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General Dentistry

Prevention is a crucial cornerstone of dental care, and it's one we're happy to uphold with the help of our Dentists and Staffs.  After all, isn’t it easier to effectively treat problems when they’re still small or even nonexistent instead of after they’ve caused damage? Giving you a happy smile is our top priority at Dental Access and Archie Dental and these treatment options will establish a strong foundation for oral health and beauty that you can maintain for years to come.

 

Our available general dentistry services include:

Comprehensive Oral Examinations

Even if you maintain good oral hygiene in your daily routine, regular in-office exams are essential for preventing disease and mitigating problems early on. During your oral exam, one of our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar missed during regular brushing. The cleaning will take approximately 30 minutes, after which our dentist will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. Comprehensive oral examines can help prevent problems before they become emergencies. We recommend dental checkups twice a year for patients with good oral health at our dental offices. This suggestion is in line with the American Dental Association’s recommendation. Your checkup will give us an opportunity to update your dental records and assess your oral health. Early treatment is always in your best interest. An adult checkup may include these services:

  • 3D Cone beam scanner

  • Digital X-rays

  • Digital photos

  • Tooth-by-tooth inspection

  • Head and neck exam

  • T Scan bite analysis

  • Velscope cancer screening

  • Gum disease assessment

  • Warm water ultrasonic cleaning

  • Treatment consultation

  • Joint vibration analysis

 

Children should begin attending bi-annual checkups by age 2 or 3. A child’s checkup is different from an adult’s in that we may not take X-rays or photos, and we will look for development problems. Children may not need a dental cleaning until age 3 or 4.

 
Fluoride Treatment

In addition to hygiene treatment and maintenance during your regular oral examinations, our Hygienists or Dentists will offers fluoride treatment to help inhibit tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in water and other foods; it makes teeth more resistant to acid from oral bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse the effect of early tooth decay. Your dentist can prescribe fluoride supplements, or apply it directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. Fluoride treatment may be necessary for people who suffer from chronic dry mouth, the early stages of gum disease, or a history of frequent cavities.

Sealants

Dental sealants are a preventative procedure used to protect permanent molars just after they have fully erupted (around ages 6 and 12). The sealant procedure involves brushing a tooth-colored material into the deep grooves and pits of your child’s back teeth, creating an environment that helps repel tooth decay and is easier to keep clean.

Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings will reduce your potential for tooth decay and gum disease. Plus, plaque produces a foul odor, so when it’s removed, your breath should be fresher. If your gums are red, tender, swollen, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, you may have gum disease.

How we can help: To keep teeth and gums healthy, you need a dental cleaning, or hygiene visit, every six months. At this appointment, your dental hygienist will assess your soft tissues, record the findings, and compare them with your last visit. Then the hygienist will remove plaque, tartar, and food particles from your teeth.

Gum disease is the main cause of tooth loss for adults in the US, and it has been linked to systemic conditions, such as heart disease, respiratory problems, and mental dysfunction. Eighty percent of American adults suffer from some form of this condition. If you show signs of gum disease, your hygienist will recommend a deep cleaning to remove plaque from below the gum line. Some patients benefit from special mouth rinses, antibiotic therapy, or habit changes to reduce gum disease. Regular maintenance visits are required to keep gums healthy and strong.

Mouthguards

You wear protective gear during sporting events – pads, a helmet, the proper shoes, and gloves. It only makes sense to take the same precautions for your mouth. A custom mouthguard can protect your smile (teeth, mouth and jaw) against injury. Every athlete should make a mouthguard standard gear.

How we can help: Over-the-counter athletic mouthguards, such as the boil-and-bite variety, can be effective. However, if you would like optimal protection and a comfortable, custom-fitted appliance, your dentist will be happy to fabricate one for you. A plastic mouthguard will be created based on a dental impression. It should fit snugly and comfortably for optimal results.

 

Insurance? Join Our Dental Access Plan - Free exam and X-rays!

Dental Access Plan will make your treatment more affordable with 30-50% off all our dental services, from cleanings and fillings to cosmetic procedures and crowns! One low annual fee covers everyone in the family for an entire year!

Fillings & Bonding

A composite filling is the restoration procedure of choice for treating a tooth with tooth decay. A composite is a tooth-colored filling that is made of ceramic and plastic compounds. These fillings mimic the appearance of natural teeth and are preferred amongst many patients and dental professionals. We offer tooth-colored fillings that look natural in your mouth and can replace the metallic look of silver fillings. The unique mixture of materials used in composite fillings provides supreme bonding, requires less preparation, and preserves tooth structure.

Crowns

A dental crown or cap is a tooth-shaped cover that is placed over a weakened or damaged tooth to restore its natural appearance and prevent further deterioration. Crowns are used in cases of severely chipped or broken teeth, to cover the exposed area of a tooth following a root canal procedure, to replace a large old filling or for cosmetic reasons. When a filling is not a viable solution to correcting the damage sustained by a tooth, crowns can provide a long-term solution to restoring the function of your teeth and enhancing the appearance of your smile.  Crowns can be made of all metal, all porcelain, or a combination of both. Because all crowns are custom made for each patient, it may take more than one appointment to complete. At your first visit, the area is numbed to make you comfortable. Your dentist will use a dental hand piece to shape and prepare the tooth so that the crown can properly fit over it. Next, impressions are taken of the prepared tooth. Often times, a temporary crown is placed to protect the tooth while the final crown is being made. The impressions are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final crown is made. When your final crown is ready, dental cement is placed into the crown and it is cemented to the prepared tooth. You tooth is now restored to a healthy and functioning state!

