain fused to metal (PFM): Porcelain-fused-to-metal dental crowns (PFM’s) are tooth colored crowns that have a metal substructure for strength.
This option requires a temporary crown and follow up visit for final cementation.
All Porcelain: Another type of porcelain material can also be used, but is typically sent out to a laboratory for fabrication. It has no metal structure, to reveal a natural looking solution but does require a follow up visit for final cementation.
Bonding: This treatment is used to fill any unwanted spaces and provides a natural blending to your own teeth. Bonding is an affordable option to treat small gaps between your teeth.
Bridges: A bridge is a fixed dental restoration (a fixed dental prosthesis) used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Implants: A dental implant is much like a natural tooth. The natural tooth has a root that is attached to your jawbone. An implant uses a metal post that is anchored below the gum, in the bone, that the porcelain crown is then attached to blend and replace missing teeth. Implants are a great option for patients that are in good health with healthy gums.
Esthetic Gum Contouring: Gums are the framework for our teeth. When gum tissue is red, swollen, and unsymmetrical in appearance it can distract from otherwise healthy teeth. Sometimes the height of the gum tissue is different from tooth to tooth and might sit lower on one tooth opposed to the matching one next to it. Gum contouring, or a gum lift, can make the framework of your teeth even and create longer looking teeth.
Pain Abatement & Root Canal Therapy: When there is a deep crack, cavity or traumatic injury done to a tooth and causes the root, or pulp, to die it allows for bacteria to enter the root canal causing an abscess. At this time you will generally experience some pain related to the inflammation in the canal. A root canal offers a permanent solution to preventing another abscess and promotes periodontal health by clearing all of the infection and dead tissue.
Invisalign: Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist plans out for you.
Fastbraces ®: A modern alternative to the old, traditional style of braces. Many people have results in as little as six months with Fastbraces treatment. For more information visit oue Fastbraces ® page.