Oral sedation dentistry, relaxation dentistry, conscious sedation and anxiety-free dentistry are all terms used to describe this type of treatment. In addition to alleviating anxiety, oral conscious sedation can help dental patients with a variety of conditions.
You may want to consider oral conscious sedation if you have any of the following issues:
Strong gag reflex
Fear of needles
Fear and anxiety associated with dental treatment
Difficulty getting numb
A history of negative dental experiences
Trouble controlling body movement associated with Parkinson’s disease, Cerebral Palsy or similar condition
Need extensive dental treatment requiring lengthy dental visits
If you have avoided dental treatment due to any of these factors, give us a call at . We can give you critical information about sedation options and help you determine which one is right for you.
At we do all we can to make your visit as comfortable as possible. We look forward to discussing your oral health and dental goals.
When you ask a friend or neighbor ‘Who is your dentist?’, the answer is usually followed up with an explanation about whether or not your friend likes their dentist and whether they would recommend them.
Patients analyze a dental practice on the dentist’s chairside manner, experience, skill, the services offered, location, atmosphere, wait times, and availability of dental financing.
We invite you to set up a consultation to discuss each of these factors.
You can also check out the testimonials on our website. Our valued patients give us high marks all around! (Thanks, everyone!)
Word Gets Around!
At many of our new patients come to us by word-of-mouth referrals and patient testimonials.
It is our goal to deliver such an extraordinary dental experience that you will be compelled to tell your friends about your experience.
We offer comprehensive general and implant dentistry including:
We invite you to schedule a consultation. Come see why word-of-mouth advertising is working for us.
This is a critical decision. A permanent dental implant is permanent. It involves oral surgery. It requires a significant financial investment. Making a bad choice of provider can lower your chances for success.
Here are the critical factors to consider:
How many years has the dentist been performing implants?
How many dental implant procedures has he/she done?
How many years has the dentist been practicing cosmetic dentistry?
Online reviews are a great resource. Former patients not only give a star rating, some of them share details about their experience. Check out the reviews for any dentist you are contemplating. Visit multiple online platforms.
A modern dental practice with the latest technology helps ensure a successful outcome. When you visit the office, ask about their patient amenities. Observe the cleanliness of the office and friendliness of the team.
What About Price?
You may wonder why we didn’t list price as one of the variables. This was intentional. Choosing an implant clinic by price alone is a bad idea. In the area, most implant dentists’ prices are comparable. If you find a provider that has slashed the price for implants, be wary. Find out exactly what is covered. A dental implant consists of a post, abutment and crown (or denture). Some implant-only clinics advertise the price for the post alone. This is misleading.
How much does a tooth implant cost at ? Call to schedule a consultation. We can discuss your specific implant needs and financing options.
What’s the first step in getting a dental implant? It’s not an X-ray. It’s not an exam.
It’s an informative, low-key consultation with .
Take Your Time
At , we don’t pressure you into treatment. We simply explain your options. We answer your questions thoroughly. Take all the time you need. We want you to be comfortable.
Tell Us About Yourself
You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your goals and expectations. Successful dental implant consultations help us furnish the highest level of dental care.
We Are Proud Of Our Success
While you are here, you can evaluate photos of dental implant patients. You know what they say…a picture is worth a thousand words!
You may be wondering:
How many years has been performing implants?
What type of specialty training have you received?
How many dental implant procedures have you carried out?
What is the success rate for dental implants?
What additional cosmetic dental treatments do you provide?
Am I a good candidate for a tooth implant?
Do you offer sedation dentistry?
We will answer all of these questions and any other ones you have. We also talk about the costs of tooth implants and financing options if required.
We want you to have all the information you need if you are considering a tooth implant.
You’ll Like It Here At
We will show you our comfortable, well-appointed office and our many patient amenities. If this is your first visit to , you’ll discover whether you feel comfortable with our treatment team. (We are sure you will!)
Dentists diagnose and treat conditions of the teeth and gums. These conditions can affect the tongue. Let’s discuss the tongue.
Have you ever considered all the important things your tongue can do? It helps us talk, perceive the texture and flavor of food, chew, and swallow.
This strong and nimble gymnast is in nonstop motion during our waking hours. It is a wonder that we don’t accidentally bite it more often as we smile, chew, drink, breathe, swallow, cough, and laugh.
Your tongue can also reveal physical ailments. This may include digestive conditions, infections, and diseases of the blood.
When performs oral exams, the tongue is always looked at for signs of oral cancer and other serious diseases.
Here are some tongue abnormalities and possible causes:
Swollen tongue: reaction to food/drink/medication, strep infection, leukemia, hypothyroidism
White tongue: dehydration, yeast infection, irritation to tobacco, enteritis, gastritis, colitis, anemia, or other nutritional deficiency
Canker sores: may be triggered by stress or reaction to food, toothpaste, or mouthwash.
If you have persistent canker sores, you may want to try avoiding products that contain sodium lauryl (or laurel) sulfate (SLS). SLS is a cheap foaming agent that is found in many personal care products. It can be difficult to find SLS-free dental products. The following brands have previously offered SLS-free versions but labels carefully every time you buy a new tube. We have noticed that SLS has re-appeared in some brands. ( has no affiliation with any of these companies.)
Tom’s of Maine
Rembrandt Low Abrasion
If you can’t find an SLS-free toothpaste at your local grocery store, I would suggest trying health food stores, specialty drug stores, or trusted online sites.
