COMPREHENSIVE DENTISTRY

CLEANINGS AND EXAMS

Comprehensive dentistry includes the basic services, cleanings and exams

X-Rays

We are an all digital office! We use high-resolution digital imaging to capture detailed images of your mouth, thus enabling us to maintain accurate records and keep you thoroughly informed of your treatment progress.  The digital radiography machine we use to take x-rays of your mouth releases up to 90% less radiation than traditional x-ray machines while providing crisp, clear images for more efficient diagnoses and treatment. Our office’s standard of care is that x-rays be taken once per year and we stand-by this because it helps us do our job better!

Sealants

Sealants are thin, plastic coatings painted on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to prevent food and bacteria from sticking in the grooves of teeth.  They are often done on children under the age of 18.

Children’s Dental Care

To get kids started on the right track, early dental visits are important.  We recommend the first visit be around the age of 3, where we typically "count your teeth" and introduce the little ones to "Mr. Thirsty!" and the doctors. This is also a great time for parents to learn more about what's healthy for kids' teeth and what isn't.

 
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Fillings, and crowns, and bridges, Oh my!

The practice of general dentistry encompasses an array of services and procedures, all with a common goal: To help you to preserve your natural teeth as long as possible, ensure your oral health, and keep you looking and feeling great throughout life.  Oral health is an essential component of general health. In fact, medical research has revealed links between common oral infections and serious general health conditions, including cardiovascular disease. It is therefore of the utmost importance to maintain the health of your teeth, gums, and other oral tissues. 

Fillings

When a patient presents with caries (cavities), our office will utilize resin composite (white material) to restore the tooth after all the decay is removed. Our office does not offer amalgam (metal) fillings.

Same-Day Crowns and Bridges

We are proud to provide CEREC 3-D Technology to make crowns and bridges for our patients.. Gone are the days where the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration. CEREC Technology allows us to design, fabricate and place a ceramic crown or bridge restoration in one visit! Also with this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated, decreasing hyper-sensitivity.

Through the use of this new technology, we can save more of the healthy tooth structure when prepping a tooth for a crown, while giving them beautiful, tooth-colored restorations that are metal-free and durable.

Gum Therapy

Some gums need a bit more attention than others and unfortunately, this prevents us from doing a "traditional" cleaning. Scaling and root planing is the most common and conservative treatment for periodontal disease. Even when periodontal disease is in an advanced stage, it is possible to improve the condition with this non-surgical procedure.

In order to diagnosis periodontal disease, your doctor or hygienist will gather information for your periodontal chart. When the gum tissue detaches from your tooth, it creates a pocket that gathers calculus and bacteria. This pocket depth is measured to determine if your gums are healthy. This number is typically reported in millimeters and a healthy pocket depth is between 1-3 mm. 4 mm or more is a sign of gum disease and this is an indication that you may need scaling and root planing.

 Scaling is a process that involves removing plaque and calculus (tartar) from each tooth. This process differs from a regular cleaning (prophylaxis) because it additionally targets calculus below the gum line. When a patient must undergo scaling and root planing, it is because calculus has built up below the gum line and it is necessary to remove this bacteria and its by-products on the root surface. This bacteria eats away at the bone level, causing more advanced issues. Once the bacteria is removed from the pockets, the gingival tissues is able to re-attach itself to the tooth, effectively reducing the size of the pockets that the bacteria hides in.

Once it is determined that one needs gum therapy, a traditional prophylaxis cannot be performed, as we cannot remove the bacteria above the gum line and leave the bacteria below the gum line. 

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure that extracts the nerve from the tooth and replaces it with a filler material.  

A cavity is the result of superficial decay on the enamel of the tooth. If left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper areas of the tooth, causing damage to the tooth structure. When the damage reaches the "nerve chamber," a root canal may be necessary to preserve the tooth. After a root canal is performed, a crown is typically used to protect the remaining tooth structure and access point from the root canal.

Procedure:

1.       The patient undergoes anesthesia.

2.      A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.

3.      The tooth is opened to allow for removal of infected or dead dental pulp.

4.      The tooth is comprehensively cleaned, including any cracks and canals.

5.      With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.

6.      The tooth is filled again with cutting edge biocompatible filling material.

7.      A temporary covering is used to cover the access opening.

8.     Patients MUST see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.

Extractions

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if a baby tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth, the tooth has suffered extensive decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, the patient has gum disease, or the tooth is impacted (usually the wisdom teeth). Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically.

Partials and Dentures

Partials and dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth at once.  They are removable appliances that must be cleaned every night and carefully taken care of.

 

Implants

A root canal is a procedure that extracts the nerve from the tooth and replaces it with a filler material.  

 

IV Sedation & Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide is commonly called "laughing gas" and is available for you if you have mild dental anxiety. 

Dr. Schroeder has undergone advanced education, in order to be administer IV sedation for patients with severe dental anxiety.