our services overview

Our main goal is to make all your dental visits to our office anxiety free and as comfortable as possible. During the first visit, we make sure to obtain important background information and give you time to get to know Dr. Odishoo so we can better treat you.  We make sure all suggested dental procedures will be thoroughly discussed with you and all your questions are answered prior to the start of your treatment.

 


We strive to improve the dental health of our patients by concentrating on prevention, diagnosis, and conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please refer to our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

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We strive to improve the dental health of our patients by concentrating on prevention, diagnosis, and conditions associated with your teeth and gums.  Please refer to our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available.  Please contact our office if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment.

 

 

 

 

Personalized Care

 

We offer a wide variety of comprehensive services and we apply those services to each patient with personalized care. The niche of our practice is not only to treat the issues present but to educate our patients for continued management of their dental care.  We are devoted to enhance and restore the natural beauty of your smile by utilizing conservative and up to date procedures that will result in a long, lasting smile.

Family Dentistry

 

We are a caring, friendly team of dental professionals committed to providing a comfortable dental experience. We believe you and your family deserve a quality family dentistry. Our goal has always been to provide the best family dentistry possible for you and your family in a compassionate, caring environment of our office. We want to help you maintain your oral hygiene in a way that will keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime.

 

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Routine Dental Exam

At your first visit and every subsequent recall visit, several things will be performed and discussed.
For example, a thorough medical history listing all allergies, medications taken, and systematic problems will be required. Without complete knowledge, your care could be compromised. If medication changes or problem arise between visits, Dr. Odishoo should be notified immediately.
Recent diagnostic x-rays are always needed to access current and future care and serve as an education tool for the doctor to demonstrate to the patient their dental needs.
The doctor will review any oral symptoms which exist, such as: teeth which are sensitive to pressure and temperature, and muscle pains of the head and neck.
Careful clinical exam for pathology in the head and neck area as well as cancer screening will be performed.
A clinical exam for decay and gum disease should be received with a discussion of home care, brushing and flossing, as well as diet. It is at this point that the frequencies of professional cleanings are set so your dentist can help create a preventive care verses a systematic patient.

 

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Crowns

A crown or cap is an artificial tooth that restores, shape and protect, and strengthens a badly damaged tooth by fitting directly over an existing tooth.

Crown can be used to attach a bridge, prevent a weak or brittle tooth from breaking, or restore one that is already broken.  A crown also can be used for aesthetic to cover teeth that are discolored, badly shaped, or out of position, to restore them to there natural appearance.  Crowns also are used to fit over implants.

Crowns can be made of porcelain or gold.  It is very durable and is made to fit the tooth precisely. Crowns are cemented in place.

 

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Bridges

Bridges are custom-made appliances designed to replace missing teeth, by returning your natural looking smile and to help maintain the shape of your face, and to establish a proper bite relationship.

Bridges are also called fixed partial dentures since they are cemented to surrounding teeth or implants.  Bridges can be made from gold, alloy, or a combination of these materials.

Unlike a removable bridge that can be removed by you, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue.  The success of any bridge or implant depends on its foundation, the other teeth, gums, or bones to which it is attached.  It is very important to keep your remaining teeth, gums and jawbone healthy and strong.

 

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Dentures

When all natural teeth are lost, whether due to periodontal disease, tooth decay, or injury, complete dentures can replace your missing teeth and your smile.  Replacing missing teeth will improve your appearance and your health. Without support from the dentures, facial muscles sag, making you look older.

A complete denture may be either conventional or immediate.  A conventional full denture is made and placed in the patient’s mouth after all the remaining teeth has been removed and the tissue given enough time to heal, which may take up to 6-8 weeks.  During this time the patient will go without any teeth. Immediate dentures are made prior to removal of all the remaining teeth and placed in the patient’s mouth immediately after all the remaining teeth been removed.  With immediate dentures, the patient does not have to go without teeth while tissue is healing.  With immediate dentures, once the tissue heals, further work will be needed.

Even if you wear full dentures, you still must take good care of your mouth.  Brush your gums, tongue, and palate regularly with a soft-bristle brush every morning prior to inserting your dentures to stimulate circulation and remove plaque.

 

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Dental Implants

Dental implants are artificial tooth root that are placed in the area of a missing tooth normally occupied by the missing tooth, eventually fusing with the jaw bone to create a strong support for an artificial tooth, or dental crown.

A dental implant is a tooth replacement option that can be used to:

 

Without a tooth root replacement to stimulate the jawbone, the bone can began to atrophy.  Dental implants unlike dentures that sit on top of the gum provide crucial and enduring support to prevent bone atrophy and damage to surrounding teeth.

