Advances in technology, materials and pain control have changed the modern practice of dentistry. Never before have patients had so many options for predictable and comfortable dental treatment.
Below you will find some of the many services we are proud to offer to our patients. We also partner with specialists in the area to ensure that you and your family receive the very highest level of care.
The best dentistry we do is the dentistry that we never have to do.
We firmly believe that Prevention is the best investment one can make for a lifetime of oral health. Our team is committed to helping you prevent problems before they lead to unnecessary dental treatment.
We stay up to date with the latest preventive techniques including gentle ultra-sonic cleanings, oral cancer screening, sealants and fluoride therapies.
A key component of this is educating our patients so we can empower them to make healthy, positive choices for themselves.
Dr. Tritle is passionate about saving and preserving the natural enamel and tooth structure that we are born with.
A smile says a lot about a person but did you know that the health of your smile is also related to your overall health?
Periodontal disease, commonly called gum disease, can result in adult tooth loss, inflamed, receding or bleeding gums and bad breath. Recent studies have also shown links to serious medical conditions, including stroke, heart disease and pulmonary disease, diabetes, multiple cancers, infertility and complications in pregnancy, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Periodontal gum disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. Although periodontal disease initially appears as bad breath and bleeding, swollen and/or recessed gums, if left untreated, it can lead to bone loss, teeth loosening, and the loss of teeth themselves. Periodontal disease is an inflammatory and infectious disease, and although anyone can get it, certain people are at greater risk than others.
Crowns and Bridges
A dental crown or “cap” covers the entire tooth, reshaping and replacing its surface while leaving the root and base of the natural tooth intact. This is a viable solution for issues like:
- Weak or brittle teeth
- Extensive tooth decay
- Extensive wear or damage to teeth
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- Failed fillings
Crowns can be made of all porcelain, porcelain fused to gold, porcelain fused to zirconium, or all gold. The best crown material is often determined by an individual’s bite and aesthetic considerations.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may notice a difference in chewing and speaking. Bridges can help restore your smile.
Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and literally “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and are attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored fillings are a natural looking way to repair a tooth that has a cavity. Instead of using silver metal (amalgam) fillings, a composite resin filling is used. It repairs and sustains the longevity of the tooth but it blends in with the natural color so you can’t tell it is there.
Read more about Tooth colored fillings on the Cosmetic Dentistry tab below!
If you have ever dreamed of a brighter, more beautiful smile, there are a number of cosmetic dental procedures available for you including whitening, orthodontics, crowns, veneers, enamel recontouring as well as simple composite bonding.
A smile says so much about someone and impacts how we interact with the world around us. Just the simple act of smiling improves ones mood and has been shown to reduce levels of stress.
Nothing is more satisfying for our team than having someone walk out of our office with a beautiful smile that they are proud to share with everyone they encounter.
Dental implants are made up of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body. They are posts that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw, where they function as a sturdy anchor for replacement teeth.
Implants do more than restore a smile; they promote good oral health by helping to preserve your bone after a tooth has been lost due to trauma or decay. Replacing a missing tooth helps to keep the surrounding teeth in their proper places. Once the titanium implant post has been placed, we finalize the process by attaching a porcelain crown.
Implants set the standard for single tooth replacement, and can also be customized to create an implant-retained bridge to replace several teeth. For denture-wearers who are in search of comfort and confidence, implants can properly retain dentures to make them secure enough for eating and speaking without the constant fear of slipping or clicking.
Complete and Partial Dentures
Dentures are constructed to replace missing teeth and soft tissue structures. Dentures are removable and are made to closely resemble natural tissue. Dentures are constructed using materials that make them very durable, and you may anticipate your custom dentures lasting many years.
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are made to replace all of the teeth of one arch. By working with your dentist to select the shape, size and shade of these teeth you can create a beautiful new smile. Implants can be used to stabilize a complete denture, and these dentures are made similarly to regular dentures.
Partial dentures are used when either one or more teeth are missing and some natural teeth remain. A partial denture typically rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. They can also be fabricated with a flexible base like an athletic mouthguard for added comfort or aesthetics. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
No matter what you choose, Dr. Tritle and his staff take the time and pay attention to the finest detail in order to give you the best fit, finish and esthetics for your full or partial denture.
- a deep cavity
- repeated dental procedures
- a cracked or broken tooth
- injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile.