A sophisticated, classic smile never goes out of style. At Salmon Creek Center for Complete Dentistry, Dr. Russell Church and our team are committed to creating radiant, healthy smiles for each of our unique patients.
The foundation of complete dentistry is that Dr.Church identifies and corrects problems not only with the individual teeth but also with how the teeth, jaws, muscles and the joints (TMJ’s) function together as a unit. To achieve stability, health and comfort, all of these components must operate in harmony. If any one of these is out of balance or unstable the entire system will be effected. Your mouth is the center of expression, nutrition, communication and appearance and therefore, deserves the greatest care and technical excellence that we can provide.
How do you know you have a problem?
One or a combination of the following symptoms may indicate you have a bite problem.
- cracked or broken teeth
- worn teeth
- facial pain
- notching of teeth
- sore or stiff jaw muscles
- pain with chewing
- uncomfortable bite
- receeding gums
- shifting bite
- loose teeth
- joint clicking
In order to accurately diagnose a bite problem, mounted study models are essential. As a part of a comprehensive examination, casts of your teeth are made and then mounted on an instrument that replicates the way you bite and move your lower jaw. To restore harmony to the biting system, we may need to place crowns on some teeth, replace missing teeth, adjust the bite or even move teeth with orthodontics. Sometimes a bite splint can be made to temporarily restore balance and comfort to the jaw joints.
Dr. Church utilizes digital x-rays to assist in diagnosing and treating various dental conditions. Now the standard for dental x-rays, digital x-rays provide a clearer, more accurate picture of the oral cavity than traditional film x-rays.
Dental x-rays are critical for accurate diagnosis and successful treatment planning. Certain elements of oral health are not visible during a visual examination, including cavities located between teeth, bone strength, and root damage. With these digital images of the internal and external structures, Dr. Church is able to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays:
- Reduced exposure to radiation – digital x-rays emit approximately 90% less radiation than traditional radiographs
- Quick and accurate for better diagnosis and treatment planning
- Digital x-rays are easily archived and can be instantly shared with other medical professionals
A sealant is a plastic material that is usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth-premolars and molars. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves (pits and fissures) of the chewing surfaces. The sealant acts as a barrier, protecting enamel from plaque and acids.
Fluoride treatments assist in preventing tooth decay.
White Composite-These fillings are specially designed to match the natural color of the tooth. The filling is directly placed and bonded to the tooth, restoring it to a more natural appearance. They can be used to replace a current filling or for restoring areas of decay.
Crowns are used to strengthen and improve the shape, size or color of teeth They can support broken or weak teeth or those with large fillings; provide a smooth, strong, attractively contoured surface for stained or otherwise abnormal teeth. They can be constructed of various materials ranging from porcelain, gold or zirconium.
Often called porcelain laminates, are thin shells of porcelain that cover the front of a tooth. They are long lasting and can vastly improve your appearance.
Bridges are natural looking tooth replacements which help maintain facial structure, reduce stress on the jaw and fill in the gaps caused by missing teeth. Fixed bridges are cemented to existing teeth adjacent to the missing tooth space.
Small Diameter (mini) Implants
Implants are one of the most important advancements in the history of dentistry, But conventional-diameter implants often require bone grafting for placement and a significant healing period. Small diameter implants can provide simple, fast, non-invasive relatively inexpensive retention and support for many fixed and removable restorations, especially when minimal bone is present.
The best way to replace a missing tooth is with a dental implant. Implants can appear and function like a natural tooth. A titanium “peg” or fixture is placed in the bone where the natural tooth was before it was lost. A crown is then made to fit on the implant.
Comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, aesthetics and function.
Your smile is important to you. It is one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile can help you feel beautiful and confident. Whitening can make your smile look its best!
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and movement of the jaw. Symptoms can include joint and muscle pain, joint popping or clicking, headaches and difficulty chewing and opening the mouth.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canals can prevent tooth loss when there is damage to the nerve and blood supply of the tooth (the pulp). During the procedure, the damaged pulp is removed; the root canal is cleaned and sealed off.
The prevention and treatment of gum disease. Treatment options may range from routine cleanings to non-surgical therapies.
Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, such as extensive tooth decay or fracture.
Partial & Complete Dentures
Dentures are a removable appliance to used to replace missing teeth.