Exams and Cleanings
At our office we advocate a preventative approach to oral and systemic health. The goal is to optimize health now and keep problems from arising in the first place. At Smiles by Shields, we see regular dental appointments – every 6 months, or more often if needed – as an opportunity to contribute to your total wellness.
When decay has damaged your tooth enamel, a filling is called for. Fillings prevent further decay or tooth
Crowns & Bridges
When decay or tooth damage is extensive, a filling might not be enough. A crown may be needed to restore the tooth’s look and function. Bridges can be used to bridge the gap caused by a missing tooth. At Smiles by Shields, we can provide both – in aesthetic and biocompatible ways.
It used to be that you only had two options for replacing missing teeth: bridges and dentures (partial or full). Dental implants offer an excellent third option. Dental implants are permanent and protective.
Dental Surgery with PRP
Imagine healing faster from dental surgery with less pain and better results. Platelet rich plasma makes it possible. Platelet rich plasma – PRP for short – is made with a small sample of your own blood. Research has shown that patients treated with PRP heal as much as six times faster than those who go without it.
A visual dental exam can only tell us so much about the current state of your teeth and the tissues that support them. Sometimes, we need to look within, and that’s where x-ray imaging comes into play. X-rays let us look for decay between teeth or under fillings. They let us check for bone loss or infection around the roots of your teeth.
We understand that most people have some level of anxiety toward dental procedures. We can recommend options if this is something you are interested in.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea
Snoring isn’t just an annoyance. It’s a serious condition that may raise your risk of high blood pressure, stroke, cardiovascular disorders, heart failure, dementia, memory problems, obesity, diabetes, and depression It may also be a sign of sleep apnea – a disorder in which you periodically stop breathing through the night.
Jaw Pain and Headache Solutions
Did you know that chronic headaches and other head, neck and shoulder pain often have dental causes? When that’s the case, reaching out for a dental solution makes far more sense than repeatedly treating the symptom with painkillers, acupuncture, chiropractic care, or other therapy.