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Matthews Dentistry

Services

Transforming Lives

Cerec Same Day Crowns

No longer will you have to wait a week or more for a dental lab to finish working on your restoration while you wear a temporary. Cerec technology now allows us to custom make and place porcelain crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers in one office visit to save you time and inconvenience. We will take digital photographs and impressions of your teeth and enter them into the CEREC software, which will send them to our milling machine to begin production. In about an hour, your restoration will be ready for placement and then you’ll be on your way, looking fabulous! We pride ourselves on taking care of all our patients. Please let us know how we can accommodate you!

Galileos 3D Conebeam Scanning

At Matthews Dental we use the latest technology in placing implants with 3D technology. Our 3D Galileos Conebeam Scan technology is the most advanced, and safest way to install dental implant, with this kind of technology we are able to actually virtually plan your surgery before actual implant placement. Come in today for your free dental implant consult.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that affects over eighteen million Americans. Sleep apnea occurs when patients suddenly stop breathing during the night. When a patient with sleep apnea falls asleep, the muscles in their throat relax too much, causing the airway to collapse. Once the airway is collapsed, the brain isn’t receiving enough oxygen and responds by waking the patient up just enough for the airway to open, until the muscles in the throat relax again. This cycle can happen hundreds of times during the night and keep a sleep apnea patient from entering the deep state of sleep necessary to get enough rest.

At Matthews Dental we have the equipment necessary to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. If you suspect you may be suffering from sleep apnea, you can come into our office for an examination and sleep test. Our sleep test results will allow us to determine the proper course for treatment and help you get a full night’s sleep.

There are many ways to treat sleep apnea and snoring but what is the best option for you? It is important to start with a sleep study (whether it be at a sleep center or a home sleep study) to truly see what is happening at night. Based on your results we can determine what will be the best course of treatment for you: C-PAP, oral appliance, or a simple snore guard.

We treat sleep apnea on a case by case basis. When you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, our sleep test will help us know how moderate or severe your sleep apnea is, and help us determine your individual sleep needs. We will consult with a physician and work with you step by step to help solve your sleep apnea problem.

At our practice, we use special, custom-made mouthguards to help patients who are sleep apnea sufferers. Our mouthguards are completely comfortable and effective. While you sleep, the mouthguard will keep your throat from closing, and keep your airway open for more effective breathing. With one of our mouthguards you’ll be able to sleep well again, and have the energy you need.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We are committed to helping each patient attain excellent oral health and to look their very best. We provide cosmetic dentistry to help you achieve your best self. Take pride in your smile with the help of our many services, including dental implants, cosmetic bonding, Lumineers, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening and more!

Scaling and Root Planing

Root planing and scaling is one of the most effective ways to treat periodontal gum disease before it becomes severe. Root planing and scaling cleans between the gums and the teeth down below your gums to the roots of your teeth. Sometimes it’s needed to use a local anesthetic to numb your gums and the roots of your teeth during this procedure. If you maintain good dental care and perio maintenance after the procedure, the progression of gum disease should stop. And your gums will heal and become firm and pink again.

Extractions

If a tooth has been damaged through decay or some kind of injury, your dentist may try to fix it with a filling, a crown, or other treatments. However, if too much damage has occurred and the tooth can’t be repaired, then the tooth needs to be extracted. Tooth extraction is when the tooth is completely removed from its socket in the bone.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canals are tiny passageways that branch off from beneath the top of the tooth, coursing their way vertically downward, until they reach the tip of the root.

All teeth have between one and four root canals.

Many tooth problems involve infections that spread to the pulp, which is the inner chamber of the tooth containing blood vessels, nerves and other tissues. When the infection becomes worse, it can begin affecting the roots. A traumatic injury to a tooth can also compromise the pulp, leading to similar problems.

A diseased inner tooth brings a host of problems including pain and sensitivity as the first indications of a problem. However, inside a spreading infection can cause small pockets of pus to develop, which can lead to an abscess.

Root canal therapy is a remarkable treatment with a very high rate of success, and involves removing the diseased tissue, halting the spread of infection and restoring the healthy portion of the tooth. In fact, root canal therapy is designed to save a problem tooth; before the procedure was developed and gained acceptance, the only alternative for treating a diseased tooth was extraction.

Sealants

Dental sealants are extra protection against cavities and the buildup of plaque, especially for the back molars where decay occurs most often. The sealant is painted directly onto the tooth enamel where it bonds to the tooth and hardens, acting as a barrier against food particles and plaque.

Braces (Orthodontia)

The most commonly used type of braces are metal. We utilize high quality metal, made of stainless steel. These braces are brilliantly designed, allowing us to have the great control of the positioning of the teeth while utilizing very little force. This is accomplished using small brackets attached to every tooth, with an archwire to connect them all together. Elastics are used to tie the braces together.

Whitening

Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth.

The darker tissue of your teeth, the dentin, can become exposed as the outer layer of enamel is worn away by the effects of aging or things like caffeine and tobacco.

Food particles are naturally attracted to a tooth’s enamel by a certain protein. Products like coffee and tea, berries and soy sauce are notorious for staining teeth. Over time, teeth actually become more absorbent and vulnerable to staining from food and other substances.

One type of stain—caused by traumatic injuries, medications and fluorosis—actually begins inside the tooth; brushing and flossing don’t help. Another type of stain—one that can be more easily attacked by brushing, flossing and rinsing—is caused by external factors such as foods.

More and more people today are choosing tooth-whitening procedures to reverse the effects of aging and abuse from food and tobacco stains.

Some commercially available “whitening toothpastes” can be somewhat effective at removing stains and making teeth a few shades brighter. However, many of these products have abrasive substances that can actually wear away your tooth’s enamel.

Whitening agents actually change the color of your teeth, but only are effective on certain types of stains. For example, bleaching agents have a difficult time removing brownish or grayish stains. These products also are not as effective on pitted or badly discolored teeth, or on restorations such as crowns, bridges, bonding and tooth-colored fillings (porcelain veneers or dental bonding may be more appropriate in this case).

Professional whitening performed by our office is considered to be the most effective and safest method; done properly, tooth whitening can last as long as five years. Over-the-counter whitening systems are somewhat effective as long as they are monitored and directions followed closely.