SERVICES

GENERAL TREATMENT

Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services. We can typically provide every type of dental service without having to refer you to other specialties. This flexibility saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients.

DENTAL EXAMINATION

We will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, X-rays may be taken. If there are any signs of decay or other problems, we will recommend treatment options and make notes of any conditions that may need future observation. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth.

ROUTINE TEETH CLEANINGS

Twice a year, you should schedule a routine dental cleaning. During this visit, one of our dental hygienists will remove plaque from your teeth, especially from places where your brush can’t reach, such as underneath the gum line and between teeth. We will then clean your teeth and apply fluoride to help protect your teeth once you leave the office.

TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

An extraction is the complete removal of a tooth. Extractions are sometimes necessary if:

  • A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth

  • The tooth has suffered extensive tooth decay or trauma that cannot be repaired

  • The patient has gum disease

  • The tooth is impacted – this is usually the case with the third molars, or “wisdom teeth,” as they erupt years after the other teeth and often have insufficient room in the jaw

Depending on the complexity of the case, an extraction can be performed surgically or non-surgically. A mild anesthesia is used to ensure the patient is as comfortable as possible throughout the procedure.

COSMETIC DENTISTRY

We will thoroughly examine your teeth and gums, specifically looking for any potential problems. Depending on the patient, X-rays may be taken. If there are any signs of decay or other problems, we will recommend treatment options and make notes of any conditions that may need future observation. Oral hygiene instructions will also be provided along with suggestions to help you care for your teeth.

TEETH WHITENING

It’s an unavoidable fact: your teeth will darken over time. Food, drinks, tobacco, improper oral hygiene, even injuries and illness can all cause your smile to tarnish. But a white, bright smile makes a great impression, which is why we offer effective tooth whitening services.

If you’ve used over-the-counter solutions for teeth whitening, chances are you’ve been disappointed. For truly great tooth whitening, you need:

  • Trained professionals

  • Industry-proven methods

  • Advanced technology

  • Access to the latest and greatest dentistry has to offer

That’s exactly why our tooth whitening is the best! Come in for a consultation, and let our experienced team recommend a whitening solution catered to your needs. From light-activated gels to take-home trays, we have access to prescription-level whitening systems that you simply can’t find anywhere else.

VENEERS

Veneers are thin, semi-translucent shells customized from porcelain material and bonded to your teeth. Veneers are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures to quickly improve the appearance of your smile.

Some common problems veneers are used for include:

  • Spaces between teeth

  • Broken or chipped teeth

  • Unsightly, stained or discolored teeth

  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth

  • Crooked or misshapen teeth

Veneers are a great aesthetic solution to your smile that may even help you avoid orthodontic treatment. Subtle changes to your smile can be achieved with veneers, and in most cases, veneer application is completed in only two office visits.

DENTAL IMPLANTS

Dental implants are one of the most popular choices for replacing missing teeth, due to its many strengths as a procedure. With dental implants, your tooth replacement looks, feels, bites and functions almost exactly like an actual tooth. Made of a biocompatible metal, implants are placed into the jaw and fuse with the surrounding bone and tissue. A crown is then placed on the abutment. Implants are a great choice for:

  • Single Tooth Replacement

  • Anterior Replacement

  • Posterior Replacement

  • Full Upper Replacement

BONDINGS

If you would like to fix chipped or cracked teeth, reduce unsightly gaps or spaces between your teeth or hide discoloration on your teeth's surface, then cosmetic resin bonding may be for you. Cosmetic resin bonding is often used to improve the appearance of your teeth and enhance your smile. As the name indicates, composite resin is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, cosmetic resin bonding removes little, if any, of the original tooth.

Cosmetic bonding has many advantages, including:

  • Composite resins come in many different shades to match the natural color of your teeth.

  • It is a quick process, which typically lasts less than one hour.

  • It does not reduce the tooth's original structure.

CROWNS

A crown is a custom-made covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged or cracked. Crowns are made of a variety of different materials such as porcelain, gold, acrylic resin or a mix of these materials.

The treatment plan for a patient receiving a crown usually involves:

  1. Numbing the tooth to remove the decay in or around it

  2. Re-sculpturing the tooth to provide an ideal fit for the crown

  3. Making a physical or digital impression of your teeth in order to create the custom crown

  4. Making a temporary crown out of acrylic resin and fitting it to the tooth while the custom crown is being made

  5. Removing the temporary crown and fitting the custom-made one onto the tooth

  6. Ensuring that the crown has the proper look and fit, and cementing it into place

New technologies have greatly reduced the time needed to make strong, natural-looking crowns. Once the procedure is completed, proper care should be taken to ensure the crown remains in good condition and the teeth and gums are healthy. Given proper care, your crowns can last a lifetime!

DENTURES

Replacing your missing or damaged teeth will not only benefit your appearance but your overall health as well. Using state-of-the-art technology and updated materials, dentures can now be custom designed to look more natural and feel more comfortable.

It may take some time to adjust to your dentures. Speaking and eating may feel different at first, but these regular activities will resume normally once you are accustomed to your dentures.

