We are dedicated to helping you create the smile you desire. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is here to put your mind at ease and answer any questions you may have about your treatment options. Contact us to get started on your new, healthy smile.
At Smile Village Dental Care, we take your dental health seriously. For patients with normal, healthy gums, we offer regular dental cleanings at your initial comprehensive examination and twice a year. However, approximately one out of every two adults has periodontal disease. Early detection is very important. Starting at age 18, periodontal pocket or “gum” measurements will be taken to access the health of your gums. If evidence of periodontal disease is found, our dentists will guide you through the necessary treatment needed to get you to your optimal dental health.
Invisalign is the invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. A series of clear removable aligners are used to straighten your teeth without metal wires or brackets. You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. Every six weeks, you will be seen by your dentist to evaluate tooth movement and to receive your next three sets of trays. The average treatment time ranges from 9-18 months depending on individual needs. At the end of your treatment, Vivera retainers will be made to maintain your results for years to come.
Composite or tooth-colored fillings are a metal free alternative to amalgam “silver” fillings. Composite fillings contain no mercury and are made from resins that are matched to your tooth’s color. They become invisible when applied giving a great natural, cosmetic result. Whether you need an initial filling or to replace your silver fillings, Dr. Davis can assist you in obtaining the smile you desire.
Good oral hygiene will keep your teeth looking clean and shiny. However, the health of your teeth and gums is essential for the health of your entire body. Poor oral hygiene can lead to gum disease, infection, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. The American Dental Association recommends you see the dentist for a checkup at least twice a year. It is also important to have your comprehensive examination in order to prevent cavities or manage them early. Untreated dental cavities lead to more extensive, costly treatment, and possible tooth loss. Here at Smile Village Dental Care, we will perform a thorough comprehensive examination of your teeth and gums. Also, as a part of your comprehensive dental exam, an oral cancer screening will be performed. We will guide you through your treatment plan and assist you with achieving dental health.
Crowns are used to restore a tooth to its natural size, shape, and color after a large filling or crack has compromised the tooth. Crowns are almost always placed after a root canal because the tooth becomes weak and is likely to fracture. A crowns will strengthen and protect what remains of the tooth and will improve your smile. When preparing a tooth for a crown, 1-2 mm of tooth structure is removed from the tooth and an impression is then made of the remaining tooth structure. That impression is sent to the lab to fabricate your custom crown. A temporary crown is placed on your tooth until your crown returns from the lab. Radiographs are taken prior to permanent cementation of your crown to ensure a proper fit. Schedule an appointment to discuss your options.
As a part of your comprehensive dental exam, dental radiographs or “X-rays” will be taken. These radiographs are taken at your initial exam appointment as well as once a year as a returning patient. At Smile Village Dental Care, we use dental sensors to take your X-rays instead of traditional radiographic film. Digital radiography produces an enhanced computer image of your teeth and gums, which aids in the diagnosis of dental disease and offers lower radiation exposure.
If you feel you have a dental emergency, we urge you to contact Smile Village Dental Care immediately so we can give you the compassionate care you need quickly. A dental emergency is a situation that requires prompt attention from a dental professional. Our team understands that you cannot always plan when you will need our care. We will do our best to schedule an appointment the same day or as soon as possible to assist you with your dental emergency. If you feel your emergency is life threatening, please go to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible or call 911.
Teeth need extractions for a variety of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. If your chewing or functioning will be compromised, we will discuss tooth replacement alternatives. As with all procedures, our dentists are dedicated to providing the most comfortable experience possible to assist with your treatment goals. If you think an extraction is necessary, call us to schedule a consultation.
We offer laser treatments using the Epic X diode laser, a cutting edge therapeutic and surgical device that provides a comfortable experience for patients. It is designed for use in a variety of dental procedures including:
- Laser Whitening
- Gingiva Sculpting
- Periodontal Disease
- TMJ Pain Therapy
- Aphthous and Herpetic Ulcer Treatment
Night guards are removable dental appliances carefully molded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth. They are used to protect your teeth and restoration surfaces from nocturnal (nighttime) clenching & grinding as well as manage jaw dysfunction (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder). People prone to TMJ disorders may benefit from an occlusal splint. Occlusal splints (night guards) are typically made of a heat-cured acrylic resin. In order to fabricate a night guard, a mold will be taken of your teeth and sent to a dental lab. A custom fit night guard will be made and delivered to you. Maintenance and care instructions will be provided. We are happy to discuss if a night guard is the appropriate therapy for you.
We place great emphasis on giving children an excellent start to their dental care. It is important that children develop a non-fearing, positive relationship with their dentist. Our dentists are here to educate patients and their parents about nutrition and proper home care.
Prevention is key! Regular cleaning and checkups allow an opportunity to correct any habits which may lead to tooth problems or to catch existing problems early. Sealants can be placed into the deep grooves on the biting surfaces of teeth in order to prevent cavities in these areas. They are easy to place and do not require anesthetic. We are excited to set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed. This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need for dental implants or bridges.
