General Dentistry

General Dentistry

Our team of oral health specialists believe in prevention and education.  During your comprehensive exam, our doctors and hygienists will work together to examine your oral health to determine whether or not intervention is needed. Our team uses a series of digital X-rays and digital photography to keep you, the patient, involved in the treatment planning process. In many cases, we can catch problems early before they become a costly situation.  During your exam, our team will assess your periodontal health, perform an oral cancer screening, look for signs of decay, and check the integrity of your existing restorations.

Our team will analyze your particular case and give you the very best direction to obtain your goals with a healthy and affordable solution.

  • Periodontal Health
  • Protective Guards
  • Root Canals
  • Smile Makeover
  • Porcelain Veneers
  • Bonding and White Filling
  • Porcelain Crowns
  • Teeth Whitening
  • Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas”

Periodontal Health

The CDC reported that 47.2% of adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal treatment and the prevalence of the disease increases with age. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory infection that causes bone loss around the teeth. In severe cases, periodontal disease can cause premature tooth loss, teeth shifting, pain, and discomfort. Many studies have shown that periodontal disease is linked to many cardiac problems, diabetes, pre-term birth, and miscarriages.

Our hygienists are highly trained to treat most periodontal disease. Your visit with our hygienist will include a thorough examination of your periodontal health. They will measure gum pockets and chart areas of inflammation. To ensure that you maintain optimal oral health this level of quality needs to extend into your routine at home. We can help you establish a hygiene routine that will keep your gums healthy and teeth white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan please ask.

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Night and Protective Guards

Are you waking up with headaches, muscle tension, and jaw pain? If so, you may be grinding in your sleep and you don’t even know it! Grinding, also known as bruxism, is very common. Most people grind in their sleep, but there are some that grind during the day. Especially those working in the front of the computers all day long. Grinding your teeth can cause serious damage to your enamel causing more jaw pain, recession of the gums, and even bone loss in severe cases. Not to mention, the sound from the teeth grinding can disturb your partner’s sleep as well. Wearing a proper night guard is incredibly important for those your suffer from nocturnal bruxism. Here at Dental Arts of Atlantis, we custom fit your night guards for comfort and still allow proper breathing. Contact us today if you think you may be grinding for an evaluation of your dentition and we can discuss which type of guard will work best for you.

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Root Canals

Root canal therapy, or endodontic therapy, is necessary in cases where the nerves within roots are infected. The roots of teeth can become infected when bacteria penetrates into
the pulp chamber. Once invaded, the infection spreads and causes an abscess in one or more of the roots. Pressure builds up around the root within the bone causing pain and discomfort. In some cases, the infection is chronic and slow growing. In those cases, patients tend to not feel any pain. A radiograph is taken and can usually show whether the roots are infected or not. During a root canal, the decay is removed and so is the infected tissue. Radiographs are taken throughout the procedure to ensure canals are cleaned before a filling is placed. Once the root canal is completed, the tooth is usually prepared for a crown. A crown is recommended to provide strength and stability to the tooth.

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Bonding and White Filling

Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth. A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied an ultraviolet light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile. Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over 10 years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.

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Porcelain Crowns

There are many reasons why an individual needs crowns. Most common reasons are lack of tooth structure, crack tooth, large decay, or discoloration. Crowns are often necessary to restore function or to save a tooth.

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Bridges

For many patients, dental implants may not be a good option for them. As long as there is a solid foundation for the the adjacent teeth to support a missing tooth, we may be able to replace the missing tooth by bridging them to adjacent teeth. What that means is, we would have to prepare the adjacent teeth as if they are getting crowns, and have a false tooth suspended between the two teeth.

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Denture and Partial Dentures

When you are missing most of your teeth. Partial dentures or complete dentures may be the treatment option for you. Complete dentures replace all missing teeth, while partial dentures replace only ones that are missing and uses existing teeth as retention to keep them in place. Going into dentures (full or partial), is difficult for many patients as they need to take them in and out daily to maintain hygiene.

At Dental Arts of Atlantis, we offer more than just conventional dentures or partial dentures. Implants can also be utilized to improve retention or act as a more permanent means to keep them fixed in your mouth. We work with only the best labs in the country to deliver you the best cosmetic outcome.

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Nitrous Oxide “Laughing Gas”

Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedative agent that is mixed with oxygen. You are closely monitored as you inhale the gas through a small mask that fits over your nose to help you relax.  The combination of nitrous oxide and oxygen is not meant to put you to sleep.  You are able to respond to requests made by the doctor. You may feel light-headed or a slight tingling sensation in your extremities.  Some may feel heaviness in their arms and legs. The ultimate goal, is to keep you relax during the procedure. The effects of nitrous oxide wears off immediately soon after the mask is removed.  Nitrous oxide has helped many over come their fear of the dental office making it a much more enjoyable experience.

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