Your dental health: Essential to your total health. And we are committed to both.
You have to take care of your mouth to maintain good dental health, which affects your body’s overall health. Since 1981, Dr. Busch has counseled and treated thousands of patients to maintain the necessary balance between dental and overall well-being.
Do you know that the bacteria found in diseased gums are the same bacteria found in diseased coronary arteries? Yes, neglected gum disease can contribute to cardiovascular problems and stroke. People with periodontal (gum) disease have a higher risk of diabetes, cognitive decline, and dementia. Decayed, missing, or broken teeth can cause digestive issues and can lead to oral infections, requiring root canal treatment or tooth extraction. The appearance of unhealthy teeth and gums can impact your confidence, employment, and social life.
Regular dental checkups are essential for maintaining your health. We accept many forms of insurance. Please call or text our staff to schedule your appointment. We’re looking forward to seeing you.
Teeth cleaning and dental exam
A routine teeth cleaning involves removal of tartar and dental plaque and polishing of the teeth. A comprehensive exam includes a tooth-by-tooth evaluation; assessment of the soft tissues in the mouth for any abnormalities, including oral cancer; periodontal probing for gum disease; and a full set of digital x-rays.
Crowns and bridges
A crown is a full covering over the top of a tooth. If a tooth is broken or badly decayed and has inadequate tooth structure to hold a filling, then the tooth can be restored to its natural shape and function with a crown. A dental bridge contains one or more replacement “teeth.” The bridge is cemented to teeth in the area of the missing tooth space.
A filling is placed after decay is removed and the tooth is sterilized. We use strong resin materials for the filling instead of dental amalgam containing mercury. A filling should blend in beautifully with the rest of your tooth.
We achieve the best results with in-office teeth whitening, which takes about one and a half hours, followed by wearing custom trays filled with bleaching gel for one hour daily for two weeks. If you have mild discoloration, tray whitening alone might provide good results.
Mouth guard or night guard
Heavy wear patterns on the teeth, waking up in the morning with muscle tenderness in the jaws, and receding gums are all signs that a night guard may be the answer. The guard is a strong plastic appliance that snaps over the upper or lower teeth, allowing the jaw muscles to relax while minimizing wear and tear on the teeth.
Periodontal (gum) treatment
More than 50% of US adults have some degree of gum disease. The symptoms can include bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, and receding gums. When an exam shows that a patient has periodontal problems, we provide treatment such as deep cleaning and laser gum therapy.
If a natural tooth is missing or must be removed, an implant replaces the root of that tooth with a titanium screw placed into the bone. This screw acts like a root to serve as the foundation for the replacement tooth. The implant supports a crown that is placed to complete the procedure.
Porcelain veneers and bonding
Veneers are shells of porcelain permanently cemented to the front of a natural tooth to improve the tooth’s appearance. Small gaps also can be closed without using braces. Bonding is used to apply tooth-colored material, called composite, to address chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth.
Root canal treatment
Trauma, decay, or cracks can reach the nerve inside a tooth and can proceed quickly to an infection. Symptoms include pain, swelling, and sensitivity to hot or cold. Usually, the remedy is root canal treatment, which is removal of the nerve followed by restoration of the tooth.
Complete and partial dentures
For those missing some or all of their teeth, a removable set of dentures or partial dentures can improve chewing, speaking, appearance and overall quality of life. Our dentures, which fit precisely, look natural and are comfortable to wear.
Inlays and Onlays
These are used when decay in a tooth is too large for a regular filling. They are similar to fillings but are much stronger. Inlays and onlays are more of an investment than a filling, but will last much longer.
When a tooth is diseased or broken and cannot be saved, surgical removal is necessary. We will make sure you are comfortable during this procedure.
A patient experiencing jaw pain, often with popping and cracking noises upon opening and closing the mouth, may need a TMJ appliance. The appliance allows the jaw muscles to relax, alleviating symptoms.
Teeth function properly when they are aligned well. If teeth are crooked or have shifted, this often leads to trapped food between the teeth, chewing problems, and cosmetic issues. Orthodontic services can correct these situations without the use of traditional metal braces.