Carlson Family Dentistry

Services

Bleaching

Teeth Whitening is a safe and easy procedure. The procedure will take two quick and easy appointments. During the first appointment, impressions will be made of your teeth. The dental assistant will then "pour up" the impressions so that an exact model of your teeth will be made. From these models, we will fabricate a custom made tray fit perfectly for your mouth. On the second visit, the trays will be checked for fit, and the bleaching kit and instructions will be given at that time. It usually takes between 10-15 days for optimum results although results can usually be noticed within the first two treatments.

Fillings

Fillings are needed when tooth decay is removed and must be replaced with a material to restore the original tooth structure. There are two main types of "filling material". There are silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, and also tooth-colored fillings, also known as resin or composite fillings. Depending on location and size of decay, each type of filling material has it's pros and cons. We will inform you at each procedure what we believe to be the best restorative material for you given your situation.

Veneers

Veneer placement is a common dental procedure where the outside "facing" of the tooth is replaced by a porcelain covering. This procedure will involve two appointments since an outside dental lab fabricates the actual porcelain veneer. At the first appointment, the teeth are prepared, impressions are made, and a "temporary veneer" is placed. In approximately 2 weeks, the veneers will be completed and back from the laboratory and ready to be bonded to the teeth. Veneers are good options for teeth with minimal decay and solid tooth structure. They are very esthetic.

Crowns/Bridges

Crowns are indicated for teeth with large existing fillings that show significant signs of breaking down, large areas of decay that cannot be restored with a filling, teeth that have been treated endodontically (root canal treated teeth), or with teeth that are cracked and symptomatic. A crown is a full coverage restoration that covers the entire portion of the tooth, protecting it from further wear and breakdown, as well as restoring the tooth structure.

A bridge is similar to a crown, except it replaces a missing tooth by utilizing the adjacent teeth to the space as "anchors". The anchors are a full coverage restoration (like a crown), that is permanently cemented.

Both crowns and bridges require two appointments. At the first appointment, the teeth will be prepared for the crown, impressions will be made, and a temporory will be placed on the teeth until the final restoration is made (about 2 weeks in the dental lab). Once the restorations are completed and sent back to us, the second appointment will require that we adjust and fit the new crown or bridge to your bite, and they will be permanently cemented in place.

Implants

A dental implant is another option to replace a missing tooth. The benefits of dental implants are that they provide the feel, stability, and look of natural teeth. A dental implant procedure involves placing a titanium shaft into the bone. As this heals, the shaft becomes firmly set into the bone. Once healing is complete, a crown is attached onto the shaft restoring the look and function of the missing tooth. The approximate healing time is 4 to 6 months depending on the individual case. A complete consultation will be needed for a full treatment timeline to be estimated.

Dentures/Partials

Dentures and Partials are an option for patients who wish to replace several missing teeth. The number of appointments vary depending on each individual case, but the average number of appointments is about 4-6 before completion of the denture. During each stage of the process, the dentists will work together with the patients so that the end product is both functional and esthetically pleasing to the patient.

Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure to save tooth that is either badly decayed or infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and blood supply of the tooth are removed and replaced with a material that seals the nerve chamber. Most root canals are completed in one or two visits. Many people have a fear of root canal treatments, but with the proper anesthetic, root canals are painless and simple procedures.

Extractions

Our office does many types of extractions, ranging from simple baby teeth extractions, to more complicated wisdom teeth extractions.

Cleanings/Gum Treatment

Regular cleanings are an essential part of a healthy mouth. Depending on your individual needs, it will be determined at your initial visit whether a standard cleaning or a deeper cleaning will be more appropriate. If a deeper cleaning is needed, it may take a few appointments to complete the gum treatment.

Hours

  1. Monday 7:00am-2pm
  2. Tuesday 8:30am-7pm
  3. Wednesday 8:30am-2pm
  4. Thursday 8:30am-5pm
  5. Sundays by appt only

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(909) 795-5100

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