Pediatric dentists treat only children, and have undergone additional schooling to become a specialist. That means that they are knowledgeable about childhood dental concerns, such as tooth development, thumb sucking, childhood tooth care and pre-orthodontic care. And most of them adapt their offices to meet children’s needs, providing a child-friendly teaching environment and a sensitive approach to the patient. When selecting a pediatric dentist, use your preliminary contacts to get a feel for the office. You may be able to tell whether or not the staff seems friendly and responsive to patient needs. For a young child whose never visited a dentist, ask about an initial “get to know you” appointment. For an older child, schedule a regular appointment. During your child’s first appointment, talk to the dentist about any concerns. When you’re finished, he or she should clearly inform you of your options and explain their advantages and disadvantages. Ask about payments, insurance and office hours. For example, will the dentist be available before or after school or during evening hours? Finally, select a dentist with whom you and your child will feel personally comfortable. If you so wish, our office will be happy to provide you with a Board Certified (highly qualified) Pediatric Dentist if your family dentist is unable to do so.
It’s important that your child’s first visit to the dentist be a happy one. A positive initial experience can set the scene for a lifetime of good dental care. Ideally, you’ll schedule that first visit when the child is very young. Many pediatric dentists prefer to see children even before they have all their teeth, and usually before the age of 2 ½. If you wait until the child is older, they’re more likely to feel anxiety. Unless your child needs some immediate treatment, the first visit is usually just for familiarization. The child gets a chance to see the office, sit in a chair and meet the staff. The dentist or hygienist may show the child how to brush their teeth and may do a quick initial exam. As long as you are positive, cheerful and matter-of-fact about going to the dentist, your child probably will be too. Don’t let your own fears or past experiences color your child’s expectations.
If your child has a dental emergency, contact your dentist and follow the instructions you will be given. If your dentist isn’t available, ask the answering service to be connected to whoever is covering emergency calls. Here’s some general advice: If a tooth has been knocked out, rinse it gently in a cup of warm water. Don’t scrub. You don’t want to remove tissue that may still be clinging to the tooth. Handle the tooth only by the crown. If possible, gently press the tooth back in the socket and have the child gently bite down on a piece of gauze to hold it in place. If this isn’t possible, save the tooth in a cup of milk or cool water, or wrap it in a clean, wet cloth. Get to a dentist as soon as possible, preferably within 30 minutes of losing the tooth. Take the tooth with you. If something is caught between your child’s teeth, try to remove it with dental floss. If this doesn’t work, go to the dentist. Never try to pry anything out with a sharp instrument. For a toothache, rinse the mouth with warm water to clean it out, then use dental floss to remove anything stuck between the teeth. To relieve swelling, place a cold compress on the outside of the cheek. For a broken tooth, bite down firmly on a clean piece of gauze to stop the bleeding. Use warm water to clean the tooth if possible, and cold compresses to reduce swelling and contact your dentist promptly.
There are times when a severe crack, fracture or severe tooth decay causes so much damage to a tooth that a dentist simply cannot save it by any conventional means. In a case like this, we will often recommend having the extracted tooth replaced by installing a dental implant.
We all know it’s important to brush twice a day, for at least two minutes each time. But one thing we often overlook is the quality of the toothpaste we use to take care of this very important job. When you’re shopping for toothpaste, there are certain things you should look for in order to get the most benefit.
In order to keep your child’s smile in tip-top shape, you need to properly brush their teeth twice a day. However, our dental team understands that that might be a difficult goal to achieve if you’re not sure how to clean your child’s teeth. So, our team will be happy to help you.
Do you wish there was a way you didn’t have to worry about your smile while you’re traveling? If so, our dedicated dental team is happy to help you! We have some tips that will help you avoid dental emergencies while you are on the road.
If you’ve broken your dental crown, there is no need to panic. A broken dental crown is not a huge deal, but it does need to get fixed as soon as possible. So, to help you improve the situation, our team asks you to stay calm.
Our team is here to help you choose the best flossing tool for your smile! As you probably already know, there are many products to choose from when it comes to floss, but what do they all do? Our team would like to explain their jobs so you can pick the best flossing tool.
Zoom! Whitening is an in-office treatment that can give you a whiter and brighter smile in just a short amount of time. It is the one and only way to achieve the smile of your dreams in just one appointment.
