General Dentistry

General Dentistry is your basic preventative, diagnostic, and routine dental care. During your first visit, we will gather essential information about your personal oral routine and provide a comprehensive new patient exam. This will help us develop an individualized oral treatment plan to ensure your gums and teeth stay healthy. Should any concerns, tooth decay, or other oral issues arise, they will be easily detected during your exam. General dental care keeps your mouth happy and healthy, so you can keep smiling!

Dental Fillings

A filling is a way to restore a decay damaged tooth back to its normal shape and function. We start by first removing the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.


A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off spaces where bacteria can enter. Materials used for fillings include porcelain, gold, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

  • Gold Fillings

    • Are made to order and then cemented into place. Gold inlays are well tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 20 years. Many authorities consider gold the best filling material. However, it is often the most expensive choice and requires multiple visits.

  • Amalgam Fillings (Silver)

    • Are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. However, due to their dark color, they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not usually used in very visible areas, such as front teeth.

  • Composite Fillings (plastic)

    • Resins are matched to be the same color as your teeth and therefore used where a natural appearance is desired. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites may not be the ideal material for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea or tobacco, and do not last as long as other types of fillings generally from three to 10 years.

  • Porcelain Fillings 

    • Are called inlays or onlays and are produced to order in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth. Their cost is similar to gold.


A crown or dental cap is a type of dental restoration which completely caps or encircles a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. Both crowns and most bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable devices such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist. 

Dental Crowns & Bridges

Why Is a Dental Crown Needed?

A dental crown may be needed in the following situations:

  • To protect a weak tooth (for instance, from decay) from breaking or to hold together parts of a cracked tooth

  • To restore an already broken tooth or a tooth that has been severely worn down

  • To cover and support a tooth with a large filling when there isn't a lot of tooth left

  • To hold a dental bridge in place

  • To cover misshapened or severely discolored teeth

  • To cover a dental implant

  • To make a cosmetic modification

What is a Dental Bridge?

A bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing tooth by joining an artificial tooth definitively to adjacent teeth or dental implants. A bridge will span the area where teeth are missing

What are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

  • Restore your smile

  • Restore the ability to properly chew and speak

  • Maintain the shape of your face

  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth

  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

Dental Extractions

There are some circumstances, unfortunately, where we are unable to restore a tooth and it must be removed. When this happens, you will either have a simple extraction or a surgical extraction. Simple extractions are performed on a tooth that is above the gumline. The dentist will use a lifter and forceps to remove the tooth. It’s a quick procedure with a short recovery period. For more complicated issues, such as a tooth that has broken below the gumline, a surgical extraction may be necessary. During this procedure, the oral surgeon will make an incision into the gum to access the tooth. Surgical extractions are commonly used for impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or totally covered by the gum tissue.


What are the Reasons to Extract a Tooth?

  • Extra teeth that are blocking other teeth from coming in.

  • Baby teeth don't fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth to come in.

  • Braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.

  • Radiation to the head and neck may need to have teeth in the field of radiation extracted.

  • Cancer drugs may develop infected teeth because these drugs weaken the immune system. Infected teeth may need to be extracted.

  • Some teeth become a source of infection after an organ transplant. People with organ transplants have a high risk of infection because they must take drugs that decrease or suppress the immune system.

  • Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in. They commonly come in during the late teens or early 20s. They need to be removed if they are decayed, cause pain or have a cyst or infection. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed. If you need all four wisdom teeth removed, they are usually taken out at the same time.​

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