Our Dental Services

We specialize in a number of different professional dental procedures for all ages.

Cleanings

Cleanings

If you have healthy teeth, it is recommended you schedule teeth cleanings at least twice a year. Our dental professionals will remove tartar, make sure you are without cavities and other dental concerns, and answer any questions you may have about your oral health.

Exams

Exams & X-Rays

Our dental exams and X-Rays allow us to get to the root of the problem. With dental radiographs, dentist and hygienist professionals make sure your teeth are healthy in every aspect, not just from what’s visible to the eye.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Dental x-rays are completely safe. The necessary precautions are taken to limit a patient’s exposure to radiation during x-rays. Precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, digital sensors that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

Root Canals

Root Canal Treatment

Badly decaying or infected teeth will be treated with a root canal procedure. This involves cleaning away the inner pulp of the tooth, which contains the damaged nerves responsible for any pain you may have been experiencing. From there, the tooth is sealed so no further damage can occur. Although they sound intimidating, root canal treatments are a painless procedure. We assure that you’ll be feeling much better once your damaged tooth has been repaired.

Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening (or bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment used to change the color of natural tooth enamel and is an ideal way to enhance the beauty of your smile. If your teeth have grayed or yellowed over time, we can restore them with our whitening technique. In two appointments, you will receive a consultation and be fitted for a dental tray to begin the whitening process. The need for touch ups are variable depending on lifestyle. Ask about our whitening for life program.

Dentures

Complete and Partial Dentures

Dentures are a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and the surrounding tissue. They are designed to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures: complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of a patient’s teeth are missing, while partials are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the gaps created by missing teeth, but also prevents the remaining teeth from shifting.

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

Composite (tooth colored) fillings are used to repair cracked, fractured, and decaying teeth. The damaged or decayed part of a tooth will be removed before being repaired with a composite filling. Composite fillings are a semi-permanent solution and may have to be replaced in the future.

Reasons for a filling include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing a gap between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

Composite fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, decay will be removed as necessary. From there, a filling is placed.

Periodontal Scaling & Irrigation

Periodontal Scaling & Irrigation

Periodontal (meaning around the tooth) scaling and irrigation is a procedure done to treat periodontal disease (gum disease). There are a number of common gum disease types, and our professional team will work to make sure you and your mouth are not afflicted by any of them. We use scaling, which removes tartar from the gum line, and oral irrigation to treat the effects of periodontal disease and to keep our patients’ gums healthy and free of disease.

Crowns/Bridges/Veneers

Crowns/Bridges/Veneers

For chipped or severely damaged teeth, we offer crowns (which cover the teeth) and bridges (these connect multiple crowns or are used to fill a gap where a tooth is missing). We also offer dental veneers, in which a thin piece of porcelain is placed over a tooth/teeth, like a shell, to improve the overall appearance.

Extractions

Extractions

There are a number of reasons why we might recommend a tooth extraction for our patients. Some require extractions because of tooth decay while others need to remove teeth hindering orthodontic treatment. Various other patients simply need their wisdom teeth removed.

Our dental professionals will discuss the details of your procedure and make sure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the process. They will also go over what is required of you after an extraction in order to avoid infection and its subsequent risks.

Implant Restoration

Implant Restoration

Restore your smile with single-tooth implants where your tooth/teeth are currently missing. Restorative implants are surgically placed. An artificial tooth root is implanted in an opening created by your dentist. This root fastens itself to your jawbone and then a crown is placed on top. Dental implants look and feel like your real teeth and can improve the confidence you have in your smile.

Laser Bacterial Reduction

Gum disease and inflammation have been linked to a number of serious health conditions, especially when one’s immune system is already compromised. Laser Bacterial Reduction (LBR) is a non-invasive technology that is able to significantly reduce the amount of bacteria which leads to periodontal disease. Within seconds, LBR can decrease bacteria count in the billions down to the hundreds.

Bacteria counts will naturally increase to where they were before treatment, but with the proper everyday care following LBR, inflamed gum tissue surrounding your teeth will be allowed to heal and reattach, avoiding further infection.

This painless procedure takes only 5-10 minutes, and the benefits are great. Contact us today if you’re interested in Laser Bacterial Reduction treatment.

Contact Three Rivers Family Dentistry

Give us a call to learn more about the services we offer.

615-208-3111