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Services

Stout, Gordon & Prince Family Dentistry has provided personalized dental care for thousands of families. Our patients love coming to our office to experience the warm, individualized care we provide. We pride ourselves in offering a variety of services and using cutting-edge equipment and techniques.

We use state-of-the-art technologies in all of our procedures in order to provide our patients the best care possible. These new technologies allow us to detect dental concerns at early stages, treat your oral health needs with precision, and provide stunning and customized restorations.

When you visit our office, you can be confident you are receiving the finest and most advanced dental care available.

To help you understand your treatment options as a patient, we have included a list of some of the services we offer to help you restore and maintain your oral health. Click the Services below for more information on each subject.

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Sleep Apnea/Snore Guards

Do you experience any of the following?

  • Loud, recurring snoring
  • Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
  • Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
  • Neck size greater than 17 inches (for a man)
  • Neck size greater than 16 inches (for a woman)
  • Stopped breathing during sleep
  • Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Heightened anxiety, depression or emotional issues
  • Acid reflux
  • History of stroke or heart attack
  • Falling asleep during the day when activity is low
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Impotence

If one or more of these issues applies to you, you may be struggling with sleep apnea. We can help! Dr. Dentist is a highly-skilled dentist who is dedicated to you as an individual. He participates in a variety of continuing education courses so that he can be on the cutting-edge of comprehensive care. Drs. Stout, Gordon and Prince take a special interest in jaw and bite treatments to improve overall functionality and your quality of life.

 

WHAT IS SLEEP APNEA?
While snoring is a common symptom, sleep apnea is much more serious than a simple snore. It is a sleep disorder in which breathing periodically starts and stops during the night, and it can have a serious impact on your health. Sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, stroke, heart disease and more. There are two types of sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain sending incorrect signals to your muscles in your sleep—it usually requires the help of a sleep specialist. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of sleep apnea, and it can often be successfully treated in our office.

 

WHAT ARE MY TREATMENT OPTIONS?
Oral appliance therapy is the leading treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, and our doctors are highly trained in delivering this service.

There are more than 80 different sleep apnea oral devices on the market today. They look like similar to a double retainer and are intended to be worn at night. Some oral appliances are designed to shift the lower jaw forward, while others focus on retaining the tongue to keep it from falling back into the throat during sleep. There are a variety of options for your unique case, and we'll create a custom-fit appliance for you.

Oral appliances are safe and effective at treating mild to moderate sleep apnea. They are one of the least invasive and most comfortable ways to ensure your apnea troubles don’t disrupt your life.

Some severe forms of apnea require more invasive treatments, procedures and surgeries. Set up a consultation to determine how we can help you.

 

HOW CAN WE HELP YOU?

We are more than happy to answer any of your questions about sleep apnea. Do you have sleep apnea? What is the best option for you? We will provide detailed and helpful information to the best of our abilities. Call (616) 399-8230 to set up a consultation today!

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Dental Cleaning

Professional teeth cleanings by a Registered Dental Hygienist are to remove plaque, tarter and stains that have accumulated on the teeth. Even with routine brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums, tarter can develop. The professional cleaning of teeth is a crucial part of good oral hygiene and is needed periodically to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. Most dentists recommend having your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months.  In between routine cleanings, good oral hygiene at home is vital to prevent tarter build-up and gum disease.  Regular cleanings generally take about an hour.

 

PROPHYLAXIS, OR REGULAR CLEANING
A regular cleaning is recommended for patients who do not have bone loss, periodontal disease, or infection around the teeth. There should be no bleeding, mobility of the teeth, receded areas or gaps where the spaces around the roots of the teeth are exposed. In other words, the mouth should be healthy with no bone or gum problems. A regular cleaning, or prophylaxis, removes soft plaque, tartar, and stains from the teeth above the gumline and only slightly below. A regular cleaning is usually done 2 times a year, depending on how quickly stain, plaque, and tartar accumulate. It is considered a preventive procedure by your insurance carrier, since regular cleanings will help prevent periodontal disease.

 

SCALING AND ROOT PLANING (DEEP CLEANING)
Scaling and Root Planing, also known as a dental deep cleaning, is very different from a regular cleaning. A regular cleaning focuses on the surfaces of the teeth and between teeth above the gum line. During a regular cleaning, the teeth are also polished.

dental deep cleaning, or scaling and root planing, is needed in order to remove bacteria, calculus (tartar), and debris that has collected under the gum line.