Many people ask about tongue-scraping. We recommend thorough dental hygiene including cleaning the tongue. To schedule a consultation to discuss any dental health issues including tongue scraping, please contact us at .
at performs complete smile re-designs that turn ordinary teeth (or even teeth with dramatic problems) into stunning smiles. If you have been considering a smile makeover, you probably want to determine if you will still look like yourself.
The answer is “Yes! Only better!” You see, uses nature as a guide—nature at its best—when improving smiles.
It is important to bring multiple components into harmony when designing a smile makeover using dental implants. Here are a few:
Tooth Shape – includes proportion and alignment
Tooth Size – this also includes the unique dimensions of the spaces between the teeth
Tooth Color – hue, value, intensity, and color variations between teeth
Tooth Bite – how upper and lower teeth fit together
Gumline – shape and color
Face Shape and Bone Structure
Lips – color, shape, size
This list is not comprehensive but gives you an idea of the complexity of dental implants and smile makeovers. Though advanced cosmetic dentistry is multifaceted, it follows the esthetic principles expressed in naturally beautiful smiles.
But you don’t have to worry about midlines and microesthetics because we are enthusiastic about the details. We invite you to schedule a dental implant consultation to speak with about your current smile and the stunning smile you desire.
dental implant patients have absolutely no regrets about their investment in a remarkable smile. “Wow! That was fast! Wow! That was painless. Wow! My smile is amazing!”
There are few physical features (okay, maybe your hair) that can be transformed as quickly as your smile. Consider how long it takes to tighten your abs or lose weight.
If you have never seen photos of some of our smile transformation patients, you are probably not aware of how dramatic the results can be. There is virtually no dental problem that can’t be improved with unprecedented cosmetic dentistry at .
Do you want to look younger, more attractive, and more confident? Consider an expert cosmetic dental smile makeover from one of the top dental implant dentists in .
The dental implant procedure involves three main parts:
The implant—also called a post or artificial tooth root
The abutment—a connector piece
The prosthesis—artifical tooth crown, dental bridge, or denture/partial denture
In today’s post, we review the critical connecting component: the abutment.
What Is An Abutment?
The abutment is the connector piece between a tooth implant and the artifical tooth. It links the crown, dental bridge, or denture to the implant.
Your dentist may attach a temporary healing abutment to the post during the initial surgery. A healing abutment is sometimes referred to as a ‘healing cuff’ or ‘healing cap.’
When the implant has fused with the bone and is ready for the final abutment, the healing abutment is detached. Then the permanent abutment is placed.
What Is The Abutment Made Of?
Abutments are produced with titanium, stainless steel, zirconia, gold, or polyether ether ketone. Each type of material has specific properties. Your dentist will choose the best material for your unique needs.
How Does My Dentist Attach The Abutment?
Attaching the abutment is a fairly quick and easy procedure. Your dentist will make an incision in your gum tissue at the implant site to expose the implant. Then the abutment is attached. Your dentist may place the prosthesis at the same time. Or your dentist may wait until your gums have healed.
If you are researching the cost of a dental implant, determine whether the advertised price includes the abutment and prosthesis.
We start with X-rays, an exam, and a consultation. We’ll take numerous X-rays of your teeth and jaw. Images are taken from numerous angles. It’s important to confirm that you have enough healthy bone structure.
If you don’t have sufficient bone at the implant site, we may recommend bone grafting surgery. (This is discussed on our website.)
During the exam, we will check that your gums are healthy. Along with healthy bone, healthy gums are required.
During the consultation, we’ll talk about your oral and physical health in general. We will discuss your medical history. will validate that you are a good candidate for the procedure.
may prescribe an anti-bacterial rinse for you to use for a few days prior to the surgery. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to help prevent an infection.
During Implant Surgery
First, we’ll use local anesthesia to numb the implant site.
Next, will make an incision in the gums. This opens the gums so the bone is accessible.
will then drill a small hole. The hole is the precise diameter and depth of the post. Then the implant post is screwed into the hole in the bone.
We’ll take an X-ray to verify the implant is in the correct place. will sew the gums back over the implant.
NOTE: The image shows the implant with the connector piece attached. This is how it will look when it is ready for the final crown. When the post is initially implanted, as mentioned, the gums are sewn back over the site. During the months the post is fusing to the bone, the implant post will not be visible.
The tooth implant procedure will take about an hour.
If the implant location (and missing tooth) is visible when you smile, we will create a removable partial denture. You can wear this ‘flipper’ while you are waiting for the final crown.
After Implant Surgery
Patients usually feel minimal pain when the local anesthesia wears off. There may be some swelling at the implant location. Slight bruising may transpire as well.
Acetaminophen or ibuprofen is usually enough for post-surgery soreness. Most dental implant patients can go back to work after the surgery.
There is minimal pain. You won’t have to take an entire day off. Most likely, you’ll be back to your normal activities right away.
A cosmetic surgeon has specialized schooling in addition to the training a general surgeon completes. Likewise, a dental implant dentist has completed rigorous courses in addition to dental school. Of course, many general dentists offer dental implants.
In many cases, general dentists achieve adequate results. However, there is a difference between adequate results and amazing results. Dental implant specialists have the skills and experience to create absolutely spectacular smiles.
A dental implant requires oral surgery. Though it is extremely safe and has a high success rate, you want a specialist.
Let’s talk about the cosmetic component of dental implant procedures.
You have probably seen pleasing crowns performed by a general dentist. They are often perfectly shaped, correctly aligned and pleasingly white.
But have you ever seen crowns executed by a true artist? The color, translucency, and texture take the crowns to the ultimate level of breathtaking beauty.
If you are considering dental implants, ask your dentist about his or her specialized training. A smile makeover can completely change your life and self-image.