Regular dental care is essential for a healthy smile. From digital x-rays to cleanings, whitening options and sealants - we are ready to make you smile.
Our office will use either amalgam or composite (tooth-colored) fillings. Old silver fillings can be replaced. We also have a variety of crowns available.
Need to have a root canal? Our office can perform root canals on anterior and biscuspid teeth. If a specialist is needed we will be happy to refer you.
Do your teeth bleed when you brush? Have you been told you cannot have a standard cleaning? See our periodontal treatment options.
Missing teeth? We can help with replacement options including removable partials or fixed bridges. Let us restore your smile.
Our doctors are equipped to perform extractions of all 32 teeth. If a specialist is needed we will be happy to provide a referral. Sedation options available.
Make your smile brighter. We can provide whitening trays for at home use.
You may order electronic/power toothbrushes and accessories to help reduce cavity risk and the likelihood of gingivitis and/or bleeding gums.
Night guards and athletic guards can be fabricated to protect from grinding and trauma.
Sealants may be placed to prevent cavities on children's developing teeth.
The earliest stage of gum disease(gingivitis) is often characterized by bleeding, tenderness, swelling and redness of gums. A toothpaste or mouth rinse may be used to help reduce bleeding and inflammation for mild gingivitis.
A more advanced stage of gum disease (periodontitis) involves bone and ligament surrounding the teeth. If left untreated, it can damage the bone and the supporting tissues. Your gum separates from the tooth and the bone level deteriorates.
Advanced periodontitis includes major loss of bone support. Your gums recede farther and separate. Pus may develop, bone loss continues and your teeth may loosen or fall out.
Treatment will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. One type of periodontitis can only be treated and not cured. Treatment options include:
Scaling removes deposits above and below the gumline. Root Planning smoothes rough root surfaces so the gum can heal. Local anesthesia may be used. Oral Irrigation directs liquid below the gumline to flush out toxins and germs to help restore the gums to health.
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Mainly caused by plaque bacteria, it is usually painless in the early stages. Regular dental visits are essential to maintaining gum health and timely diagnosis and treatment when needed.
A crown is type of dental restoration that completely caps or encircles a tooth or implant. If you have a large amount of decay (cavity), (or when more than half your tooth is gone), sometimes it is better to have a crown. Dental fillings, especially large ones, often have a weakening effect on teeth. The materials that are available for fillings are not going to be as strong as your original tooth. Crowns are made of metal and porcelain. These materials are very strong so you don’t have to worry about them breaking.
Need a tooth filled? Our office will use either amalgam or composite (tooth-colored) fillings. Old silver fillings can be replaced with composite fillings.
There are several options for replacing missing teeth. Our office will be happy to discuss what will be best for your needs.
A bridge is a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or implants. Non-removable options include bridges or implants. Bridges can be used to replace one or more teeth. We refer out for implants, but place final crown.
We offer three different types of removable partials. Acrylic, Valplast or Cast. These are removable replacements of a natural tooth or teeth. Replacement options may include a partial for one or more teeth.
What is a root canal treatment? A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
"Root canal" is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. The pulp or pulp chamber is the soft area within the root canal. The tooth's nerve lies within the root canal.
A tooth's nerve is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only function is sensory -- to provide the sensation of hot or cold. The presence or absence of a nerve will not affect the day-to-day functioning of the tooth.
Douglass Family Dentistry is able to perform your treatment using minimal oral conscious sedation. We will provide a prescription and monitor you during your treatment. You will be required to have someone drive you to and from your appointment. Additional fees may apply.
Do you have a tooth that needs to come out? We are equipped to perform both simple and surgical extractions.