The presence of calculus under the gumline creates a safe haven for bacteria to collect, and cannot be removed by brushing, flossing or with a regular cleaning. The presence of this bacteria causes an immune response from the body. This immune response results in inflammation, to fight the bacterial infection.  If left untreated, the infection and inflammation will continue and progress further under the gum line, resulting in loose teeth and bone loss, and ultimately, the loss of one or more teeth.  After a deep cleaning, a periodontal maintenance cleaning will be recommended.

 

PERIODONTAL MAINTENANCE CLEANING
If you have periodontal disease which has resulted in bone loss, gum “pockets” deeper than 4 millimeters, bleeding gums, exposed root surfaces, or if you have had periodontal surgery or root planning to treat periodontal surgery or root planning to treat periodontal disease, a regular cleaning is not appropriate. Periodontal Maintenance Scaling is needed to maintain gum and bone health. This procedure includes removal of plaque and tartar from above and below the gumline, all the way down the length of each tooth to where the root, gum and bone meet. Rough areas of the roots are smoothed if needed, pocket depths are carefully monitored, and inflamed pockets may be irrigated with antibacterial medicines if necessary. Periodontal Maintenance is considered a basic service by your insurance carrier, and may be subject to a yearly deductible. PM is usually performed 3 to 4 times a year, depending on several factors: how quickly the plaque and tartar accumulate, how much bleeding or inflammation is present, how stable the present condition is, how well you are able to maintain your teeth at home on a daily basis, any health risk factors you may have.

We know that there is a relationship between chronic inflammation in the gums and overall health, especially heart disease and diabetes. Keeping the gums and the bone surrounding your teeth as healthy as possible is an important part of your regular dental visits or hygienist.

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Bonding

Bonding is a conservative way to repair slightly-chipped, discolored or crooked teeth, often for cosmetic purposes. The process comprises placing a white filling on your tooth to improve its appearance. The filling "bonds" with your teeth, and because it comes in a variety of tooth-colored shades, it closely matches the appearance of your natural teeth.

Bonding can also be used in place of regular amalgam fillings. Many patients prefer bonded fillings, because the white color is much less noticeable than the silver of the amalgam fillings. Bonding fillings can be used on front and back teeth, depending on the location and extent of tooth decay.

Bonding is less expensive than other cosmetic treatments and can usually be completed in one visit to our office. However, bonding can stain and breaks more easily than other cosmetic treatments like porcelain veneers.

If your bonding does break or chip, please let us know. We can generally patch or repair bonding in one visit.

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Initial Comprehensive Exams

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only 25 to 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Your routine dental cleaning will include:

 

Examination of diagnostic x-rays — X-rays help us detect decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss, as well as allow us to get a good view of your teeth and their roots.

Oral cancer screening — Your oral cancer screening will involve a review of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for signs of oral cancer.

Gum disease evaluation — We will check your gums and bones for signs of periodontal disease.

Examination of tooth decay — With dental instruments, we will closely examine the surface of each tooth for sings of decay.

Examination of existing restorations — If you have any current fillings crowns, etc. we will check to make sure they are in good shape and functioning properly.

 

CLEANING
Your dental cleaning will involve the removing of plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces. Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up.

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COSMETIC CONTOURING

Coming soon.

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COSMETIC FILLINGS

Coming soon.

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Night Guards

We have three different types of night guards available in our practice. The type of night guard prescribed will depend on the diagnosis after a thorough exam.

Night Guards (synonyms: occlusal splint, bite plane, night guard) is a removable appliance, usually fabricated of resin, most often designed to cover all the biting surfaces of the teeth, however, there are smaller night guards that only cover your front teeth. They are being used frequently in treatment of patients with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and related diseases such as tension headache and neck pain. One advantage with night guards (bite splints) is that they provide a relatively easy, inexpensive and non-harmful way to make reversible changes in the occlusion. The goal for bite splint treatment is mainly to improve jaw muscle and TMJ function and to relieve pain related to dysfunction of those systems. The most common reason for bite splint prescription is, however, bruxism. Bruxism (Teeth grinding) can cause abrasion to the chewing surfaces of your teeth. This abnormal wear and tear will prematurely age and loosen your teeth, and open them to problems such as hypersensitivity (from the small cracks that form, exposing your dentin). Bruxism can also lead to chronic jaw and facial pain, as well as headaches.


 

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Periodontal Maintenance

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.

Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn’t always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body’s health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!

Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. The dentist may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.

We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.

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REMOVABLE APPLIANCES

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Scaling and Root Planning

Scaling: Let’s get rid of ugly build-up. Scaling is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces. Dental hygienists traditionally performed scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has lead to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. Depending on the amount of plaque and tartar, a variety of methods are used to clean each tooth. To achieve optimum results, both electric and manual scaling methods are often combined for dental cleanings.

