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Comprehensive Dental Care for the Entire Family

Preventive Services

Teeth Cleaning

It is suggested that patients should be seen for a hygiene care appointment and periodic exam every 6 months or as recommended by Dr. Eckermann. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Digital X-rays

Computers are a fixture in everyday life. They also play an important role in our dental office. Besides using computers to track your appointments, treatment details, and insurance records, we use them to help capture, store and transmit your dental x-rays.

The dental x-rays produced using the computer are called digital dental x-rays (also called digital images or computerized dental radiographs) and can be displayed, enhanced, and magnified on the computer monitor.

  • Digital x-rays are environmentally friendly and produce less than ½ the radiation exposure of conventional x-rays.
  • Digital x-rays do not need to be processed, this eliminates the wait time to diagnose x-rays.
  • Digital x-rays eliminate the need for film and film processing chemicals that generate biohazardous waste.

Why are dental x-rays needed?

Many diseases of the oral cavity (including the teeth, surrounding tissues and bone) cannot be seen when the dentist examines your mouth. An x-ray examination may help the dentist see:

  • Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations.
  • Bone destruction from a tooth infection (e.g., an abscess) or from a cyst.
  • Bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Some types of tumors.
  • Fractured teeth and the effects of trauma.
  • The position of unerupted teeth in children and adults.

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can prevent unnecessary discomfort and prevent the need for more extensive dental treatment. Digital x-rays help Dr. Eckermann detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.

Sealants

Tooth decay often occurs in the grooves on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where plaque tends to accumulate. Sealants serve as a barrier against tooth decay.

Dr. Eckermann recommends sealants for children and teenagers because the likelihood of developing decay begins as soon as their adult teeth appear. Sealants are plastic material (resin) applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth- the premolars and molars. The resin bonds to the depressions and grooves (called pits and fissures) in the back teeth. A sealant is a barrier that protects tooth enamel from plaque and acids.

The back teeth have uneven pits and fissures that are difficult to keep clean because toothbrush bristles cannot reach into them. Sealants form a thin covering to keep out plaque and debris and decrease the risk of decay. The sealant procedure is virtually painless and only takes a few minutes. Good oral hygiene at home and regular hygiene care appointments are important to prevent tooth decay in between the teeth- spots the sealants cannot cover.

Sealants are extremely effective in preventing tooth decay on back teeth.

Fluoride

Over the past few decades, tooth decay has been reduced dramatically. The key reason: fluoride. Research has shown that fluoride reduces cavities in both children and adults. It also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay even before the decay becomes visible. Fluoride is like any other nutrient; it is safe and effective when used appropriately.

Fluoride is obtained in two forms: topical and systemic. Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth making them more decay-resistant. Topical fluorides include toothpastes, mouth rinses and professionally applied fluoride therapies.

Systemic fluorides are those that are ingested into the body and become incorporated into forming tooth structures. Systemic fluorides can also give topical protection because fluoride is present in saliva, which continually bathes the teeth. Systemic fluorides include water fluoridation or dietary fluoride supplements in the form of tablets, drops or lozenges.

As a result of the widespread availability of these various sources of fluoride, the decay rates in both the U.S. and other countries have greatly diminished.

Professionally-applied fluorides are in the form of a gel, foam or rinse, and are applied by Dr. Eckermann’s dental hygienists during dental visits. These fluorides are more concentrated than the self-applied fluorides, and therefore are not needed as frequently.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Crowns

A crown or cap is a restoration used to cap, or completely cover a tooth. If there is an excessive amount of decay or structural damage to a tooth, Dr. Eckermann may recommend a crown to restore the tooth. The circumstances of a damaged tooth or decayed tooth dictate the treatment plan. In a situation where there is not enough tooth structure and the consequent forces of function that the tooth will endure are great, a crown may be the proper treatment. Crowns are a lab processed restoration, the materials used vary from all porcelain, and porcelain fused to gold alloy or full cast gold crowns. Dr. Eckermann will discuss which material is best for your dental health.

Composite Fillings

During examination of dental x-rays Dr. Eckermann may find decay present. Our goal is to eradicate the tooth decay as soon as possible. Composite resin is the material of choice used in our dental practice to fill areas where decay was present. Composite resin material is used in place of traditional amalgam fillings. Composite resins are a metal free option, that is stronger than traditional materials and give the appearance of natural tooth structure.

Invisalign®


WHY DO WE USE INVISALIGN?

Because it is invisible, removable, comfortable and convenient.

HOW DOES INVISALIGN WORK?

Using the latest advances in 3-D computer technology, Invisalign translates instructions for Dr. Eckermann into a series of nearly undetectable Aligners. You wear each set of Aligners for about two weeks, moving your teeth gradually until you’ve achieved the desired result.

IS INVISALIGN EFFECTIVE?

