Services

Dental Implants

Dental implants are designed to replace individual teeth. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth.

Tiny titanium posts are implanted into the jawbone where teeth are missing. The bone bonds with the titanium posts, creating a strong foundation for artificial teeth. Teeth replacements are then made over the posts.

The entire procedure usually takes six to eight months.

Tooth Removal (Extraction)

If it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, the doctor will evaluate the area and decide if our office is the right place for your tooth removal. Sometimes it is necessary to send our patients to a qualified oral surgeon to remove a tooth.

Whitening

Teeth whitening can be used to correct tooth discoloration caused by staining, aging, or chemical damage to teeth. Whitening is safe, quick, and inexpensive. Custom bleach trays can be made for you or you may choose to try our professional strength whitening strips.

In cases of extreme tooth discoloration, crowns or veneers may be the only choice. However, because of the low cost, bleaching is nearly always worth a try. Let us know during any appointment if you would like to begin teeth whitening.

Crowns

Crowns are an extremely reliable technique for repairing many dental problems, even permanently replacing broken teeth to offer a complete smile and a functional bite.

Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy is necessary when the pulp, the soft tissue inside the root canal, becomes inflamed or infected. The inflammation or infection can have a variety of causes: deep decay, repeated dental procedures on the tooth, or a crack or chip in the tooth. In addition, an injury to a tooth may cause pulp damage even if the tooth has no visible chips or cracks. If pulp inflammation or infection is left untreated it can cause pain or lead to an abscess.

In order to save the tooth, the dentist removes the infected pulp, cleans and shapes the inside of the canal, then fills and seals the space. After a root canal is done, the dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect and restore it to full function.

Our doctor may be able to perform your root canal therapy here at Inland Shores Family Dental or she may decide that your root canal therapy should be performed at the root canal specialist’s (endodontist) office.

Sealants

Sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic is applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. This seals the deep grooves, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acid.

Dental sealants protect the grooves of your teeth from food particles and plaque that brushing and flossing can’t reach. Sealants are easy to apply and hold up well under the force of normal chewing. They can last several years before a reapplication is needed.

Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. They are an ideal choice for improving your smile and have become increasingly popular due to their simplicity and versatility.

Ultra-thin porcelain veneers are bonded to teeth, and are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. For strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options.

Bonding

An alternative to veneers, bonding can be used as a restorative procedure for teeth that are chipped, cracked, or discolored. The tooth is prepared for the procedure by lightly etching the surface and applying a bonding liquid. Once the liquid sets, a plastic resin is applied and sculpted into the desired shape by the dentist. Once set the resin is trimmed, smoothed, and polished to a natural appearance.

The bonding procedure can often be completed in a single office visit, and can significantly improve the appearance of a tooth. However, since the plastic resin used is not as strong as your natural tooth enamel or a veneer, and it is more likely to stain, chip, or break. Bonding typically lasts three to five years before repair is needed.