Our state-of-the-art equipment and techniques go a long way toward eliminating the discomfort that some people feel about having a dental procedure performed, but we understand that our patients sometimes may be apprehensive. We understand that. It’s normal. Please be assured that our top priority is your comfort. We’ll address any apprehension you may be experiencing and take every measure possible to assure that your experience with us will be comfortable (and, we hope, pleasurable!).
Modern dental care can assist you in having teeth look good and feel good for a lifetime. The primary area of concern is, of course, the health of the supporting bone and gums. Without periodontal health, the teeth will eventually be lost. Our dental hygiene staff is well trained to prevent disease and identify periodontal health problems at their onset. Current research and studies have shown that oral health increases your risk for heart disease, low birth weight babies, diabetes and systemic inflammatory diseases. The proper diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease is important to one’s total health. We are able to provide our patients with the most current information and non-surgical treatment of periodontal disease. Make no mistake about it, your supportive dental hygiene appointments and dental check-ups are essential to your long term dental health.
We welcome children! Dr. Walgren knows how important it is for children to establish good dental health habits early. Sealants can help youngsters avoid the pain and expense of cavities. Fluoride treatments for children help make their teeth decay resistant for life. And Dr. Walgren screens all children for orthodontic treatments to insure a future of straight, healthy teeth.
Advances in modern dental materials and techniques increasingly offer new ways to create more pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Researchers are continuing their often decades-long work developing esthetic materials, such as ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. As a result, dentists and patients today have several choices when it comes to selecting materials used to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth.Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations. These factors include: the components used in the filling material; where and how the filling is placed; the chewing load that the tooth will have to bear; and the length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth.The advent of these new aesthetic materials has not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental restoratives, such as cast gold restorations. The strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, such as in the back of the mouth.
Dental implant restorations can restore the look and feel of your original teeth. Implants are metal posts or frames that are surgically placed beneath your gums. After placement, the implants fuse to the bone of your jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth – singularly or grouped on a bridge or denture- are then mounted to the implant. Candidates need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant—and they must commit to keeping these structures healthy. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular dental visits are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.The implant itself is made of metal—usually titanium as it has proven to be very compatible with bone and other tissues. The surfaces of some implants are treated with a substance that helps them adhere to the bone. Just like conventional crowns, bridges, or dentures, the replacement teeth mounted on the implants are made of porcelain, porcelain and metal, or polymer resin.
Endondontics is the area of dentistry concerned with the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases or injuries to the dental pulp. The pulp is the soft tissue that contains the blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue of a tooth. It lies in a canal that runs through the center of the tooth. This canal extends from the crown of the tooth down to the tip of the root.Root canal (endodontic) treatment usually involves the removal of the tooth’s pulp, a small thread-like tissue that was important for tooth development. Once removed, it is replaced with materials that seal off the root canal from its supporting structures. Years ago, diseased or injured teeth were often extracted. Today, even if the pulp of one of your teeth becomes injured or infected, it often can be saved through endodontic treatment.
One of Dr. Walgren’s main goals is to create crown and bridges that look like natural teeth. To achieve this, a number of factors are considered such as the color, occlusion or “bite”, shape and length of your natural teeth. A crown is a restoration that covers, or caps, a tooth to restore it to its normal shape and size. Its purpose is to strenghten or improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown is placed for a number of reasons:
A bridge (also called a fixed partial denture) is a restoration which replaces or spans the space where one or more teeth have been lost. There are two types of bridges—fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentsit. On the other hand, you can take out a removable bridge for cleaning. Removable bridges, while less expensive, may not be as desirable as fixed bridges and are not generally as stable. A fixed bridge is commonly cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A false tooth (called a pontic) replaces the lost tooth. The pontic is attached to the crowns (restorations that cover a tooth). Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.Removable Partial Dentures
Replacing missing teeth is important if you want to maintain a healthy smile. When teeth are missing, the remaining ones can change position, drifting into the surrounding space. It often is difficult to clean crooked teeth. This may lead to tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. A removable partial denture can help improve your speech and prevent your face from sagging by giving support to your lips and cheeks. Removable partial dentures usually have replacement teeth that are attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases that are connected by metal framework. They may attach to your natural teeth with metal clasps or devices called precision attachments. Crowns on your natural teeth may improve the way a removable partial denture fits your mouth. A consultation with Dr. Walgren will determine which type of partial is right for you.Cosmetic Services
Your smile is one of your greatest attributes. It sets the tone in business and social settings. A smile can convey confidence, warmth, happiness and can serve as the basis upon which friendships and business relationships are formed. Consistently, the “number one” attribute that people notice, when meeting you for the first time, is your smile. Dr. Walgren enjoys cosmetic dentistry and is very meticulous about the outcome.TMJ Dysfunction
Your jaw joint, which holds your lower jaw in place, is suspended beneath your skull by an intricate system of muscles and tendons. The joints, also know as the temporomandibular joints (TMJ), are some of the most complex in the body. The jaw joint, surrounding muscles, and the fit of your teeth are closely interrelated, each affecting the other as you make everyday jaw movements such as speaking and chewing. Many people suffer from dizziness, earaches, face, head, neck, shoulder and back pain, without knowing the cause of their pain. Today, with new knowledge and technology, dentists are able to diagnose and treat TMJ problems which previously have been overlooked.After diagnosing the problem, a variety of treatments may be recommended. They might include occlusal equilibration, occlusal restoration or splint/jaw repositioning appliances.