Regular professional cleanings, alongside great home care, is the first line of defense in the dental world. Everyone is different in terms of what care and frequency can benefit them the most, and we pride ourselves in tailoring everyone’s treatment to meet their specific needs. We also look at home care regimens to coach and give tips for improvement, especially with kids.
When the disease process in one’s gums becomes advanced, “deep cleanings” may be required to remove debris and bacteria. We have several strategies to combat this and focus on patient comfort throughout.
When gum disease progresses, removing the debris and bacteria isn’t always enough. We offer laser assisted cleanings that can promote healing and is just one other way we can treat gum disease.
Tooth colored filling material can have a wide array of applications. The material actually bonds to the tooth, allowing us to avoid removing excess tooth structure. We use composite material not only for filling cavities, but also for fixing chipped teeth, and for esthetically contouring teeth.
These “old metal fillings” have really become an inferior product with the advancement in our composite materials. These fillings often break down, do not bond to the tooth, and are esthetically unpleasing. We offer replacement of these fillings with a composite material, and offer a safe process of removal to capture the amalgam material so it doesn’t enter the body.
Crowns are a treatment option to protect more extensively damaged teeth. A crown is a tooth shaped cap that covers the real tooth structure to protect it from fracture or disease.
A bridge is a treatment option we use to fill gaps between teeth. If a tooth needed to be extracted or is missing, a bridge can be made of 3 or more crowns that “bridge the gap” between two or more teeth.
Implants are used to replace a whole tooth. These implants screw into the bone and replace the roots of a tooth, while a crown must be placed over top of the implant to replace the part of the tooth in your mouth. While we do not place the implants, we work closely with oral surgeons and periodontists in town. After an implant has been placed, we place the crowns overtop.
When several or all teeth are missing, a partial or complete denture can be used to replace teeth either for esthetic or functional reasons. Partial dentures can engage existing teeth for better retention, while complete dentures use boney support and suction.
The temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, are the jaw joints on either side of your mouth. These joints play an integral part in the oral system, and need to be paid very close attention to. If the joint is unstable or a disease process occurs there can be pain, clicking/popping, and degeneration. This then turns into temporomandibular joint disorder. We identify this to be a very important part of the system as a whole and needs to be treated with the utmost importance.
A patient’s oral health is something that comprises of a lot of different parts. Teeth, tissue, muscle, bone, ligaments, etc. It is important to look at the system as a whole rather than the individual parts and pieces. In looking at the entire system, this gives us the ability to restore the entire system for a smile that not only looks great, but functions well and feels great too. Combining the biologic, mechanical and physiologic principles of the human body, we are able to create a chewing system that functions well and looks fantastic.
Please contact our office either during business hours to speak with our front desk staff, or after hours to leave a message. We are more than happy to help you and are always accepting new patients!
I have been a patient of Dr. Piche's since moving to the area almost 30 years ago and have never taken the time to thank him for the excellent service and treatment I receive every time I visit the office. I wanted to take the time to commend Dr. Piche & Dr. Olson on their transition and practices since reopening post COVID. ``WOW`` my appointment was thoroughly explained 2 days prior to my arrival, I called from the parking lot and was given the go ahead to come in and met by Dr. Olson who managed my check in and immediately took me upstairs to see Dr. Piche. Checking out was the same, from the chair and I exited the side door. I was impressed with the protocol, the unbelievable cleanliness and the staff exhibited their usual bubbly, friendly and positive attitudes. Thank you to the entire team. I highly recommend this office and I do to all of my clients moving into town.