Root Planning: Danger often lurks just below the surface. To treat and prevent gum problems it’s important to clean between teeth and in hidden pockets in the gums. Root planing is used to treat moderate to advanced gum diseases. When the gum is inflamed, gum pockets become deeper and may lose connections to the bone inside. The deeper the pockets, the easier it is for plaque deposits to become trapped and worsen gum problems.

Root planing involves inserting a pointed dental tool called scalers into the gym pockets to clean plaque buildup. Depending on the degree of complexity, root planning may take several appointments and a local anesthesia may be used to prevent pain.

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SPECIALTY DENTURES

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Bridges

A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented into place using the real teeth on either side for support--hence the name. Bridges are a perfect option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth both functionally and cosmetically. Bridge work is as much an art as it is an exact science. Bridge materials include gold alloys, porcelain bonded to metal alloy, or all-ceramic material made to match your natural tooth color. The choice of material depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or esthetics.

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Crowns

Crowns are used to restore and enhance teeth that are damaged, or to replace missing teeth. A crown, also called a cap, is used to entirely cover a damaged tooth. A crown not only strengthens the tooth, but it can also dramatically improve the tooth's appearance, shape and alignment.

Crowns may be used to...

  • Replace a large filling when there is little tooth structure remaining
  • Protect a weak tooth from fracturing
  • Restore a fractured tooth
  • Attach a bridge
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored or poorly-shaped tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had root canal treatment

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Dentures

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissues. There are two types of dentures available: partial dentures and complete dentures. Partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain and complete dentures are used to replace all teeth. Dentures are made to resemble your natural teeth, so there should be no noticeable change to appearance. In fact, dentures may even improve a smile!

 

Complete Dentures – This restoration method is used to restore smile and mouth function if all teeth have been lost. The dentures are custom created and natural looking. They are fit in the patient's mouth to take the place of the original teeth. Complete dentures are generally removable and may require adjustments in order to create a proper fit with the gums and mouth.

Partial Dentures – A removable partial denture is used when one or more natural teeth still remain in the upper or lower jaw. Made of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, partials help restore better functionality to the mouth. As with complete dentures, it is possible to have more permanent option cemented into place.

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Extractions

Good oral hygiene is a must. The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

We may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment—usually taking x-rays to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to an oral surgeon.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with pain killers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.

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Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a tooth decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, then clean the affected area and fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.

 

The types of fillings we offer are:

Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are also well-tolerated. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.

Composite (plastic) resin fillings are custom-made to the exact color of the patient's teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While these white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for larger fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco.

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Gum Treatment

It's estimated that more than half of U.S. adults have gingivitis. Gingivitis, in some cases, can lead to periodontitis (gum disease) and host of other health problems.

Gum disease can cause bleeding, swelling, bad breath, pain, receding gums and tooth loss. But it doesn't always stop there. You oral health is the beginning point for your whole body's health and wellness. It is imperative that we stop problems before they even start!

Gum disease causes a buildup of bacteria in deep pockets between the teeth and gums. That bacteria can transfer to your bloodstream when gums bleed, putting you at a much higher risk to develop the following health problems:

  • Stroke
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Ulcers
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Pre-Term Births

Periodontal treatment typically involves containing the infection through deep cleaning like scaling and root planing, clearing buildup at the root of the teeth. The dentist may also suggest specific toothpastes and mouth rinses. We may also prescribe antibiotics to fight infections. Surgery is required for the most severe cases.

We examine you for gum health at every 6-month check-up. If you have been experiencing any symptoms like bad breath, bleeding or tender gums, please let us know. We will decide what is the best form of treatment to restore your gums to optimum health.

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Implant Placement

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. This post will act as a permanent “root” for the implanted tooth. Once it is in place, the surrounding bone and tissue needs time to heal.

Implant placement requires special training, as it is a surgical procedure. Our team is highly-trained in implant placement to meet your dental needs.

Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Please set up a consultation for this comprehensive procedure.

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IMPLANT SUPPORTED PROSTHESIS

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Implant Restoration

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for reasons like injury or periodontal disease. After a metal post is placed, the restoration is completed with a replacement crown.

While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and last many years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework, because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.

Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

Please let us know if you have any questions about the procedures involved in dental implants.

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Initial Comprehensive Exams

A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth. A healthy mouth and healthy body go hand in hand. Good oral hygiene and oral health can improve your overall health, reducing the risk of serious disease.

 

PATIENTS 22 & OVER CAN EXPECT THE FOLLOWING AT THEIR FIRST VISIT:

A thorough exam, full-series of x-rays, an oral cancer exam (where we check your mouth for cancer), periodontal charting (where we measure around each tooth to check the health of your gum tissue), and a blood pressure. Initial appointments are approximately 1 ½ hours long.