Have you ever had a cavity? If you have, you are definitely not alone. Sadly, just as cavities are extremely common, so are misconceptions about cavities. For example, you’ve probably heard that cavities are caused by sugar. This isn’t quite true. In fact, cavities are caused by acids that break down the outer layer of your teeth.
Your teeth work hard for you every day. They project your smile to the world, they help you speak and they chew your food to give you a healthy body. This Thanksgiving, take a moment to reflect on how much your teeth have done for you and how you can treat them with the love.
You can finally afford to straighten your teeth with orthodontia, but adults may find the idea of wearing the brackets and wires of traditional metal braces unappealing. After all, you don’t want to regress into your awkward teenage years! But we offer a clear, removable alternative to braces.
Using a combination of advanced cosmetic dentistry procedures, we create beautiful, white smiles for patients who are not satisfied with the condition of their teeth. Below you will find introductions to our most popular procedures.
One of the simplest and most dramatic things you can do to improve the appearance of your smile is to have teeth whitening performed. Over time, substances such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, and tobacco can all leave ugly stains on our enamel. Teeth whitening can reverse those effects, whitening teeth by five to 10 shades! Zoom™ is a simple, in-office whitening system that takes two hours to perform. A hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth and is then activated by a patented, blue-spectrum light. Results are immediate and impressive. We also offer a take-home whitening system. The Nite White tooth whitening system consists of a custom-fitted appliance that is filled with bleaching gel and worn at night over the teeth. Nite White gel, a solution containing 10 percent carbamide peroxide, safely and gently whitens teeth over the course of two to four weeks, depending on each patient’s needs.
A fast, effective alternative to veneers and crowns, dental bonding produces exceptional results in as little as a single office visit. During the procedure, a strong tooth-colored resin material is placed onto your tooth. The material is then sculpted and polished it until it is indistinguishable from your surrounding natural teeth. When exposed to a high-intensity ultraviolet light, the resin hardens, and the procedure is complete. The bonding material, while not as durable or stain resistant as the porcelain used in veneers and crowns, will endure for years with proper care. This is an in-office procedure that provides immediate results with minimal intrusion.
Changing the appearance of your smile is easier than ever with porcelain veneers. Veneers are thin layers of tooth-colored material that can be bonded to your teeth to change their shape, size, alignment, or color. Porcelain veneers can repair chips and cracks, hide discoloration, and straighten crooked teeth. They look completely natural and very little tooth structure needs to be removed in order for them to be placed. Veneers are an excellent way to achieve a beautiful smile.
Porcelain crowns – or caps, as they are sometimes called – are an excellent way to repair and strengthen badly damaged teeth. When a tooth is broken or has become weakened by a large filling or root canal treatment, it may be repaired by placing a crown, fabricated by an outside laboratory. By strengthening these weaker teeth, a crown effectively eliminates pain, sensitivity, and difficulty with chewing and speaking. Crowns are made of either metal with porcelain overlay or all-ceramic material. Crowns protect you teeth from further breakdown and improve the function as well as the appearance of the tooth.
Inlays and onlays are porcelain or composite restorations that are bonded to the tooth. An inlay is stronger than a regular “white” filling, as it is fabricated by a laboratory technician. Inlays and onlays are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth and discreetly restore teeth to an optimal state of health. An onlay, when possible, is a more conservative treatment than a crown.
If you tend to hide your smile because of missing teeth, dental implants could be the answer. Tooth loss due to injury, disease, or infection can make speaking and eating difficult. Dental implants are the most durable way of replacing missing teeth. An implant, essentially an artificial tooth root to which a new crown can be attached, can successfully replace a single tooth or all of your natural teeth. The dental implant procedure involves three phases. During the first phase, we place the implant, usually made of titanium, into your jawbone. It then requires a period of healing that lasts for several months. Finally, we attach a new crown to the implant, giving you a strong, natural-looking new tooth. Implants are an excellent solution to tooth replacement as they help to retain existing bone levels.
Invisalign® uses cutting edge technology to offer you the greatest, straightest smile possible. Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth by using a series of custom-made, nearly undetectable aligners. And it’s been proven effective in both clinical research and in practices nationwide. Whether your teeth are crowded, too far apart, or have shifted since wearing braces, you’ll have a new reason to smile.