Bridges

A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth connected to a set of crowns used to fill a gap created by one or more missing teeth. Your dentist will create a custom bridge for your mouth that will look and function like your natural teeth. At your first visit, the area is numbed and a dental hand piece is used to prepare the neighboring teeth that will support the bridge. Next, impressions are taken of the prepared teeth and a temporary bridge is placed to protect the teeth. The impressions are used to fabricate a model of your mouth on which the final bridge is made. The final bridge is then cemented and anchored to the neighboring teeth, so you do not have to worry about removing or repositioning the bridge once it is cemented in your mouth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams, bridges and crowns can solve the problems created by missing and damaged teeth and last for years to come.

Tooth Extraction

Whenever possible, our dental providers will save your natural tooth by making it healthy and attractive. But sometimes, conditions in the mouth make this difficult. When a tooth has become severely damaged, decayed, or loose, tooth removal may be the only option left for preserving the health of the rest of your smile and preventing more serious complications like infection or pain.

Our Dental Access team has plenty of experience handling this process, and we'll do whatever we can to make your experience as quick and comfortable as possible. Self-dissolvable sutures may be used to facilitate the healing process, and our dedicated team members will be sure to provide you with instructions for how to handle yourself immediately following the procedure, as well as any pain medication or antibiotics you may need.

Root Canals

Although root canal treatment has earned something of a scary reputation over the years, the truth is that it can often be one of the best ways to relieve pain and swelling inside the mouth caused by cavities and a saving grace for patients who are struggling with severely decayed or damaged teeth. This transformative procedure can bring these teeth back from the brink of extraction and instead restore them to full health, allowing you to maintain a fully natural smile.  A crack, deep cavity, or trauma to a tooth can cause the nerve to become inflamed and infected. Without treatment, patients can experience moderate to severe pain, swelling of gums and abscess, eventual tooth loss, and even damage to the surrounding bone.  During root canal treatment, our dentist at will create a small opening in the tooth, through which we will remove the injured/diseased pulp and dangerous bacteria. Once the inside pulp is thoroughly cleaned and sealed, we will complete the process with a permanent crown.

Gum Disease

Periodontitis, or gum disease, is a bacterial infection that can result in damaged gums and ultimately, loss of teeth. Symptoms include bleeding during brushing, chronic bad breath, red and swollen gums, receding gum line, and loose or shifting teeth. When plaque builds up along the gum line, gums become inflamed and begin to pull away from the teeth. This is why it’s so important to remove the sticky film of plaque that forms on the teeth every day!  The early stages of gum disease are classified as gingivitis, and if caught early on, the effects of the disease can be reversed. Once the gums and bone begin to deteriorate, the damage is permanent and can only be managed, not cured, with professional treatment. Daily brushing and flossing can help prevent the onset of periodontal disease, but regular oral exams and cleanings are necessary to ensure that all plaque and tartar are removed from the teeth and that the signs of gum disease are caught before the damage is irreversible. Many patients do not experience any symptoms of periodontal disease until it’s too late, which is why it’s important to schedule an evaluation today to learn more!

If you have been diagnosed with periodontal disease, you are not alone. Research shows more than half of Americans suffer from periodontal disease. Finding the disease is the first step in preventing tooth loss!

 

Warning Signs of Periodontal Disease:

  • Bleeding gums

  • Red, swollen or tender gums

  • Bad breath that doesn’t go away

  • Loose or separating teeth

  • Pus between your teeth

  • A change in the way your teeth fit together

Wisdom Tooth Extraction

Wisdom teeth (also known as your third molars) are the last permanent teeth to grow in – in fact, most patients typically don’t experience their eruption until they’re anywhere from 17-25 years old. These teeth commonly erupt only partially or completely set in the jaw, causing them to become impacted as they develop, which could be damaging to your teeth alignment.

In most cases, the earlier our dentists are able to inspect your wisdom teeth and remove them, the better. In order to protect the health of your smile, the approach Dental Access dentists recommends is having wisdom teeth removed before they’re able to create dental problems in the first place. Much like a regular tooth extraction, our experienced dentists at Dental Access will be sure to handle the process quickly and safely so as to minimize any discomfort.

Oral Cancer Screening

Your oral health is an indication of your overall health, so just because a problem in your mouth seems harmless does not mean that it should be overlooked. Our Dentists will examine your mouth to screen for signs oral cancer, since the disease often starts out painless. At the very least, an oral cancer screening can help prevent infections of the mouth before they ever cause you pain or discomfort. Your neck will be examined to check for any hardened lymph nodes. Your cheeks, roof of the mouth, tongue and floor of the mouth will all be examined to check for any areas that look unusual. If something is found, it is not necessarily cancer. You will be referred to an oral surgeon to have the area evaluated and possibly biopsied.