Our Services

Root Canals

If your tooth’s nerve chamber becomes infected by decay, root canal treatment is often the only way to save your tooth. Inside your tooth’s hard outer enamel shell is a nourishing pulp network of bloods vessels, lymph vessels and nerves. The root canals, which contain the pulp, extend to the bone. Deep tooth decay, a deep dental restoration, or injury can cause serious damage and infection to the pulp’s nerves and vessels. Root canal or endodontic treatment cleans out the infected pulp chamber and repairs the damage.

Some signs that a tooth may require root canal treatment:

  • Spontaneous pain or throbbing while biting
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold foods
  • Severe decay or an injury that creates an abscess (infection) in the bone

The tooth is first anesthetized (“numbed up”). An opening is then made through the crown of the tooth into the pulp. The length of the root canals is determined. Unhealthy pulp is removed and the canals are cleaned, enlarged, and shaped. The canals are then filled and sealed. A metal or resin post may be added for structural support or to help retain restorative materials. The tooth is sealed with a temporary filling, with either a gold or porcelain crown required for further protection.

Oral Conscious Sedation

50% of the population puts dental care at the bottom of the healthcare list. Some of these people are downright fearful, while others have suffered bad experiences in the past. Or, some need extensive care and simply can’t find enough hours in the day. Oral Conscious Sedation is a safe and simple way to significantly reduce or eliminate dental fear and anxiety. It is as easy as taking a pill!

No matter how gentle we promise to be, we still see patients who are terrified of any kind of dental work. Even a simple checkup can make people tremble with fear. Oral hygiene and dental care are essential to your body's health. We want to ensure that you get the treatment you need – without the anxiety you would normally feel during a visit.

Sleep sedation is a safe, comfortable way to have your teeth cared for. With sedation dentistry, as it's commonly called, you won't feel any pain or discomfort – in fact, you might not even remember the treatment you've received!

However, sleep sedation is not like general anesthesia, which is extreme and unnecessary for lesser dental procedures. Also referred to as "oral conscious sedation," you're given a pill to take an hour before your appointment, and then an additional pill or pills once you arrive, depending on your level of anxiety. Your heart rate and oxygen levels are carefully monitored throughout the entire procedure. Before you know it, you'll be ready to go home – with a healthy mouth and a bright smile!

Crown

When a tooth is fractured, has a large, old filling, or is severely damaged by decay, the placement of a crown or cap may be recommended. Crowns strengthen and protect the remaining tooth structure and can improve the appearance of your smile.

At Dr. Raetz’s office, we have the technology to prepare your tooth for a crown, fabricate it in the office, and cement it all at the same visit. This cuts down on the number of visits you needs to make, saves you time, and avoids having a temporary crown. Digital images are taken of your tooth, the crown is designed using a computer based system that is located chairside, and then milled and fabricated while you wait. Most crowns are able to be fabricated this way.

Bridges

Few incidents have greater impact on dental health and personal appearance then tooth loss. When one or more teeth are missing, the remaining teeth can drift out of position, which can lead to a change in the bite, loss of additional teeth, decay, and gum disease.

When tooth loss occurs, the placement of a bridge maybe recommended. A bridge is one or more replacement teeth anchored by one or more crowns on each side. Initially, teeth on each side of the space are prepared to receive crowns and an impression is made of the entire area. This is sent out to a dental laboratory for fabrication of the permanent bridge. A plastic temporary bridge is worn while the permanent bridge is being fabricated.

Teeth Whitening

Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Raetz to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.