Early detection allows us to provide the most conservative treatment, which saves you time, expense, and possible discomfort. Gum disease is another sneaky problem that we try to catch early. It has been linked to stroke, heart disease, osteoporosis, and other systemic health risks, including chronic inflammatory diseases, pre-eclampsia during pregnancy and pre-term low birth weight babies. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults.
Very well, actually! We use universal precautions. In addition to following guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we use disposable products as often as possible. Between each patients visit, we thoroughly clean treatment rooms and sterilize reusable instruments in an autoclave. Because we value safety, we have invested in a digital radiograph, which emits significantly less radiation than a traditional X-ray machine. We also use intraoral cameras and photography for close-up images, which promotes accurate diagnoses. If you have questions about our safety and sterilization methods, call us. We’ll answer your questions with enthusiasm because we love dentistry and our patients.
Yes! Floss loosens food particles, plaque, and tartar trapped between teeth. In addition to irritating gums, causing gum disease, and promoting cavities, these three culprits cause bad breath. If you need help learning how to floss quickly and effectively, our hygienist will gladly teach you some tricks to make your daily oral care easier.
Implant restorations are a safe alternative to bridges, partials or full dentures. They look, feel and function like natural teeth because of a titanium anchor attached to the jawbone. Once your oral surgeon secures the implant and it’s had time to heal, Dr. Godet will attach a handcrafted permanent crown to each post. The life of the implant depends on your age, oral status and personal hygiene. With proper maintenance, they last most people a lifetime.
Missing teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including additional tooth loss. Research shows that if a missing tooth is not replaced, up to 20% of adjacent teeth will fall out in the next 4 to 8 years. Missing teeth also cause remaining teeth to shift, causing spaces between teeth, food impaction, bite collapse, chewing alteration, and TMJ pain. You’re also more susceptible to gum disease, a serious health condition that can significantly shorten your life span.
We offer bridgework, partials, full dentures and implant restorations to replace missing teeth. With X-rays, intraoral photos and a thorough assessment of your dentition, Dr. Godet can help you decide which replacement option will be best for you.
Many people fear dental visits because of negative past experiences or control issues. We understand dental anxiety and offer solutions to help you overcome your stress. With Dr. Godet’s modern dentistry and soft touch, we can help you gain full peace of mind and body so that you can receive the dental work you need—and deserve.
Chronic headaches may be a symptom of a misaligned bite, bruxism (grinding), or temporomandibular disorder. Dr. Godet will carefully examine your occlusion (bite), jaw, head, and neck to determine the underlying causes of your pain. Oftentimes, we can correct the problem with a custom nightguard.