Not everyone is a candidate for dental implants.  An ideal candidate should be in good general and oral health with proper bone density and good oral hygiene.

Surgery is required to prepare the site for an implant.  After the implant is placed a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for the bone to grow around the implant.  When the dental implant is fully healed, a metal post or abutment is inserted into the implant that connects the crown to the implant.

 

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Teeth Whitening

Many factors, including dietary habits like drinking coffee, tea, soda, and red wine or eating berries or using soy sauce, and certain medications can affect the whiteness of your smile.  Teeth whitening is an affordable and effective way to combat common causes of tooth discoloration.

We offer two whitening systems to fit our patient’s life styles and budget considerations.  In-office whitening which is a chemically activated whitening treatment that offers amazing results in about an hour.  This dentist supervised, in-office procedure is safe and effective, and offers a brighter, whiter smile after just one appointment.  We also offer a take home whitening kit, where the whitening gels are delivered via customized bleaching trays.  The sticky, viscous gel won’t migrate to the gums and most formulations (of both in office and take home kits) include potassium fluoride (PF), which helps to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention.  Take home whitening gels can provide results just after one night; though expect to see results in about a week.  Before using either system, patients should have a comprehensive exam and cleaning done to evaluate if they are good candidates for such whitening methods. Some patients are not ideal candidates, due to reasons such as the presence of crowns or other cosmetic dental work. Natural teeth will lighten, but crowns, veneers, and bridges will not.  Also, candidates must have a recent cleaning and exam before whitening is recommended.  Patients should keep in mind that drinking coffee or tea, red wine, and smoking cigarettes will gradually diminish the effects of any whitening process.

 

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Root Canal Therapy

A root canal is a treatment used to save and repair tooth that is badly decayed or infected.  Inside each tooth is the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues, and it runs like a thread down through the root.  When the root is diseased or injured, the pulp tissue dies.  If the diseased tissue is not removed, it can cause infection or abscessed tooth.

Root canal therapy can be performed in a single or multiple visits.  During the first visit, a small hole is created to access the pulp chamber.  Tiny files are used to remove the nerves and infected tissue from the tooth.  Inner chamber is cleaned and disinfected, and the tiny canals are shaped.  The cleansed chamber and canals are dried and filled with material (gutta percha).  Gutta percha is a rubber material designed to seal the inside of the tooth to prevent infection.

 

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Extractions

Tooth extraction can be due to any number of reasons and is determined by you and Dr.Odishoo.  There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth.  Sometimes a baby tooth has a long or misshape root that prevent it from falling out and the tooth must be removed to make room for the permanent tooth to erupt.  At other times, a tooth may be severely decayed, have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that can not be repaired, so Dr. Odishoo may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or implant.  Infection, preparation for orthodontic treatment, or problems with a wisdom tooth can also require removal of teeth.

Any time a tooth is extracted it can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, shifting teeth, problems with the jaw joints, which can impact your future dental health.

To prevent future complications from extracting a tooth, Dr. Odishoo will discuss the alternatives to extractions and replacement of an extracted tooth.

 

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Treatment of Gum Disease

 

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is a swelling or soreness of the gums (the soft tissue) around your teeth.  It is caused by the bacteria in plaque, a sticky colorless film that forms on your teeth.  The plaque bacteria have toxins that inflame the gums.

If you do not remove plaque by brushing and flossing your teeth, it can build up and infect your gums, teeth, and the bone that supports them.  If not treated by a dentist, you can lose your teeth.

The signs of gum disease are not always easy to see and can be painless.  The earlier gum disease is caught, the easier it is to treat.  That’s why it’s important to see your dentist regularly.

 

There are Three Stages in Gum Disease:

 

1-GINGIVITIS
Gums are mildly sore, maybe red or puffy and may bleed during brushing.

This is the first sign of gum disease.  Your gums may feel tender and you may see some bleeding when you brush or floss.  The American Academy of Periodontology considers gingivitis a mild periodontal disease.  Gingivitis can be reversed by having a dentist or hygienist clean your teeth and with proper brushing and flossing at home.

 

 

2-PERIODONTITIS
Gums pull away from the teeth.  This lets plaque move toward the roots, supporting fibers and bone.

At this stage, plaque spreads to your tooth roots causing an infection, which can damage the bone and fibers that hold teeth in place.  Your gums may begin to pull away from your teeth.  Proper dental care and better home care can help stop more damage.

