WE OFFER SERVICES YOU NEED TO KEEP A FRESH, HEALTHY AND BEAUTIFUL SMILE.
Our office offers a variety of services to meet all your dental needs. Please call in if you have any questions about the services we offer, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions.
Crowns and bridges are used to restore damaged or discolored teeth, or to take the place of missing teeth. A crown covers the entire tooth and is the strongest, longest lasting restoration dentists provide. A crown not only strengthens a tooth, but it can dramatically improve a tooth’s appearance, shape and alignment.
Crowns are used to:
Replace large fillings when there is little tooth structure remaining
Protect weak teeth from fracturing
Restore fractured teeth
Replace teeth on implants
Cover discolored or poorly shaped or positioned teeth
Cover teeth that have root canal treatment since they are more brittle
Attach a bridge to
A bridge is an ideal method to fill the space created by missing teeth. A bridge is one or more artificial teeth that are cemented to natural teeth or implants on either side for support, hence the name. This is an option for filling the space created by a missing tooth. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically.
Crowns and bridges are as much art, as they are science. With the newer stronger porcelains now available, we can replicate enamel’s natural beauty, since metal is no longer needed for strength.
Today, we can use a computerized scanner to create a digital image of your teeth, and the lab can fabricate crowns, bridges and even Invisalign from the scan. No impression material needed!
Approximately 80% of bad breath is caused by a dental condition. The underlying cause must be determined to properly treat the condition. Bad breath simply caused by an accumulation of normal oral bacteria in the mouth can be eliminated by proper brushing of the teeth, tongue and gums after meals, as well as flossing and rinsing with mouthwash.
A mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide works well for halitosis. Regular visits to the dentist should be made to rule out other causes, and to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Some types of bad breath, such as "morning breath," are considered fairly normal and are due to the slowing of saliva flow during sleep. However, persistent or stronger bad breath may be a sign of more serious problems such as periodontal (gum) disease, acid reflux or illnesses such as diabetes, liver, kidney or lung disease, even cancer.
Bad breath may be caused by the following:
- Poor dental hygiene leads to the accumulation of plaque and bacteria in the mouth
- Oral infections, particularly periodontal (gum) disease
- Respiratory-tract infections involving the throat, sinuses or lungs
- External agents including foods such as garlic, onions, and coffee, as well as cigarettes and chewing tobacco
- Systemic illnesses such as diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, lung disease, acid reflux disease and others
Soft tissue lasers are used to safely remove infected tissue or correct a “gummy smile.” The laser is also used to kill bacteria in gum pockets, eliminating infection which allows infected gums to return to a healthy state. This technique eliminates the need for scalpel and suture. Dental lasers have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and are safe for both adults and children.
Custom designed nightguards (also called bite splints) are dual layered with a flexible plastic inner lining and outer hard lining molded to fit not only the shape of your teeth, but also to custom fit the bite in such a way that minimizes stress on the muscles of the jaw and the TMJ (jaw joint itself).
Nightguards are recommended for a variety of reasons:
For patients who clench or grind their teeth to protect them from further wear or chipping.
To protect advanced dental work from chipping or breaking.
To protect the jaw (TMJ) from discomfort or damage.
Mouthguards are different, they are recommended to protect the jaw and teeth during physical activity and contact sports such as soccer, baseball, football and basketball. In addition, these guards protect the soft tissues of the mouth. They are constructed of a soft plastic.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do, not only for your teeth and gums, but your overall well-being. An ever-increasing amount of evidence links oral plaque and bacteria with heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses.
Daily preventive care, including proper brushing and flossing, will help stop problems before they develop. In between regular visits to the dentist, here are simple steps you can take to greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other health problems:
- *Brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing once a day
- *Chewing sugar free gum (preferably xylitol gum) when brushing is not practical
*Eating a balanced diet and limiting snacks between meals
*Using dental products that contain fluoride
*Using special remineralization toothpaste for weak enamel
*Fluoride for children and some adults
For the past several years, Dr Kuhl has been awarded the Invisalign Premier Provider status, as one of the top Invisalign providers in the country! The Invisalign treatment consists of a series of thin, clear, aligners that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, to gradually shift them to their proper position. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but since the aligners are made of clear plastic, they are virtually invisible. In addition, because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing. Invisalign uses CAD CAM technology to create a series of aligners. Each aligner is worn for a two-week period, after which you switch to a new one. We have found Invisalign to generally take less time than traditional braces.Dr Kuhl straightens teeth using Invisalign or braces. With braces, brackets are bonded to the teeth, and arch wires are threaded through the brackets. The arch wires act as a track, and guide each tooth to its proper position. There are several types of orthodontic braces available, including the traditional metal braces, and ceramic "tooth colored" braces.
As with all orthodontic appliances, the cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. For those patients with insurance, policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.
Various types of dental sedation can be utilized as described below:
*Nitrous Oxide- also known as “laughing gas” is inhaled through a mask to quickly induce a state of relaxation. One advantage of “laughing gas” is the effects are also quickly reversed at the end of treatment, by breathing 100% oxygen.
*Oral Sedation- a pill taken an hour before treatment causes a “twilight” sleep. The effects last a few hours, so the patient does not drive to or from the office.
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. It is located just in front of the ear, where the skull and jaw meet. Problems in this joint are most commonly due to muscle tension. Other causes are a poor bite, missing teeth, trauma to the jaw, or changes in the joint such as arthritis. Aside from the two bones that meet there, cartilage buffers them and five muscles are involved in the area.
If something goes wrong with any of these, the following symptoms may occur:
Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
Clicking or popping of the jaw, Pain in the jaw muscles
Dental treatments for the condition may include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, or adjusting the bite. There is not one solution that is right for all cases. Often a nightguard is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem, or to protect a damaged joint. In severe cases surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint.
Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can impact your oral health, comfort and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are times when an extraction is necessary.
A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:
Advanced periodontal disease
Infection or abscess
Fractured teeth or roots
Dr. Kuhl gets lots of practice with extractions on annual mission trips. After a routine extraction, analgesics are prescribed and any discomfort should subside within a few days.
Tooth whitening is a very safe and popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained, discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile. Our office offers two methods of whitening: in-office whitening and tray whitening. In-office whitening is an ideal procedure for anyone needing immediate results, because the entire procedure takes place in our office in about an hour. In this process, a protective gel is applied to the gums to protect the soft tissue and a special light-activated gel is then applied to the teeth.
Tray whitening is, in general, a more effective method that also uses milder bleaching gel. This technique is ideal for people with sensitive teeth, tetracycline staining, or simply those who want the maximum whitening effect. An impression is taken of your teeth to make customized thin, clear trays that fit over your teeth. A special bleaching gel is dispensed in the trays and typically worn for 1-2 hours per day for 10-14 days. At the end of this period, patients typically see a dazzling result. A one-day follow-up treatment can be done every 3 months to maintain your whiter shade of teeth.
A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist numbs the area in your mouth with a local anesthesia, often in conjunction with a sedative, so you are relaxed during the procedure. After the tooth, or teeth, are removed, you will be instructed to bite down on gauze for an hour after you leave the office, to limit any bleeding. Some pain and swelling may occur, but prescribed medication should keep you comfortable. Ice may also be utilized the day of surgery to minimize swelling. Any swelling or discomfort typically subsides after a few days.