Once we determine the health of your gum tissue, we will schedule you back for a cleaning.  It will depend on the type of cleaning that the doctor recommends.

 

PATIENTS UNDER THE AGE OF 22 CAN EXPECT THE FOLLOWING AT THEIR FIRST VISIT:

A thorough exam, cleaning, x-rays*, an oral cancer exam (where we check your mouth for cancer), periodontal charting* (where we measure around each tooth to check the health of your gum tissue), and a blood pressure*.  Initial appointments range from 45 - 1 ½ hours long.

*Depends on age

 

Examination of diagnostic x-rays — X-rays help us detect decay, tumors, cysts and bone loss, as well as allow us to get a good view of your teeth and their roots.
Oral cancer screening — Your oral cancer screening will involve a review of the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues and gums for signs of oral cancer.
Gum disease evaluation — We will check your gums and bones for signs of periodontal disease.
Examination of tooth decay — With dental instruments, we will closely examine the surface of each tooth for sings of decay.
Examination of existing restorations — If you have any current fillings crowns, etc. we will check to make sure they are in good shape and functioning properly. 
Thorough review of your health history — We will examine your health history and go over our healthy mouth baseline to determine if there are any mouth/body connections.

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Invisalign

Invisalign is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth to slowly straighten them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.

The Invisalign system begins in the dentist or orthodontist's office with taking molds to design a your trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks to gradually shift the teeth. The system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so that treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.

The cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.

Contact us for an Invisalign consultation.

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IV Sedation

A variety of forms of dental sedation are used to help patients who suffer from dental anxiety or phobia. There are multiple levels of sedation to ease every level of anxiety, and IV sedation is the perfect option for patients who might otherwise avoid the dentist. IV sedation is commonly referred to as "sleep dentistry--" it will be as if you fell asleep, and you won't remember the procedure. A specific set of drugs are administered via IV for the duration of the procedure or procedures, and you will be carefully monitored to ensure your safety. Often reserved for oral surgery, IV sedation is also available to those with intense dental anxiety and phobia. It makes dentistry easy.

If you feel that IV sedation is the best option for you, set up a consultation today! We are happy to answer any of your questions.

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Mouth Guards

Custom-designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth might get hit.

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Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas," is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. The nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and produces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain. Nitrous oxide is designed to make procedures easier for nervous patients and has been effective for many years.

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Oral Sedation

Oral sedation is an excellent option for patients who suffer from dental anxiety. It is simply taken in pill or liquid form and ingested at a set time before treatment. The drug produces a calming effect to make the visit to our office a much less stressful experience. Oral sedation is simple, safe and has very few side effects.

Ask us about our sedation options.

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Orthodontics

Orthodontics is the art of using special appliances to straighten and align the teeth and bite. Braces are the most common orthodontic treatment. In this method, arch wires are threaded through brackets that are bonded to the surface of the teeth. The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the more traditional metal braces, ceramic "tooth colored" braces, as well as clear plastic braces.

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Root Canals

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it. A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth, causing the pulp to become infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on.

Trauma can also cause deep damage to the nerve of a tooth. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful.

Symptoms of infected pulp may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain with biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, and you are unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.

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Sealants

Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry. Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible.

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TMJ Treatment

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is used to describe dysfunction or disorders related to the joint. "Temporo," refers to the temple area of the skull; "mandibular," refers to the lower jaw; and "joint" is essentially where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a trauma, misalignment of the teeth, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that meet at the jaw are buffered by cartilage and five different muscles, so TMJ can cause a variety of troubles.

Common TMJ symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, and more. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If TMJ is left untreated and reaches extremes, surgery may be required to repair the badly damaged joint.

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Veneers

Veneers are a cosmetic dental procedure in which a thin layer of porcelain or composite material is placed over the outside of the tooth. They are used to improve esthetics or help with tooth damage. Veneers are usually only performed on the front part of the teeth that are visible when talking or smiling. The procedure can be direct or indirect.

The direct technique usually involves placing composite resin on the outside of the tooth using bonding. Because of that, the direct technique is usually referred to as bonding.

The indirect technique usually involves two appointments because the veneers are fabricated at a dental laboratory. At the first appointment the teeth are prepared, impressions are taken, and the teeth are given a temporary covering. The veneers are back from the laboratory after two or three weeks. The temporaries are removed, and the veneers are bonded to the teeth. The laboratory-fabricated veneers are usually made using porcelain or pressed ceramic, and are esthetically pleasing.

