One of the most important aspects of what we do at Oklahoma Family Dentistry is our emphasis on family. We model that principle by providing dental care to families and people of all ages – from toddlers to grandmas and granddads. Placing family at the center of all we do helps simplify the lives of our patients and gives us insight into the unique dental history and needs of each family. So bring your kids, bring your grandkids, bring your cousins, aunts and uncles too. Just think of Oklahoma Family Dentistry as another member of your extended family!
We are passionate about forming real relationships with each of you, with your families, and being part of the great communities we serve. We feel so grateful and blessed to be here, to be part of your lives, and look forward to getting to know you better.
Below you’ll find a list of our services in alphabetical order using easy-to-understand language. Please click on the service listed below for more information.
- Dental implants
- Fluoride Treatments
- Home-Care tools
- Implant-Supported Dentures
- Invisible Braces
- Oral-Cancer Screenings
- Partial Dentures
- Patient Education
- Periodontal-Health Assessment
- Periodontal-Supportive Therapy
- Professional Cleaning
- Recare Evaluation
- Root-Canal therapy
- TMJ/Myofacial Dysfunction
- Teeth Whitening
- Tooth Removal
- Traditional Dentures
Bonding, a chemical process, is how composite resin fillings adhere to teeth, and allows for the replacement of small amounts of lost tooth structure with tooth-colored material that gives a natural appearance. Bonding can be used to repair worn tooth surfaces and close small spaces between teeth. More conservative than veneers or crowns, composites are an excellent cosmetic treatment option where appropriate. However, like natural teeth, composite fillings may become stained by certain foods, drinks, and personal habits such as smoking.
A word commonly used to describe a fixed orthodontic appliance, usually comprised of bands, brackets and wires. The goal of orthodontic treatment is a good bite—meaning straight teeth that mesh well with the teeth in the opposite jaw. A good bite makes it easier for you to bite, chew and speak. This can enhance your dental health and your overall health, and may improve self-esteem.
Orthodontic treatment is often part of a comprehensive dental health care plan. With good care, including orthodontic treatment when necessary, teeth can last a lifetime.
Sometimes the effects of tooth decay, injury, or gum disease can lead to the loss of a tooth. The space caused by tooth loss is not only unsightly, it can lead to significant dental problems if not corrected since each tooth works in coordination with its companion teeth. When one is missing it creates an imbalance of bite forces, and allows neighboring teeth to shift and move about. Without replacement, a missing tooth results in added problems later on.
A porcelain bridge is a natural-appearing solution that “bridges” the gap in your smile with a substitute tooth supported by other teeth adjacent to the space left by the loss of a tooth. The adjacent teeth are prepared for full crown coverage, crowns are fused to a substitute tooth (pontic), and the entire structure adheres to the support teeth using dental cement. Our doctors use tooth-colored porcelain to create a natural looking, functional bridge that restores your smile.
All-porcelain crowns make as dramatic a statement for your smile as porcelain veneers. They can accomplish all of the goals of veneers and more in situations where natural teeth are chipped, broken and damaged. The all-porcelain crown is designed to cover the tooth and fully restore it to a sound condition. The final result is very natural and realistic.
Today’s best option for replacing one or more missing teeth is implant therapy. An implant is an artificial, surgical grade titanium “root” placed in the jaw structure. In a few weeks the implant becomes integrated with the surrounding bone, creating a secure foundation on which to attach a crown or bridge.
Dental Implants make possible the successful replacement of any number of missing teeth, thereby rehabilitating a damaged smile to full function. But that’s not all – the use of implant therapy provides numerous advantages to the patient over other treatment options, including the following:
Tooth for tooth, it is a one tooth solution per one tooth problem. Unlike a bridge, an implant-supported crown stands on its own and does not involve adjacent teeth or support. This also makes it easier to brush, floss, and maintain sound oral health. Multiple teeth can be replaced with an implant-supported bridge. An implant-supported crown is cosmetically pleasing and natural looking. The presence of an implanted “root” in the jaw structure helps to preserve bone and reduce the tendency for shrinkage that commonly occurs with missing teeth.
Tooth-colored fillings, known as composite resins, are nonmetal restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by disease (cavities) or injury (chip, crack, fracture, excessive wear). Composite fillings have several advantages over the old metal fillings:
The color of the filling can be matched to the natural tooth color.
Composite fillings require removal of less tooth structure than metal fillings, and adhere better to the adjacent healthy tooth structure.
