TREATMENT NEEDS

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Preventative

Preventive dentistry is the cornerstone of a disease-free mouth. It involves daily care, proper nutrition, regular oral cleanings and clinical exams to help maintain optimal health. You will love the way your teeth feel after a thorough cleaning from one of our gentle and professional dental hygienists. Using the latest technology such as ultrasonics allows them to remove plaque and tartar comfortably and efficiently. Ultrasonic devices use gentle, high frequency sound waves to create a vibration that removes deposits and debris more effectively and easily with less scraping. Our prophy jet air polishers remove stain using a baking soda spray to get your teeth their whitest. In addition to your cleaning we will provide a thorough examination which includes inspection of all teeth and gum tissue, an oral cancer evaluation, any necessary x-rays, and a blood pressure check. We will also show you how to maintain your smile through proper brushing and flossing techniques. Catching dental disease early, leads to less invasive and more affordable treatment.

Periodontal (Gum) Treatment

A healthy smile depends on healthy gums. With recent studies showing that people with gum disease are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, a healthy mouth is more important than ever. Unfortunately, many adults have some degree of gum disease which can lead to bad breath, bleeding gums, gum recession, sensitivity, and in the worst case, tooth loss. In fact, periodontal disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. We offer the latest gum treatments to stop gum disease from progressing. This includes special ultrasonic instruments that remove tartar and plaque from below the gumline (where periodontal disease can lead to bone loss), medications, and lasers to kill bacteria that cause gum disease. Once periodontal disease has been diagnosed we will do our best to make sure that it is treated with the most current techniques and educate you on the best home care so that together we can strive to make your teeth last a lifetime.

Composite Fillings (Tooth Colored Fillings)

With today’s bonded composite restorations, we use a high strength resin or porcelain to repair the teeth instead of the older silver amalgam fillings. These leading edge materials allow the restorations to feel great while blending in perfectly with the natural color of your teeth. Because these materials are bonded to your teeth they allow us to perform what is referred to as “minimally invasive dentistry” which conserves more of your natural tooth structure and can strengthen, rather than weaken, your teeth.

Crowns

A crown is a precision crafted permanent covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original size and shape. A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. We offer many crown options including porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconium, and gold. We are available to answer any questions as to how a crown can restore the health of a tooth and as to which material is best suited for you. Crowns solve issues related to cracked teeth, fillings that may have broken down, and large cavities as well as to protect a tooth after it has had a root canal. A crown will look and feel just like your other teeth. Custom color matching and precise adjustments ensure that your crown is a perfect fit.

Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) replacement for one or more missing teeth. It is an alternative for implant replacement which involves a surgical procedure that may not be for everyone. As with crowns, bridges can be fabricated with porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, zirconium or gold. Bridges usually attach to adjacent teeth with crowns that are bonded or cemented into place. In some instances, a bonded Encore bridge can be used to replace missing teeth. Because it is attached by a special bonding procedure it doesn’t require the use of crowns or extensive tooth preparation. After a thorough examination we will help you decide the best option to restore missing teeth with bridges that have both the look and feel of natural teeth.

Implant Crowns/Bridges

Dental implants are dentistry’s answer to lost teeth. They mimic the root foundation and crown structure of a natural tooth. Made from titanium, the implant is placed directly into the jawbone where it forms an anchor, just like the root of a tooth, for a crown or fixed bridge. Once restored it has the look and feel of a real tooth. One of the benefits of implant crowns is that the procedure does not endanger the health of adjacent teeth. Because an implant replaces a tooth’s root it also helps keep the surrounding bone from wasting away which naturally starts to happen when a tooth is lost. Implant crowns are not vulnerable to decay and offer an excellent long term option to replace missing teeth.

Dentures/Removable Partial Dentures

When numerous teeth are missing or all of the teeth in an arch are missing, a removable appliance may be indicated. As the name implies, these prostheses can readily be taken out of the mouth for easy cleaning. They can be used to restore function and lip support to give you a natural looking beautiful smile. A partial denture attaches to remaining teeth with clasps or clasp-less precision attachments for a stable feel and fit. While a full denture does not have natural teeth to help hold it in place, we can provide an option that incorporates dental implants to help maintain the health and shape of the jawbone and give greatly improved retention for a secure and comfortable fit. Smile with confidence, no one will know you are wearing a denture.

Tooth Whitening (Bleaching) We offer 3 options to brighten up your smile.

Take Home Tray Whitening A popular option for many of our patients, take home tray bleaching is safe, easy and simple to complete comfortably at home. We make custom trays from molds of your teeth to maximize the effectiveness of the special whitening gel. The gel comes in several strengths and treatment time is generally 2-3 weeks.

