Regular Exams and Cleaning
Regular exams are an important part of maintaining your oral
health. During your regular exam, we will:
Check for any problems that you may not see or feel
Look for cavities and all other signs of tooth decay
Inspect your teeth and gums for gingivitis and signs of Periodontal disease
Perform a thorough teeth cleaning
Preventative care is the best care!
Your regular exam will take about 45 minutes. Each regular exam includes a detailed teeth cleaning; in which we will clean, polish, and rinse your teeth to remove any tartar and plaque that have built up on the teeth’s surfaces. Visiting our office every six months gives you the chance to talk to the doctor about any questions you may have about your oral health and maintain a healthy smile. Regular exams are offered by appointment only, so please contact our practice today to schedule your next dental exam and teeth cleaning.
8 AM - 5 PM
8 AM - 5 PM
8 AM - 1 PM
8 AM - 5 PM
By Appt ONLY
If your smile has become stained or discolored, teeth whitening may be the right fit for you! Teeth whitening has never been so affordable, quick, or simple and Dr. Sears can help you achieve a brighter smile in just one office visit with the Zoom Laser Whitening treatment.
· Corrects dull, brown, yellow, or spotted tooth staining
· A more affordable option in comparison to veneers or crowns
· A near permanent solution for a "dull" smile
· A great option for all ages
Crowns & Bridges
Dr. Sears can make your smile look new again with all porcelain crowns or a bridge. If you have a cracked or broken tooth, extensive tooth decay, have a root canal, or are missing teeth, we can make your teeth fully functional again.
A bridge may be used to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, and alleviate stress on your bite.
A crown is a small, cap-like device, that is bonded to your tooth similarly to a filling. This is used to protect the damaged tooth and restore its function. When done correctly, the crown should be comfortable and unnoticeable to others.
Dentures are natural-looking replacement teeth that are
removable. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full
dentures are given to patients when all of the natural teeth have
been removed. Partial dentures are attached to a metal frame that
is connected to your natural teeth and are used to fill the spaces where
permanent teeth have been removed. Just like natural teeth,
dentures need to be properly cared for. Use a gentle cleanser to
brush your dentures, always keep them moist when they’re not in
use, and be sure to keep your tongue and gums clean as well.
A smile can be dulled by stained, chipped, cracked, or misaligned teeth,
bonding can quickly and painlessly restore your smile's natural beauty.
Dental bonding is a cosmetic procedure in which a tooth-colored composite
resin material is applied to your teeth to improve your smile.
There are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. For example, sometimes baby teeth have misshapen or long roots that prevent them from falling out as they should. As a result, the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. In other cases, a tooth may have so much decay that it puts the surrounding teeth at risk. Dr. Sears may recommend an extraction accompanied with a replacement using a bridge or an implant. Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with wisdom teeth can also require an extraction. When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, Dr. Sears may extract the tooth during a regular exam or may
request another visit for this procedure. The root of each tooth is
encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is
held into that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, Dr. Sears must expand the socket and separate the tooth from the
ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very
quick, it is important to share with him any concerns or
preferences for sedation beforehand.
Fillings & Sealants
WHAT IS A FILLING?
When you have a cavity, we remove the decayed portion of the
tooth and then fill the space left behind with a composite resin. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked, broken, or worn-down teeth. Fillings should always look and feel like it's a part of your natural tooth. Newer dental fillings can include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
WHAT IS A DENTAL SEALANT?
Dental sealants are a simple procedure in which a tooth-colored acrylic coating is painted onto the surface of the tooth. This effectively seals the deep grooves of the tooths structure, acting as a barrier and protecting enamel from plaque and acids. With sealants, brushing your teeth becomes easier and more effective against tooth decay. Sealants are a highly beneficial procedure because they can reduce the risk of cavities in molars up to 80%.
If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Without all of
your teeth, your bite can become unstable, there can be discomfort, your face may shift and cause you to appear is if you are aging. Implants are a great
way to replace your missing teeth, and if properly maintained, can
last a lifetime! An implant is a new artificial tooth made of metal and porcelain that looks just like a natural tooth. It’s composed of two main parts: the titanium implant body that takes the place of the
missing root and the tooth-colored crown that
is cemented on top of the implant. With implant treatment, you
can return to smiling confidently!
In addition to tooth replacement, implants may be used to anchor
dentures, especially lower dentures that tend to shift when you
talk or chew. For patients with removable partial dentures,
implants can replace missing teeth so you have a more natural-looking smile. Dental implants are a long-term solution that allow you to live your life with the utmost confidence.
Whether you wear braces or not, protecting your smile while
playing sports is essential. Mouthguards help protect your teeth
and gums from injury. If you participate in any kind of full-contact
sport, the American Dental Association recommends that you
wear a mouthguard. There are three basic types of mouthguards: the pre-made
mouthguard, the “boil-and-bite” fitted mouthguard, and a custom-
made mouthguard from your dentist. Choosing the right mouthguard is essential. When you choose a mouthguard, be sure to pick one that is tear-resistant, comfortable
and well-fitted for your mouth, easy to keep clean, and does not
prevent you from breathing properly. Your dentist can show you
how to wear a mouthguard properly and how to choose the right
mouthguard to protect your smile.
