Quality dentistry is important to our patients. Rather than having a fast-paced dental office that works on volume, we believe in providing highly personalized dental care for you and your entire family.
Dental cleanings performed by a hygienist or dentist form the foundation for preventing gum disease and tooth decay. During the cleaning, your hygienist will remove plaque and calculus from the teeth then polish your teeth to remove stains.
Your dentist will then perform an oral exam for any disease that may be present. This will include Oral cancer screening, gum evaluation, visual and x-ray evaluation for decay and bone disease. Your dentist will also examine the status of current restorations.
We cannot express enough how important it is to see your dentist regularly. Remember, preventing disease is always better than treating disease.
Gingivitis is swollen, inflamed gums surrounding the teeth caused by bacteria. If not adequately removed, plaque hardens into calculus and is difficult to remove. Eventually, the bacteria that lives in the calculus damages the tissue surrounding the tooth and the tooth will become loose.
Periodontitis is diagnosed by measuring the gums around each tooth. A deep pocket is considered unhealthy and will require a deep cleaning.
Our dental team has had advanced training regarding how to effectively remove all of the bacteria and may require more than one visit to our office. Once the bacteria has been removed, the pockets must be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis by our dental team
We use only aesthetic tooth-colored fillings to restore small cavities. The cavity is removed and the filling is placed in the tooth. It is then molded to the shape of the original tooth and will not affect your bite. The final restoration is polished smooth and virtually invisible.
When the nerve inside a tooth becomes damaged and painful it must be removed from the tooth and each root. Once removed, the remaining canals are then filled with a rubber-like material. All teeth that have had root canal therapy must be protected a crown to protect the tooth from breaking. A root canal is an excellent way to save a tooth that would otherwise need to be removed.
A crown (also called a cap) covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Crowns can be used to prevent a tooth from breaking in the future which will require a replacement by a bridge or implant. They may help prevent a tooth from needing a root canal.
Decay and cracks are removed and the tooth is cleaned. A copy of your tooth is made and sent to a lab where a porcelain or gold crown is made. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary crown to protect your tooth. The crown is then glued onto the previously prepared tooth.
A bridge is three crowns, connected together, that bridge the space created by a missing tooth. Decay and cracks are removed and the teeth are cleaned. A copy of your teeth is made and sent to a lab where a porcelain or gold bridge is made. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary bridge to protect your teeth. The bridge is then returned and glued onto the previously prepared teeth.
Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth. By filling the gap and stopping the movement of other teeth, a fixed bridge is an excellent investment, providing better chewing ability, prevention of jaw-joint problems and saving money that might otherwise be spent on future dental treatment.
A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that covers the front of each tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth, similar to how an artificial nail is bonded onto a fingernail. Each porcelain laminate is a work of art, carefully crafted in a laboratory to fit your individual smile.
In the hands of a highly skilled dentist, porcelain laminates can provide you with an incredibly natural, beautiful smile. They are virtually undetectable and can dramatically improve your appearance. They are durable and long-lasting when compared to other cosmetic treatments.
A dental implant is used to replace broken or missing teeth. The implant is placed in the bone and a tooth is attached to the top of the implant, creating a natural looking, undetectable replacement for the missing tooth. In the event that more than one tooth is missing, two or more implants may be used to attach a bridge. Implants can even be used to secure a dentures or even partials for people who have lost several teeth. Implants help reduce the risk of bone loss in the future.
Dental implants with artificial teeth are the closest thing to regrowing your natural teeth. They are strong, stable, durable and virtually undetectable. By filling gaps left by missing teeth, implants can provide better chewing ability and head off jaw-joint problems. They are far superior to removable dentures.
The idea of having an extraction can be traumatic. Sometimes, however, it is the best way to protect your oral health and the rest of your teeth. People require extractions for a number of reasons. Some of the most common ones include:
Should an extraction be necessary we will make sure you are involved in your own oral care every step of the way by putting your comfort first during your procedure. We provide you with clear communication by promptly answering your questions and providing you with your post-treatment options, including teeth replacement, if applicable.
In-Office Whitening: can be the most economical, easiest way to dramatically improve the esthetics of your teeth. A professional strength, whitening gel is placed on your teeth and in approximately 1 hour dramatic results can be achieved. Plastic whitening trays may also be made to help you maintain the color of your smile.
Take Home Whitening: Plastic whitening trays will be made from models of your teeth. You will then place a special whitening gel in each tray and wear the trays in your mouth for several hours per day. (Many patients wear their trays after dinner and before bed.) A significant change in tooth color is usually seen in just four to six weeks.
Many people are either afraid, embarrassed or just don't enjoy a visit the dentist. At Moran Prairie Dentistry, we strive to provide excellent dental care in an environment that is professional, friendly, and welcoming. We do our best to keep your appointment stress-free so nothing will keep you from the beautiful smile you want with the healthy teeth you deserve!
Monday 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday: by Appointment