Our primary goal is your dental health!
Both Dr. Dave and Dr. Alli thoroughly enjoy patient education and explaining all treatment options. If you ever have any questions about a procedure or what options you may have, please feel free to ask! Our goal is to create a treatment plan that restores your health and that you are comfortable with. DeWitt Family Dental offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth, including:
- Periodic Oral Exams
- Dental cleanings
- Extractions (limited)
- Bite Splints/Occlusal Guards
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral examination includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will also take x-rays, which includes the panoramic x-ray for full mouth visualization, as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay in posterior teeth.
Periodic Oral Examination
A periodic oral examination includes a visual examination, and any updates to charting, probing, diagnostic and treatment recommendations that may be needed. We will also update x-rays as needed and indicated on a patient to patient basis.
A dental cleaning will involve either hand instruments or ultrasonic scalers, depending on each patient's individual need. During these maintenance appointments we remove any build up including plaque and calculus to preserve healthy bone and gum tissue.
Dental restorations, also known as fillings, are placed when a tooth has developed decay, become chipped or broken, or for a number of other indicated reasons. At DeWitt Family Dental, we use a tooth-colored filling material called composite, that has excellent longevity and an esthetic appearance.
Dental crowns are placed when the tooth has lost enough healthy structure, whether by decay or fracture, that there is not enough left for filling material to hold onto. When this happens, we place a 'cap' over the tooth to hold it together and restore function and appearance. In general, we use a tooth-colored synthetic material, similar to porcelain, to restore the tooth. However, other materials are available at your request!
Dental bridges are fixed prosthetics used to replace missing teeth. Healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are prepared for crowns, with a false tooth suspended in between. These bridges are then attached to the prepared teeth using dental cement, and can restore function and create an esthetic appearance where there was once a missing tooth. We also use a tooth-colored synthetic material to make dental bridges.
Dental implants are a developing procedure that we use to replace missing teeth without removing tooth structure from adjacent healthy teeth. Once the bone is healed and ready, the oral surgeon will place the implant into the bone, and cover it with a healing cap. Once the implant has integrated with the bone, and the tissue has had time to heal, we will remove the healing cap and place an impression cap. We then take a traditional impression, similar to a crown, to capture the anatomy of the region. The lab then fabricates an implant crown. When you return, we screw in an implant abutment that then supports the lab-fabricated crown. These are also tooth-colored restorations that restore function and provide an esthetic result. In some cases, implants are also used to stabilize structures other than crowns, such as bridges or dentures.
Sometimes teeth develop too much decay, break off large pieces, or become vertically fractured. When this happens, the tooth becomes unrestorable and needs to be removed. Removing these teeth can stop pain and preserve other healthy tissues in the mouth. When a tooth needs to be taken out, it is called an extraction. Depending on the anatomy of the tooth, some can be done in our office, and we are pleased to complete extractions that we feel will have predictable and comfortable results. If the anatomy of the tooth is such that we feel a specialist is better equipped to perform the extraction, we are happy to refer you to local oral surgeons that we maintain close relationships with.
Bite Splints/Occlusal Guards
Many patients develop pain in their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) due to clenching or grinding at night. When this happens, we often recommend bite splints. These are soft guards that cover your teeth at night, providing a cushion for your teeth and muscles. Often, the addition of bite splints reduces the pain and headaches that are patients are experiencing. We may also recommend a bite splint if you are experiencing other symptoms of wear on your teeth, including several fractured teeth, even if you aren't experiencing pain, to preserve healthy tooth structure.
When your dentition has suffered from extensive decay, bone loss, fractures and other threats to health, you may benefit from dentures. Dentures are full arch prosthetics that are placed after your natural teeth have been removed. They are supported by the soft tissue of your mouth and can help restore function and esthetics to patients who's natural dentition is severely compromised.