Your Preventative Dental Visit is more than just a cleaning!
Each hygiene visit includes:
- Medical history review
- X-rays as needed
- Head, neck, oral cancer screening
- Professional dental prophylaxis: a thorough scaling of all teeth followed by polishing.
- Periodontal health exam: pocket probing annually; comprehensive oral hygiene evaluation and instruction.
- Review findings with Dr. Judy, evaluate and discuss your concerns and any necessary treatment.
As with any cancer, early detection and diagnosis is critical to survival. It’s important for patients to see their dentist regularly, especially if they have a history of tobacco or alcohol usage, or have been exposed to the human papillomavirus. 25% of all oral cancer patients have no known risk factors.
Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain facings. They are used to change the shape, color, size and spacing of your teeth. They have a lifelike appearance with the strength, beauty and durability that only porcelain restorations offer. In addition, they will not discolor or wear like natural tooth enamel.
Your porcelain veneers are custom-designed specifically for you. There are various shapes in veneers. You can choose a smile design that is sporty, natural or has that Hollywood look. Creating the perfect smile requires a blending of precision dentistry, perfect planning and an eye for detail.
Producing a perfect smile is an art, as unique and individual as a person’s features. The components that produce a beautiful smile require great attention to detail on a tooth-by-tooth basis. With proper design measurements, the exact proportions of a new smile can be achieved. Meticulous records, measurements and photographs are used to evaluate your smile needs and determine what it will take to produce the perfect smile for you. A waxed model is made from an impression of your teeth before you begin, allowing you to see the result that can be achieved with porcelain veneers.
Whitening with Zoom
The quickest, easiest way to effectively whiten your teeth is in-office treatment with Philips ZOOM WhiteSpeed. This is the only in-office system that has a variable intensity setting so that each treatment can be customized to maximize your comfort.
Desensitizers are used to help minimize sensitivity and protect your enamel. You can have a brighter, whiter smile in just one office visit. To maintain your fabulous new smile, we include whitening trays for you to use at home to touch up as needed.
We realize that emergencies happen at the most unexpected times – toothaches occur, teeth break, crowns come loose, teeth and gums abscess. We will do our utmost to see you the same day or refer you to the appropriate specialists who will take care of your dental emergency.
Perio Protect is a minimally invasive approach to help reduce the bacteria causing gum disease. More than 80% of American adults have some form of gum disease. For most patients, brushing and flossing alone cannot control the bacteria causing the disease. Bacteria can spread from the mouth to other parts of the body and have been linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Dentists and hygienists can mechanically remove the bacterial biofilm in plaque and calculus but the biofilm is capable of regrowth in as little as 3 days. Keeping the bacteria under control between office visits is very important. Perio Protect Trays are customized soft flexible trays that you wear at home. They have a special seal to place prescribed medication (low-dosage 1.7% hydrogen peroxide) below the gumline to kill the bacteria. A common side effect is whiter teeth from the 1.7% hydrogen peroxide.
The Perio Protect Method can help avoid repetitive invasive treatment such as surgery whenever possible.
Are you waking up with headaches or sore jaws? Teeth grinding (bruxism) and clenching are very common problems, usually stress-related and occurring mostly during sleep. This can cause headaches, painful jaw joints, accelerated wear and tear of teeth and cracked teeth and fillings. We can make you a comfortable custom fitted occlusal guard to protect your teeth and joints.
An implant has two parts: a biocompatible metal root and a custom-made tooth/crown which is attached to it. Underlying bone is prepared to accept the root which becomes part of your jawbone.
Implant patients are of all ages and implants may be the right choice for anyone missing one or more or even all of their teeth due to injury, disease or decay. They can replace one or more teeth, support a bridge and eliminate the need for a removable partial denture or provide support to make a complete denture more secure and comfortable.
No more suffering through “metal mouth” to have straight teeth. ClearCorrect is a virtually invisible way to straighten teeth using a series of custom-made clear aligners. Upon consultation, we determine if ClearCorrect is right for you. After impressions are taken of your teeth, a series of plastic aligners are custom-designed for you. Each aligner is precisely calibrated and manufactured to fit over your teeth and worn for approximately 3 weeks, gradually moving your teeth, before being replaced by the next in the series until the final cosmetic result is achieved. ClearCorrect is comfortable to wear and because the clear aligners are removable, you can still enjoy your favorite foods while brushing and flossing normally.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Do you suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness? Does your partner complain you snore loudly? Do you find yourself longing for a nap by the afternoon? If these symptoms are present in your life, you may be suffering from a condition know as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA.
