Dental Care for the Whole Family
At the office of Robert Overdorf, DDS, we are focused on providing complete family dentistry with emphasis on prevention, restoration, and decay detection. We enjoy speaking one-on-one with our patients and educating them on the best techniques to use in order to achieve excellent oral health outside of our office.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a hygiene care appointment and periodic exam every 6 months or as recommended by Dr. Overdorf. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Patients suffering from periodontal disease may not even know they have it. Signs of periodontal disease include red, swollen, and bleeding gums. Studies have found that there is a link between periodontal disease and major medical issues, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and pregnancy risks. Other research has found that periodontal disease can actually shorten a person's life expectancy by 7 to 10 years. Treatment for periodontal disease varies depending on how severe the disease has grown. Advanced stages of periodontal disease require an anesthetic and deep scaling and root-planing, followed up with more frequent dental cleaning appointments.
This is also why routine dental cleanings are so important, so early stages of the disease (gingivitis) can be easily corrected and cleaned away. In instances where the disease has really become advanced, a Periodontist (gum and bone specialist) may be referred to the patient.
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventive, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Dr. Overdorf will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, our doctors will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
In the past few years, silver restorations have been replaced with tooth colored fillings, resulting in a smile you can be proud of, and which looks completely natural. If you're unhappy with the unsightliness of silver fillings that were used to fill your teeth years ago, come see Dr. Overdorf and have your fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings.
A partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from shifting. Partial dentures are very durable and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.
This is an affordable, effective technique for camouflaging crooked or misshapen teeth while preserving your original teeth. By bonding tooth-coloured fillings to your teeth, we can close gaps and hide unsightly stains or chipped teeth. The best part: we don’t cut away any of your tooth!
When it comes to the placement and restoration of implants, our team is the one to trust to get the job done right and help maintain your beautiful smile. At the office of Robert W. Overdorf, DDS, we specialize in implant restoration which allows us to replace any missing teeth or dentures. The dental implant is a permanent solution that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.
Emergency Dental Treatment
Should you have a dental emergency, call us immediately and we will try to see you as soon as possible.