Regular professional cleanings when paired with a daily home cleaning routine is the first line of defense when protecting your teeth. Everyone is different in terms of what care and frequency can benefit them the most, and we take pride in tailoring our customers experiences to their specific needs.
Advanced gum disease may require “deep cleanings” to help remove debris and bacteria. We have several strategies to combat this.
When gum disease progresses, deep cleaning isn’t always enough. Laser assisted cleanings are another way of treating gum disease that can promote healing.
We use a special tooth-colored composite material for filling cavities that actually bonds to the tooth, allowing us to avoid removing excess tooth structure. Using this method we are also able to fix chipped teeth, and aesthetically contour teeth.
Old amalgam metal fillings have become obsolete with the advancement in our composite materials. These metal fillings often break down, do not bond to the tooth, and are aesthetically unpleasing. We offer a safe process to replace these fillings with our composite material.
Crowns can be 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 can be used to fill gaps between multiple teeth.
Implants are used to replace a whole tooth. These implants are set into the bone and replace the roots of a tooth, while a crown must be placed on top of the implant to replace the part of the tooth in your mouth. While we do not place the implants ourselves, we work closely with oral surgeons and periodontists in the Traverse City area to make sure our patients get the best care possible. After implants have been placed, we place 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.