OSA is a serious medical condition that is associated with hypertension, stroke and heart problems. In the past, many who suffered from OSA were required to sleep with a CPAP, an oxygen machine to force air into their airways while they slept. These machines limit sleeping positions and are noisy.
As a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, I can make you a custom designed oral appliance which opens up your airway and helps you get a good night’s sleep. We also make snore guards for those of you who are just snorers who are tired of sleeping in separate bedrooms.
Many people experience anxiety about visiting the dentist. Sedation dentistry is when a trained dentist provides a relaxing environment for dental procedures using common sedatives such as valium or xanax or nitrous oxide gas. The benefit for the patient is that very little if any apprehension or discomfort comes from the visit, a long procedure can sometimes feel like just a few minutes, and sometimes several procedures can be done at once.
Unfortunately, people who have a lot of anxiety about visiting the dentist and haven’t looked into oral sedation options, may experience oral health problems to the extent the large procedures may now be necessary. If you have anxiety about dental visits, don’t let it keep you from getting the oral care you need. Nervousness and apprehension are common. Just ask what options we can provide you for oral sedation to make your visit more comfortable.
As our special guest, we provide a soothing and caring atmosphere, where a pleasant gentle experience is our goal. A few of the amenities available to you:
- Noise-cancellation headphones with your choice of music
- Cozy blankets to keep you warm
- Herbal teas
- Sedation dentistry/Nitrous oxide gas available upon advance request
Cerec – Crowns in one visit
Our state-of-the-art Cerec technology allows us to fabricate tooth-colored metal free restorations – from fillings to crowns – using strong, tooth-colored ceramics for beautiful esthetics, making the process easier, more comfortable and more efficient.
The Cerec 3D measuring camera scans the prepared tooth, eliminating the need for messy impressions. We design the appropriate restoration using CAD software and the Cerec restoration is milled out of a solid ceramic block in about 10 minutes. You can even watch your crown being milled. The restoration is then glazed and crystallized in a special oven and then bonded directly to your tooth.
No more wearing a temporary crown while waiting weeks for your final crown.
You can have it all done in a single appointment so that you can quickly get back to the more important things in life and smile on your way!
We offer the use of a patient-friendly diode laser as part of our commitment to provide you with the most comfortable, preventative, technologically advanced treatment options.
The term “laser” stands for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation – a device that produces and amplifies light. Laser light can be focused into a tiny point to do very fine precision work with minimal swelling and less need for sutures. Our laser’s wavelength has been precisely calibrated for minimally invasive, preventative, soft-tissue applications.
We can perform laser periodontal treatment in our office to help eliminate infection and heal diseased gums associated with periodontal disease. Calculus, associated with inflammation and occasional bleeding gums, is removed from the root surface of the tooth using an ultrasonic scaler and hygiene instruments. Then, a small amount of light energy from a laser is directed through a tiny fiber, which is gently placed between the gum and tooth. This light energy aids in reducing the bacteria associated with the disease. After the area is thoroughly cleaned, the body can heal the area naturally with the help of your good oral hygiene home care.
Although the procedure itself can be virtually painless, the area may be anesthetized for your comfort. In this way the laser can be precisely directed for treatment. Post-procedure discomfort is typically less intense and of shorter duration than conventional periodontal surgery.
The initial treatment will focus on scaling and use of hygiene instruments to remove the tartar, then the laser portion of the treatment will be performed. Depending on the severity of the periodontal disease, treatment may be accomplished in one office visit or in multiple visits.
We can also use our laser to painlessly heal canker sores and perform frenectomies. It’s also excellent in cosmetic dentistry such as recontouring a “too gummy” smile. This leading-edge technology is just one more way that we’re making your visits more comfortable while increasing the level of care we provide.
Digital Radiographs/Intra-Oral Camera
We utilize the Dexis Digital Radiography system. This technology reduces your exposure to radiation and is environmentally friendly (no more film or chemicals). The increased efficiency results in less waiting time and shorter appointments.
Since “a picture is worth a thousand words,” with our intra-oral camera, we can take multiple images of your teeth, gums and soft tissue to show you exactly what’s happening inside your mouth.
We store your images/x-rays in our computer and have the ability to enhance and zoom in on your images so that you can have a better understanding of your oral health. We can electronically send your images to you, to any specialists or to insurance companies to expedite your claim.