Dental emergencies and tooth trauma can happen when you least expect it. You may need immediate dental care. Our office in West Lafayette, Indiana handles these emergencies every day and we encourage you to contact us if you are in need of immediate dental treatment.
Dental exams are a time for the dentist to check both the health and problem areas of your teeth and gums. They can look for damage on, in, and around the teeth. This includes build-up on the teeth, check the gums for disease, and check the mouth for oral cancers. X-rays should be taken to facilitate a comprehensive exam and identify all problems areas or potential future problems in the mouth. Schedule an appointment for an exam today at our office in West Lafayette, Indiana!
To remove the tartar, plaque, and calculus that build up on the tooth and root surfaces overtime. Depending on what kind of cleaning you may need, we may recommend that you come in for a cleaning every three or six months. Sometimes if there is too much calculus and tartar buildup underneath your gums that are causing bone loss and inflammation, you may need a deep cleaning. This may require multiple visits very close together. These visits allow for your teeth to be cleaned thoroughly and professionally and will promote long term gum health.
When a tooth is damaged by decay, a patient needs a filling. This will remove the decay and restore the tooth to its regular shape and function. After the decay is removed, the tooth is prepared, and then the area is filled with a filling material (we use resin composite or the tooth colored filling in our office the most).
A dental sealant is a plastic coating that aids in protecting the grooves from decay. We recommend these be done on children to help protect their teeth during a time that they may not be the best brushers and may have a higher sugar diet. Sealants are not a guarantee that cavities won't occur, we still recommend brushing 2 times a day and flossing once a day. They help with extra protection.
Extractions are the removal of teeth. Teeth that are infected, overly damaged or decayed, non-functional, or teeth such as the wisdom teeth that may need extracted due to crowding and turning.
A dental implant is a titanium post that is placed in the bone to replace missing teeth. Implants are surgically placed into the jaw bone by an oral surgeon, periodontist, or certified general dentist. The implant crown and abutment are facilitated through your implant surgeon with your general dentist. They tell your general dentist when it is time to restore your implant post with the implant crown and abutment.
Bridges are often used to replace one or more missing teeth. Crowns are placed on the surrounding teeth and "false crowns" fill in the missing teeth.
A crown covers a damaged, large filling, cracked, or root canaled tooth. Crowns can also be used on top of implants. They can be used to improve appearance, color, and shape of a tooth.
Partials and Dentures:
Dentures are “false” teeth that replace all the missing top or bottom teeth. Traditional dentures are prosthetic teeth that are removable. Partials only replace some and not all the missing teeth. We offer new flexible comfortable partials and soft fit dentures. If you have missing teeth and are looking for partial or dentures, call our West Lafayette, Indiana office and ask for more information now.
These fabricated, thin tooth coverings are made to improve the appearance of teeth, close spaces, or protect damaged teeth. They are made out of dental porcelain.
Many people consider having their teeth whitened, so we offer custom molds of your teeth with 30 minute bleach that will whiten over a 3 week period. Tooth color changes can be dramatic and life changing.
Pediatric dentistry focuses on children and adolescents. We have a family friendly office, so if you are looking for a pediatric dentist for your children consider Smiles Made for You!
This is the administration of sedative pills to aid in a dental procedure. They are used to reduce fear and anxiety surrounding a procedure. You will take a pill the night before and then the day of the dental treatment to relax you during the procedure. You will need someone to take you and pick you up after the dental treatment is finished.
This is another form of sedation that can be done before a dental procedure. Inhalation sedation involves inhaling nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide relaxes you during the procedure, but allows you to function and drive when you are not on it. Nitrous oxide is not paid for by your dental insurance company. Call our office to find out more details.
We are proud to offer clear braces at our West Lafayette, Indiana office. These braces have an almost invisible look and with them it is much easier to clean and maintain your tooth health than traditional metal braces, but still provide the corrective support you require. We provide the brand called, Clear Correct. You can check out their website at www.clearcorrect.com. Clear braces are not for everyone, call our office for a consult today.