Dental Care for the Whole Family
At the dental office of Brad Jones, DDS, we provide our patients with a range of comprehensive dental services. We have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Cosmetic bonding and fillings
Tooth-colored fillings (composite) on posterior teeth and direct bonding on anterior teeth provides dramatic cosmetic improvement over traditional amalgam (silver) fillings.
Professional bleaching techniques are proven safe, reliable methods of making smiles brighter without invasive procedures. The "walking bleach" technique is the recommended approach supported by current research and is most effective.
Porcelain Veneers, Crowns, and Bridges
Porcelain veneers are thin laminates bonded to anterior teeth, which can dramatically change discolored or malformed teeth to recreate beautiful smiles and restore broken dentitions. Their more aggressive relatives, crowns, surround a badly damaged tooth in order to strengthen it and restore it to ideal form. Similarly, in the instance of missing teeth (between healthy teeth) a fixed bridge can successfully replace the missing tooth (or teeth).
Regarded as the most significant advancement in modern dentistry, implants can replace missing teeth permanently with a high degree of predictability and improved function and cosmetics. In most cases of replacing missing teeth today, implants are the preferred choice. We work closely with the implant surgeon and then restore the implant once fully integrated. Denture wearers can also benefit from implant support and retention of their dentures (particularly lower dentures, which tend to be loose).
Unlike many "same-day" denture facilities, we provide custom-fitting dentures to fit the individual needs and desires of each patient. Dr. Jones performs most of the lab procedures involved, including the setting of the denture teeth and try-in before final processing in acrylic. This ensures the ultimate in cosmetics and function.
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction sufferers are numerous in today's stressed society and few practitioners fully understand or are willing to treat these individuals. Most of these patients can have relief without surgery after a careful diagnosis and non-invasive treatment.
Bruxism (Grinding) Splints
A common condition today is the tendency to grind ones' teeth, primarily at night while sleeping. This potentially damaging habit is called "bruxism" and over a lifetime can mutilate a dentition as well as damage the joints. A carefully designed "splint" appliance can effectively reduce the effects of bruxing when worn at night, making the wearer more comfortable and protecting the dentition.
Recent advances in diagnostic techniques have enabled dentists to recognize and help treat airway problems that contribute to sleep disturbances such as “ sleep apnea”. This has become a significant problem for many individuals and if not diagnosed can pose serious health risks. Dr. Jones is trained to recognize signs of airway problems and will help direct patients to receive appropriate care.
Preventive Care (Hygiene and Home Care Education)
Regular hygiene visits are vital to promoting healthy gum tissues. Periodontal disease is prevalent today and has been linked with other systemic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. It is preventable with regular hygiene care at the dentists' office and good home care practices, which we routinely educate on and promote. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to good oral health. It is also important to have oral cancer screenings at these visits, which we routinely perform.
Children often need protection of the deep grooves in newly erupted permanent molars. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas with a plastic coating which makes the tooth impervious to dental caries (decay).
Periodontal Therapy (including Scaling and Root Planning)
When periodontal disease has infected the gum tissues, therapy is indicated. In early to moderate cases treatment may consist of a non-surgical procedure called "scaling and root planing", in which hard calcified deposits (calculus) are removed from below the gum line while numb with local anesthetic.
Hopeless teeth have no alternative but to be removed. Most extractions can be performed in-office under local anesthetic and nitrous oxide (if the patient is anxious). Occasionally, it is better to have an oral surgeon perform these procedures under general sedation, in which case a referral to the appropriate surgeon will be made. Wisdom teeth are usually best done in this manner.
Sudden toothache pains or infection can erupt overnight in some cases, thus requiring immediate attention. We will always make the effort to see any emergency as soon as possible on the same day in order to provide palliative care.
Specialty care referrals (Interdisciplinary Care)
Many cases present with multiple dental and facial problems, which may best be diagnosed with an interdisciplinary team approach. The general dentist initiates the exam process and then makes referrals to specialists who examine the patient and provide input on their area of expertise. Together, as a team, all of the collaborating doctors develop an optimum treatment plan for the patient, and then coordinate its completion. Communication between the doctors and patient occur securely through the patient's own virtual chart, which is managed on the internet by US Health Record. This represents the most ideal and comprehensive form of dental health care.
Also known as "laughing gas", nitrous oxide combined with oxygen breathed during dental procedures can provide a very relaxing, comfortable experience for anxious patients. It is always available at our office for anyone who has moderate to mild anxiety.
Conscious Sedation - sedationcare.com
Some patients have a true phobia of dentistry. An alternative approach for these highly anxious individuals may be the administration of sedative agents used in combination to provide a moderate level of sedation. This produces a very relaxing effect, allowing the patient to comfortably undergo dental procedures without fear and often without any recollection of the visit. Dr. Jones has taken advanced training to safely provide these sedative techniques and maintains active membership in DOCs Education.
Products we use:
- Digital x-rays
- Opalescence bleaching
- Sonicare (Philips)
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