Our comprehensive dental services include:
Sealants are a safe, painless, and low cost way to help protect your teeth from decay. Sealants are a thin coating that is bonded to the chewing surface of molars and premolars, preventing food and cavity-causing bacteria from getting into the tiny grooves of your teeth.
Crowns, or caps, are recommended for broken, severely decayed, or heavily filled teeth. Crowns can be made of tooth colored porcelain, metal, or both, and cemented over the entire tooth to protect it. Two appointments are needed to complete a crown.
A bridge is made to replace a missing tooth. The two teeth on either side of a missing tooth are prepared and 3 fused teeth ‘bridge’ the space. Bridges also require at least two visits to complete, are cemented on the teeth, and can be made of tooth colored porcelain, metal, or both materials.
Implants are a way to replace one, several, or all teeth. Implants are made of titanium and are anchored to your bone like the roots of a tooth. A single crown, bridge or denture can be secured to the implants to replace any number of missing teeth. Implants have been successfully used in dentistry for over 40 years and can last a lifetime with proper care and good oral hygiene.
Having dental implant treatment is a two step process. Dental implants are placed into the bone by an oral surgeon. After healing, our prosthodontist or general dentist will make impressions and fabricate teeth that are supported by the implants. Implants maintain natural bone and provide stability and comfort for patients; they are an excellent option for tooth replacement
Dentures and partials are removable appliances that replace some or all teeth. Several appointments are needed to make a denture , and our doctors take pride in providing comfortable and esthetic dentures for patients.
Despite their reputation, root canals don’t have to be a bad experience. When decay or trauma causes damage to the nerve inside a tooth, it is cleaned out and filled with a rubber-like material to prevent infection and abscesses.
Dr. Rusty Long is now providing orthodontics for all patients of the Family Dental Care Center. Children should be screened at approximately age 8 for the need to have early braces (before all adult teeth have come in). At Family Dental Care, this screening can be done at your child’s regular check up.
Prevention is the best medicine , and regular cleanings and exams are essential to oral health. Mary Catherine Miller will review your needs, take x-rays, monitor the health of your gums, and give recommendations to keep your teeth strong. Check ups also include blood pressure, oral cancer, and joint evaluations, so any problems are caught as soon as they surface. Oral health is closely linked with general health, especially cardiovascular health, and sometimes symptoms appear to us before they will for your doctor!
Scaling and root planning is a deep cleaning of the gums and teeth, usually done in several visits while you are numb. When gums become unhealthy, or there is heavy build up present, a more in depth cleaning is necessary to make the gums healthy again. Our hygienist Mary Catherine is well versed in periodontal cleaning techniques and will comfortably guide you through the procedure. Afterwards, patients can usually go back to normal cleanings if they maintain good home care.