Whether your dental needs are a complete exam and cleaning, a full-mouth restoration, or anything in between, we promise to provide you with exceptional care as we enhance the natural beauty of your smile. Below are just some of the many procedures and services we regularly provide to our patients - with a gentle touch, and stunning results. Your smile is our first priority, and we'll give you something to smile about!
Learn more about the benefits of IV Sedation with our introductory video
Once you've experienced IV sedation, you'll never be afraid to go to the dentist again.
Many people fear going to the dentist. We understand. Our sedation dentistry team provides a relaxed and comfortable - and pain-free - new smile in only a session or two.
Sedation dentistry is the most common method used in the United States to calm a patients fears.
Oral dental sedation creates a comfortable experience, and most patients do don't even remember the visit; it is as if they slept through the treatment.
Actually, sedation dentistry maintains a level of consciousness in the patient for both safety and communication between the dentist and patient.
Virtually any procedure can be done using Sedation Dentistry - anxiety-free, safe, and comfortable.
Please watch these video interviews with Dr. McDuffee about the comforts of IV Sedation
Are you one of the millions of adults who are unhappy, self-conscious or even embarrassed of your smile?
Many adults spend their entire lives covering their mouths when they laugh, smile or talk. They feel stuck because they do not want to wear metal braces for years or they are concerned that other corrective procedures could be too invasive or too expensive. Now, there is an effective, safe and affordable cosmetic solution that fits your lifestyle.
A revolutionary combination of proven orthodontic techniques, modern materials, and innovative thought - Six Month Smiles® utilizes nearly invisible clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth in an average time of just six months.
* Average treatment times of only six months * Six Month Smiles’ clear brackets and tooth-colored wires are barely visible * Use of braces has shown to provide the most conservative and predictable final result * Six Month Smiles Patient Tray Kits™ ensure that your appointments are fast * Low forces and short overall treatment time increases safety and hygiene * Six Month Smiles is less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers
Please click to view our 6 Month Smiles video presentation:
Call us today for more information - (614) 882-5525
ClearCorrect invisible braces are the clear and simple way to straighten your teeth so you can show off your smile!
Looking for an alternative to metal braces? ClearCorrect is the clear and simple choice. No wires. No brackets. Just clear, convenient comfort—every reason to smile.
With ClearCorrect, your dentist or orthodontist can straighten your teeth using a series of clear, custom, removable aligners. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time until you eventually get straight teeth.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today 614-882-5525. We look forward to providing you with the personal care you deserve.
CLEANING & PREVENTIVE - Exams, X-rays, Home Care
Your first visit to our office will include a thorough dental exam by the dentist to order to make an initial assessment. A preventative plan will be put into action, where you will come in for regular check-ups that will include: • Cleaning and polishing: The cleaning will consist of removal of tartar, which has hardened on the teeth over time, along with the sticky plaque that has formed over the teeth. Plaque is a formation of bacteria and build up that will eventually cause inflammation if not removed. The instruments and technique we use will safely remove this build up. • Gum evaluation and treatment: Your gums and the bone supporting the teeth will be checked for disease through examination and x-rays.
• Oral cancer screening: The lips, tongue, throat, neck and gums are examined for any possible signs of oral cancer.
• X-rays: A full set of SAFE x-rays are performed and are crucial for giving the dentist information that is not always seen in the exam such as bone loss, development deviations, abscesses, teeth coming in at the wrong position, tumors and other issues hiding within the teeth and gums. Early detection is important in treating many oral health issues. • Investigation of existing work: Checking current crowns, bridges, fillings, etc. is done to check for any damage or need for replacement.
Cosmetic Dentistry can make your smile light up a room!
• Whitening: Over time with habits such as smoking, consumption of coffee and other dark beverages and just normal wear and tear, teeth may lose their luster and begin to appear yellowed or stained. Whitening is an inexpensive and safe option to bring back their brightness. Whitening has become a very popular procedure for enhancing smiles.
Home whitening kits are typically the preferred way of whitening. With this option, the patient is responsible for using the solution consistently until they see the desired whiteness. Impressions are made of teeth so that the trays are custom fit for the patient. The whitening solution will be put into these trays and worn for specific periods of time. Wearing the trays periodically will help in maintaining the results once the desired whitening is achieved.
• Crowns: There are times when your dentist will recommend crowns. A crown or cap is a metal and/or porcelain covering that is placed over the tooth surface, restoring strength and appearance. Crowns are needed when a filling is not enough to give tooth proper structure, to fix fractures, or lend support for bridges. Crowns improve the appearance and structure of the tooth.
