At Jensen Dental we take pride in helping you with all of your dental needs. Learn more about some of the services we provide below.
If you have an area where you are missing a tooth, your dentist can close — or bridge — the gap in your smile with a dental bridge. A dental bridge is a false tooth (called a pontic) that is held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap.
How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment the teeth on either side of the gap are prepped by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing teeth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a local lab where the bridge will be constructed. Once the bridge is done at the dental lab, Dr. Jensen will then cement the bridge.
Plaque and calculus (tartar) accumulate around the teeth and under the gums. This can cause a number of dental problems like gingivitis, tooth decay, periodontal disease (bone loss), halitosis (bad breath) and tooth loss. Our dental hygienists perform routine cleanings every 6 months to remove plaque and calculus that your toothbrush and floss cannot reach. Routine cleanings are a vital part of maintaining your oral health.
Periodontal Treatment or Deep Cleanings
Deep cleanings commonly known as scaling and root planning are performed to treat periodontitis. Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis spreads to the underlying bone. During scaling and root planning, our dental hygienist cleans deep below the gums to remove plaque and tartar. This procedure requires local anesthetic (numbing) to the areas that need treatment. Scaling and root planning may be completed over the course of two or more appointments. Once treatment is completed, your hygienist will see you for a follow up appointment to check how your gums have responded.
Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images taken of your teeth that your dentist will use to evaluate your oral health. Our digital X-rays use low levels of radiation to capture images of your teeth and bones. X-rays aid in diagnosing tooth decay, bone loss, impacted teeth, tooth infection and much more.
Fluoride treatment helps strengthen and protect your teeth from tooth decay (cavities). Fluoride treatment can be applied using a fluoride varnish or a fluoride rinse. This treatment is usually done at the end of a teeth cleaning. Fluoride varnish can also be used to treat tooth sensitivity.
A dental sealant is a flowable coating that covers the deep grooves, pits and fissures on teeth that are at risk for tooth decay. Placing a dental sealant is a noninvasive procedure, requiring no anesthetic or prepping (drilling) of the tooth. Sealants are primarily placed on healthy teeth on patients 18 or under.
If you wake up with headaches, a sore jaw or have multiple chipped or worn teeth, you may be in need of a night guard. Night guards are made out of an acrylic material and are worn at night to protect your teeth. The stress on teeth from clenching and/or grinding in your sleep can cause broken or chipped teeth, bone loss, headaches and jaw pain.
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your smile? Don’t fret, you have options. Let Dr. Jensen come up with a treatment plan that allows you to have that beautiful smile you have always wanted!
There are many options and different procedures to help create that beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some of them:
Dental bonding is an option that can be considered for the following:
• To repair chipped or cracked teeth
• To improve the appearance of discolored teeth
• To close spaces between teeth, make them appear longer, or simply change the shape of teeth
What does the bonding process entail?
Preparation: Little advance preparation is usually needed for dental bonding. Dr. Jensen will use a shade guide to select a composite resin color that will closely match the color of your tooth. It is then molded, smoothed and cured with a special light After the material hardens, Dr. Jensen will further trim and shape it. He will then polish it to match the sheen of the rest of the tooth surface.
Because of some of the limitations of dental bonding, it might only be best suited for small cosmetic changes, for short-term correction of cosmetic problems, and for correcting teeth in areas of very low bite pressure (front teeth, for example). If this is something you are interested in, or want to know if you’re a good candidate call us to book a consultation with Dr. Jensen.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells of ceramic that bond directly to the front and top surfaces of the teeth. Veneers can help cover up gaps, hide stains or help make crooked teeth appear straight.
Crown can be used for cosmetic reasons or when teeth do not have enough structure to support a traditional filling.
A dental crown is a custom designed restoration created from a mold of your tooth. Dental crowns restore the functionality of a damaged tooth. When getting a crown, Dr. Jensen prepares the damaged tooth, takes an impression and then sends the impression to a local laboratory. Our office creates a temporary crown to preserve the tooth while the final crown is created. Once the final crown is completed, Dr. Jensen permanently cements to your prepped tooth.