In the past, if you had a tooth with a diseased nerve, you'd probably lose that tooth. Today, with a special dental procedure called “root canal treatment,” your tooth can be saved. When a tooth is cracked or has a deep cavity, bacteria can enter the pulp tissue and cause an infection inside the tooth. If left untreated, an
abscess may form. If the infected tissue is not removed, pain and
swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it
is also detrimental to your overall health. Root canal treatment involves one to three visits. During the process of this treatment, Dr. Sears removes the affected tissue, cleans and seals the interior of the tooth, and then fills the tooth with dental composite. If your tooth has extensive decay, Dr. Sears may suggest placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breaking. As long as you continue to care for your teeth and gums with regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, your restored tooth can last a lifetime.
You no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips,
stains, or misshapen teeth. With veneers, you can easily correct
your teeth’s imperfections to help you have a more confident and
beautiful smile. Veneers are natural in appearance, and they are a
perfect option for patients wanting to make minor adjustments to
the look and feel of their smile.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells crafted from tooth-colored
materials (such as porcelain). They are a device designed to cover the
front side of your teeth. To prepare for veneers, Dr. Sears will
create a unique model of your teeth. This model is sent to the
dental technician to create your veneers. Before placing your new
veneers, Dr. Sears may need to conservatively prepare your
teeth to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
When your veneers are placed, you’ll be pleased to see that they
look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain-resistant,
Dr. Sears may recommend that you avoid coffee,
tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile.
You’ll receive a complete examination to determine if these invisible braces are right for you. X-rays, pictures, and a scan of your teeth will be taken. This information will be sent to the Invisalign lab to make a series of clear, custom-made aligners that will gradually move your teeth to the correct position.
Dr. Sears will give you the first set of aligners to snap onto your teeth. Initially, the aligners will be uncomfortable, because they are meant to move your teeth to a new position, this discomfort is only temporary. At the end of two weeks, you’ll switch to the next set of aligners, which will again feel uncomfortable. This process repeats itself until you have worn all of the aligners.
You’ll have an appointment with Dr. Sears every four to six weeks so he can monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments. At the end of your treatment, you’ll have beautifully aligned teeth. This treatment typically lasts about one year but the duration does vary.
A healthy, beautiful smile that can last a lifetime
A completely custom treatment plan designed for your unique needs
Helps prevent tooth decay, tooth loss, and other dental injuries
Treatment that can alleviate physical health problems
Invisalign® straightens teeth using a series of clear, plastic aligners. For teeth to move from their current crooked position to where they are supposed to be, pressure must be applied. With braces, this is done using metal brackets with wires threaded between them. With Invisalign®, we apply pressure using a series of clear aligners that place specific amounts of pressure on specific teeth. When worn in a series, they put the right amount of pressure on the teeth to migrate the teeth to the correct position.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WEAR INVISALIGN?
Each case is unique, depending on the treatment needed. Invisalign typically takes one year for adults. For teens, the lengths of treatment is comparable to that of traditional braces. For the fastest results, we recommend you wear your aligners 20-22 hours a day. As you wear your aligners, your teeth will gently and gradually shift into place. Once you have achieved the beautiful smile you desire, we recommend retainers to keep your teeth looking good.
Many people want to straighten their teeth, but the thought of wearing uncomfortable metal braces for years prevents them from making the commitment. If you are interested in an alternative, Dr. Brent Sears is a preferred provider of Invisalign® invisible braces, which straighten your teeth in half the time of traditional braces.
Sleep-disordered breathing (ex: snoring and sleep apnea) affects about one in four of the patients you will see today — and the condition can significantly impact overall health and quality of life. The dental solution for sleep-disordered breathing is mandibular advancement with an oral appliance. With over 400,000 appliances delivered, the Silent Nite® sl is a tried-and-true solution for your patient.
Helping patients achieve a deeper, more satisfying night’s sleep, the Silent Nite® sl is flexible, thin, and comfortable, and it exhibits documented clinical success in mitigating or preventing the disruptive, unhealthy effects of snoring and sleep apnea. Silent Nite positions the lower jaw forward using Slide-Link connectors that are attached to upper and lower appliances. These appliances are composed of a soft inner layer with a hard, durable outer layer, both of which are BPA-free. The connectors hold the jaw in a therapeutic position as determined by the dentist. Providing adjustability, the connectors are easily interchangeable if the lower jaw needs to be repositioned.
This affordable intraoral appliance is indicated for patients with a minimum of eight teeth per jaw and a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or less.
More than 400,000 Silent Nite sl appliances delivered
Appliance is available as an optional “One for Home, One for Travel” two-pack
to help ensure patients never go untreated, whether home or away
Case includes an AM Aligner and extra connectors
Treats snoring and sleep apnea quickly and effectively