Services and Technology
We offer a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. Information concerning
specific services is listed below.
- Crowns and Bridges
- Cosmetic Fillings
- Restoring Implants
- Scaling and Root Planing
- Cosmetic Dentistry
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take digital x-rays and photographs. If you have cosmetic or restorative needs, we will also take models of your teeth for analysis.
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing esthetic materials, such as ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.
Here’s a look at some of the more common kinds of alternatives to the old silver amalgam fillings (which we do not place).
- Composite fillings – Composite fillings are a mixture of acrylic and finely ground glasslike particles that produce a tooth-colored restoration. Composite fillings provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small-to- mid size restorations that need to withstand moderate chewing pressure. Less tooth structure is removed when the dentist prepares the tooth, and this may result in a smaller filling than that of a silver filling. Composites can also be “bonded” or adhesively held in a cavity, often allowing the dentist to make a more conservative repair to the tooth.
- Porcelain (ceramic) dental materials – All-porcelain (ceramic) dental materials include porcelain, ceramic or glasslike fillings and crowns. They are used in inlays, onlays, crowns and aesthetic veneers. A veneer is a very thin shell of porcelain that can replace or cover part of the enamel of the tooth. All-porcelain (ceramic) restorations are particularly desirable because their color and translucency mimic natural tooth enamel. All-porcelain restorations require a minimum of two visits and possibly more.
Research has shown that almost everybody has a 95 percent chance of eventually experiencing cavities in the pits and grooves of their teeth.
Sealants were developed in the 1950s and first became available commercially in the early 1970s. Sealants work by filling in the crevasses on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. This shuts out food particles that could get caught in the teeth, causing cavities. The application is fast and comfortable and can effectively protect teeth for many years.
Sealants are best suited for permanent first molars, which erupt around the age of 6, and second molars, which erupt around the age of 12.
Sealants normally last about five years. Sealants should always be examined at the child’s regular checkup. Sealants are extremely effective in preventing decay in the chewing surfaces of the back teeth.
Insurance coverage for sealant procedures is increasing, but still minimal. Many dentists expect this trend to change as insurers become more convinced that sealants can reduce future dental expenses and protect the teeth from more aggressive forms of treatment.
Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.
The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.
Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.
One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help. Another type of stain—one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing—is caused by external factors such as foods.
More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.
Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.
Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).
Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.
Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain or plastic cemented over the front of your teeth to change their color or shape. Veneers are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee or tea.
Veneers are usually made by our dental lab technician working from a model provided by our office.
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. When decay in a tooth has become so advanced that large portions of the tooth must be removed, crowns are often used to restore these teeth. Likewise, teeth which are fractured usually need crowns to restore them to natural contour and function.
Simple toothaches can often be relieved by rinsing the mouth to clear it of debris and other matter. Sometimes, a toothache can be caused or aggravated by a piece of debris lodged between the tooth and another tooth. Avoid placing an aspirin between your tooth and gum to relieve pain, because the dissolving aspirin can actually harm your gum tissue.
Broken, Fractured, or Displaced Tooth
A broken, fractured or displaced tooth is usually not a cause for alarm, as long as decisive, quick action is taken.
If the tooth has been knocked out, try to place the tooth back in its socket while waiting to see your dentist.
First, rinse the mouth of any blood or other debris and place a cold cloth or compress on the cheek near the injury. This will keep down swelling.
If you cannot locate the tooth back in its socket, hold the dislocated tooth by the crown – not the root. Next, place it in a container of warm milk, saline or the victim’s own saliva and keep it in the solution until you arrive at the emergency room or dentist’s office.
For a fractured tooth, it is best to rinse with warm water and again, apply a cold pack or compress. Ibuprofen may be used to help keep down swelling.
If the tooth fracture is minor, the tooth can be sanded or if necessary, restored by the dentist if the pulp is not severely damaged.
If a child’s primary tooth has been loosened by an injury or an emerging permanent tooth, try getting the child to gently bite down on an apple or piece of caramel; in some cases, the tooth will easily separate from the gum.
Our goal is to help you to minimize the risk of emergency treatment. This is why we commit a generous amount of time designing a Lifetime Treatment Plan that will help you to offset the possibility of unforeseen pain or tooth breakage.
A knocked out tooth or bitten tongue can cause panic in any parent, but quick thinking and staying calm are the best ways to approach such common dental emergencies and prevent additional unnecessary damage and costly dental restoration. This includes taking measures such as application of cold compresses to reduce swelling, and of course, contacting our office as soon as possible.
Call Us Today
Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of our mission statement. Below is our contact information.
33399 Walker Rd. Suite D Avon Lake, OH 44012
Phone: (440) 933-2549
Fax: (440) 933-3574
This is an introduction and overview of dental insurance. There are many facets to dental insurance. This information will help you understand the different types of coverage and will help to explain your responsibilities as a patient.
Dental insurance is a misnomer. It should be considered a benefit, rather than actual insurance.
All dental benefits, whether in-network or out of network, have a yearly maximum and refer to a fee schedule when considering benefit coverage. The fee schedule they abide by rarely, if ever, coincides with the fees charged by a particular dental provider’s office.
In- network benefits refer to a contract between a dental provider and an insurance company. If your dentist enters into such a contract he/she must abide by the fees and treatment dictated by that insurance company. This does not mean the patient will not have a co-pay. When a patient opts to have treatment, other than regular cleanings, there is always a co-pay due at the time of service. You, as a patient, and your dentist will determine the best course of treatment. However, deviating from your contracted fees and treatment could possibly mean an increase in your out of pocket expenses. Your dental benefits will NEVER cover all dental services at 100%.
With out-of-network benefits there is no contract between the dentist and the insurance company. This means you, the patient, are responsible for all charges not covered by your particular insurance plan and as with in-network benefits, you will always have a co-pay at the time of service. In most cases out-of-network benefits allow the provider to dictate standard and quality of care for their patients rather than the insurance company.
All dental plans have exclusions and possibly waiting periods for treatment. It is very important for you to be informed prior to making an appointment with your chosen provider regarding these waiting periods.
Generally all insurance (in/out of network) plans have a yearly deductible (individual and/or family) which must be met prior to any reimbursement for any treatment by your provider.
Dental benefits offered through your employer or purchased personally can be beneficial. It is the patient’s responsibility to know and understand their particular benefit coverage plan. Making educated decisions regarding your oral and overall health care is necessary for you to achieve the quality of care you deserve.