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Dental Services

We provide a full scope of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dental services. Tap the links below to learn more. (Tap again to close.)

Preventive


► Cleanings, Exams & X-rays

Cleanings

Professional cleanings performed by a qualified professional are an important addition to your dental health routine of daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist will remove:
•  Plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease and gingivitis
•  Tartar from teeth surfaces. Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become hardened on the teeth; its removal requires scaling.
•  Surface stains from teeth by polishing.

Some patients will require a deep cleaning due to advanced gum disease. Dr. Dahle or Dr. Tingey will review your past dental history and work closely with your dental hygienist to identify any issues for which you may need treatment

Regular continuing care, or recall visits, will help you maintain good oral habits, identify changes early, and increase the likelihood that you can keep your smile beautiful throughout your life.

Examinations

Regular examinations, by Dr. Dahle or Dr. Tingey, help detect and prevent health issues before they become serious. Consistent dental check-ups help catch problems when they are small and easier to treat. Left unattended, small treatable problems often become worse and may require more extensive, expensive procedures later.

Dental examinations generally include the following:
•  Clinical dental evaluations: dental caries, fractures, lost fillings
•  Pediatric dental development
•  Screening for gum disease: gingivitis/periodontitis
•  Oral cancer screening
•  Periodontal (pockets of the gums) measurement and tracking
•  X-rays to detect tooth decay, cysts, tumors, problems between the teeth and below the gums, and other issues not visible when looking in the mouth.

Radiographs (X-rays)

X-rays (radiographs) are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries and can save time and money. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
•  Tooth decay
•  Gum disease screening
•  Dental infections
•  Fractured (broken) teeth
•  Bone loss
•  Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth)
•  Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous
•  Impacted teeth
•  Root resorption
•  Density of bone
•  Teeth that are still coming in

Our office uses large, on-screen digital x-rays, which makes patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.

Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting traditional film x-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. These digital x-rays use only 20% of the radiation of traditional film x-rays. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for faster consultation, if needed.

Panoramic Radiograph

Digital panoramic x-rays help Dr. Dahle and Dr. Tingey evaluate the entire mouth and jaw in one complete picture. The jaw, TMJ joint, teeth, and bones in the head and neck are visible. This type of x-ray is used to evaluate wisdom teeth for extraction, before referral to the orthodontist, before implant placement, to identify areas not readily visible on smaller films, and to be included in complete chart information to track changes over time.

When you get a panoramic x-ray, you are positioned standing. While holding completely still, the x-ray machine moves around your head. This takes about 20 seconds. The x-ray is viewable immediately after completion.

► Sealants & Fluoride Treatment

Dental Sealants

Sealants are used to help prevent tooth decay wherever deep grooves are found on the teeth. The natural grooves of these teeth can trap food and resist casual brushing and rinsing. If left in place, this allows bacteria to multiply, eventually causing tooth decay, which then requires a filling.

Sealants are applied directly onto the tooth where they seal the natural grooves to help prevent tooth decay. While sealants are durable, they can wear out. They generally last for years of use before needing to be touched up. Sealants offer a cost-effective, preventive step to reduce the chances of tooth decay. However, they do not replace the need for regular brushing and flossing.

Dental sealants image credit: Ivoclar Vivadent

Topical Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been proven to strengthen teeth and reduce the incidence of tooth decay. The American Dental Association recommends topical fluoride treatment for children as soon as teeth emerge. This simple preventive measure of applying a fluoride varnish to a child's first teeth can strengthen teeth at risk for decay and create a tooth surface that is more resistant to decay.

Applying a fluoride varnish protects teeth from decay. Fluoride is applied twice a year after evaluating for need. Fluoride varnish works by repairing gaps in the tooth enamel, adding another layer of protection to prevent cavities.

Fluoride varnish is also effective at reducing sensitivity in adults when that sensitivity is due to recession, or the gums pulling back from the teeth. It helps plug passageways that, when open, trigger nerves to send the message of pain in the tooth.

