Freeport dentistry like you’ve never seen it before.
Superior Care for the Whole Family
Our dental experts use the latest techniques as they guide you to optimal oral health. Click on each image to learn more.
Professional cleaning is the removal of plaque, calculus, and stains that have accumulated on the surfaces of the teeth. It is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to maintain the health of your teeth and gums.
Our hygienists scale and polish as a preventive measure for the control of local microbial factors. Most dentists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6-12 months to reduce the likelihood of gum disease progressing. In between routine cleanings, good oral hygiene at home is vital to prevent tartar buildup and gum disease.
Our expert dental hygienists use sealants to seal the pits and fissures in the surfaces of teeth. They are in place to prevent cavities by forming a physical barrier on the tooth surface.
This is a particularly effective treatment for our younger patients who struggle to reach all areas of their mouths with conventional brushing.
Periodontal maintenance is the scaling and deep cleaning on patients who are prone to heavy tartar buildup or have a history of gum disease. It is typically recommended patients be seen every three or four months to help prevent this heavy buildup from progressing.
Occasionally, irrigation, a technique that washes the root surface and inside of the gums with an antibacterial agent, is used to kill bacteria that causes periodontal disease.
We also offer Atridox, a major advancement in the treatment of periodontal disease, which is a locally applied antibiotic that is placed gently below the gum line into periodontal pockets where bacteria thrive and cause infection. Through the use of this treatment, gum disease progression has been shown to significantly reduce.
Oral Cancer Screening
Close to 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral or pharyngeal cancer this year. It will cause over 8,000 deaths, killing roughly one person per hour. Of those newly diagnosed individuals, only around 57% will be alive in five years.
Several risk factors are known to cause oral cancer, including tobacco use of any kind (including cigarettes), heavy alcohol use, excessive sun exposure to your lips, a sexually transmitted virus called human papillomavirus (HPV), or a weakened immune system.
Early detection is critical in increasing survival rates for patients who have developed oral cancer; recognizing and managing precancerous lesions is extremely important in prevention.
Also known as scaling and root planning, deep cleaning is an intensive cleaning under local anesthesia (if necessary) to remove toxins from root surfaces. This treatment is usually recommended to patients with profound tartar and plaque build-up, or who have the presence of bleeding and inflamed gums. This treatment is the beginning of nonsurgical therapy for periodontal disease.
Digital radiographs are used at our office to deliver the best quality of care with minimal radioactive exposure. Digital radiography is crucial to diagnosis, collaboration, and patient communication.
A small sensor is placed on the site of interest, an x-ray is then sent through your tooth/teeth onto the sensor. The image is recorded and transmitted to our computer software. Images are extremely clear, highly detailed, with a reduction in radiation to the patient.
Be Proud of Your Smile Again
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Inlays & Onlays
Inlays and onlays are restorations used to repair rear teeth with mild to moderate decay or cracked and fractured teeth. Ideal candidates typically have sufficient healthy tooth remaining to avoid the need for a crown. This allows the dentist to conserve more of the patient’s original tooth structure.
During treatment, the dentist removes the old fillings under local anesthesia and takes an impression of the tooth, which is sent to the dental laboratory. The new inlay or onlay is made from this mold in porcelain, gold, or composite resin material. The inlay or onlay is then cemented into place at the next appointment. This treatment blends successfully with the tooth and the rest of the teeth to achieve a natural, uniform appearance.
Made of a thin, semi-transparent tooth-shaped shell, veneers are permanently bonded to the patient’s natural teeth located in the “smile zone” and are used to enhance shape, color, length or size. Veneers will help to fix gaps between teeth and improve the appearance of teeth that are discolored or misaligned.
An impression of the prepped tooth will be taken and sent to a laboratory where the veneer is fabricated. Once completed, the veneer is applied with bonding resin and a curing light. After the veneer is set, it’s polished and shaped to look like a natural tooth.
Staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth can cause discoloring. Using the latest in bleaching technology, we offer a safe method for creating a beautiful white smile.
An impression is taken to make a specialized mouth guard to hold the bleach against the teeth. The material is used each night for about 3-4 hours for a week or two, and at the end of this time, significant whitening will occur. In some cases, the change is nothing short of brilliant.
Over-the-counter bleaching agents are available for purchase at drug stores and pharmacies. However, since these products can cause harm to the gums and teeth, it’s better to use products that our hygienists recommend.
Invisalign® treatment is a comfortable series of removable and invisible aligner plastic trays. The patient wears each set of aligners for about two weeks of time, removing them only to drink, eat, brush, and floss. As the patient replaces each aligner with the next in the series, their teeth will move until they have straightened to their final position.
The patient will visit our office about once every four weeks to ensure that Invisalign® treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time will depend on the complexity of the correction desired.
‘‘I had a great experience there. The dental hygienist was gentle and explained everything in detail for me. I would recommend this dental office to everyone I know!’’
Joe C. (Actual Patient)
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Our composite fillings are typically are made of powdered glass and acrylic resin, which offers a few advantages over an amalgam filling. For one, the filling can be shaded to match the color of a person’s existing teeth, making it much less visible. Secondly, they are completed in one visit.
First, we numb the area, then remove decay and clean the tooth. The filling is then placed, shaped, and polished – restoring the tooth’s natural strength, function, and beauty.
Root canal, or endodontic treatment, is necessary when the pulp (inside of your tooth) becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, faulty crowns, or a crack or chip in the tooth.
During root canal treatment, the affected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Afterward, the tooth is restored with a crown or filling for protection. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth.
Endodontic treatment helps you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limits the need for on-going dental work. With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last a lifetime.
Extractions are generally offered when the tooth cannot be salvaged or is causing discomfort or blockage beyond resolving. At the time of extraction, the doctor will numb the area surrounding the tooth with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process, you will feel pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. We use the latest technology to significantly reduce any pain.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap when one or more missing teeth are present. A dental bridge is beneficial in that when used it can restore your ability to properly chew and speak, prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, and also restore your smile.
During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared for the crown. Preparation involves reshaping these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental laboratory. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge for you to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while your bridge is being made.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite.
Dentures are custom made to replace a person’s missing teeth and restore the appearance and oral functions that were lost. We offer both full dentures and partial dentures.
A full denture is used when all of the person’s teeth are missing and a partial denture is used when only some of the teeth are missing. The process starts by taking a series of impressions of the oral tissues that will support the denture. A dental lab will use these impressions to make models of the patient’s mouth. The dentist and laboratory will then start building the dentures on these models and transferring them to the patient’s mouth at each step to ensure proper fit, establish a proper bite, and ensure that the appearance and esthetics of the denture are desirable.
Dental Implants Restorations
A dental implant acts as a replacement for the root of a missing tooth. The implant is fused into the jawbone to mimic a natural tooth, allowing it to function without affecting the nearby teeth and with great stability.
Most dental implants are made of titanium, which allows them to integrate with bone without being recognized as a foreign object in our body. Today, the success rate for dental implants is close to 98%. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth, several teeth, or all of the teeth. The goal of teeth replacement is to restore function as well as esthetics.
There are great advantages to choosing a dental implant for tooth replacement over other options. Dental implants are conservative in that missing teeth can be replaced without affecting or altering the adjacent teeth. Furthermore, because dental implants integrate into the bone structure, they are very stable and can have the look and feel of one’s own teeth.
Typically placed when damage to a person’s tooth is extreme and beyond repair, dental crowns are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The process typically takes two visits; the first visit involves shaping the tooth, taking an impression, and preparing a temporary crown. The lab work is then sent off and takes about two weeks to return to our office.
The second visit is to then try the crown in and cement. This is an extremely reliable technique for repairing the most severe of dental problems, even permanently replacing missing teeth to offer a complete and beautiful smile.