Our Dental Services
Exam & Dental Cleaning
A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Prunty on your first visit, and at scheduled check-up exams. They will include the following:
- Examination of diagnostic x-rays (radiographs): X-rays will help determine your tooth and root positions. They are also essential for the detection of decay, cysts, tumors, and bone loss.
- Gum disease evaluation: We check your gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.
- Examination for tooth decay: We use special dental instruments and check all of your tooth surfaces for decay.
- Examination of existing dental-work: We thoroughly check your restorations, fillings, etc.
Professional Dental Cleaning
Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are performed by our registered Dental Hygienists. A scheduled cleaning is also part of the dental exam, and includes the following:
- Removal of calculus (tartar): Calculus is hardened plaque that forms above and below the gum line. It becomes firmly attached after being left on the tooth for an extended time. Because of this, it can only be removed with special dental instruments.
- Removal of plaque: Plaque is a growing colony of living bacteria. A sticky, almost invisible film of bacteria that forms on the teeth from food debris, and saliva. This bacteria produce poisons that inflame the gums. This inflammation can lead to periodontal disease.
- Teeth polishing: This final step removes the stains that are not otherwise removed during regular teeth brushing.
Preventive dentistry involves two components of dental care. This will help to avoid dental disease, or to catch it in its early, and more treatable stages.
The first component involves your oral hygiene. The second is done here by our professional dental staff to help you maintain healthy teeth and gums. In both cases, the objective is to:
- Stop the development of oral disease.
- Find oral disease at an early stage.
- Look for early signs of periodontal disease, dental decay, and other changes in the soft tissue of the mouth that could lead to oral cancer.
- A crown (also called a cap) is an artificial cover that is permanently cemented over the visible part of a tooth, that is damaged. Crowns are used to restore the strength, and to preserve teeth that are chipped, cracked, or decayed. Some porcelain crowns are used for cosmetic purposes to enhance the appearance of your teeth.
- Porcelain veneers are very thin coverings that are custom fit to conceal unwanted surfaces of your teeth. Their primary use is to correct cosmetic issues that you are not pleased with, such as chipping or staining. You can also change the shape and size of your teeth with veneers.
- Cosmetic bonding is very similar to porcelain veneers, and is used to correct the issues of staining, chipping or some broken anterior teeth.
In Office Whitening
- This is an in office procedure that takes approximately two hours. We use the most state-of-the-art, and safe bleaching service available. So you can have a whiter and brighter smile.