Keeping you healthy
Regular cleanings are designed to remove the fuzzy plaque and hard calculus (tartar) from teeth every six months. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissues and, if not treated, over time could be at risk for losing the bony support around your teeth. Gum disease is caused by harmful bacteria that are incorporated into the plaque and calculus sticking to your teeth. Removing this regularly will help to keep your mouth healthy. Jordan Family Dentistry promises to be both thorough and gentle during your visit.
Pediatric Dental Care
We love seeing children at Jordan Family Dentistry! Our goal is to create a positive experience for your young patient, eliminating fear of going to the dentist. It can take a few visits to gain trust and get everything done, but it is well worth it in the end.
Along with regular cleanings every 6 months, Jordan Family Dentistry will complete a well-check exam. We hope to find healthy mouths every visit, but seeing you regularly allows us to catch problems early and try to treat these problems with the most conservative option possible. We will evaluate for potential problems with your teeth, gums, salivary glands, TMJ, and all other structures in and around your mouth with every exam.
Digital x-rays are wonderful for so many reasons. First, they offer 70% less radiation exposure than the conventional film x-rays. They are also clearer and more accurate for the person reading the x-ray. Finally, the ability to adjust the contrast, the brightness, zoom-in, and make measurements on the computer screen are very useful for us. We are committed to your safety. We promise to only take necessary radiographs and to use all available protective barriers.
Once gingivitis has progressed to cause bone loss, we call it periodontitis. Periodontitis requires treatment beyond removing the fuzzy plaque and hard tartar from above the gum line. There is a true infection in the gum tissues, however, we will clean tartar from the root surfaces of teeth and then polish these surfaces to make them less susceptible to future deposits of tartar. We may also use antibiotics locally to treat infected “pockets”. Our goal is to remove the bacteria in the tartar and let your gums heal. Part of the healing process is for puffy, inflamed gums to shrink back and make the “pocket” around your tooth smaller. Smaller pockets do not harbor the most harmful types of bacteria and are easier for you to keep clean at home.
Oral Cancer Screenings
At every exam, we will check all the soft tissues in and around your mouth for any signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer is very treatable in its earliest stages and we feel that it is our responsibility to monitor these areas for health. Tobacco use (smoking and smokeless tobacco) are the top cause of oral cancer. We would love to help you find the support you need to stop using tobacco products.
Cavity Risk Assessment
There are a lot of factors that can make someone more at risk for developing cavities. Frequency of sugar intake; dry mouth; oral hygiene; and genetics are a few things that can contribute to a higher risk. We will assess each patient’s risk for getting cavities and develop a plan to prevent cavity formation.
Did you know that cavities treated in the earliest stages can heal without the need for fillings? The early process of cavity formation involves minerals being dissolved from the enamel of the teeth by acid-producing bacteria. Fluoride is a mineral that we use topically to re-mineralize these early cavities. If we assess that you are at a great risk for developing cavities or if early enamel cavities are found during an examination, we may recommend the application of topical fluoride.
When permanent molars first erupt, they have very deep grooves. Fuzzy plaque and cavity-causing bacteria can fit down in these grooves where toothbrush bristles cannot. Sealants are preventive resins that are flowed down into clean deep grooves to fill the grooves up and make the entire tooth cleanable with a toothbrush and floss. They have been shown to greatly reduce cavity risk on back teeth, especially in younger patients.
Our first goal is always prevention of dental problems; however, sometimes problems arise. We are committed to seeing our patients as quickly as possible to address their concerns and get them out of pain.
Veneers are porcelain or ceramic restorations which fit over the front of the tooth. They may be used to close spaces between teeth, restore broken parts of a front tooth, or change the appearance of the enamel on front teeth. There is a lot of planning and behind-the-scenes work to make our veneers look as natural and beautiful as possible, but the results are completely worth it!
Bonding is a general term meaning the addition of a composite or resin material to the front teeth to either build back missing tooth structure or to change the appearance of the teeth. It may also be used to close spaces between the front teeth. Our bonding materials have been developed over time to more naturally mimic tooth structure. Bonding is normally more conservative as far as removal of enamel and also more cost effective, making it a popular choice to improve the appearance of the front teeth.
Teeth whitening involves using either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide to lighten the appearance of teeth. The whitening gel may be pre-loaded in a strip or loaded by patients into custom made bleaching trays. The up-front cost to bleach with custom trays can be more expensive than over-the-counter whitening strips, however the cost balances out over time as a patient wants to “touch up” their whitening. Bleaching may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in conjunction with other dental treatments like crowns, bridges, fillings, or partials to achieve ideal esthetics.
One of the more common aesthetic concerns voiced by patients is a “gummy” smile, especially after braces are removed. We are able to contour the gum line around teeth to help create a more symmetrical and more pleasing appearance. Sometimes the appearance of a “short tooth” is not because the tooth itself is short but because the gum tissue is too thick and covers too much of the tooth surface. This problem is easily addressed through gingival sculpting.
Enamel micro-abrasion is a fancy name for a conservative procedure to help make the enamel of teeth look more smooth and consistent in color. Spotted teeth can result from inappropriate amounts of fluoride consumption as a child, genetics, events during tooth development, or demineralization of the enamel especially during the time a teenager is wearing braces. This procedure treats the abnormal enamel to make a more even appearance.
Total Smile Makeover
We are able to combine these procedures to customize your very own smile makeover. We would love the opportunity to meet with you, discuss your concerns, and offer you options on how we can give you a smile that you are proud of.
We use tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth with cavities and fractures. Using these BPA-free resins, we are able to give patients predictable and long-lasting fillings that are also safe and esthetically pleasing.
Crowns and Bridges
When there is either a symptomatic crack or a significant portion of a tooth missing we may recommend a crown to restore your tooth. We use all-ceramic crowns which offer both strength and beauty. A dental bridge may be used to help replace a missing tooth, especially if the teeth on either side of the space are in need of a crown.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are made from the same materials as dental crowns, meaning they are very strong yet they can be used in situations where we only need to restore a smaller area of the tooth.
Dental Implant Restorations
Dental implants are the gold-standard in dentistry for replacing missing teeth. Implants are designed to function like your natural teeth. They can be used to replace one tooth or many by supporting different dental prostheses.
Partials and Dentures
Partials and dentures are removable dental appliances used to replace some or all of your teeth. With the introduction of dental implants, partials and dentures begin to function more like natural teeth and less like removable protheses. With so many options, we would love the opportunity to meet with you and discuss your individual needs.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy is used to treat infected nerves of teeth. Teeth can become infected as a result of cavities, fractures, or trauma. A root canal cleans out the infection and fills the space with a rubber-like filling material to seal out bacteria. This treatment in particular has a bad reputation, but we will do everything we can to make your experience as comfortable as possible.
We are proud to be an Invisalign provider for our adult patients. Invisalign is a series of clear retainers that are worn to help straighten teeth and give you the smile you have always wanted.
If back baby teeth are lost prematurely, there is a need to maintain the space for the permanent tooth. Space maintainers fit on the back teeth and hold enough space so limited orthodontics is not needed later to go back and open a space back up.
Retention is required after braces to hold teeth in place and prevent them from further movement. We can fabricate several types of retainers depending on your individual needs.
Our goal is always to keep your teeth healthy, but occasionally there is a need to extract teeth. We are committed to extractions which preserve surrounding gum tissue and give you the best experience possible.
Dental anxiety is a very real and sadly very common experience. One of the most rewarding things we have added to our training is oral conscious sedation. We place crushed pills under your tongue to help you relax and help you feel like you can rest during your appointment. Most people report no memory of the procedure after their appointment even though they are able to respond to our requests throughout their dental treatment.
For children, Nitrous Oxide or “Laughing Gas” is used to eliminate the need for any numbing while doing fillings on baby teeth. That means no needles on most fillings for children and that makes us happy! Nitrous Oxide is used for adults who experience mild dental anxiety or those who need the capability to drive themselves home from their dental appointment.
Custom sports guards
Sports guards are helpful in preventing injury to teeth, especially for those participating in contact sports.
Grinding and clenching habits are very common among adults. They can create all sorts of problems from TMJ pain, muscular pain, flattening of teeth, and the development of fractures on teeth. Night guards are designed to decrease the amount of stress placed on your teeth during grinding and clenching, thus preventing the need for dental restorations such as crowns in the future. They can also be used to decrease pain in the surrounding muscles and in the TMJ.
Snore guards are helpful in preventing the frequency of snoring, making patients and their spouses' happy. Snore Guards look like two clear retainers held together with flexible bands. The device prevents the lower jaw and tongue from falling backwards while a patient sleeps on the back. This stops vibration in the soft palate or “snoring”.
The TMJ or Temperomandibular Joint is a complex joint. Pain in the joint and associated muscles can cause toothache-like pain, tension headaches, ear pain, muscle spasms in the jaw area, locked jaw, and greatly decrease the quality of life. If you notice any of these symptoms, let us know so Dr. Jordan can create an effective treatment just for you.