Fluoride is easily applied to teeth. It dries almost immediately upon contact with clean dry teeth and will not be removed by saliva, which means that very little, if any fluoride is ingested. Applying fluoride is quick, painless, and often included in dental insurance coverage, but you will want to check with your provider to be certain.

Once children have their permanent teeth, dental sealants may be applied for additional the protection. Using both fluoride and sealants are effective ways to help prevent or slow down tooth decay.

► Gum Disease

What is gum disease?

Gum disease (periodontal disease) is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by the bacteria that are on and around your teeth, especially in deep periodontal pockets.

Warning Signs

•  Gums that bleed easily
•  Red, swollen, tender gums
•  Gums that have pulled away from the teeth (recession)
•  Persistent bad breath or bad taste
•  Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
•  Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
•  Any change in the fit of partial dentures

There are many factors that increase the risk of developing periodontitis, including smoking, pregnancy and diabetes. It is important to visit our office if you suspect you have gum disease, because if left untreated, permanent damage can happen, and even tooth loss can occur.

The Early Stage of Gum Disease Is Called Gingivitis

If you have gingivitis, your gums may become red, swollen and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is still reversible and can usually be eliminated by a professional cleaning at your dental office, followed by daily brushing and flossing.

Advanced Gum Disease Is Called Periodontitis

Chronic periodontitis can lead to the loss of tissue and bone that support the teeth. The main goal for treatment of periodontal disease is to control infection caused by bacteria and remove calculus, which harbors bacteria and can irritate the gums. Periodontal disease cannot be cured. However, we have measures to help slow or stop the progression and work with you at regular continuing care visits (usually every 3–4 months). This is critical in preventing the infection from continuing to cause damage.

Aggressive periodontitis is a highly destructive form of periodontal disease that occurs in patients who are otherwise healthy. Common features include rapid loss of tissue and bone, and may occur in localized areas or in the entire mouth.

Research between systemic diseases and periodontal diseases is ongoing. While a link is not conclusive, some studies indicate that severe gum disease may be associated with several other health conditions such as diabetes or stroke.

Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations are very important. The treatment methods that our dentists diagnose will depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Good dental care at home is essential for helping to keep periodontal disease from becoming more serious.

Read more about Gum Disease at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.

► Oral Cancer Screenings

Periodic oral cancer screenings are essential to detect a problem while it is still treatable. Most dentists will perform an exam of your mouth during a routine dental visit in order to screen for oral cancer, and factors that can increase your risk include:
•  Heavy alcohol consumption
•  Significant sun exposure, as this can increase your lip cancer risk
•  Tobacco use
•  Previous diagnosis of oral cancer

In addition to looking for changes in the color of the inside of your mouth, your dentist may also feel the tissues of the mouth to check for abnormalities or lumps. If you wear dentures that can be removed, your dentist will ask you to take them out to better inspect the tissue located underneath them.

Oral Pathology

In a healthy mouth, the inner lining will be covered with mucosa, a special type of skin that is smooth and pink. When changes to the appearance of the mucosa are noted, this could be a warning sign that something is going on with the pathology in the microscopic cells of your mouth, and the most serious concern is oral cancer. The following signs may indicate a cancerous growth or other pathological process:
•  White patches or leukoplakia in the mouth
•  Red patches or erythroplasia in the mouth
•  A thickening or lump in the skin that lines the inside of your mouth
•  Chronic hoarseness or sore throat
•  Difficulty swallowing or chewing

These changes can be detected in the gum tissue, palate, cheeks, lips, face, tongue or neck. Pain might occur, but isn't always present, especially with oral cancer. However, if you do notice any oral or facial pain without an obvious reason or cause, you could be at risk for developing oral cancer.

