We are family dentists, so cleanings are our bread and butter. Our experienced hygienists are dedicated to helping you maintain a sparkling smile, but they also take time to get to know you personally. Many of our staff have been with us for years, so patients quickly get to know and look forward to catching up with the team whenever they come in.
In most cases, we recommend having your teeth cleaned every six months, but some patients benefit from more frequent cleanings. The number of cleanings you need per year depends on your health history, the condition of your teeth, and a number of other factors, so it’s important to allow us to advise you on what’s right for you.
Sealants are preventative barriers designed to keep food particles and plaque from building up in the grooves of hard-to-brush teeth. They are a sort of pre-filling, intended to decrease the likelihood of developing cavities in the teeth most susceptible to decay. We generally recommend sealants for children whose adult teeth have just grown in, but they can also be helpful for some adults.
Fillings are used to fill in cavities and protect the cavity-stricken tooth against further decay. In most cases, we use a composite resin material that allows us to match the color of the filling to the color of your tooth, so the filling looks and feels natural.
Some teeth have decayed to such a degree that a standard filling won’t sufficiently repair the damage. In such cases, we can use crowns, or protective caps, to cover a larger surface area and restore the tooth’s natural shape. Crowns and bridges can also be used to bridge a gap created by tooth loss or extraction.
Covering an even greater surface area than crowns and bridges, veneers are thin outer casings for your teeth crafted from either porcelain or a composite resin material. Veneers add a strong, clean, white layer to your teeth, protecting them against further damage or decay and giving your smile a facelift at the same time. At Smith Family Dentistry, we use the best materials and most advanced techniques to design, prepare, and place crowns, bridges, and veneers so that you come away with a healthy, comfortable, and, most of the time, natural-looking restoration.
Dentures, which can cover either your entire mouth (full) or some portion of it (partial), are artificial teeth custom-molded to your mouth. Like crowns, bridges, and veneers, dentures act as artificial bolsters to missing, chipped, stained, crooked, or otherwise decayed teeth. In addition to shoring up your teeth against future decay, dentures can be effective solutions to cosmetic concerns, such as missing, discolored, or worn-down teeth. We offer fittings for dentures and right in our office.
Like dentures, dental implants are artificial replacements for missing teeth. But while dentures are usually removable, implants are surgically inserted into the jawbone, becoming permanent replacements for teeth that have been extracted or lost. Because of the surgical nature of the procedure, we do not place implants in our office. Rather, we refer to periodontists and oral surgeons expertly trained to handle implants. We do restore already-placed implants—just like your natural teeth, implants can wear down and sometimes require a little TLC.
Extractions, or tooth removals, can require a level of surgical care similar to that required for placing implants. For that reason, we only perform some extractions in our office. If we determine that a tooth is badly damaged, has decayed beyond repair, is crowding other teeth, or otherwise needs to be extracted, we will recommend a course of action appropriate to your health history and the severity of your condition.
People lose more teeth to periodontal (gum) disease than to cavities or tooth decay. Not only do your gum tissues provide structure and support to your teeth, they also serve as links to other tissues and bones in your body; we can tell much about your overall health by examining the health of your gums. That’s why we take periodontal care very seriously, performing checks on your gum health at every regular cleaning. We likewise screen you for oral cancer at every cleaning.
Whitening is one of our most requested cosmetic procedures, and for good reason. Even well-maintained teeth discolor with age. Whitening brightens up faded or yellowed teeth, restoring your smile to its youthful radiance. At Smith Family Dentistry, we perform two clinical whitening procedures. The first is performed entirely by our team. After taking impressions of your teeth, we fabricate your custom-molded bleaching trays right in the office. We instruct you as to how to prepare and apply the trays and accompanying gel, as well as inform you of what kind of results you can expect.
We also offer nationally-recognized KöR Whitening®, a dentist-developed approach to whitening that relies on a special type of impression. We take the impressions in our office, then send them off to the national KöR Whitening® lab, the only one in the country that fashions the custom-molded KöR Whitening® trays. While results do vary, the KöR Whitening® process has yielded excellent results for many of our patients. Ask us if you think it might be the right approach for you!
New to Smith Family Dentistry? Welcome to the family! We’re happy to have you. Your first visit to a new dentist can be daunting, especially if you haven’t been seen for a while. But don’t worry. We start all new patient consultations with a full-mouth examination and develop a care regimen based on your particular health status and needs. We won’t recommend a bunch of stuff you don’t need, and we won’t ignore things you really do need. Your care plan will be perfectly matched to your needs and wants. So don’t delay! Call and schedule your first appointment today!