There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Both types are a removable replacement for missing teeth. Complete dentures are used when all the teeth are missing and partial dentures are used when one or more teeth are missing and some natural teeth remain. Both types can help to improve your appearance and smile. Complete dentures and partials can help you eat and speak more comfortably.
Implant supported dentures are a type of denture that is attached to implants (a regular denture sits on the gums).
Dr. Hartmann can take impressions for complete dentures, partials and implant supported dentures and work with a lab to create a beautiful new smile for you!
Dr. Hartmann can also assist you with repairs, adjustments and relines.
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care.
While at our office, Dr. Hartmann or our hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. They will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.
During the dental exam, we will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
Regular dental exams help protect your oral health and general well-being. A dental exam gives your dentist a chance to provide tips on caring for your teeth and to detect any problems early — when they're most treatable.
Other preventive services that can further improve your overall dental health are sealants to prevent cavities and fluoride varnish treatments which strengthen the enamel and prevent tooth decay.
For those whom are unable to come to our office, Dr. Hartmann makes house calls for teeth cleanings and consultations. If you have any questions about our house call services, please contact our office.
A Quick Word About Flossing:
Although recent news reports have questioned the benefits of cleaning between your teeth, using an interdental cleaner (like floss) is an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services also reaffirmed flossing as "an important oral hygiene practice" in an August 2016 statement.
The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between your teeth once a day. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into calculus or tartar. Flossing may also help prevent gum disease and cavities.
There are several options for cleaning between teeth. You might choose to use dental floss or another product specifically made for this purpose like a dental pick, pre-threaded flosser, tiny brushes that reach between the teeth, water flosser or wooden plaque remover. Dr. Hartmann can show you how to use them properly to avoid injuring your gums. It could be that you simply need to try another type of dental floss—waxed, unwaxed, thick or comfort floss. Stick with it and you’ll have adopted a healthy habit for life.
Dr. Hartmann can tell you about what types of dental care products will be most effective.
And don’t forget, children need to clean between their teeth too! Start as soon as your child has two teeth that touch. Because cleaning between teeth demands more manual dexterity than very young children have, children are not usually able to do a thorough job on their own until age 10 or 11.
We provide treatment for at-home teeth whitening to enhance your beautiful smile. Teeth whitening can be beneficial as it often improves the appearance of teeth due to staining or natural aging. Bleaching trays are relatively inexpensive compared to other cosmetic procedures. Bleaching trays can be worn overnight or over shorter periods throughout the day, until your desired level of whitening is reached. We also supply bleaching material to be used with the trays.
Dental bondings are dental procedures in which a durable, tooth-colored plastic material is used to restore the tooth. Bondings are typically used to repair decayed teeth, repair chipped or cracked teeth, improve the appearance of discolored teeth, close spaces between teeth, change the shape of teeth, and to protect roots when gums recede.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that covers the tooth and restores it to its normal size and shape. Crowns are typically used to restore cracked or broken teeth, decayed teeth, to cover an implant, or to improve a misshapen tooth. Crowns are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or gold.
A unique service that we provide is to coordinate with your oral surgeon to fabricate a temporary crown for your implant the
day of surgery. Implants require up to six months for healing and while you are healing, your smile stays intact.
Protecting your teeth against damage is extremely important. Sports guards can help protect your teeth from damage from impact sports. Occlusal guards offer your teeth protection from temporomandibular joint disorders (such as teeth grinding or clenching and arthritis of the jaw.)