At the center of your tooth is pulp. Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth. Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures. Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature, or pain in the tooth and gums. One of our dentists will evaluate you to determine if root canal therapy is needed. Root canals are performed under local anesthetic. Sedation alternatives are provided as needed. Usually, a crown will be needed following root canal therapy. We are aware of the dental fear associated with root canals. Both Dr. Davis and Dr. Garner are dedicated to providing a pain-free, comfortable experience for their patients.
Dr. Davis and Dr. Garner have superb chairside manners, and they are both gentle and caring. However, they do understand that some patients have dental anxiety. At Smile Village Dental Care, we offer nitrous oxide sedation. Nitrous oxide is a gas which is inhaled, and it is a safe method for helping patients relax during their dental procedures. The effects of nitrous oxide are gone within minutes after the gas is turned off, and it is safe for the patient to drive after nitrous oxide has been administered. We want your experience with us to be enjoyable and comfortable. Our dentists can speak with you more about your individual needs.
Teeth can darken for a number of reasons. The most common is the natural tooth-yellowing effect from aging. Your teeth may also be stained from smoking, drinking coffee, tea, or caffeine-based soft drinks. In addition, discoloration can occur due to your genetic makeup or medications. Teeth whitening can be performed at our office or at home under dental supervision. Call Smile Village today for a consultation and get the bright smile you deserve!
Dentures: At times, it is necessary for all teeth to be removed either due to severe periodontal disease or extensive cavities. One option when replacing all teeth in an arch is an upper and/or lower denture. Dentures mainly gain support from your gums; however, implants can be placed to help support and retain your denture. Throughout life, dentures will require adjustments, relines, and replacement due to bone resorption, which will cause the denture to loosen. We will guide you through your treatment in order to make the transition comfortable.
Partials: If you have several missing teeth, a removable partial denture may be indicated. A removable partial denture is designed specifically to meet the needs of the patient and can replace one or more missing teeth. Partials restore a natural appearance, speech clarity, and the ability to eat more efficiently. A removable partial denture will also help limit movement of your existing natural teeth.
There are a couple of options when making a removable partial denture. Partial dentures can be created out of metal and acrylic composition or out of a flexible base acrylic. A patient’s specific needs and anatomy dictate the design of the partial denture and every effort is made to construct a self-cleansing partial denture that preserves the remaining teeth and oral tissues. Whether you are in need of your first partial or you need to replace an existing one, our dentists will gladly consult with you to determine the appropriate partial for you.
Fixed Partial Denture (Bridge): One or more missing teeth can have a serious effect on your smile and dental health. Specifically, missing teeth can cause a shift in the alignment of your teeth, causing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), and loss of the teeth around the space. Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth and are supported by the teeth on either side, which are called abutment teeth. A dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak as well as enhance your smile. Like crowns, 1-2 mm of tooth structure is removed from the abutment teeth and an impression is then made of the remaining tooth structure. That impression is sent to the lab in order to fabricate your bridge. A temporary bridge is placed on your teeth until your bridge returns from the lab. Radiographs are taken prior to permanent cementation of your bridge to ensure a proper fit. We are happy to consult with you to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.
Implants: Dental implants are an excellent alternative to a dental bridge. Because implant crowns have a predictable long-term prognosis and do not require alteration of the neighboring teeth, they are considered the standard of care in treating missing teeth. Replacing a missing tooth not only improves the appearance of your smile, but it also restores the function of that tooth. If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted or have previously lost a tooth, we may suggest replacing it with a dental implant and supporting crown. Dental implants look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. There are several steps in replacing a missing tooth with an implant. First, the implant or “screw form” is placed in the area of the missing tooth. An implant serves as the “artificial root”. The implant must heal for approximately 3-4 months before it is ready for the implant crown. At that time, we will place the implant abutment on the tooth. The abutment is a part that attaches to the implant. An impression is taken of the abutment which is sent to the lab for fabrication of your abutment crown. With proper care, dental implant crowns are an excellent long-term solution for missing teeth. They are more conservative than a traditional bridge, help prevent bone loss in the area of the missing tooth, and restore your ability to chew properly. If you have a non-restorable or missing tooth, we will consult with you about your implant options.
Porcelain veneers are an ideal choice for improving your smile. They are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front surfaces of the teeth. When bonded to the teeth, the ultra-thin porcelain veneers are virtually undetectable and highly resistant to coffee, tea, or even cigarette stains. Regarding strength and appearance, their resemblance to healthy, white tooth enamel is unsurpassed by other restorative options. With proper care, porcelain veneers will brighten your smile for well over a decade. To prolong their life, refrain from using your veneers as tools to open and cut things. If accidental breakage or damage occurs, it is usually possible to replace only the affected veneer.