Routine Cleanings & Preventive Care
To help you maintain your optimal oral health, we focus on preventive care and regular dental checkups. This not only keeps your teeth and gums looking and feeling good, but keeping up with your oral health can also significantly reduce the amount of money you’ll have to spend on dental treatment later in life.
It’s generally recommended to visit the dentist every six months to get your teeth cleaned and examined. During cleanings, we get rid of any tartar, plaque, and build-up on your teeth, and occasionally, we may need to take digital X-rays. When you come in for regular dental appointments, we’re able to detect and diagnose any issues before they become big problems.
When plaque and sugars are left on your teeth, their acid can start to wear away your teeth’s enamel. With fluoride treatments, we can promote remineralization of the enamel to strengthen your teeth and prevent any future decay. Regular fluoride treatments are a great way for all ages to keep smiles healthy.
Have you ever noticed food particles getting stuck in those deep crevices in your back teeth? Well, dental sealants prevent that from happening by filling in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of molars and pre-molars. When you seal your teeth from acids and sugars, you’re preventing cavities from forming for years to come.
It’s important to care for your teeth both during contact sports and at night if you subconsciously grind or clench them. If you are an athlete, we can fit you with a custom mouthguard to shield your teeth, lips, tongue, and jaw while you play so you don’t have to worry about any serious injuries. If you notice you’ve been having issues with nighttime grinding, we can make you a comfortably fitting nightguard to protect your teeth from extensive damage.
With a minimally invasive procedure, we are able to remove any infected tissue, kill the bacteria that leads to gum disease, and promote the regrowth of soft tissue cells in the gums. Laser gum therapy is gentle (no scalpels or sutures!), precise (less damage to tissue!), and has a short recovery period (less than 24 hours!).
We don’t only want to make sure your teeth are healthy; we’re concerned about your overall oral healthcare as well! Screening for oral cancer is part of this mission, and by looking for any early signs of the illness, we can help you plan for a way to treat and beat it before it becomes more serious.
Do you snore loudly? Find yourself gasping or choking for air throughout the night? Experience any daytime drowsiness or fatigue? If so, you could be suffering from sleep apnea, but we’re here to help. We can provide you with a custom oral appliance that changes the position of your jaw and opens the airway so that you’ll be able to take full, deep breaths as you sleep. Get ready to experience more restful nights and more energetic days!
If you suffer from painful migraines or severe headaches, we can create an NTI device that stops you from the teeth-grinding and jaw-clenching that could be causing your discomfort. This drug-free option allows your jaw to relax to give you long-lasting relief. (NTI)
Sometimes, a little extra care is needed to get your smile back in shape. When preventive care isn’t enough, we can provide the restorative treatment right for your unique situation. Don’t let decay, chips, cracks, or missing teeth stand in the way of having a spectacular smile!
For fillings that are often smaller and more natural looking than amalgam (silver) fillings, Dr. Rogers uses composite, or tooth-colored, fillings that are bonded to teeth. They also require less extensive preparations and less healthy tooth structure to be removed.
With these types of fillings, the tooth-colored material is cured with an intense light, and the surface is shaped and polished to match the rest of your tooth, rendering the final restoration smooth and virtually undetectable to the eye.
A crown is a type of “cap” used to protect and strengthen a damaged tooth, as well as improve its shape and size. They can even be put on bridges or implants and cleaned like regular teeth. When we place crowns, we make sure to match the color of your other teeth so your smile will look both natural and better than ever!
If you have a gap from one or more missing teeth, we can provide a fixed bridge to close the space and keep your current teeth from moving. A bridge is made up of one or more false teeth and is attached to crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap, leaving you with a comfortable solution to restore function and your smile.
If you’re one of the millions of people who are missing teeth and struggling with ill-fitting, uncomfortable dentures or retainers with false teeth, we have a solution for you! Dr. Rogers and our team can give your smile a second chance with dental implant restorations. Dental implants improve the fit, function, and stability of dentures, resolving many of the practical and social problems associated with dentures. Implants can preclude cavities in restored teeth, reduce your risk of needing a root canal, and healthy implants can even prevent further bone loss.
In addition to denture stabilization, implants can also be used as single-tooth replacements and in conjunction with some crown and bridge applications. Call today to discover how this wonderful option in restorative dentistry could change your life!
Missing teeth not only affect the look of your smile, but can also change your face shape and eating habits over time. To help you avoid any long-term issues, we can fit you with unique, comfortable dentures to support your facial muscles, allow you to chew your food properly, and complete your smile. Whether you need a full set or just a partial set of dentures, we can find the solution right for you.
While we do everything we can to remedy oral concerns early on to avoid invasive procedures in the future, there are certain times when getting your tooth pulled, or an extraction, is necessary. If your situation calls for this procedure, rest assured that we will thoroughly walk you through the entire process, give your proper anesthesia so you aren’t in pain, and then discuss your restorative options after the the tooth is removed.
Bone grafts add extra strength and support by replacing missing bone and stimulating new growth. Common situations that call for this procedure include when a new implant needs a solid foundation, after an extraction to make sure the facial structure stays intact, and when we want to regenerate any bone loss that has occurred from gum disease.
It may be the case that getting a root canal is necessary to save your tooth, and with advancements in modern dentistry and sedation, there’s no reason to be afraid of the procedure. When performing root canal therapy, we remove the infected pulp from inside your tooth and then fill and seal it to keep out bacteria. As the final step, we place a crown to prevent any infection down the line and add extra strength to the tooth. During the entire process, we ensure that you are probably sedated so you remain comfortable while we get rid of any infection.
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure performed when we see that the additional molars are coming in but there isn’t enough room for them to erupt properly or determine that they will cause crowding with your other teeth. Extracting the wisdom teeth prevents tooth impaction and infection and keeps your smile in great shape
It’s important to know that maintaining your oral health isn’t just about keeping your teeth clean. Your gums also require attention when caring for your overall hygiene, and we can help you ensure they stay healthy with our strong periodontal program.
In its early stages, gum disease is known as gingivitis and remains completely reversible with less-invasive treatment and care. If not properly taken care of, gingivitis can progress to the more serious form of the disease known as periodontitis. Many people are unaware if they have gum disease or not, but we are able to spot any warning signs, such as receding gums or loose teeth, to help get you started on treatment as soon as possible.
If we determine that you have gum disease, we can provide the appropriate treatment for your case, whether that be non-surgical options like local antibiotics, deep cleanings, or medicated rinses, or surgery if necessary. Laurens Dentistry prides itself in our strong periodontal health program, and we can give you the focused care you need to heal your gums.
We strongly believe in caring for your gums along with your teeth, and part of that process involves regularly following up with you about proper dental habits to keep periodontal disease at bay.
If you have felt anxious or even fearful about dental treatment in the past, you are not alone. We want you to know that such feelings are common and people of any age can experience them. We also want you to know that we can help!
Oral conscious sedation dentistry—sometimes referred to as “relaxation dentistry”—is a sedation option we offer to help you become as comfortable as possible through a simple pill. Some people mistakenly call it “sleep dentistry,” but while you will feel very calm and relaxed during treatment, you will still be awake and able to respond. Thanks to oral conscious sedation, more patients can have all their necessary dental treatments completed in one day.