Dental Services and treatments
From routine cleanings and fillings to bruxism devices designed to prevent teeth grinding, Briggs Dentistry is equipped to handle all of your dental needs. To help you understand your options, we’ve included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page.
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial oral exam includes a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We will takes a full mouth series of x-rays to help diagnosis interior and posterior teeth as well as the bite-wing x-ray series for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of posterior teeth.
Our state-of-the-art, in-office Zoom Whitening system will make your teeth whiter in less than 90 minutes. Another option is our home bleaching system you take with you for results in approximately two weeks. You can also consider a combination program of both systems for optimal, long-term results. Ask us about this safe, effective whitening system on your next visit or request an appointment today.
Crowns and Veneers
Dental crowns and veneers are treatment methods designed to alter the appearance of existing teeth. Generally, a dental crown encases the entire tooth while a dental veneer will cover the portion of the tooth that’s visible (front). Also, crowns are thicker than veneers so the procedure for applying them versus a veneer which is wafer thin in most cases.
Resin fillings provide a strong, durable alternative to the typical silver fillings. These resin fillings can be applied to both front and back teeth but are normally used in front teeth simply because their appearance will match the adjoining teeth.
A root canal is a commonly used dental procedure for treating and saving diseased or damaged teeth. A root canal can improve your chewing, return normal biting force and sensation, restore a natural appearance to the teeth and may help protect the other teeth from excessive wear or stress.
Periodontal scaling and root planning may be required for patients who acquire heavy calculus or tarter accumulation. Because this buildup is bonded to the teeth, it requires removal by a qualified dental professional. In some cases this procedure may be required if it has been longer than 6 months since your last dental visit and cleaning. Local anesthetic may be utilized to provide a comforting thorough cleaning to remove the excessive tarter buildup.
Whether you are an athlete or casual sports participant, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep (bruxism), a bite guard will help reduce symptoms of this and TMJ disorder. TMJ disorder is an issue with the joint that holds the lower and upper jaw together. Those who suffer from TMJ disorder typically experience pain in the area of the joints that can make it difficult to move them and the pain can be significant. Here at Briggs Dentistry we create mouth guards in both flexible and rigid materials, depending on the circumstances and your condition.
Removable Dental Prosthesis
A dental prosthesis, which some refer to as “dentures”, is used in many cases to correct a dental issue involving missing or missing parts of the patients teeth. The prosthesis can be either a full or partial device which can be removed by the patient when not in use. These are one of the most common ways individuals may choose to replace missing teeth. If these are appropriate for you we will discuss the options you have available, and our practice is able to create the prosthesis for you in a variety of materials.
The American Dental Association recommends visiting your dentist regularly, typically twice a year for an examination, cleaning and consultation about any existing issues. Having your teeth professionally cleaned is the only method to effectively remove the tarter buildup that occurs naturally in the mouth. Even if you brush regularly after meals and before bed, bacteria may still cause decay on your teeth. We will visually examine your teeth and gums and if it’s been awhile since your last visit or you are a new patient, x-rays may also be required. After cleaning your teeth will be polished and the condition of your teeth and gums will be discussed with you by one of our dentists.
CEREC is a computer aided design and manufacturing system used by many dentists to create tooth restorations in a single visit. This advanced tool enables the dental professional to use a camera, milling instrument and computer to remedy damaged or unsightly teeth. CEREC restorations can include crowns, veneers and dental onlays. We will discuss your specific situation for you and recommend the best alternative for your overall dental health.