Dental Restorative Care
CreekSide Family Dentistry

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an option to replace a missing tooth. In this procedure, a small titanium shaft is surgically placed into the bone and allowed to heal.  The bone grows around it forming a tight connection. Once the implant is firmly set in the mouth, the dentist then works to attach the replacement tooth onto the top of the shaft.  Implants are very much like your natural teeth.

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Dental Implants
Teeth Prosthodontics. Teeth Crowns Prepared for Oven and Press.
Digital Crown

Digital Crown

A crown is a covering made of metal or porcelain that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size. The purpose of a crown is to strengthen tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations. Covering the tooth makes it possible to continue functioning as normal. Dr. Brandhorst use porcelain crowns as they are both extremely durable as well as aesthetic.

Your dental crown treatment typically takes two visits to our Creekside Family Dentristry. First we will prep the tooth or teeth, and then take an impression. About two weeks later your permanent crown will be ready to bond into place.

Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile. At CreekSide Family Dentistry we classify dentures into two categories – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A Partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it can prevent other teeth from shifting.

Denture treatment, dental implants closeup
Dentures
Denture mold,false teeth on white background.
Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

A bridge is an option for filling a space created by a missing tooth or teeth. It is formed to look like the natural tooth, and it takes its place in the mouth. The bridge uses the surrounding teeth for support. It is cemented into the mouth and is not removable. A bridge replaces the missing tooth, both functionally and cosmetically. The choice of bridge materials range from gold alloys to porcelain and depends on requirements for strength, wear, and/or aesthetics.

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible to prevent more serious problems.

TMJ Treatment

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. Problems in this joint may be caused by a misalignment of the teeth, trauma, or excess muscle tension. If something goes wrong a good deal of trouble can result.

  • Problems in this area can cause:
    Headaches and earaches
  • Trouble / soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles, sometimes extending to the face Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, etc.

If untreated and taken to extremes, surgery may be required to repair a badly damaged joint. ​Dr. Brandhorst say “Early detection and treatment is best.”

Closeup Dentist and assistant operating for checking and teeth cleaning at dental clinic
TMJ Treatment
Dental curing light setting composite resins in kid teeth
Composite Resin Fillings

Composite Resin Fillings

Fillings are done if a tooth has decay. A hard, tooth-like material “fills” in the area of the tooth where decay was removed. Typically, teeth are treated with tooth-colored composite resin materials although other types of fillings exist. It is important to get the filling at the earliest possible detection of decay as untreated cavities can lead to more severe and costly problems.

Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal begins with a thorough screening of the impacted tooth. Dr. Brandhorst will check for signs of infection, formation of cysts, proximity to nerves, and if the adjoining teeth are infected. Either a panoramic x-ray or a 3D CT scan will be taken to determine the severity of impaction and to assess the risk of removal.

During the extraction, Dr. Brandhorst will administer a local anesthesia to numb the jaw and the adjoining gums to prevent discomfort. Sometimes the teeth can be removed by pushing on the teeth with special elevators and sometimes teeth need to be removed in pieces. After removal, precautions are discussed to take care of the surgical site and medicines will be prescribed as needed to prevent infection and manage pain.

Image of an extracted Wisdom Tooth
Wisdom Teeth Removal
A woman with problem sleeping
Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Not everyone requires a CPAP machine. Dr. Brandhorst can prescribe a oral appliances to help alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. An oral appliance is similar to a retainer or mouth guard and slightly advances the lower jaw or tongue, which can better open your airway during sleep. This type of device can improve your breathing and reduce snoring.

We’re always happy to answer any questions you have about sleep apnea or any of the other services we offer.

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