Composite fillings have no mercury in them (mercury in excessive amounts is a known health hazard). Additionally, composite fillings have demonstrated similar wear resistance and durability to metal fillings while not becoming discolored over time.
Fluoride is a natural mineral found in many foods and drinks, and is one of nature’s ways to help prevent cavities. Our doctors often recommend the use of professional-strength fluoride supplements (applied in-office or for use at home) to help make tooth enamel stronger. Fluoride can at times even heal weakened enamel. In the lifelong fight to prevent cavities, adults and children alike stand to benefit from fluoride supplements.
Numerous studies demonstrate the beneficial effects of brushing with an ultrasonic toothbrush. Our doctors are strong advocates for the use of such toothbrushes, and in particular the SonicCare brand. For those who prefer to brush manually, it’s very important to use a soft toothbrush. In addition, there are a variety of other home oral-health aids than can help maintain a great smile and good dental health. Our team tailors recommendations for home care tools to meet your unique circumstances.
A recent innovation for the person missing all of their natural teeth, the strategic placement of a few implants in the upper or lower jaw can provide exceptional support and stability to a denture. Traditional dentures tend to shift and come loose with use, may cause sore spots on the gums, and denture wearers often complain of difficulty in speaking or chewing. Implant-supported dentures can overcome these problems. If you’re interested, ask our doctors if implant-supported dentures are right for you.
Invisible braces serve as a cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces by blending in more with the natural color of the teeth or having a less conspicuous or hidden appearance. Typically, these brackets are made of alternative materials and function in a similar manner to traditional metal brackets. Clear elastic ties and white metal ties are available to be used with these invisible braces to help keep the appliances less conspicuous.
Do you ever get headaches on the side and back of your head? Do you ever experience tight facial muscles, difficulty in opening your mouth, chipped, cracked, or broken teeth or fillings? If you do then it’s likely you are clenching or grinding your teeth, a condition known as “bruxism”. Bruxism can occur while awake or asleep, and can be extremely harmful to teeth, facial muscles and jaw joints. To alleviate this condition, our doctors can provide you with a specially designed nightguard to wear while asleep. The nightguard not only protects your teeth but also allows your jaw to relax and rest, preventing many of the harmful problems caused by bruxism.
With more than 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year, oral cancer is the sixth deadliest cancer in the world. Oral cancer claims the life of one American every hour which is why Oklahoma Family Dentistry takes this issue seriously and works hard to provide the best detection and prevention methods possible. Early detection is key to prevention, so please don’t hesitate to schedule an exam, including a full oral-cancer screening, at Oklahoma Family Dentistry.
A partial denture is a modified denture for the patient missing only a few teeth. The partial denture is another way to successfully overcome tooth loss when a bridge is not an appropriate solution. Similar to a full denture, a partial denture is removable, yet designed to blend in and fit comfortably when in the mouth. Wearing a partial denture not only restores the bite, but also prevents remaining natural teeth from shifting, tilting or moving into the vacant spaces of missing teeth.
In addition to reinforcing good oral-hygiene habits, our doctors and professional team members take the time to educate patients about dental health, its effect on overall health, and to answer your questions. A variety of home-health tools and techniques are available to make the job of staying healthy easier and with better results. Each patient is unique, and sometimes just having the right tool to use at home makes all the difference when caring for teeth and gums.
Worsening gum disease causes bad breath, bleeding gums, receding gums, tooth sensitivity and even tooth loss. But these conditions can be easily prevented with proper oral hygiene, consistent home care, and timely professional treatment. When disease is present, early diagnosis means the condition is easier to treat with effective solutions. Your visit with our doctors includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues.
Oklahoma Family Dentistry provides an array of nonsurgical periodontal services for patients with and without active gum disease. Timely and regular treatment of your gums through routine professional dental hygiene care of the teeth helps to maintain a healthy smile. Combined with effective home care, most patients will never experience the harmful effects of gum disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease and treated for it, ongoing supportive therapy is vitally important to successful management of this condition. According to the American Academy of Periodontology,” … following a course of active treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly prescribed intervals is essential.” Periodontal gum disease can re-occur, so continuous treatment is absolutely necessary to prevent the infection from becoming active again and destroying the healing that has been achieved.
