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Making Good Dental Decisions

Our comprehensive dental care program includes not only a variety of dental services but also a preventative maintenance schedule to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and vibrant.

We Provide

  • Emergency Services
  • Convenient Hours, Including Evenings
  • Same Day Appointments When Available
  • Free Consultation for Cosmetics and Periodontics
  • Cosmetic Dentistry and Implant Procedures
  • Payment Plans, Visa/MC, American Express, Debit, Capitol One Dental Accepted

Our Services

General Dentistry

After your initial dental examination, your treatment needs will be presented and discussed. A comprehensive periodontal examination will get you on the right track to a healthy smile. Dr. Archie will provide you with sound advice and dental treatment options. Working in concert with a variety of dentistry specialists, everything from implants, root canals, tooth colored fillings, crowns, bridges, and dentures may be in your treatment needs. You can feel confident that Dr. Archie and his experienced team will provide you with the highest quality of comprehensive dentistry in a caring, nurturing environment.

Preventative Dentistry

Our team has the latest technology available to us to help you get and maintain a healthy mouth and smile. Starting with a comprehensive dental examination by Dr. Archie, you will have a custom-tailored hygiene program facilitated by our gentle, caring staff. Whether you require a general periodic teeth cleaning, or advanced non-surgical periodontal therapy, we have a comfortable program for you to look good, feel better, and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile.

Porcelain Veneers and Cosmetic Bonding

Both porcelain veneers and direct bonding can be very beautiful and natural looking, and can correct many discrepancies in the smile, such as mild rotations, crowding, cracked or chipped teeth, discolored teeth, etc.

Direct bonding is mostly recommended for minor corrections and corrections on children whose teeth have not finished erupting and the gum tissues still have some expected developmental changes. Bonding is not recommended for major changes in adults because the material is rather brittle and may chip and crack. The longevity of bonding is not expected to be as long as that of porcelain veneers.

Porcelain veneers are made in the laboratory, and some are heat and pressure treated. This gives them the potential of lasting indefinitely. Veneers can better accomplish some changes due to the fact that we can re-sculpt and reshape teeth much more effectively when we are removing excessive tooth structure as well as adding porcelain where there is a deficiency.

With bonding, we do minimal tooth preparations, if any at all. The advantage of bonding is that it is a relatively reversible procedure since the tooth structure remains mainly intact. However, the teeth may feel thicker than usual.

It is prudent to note that direct bonding is only expected to remain stable for 6 months to a year, where veneers are expected to remain stable for 5 years or more.

Bonding also has a tendency to stain because it is more porous, where veneers are much more color stable.

We recommend porcelain veneers for adults, and direct bonding for children or very small repairs. However, if a patient desires due to cost savings or other considerations, direct bonding may be done on adults as well.

Dental Implants

About Dental Implants

With nearly 40 million Americans having lost some or all of their teeth, dental implants are a popular option for replacing those lost teeth. Implants are comfortable, attractive and will help you regain confidence in your smile. They are an alternative to bridges, partials or dentures. Implants can look and feel like natural teeth. An implant simply is a metallic titanium object that is inserted into your jawbone to act like a natural tooth-root. Titanium isn't recognized by the body's immune system, so it is not rejected as an implant. It integrates with the jawbone to give a firm support to the artificial replacement that it will support.

Reasons for Implants

  • No worrying about dentures falling out- a stable foundation
  • Improves biting pressure
  • Insufficient teeth amount or jaw structure for other types of replacements
  • Restores proper chewing ability which leads to a better diet and improved overall health
  • Eliminates tooth shifting
  • No loose dentures
  • No gooey denture adhesives
  • Improves speech
  • Won't apply damaging pressure to your natural teeth
  • Comfort and fit
  • Help preserve healthy vital tooth structure (unlike a bridge)
  • They look and feel like your natural teeth
  • Increase your self-confidence when talking and smiling

Ideal Candidates

Generally, candidates for dental implants should be in good health, have healthy gums, good oral habits for the aftercare and a healthy jawbone to support the implants.