Treating Oral Cancer

If you have been diagnosed with oral cancer, you may need one of many treatment options, including: surgery, chemotherapy or radiation. However, before starting with the cancer treatment, other oral health issues may need to be addressed. The reason for this is to reduce the likelihood of developing a post-therapeutic complication. Teeth that are in poor health due to cavities, and gums that have periodontal disease, need to be resolved prior to oral cancer treatment in order to avoid post-radiotherapy surgery. This is essential because radiotherapy can impact the blood supply to the jaw bone, and may lead to osteonecrosis, a condition in which the jaw bone loses its ability to repair itself. This condition requires careful attention before any extractions are completed, as healing can be compromised.

We recommend that you perform monthly oral cancer self-exams to look for changes in the color and appearance of the inside of your mouth. Keep in mind that the mouth serves as one of the most important warning systems of the body, so you should always be on the lookout for signs of changes, especially for sores that don’t get better within 2 weeks. Never ignore a suspicious sore or lump. If you've noticed a change that you feel could be a sign of a change in your oral pathology, don't hesitate to call us at 541-881-1794. We'll set up a consultation to explore what's going on in your mouth.

► Occlusal Bite Evaluations

The way that your teeth come together can affect the wear of your teeth. Using state-of-the art equipment, your bite is mapped digitally, then reviewed by Dr. Dahle. Areas that are demonstrated out of an established normal range are evaluated for treatment using minor adjustments to the shape of your teeth, called occlusal adjustments. This can help relieve “high spots” that cause discomfort or uneven wear.

Read more about bite evaluation and on our HeadachesHeadaches page.

► Pediatric Dental Evaluations

Your child's first dental visit will consist of a thorough review of your child's dental and health information and a comprehensive dental examination along with a discussion on proper diet, nutrition and good oral hygiene habits.

Depending on the age and needs of your child, we will take any necessary x-rays, complete a professional dental cleaning, and evaluate for use of topical fluoride. Dr. Dahle or Dr. Tingey will take time to discuss any concerns you may have, and prepare you for what you can expect during your child's oral development. If decay is found, a treatment plan will be created that recommends the best options for your child's dental care.

If cavities are found, we offer sedation for children to help make getting fillings done much easier. This helps make dental visits a positive experience so kids will want to come back, making it much easier to track changes and advise care.

Please help us make dental visits enjoyable and positive! We encourage parents and caregivers to use positive stories about visiting the dentist, songs, and descriptive words to describe your child's upcoming visit.

Try to avoid using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear. Words like "needle", "shot", "drill", or "hurt" may cause preventable anxiety and make the first dental visit more difficult for your child. At Eric Dahle Family Dentistry, we will work with you to make your child's early dental visits positive and productive, to set a positive foundation for routine dental care for the rest of their life.

We encourage you to stay with your child during the initial examination, and during future visits you can let your child join us on their own, depending on age and comfort.

With modern training and techniques, a visit to the dentist can be a pleasant, relaxing experience for your child. During visits with Dr. Dahle or Dr. Tingey, your child can enjoy viewing shows offered on cable TV using our flat screen TVs mounted to the ceilings. Headphones help them focus on the TV show or movie, and they have the choice of what to watch!

► Mouth & Sports Guards

Mouth Guards

Wearing a mouth guard at night while you sleep can help prevent damage caused by teeth grinding, or bruxism. Bruxism can cause moderate to severe long-term damage to teeth. Constant grinding wears down the surface of the tooth, exposing the soft dentin beneath the enamel. Bruxing can even cause a root fracture below the gum line, requiring a root canal and crown to restore the damaged tooth.

Some damage that can occur includes:
•  Chipped teeth
•  Tooth flattening and tooth wear
•  Cracked tooth enamel
•  Cracked, loose, or broken fillings
•  Tooth loss
•  Gum recession
•  Tooth collapse

Our office offers several different types of mouth guards for varying needs and severity. Dr. Dahle and Dr. Tingey can determine what kind of mouth guard is right for you to wear at night to help you protect your teeth.

Sports Guards

When it comes to protecting your mouth, or the mouth of your children, a sports guard is an essential piece of athletic gear that should be included in your standard equipment from an early age. While collision and contact sports, such as boxing, have higher-risk of injuring the mouth, you can experience a dental injury in non-contact activities too, such as gymnastics and skating.

