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Dental Services

Nielsen Dentistry offers a complete array  dental services to you and your family.

Exams and cleanings

Your oral health gives an overview of your body’s overall health.  Your mouth cannot be healthy if there is chronic inflammation in the gums, or if harmful bacteria are attacking your teeth.  We will help you get to your best oral health through effective hygiene, maintaining the integrity of teeth and fillings, and guiding your dietary choices.  Sometimes additional help through special preventive toothpaste, mouthwashes, and nutritional recommendations can help individual patients.  These will be discussed with you at your examination.

Cosmetic Dentistry

An improved smile is very attainable, and can be quite affordable.  The most common ways to create the smile you want is through whitening, bonded composite resin, and porcelain veneers and crowns.

Whitening

Many patients have tried whitening in the past and have had mixed results.  I have been using the KoR  method of whitening since 2010 and have been able to provide patients with consistent and impressive whitening results.  The results are easily maintained as long as you want.

Look at my “Smile Gallery” and visit www.korwhitening.com to learn more.

Composite Resin

This is my favorite treatment option.  Bonding composite resin to teeth can significantly improve a smile with very little or no tooth removal in some cases.  I completed an intensive bonding course given by Dr. Buddy Mopper at the Center for Esthetic Excellence in Chicago.  Teeth can become whiter, have their shape improved or lengthened, and gaps and chips can be filled in.

Click the following link to see more:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/composite-fillings

Porcelain Veneers and Crowns

Sometimes porcelain veneers and crowns are required to restore and improve a smile.   This may be due to the need to strengthen a tooth that has been severely weakened due to cavities, or significant bite problems.  Porcelain will give the longest lasting results, and recreates the contour, feel, and look of natural enamel.

Please see the “Smile Gallery” for examples.

Implants

Dental implants offer great options to replace teeth and keep dentures stable and fixed in place.  Most patients are great candidates for implant treatment.  Implants can very predictably replace a missing tooth, or serve to hold a denture in place permanently.  I can discuss with you whether dental implants are the right choice for you.

Also, click the following link for general information from the American Dental Association:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/i/implants

Dentures

Dr. Nielsen makes dentures that replace missing teeth.  Complete dentures are for patients who have lost all teeth or need all current teeth removed.  He works with you every step of the way to make your transition into dentures as easy as possible.  “Partial Dentures” fit in coordination with the remaining healthy teeth to complete your set of teeth.  They can be made with metal, or metal-free.  He will discuss which one is the best option for you.

For more information on Dentures and Partial dentures, click the following links:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/Dentures
http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/dentures-partial

Fillings

Fillings are the treatment of choice for small to medium-sized cavities.  I do not use the silver amalgam material, preferring to use tooth-colored composite resin.  This is what I have had done for myself.  Composite resin is long-lasting and beautiful, but must be placed under very controlled conditions.  To make my fillings last as long as they possibly can, I bond them meticulously and with the help of a rubber dental dam.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns completely cover a tooth.  The tooth is reduced in size and shape so a crown can be made to completely cover the tooth.  A crown is most commonly made from porcelain, but can be made from gold as well.  Crowns are used when a filling will not offer a long-lasting result, or the tooth has had a large crack or fracture.

Learn more at:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/c/Crowns

Bridges replace a missing tooth or teeth.  The teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are crowned, and the missing teeth are replaced with crowns.  All crowns are connected, and the bridge is one single unit.  The bridge is permanently cemented to the supporting teeth, so there is no need to take it in or out.  In contrast, a removable partial denture is referred to as a ‘removable bridge’.  You can read about this in the “Dentures” section.

Sleep Apnea

Approximately 25 million adults in the U.S. have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which can cause them to stop breathing hundreds of times a night for a few seconds to more than a minute. Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problems such as:  high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, erectile dysfunction, and accidents related to drowsy driving.  If you have trouble tolerating a CPAP machine or have mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea, an oral appliance can treat your apnea effectively.  Working in conjunction with board-certified sleep physicians, I treat these patients with a dental device that repositions the lower jaw and lifts the tongue off of the patient’s airway.  This opens the airway and allows air to move freely while sleeping, and eliminates snoring.

Learn more at:  http://www.aadsm.org/

Dentistry for Children

I believe a patient’s oral health success or struggles stem from their dental health as a child.  Community water fluoridation has helped prevent cavities, but children are the target of marketing by large commercial food corporations selling products very high in sugar.  Children need help making good dietary choices and home hygiene practices.  Preventive sealants can be very helpful in preventing cavities in the pits and fissures of molars when they begin to erupt around age 6.  A child is vulnerable to cavities at this age due to inconsistent brushing habits.  If cavities start, they must be addressed with a conservative filling promptly.  I enjoy treating children and calmly provide treatment without extra anxiety for the child.  Having PBS and cartoons on during treatment always helps!

Read more about sealants here:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/s/sealants

To learn more about kids dental health, go to http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/ and click the links for babies/kids and teens.