A periodontal maintenance visit includes the following:
- Evaluation of oral health to detect any subtle signs of gum disease re-occurrence
- Assessment of the effectiveness of your home oral hygiene care
- Appropriate professional cleaning of the teeth and gums
- Appropriate anti-bacterial therapy to destroy difficult-to-reach bacteria
- Recommendations of additional in-office and home health aids as needed
Cleaning or dental prophylaxis is the professional removal of the build-up of soft plaque, hard deposits (tartar/calculus), and stain that accumulates on the teeth during the three to six-month period between regular, preventive-care visits. Frequent regular professional dental hygiene care, combined with excellent home oral-hygiene habits, are vitally important in the prevention of dental diseases such as dental decay and gum disease.
Early detection of dental problems can mean easier treatment resulting in financial savings. An evaluation of your dental health is recommended every six months. Our doctors check to see that no new dental problems have developed, ensure that existing restorations are in good condition, and confirm the health of your gums.
When the vital tissue within a tooth (tooth pulp) becomes infected or damaged, root-canal therapy (endodontic therapy) is sometimes required in order to save the tooth. The treatment can be done with little or no discomfort when carefully managed. Controlling the infection with antibiotics first can calm the infection and alleviate toothache. Once the tooth is calmed, the damaged tooth pulp can be removed, and the space filled with medicated sealer. Afterwards the tooth is made whole with an appropriate restoration such as a filling or a crown.
Multi-rooted teeth are more complex and challenging to treat. Occasionally, teeth that have been treated with root-canal therapy may deteriorate over time. Depending on the patient’s unique circumstances, treatment by an endodontist may be recommended. An endodontist is a dental specialist with experience in managing more difficult situations. If such treatment is required, Oklahoma Family Dentistry can make a referral to an endodontist that will provide high-quality care.
Dental sealants are special coatings placed on the chewing surfaces of back teeth (premolars and molars) that create strong barriers against destructive, decay-causing bacteria. Timely application of sealants on these teeth helps to prevent cavities on these surfaces. Sealants are another great way to reduce the likelihood of getting cavities and are especially beneficial for children.
Oral sedation dentistry allows our trained dentists to create a safe and comfortable dental experience for patients who avoid the dentist out of fear or who might have time restrictions.
The sedation dentist can work more effectively by helping a patient become as comfortable as possible using well established and proven protocols with a variety of sedation medications administered orally and sublingually (under the tongue). These protocols can be customized for the patient’s individual emotional and physical needs.
Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as ‘relaxation’, ‘sleep’, or ‘anxiety-free’ dentistry.
Does your jaw pop when you open or close it? Do you experience pain in your jaw joints or facial muscles? If so, you may subconsciously clench and/or grind your teeth. This condition is called bruxism and is often a physical response to stress. Bruxism is a harmful habit made worse by teeth that are not correctly aligned, and can cause chronic tension of facial muscles and lead to sore jaw joints.
Bruxers may or may not be aware of their habit. Common signs of the condition include teeth that are excessively worn down, chipped, cracked, fractured and loosened. Symptoms may include sore jaw joints, headaches, neck pain, tooth sensitivity and gum inflammation.
Depending on the severity of your condition, our doctors can recommend a solution that will help alleviate the problem. One option is a nightguard. A nightguard is a bite appliance worn at night to protect the tissues from harm. Our doctors can make you a custom fitted nightguard that will successfully intervene and allow you to rest comfortably at night.
Professional teeth whitening offers stronger, more predictable results than “over the counter” whitening often found in toothpaste, gels, liquids and “do-it-yourself” kits. There are a number of ways professional whitening can be delivered and Oklahoma Family Dentistry is prepared to provide you with the right solution for your needs.
- There is internal whitening, and external whitening. Internal whitening is used mostly to lighten one tooth at a time.
- External whitening is available two different ways: take-home or in-office. Take home whitening is more common. In-office whitening shows immediate results after about an hour in the dentist’s chair. Ask one of our doctors which option is best suited to you.
The goal of dentistry is to preserve and protect the teeth so they can be kept in good health for a lifetime. However, sometimes a tooth is too badly damaged and cannot be saved. Our doctors can recommend treatment options to replace a tooth should it be necessary to remove it. Tooth removal can often be done in office and you will receive comfortable, gentle care from our team.
With the loss of teeth, your confidence can be shaken and your appearance can suffer. Traditional dentures are still a worthwhile treatment option for the person who is missing all of his or her teeth, and can restore your confidence. Combined, our doctors have over 20 years of experience in making dentures that look natural and fit comfortably.
Many of the smile makeovers seen on television are created using porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored facings designed to fit on the front of your teeth and give you a bright, youthful smile. The veneers resemble real teeth yet are able to change their shape and color to improve overall appearance and alignment. Veneers can even close spaces between the teeth where present, and just a few visits you can have a dramatically enhanced new smile.