Dr. Cooper does a complete head, neck, oral, and periodontal examination, in addition to an examination of the teeth and a review of the full mouth x-ray survey. Dr. Cooper will carefully evaluate your periodontal health in order to allow his dental hygienists the opportunity of customizing the cleaning of your teeth and gums to address any gum disease that you may have.

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  • Fillings

    Fillings do not last forever—they wear out and have to be replaced periodically. It is very difficult for anyone to determine precisely when an old filling must be replaced. As a prevention-oriented practice, we do not believe that it is in the patients' best interest to wait until an old filling actually breaks or falls out. If you wait until you are aware that old fillings need to be replaced, it is usually too late, and you risk having complications. Complications are usually more time-consuming to treat, cost more money, and can cause more pain. For these reasons, we feel that complications should be avoided. We will advise you about fillings that appear to be wearing out so that you will be able to plan for the replacement. Most patients prefer to be in control of their dental treatment, rather than being inconvenienced by an unexpected dental problem or discomfort.

  • Crowns

    When a tooth has been decayed and filled several times, or when there has been an excessive amount of tooth structure destroyed by decay, there may not be enough tooth structure to adequately retain any more filling material. In situations like this where there is not enough tooth left to fill, the tooth must be restored with a crown. Crowns can be gold, porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain. The type of crown depends on several factors: the location of the tooth, patient preference, cost, functional stresses, etc.

  • Sealants

    Sealants are a fabulous way to prevent cavities from developing on the chewing surfaces of the molar and bicuspid teeth. This technique has been used for about twenty years, and has been proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay in children's teeth. For the best results, sealants should be placed as soon as the permanent back teeth become functional, usually between the ages of six to thirteen. There is no need for anesthetic or drilling. The teeth are cleaned, etched with a mild acid and then a tooth colored resin is placed over the areas of the chewing surfaces that are the most susceptible to decay. They are a very successful part of our prevention oriented office.

  • Cosmetics

    Cosmetic dentistry is rapidly developing and changing. Cosmetic dentistry requires very clear communication in order to clarify expectations. We have to be certain that we can satisfy your perceptions or how you want to look. At the present time, cosmetic dentistry consists of whitening, veneers and crowns.

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies are common. They can range from a tooth ache, broken tooth, lost fillings, even something as severe as a broken jaw. Here's some helpful information you need to know and steps you need to take when a dental emergency does happen.

How to Avoid Dental Emergencies:

  1. Always attend to dental issues before going on vacation. The last thing you want on your vacation is tooth troubles.
  2. Many common dental emergencies occur from accidents that happen while participating in sports. Always wear a mouth guard when participating in any kind of sport.
  3. Refrain from using your teeth as tools to open items or cut tape.
  4. Avoid chewing ice, hard candies, or popcorn kernels. All 3 are known for cracking and breaking teeth and restorations.

Should a Dental Emergency Happen:

Call the dentist immediately, especially if you're unsure what to do. If the dentist is unavailable, call your family doctor or local hospital for advice.

  • If you have accidentally bit your lip or tongue and it's bleeding, gently clean the area, use a cold compress to control swelling, and call your dentist.
  • If you have broken a tooth or lost a filling, gently rinse your mouth and call the dentist.
  • Gently apply a cold compress to a broken jaw and call your dentist immediately.
  • If your tooth is knocked out, hold the tooth by the crown, gently rinsing the root with water. Do not scrub or wipe the root because you can remove delicate tissue. Gently place the tooth back into the socket. If you are unable to do so or are not comfortable doing so, place the tooth in a glass of milk. Call your dentist immediately.
  • To relieve a toothache, try rinsing your mouth with warm water, flossing gently to remove any food particles or debris. For a sensitive tooth, gently rub Sensodyne of the tooth with your finger. If you do not get any relief, call the dentist.