In Office Whitening You can achieve a brighter smile with only 1-2 short visits with our in office whitening procedure. This option is usually best for patients who wish to lighten their teeth in a short period of time. The appointment involves a few simple steps including protection of your gums, application of a high strength bleaching gel and activation with a special light.

Take Home Professional Strength Strips While not as effective as other bleaching options, these strips are more economical and very easy to use. A thin strip impregnated with a bleaching gel is formed over the teeth and left in place for 1-2 hours. Tooth lightening occurs in as few as 5 days of use. Though whitening is very effective for most patients, it won’t work on certain types of stains, discolorations, or restorations. During your exam we will be able to tell you if bleaching is right for you and discuss your options for getting a dazzling smile.

Porcelain Veneers

Some of the most dramatic improvements in a patient’s smile can be achieved in a short period of time with porcelain veneers. These thin sculpted layers of porcelain are applied to the front of the teeth. Veneers can be used to improve the color and shape of one or more of your teeth, lengthen small or misshapen teeth, or whiten stained teeth. They can be used to correct crowding, repair chipped or worn teeth, or to replace composite bonding.

It generally takes two visits to restore your teeth with veneers. On the first appointment, your teeth are shaped and roughened. From impressions, precise working models are made of your teeth. It’s on these models that the veneers are crafted to the exact dimensions of your teeth.

On the second appointment, a special adhesive is used to bond the veneers to your teeth. A harmless, high intensity light hardens the adhesive. Once bonded in place the veneers virtually become part of your teeth. Since porcelain is harder than tooth enamel it resists staining and wear. Because the bond is very strong, you can use them like you would your own teeth.

Tooth Bonding

If your teeth have small gaps, are crooked, short, chipped, stained, decayed or broken, bonding may be able to instantly fix your problem.

After treating the tooth surface, we apply a putty like composite resin made from porcelain and plastic, which is then sculpted and shaped to your tooth. A high intensity light causes the composite to harden after which the new surface is smoothed and polished. Since we have over 39 different shades of composite hues along with numerous tints, the restorations blend beautifully with your natural teeth.

Confidence from a beautiful smile lasts a lifetime. Looking your best helps you feel your best. We want you to be happy and smile often!

Pediatric Dentistry

At Ada Family Dentistry we love little smiles too. We see children of all ages. Dr. Schabes feels very strongly that good oral hygiene habits, started early, are the key to a lifelong healthy smile.

We encourage prevention including a healthy diet, proper brushing and flossing techniques along with minimizing the risk of cavities through the use of sealants and fluoride varnish. We strive to make going to the dentist fun.

Sedation Dentistry

Everything in the dental office goes smoother when patients are relaxed. We realize that for some patients, going to the dentist can cause a certain amount of anxiety. For those individuals, we offer nitrous oxide sedation (laughing gas) which is a safe and effective method to take away your fear. It has the added benefit of wearing off quickly so that you can drive home without any lingering sedation.

For our more apprehensive patients we can use oral conscious sedation, whereby the individual is prescribed a pill that they take prior to their dental appointment. This medication, which can be used along with nitrous oxide, requires that someone else drives you to and from your appointment but produces a greater degree of sedation than nitrous oxide alone. So breathe deep, relax and leave the dentistry to us.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Treatment

The Temporomandibular joint or TMJ is where the jaw connects to the head and is the epicenter of the chewing operation. Patients with TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) may experience:

  • headaches
  • uncomfortable chewing
  • difficulty opening their mouth
  • worn teeth
  • clicking or popping within the joint
  • muscle pain in the head, jaw, or neck

Proper diagnosis is crucial and treatment can include selective shaping of the teeth or restorations to make the teeth fit together better, physical therapy, and special mouth guards that help muscles relax and put the jaw in a more comfortable position. You need not suffer unnecessarily.

Sleep Apnea and Snore Guards

Do you or your partner suffer from snoring or sleep apnea? We may be able to help. Getting a good night’s sleep may be just a dental visit away. We offer a revolutionary, clinically proven device called the Somnodent® appliance. This removable, easy-to-use appliance repositions the jaw forward to open the airway and can be a terrific alternative for patients with snoring or sleep apnea, especially if they are unable to tolerate CPAP masks and machines.

Endodontic (Root Canal) Treatment

We provide complete root canal therapy at our office. Most often we are able to perform treatment in one easy visit. Dr. Schabes uses the latest in techniques and materials such as nickel titanium rotary files and warm gutta percha filling materials to complete treatment quickly and painlessly. Usually we recommend that a tooth that has been restored with root canal therapy be covered with a protective crown.

Oral Surgery (Extractions)

Extractions and minor oral surgical procedures can be done at our office. Although we will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some instances where an extraction is the best option. We have many resources available to keep you comfortable before, during, and after the procedure.

HIGH QUALITY SERVICES

We strive to provide the highest quality care utilizing the latest technology for both children and adult patients.