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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Sinus Surgery — Creating Bone for Dental Implants “Out of Thin Air”
...They are generally carried out under local anesthesia (small shots, just like for a filling), sometimes with the addition of sedation or anti-anxiety medication...

Seven Things You Should Know About Oral Cancer
...A definitive diagnosis requires a tissue biopsy, in which a small piece of tissue is removed under anesthesia and taken to a lab for microscopic examination...

Mini-Implants: Five Things You Should Know
... It's an office procedure done by an experienced clinician, normally under local anesthesia...

Gum Disease: A "Silent" Problem You Shouldn't Ignore
...Using hand-held and ultrasonic instruments, the buildup of plaque (tartar) is carefully removed, sometimes under local anesthesia...

Root Canal Treatment: A First-Timer's Guide
...It is performed under local anesthesia, so you won’t feel any pain as it’s being done...

Five Facts About Dental Implant Surgery
... Almost all implants are placed using local anesthesia — typically, a numbing shot...

Using Sinus Surgery to Stimulate Bone Growth for Implants
...During surgery performed usually with local anesthesia, the surgeon accesses the sinus cavity, lifts the tissue membrane up from the sinus floor and applies the grafting material on top of the bone...

Crown Lengthening Opens up New Teeth Restoration Possibilities
... Crown lengthening is a minor surgical procedure performed with local anesthesia to numb the tooth, surrounding gum tissues and supporting bone...

'Simple' Tooth Extractions are a Common Dental Procedure
...Once they’ve detached, it requires little effort to remove the tooth; with the aid of local anesthesia, you won’t feel anything but a little pressure...

Conscious Sedation Eases Treatment Anxiety for Young Dental Patients
... While general anesthesia creates a total loss of consciousness, conscious sedation uses precise medications to suppress consciousness at different levels ranging from light to deep suppression, and create a relaxed state for the patient...

Simple or Surgical? Choosing the Right Kind of Tooth Extraction
...All of this can usually be performed with local anesthesia...

Fillings
... Watch Tooth-Colored Fillings Video What to Expect After Getting a Filling The numbness caused by your local anesthesia should wear off within a couple of hours...

Nitrous Oxide
...Read Article Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry Local anesthesia is one of the most effective tools in dentistry and medicine...

Gum Grafting
... Grafting procedures are typically carried out under local anesthesia, and are generally pain-free...

Periodontal Flap Surgery
... The Flap Surgery Procedure Flap surgery is typically done under local anesthesia, sometimes accompanied by oral anti-anxiety medications; alternatively, it may be performed under intravenous conscious sedation...

Bone Grafting
... What to Expect The procedure for placing a bone graft usually requires only local anesthesia, though oral or IV (intravenous) sedatives can also be used to achieve a higher state of relaxation...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...Intravenous sedation or general anesthesia is used, so your child won't experience any pain...

Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
... The surgery itself may occur in a hospital or an office setting, with the type of anesthesia that's most appropriate for the procedure, and for your comfort...

Extractions
...A thorough medical and drug history is taken, to ensure that you are healthy enough to undergo the procedure, and your options for anesthesia will be discussed...

Oral Diagnosis and Biopsies
...Typically, the procedure requires only local anesthesia, and it doesn't take long...

Sedation Dentistry
...Read Article Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry Local anesthesia is one of the most effective tools in dentistry and medicine...

Sinus Surgery
...Your options for anesthesia will also be discussed...

Wisdom Teeth
...The type of anesthesia that's best for you will be determined before the procedure...

Air Abrasion
In the future, could small cavities be detected early and filled without anesthesia, and with only the minimum removal of tooth material...

Anesthesia Wand
If you've ever had needle phobia, you might like to learn about a new technology referred to as an “anesthesia wand,” which is a computer-controlled dental-injection tool...

Bone Grafting
... What to Expect The procedure for placing a bone graft usually requires only local anesthesia, though oral or IV sedatives can also be used to achieve a higher state of relaxation...

Fixed Dentures
... What to Expect The surgery to place dental implants that support a fixed denture is a simple, routine procedure carried out in an office setting, under local anesthesia in most cases...

Root Canal Surgery (Apicoectomy)
... The Apicoectomy Procedure Root canal surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia such as a numbing shot, so you won't feel any pain...

Root Canal Treatment for Children
...In fact, the procedure generally causes little discomfort, but is quite successful in relieving tooth pain! Dentists are adept at using anesthesia to block the sensation of pain, and are experienced in calming the fears of young ones...

Endodontics
...Here's what to expect: First, you will receive anesthesia (usually a numbing shot) — and for many patients, the worst is now over...

Implant Dentistry
...The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases...

Oral Surgery
The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period...

Technology
... Anesthesia Wand...