Who doesn’t want a brighter smile? Bleaching your teeth can be safe if done correctly. Speak with your hygienist or Dr. Jensen to determine the best option for you.
Here at Jensen Dental we generally recommend custom trays. Custom trays are made by taking impression of your teeth, constructing a mold, and then fabricating the bleaching trays. The bleaching trays are worn for a short period of time each day for 7-10 days. Touch ups can be done as needed, and generally only take few sessions to lighten back up.
Dental implants replace missing teeth with a metal, screw-like post. The dental implant is surgically placed in the jawbone and given a few months to fuse to the bone before a permanent crown is placed on the implant. Dental implants may also be used with dentures or other prosthetics.
Dentures are prosthetic devices created to replace missing teeth. They can be supported by other teeth, soft or hard tissues. Traditional dentures are removable, however there are other design options involving other teeth or dental implants.
Whether you wake up with a horrible tooth ache or you broke your tooth while eating breakfast, we are here for you. Dental emergencies are like any other emergency: they are unpredictable and unplanned.
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket. An extraction is needed when a tooth is too damaged to restore or a tooth is preventing another tooth from erupting. If a tooth extraction is needed and put off, it may result in pain, swelling and infection. To know if your tooth needs extracted, you will need a comprehensive exam with your dentist. Our office will do our best to relieve you pain in the fastest and safest way possible.
Fillings replace damaged tooth structure most commonly caused by tooth decay. Fillings are used when there is adequate tooth structure to support the filling material. There are two types of filling material: Composite (tooth colored) and Amalgam (silver colored). At Jensen Dental we primarily use composite fillings.
Root Canals have a bad rap, but they shouldn’t. The procedure is very similar to other dental work such as a filling or a crown. They help preserve your natural teeth. Root canal treatment is designed to eliminate bacteria from the infected root canal, prevent reinfection of the tooth and save the natural tooth. When one undergoes a root canal, the inflamed or infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is carefully cleaned and disinfected, then filled and sealed. Some symptoms that might suggest you need a Root Canal are: • Severe pain while chewing or biting
• Pimples on the gums
• A chipped or cracked tooth
• Lingering sensitivity to hot or cold, even after the sensation has been removed
• Swollen or tender gums
• Deep decay or darkening of the gums
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, don’t wait! Call us today.
Are you like others that dread coming to the dentist? We can help! At Jensen Dental we offer conscious sedation. This is a deeper type of sedation (than say nitrous) that is achieved by taking a pill about an hour prior to treatment. You will still be conscious and able to respond, but should be much more relaxed. If you choose this type of dental sedation you will need to have someone drive you. We have other amenities to help with comfort as well:
• Noise canceling head phones – The sound of the drill is no longer a problem. Many patients have found these have made their experience more comfortable by using these headphones while listening to their favorite music.
• Warm blankets – To further aid in your total comfort, we wrap you in a soothing, cozy blanket to keep you relaxed.
• Warm wash cloth – We finish things off with a warm botanical infused wash cloth to help you freshen up and continue on with the rest of your day.
If you or your child is involved in a contact sport, it’s always a good idea to protect those pearly whites. Dental injuries are the most common type of orofacial injuries stemming from participation in sports. Wearing a mouth guard can lower your risk for oral injury sustained during sports. Our office works with a dental lab to make you a custom mouth guard to keep you in the game!
Do you wake up with a headache or a tight jaw or neck? You may benefit from TMJ therapy. TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint, which is fundamental in the function and movement of the jaw. Complications in this joint may be caused by misaligned occlusion, clenching, grinding or trauma. Problems in the TMJ can cause headaches, earaches, popping of the jaw, pain in the jaw muscles and excessive wear on teeth. There are a variety of treatment options and Dr. Jensen will help determine the best one for you.