There are three types of sports guards:
1. Custom-fitted: These are made specifically for you by your dentist. They may be more expensive than the other versions, but because they are customized, usually offer the best fit.
2. Stock: These are inexpensive and come pre-formed, ready to wear. However, they often don't fit well. They can be bulky and can make breathing and talking difficult.
3. Boil and bite: These mouth protectors can be bought at many sporting goods stores and drugstores, and may offer a better fit than stock mouth protectors. They are first softened in water (boiled), then inserted and allowed to adapt to the shape of your mouth.

The most protective mouth guard is one that has been custom made for your mouth by your dentist. However, if you can't afford a custom-fitted mouth guard, Dr. Dahle and his team strongly recommend wearing a stock mouth guard or a boil-and-bite mouth guard from the drugstore. Give us a call at 541-881-1794 to learn more about your options.

Restorative


► Fillings

Fillings are used to restore areas of your tooth affected by decay or other loss of tooth structure. Dentists use both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials to restore teeth. Each material has its own merits and best uses, and Dr. Dahle or Dr. Tingey evaluate each patient's needs to determine when to use each type of material for the best result.

Reasons for Fillings

•  Worn Teeth
•  Decayed Teeth
•  Fractured/Chipped teeth
•  Unevenly Spaced teeth


► Crowns

A dental crown is a covering that will wrap and protect the entire surface of a tooth, allowing it to look and function just like the original tooth. Crowns work to strengthen the tooth while protecting the existing structure, extending the life of the tooth longer that it would be with a filling or another restoration.

Reasons for Choosing a Dental Crown

Dental crowns can correct a variety of problems that you might be experiencing with your teeth:
•  Fractured or broken teeth
•  Severely decayed teeth
•  Cosmetic imperfections
•  Fractured fillings
•  Tooth protection needed after a root canal
•  Recurrent decay

Types of Dental Crowns

There are three main types of dental crowns available: gold, porcelain fused to metal, and all ceramic—each meeting a particular need. Dr. Dahle and his staff will help you choose the best crown for your situation.

The Dental Crown Procedure

Dental crowns require two appointments for completion. At your first visit, the tooth will be prepared and the surface will be shaped so it can fit a crown. We will take impressions of your teeth so your customized crown can be created, and you'll likely wear a temporary restoration while we wait for your crown to be finished.

At your follow-up appointment, we'll take off your temporary crown and will carefully place the permanent one in place. We'll also ensure proper bite and spacing.

► Bridges

Dental bridges are fixed appliances that will work to restore the structure and function of your teeth after tooth loss. These appliances are non-removable, so they will become a permanent part of your smile. There are many different types of bridges, and we can help you choose the option that is right for your unique dental needs.

A traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge used to treat tooth loss, and it is made of metal and porcelain. The bridge contains two porcelain crowns fused to metal that will slip over two anchoring teeth found on either side of the artificial teeth. The bridge then fills the gap that was created due to tooth loss.

Reasons for Choosing a Fixed Bridge

There are numerous reasons that you might choose a fixed bridge to correct your tooth loss:
•  Restore the smile
•  Improve your ability to speak and chew normally
•  Maintain your normal face shape
•  Fill in the spaces left by missing teeth
•  Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting positions
•  Upgrade from removable dentures

Getting Your Fixed Bridge

The process of getting your bridge will generally require at least two appointments with your dentist. Your teeth will be numbed to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, and the anchoring teeth will then be prepared to make room for a crown. Molds will be made of your teeth to be sent to a dental lab, and the bridge is fabricated at this facility. You may also be able to wear a temporary bridge until your follow-up appointment, which will usually be scheduled about three weeks out.

At your next visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be bonded or cemented into place.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

Bridges are created to be highly durable, and with proper care, they can last for years and even decades. However, recurrent decay or wear can require them to need replacement, so be sure to follow up with your dentist regularly to ensure that your appliance is still in good shape. You should also be sure to brush and floss properly in order to keep your remaining teeth healthy and avoid future tooth loss.