We understand that no smile can look beautiful without first being healthy. For this reason, we place great concern on our patient’s overall oral health. Routine dental care is the key to clean teeth and a healthy smile. This includes exams, cleanings, oral hygiene, periodontal (gum) treatment, and cavity detection, as well as more serious procedures, such as root canals and oral surgery.
The intraoral camera is a revolutionary diagnostic dental tool allowing us to more clearly 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 saves time and makes problems visible to both patient and doctor. Patients can view the areas we will be working on, making procedures more understandable.
The Diagnodent ® is a powerful new laser used for early detection and diagnosis of tooth decay. The Diagnodent® also makes it easier to find decay that may be hidden in the cracks and crevices of teeth. Earlier detection means less damage, pain, and hassle for you down the road.
The first visit to our office will consist of an in depth examination of your teeth and gums including any necessary x-rays. This visit provides the perfect opportunity for the doctor to get to know you as well as your wishes. Truly, we want to do whatever we can to help you achieve the beautiful, vibrant smile you desire.
Our practice places a strong emphasis on preventive dental care. After all, isn’t keeping your own teeth the best long-term dental option of all? Our dental hygienists are dedicated to partnering with our patients to help them maintain healthy teeth and gums. Through patient education, regular maintenance, and cleanings, our patients receive the essential tools that will empower them to keep their smiles healthy.
Endodontic treatment, otherwise known as root canal therapy, is an important way of saving a tooth that is too deeply infected or injured to treat by other means. A deep infection is one that has reached the dental pulp at the center of the tooth. This long strand of pulp reaches down into the tooth’s root and supplies nerves and nutrients to the tooth. If it is infected or damaged, the nerves in the tooth will die, causing progressive pain and bone loss around the tooth without treatment. During endodontic treatment, the damaged pulp is removed through a small hole drilled in the crown of the tooth. The tooth is then sealed permanently and is topped with a crown, resulting in a strong and healthy tooth.
You have chosen a professional team that will do their utmost to serve you and your family. We realize you have choices in your orthodontic provider and we thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in our office. Know that we are dedicated to you and your child’s needs. You can be confident that you have made the right selection!
You can expect cutting edge technology and vast experience in this office. Each of the doctors is committed to the field of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics, and they will provide the best possible and most timely treatment modality for you or your child. All are honor graduates and recipients of numerous awards. All are active in national and local professional associations. Our doctors are supported by an experienced team of certified assistants and an extremely knowledgeable administrative staff.
We believe that continuing education for our doctors and staff is crucial in order to provide the highest quality and most up to date treatment approach. As such, our office is committed to an ongoing education program, encompassing the latest in the vastly changing world of orthodontics and dentofacial orthopaedics.
Our Treatment Approach
Our examination process is thorough and complete. We will outline functional, cosmetic, and treatment goals…tailored, of course, to the specific needs of each patient. All findings and recommendations will be explained to you and your child in a manner that is easy to understand. We want you to be completely comfortable with our treatment plan; we love to answer questions so please feel free to talk to the doctors and staff at any time.
We are committed to keeping your dentist informed of our orthodontic progress. We will work in concert with your general dentist, periodontist, oral surgeon and any other health professional participating in your case. Ongoing communication between all parties involved is our forte!
We are fortunate to have an in house laboratory, manned by our own extremely experienced technicians. Because of this, we can provide the highest level of quality control and the convenience of fast appliance fabrication. This translates into highly efficient treatment timing, so we can provide you with the optimal care and hence, the optimal outcome.
Long term, supervised retainer checks, visits, and adjustments are included in your fee. Should you ever have a problem with a retainer, or questions about your case, we are only a phone call away.
It is important to us that our patients miss as little work or school as possible. Therefore, we strive to schedule appointments so that each patient receives their fair share of the most desired appointment times. We will work with you to make appointments as convenient as possible.
You can reach us when you need to. Orthodontic emergencies are rare, however we still maintain round-the-clock emergency coverage. You can reach us most any time….even on the weekends. The emergency pager number is provided on the office recording should you need to reach us after hours. If an emergency appointment is necessary, we have time reserved in the daily schedule to accommodate your need. Again, we are only a phone call away.
We have flexible monthly payments, outside financing options, and are able to answer all your insurance questions. Our administrative staff is happy to arrange a plan that is easy on your budget, without hidden costs. Let us help you achieve your orthodontic goals without the worries of financing.