The type of dental cleaning depends on the patient and the level of dental disease.
A thorough periodontal exam with x-rays is completed for each patient to determine which type of cleaning is needed and how frequently it is done.
Radiographs help the dentist see in between the teeth and diagnose dental disease.
They also help diagnose issues with the gums and bony support of the teeth.
Each person has a different risk of dental disease, so each person may have a different need for number and frequency of radiographs.
Cavities commonly form in the pits and grooves of teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot fit.
A sealant is a resin barrier that goes into the pits and grooves of the teeth and hardens with the dental light, preventing cavities from forming there as long as the sealant stays intact.
The dentist will check the sealants at regular check-up appointments and repair or replace them as necessary.
A filling is needed to replace a missing portion of the tooth lost to decay or fracture.
We offer both tooth-colored (composite) and metal (amalgam) fillings.
A crown is needed to build up a broken tooth or reinforce a weakened tooth.
We offer tooth-colored (ceramic) crowns and metal crowns. A crown will take two appointments to complete.
Fluoride can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent tooth decay.
We recommend fluoride varnish (a paint-on coating) for children and teens during their regular check-up and cleaning appointment.
For patients desiring a whiter smile than over-the-counter bleaching strips can deliver, we offer custom bleaching trays with take-home whitening gel to achieve long-lasting results.
An impression is taken of the teeth and the lab creates a custom tray.
The tray is worn with the bleaching gel until the desired shade is achieved.
Refill whitening gel may be purchased from the clinic.
In-House Dental Lab
We have certified lab technicians on staff.
We are able to do most denture and partial repairs in-house, meaning you can often have your repaired denture or partial back the same day.
We also work closely with our lab technicians on all cases, giving you the best-possible final result.
A denture or a partial may be the best way to replace multiple missing teeth.
Often several appointments are required to make your custom denture or partial.
Over time your partial or denture may become loose and may require a temporary or permanent reline.
A missing tooth may be replaced with an implant, a bridge, or a partial.
Your dentist will discuss your options to help choose which one is right for you.
For implants, we work closely with local oral surgeons to deliver you the best possible outcome.
The oral surgeon places a titanium screw into the jawbone, which after several months can be used as the base for a crown.
Several months are needed for an implant case to be completed.
Bridges may be a better option if the teeth near the missing tooth have large fillings, have decay, or are at risk of fracture.
Bridges are completed at our office in two appointments and can usually be completed in a few weeks.
When a cavity or crack reaches the nerve of a tooth, a filling will no longer fix the problem.
A root canal is done to remove the infected nerve and replace it with a type of root filling.
The tooth can then be restored, when otherwise it would have had to be removed.
Your dentist may refer you to a root canal specialist (endodontist) when appropriate.
When dental disease has progressed beyond the point of restoring the tooth, removing the tooth (extraction) may be necessary.
Your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon when appropriate.
We work with our in-house lab to make custom niteguards for clenching and grinding or athletic guards to protect your teeth while playing sports.
Schedule a Visit
Drs. Chitwood and Matthews are accepting new patients.
Call us today at (608) 372-3298 to schedule your next visit.