Treatments & Services

Comprehensive Dentistry

Dr. Reedal has solutions for all of your dental needs. Dr. Reedal can help you with anything from your routine checkups to complete restoration of your smile.
Our dental services include:

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Preventative Dentistry

Comprehensive Exams

At your initial visit in our office, we usually recommend a complete, comprehensive examination. This is a thorough examination of your gum tissue and teeth. All surfaces of your teeth will be checked for any sign of problems including decay or fracture. Dr. Reedal will also check any existing dental restorations such as crowns and fillings to make sure they are not in need of replacement.

During the comprehensive exam, Dr. Reedal will perform an oral cancer screening to check the lips, throat, tongue and gum tissue for any sign of oral cancer. Your gums and bone around the teeth will also be checked for any sign of periodontal disease.

X-Rays

Diagnostic x-rays are essential to check for decay, abscessed teeth, tumors, bone loss and to check the position of the root of the tooth. Please be assured that we take only the x-rays that are necessary for your care.

Dental Cleanings

Professional dental cleanings are an important part of a program to prevent gum disease and help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Adults over 30 lose more teeth to periodontal (gum) disease than to decay. The best way to prevent periodontal disease is to have professional cleanings on a regular basis and to practice good oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing techniques that are recommended by Dr. Reedal and your hygienist. Good oral hygiene can also help promote a healthier life. Recent studies strongly suggest a link between the bacteria that causes periodontal disease and some systemic diseases. For your continued health and wellness, it is very important to complete any recommended periodontal treatment as soon as possible. Our well-trained, professional hygienists are dedicated to your comfort and helpng you maintain a healthy smile.

Sealants

A sealant is a thin, plastic coating applied to the chewing surface of a tooth to prevent decay from forming in the deep grooves. Most dental decay starts in these deep grooves because they are difficult to clean. A sealant protects the tooth by sealing deep grooves and creating a smooth, easy to clean surface. Sealants can protect teeth from decay for many years, but need to be checked for wear and chipping at regular dental visits.


Restorative

Fillings

Fillings are used to repair teeth that are affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth is removed and then filled with either a composite (tooth-colored) filling or amalgam (silver) filling. Each type of filling material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Reedal is happy to discuss with you the best options for restoring your teeth.

Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are often preferred because they can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. For this reason, they are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. Composite fillings are very durable and can be used in any area of the mouth, but they do have limitations. They can last for many years with proper oral hygiene and regular cleanings. As with all dental restorations, they need to be checked on a regular basis.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam is the most thoroughly tested and researched restorative material used in dentistry. Dentists have been using amalgam fillings for more than a century. Dental amalgam is a stable alloy made by combining elemental mercury, silver, tin, copper and possibly other metallic elements. Although dental amalgam continues to be a safe, commonly used restorative material, some concern has been raised because of its mercury content. However, the mercury in amalgam combines with other metals to render it stable and safe for use in filling teeth. Amalgam is very durable and highly resistant to wear. Because amalgam fillings can withstand very high pressure from chewing, they are particularly useful for restoring molars in the back of the mouth where the chewing load is greatest.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are used to restore teeth that have fractured or decayed when a filling is no longer an option. They are also used for cosmetic purposes when a patient would like to restore their smile with natural looking porcelain crowns that can reshape teeth to cover chips, stains, and old fillings. Crowns cover the entire visible surface of your tooth and add durability and strength.

The procedure for a crown usually involves two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is prepared for the crown by reducing the tooth enamel. An impression (or “mold”) of the tooth is taken and sent to the lab, where the crown will be made. The patient leaves the initial appointment with a temporary crown while the permanent crown is being fabricated by the lab. At the next visit, we remove the temporary crown and then fit and adjust the final crown. Finally, we cement the crown into place and you have a beautiful new tooth. Crowns can be constructed with gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.

Fixed Bridges are used to replace spaces from missing teeth. A fixed bridge is permanently cemented and looks just like your natural teeth. Because all of your teeth are important in speaking, chewing and maintaining proper alignment, it is important to replace missing teeth. A fixed bridge is a great solution for restoring your smile while maintaining functionality. The process of a fixed bridge is very similar to a crown. The teeth next to the space from the missing tooth are prepared for “abutment crowns” by reducing the tooth enamel and taking an impression to be sent to the lab, where the bridge will be constructed. The permanent bridge will have abutment crowns on both sides of the missing tooth that are attached to a false tooth or “pontic” which replaces the missing tooth. At the final appointment, the bridge is permanently cemented and the patient no longer has a space from the missing tooth. Bridges can be constructed with gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.


Implants and Root Canals

Dental Implants

Dental Implants are a way to replace teeth that are lost or missing. Unlike replacing the space with a bridge, there is no drilling of the adjacent teeth on either side of the missing tooth. The implant itself mimics an actual tooth root. The implant is a titanium post that is bio-compatible to your body. The titanium post is surgically placed where the missing tooth once was. The implant ultimately functions as an anchor to a new porcelain crown
Dental implants can provide artificial teeth that look natural and feel secure. Implants can also be used to attach full or partial dentures.

Because dental implants require surgery, patients must be in good health, have healthy gums, have adequate bone to support the implant and be committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental visits. If you are considering implants, you will need a thorough evaluation to determine if you would be a good candidate.

The procedure of having an implant placed is done by a specialist. Once the implant is placed, the bone takes between a few weeks to a few months to adhere to the new implant. When the implant is firm and solid, Dr. Reedal takes an impression of the head of the implant that is at the gumline. At that point, the impression of your dental implant is sent to the dental laboratory and an implant crown is fabricated to fit over the head of the implant. After your new implant crown returns to the office, it will be permanently placed.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal therapy is necessary to save a tooth when decay or infection has damaged the nerve. Having a root canal on a tooth is the best choice to save a tooth that otherwise would die and have to be removed. Many patients believe that extracting a tooth is the solution to dental problems, but what they don’t realize is that removing a tooth may be more costly in the long run because it will create a space that causes significant problems for the surrounding teeth. In some cases Dr. Reedal may refer the root canal treatment out to an endodontist (a root canal specialist). Although many patients express anxiety about having a root canal, they are often pleasantly surprised to find that it is an easy and comfortable procedure. The root canal treatment involves removing the pulp (tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay. The space that is left inside the tooth is then filled with materials that restore the tooth to its full function. After the root canal treatment is completed, a crown and buildup are usually necessary to restore the tooth and give it additional strength. Without the crown and buildup, the root canal tooth may become brittle over time and fracture. Root canal therapy is a common, highly successful treatment and will help restore your tooth to a healthy condition to last a lifetime.


Cosmetic Dentistry

We provide cosmetic veneers and bonding.

We provide full mouth whitening services. In our experience, we have found that using bleaching gels in custom-formed trays provides the best and safest whitening for our patients. This method also gives the patient the ability to touch up the bleaching of their teeth annually or as often as they like.

Ask us about gift certificates for whitening services.