The advantage of veneers versus crowns is that much less of the tooth material has to be removed, and the procedure is generally less uncomfortable. Veneers are not recommended for patients who have large fillings or little tooth structure. They are also typically recommended for the restoration of front teeth.

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Teeth Whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular procedure to make your teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Either way, teeth whitening is a safe and relatively painless procedure for most patients. Whitening comes in strips, trays, or in-office procedures. We offer the following options for you at our practice.

 

What is ZOOM?
Zoom!® is a bleaching process that lightens the dentin and enamel of the teeth. Zoom!® contains a hydrogen peroxide component (25%), which is the active ingredient in the gel. When hydrogen peroxide is applied to the teeth, the peroxide component breaks down into tiny oxygen bubbles. It is these bubbles that eliminate yellowing and staining.
A mercury metal halide light is used to activate the gel and expedite the whitening process. This specialized light contains a unique infrared filter that works to reduce the amount of heat (and therefore sensitivity) on the surface of the teeth during the procedure. The internal structure of the teeth remains completely healthy and intact during and after the treatment.
As with any whitening system, the post-treatment results can vary according to the degree of staining and the condition of the teeth. A consultation with the dentist prior to treatment will provide information as to what kind of results Zoom!® can provide in specific instances. Zoom!® is only applied to healthy teeth and gums. If tooth decay or gum disease is an issue, these need to be controlled before the bleaching treatment is performed.
Prior to treatment, we strongly recommend having your teeth clean. 

 

How is the Zoom!® treatment performed?
Prior to treatment, we strongly recommend having your teeth clean.  Special eyewear will be provided to protect the eyes from the halide light, and splashguards to protect the clothing from the bleaching agent.  Total treatment normally takes between 1½ - 2 hours.
Here is a brief overview of the Zoom!® procedure:

  • Cheek retractors will be placed to expose the entire surface of the teeth.
  • The gums will be painted or covered to reduce sensitivity.
  • The dental assistant will apply the whitening gel to the teeth.
  • The halide light will then be applied to activate the gel. This specialized Zoom!® light can be positioned to work on all the teeth simultaneously.
  • After 15 minutes, gel will be removed from the teeth and the mouth will be rinsed.
  • More gel will be applied for another 15 minutes.
  • Again, the gel will be removed and the mouth will be thoroughly cleansed.
  • The final treatment of gel will be applied for 15 minutes.
  • The gel will be removed for the final time.

 

What happens after treatment?
The same external factors that caused the discoloration in the first place can quickly work their way back onto the teeth. For this reason, we recommend flossing once a day, thorough cleaning with anti-sensitivity toothpaste twice a day, and occasional retreatment with touchup bleach. These post-treatment measures will ensure that the smile stays at its whitest for a long time.

*Includes White for Life

Zoom Take-Home Whitening
Professional custom tray whitening is a less-expensive and convenient at-home whitening treatment. The results are more gradual. An impression is taken in order to create a customized clear tray. Trays are generally ready within a few days, depending, and the patient must follow instructions for how to apply the gel in the trays and how often to use it. Maximum whitening results and a dazzling smile are achieved at the end of the set treatment period. An occasional treatment can be used to maintain the new smile.

Features:
  • Custom impressions and models
  • Custom trays
  • Powerful ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate), potassium nitrate and fluoride
  • Molar-to-molar coverage
  • Includes White for Life

 

Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening
The Opalescence Go Teeth Whitening Kit contains 10 upper and 10 lower custom-fitting pre-loaded bleaching trays. Each tray features innovative UltraFit technology to ensure increased adaptability and comfort while whitening.

Features:
  • Pre-loaded, ready-to-use bleaching trays
  • Powerful hydrogen peroxide whitening gel
  • PF formula with potassium nitrate and fluoride
  • UltraFit design for maximum comfort
  • No impressions, models, or lab time
  • Does not include White for Life

 

White for Life Program
Our “White for Life” program enables you to maintain that beautiful smile!  If you have purchased in-office Zoom or take home bleaching and you maintain your regular cleanings and exams (every 6 months), we will give you one complimentary tube of touch up bleach at each 6 month appointment.  If you do not maintain your regular cleanings and exams consecutively every six months, the “White for Life” will no longer be valid.

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Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, they cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in the mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so that the patient is asleep during the procedure.

After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, the patient is given gauze and bites down softly for a recommended amount of time to limit any bleeding. Some pain and swelling may occur, but it will usually go away after a few days. Please call our office if, after following post-op instructions, you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.


  • STOUT, GORDON & PRINCE FAMILY DENTISTRY
  • 12723 N. Bellwood Dr. Suite 30 Holland, MI 49424
  • PH: (616) 399-8230
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