The most natural looking and permanent cosmetic procedure, dental implants are comfortable, virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. Implants are natural looking, aesthetically pleasing and will keep your smile beautiful for years.
Bridges are fixed dental restorations used to replace a missing tooth, or teeth, by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth. Not only do dental bridges literally bridge the gaps between teeth, they improve the patient's ability to speak clearly, chew properly, and bite down without pain.
When you visit Earp Dentistry, you can depend on leading-edge hygiene care that is gentle, effective and customized to your dental needs. Our dental hygienists are trained in the latest procedures and dental technologies to clean your teeth gently and thoroughly. It is recommended you visit the dentist every 3-6 months for a dental checkup and cleaning.
Fillings are used to treat a cavity, a cracked or broken tooth, or teeth that have been worn down from misuse (nail-biting or grinding). During a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth with a drill and then "fill" in the area that was removed. The dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim any excess, and polish the final filling.
Gum diseases, such as gingivitis and periodontitis, are serious infections that, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting your teeth. There are many forms of periodontal disease, but the most common include:
Scaling and root planning is a thorough dental cleaning of tooth root surfaces to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. Combined with daily brushing and flossing, scaling and root planning is effective in treating gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and periodontal disease. There is often a need for deep cleanings when a patient has not had regular professional cleaning appointments every six months. Follow-up visits may be necessary to confirm a patient's gums and teeth are getting healthier after treatment.
The third molars, referred to as "wisdom teeth", are often the last teeth to come in. Because they are last, there is typically little or no room left in the mouth for them. They sometimes come in partially, which can cause misalignment and overcrowding of existing teeth. Some people lack one or more wisdom teeth, or never get them at all. We take panoramic or full mouth X-Rays to determine how the teeth are erupting, if at all. The ideal age for wisdom teeth extractions is between 19-30 years old. Wisdom teeth should be removed as soon as possible because healing can take much longer as an adult. If you feel pain from your wisdom teeth or believe you may need them extracted, call our office to schedule a visit so we can determine the best plan of action.
Dental injuries are the most frequent orofacial injuries from sports activities. In addition to injuries to the teeth, which can result in the need for endodontic treatment or tooth loss, an impact to the base of the skull through a vertical blow to the chin can lead to concussions. Properly fabricated, custom-fit mouth guards reduce the incidence of concussion, as well as dental and jaw injuries. Properly fitted mouth guards cover and protect all teeth, especially the posterior teeth, with a thicker end to diffuse impact to the jaw.
We know the dentist can be scary, which is why we offer sedation for our patients with dental phobias and anxieties. Depending on the needs of the patient, we offer different types of sedation dentistry. These include oral sedation, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), and non-IV sedation. We want our patients to feel comfortable, stress-free, and safe. In each type of sedation dentistry, the medicine puts you in a light state of sedation, so you can relax through any dental procedure. During your appointment, you will be closely monitored to ensure your safety as well. Ask about sedation dentistry before your next appointment.
Dentures are removable appliances used to replace missing teeth and surrounding tissues. Technological advances in dentures allow dentists to create full and partial dentures that are so secure and natural looking, only your dentist will know they're not your own teeth. Dentures are supported in the mouth by the surrounding soft and hard tissues of the oral cavity.
At Earp Dentistry, we offer full and partial dentures to meet the needs of our patients. Full dentures are needed when all of a patient's teeth are missing. Partial dentures are fabricated to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of replacement teeth attached to a gum colored base on a metal framework. The dentures are held in place by clasping onto remaining natural teeth. Call today to find out if you are a candidate for full or partial dentures.
Root canals are treatments to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. The procedure itself will be a relief after enduring the discomfort prior to receiving dental care for your decayed tooth!
Many factors affect the whiteness of your smile, including certain medications and dietary habits, such as drinking coffee, tea, soda and red wine. Tooth whitening is an affordable and effective way to improve your smile and your self-confidence.
Before receiving any tooth-whitening service, patients must receive a cleaning and comprehensive exam to evaluate if these whitening methods will benefit them. Patients should keep in mind that drinking coffee, tea, red wine, and smoking cigarettes will gradually diminish the effect of whitening processes. Call or visit us to find out if you are a candidate for tooth whitening.
Change your smile, and your life, with our cosmetic procedures to achieve a beautiful, natural-looking smile. A beautiful smile can unlock the door to a new, more confident you. Our approach to cosmetic dentistry is simple - we want to help you look and feel your best.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a range of procedures that can either be done individually or together to give you the smile you've always dreamed of. Procedures include whitening, bonding, crowns, bridges, veneers or implants. Schedule an appointment with us to discuss which procedures are right for you, and we can create the dazzling, beautiful smile you deserve.
Oral irritants such as ulcers, canker sores, and cold sores can be effectively treated using laser therapy. The treatment, which takes just a few minutes, is comfortable and simple. Laser therapy works by delivering energy in the form of light, the laser acting as a cutting instrument or vaporizer of tissue. In ulcer treatment, the laser has the ability to disinfect the sore, hasten healing, reduce inflammation and reduce pain. A majority of the patients receiving laser treatments feel an immediate reduction in pain, followed by a speedier healing period. If you have an ulcer, canker sore, or cold sore and are thinking of laser ulcer treatment, call or visit us today to schedule a consultation.
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately 18 million adults in America. It is characterized by episodes of little or no breathing during sleep that can occur up hundreds of times per night. Although the constant snoring is often annoying to partners sharing a bed, sleep apnea can lead to potentially life-threatening health problems. The constant lack of oxygen throughout the night can lead to excessive fatigue, depression, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a shortened life span.
Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the slackening and improper positioning of the tongue and soft tissues in the throat. Because the airway is partially blocked, the body has difficulty taking in a sufficient amount of oxygen as the patient sleeps. With a customized oral appliance that you wear at night, our doctors can help you get the truly restful, rejuvenating sleep you want and need. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your condition and options for sleep apnea treatments.
Want to straighten your teeth without having ugly metal braces in your mouth? Invisalign® is the invisible way to straighten teeth. A series of clear, removable realigners gradually straighten teeth without metal or wires in your mouth. Invisalign® uses 3-D imaging technology to determine the complete treatment plan, from original teeth locations to their final desired position. The computer technology creates a series of clear aligners that are worn typically for 2 weeks, and incrementally shift teeth until the final desired position is achieved. The aligners are made of clear, strong medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when in the mouth. Speak with one of our dentists today to find out if Invisalign® is right for you.