Keep in mind that crowns typically consist of two appointments. Impressions are made and sent to a local laboratory in order to create the custom crowns. For placement, the tooth will be numbed in order to remove any existing decay and to shape the tooth for the new crown. A temporary crown will be placed on the tooth to protect it while the new one is being made. It is important that great care be taken with the temporary to avoid loosening. When the new crown arrives, the patient will return to the office for placement and fitting. Sensitivity may be experienced with the new crown, but should subside over time. • Veneers: Porcelain veneers are a beautiful option for creating the smile you’ve always wanted. Veneers consist of very thin sheets of porcelain that are attached to the front of the teeth, improving shape, size and color.
On the first step of the process, the existing teeth are buffed and shaped and an impression is taken. The specific color that will be used is also chosen. On the second step, bonding adhesive will be used to attach the veneer to the teeth and a light beam will set the adhesive. • White Fillings: Previously, silver or gold fillings were used. Now Composite resins can be used. The fillings are used to fix teeth that have been damaged by decay and fractures. The affected portion of the tooth will be removed and that portion will be replaced with composite filling. They are attractive since they match existing teeth and will last for years to come.
Fillings can be done during one appointment and anesthesia is necessary in order to allow the dentist to remove decay and apply medication to further protect nerve endings. Filling is shaped and smoothed to ensure tooth is its authentic look and feel. Patients should be prepared to notice some temporary temperature sensitivity for a period of time after fillings are done. Don’t wait any longer. Call today for an appointment and get closer to a healthy, beautiful smile!
PERIODONTAL DISEASE - Diagnosis, Treatment, & Care
What is Periodontal Disease?
Periodontal disease is something that effects a large portion of the population. It is a disease that causes pockets or spaces in the gum tissue, allowing bacteria to enter. The build up of plaque causes the gums to become inflammed and form these pockets. Normal brushing cannot reach this build up and over time, and if left untreated, the pockets continue to get deeper. Symptoms may include bad breath, red and puffy gums, bleeding gums and loose or sensitive teeth.
• Diagnosis: Gingivitis is the beginning stages of periodontal disease. Bleeding when brushing is a sign of this, as is inflammation and tenderness. We will measure between the tooth and gums to measure the depth of any pockets that may be present. • Treatment: Gingivitis and periodontal disease must be treated to prevent further destruction of teeth, gums, bone, eventually even leading to tooth loss. Depending on the extent of the disease, a deep cleaning and scaling will be recommended and will typically be done with local numbing. When the build up has been removed from below the gum line, over time the tissue will heal, causing the pockets to get smaller. • Maintenance: Follow-up appointments will be recommended to keep an eye on the healing progress. If improvement is not seen over time, a visit to a periodontist specialist may be in order. Medicated rinses, consistent flossing and using an electric toothbrush are some of the home treatments suggested as well.
Preventative measures will always need to part of a general oral health plan. In circumstances where damage has already been done however, more intensive procedures may be needed to bring teeth back to their healthy appearance and operation. Our staff will keep you informed on the options that will relieve pain, repair damage, improve your bite and get you back to normal function and look.
• Implants: Dental implants are used to replace teeth that have been lost. Through a surgical procedure, these artificial roots and teeth are placed directly into the bone. Implants replace teeth, restore chewing ability and improve facial tissues in the process. They are natural looking, secure and durable, lasting for years to come.
Implants require a process that can take a series of months to complete. After being placed into the bone, they must be given several months to heal and form into that bone. Several fittings and adjustments may be needed. Maintenance of your new implants are up to you; following directions and forming good habits for proper care to get the longest wear out of them.
• Root Canals: A root canal may be needed to relieve severe pain or sensitivity caused by extensive decay. Many times an infection is present. The affected tissue needs to be removed, and the nerve canal reshaped and filled with a special material and finally sealed and crowned to help prevent future infection.
• Bridges: Another way to replace lost teeth, this permanent fixture is typically made of porcelain on top of metal that fits over existing teeth. Bridges are the solution to many of the same issues that implants are used for, and another option for patients, depending on their particular needs and circumstances.
They can last for years with proper care. • Dentures: Dentures are a removable option to replace missing teeth. They can be full appliances or partial. Natural, existing teeth may need to be prepared for dentures to fit properly. Sometimes having to be first removed and given a chance to heal before new dentures are placed. Immediate dentures are prepared in advance and immediately put in once the teeth are removed. However, adjustments for comfort and fit may need to be made once healing takes place, again possibly taking several appointments.
After proper fit has been achieved, dentures may take some getting used to, but over time a patient’s smile is enhanced with easy-to-care for dentures.