Invisalign is effective in treating both teens and adults. It works for a wide range of people whose teeth are too crowded or have spaces between them.

HOW LONG DOES INVISALIGN TAKE?

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case. However, the average is about 12 months, but only Dr. Eckermann can determine the length of your treatment.

DOES INSURANCE COVER INVISALIGN?

Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional braces also covers Invisalign to the same extent. Invisalign is reimbursable through most employees Health Care.

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Veneers

Dr. Eckermann is happy to offer his patients the option of dental veneers. Veneers can drastically change your smile. Veneers are used to create a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Veneers can change alignment of teeth, close spaces, lengthen teeth that have been shortened by wear, provide uniform color, shape, and symmetry.

A veneer is a thin layer of lab processed porcelain that covers the fronts of a tooth’s surface. This is a treatment option that requires less tooth preparation then a tradition crown.

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Zoom! Teeth Whitening

Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile. With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Eckermann to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.

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Dental Implants

Nothing can take the place of a healthy set of teeth, but when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, it’s good to know that there are options for restoring your smile. If you are self-conscious because you have missing teeth or you wear dentures, there is an alternative: dental implants. Implants have been used for more than a quarter century. And more of our patients are choosing dental implants as a replacement option. One survey shows that more than 1.5 million dental implants were placed in a recent year, and that number is growing.

Many of our patients choose implants to replace a single tooth, several teeth, to support a full set of dentures or a full implant retained denture. Implants are cylinders that are surgically placed in the upper or lower jaw where they function as a sturdy anchor or replacement teeth. They are made of titanium and other materials that are compatible with the human body.

If you are missing one or more teeth, there are plenty of reasons to correct the problem:

  • A gap between your teeth, if obvious when you smile or speak, is a cosmetic concern.
  • Missing teeth may affect your speech
  • Missing a molar might not be noticeable when you talk or smile, but its absence can affect chewing.
  • When a tooth is removed, the biting force on the remaining teeth begins to change. As the bite changes to compensate for the lost tooth, there is a risk of extra pressure and discomfort on the jaw joints, which may lead to temporomandibular disorder, also known as TMD.
  • If a missing tooth is not replaced, the surrounding teeth can shift. Harmful plaque and tartar can collect in new hard-to-reach places created by shifting teeth. Over time, this may lead to tooth decay and periodontal disease.
  • Bone loss can occur in the region of the missing tooth.

Who is a candidate for implants?

If you are in good general health, with healthy gums and a jawbone that can support an implant, this treatment may be an option for you. In fact, your health is more of a factor than your age. Chronic illnesses, such as diabetes or leukemia, may interfere with healing after surgery. And if you use tobacco, you are at greater risk for gum disease, which can weaken the bone and tissues needed to supported the implant. Oral hygiene is critical to the success of the implant. If your overall health is good and your teeth and gums are in good shape, Dr. Eckermann can determine if you are a suitable candidate for a dental implant.

Single Tooth Implants

The single tooth implant replaces the missing tooth’s root. A single tooth implant is a free-standing unit and does not involve treatment to the adjacent teeth.

If the surrounding teeth are healthy, they can remain untouched, and their strength and integrity may be maintained. The implant can stabilize your bite and help prevent problems with the jaw.

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Implant Supported Bridges and Dentures

Dental implants may be used to support a bridge when several teeth are missing. The bridge replaces the lost natural teeth and some tooth roots. An implant-supported bridge does not require support from adjacent teeth. If you are missing all of your teeth, an implant-supported denture can replace the missing teeth and tooth roots. Because the dental implants integrate with the jawbone, an implant-supported denture tends to be comfortable and stable, allowing you to bite and chew naturally.

Hybrid Bridge

If you have uncomfortable dentures, advanced gum disease, extensive treatment needs, or just don’t want teeth that you have to take out; a hybrid bridge may be the best option for you. A hybrid bridge is an implant supported denture that is not removable by the patient. It is the next best substitute for your natural teeth.

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Oral Reconstruction

People who have extensive break down of their teeth may require treatment involving multiple disciplines of dentistry. The use of veneers, crowns, fillings, bridges, implants, periodontal therapy, and preventive dentistry can be combined to restore a person’s oral health. Oral reconstruction involves restoring a patient’s comfort, ability to chew, and looks. All of these can be addressed at Dr. Eckermann’s office.

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Dentures

Complete dentures are used to replace a persons teeth when they are missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. They are crafted to fit your individual mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:

  • Help restore your ability to eat and speak
  • Replace your missing teeth
  • Prevent facial sagging
  • Improve the appearance of your smile

We can create and place your custom complete dentures in just a few visits. Your dentures will be made to look and feel like natural teeth so that you can feel confident every time you smile. We invite you to call our office today if you are missing teeth to learn more about the benefits of dentures.