 


 

3-ADVANCE PERIODONTITIS
Supporting fibers and bone are destroyed.  Teeth become loose and may need to be removed

This is the final stage of gum disease, the fibers and bone holding your teeth in place is destroyed.  This can cause your teeth to shift or loosen and can affect your bite.  If treatment can save your teeth, they may need to be removed.

 

 

How Do I Know if I Have Gum Disease?

To find out if you have gum disease, your dentist or hygienist needs to check your teeth and gums.  Since early gum disease can be reversed, it’s important to see your dentist or hygienist if you see any of the following:

 

Your oral health care provider can tell for sure if you have gum disease.  That’s why it’s so important to have regular dental checkups.

 

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During scaling, plaque and tarter are removed from the crown and roots of tooth.

 

What Should I Do if I Have Gum Disease?

 

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Sealants

Dental caries (tooth decay) is the most wide spread dental disease among children.  However, your dentist can help prevent or reduce the incidence of decay by applying sealants to your child’s teeth.

 

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What Causes Decay?

Decay is caused by dental plaque, a thin, sticky colorless deposit of bacteria that constantly forms on everyone’s teeth.  When sugar is eaten, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack the tooth enamel.  After repeated acid attacks, the enamel breaks down, and a cavity (hole) is formed.

What Is a Sealant?

A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (premolars and molars), where decay occurs most often.  The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting the decay- prone areas of the back teeth from plaque and acid.

 

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surface of a molar before sealant is applied    Surface of molar protected by sealant

 

Why Are Sealants Necessary?

When the back teeth are developing, depressions and grooves form in the chewing surfaces of the enamel.  These irregularities are called pits and fissures.  They are impossible to keep clean, because the bristles of a toothbrush cannot reach into them.  Therefore, pits and fissures are snug places for plaque and bits of food to hide.  By forming a thin covering over the pits and fissures, sealants keep out plaque and food, and thus decrease the risk of decay.

 

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Even a single tooth brush is too large to reach inside the fissure.

 

Who Should Have Sealants Applied?

Children receive the greatest benefit from having sealants applied to their teeth, especially to newly erupted permanent teeth.  Sealants are recommended for all children, even those who receive topical applications of fluoride or who live in communities with fluoridated water.  Fluoride helps fight decay on the smooth surfaces of the teeth, but it is least effective in pits and fissures.

 

How Are Sealants Applied?

Each tooth takes only a few minutes to seal.  First, the teeth that will be sealed are cleaned.  The chewing surfaces are then etched (roughened) with a weak acidic solution to help the sealant adhere to the teeth.  Finally the sealant is brushed on the tooth enamel and allowed to harden.  Some sealants need a special curing light to help them harden; others do not.

 

Do Sealants Need to Be Reapplied?

When the sealant is applied, the finger-like strands penetrate the pits and fissures of the tooth enamel.  Although the sealant cannot be seen with the naked eye, the protective effect of these strands continues.  As a result, it maybe several years before another application of sealant is needed.  Reapplication of the sealant will continue its protection against decay and may save the time and expense of having a tooth restored.  Sealants will be checked during your child’s regular dental visits to determine if reapplication is necessary.

The American Dental Association recognizes that sealants can play an important role in the prevention of tooth decay.  When properly applied and maintained, they can successfully protect the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth.  A total prevention programs includes regular visits to a dentist, the use of fluoride, daily brushing and flossing, and limiting the number of times sugar-rich foods are eaten.  If these measures are followed and sealants are used on the child’s teeth as well, the risk of decay can be reduced or may even be eliminated!

 

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Cosmetic Fillings

Many people feel that they should only go to the dentist when there is pain.
However, problems may exist without any symptoms. During routine dental exams and cleaning, new decay or breakdown of existing fillings may be noted. There are many different kind of filling materials.
All dental fillings or restorations have an average life span. This life span is affected by both the provider correct choice and placement of the material as well as the patient home care and maintenance.
Patients who chew ice or gum or eat excessive amounts of candy and have poor home care will be more prone to new decay as well as early failure of existing fillings. The choice or selection of materials used for fillings depends on the location of the tooth and the size of the fillings.
Years ago only metal fillings were used. We now can provide metal-free dentistry. The new restorations now meet the hardness and wear resistance of metal fillings, along with satisfying patient's expectations for cosmetics.

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Porcelain Veneer

Porcelain veneer is a thin layer of porcelain, custom shaped and colored to your specifications. Porcelain veneers are placed over your front teeth to mask undesirable defects, such as tetracycline stain, cracked or chipped teeth, or other imperfections.
Porcelain veneers instantly straighten crooked teeth, restore chipped teeth, and will give you a dazzling white smile.

 

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