At every appointment we complete a complementary blood pressure screening. Did you know that having a higher blood pressure puts you at increased risks for heart disease and other health related issues? The top reading (systolic) is the pressure in your arteries when your heart contracts; the bottom (diastolic) is the pressure when your heart relaxes. For your safety; our office protocol is if your blood pressure if over 160 systolic or 100 diastolic (Stage 2 Hypertension) we refer you to your MD and we will not treat you that day.
Digital radiographs expose our patients to less radiation. Intra-oral photos make it easier for you to see what we see when looking in your mouth. Some of the conditions you can see include the following; cracks in fillings or tooth structure, decay spots, demineralized areas (white spots), plaque or calculus. These images are also helpful when sending information to insurance companies for coverage.
Screenings for oral cancer are routinely completed at New Patient Exams as well as all hygiene visits. The screening consists of a visual inspection of the head, neck and oral cavity.
We create a personalized plan and helpful tools to help you remove harmful bacteria and plaque on a daily basis. Each hygiene visit we review techniques to improve your skills that will help you keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Removal of plaque, calculus and stains from coronal (above the gumline) surfaces. More commonly used terms are known as a “prophy” or “teeth cleaning”. This type of prophylaxis is recommended for patients who do not have bone loss, periodontal disease or infection around their teeth.
Periodontal disease is an inflammation and infection of the supporting structures of the teeth (gums, bone, ligaments and root surfaces). You may notice that your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, gum tissues appear red/purple or swollen, have a bad taste in your mouth, or your teeth appear longer or have shifted. Root planning and scaling is a procedure that removes bacteria and their toxins from the surfaces of the roots (below the gumline) to prevent further bone loss from occurring.
Once you have periodontal disease and have completed comprehensive treatment, it is essential that your supportive periodontal recare appointments occur every three to four months to maintain your periodontal health. We hope you value the time and investment you are choosing in your dental health.
Thin plastic coating that is applied to the deeper pits and grooves (where the toothbrush bristles do not reach) to prevent decay from starting. Sealants are checked at each hygiene visit.
Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in all water sources. Fluoride helps re-mineralize the enamel and makes teeth less susceptible to acids that cause decay. Fluoride can prevent cavities in children and adults and also help with temperature sensitivities.
A process that “may” make teeth whiter. We take an impression of your teeth and make custom trays. At home you fill your trays with the whitening gel and insert them for 30 minutes a day for 2 weeks. Avoiding foods & drinks that have staining ability & use of a sensitive paste is recommended as some people experience cold sensitivity during and after whitening.
At Creekside Dental; we only place composite fillings. Composite fillings are bonded to the tooth so we can be conservative in only removing tooth structure that is decayed or broken down.
Treatment of inflamed, diseased and infected pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissues). The pulp chamber and canal(s) of the tooth are cleaned and sealed. Causes of an infected pulp could include: a deep cavity, repeated dental procedures, cracked or broken tooth or injury to the tooth. After a root canal it is best to crown the tooth to prevent it from breaking as there is no longer a blood supply and more prone to fracture.
At Creekside Dental; we are pleased to offer our patients’ crowns that we can prepare, design and mill all in one visit using a specialized digital 3D camera. Cerec’s are made of all porcelain using a state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) to design every precise detail of your restoration. With Cerec one visit crowns there is no need to take an impression of your mouth and no need for temporary crowns and a second visit with us.
Creekside Dental will determine which type of crown material is best suited for you depending on tooth location, how strong of a bite you have, whether you clench or grind your teeth, the position of the gum tissues and the amount of tooth that shows when you smile.
A fixed bridge replaces the space where one or two teeth have been removed. The adjacent teeth (tooth ahead of and behind the missing space) are prepared and it is cemented into place.
Custom crafted with special attention to make your smile natural, and your teeth shape your face and balance your bite.
We selectively reduce certain parts of various teeth so they “mesh” together to even out the forces applied when biting together. Changing your bite will prevent additional wear, mobility, some persistent headaches, and muscle fatigue and soreness.
Implants are a nice option to replace a single tooth, several teeth (bridge) or to support a full set of dentures. Implants are a cylindrical titanium tooth root that is placed in the jaw bone where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth. After the implant is placed a crown is fabricated to go over the implant, or special attachments that secure either bridges or dentures to make a comfortable fit to ease chewing, and avoid embarrassment of loose teeth.
When a tooth needs an extraction; principles of physics are applied for gentler removal of teeth. Some extractions are referred out to the oral surgeons.
Minor surgical procedure to increase the amount of tooth structure to support a crown or bridge. After numbing the area thoroughly incisions are made in the gums around the tooth and gently pulled back. Next, the bone and gum tissues are reshaped to reveal just enough of the natural tooth to create a secure anchor for a crown. The gums are replaced and a couple of stitches are placed to speed healing. After 6 weeks of healing, the final restoration is placed to cover and protect the damaged tooth.
Also known as “Gingival grafting” is a procedure that allows us to correct gums that have pulled away from the tooth and exposed the root surface. Gum tissues can recede for multiple reasons; periodontal disease, improper brushing technique, orthodontic movement or how your teeth occlude. Once the cause has been identified and controlled, gingival grafting can repair the loss of gum tissue and restore a healthy looking smile. If left untreated, the loss of protective tissue can not only make the tooth appear longer; the tooth root is also more susceptible to decay and sensitivity. The first step in placing a graft is to numb the involved areas. The graft is taken from the donor site; often times from the palate. At the graft site, we gently reflec the gums from the tooth; creating a flap to access the area. We remove any biofilm from the root surface and carefully position the graft and stitch into place. After a few weeks of healing the grafted tissue blends in beautifully. Grafting restores and strengthens the gums, covers and protects the root surfaces and gives the tooth and natural and pleasing appearance.
(Laughing gas) Looking for another option to help take the edge off your fear and anxiety during a dental appointment? Under nitrous oxide you remain conscious while enjoying a sense of well-being (euphoria). With Nitrous Oxide it is quick-acting, you can return to normal activity immediately afterwards and a driver is not required as the effects are completely out of your system prior to leaving the treatment room.
Our highly trained staff will help you through your fears and anxiety of having the smile you want and deserve. Oral Conscious Sedation (OCS) dentistry can put you at ease. Do you experience a high level of fear, had a previous traumatic dental experience, have a severe gag reflex, fear of injections or sounds of the handpiece, sensitive teeth or have a complex dental treatment plan? OCS utilizes oral sedative medication to significantly reduce your fears and discomfort. OCS medications have an amnesic effect which means you will have very little, if any, memory of the sights, smells or sounds of your visit. Whether you’re anxious about dental treatment or just too busy for multiple visits, OCS can be a great solution to getting ALL your dental treatment done in fewer appointments comfortably and stress-free. For your safety, Creekside Dental requires you to have a companion bring you to and from the office the day of your sedation appointment. Once you arrive, you may be given additional medication to ensure that you’re in a tranquil state of mind and our experienced sedation team will monitor your comfort throughout your entire visit. Don’t let fear keep you from having a healthy sparkling smile.