► Dental Implants

Are missing teeth making your life uncomfortable? Has it become difficult to eat your favorite foods? Are you embarrassed in social situations due to gaps in your smile? If so, dental implants may be able to help you and improve your quality of life. These restorations provide a permanent foundation to support new crowns, and even your existing dentures can be anchored to them to reduce the need for messy adhesives. Dental implants can dramatically improve your health and confidence by allowing you to regain your beautiful and functional smile.

What are dental implants?

A dental implant is a titanium post designed to replace missing teeth. Most implants are surgically placed in the bone and gradually fuse to the jawbone, a process called osseointegration. The final crown is not put on until this process is complete. Integration of the implants into your jaw helps your replacement teeth feel more natural. For dental implants you must have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant.

Types of Artificial Teeth Available

When it comes to dental implants, crowns are usually chosen to replace a single tooth, and each prosthetic will attach to a singular implant. In other cases, a bridge may be used to replace multiple teeth, and it may require additional implants to provide adequate support.

Full arch dentures could be used to replace all teeth in the lower or upper jaw. With this type of restoration, the total number of the implants needed will be evaluated by Dr. Dahle.

Dental Implant Candidates

If you are interested in dental implants, it is important to first see if you are a candidate. A thorough dental and radiographic examination will determine such things as bone availability, location of sinuses, gingival health, occlusal forces, and smile line. These are all crucial aspects of evaluation for placement of implants, and using this unique, individual information, we'll explain your options and develop a treatment plan.

The Surgical Procedure

Your dental needs are unique to you, so we offer individualized treatment plans for each patient. In some cases, bone grafting (performed by a specialist) may be needed prior to placement of the implants, especially if there isn't enough bone available to properly support the restoration. If you have enough bone or your bone is reconstructed, the implants will be surgically placed.

After the titanium posts have been implanted, you'll need to wait at least 2–4 months so that the bone can fuse to them. Temporary dentures may be available during this time, and after your permanent restorations are put into place, the implant itself will be entirely invisible. In total, the procedure will take 3–5 months, but most patients report minimal disruptions to their daily lives.

Caring for Your Implants

After your teeth have been restored with dental implants, it is important that you keep up a good home care routine so that your mouth stays healthy. You'll need to floss and brush daily, and you should also follow up with your dentist for regular examinations and cleaning. With proper care, your implants could possibly last a lifetime, making it especially important that you follow our recommendations in order to protect your investment.

► Root Canals

A "root canal," or endodontic therapy, is a procedure available to save a tooth that is infected and would otherwise require extraction. There are many reasons that teeth can become infected, including: cavities, previous large fillings, crowns, cracks, trauma and extreme wear.

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is inflamed or infected. In order to save the tooth, the pulp area is cleaned, bacteria and any decay are removed, and the resulting space is filled with a biocompatible material called gutta percha. After the tooth is healed, getting a crown is recommended so the tooth does not become brittle and break.

Having a root canal done on a tooth may be the treatment of choice to save a tooth that otherwise would have to be removed. Extracting, or pulling a tooth, could ultimately be more costly and cause more problems for adjacent teeth, as well as causing loss of bone around the extraction site.

While root canal therapy has a high degree of success, it is not guaranteed. It is important to have a permanent restoration (usually a crown) placed after having a root canal.

Reasons for Root Canal Therapy

•  Inflamed tooth pulp
•  Decay has reached the tooth's pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
•  Infection or abscess has developed inside the tooth or at the root tip
•  Injury or trauma to the tooth
•  Extreme wear due to bruxism (grinding)

What does root canal therapy involve?

Most root canals typically require one or more appointments and can be done in our office. An access opening is made through the back or top of the tooth. The inflamed or infected areas are removed. The pulp canal is cleaned, rinsed and medicated. When the tooth has healed, it will be ready to have a permanent restoration.

