It is recommended a patient has their teeth cleaned every 6 months. Soft plaque and hard calculus is removed by the hygienist. The dentist also performs an exam at the visit, allowing detection of cavities or gum disease.
We offer two options to whiten your teeth. Zoom in-office takes about one hour. Patients typically get 3-6 shades of whiter, depending on the their teeth. You also get custom whitening trays to take home for future bleaching. We also offer a take home option. You get the same results but it takes about two weeks of the patient bleaching at home with trays.
A filling is needed when there is a cavity in a tooth. This decay is removed, and a tooth colored filling material is placed in the area.
There are often deep grooves in the chewing surfaces of your molars, and sealant materials are placed in order to prevent cavities. The patient does not have to be numb for this procedure.
A complete denture is a removable appliance used to replace teeth when the patient has lost all their own teeth.
A partial is an appliance used to fill the space left by missing teeth. These can be made of a metal material or a more esthetic material depending on the area. Partials come out at night to allow your tissues to heal.
A veneer is a layer of either porcelain or composite placed over a tooth. It requires minimal tooth structure be removed from the tooth and is often performed for esthetics.
A root canal must be done when infection invades the nerve of your tooth. This can be from decay, trauma or a leaking filling. The dentist removes only the nerve of the tooth leaving the root in place. This allows the patient to keep the tooth and alleviates the pain associated with tooth infections.
This is an infection in your gum tissue that damages the soft tissue and even destroys the bone that supports your teeth. If periodontal disease is detected, a deep cleaning is often recommended. Depending on the severity, sometimes an evaluation from a periodontist is needed to decide if surgery is needed.
A crown completely covers a tooth like a hat. They are used when a tooth has a large restoration or after a root canal to prevent the tooth from fracturing. We most always use a tooth colored crown so no metal lines are visible.
A bridge is a used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is anchored on either side of the missing tooth by your own teeth. Those teeth are then connected by the fake teeth. Bridges are then cemented in place and cannot be removed.
An implant is a surgical component that is placed in the jaw bone. It interfaces with bone and can support a single crown or partials and dentures.
This is removal of a tooth. There are different reasons a person might need an extraction. A tooth can be badly broken, badly decayed or infected.
Grinding and clinching your teeth can cause jaw pain and harm your teeth. We make custom night guards for patients to wear at night to help protect his or her teeth.
Botox temporarily lessens the appearance of wrinkles. The procedure is virtually painless. There is also no risk for botulism toxin associated with botox for cosmetics. It takes 10 days to reach full efficacy. Botox can be done every 3-4 months. Drs. Marshall and Stidham were trained by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics for administration of Botox, Xeomin and dermal fillers.
This is injectable filler material that fills wrinkled areas to appear smoother. These are temporary also because the material is absorbed by the body.