Your dental implants can adversely be affected by some chronic diseases, existing dental problems, diabetes, bone disorders, smoking and alcohol. We can evaluate your situation to determine if dental implants are the best option for you.

Risks Associated with Implants

Complications are rare with implant procedures. When infections or other complications occur, medication or surgical intervention may be used to treat it. Oral surgery may incur damaging of the nerve that controls sensation. Such complication is rare and may be temporary or permanent. In addition, there is the risk of bleeding, swelling, bruising, infections, discomfort, cosmetic problems and damage to other natural teeth. Ask your surgeon to provide more information about the risks involved with this procedure.

Procedure

Implant placement does require several steps over a period of time ranging from 3 months to over 1 year depending on your specific needs. Here are the steps followed for implant therapy:

  1. 1. The implant is inserted into the jawbone and allowed to heal for several months
  2. 2. A post is attached to the implant and a temporary artificial tooth is used
  3. 3. A permanent tooth is attached after all healing is complete

Caring for your Implants

To avoid loss of your implants, brushing, flossing and regular dental visits are recommended. If properly cared for, your implants can last a lifetime. We will monitor your healing and give you more detailed instructions. The better care you take of your implants, the more satisfied you will be with the results.

Implants and Insurance

Typically implants are not covered by insurance providers. However, the investment of a healthy smile can be priceless. If you have any questions on dental implant choices, procedure and care please contact us.

Tooth Whitening

According to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Americans place a high value on their smile. Their research has shown: 92% believe an attractive smile is an important social asset. 85% believe an unattractive smile makes a person less appealing to the opposite sex. 74% believe an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chances for career success. 50% are not satisfied with the appearance of their own smile.

Tooth whitening can lighten your teeth which have yellowed over time due to coffee stains, tobacco stains and aging. We offer two options for whitening:

In-Office power whitening:

Utilizing the latest technology in power whitening, the Zoom! Power bleaching system will get your teeth several shades lighter in about an hour. This level of whitening may be accomplished by placing a high concentration of the special bleaching gel on your teeth and illuminating the area with a whitening lamp for three 20-minute applications. It may be recommended to augment this procedure with home bleaching to maximize the whitening effect. Click here to learn more.

At Home dentist supervised whitening:

You will be custom –fitted with soft plastic trays which fit over your teeth and hold the take-home bleaching gel in place. You will place the bleaching gel in the trays as instructed and wear the trays as little as 30 minutes twice a day up to several hours each day or night. Most patients will see favorable results with regular wear for two weeks. More severe stains may be improved with extended use of the home whitening system.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal treatment (endodontics) is about saving teeth, rather than removing them. In the past, the only way to treat teeth with disease was to pull them. This is not the case today. Now, thanks to modern dental techniques, we are able to save damaged teeth more than 90% of the time. Root canal therapy treats disorders in the nerve (pulp) of the tooth. It can save a tooth whose pulp, which contains its nerves and blood supply, is diseased or damaged. Pulp disease usually means that the tooth will be lost unless something is done to save it. Root canal therapy involves replacing the diseased pulp with a substance that will keep the tooth functional.

Reasons for Root Canals

A damaged or diseased tooth will not heal by itself. Without treatment, the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate and the tooth could fall out. The only alternative is removing the tooth.

Common Factors and Symptoms

  • Trauma such as a physical blow ' Irritation caused by deep decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Pain or throbbing while biting
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe decay or an injury that creates inflammation

Treatment

After examining and X-raying the tooth, it will be determined if a root canal is needed. When the decision for root canal therapy has been made, a series of appointments will be scheduled.

  • First appointment — the diseased pulp will be removed, leaving the canal intact. The canal will be rinsed out, and a medication will be placed inside the canal. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth.
  • Second appointment — the canal will be sterilized and filled with a permanent material. It's important to follow all of your instructions to avoid complications.

Over the years, people have heard horror stories about root canals. Rest assured that we will administer medication to make sure the area is numb and you won't feel pain. Today, a root canal procedure using modern technology is nearly pain-free. The tissue surrounding the tooth may be sensitive following the procedure. Over-the-counter pain medication can be used to help the discomfort.

