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O'Connor Family Dental

Testimonials

Dr. Nate O'Connor, I have to let you and your staff know that I am truly grateful for the care I receive from all of you! I'm grateful not only for the greatest oral care but, also for the concern for all of my health. I spoke with you about smoking, the effects on my teeth and gums and all the times I've tried to quit. We talked about Chantix to help. Thank you, Dr. Nate, for writing me that prescription. I need to tell everyone that I have been smoke free for over 6 months and I feel better than I have for years! I owe it to you and your team and I am forever grateful. I feel like a new man. I am a new man!

Ric

Services

From routine Hygiene care and fillings, to implants, O'Connor Family Dental is equipped to handle all your dental needs. To help you understand your options, we have included descriptions of some of our leading services on this page. Your first visit will take place in a comfortable environment. We want to understand your concerns and help explain any procedures that may be indicated. The comprehensive examination will include a screening for oral cancer, periodontal/gum disease, and decay. It will also include an evaluation of your bite and any of your esthetic concerns or problems. Diagnostic tools such as x-rays and periodontal charting may be used to help us formulate an action plan specific to your needs.

If you have many concerns, we will take impressions for study models and have you return for a consultation in order to fully understand your options along with an appointment with our hygienist for appropriate hygiene care. In some cases, hygiene treatment can be accomplished at that first visit.

Sedation

Sedation dentistry provides a path free from fear.

Millions of North Americans avoid the dentist. Some had traumatic experiences as children. Others suffered pain as adults. Still more were swayed by stereotypes in movies or parental horror stories. For others it's a simple matter of time. No matter the reason, far too many of these individuals simply stopped seeking routine dental care because they were frightened. Even when they were faced with such warning signs as pain in their mouths or gums they still stayed away from the dentist. Now their overall health may be at risk. If this sounds like you, we want to help. Whether you've been postponing a simple dental checkup, restorative care or a brand-new smile, now's the time to take care of yourself.

We use commonly prescribed sedation medications to calm people. These sedatives have been in use for many years and been subjected to rigorous study. We understand a great deal how they work and interact with other medications. Usually administered by mouth, the medication leaves people fully alert and able to respond to questions. (That's why the process is called conscious sedation.)

Now's the time to move forward into a healthier future. Modern dentistry offers many new tools and options that make necessary treatments not only tolerable but even comfortable using Sedation Dentistry. To learn more click here.

Tooth Whitening

Custom trays are made to fit your teeth for our professional strength home bleaching system which can whiten your teeth in as little as two weeks. To learn more click here.

Veneers

Veneers are custom made porcelain shells which are permanently bonded to your teeth. The great advantage for doing veneers versus regular crowns is that you can save much more tooth structure because they are thinner and do not cover the backs of the teeth.

Common problems when veneers are used:

  • Permanently stained or discolored teeth
  • Crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Broken or chipped teeth
  • Spaces between teeth

Veneers are a great solution to enhancing your smile and in most cases it only takes two office visits to complete. To learn more click here.

Implants

Dental implants often are the best solution to replacing teeth or securing dentures more firmly. They were developed over half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Branemark and have since seen a high degree of success. To learn more click here.

Implant Placement

The implant mimics the shape and size of the missing natural tooth. Usually, only local anesthesia is used because people rarely report feeling discomfort during the placement of the implant. The root portion is typically made out of metal such as titanium and treated on the surface so that your bone will actually integrate closely with the implant locking it in place. This root portion is placed in the jaw and allowed to heal from 3 to 9 months. During this time, a temporary tooth can be attached to the implant or it is covered with a healing cap. After the implant has integrated with the bone, an impression is made and sent to the lab to make the tooth crown portion. This crown is then permanently placed onto the root form of the implant.

Post Implant Care

The implant should be cared for just as well as you care for your natural dentition. Plaque can cause inflammation around the implant causing the bone to recede just as it does around natural teeth. Therefore, routine check-ups and proper oral hygiene are recommended to maintain an inflammation free implant which can last a lifetime.

Mouth Guards/TMJ Treatment

If you are an athlete or even a casual sports participant, wearing a mouth-guard can reduce the risk of chipping teeth or biting through lips. If you grind your teeth during the day or at night and have sore jaws often a bite-guard will help reduce your symptoms. To learn more click here.

Dentures/Partials

Natural teeth can be lost to periodontal disease, decay, and injury. One option for bringing back a natural looking smile and ability to chew food is with a denture. There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures cover the whole jaw while partial dentures are used to replace multiple missing teeth. To learn more click here.

Root Canals

Most root canal procedures are performed in office. When a tooth's pulp becomes infected a root canal is needed to remove the infection which often eliminates pain and allows the tooth to be saved. The process involves making a small access on the top of the tooth, then removing the infected pulp and disinfecting the canal. The canal is then shaped and a rubber-like material is placed to prevent infection from reoccurring in the canal. To learn more click here.

Crowns/Bridges

A crown is a permanent covering that protects a damaged tooth. They are typically either gold or tooth colored. Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth. You need to have sturdy teeth on either side of the missing tooth space to act as an anchor for the bridge. These anchoring teeth are fitted with crowns which are bonded to the replacement tooth.

The process typically takes 2-3 appointments for crowns and bridges.

The first visit:

  1. The area is numbed and any decay is removed.
  2. Any missing tooth structure is replaced with a build-up material.
  3. The tooth or teeth are shaped to have crowns fitted.
  4. An impression is made of the shaped teeth.
  5. A temporary crown is made to fit over the prepped teeth.

The second visit:
The crown or bridge is adjusted to fit and then permanently cemented. Once the procedure is completed, proper dental hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing helps prevent new disease developing around the crowns. These restorations can last a lifetime with proper oral care. To learn more click here.

Gum Disease/Periodontitis

Standard hygiene care is recommended at least twice a year and sometimes more frequently based on the health of the gums.

Periodontitis is a chronic infection around teeth which can lead to bone and tooth loss. A periodontal treatment regimen to slow or even halt periodontitis includes the basic cleaning plus scaling/root planing below the gum. To learn more click here.

Extractions

Most tooth extractions are performed in office. To learn more click here.

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