At times the tooth requiring treatment has a complex root or the infection is such that it needs a specialist, called an endodontist, to examine and complete root canal therapy. Dr. Dahle or Dr. Tingey will work closely with our endodontic specialist to review your treatment case, send necessary records to their office, and place the crown after your root canal is completed. Our office staff will help coordinate your appointments, and help you understand your financial responsibility.

► Extractions

A tooth extraction is the procedure done to remove a tooth that is damaged beyond repair from its socket in the jawbone. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth that may be impacted or could create future problems.

Many extractions can be performed in our Ontario office; however, more complicated procedures may be referred to one of our trusted oral surgeons.

Why are teeth extracted?

•  Severely decayed teeth
•  Periodontal disease leading to bone loss
•  Fractured in such a way that it is impossible or impractical to repair
•  Badly positioned (impacted wisdom teeth)
•  Non-functional or poorly functional teeth that should be replaced with a bridge, denture or dental implant

Extractions are generally classified as either non-surgical (also known as "simple") or surgical (involving cutting through the gums and tooth). A simple procedure can quickly become a surgical procedure if the tooth fractures or refuses to loosen under pressure. We perform these procedures only after making the extraction site(s) profoundly numb.

Tooth Extraction Post-Operative Instructions

Following tooth extraction you may experience bleeding, oozing, soreness or moderate to severe pain.

Bleeding should stop by 8–12 hours following the extraction. If you experience significant bleeding past this time please call our office immediately. Oozing of pink fluid for 1–2 days is normal.

Discomfort following the tooth extraction is best managed with a mild analgesic like Tylenol, Advil or Aleve. If you experience severe pain that lasts more than 2–3 days after your extraction please call our office.

Healing should be as smooth as possible following tooth extraction. It is important to not disturb the extraction site. Remember to eat a soft diet and avoid vigorous rinsing for 24 hours following the extraction.

After 24 hours rinse with strong warm salt water for 1 minute a couple of times daily for 3–4 days. This will reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth and will promote better healing.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to call us at 541-881-1794.

► Sedation

We have many options for helping you relax through your dental appointments and we understand some patients have high anxiety. We welcome patients with anxiety. We will help every patient comfortably succeed at getting their needed care.

Some of our sedation patients had bad dental experiences as children. Some are very small children. Some have special needs. Whatever the circumstance, we have a level of sedation appropriate for almost anyone needing sedation.

Minimal Sedation Dentistry

Calming Anxiety and Fears
We take your fear and anxiety about visiting the dentist seriously, and we can provide a solution specific to your needs. During minimal sedation dentistry, you will remain awake, but will be more relaxed, time may seem to pass more quickly, and you may not remember your dental visit. With minimal sedation dentistry, we often can accomplish in one or two dental visits what normally would have taken several visits.

Minimal sedation dentistry involves the use of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) mixed with oxygen, or oral sedation (taking a sedative drink or pill) to help you relax and calm your fears.

Nitrous Oxide Minimal Sedation Dentistry
•  Received via a small nosepiece
•  The dentist can control the amount of sedation delivered
•  Nitrous oxide acts quickly and wears off quickly
•  You may be able to drive yourself home

Sedation for Children
•  A small drink containing medication is taken at the office
•  Child is continually monitored by a trained member of the dental team
•  After the child is relaxed, as much treatment as possible is completed
•  Child often doesn’t remember all of dental visit

Relaxation Dentistry for Adults
•  About 1 hour before your appointment you take the prescribed medication
•  Your escort brings you to your appointment
•  You feel relaxed and sleepy during your visit, but you stay awake
•  You are continually monitored by a trained member of the dental team
•  Your escort drives you home

Conscious Sedation Dentistry for Adults
•  Take prescribed medication 1 hour before your appointment for relaxation
•  Additional medication will be administered during your visit
•  You will feel relaxed but will remain awake
•  You will be continually monitored by a trained member of the dental team
•  You may not remember all of your dental visit
•  You will need someone to drive you to and from your appointment

Regardless of which minimal sedation method is used, a local anesthetic may still be required to numb the location of the dental procedure in order to minimize pain.