After Care

After the root canal is completed, you may notice a slight discoloration and brittleness in the treated tooth. In most cases, your dentist will recommend that the treated tooth receive a permanent crown. If the tooth is not crowned, you may want to ask your dentist about tooth whitening. A follow-up exam can monitor tissue healing. From this point on, brush and floss as usual and see your dentist on a regular basis.

Contrary to popular belief, after a root canal your tooth is not dead. It is alive because it receives a source of blood and nerve supply from surrounding tissue. The tooth will have no feeling to hot or cold, but will be functional for biting. With proper care and regular visits to your dentist or hygienist, the tooth should last as long as your other teeth.

Periodontics

Understanding Adult Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a serious infection of the gums and other tissues surrounding the teeth. Millions of Americans have periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth and bone loss. The welcome news is that periodontal treatment can make your mouth healthier and help you keep your teeth.

Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

Though the symptoms of periodontal disease are often subtle, the disease is not entirely without warning signs. If you have any of the symptoms below, be sure to let us know.

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss
  • Red, swollen, or lender gums
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Changes in the way teeth fit together when you bite
  • Periodontal Disease May Progress

You may have periodontal disease without noticing any symptoms. There are three main stages: Gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Early detection and treatment can help keep periodontal disease from progressing.

Gingivitis

Bacteria and plaque have caused the gums to become inflamed and to bleed easily. Plaque gets in the space between the gum and tooth, causing "pockets." Good home care and professional cleaning are usually enough to restore healthy gums.

Periodontitis

High levels of bacteria initiate a release of tissue-destroying enzymes. These enzymes start a process which results in deeper pockets and bone loss. Treatment is aimed at stopping further damage and reversing the progression of the disease.

Advanced Periodontitis

Bacteria and enzymes have caused gum and bone to degrade further. At this stage, tooth loss is possible, and it is critical to avoid this outcome.

Adult Periodontal Treatments

With regular checkups and proper home care, periodontal disease can be diagnosed early and treated. Treatments include scaling and root planing (SRP), enzyme suppression, antibacterial therapy, and surgery. For best results, you may have several kinds of treatments.

Scaling and Root Planning (SRP)

Scaling and root planning is a type of professional tooth cleaning. It removes plaque and tartar from the teeth and smoothes the root surfaces.

Enzyme Suppression Plus

This kind of treatment includes oral medication and helps stop enzymes from attacking gums and bone.

Antibacterial Therapy

This treatment includes oral medication, locally applied antibiotics, and rinses that can help fight bacteria.

Surgery

Surgical treatment is used for advanced infections and pockets too deep for SRP alone. Surgery may be done on soft tissue or bone to help the healing process.

Caring for Your Teeth at Home

Professional periodontal treatment is an investment in the health of your mouth. Protect that investment by taking care of your mouth. Proper home care includes eating healthy, brushing and flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly. It also includes using any medications as directed.

Eating Healthy

Make nutritious meal choices. Keep these tips in mind:

  • Eat a variety of foods to get a broad range of vitamins and minerals. This will help keep your gums healthy.
  • If you find it difficult to maintain a well-balanced diet, a good nutritional supplement can help.

Brushing and Flossing

Your dentist will design a home care program of brushing and flossing. Follow your program carefully. Proper brushing and flossing will help prevent plaque from forming and gum disease from recurring.

Seeing Your Dentist

Regular maintenance visits include dental exams and cleanings. Remember to keep all of your dental appointments.

Know Your Risks

Certain risk factors can make periodontal disease worse by limiting your ability to fight infection. Others make it worse by lessening blood flow to the gums and other tissues. Even if you have only one of the risk factors listed below, you need to be extra committed to taking care of your teeth and gums.

  • Tobacco use (smoking or chewing)
  • Diabetes
  • Family and/or previous history of periodontal disease
  • Weakened immune system
  • Stress
  • Use of certain medications, such as oral contraceptives steroids, blood pressure drugs, cancer-fighting drugs
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