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Please note the following changes in our office. These are just some of the ways we will be safely moving forward for the protection of our staff and our patients:
Patients and staff are screened for temperature and symptoms before entering our office.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the office, and use is encouraged upon entering our office.
Staff wears proper PPE at all times, including N95 masks and surgical mask covers/shields, gowns, and head covers.
Each operatory has an air purifier and sanitizing UV lights.
Central air ionizers are in use in the office.
Hypochlorus fogging of the office takes place on a regular basis.
Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation! We look forward to seeing you soon!
A smile is one of the most common facial expressions we use in our daily lives. Therefore, having confidence in your smile is often vitally important to success in certain areas of your personal and professional life. Unfortunately, many people lack that confidence, and one of the most common causes is discolored or stained teeth.
Not all sleep disorders are obvious to the one who experiences them. For instance, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can deprive you of deep, restful sleep even if you don’t realize what’s happening. What typically hints at the condition is the loud, distinct snoring pattern that often marks its presence. Yet, patients who are not disturbed by the snoring may not realize that they should seek treatment for it.
If you’ve ever visited the dentist, or seen a mouthwash commercial, then you’ve probably heard of gum disease and its predecessor, gingivitis. Did you know, though, that the dental condition is one of the most widespread chronic diseases in the nation? As a progressive illness, gum disease affects nearly 80% of adults in America in varying stages, the most severe of which (periodontitis) is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. Despite its destructive power, however, gum disease is highly treatable, although once it develops beyond gingivitis, it is no longer curable. (more…)
Just because you’ve lost a tooth, or more, doesn’t mean your days of confident smiles are over. You have several options for tooth replacement, depending on your specific needs, and most provide lifelike cosmetic results that make them indistinguishable from your natural teeth. Only one option, though, is able to replace all that you lost, including the roots that supported your missing teeth from within your jawbone. Dental implants are made from biocompatible materials, like titanium, so your jawbone bonds to them, supporting the implants like it does your teeth’s roots. (more…)
Tooth decay, the reason why we develop cavities, may be the most widespread chronic disease among adults and children alike, but it’s also among the most preventable diseases in the world. In fact, knowing how cavities form can grant you the power to prevent them, even if you’ve already had one. If a cavity appears, then restorative dentistry can save your smile by eliminating the infection and restoring your tooth’s structural integrity. Before it becomes a factor, however, you can prevent cavity development by addressing the issues that cause them in the first place. (more…)
Did you know that crooked, gapped, or protruding teeth can harm your smile in more ways than one. You already know that crooked teeth can mar the overall look of your smile making it look unhealthy and unattractive. Second, crowded and overlapping teeth create a teeth cleaning nightmare and can increase the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. Traditional metal braces are the most conventional option for straightening a crooked smile, but Invisalign clear aligners, with their shorter average treatment time and discreet appearance might be just the right solution for you. (more…)
The ancient Etruscans used gold crowns to protect damaged teeth in addition to using them as a flashy way of showing off one’s wealth. For thousands of years, gold was the crown material of choice, but over the last 100 years or so, porcelain, zirconia, and porcelain-metal hybrid crowns have become more popular, due to their ability to blend in subtly with the surrounding teeth. Dental crowns are the second-most frequently placed dental restoration after dental fillings and with good reason: these simple dental restorations have a wide range of different applications in both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. (more…)
Porcelain veneers provide an ideal way for your cosmetic dentist to correct a number of cosmetic smile flaws, like severe stains, chipped teeth, gapped teeth, or oddly shaped teeth, and help you achieve the kind of beautiful smile you’ve always felt lacking. Unfortunately, patients with certain oral health problems do not make good candidates for this procedure. Become a more informed dental patient with this guide to three common obstacles that interfere with qualifying for porcelain veneers. (more…)
Experts report that as many as 35 million Americans have no remaining natural teeth and that over 20 million Americans wear dentures. Whether you’ve worn dentures for many years or you are expecting to be fitted for dentures in the near future, you might be surprised to learn that you have a number of options when it comes to the look, fit, and feel of your dentures. Before making this life-changing decision, you should take the time to do some research and learn which denture option best fits your lifestyle needs. (more…)
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, as many as 22 million American live with obstructive sleep apnea. Even more unsettling, as many as 80% of those people have moderate or severe sleep apnea that is undiagnosed (and, as a result, untreated). Since current research strongly suggests a close link between untreated sleep apnea and serious physical, neurological, and psychological health problems, getting an official diagnosis and seeking out treatment is essential. Whether your prescribed treatment plan includes an oral sleep apnea appliance from your dentist or a CPAP machine from a sleep doctor, sticking with your treatment will help you enjoy these benefits. (more…)