Advanced Sedation Dentistry

We also offer advanced sedation dentistry for patients who need additional support to have dental work completed. These options are particularly helpful for children who need a lot of dental care, special needs patients, or other unique circumstances.

IV Sedation Dentistry in Office
•  A Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) provides the anesthesia
•  You are completely asleep
•  Our dentists complete as much of the dental work as possible
•  The CRNA monitors you the entire visit, then helps you wake up
•  You have the comfort of in-office care with deeper sedation
•  It is ideal for patients who are very anxious
•  You will need someone to drive you home

Dental Treatment in the Hospital
•  Your dental needs will be taken care of in the hospital operating room
•  You will be totally asleep
•  Our dentists complete all the work in one visit
•  We help coordinate your insurance benefit
•  An excellent option for very small children and special needs patients

Cosmetic


► Bonding

Composite bonding is a procedure where we apply a tooth-colored material to a tooth, shape it, harden it, and polish it. Bonding can be used to close gaps, repair small defects, or reshape misshapen teeth. It is less expensive than crowns, veneers, or other treatments.

Here's How it Works

We clean the tooth surface so the bonding material will adhere. Once applied, it is shaped it so it has a natural appearance. Then the material is cured to harden, usually with the help of a light. Finally, the bonding material is polished and buffed so it is smooth and beautiful. Bonding can be "touched up" in the future if needed to repair wear or a defect.

► Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are a popular cosmetic dentistry technique for creating a beautiful smile. They consist of thin sections of durable porcelain that are custom made for the unique shape of your teeth. Dental laboratories create the veneers to match the exact color and shape specifications sent in by your dentist, and once completed, they will be bonded onto the front surface of your teeth.

Veneers are often chosen as alternatives to crowns and other restorations, and they can be used to completely alter the shape of your smile and teeth. They are quite durable and can last for years, allowing you to enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting smile.

Reasons to Choose Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers can improve the appearance and function of your smile by correcting a variety of dental issues:
•  Misshapen teeth
•  Crooked teeth
•  Teeth that have been severely stained
•  Yellowed or discolored teeth
•  Teeth that appear too large or small for your smile
•  Gaps or other uneven spaces
•  Teeth that have been chipped, broken, or worn

► Teeth Whitening

Whitening the teeth is one of the easiest and most noticeable changes that you can make to improve the appearance of your smile. Whitening is a non-invasive and simple dental treatment that will alter the color of your tooth enamel to make your smile look whiter and brighter.

For many people, dull or stained teeth are the primary concerns that they have about their smile. If you have older fillings, crowns, and other restorations, you need to be aware that whitening systems will only work to improve the appearance of the natural tooth enamel, so you won't notice any changes on those restorations. It is recommended that you have those restorations replaced after bleaching so they match the new and improved color of the rest of your smile.

The Teeth Whitening Process

We offer two approaches to teeth whitening: in office or at home.

If you choose to whiten your teeth with a home whitening system, you will generally need two dental appointments. At your first visit, molds will be taken of your teeth and used to create customized plastic trays to hold the whitening solution.

After your trays have been fabricated, you'll have a second appointment where we'll make sure they fit properly. You'll receive instructions on how to wear the trays for optimal results. In most cases, this will involve wearing them either overnight or twice per day for several weeks.

The in-office whitening can be completed in a single one-hour appointment. Trays with whitening agents are placed and you sit comfortably while a specialized light activates the whitening process. At the completion of your appointment we show you the amount your teeth have whitened!

Caring for Your Whitened Teeth

When whitening your teeth, it is completely normal to experience some sensitivity. Fortunately, this discomfort usually stops once you have finished your whitening. Additionally, you will likely need an annual touch-up in order to maintain your beautiful, white smile. Over time, whitened teeth can slowly darken again. The good news is we can whiten them again.





Eric Dahle
Family Dentistry


478 SW 12th Street
Ontario, OR 97914


541-881-1794

 

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