COMPLETE DENTURES

Complete dentures are artificial, removable replacements for the natural teeth of the upper jaw, lower jaw or both.

  • Upper dentures are held in place by a vacuum created between your appliance and the upper palate of your mouth.

  • Lower dentures are horseshoe-shaped to accommodate the tongue. Due to lack of suction, they are often held in place by implants placed in the jaw for support.

PARTIAL DENTURES

Partial dentures are removable appliances that replace missing teeth by attaching to your natural teeth via a metal framework.

FILLINGS

Fillings replace damaged or decayed tooth structure with a restorative material. There are several different types of filling materials, including:

  • Silver amalgam: Silver was once the most commonly used material when it came to dental restorations, such as fillings. However, silver fillings do not have much aesthetic appeal to patients.

  • Gold fillings: Gold fillings are very durable, able to last approximately 10 to 15 years. The main drawback to gold fillings is the cost of the restoration, since gold is a precious metal.

  • White fillings: After much research, some new tooth-colored materials have been developed that are stronger, longer-lasting and more aesthetically pleasing to our patients. These new tooth-colored fillings bond directly to the tooth, strengthening it by restoring most of its original shape. The fillings can even be custom-colored to match your teeth to help give you the most natural-looking smile possible.

FIXED BRIDGES

A bridge is a dental device that fills a space that a tooth previously occupied. A bridge may be necessary to prevent the shifting of teeth, to fix bite problems or to ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth.

Fixed bridges are the most popular, and consist of a filler tooth attached to two crowns in order to hold the bridge in place. "Maryland" bridges, commonly used to replace missing front teeth, use tooth-colored metal bands bonded to surrounding teeth. And cantilever bridges use two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth.

Regardless of your needs, we have a bridge solution that will work best!

ROOT CANALS

A root canal is a procedure that extracts decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.

A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal (or endodontics), preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity; thereby, saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.

This procedure involves:

  • The patient undergoes anesthesia.

  • A dental dam is used to isolate the tooth.

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

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

  • With special tools, the doctor reshapes the canals.

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

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

  • Patients must see their regular dentist quickly for a permanent restoration of the tooth.

APICOECTOMY

Also known as a root-end resection, an apicoectomy literally means the removal of the apex of the root of the tooth. This procedure, done following a root canal, treats the bony area surrounding the end of your tooth, which has become inflamed or infected.  By folding back the gum near the tooth, the doctor can access the underlying bone and extract the inflamed tissue. At the same time, the very tip of the root is removed and usually replaced with a small plug or filling. At this time, the doctor may treat the area with antibiotics and will then close the area with a small suture. Eventually, the jaw surrounding the tooth will fill in with bone, supporting the tooth as before. This procedure helps ensure the lasting result of your endodontic treatment.

TMJ/TMD

The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.

We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue, which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth. Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.

For more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouthguard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.

CEREC

This simple process only takes four steps! First, the decay or old filling is removed and then, the teeth are prepared to be digitally photographed by a 3-D camera, which eliminates those messy, cumbersome traditional impressions. Next, computer-aided design (CAD) software is used to design and create a customized restoration specifically to closely match your teeth and meet your specific dental needs. Finally, the restoration will be attached to the tooth and checked for position, placement and bite function. When you leave, you already have your permanent restoration – there is no need for temporaries or follow-up appointments!

MINI IMPLANTS

One of the many important advances in implant dentistry has been the development of miniature dental implants, or mini implants, used to stabilize dentures. Miniature dental implants can be placed in one visit, in about an hour, during a simple procedure that requires no cutting of the gums or stitches. With placement, there is little discomfort and no long-term healing, just great results!

Mini implants are placed into your jawbone and are securely attached to the base of your denture, allowing you to eat and speak more comfortably and confidently. Thousands of patients have experienced the benefits of miniature dental implants. Contact us today to find out if you are a candidate for this affordable and revolutionary solution to loose dentures.

SIX MONTH SMILES

Many people with crooked, crowded or spaced teeth don't pursue the smile they desire because they think braces take two to three years and only use metal brackets and wires. Guess what? They don't have to! Dr. Boelter and Dr. Gross provide Six Month Smiles Adult Cosmetic Braces, which use tooth-colored brackets and thin, tooth-colored wires to straighten your teeth in less time. Six Month Smiles is a fast and affordable way to move adults' teeth (15 years and older) to their most beautiful position in an average of only six months.

BOOST WHITENING

We are proud to offer professional whitening services using Opalescence Boost. This in-office whitening treatment is chemically-activated and does not require the use of an ultraviolet light. It works quickly, giving you whiter teeth in about an hour!

During the procedure, we will apply a unique chemical formula to your teeth. This special formula contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which helps to reduce tooth sensitivity, fortify tooth enamel and provide increased cavity protection. So not only are you whitening your teeth, you are strengthening them at the same time!

The whitening formula comes in pre-measured syringes. The pre-packaging ensures that the formula is kept fresh and that the formula is properly blended together. The formula is also red in color, so we can easily apply it evenly to your teeth.

In just one visit, we will apply the Opalescence Boost whitening formula, wait for the allotted time and reveal your brighter, whiter smile!

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