Our treatment philosophy is geared toward
preventing future dental problems
Many people are terrified of the Dentist! Dr. Doss has extensive experience working on small children and knows how to make the most anxious patients feel comfortable. If you need some extra anxiety relief, we offer Nitrous Oxide for your dental cleaning as well as for routine dental work. Nitrous Oxide will not put you to sleep but rather sedates and calms you throughout the proceudure. The effects diminish quickly so you can continue the day as normal after you leave the office.
Deep grooves in the chewing surfaces of teeth are a common hiding place for dental plaque that cause cavities. These grooves can be difficult to impossible to clean. Dental sealant placement involves cleaning out these grooves and placing a protective covering over the tooth to make it easier to clean. This prevents plaque from getting to these hard to reach places and causing cavities.
A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain that covers the outiside of a tooth. Veneers can be used to change the appearance of the teeth by altering their color and shape. If you are interested in veneers, they are a great way to change your entire smile!
We focus on oral hygeine in our office because that is the foundation of optimal dental health. Certain gum diseases are very destructive and can go undetected without routine dental check-ups. We will show you the most effective way to brush and floss your teeth so you can prevent problems like gum disease and cavities.
There are three levels of whitening that we offer at Doss Dental.
Visit this before and after picture gallery for the results you can acheive!
When a tooth is lost, there are many different options available for replacing that tooth. The best treatment is usually an implant. Implants preserve the bone where they are placed and have a higher long term success rate than any other treatment. An implant is made of titanium and your natural bone will fuse to the titanium after a period of 4-6 months. If a single tooth is being replaced, a crown is made and cemented on the implant. Dentures and partials can be anchored by implants as well. The more implants you have placed, the more anchorage you will have, and the more the teeth will feel like your natural teeth.
Root canal therapy involves removing the nerve and damaged tissue from a tooth in order to save it. When decay or trauma opens a channel to the nerve canal of a tooth, the tooth begins to "die" and pain and discomfort follows. The initial pain from a damaged tooth nerve comes in the form of pain to cold, hot, or sweet stimulus. The tooth will also hurt without any stimulus at all. After the tooth has died, cold will no longer affect the tooth because the nerve is inactive. The dead tissue inside the tooth includes harmful bacteria that can cause infection and swelling. Root canal therapy involves removing the dead tissue inside the tooth and sterilizing the remaining canal. The canal is then sealed with a material called gutta percha to prevent other bacteria from entering the nerve canal. After root canal treatment it is normal to experience some tenderness for a couple of days as your body is clearing out the remaining damaged tissue. Teeth that have been treated with a root canal are brittle and need a crown to prevent fracture from the stress of chewing forces.
Crowns - A crown, also known as a "cap", covers the entire tooth and can be made of many different materials. With the introduction of new and stronger materials, modern dentistry has made it possible to deliver all ceramic crowns for almost every situation. This eliminates the metal lines that are often visible at the gumline and produces a crown that looks much more like your natural teeth.
Bridges - Bridges provide a means to replace a missing tooth by crowning the adjacent teeth and placing a false tooth as a "bridge" between the natural teeth. Bridges are optimal treatment if implants are not possible or the teeth next to the missing space could benefit from having full coverage crowns.
Periodontal disease can be prevented by having a deep cleaning followed by rigorous oral hygeine. In more severe cases gum surgery may be needed to completely eradicate peridontal disease. Most patients avoid deep cleanings for fear of being injected with a needle to numb the gums. We offer a liquid anesthetic that is simply placed on the gums without a needle and still provides adequate numbing for the procedure.
Conventional x-rays have been the standard in dentistry until the development of digital x-rays. These deliver less radiation than conventional x-rays and provide clearer, more accurate images. The image is immediately displayed on a tv screen and treatment can be discussed and explained.
At Doss Dental we have the latest in 3D imaging. This allows for accurate implant placement and no guessing on root canals. This is the most advanced imaging in dentistry.
Some teeth do need to be removed. Remember that losing a tooth means losing jaw structure. A bone graft at the time of tooth removal can preserve the needed jaw structure for an implant.
We offer conventional partial and complete dentures. These can be a great cost effective way to restore missing teeth. Now dentures and partials can be anchored by implants for more support and longer life. If you have or know someone who has a "floppy" denture, implants underneath the denture can hold it in place and restore confidence and chewing ability.