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Emergency Care

Time in the office schedule is reserved each day for dental emergency services including endodontic (root canal) treatment, extractions and dental implants.

Oral Health Examinations

Bass Lake Dental is a strong advocate of preventive dentistry and recommends oral health examinations and cleanings every six months.  Part of our commitment to serving our patients includes providing them with information that enables them to make more informed decisions about their oral health needs and treatment options.  This is facilitated by the use of intraoral cameras to project images of their oral cavity on color monitors during the oral health examination and the discussion of treatment needs and options.  In addition to thorough removal of dental calculus (tartar) and plaque, the oral health examination will usually include:

  • Examination of all tooth surfaces for decay
  • Examination of the condition of existing restorations (crowns and fillings)
  • Examination of diagnostic x-rays
  • A complete periodontal examination
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Tooth polishing
  • Specific oral hygiene recommendations and instructions
  • Discussion of treatment needs and options

Preventive Dentistry

Based on the findings of the oral health examination we will recommend a preventive program tailored to your specific needs, and designed to keep your teeth and mouth healthy.  This may include dental sealants, topical fluoride treatments, dietary fluoride supplements and oral fluoride rinses.

Periodontic Dentistry

Periodontal disease is an oral inflammatory disease caused by toxic products produced by bacteria in dental plaque and calculus in the sulcus (pocket or space) between the tooth and gums.  It is characterized by inflamed, bleeding gums and, when these irritants remain in the sulcus, they damage the gums and eventually the bone that supports the teeth.  Periodontal disease is very common, and is the number one reason for tooth loss.  Recent research has demonstrated a clear link between periodontal disease and other serious conditions such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and bacterial pneumonia.  In view of these findings Bass Lake Dental always includes a complete periodontal disease assessment with each regular oral examination.  The periodontal status of our patients can then be monitored over time and appropriate treatment can be initiated if necessary.  During the periodontal examination the depth of the pocket between the teeth and gums (probing depth) is measured and the amount of bleeding, inflammation and tooth mobility is used to make a diagnosis into one of the following categories:

  • Gingivitis: Earliest stage of periodontal disease where there is no damage to the gums or supporting bone.  Treated by having regular cleanings and improving oral hygiene habits.
  • Periodontitis: A more advanced form of periodontal disease in which the gums become very irritated, inflamed, bleed easily and begin to recede from the teeth.  Slight to moderate bone loss around teeth may be present.  A special periodontal cleaning called scaling and root planing (deep cleaning) will be recommended.  Bass Lake Dental uses Cavitron Plus ultrasonic scalers to ensure a thorough, deep cleaning.  In many cases scaling and root planing can be done using a non-injectable anesthetic.   
  • Advanced Periodontitis: As periodontitis progresses to the advanced stage, the teeth loosen and lose more support as the gums, bone and periodontal ligament continue to be destroyed.  Generalized moderate to severe bone loss may be present.  In this case, the patient may be referred to a specialist for periodontal surgery.  Alternatively, Bass Lake Dental is now providing an alternative to conventional periodontal surgery known as the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP).  LANAP is an FDA approved procedure to treat moderate to severe periodontitis using the Periolase MVP-7, a pulsed fiberoptic delivered FR Nd: YAG laser.  For additional information about the LANAP alternative to conventional periodontal surgery please visit (LANAP).  

 Restorative and Cosmetic Dentistry

Bass Lake Dental offers a full range of restorative and cosmetic dental services including crowns, partial dentures, full dentures, bridges, tooth colored metal-free fillings, veneers and tooth whitening.

Porcelain Veneers: Veneers are very thin pieces of durable, tooth shaped porcelain that are bonded onto the front teeth to create a beautiful and attractive smile.  Veneers can be utilized to correct for:

    • Crooked or misshapen teeth
    • Discolored or stained teeth
    • Teeth that are too small or too large
    • Unwanted or uneven spaces
    • Worn or chipped teeth 

Using Cerec CAD/CAM powered by Bluecam technology we can now design, fabricate and bond veneers, in some cases during a single appointment. 

Crowns (Caps): A crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth surface restoring it to its original shape and size.  A crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.  Porcelain crowns are the most popular type of crown and are custom-made to match the shape, size and color of your teeth, giving you a natural, long-lasting, beautiful smile.  Reasons for crowns include:

    • Broken or fractured teeth
    • Cosmetic enhancement
    • Decayed teeth
    • Teeth with very large or fractured fillings

Cerec CAD/CAM powered by Bluecam enables us to fabricate and bond crowns in a single appointment.

Tooth Whitening: Tooth whitening (bleaching) is a simple, non-invasive dental treatment for correcting discoloration of natural tooth enamel.  We offer three options for tooth whitening:

    • KoR Teeth Whitening (take home trays with in-office whitening treatments)
    • Custom tray, take home whitening
    • Professional Strength Crest Whitestrips

Full and Partial Dentures: A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth.  Full dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some teeth remain.

Dental Implant Restoration: Dental implant restorations can be fabricated using Cerec CAD/CAM powered by Bluecam technology and placed in a single appointment.

Endodontic (Root Canal) Therapy

Oral Surgery

Invisalign: Invisalign takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements Dr. Ophaug plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won't even know you're straightening your teeth. Click to watch an informational video about Invisalign.

Dental Implants: Many dentists, including Dr. Ophaug, believe that dental implants are the most cost-effective and reliable method of replacing missing teeth for patients of all ages. Because they are fixed and permanent, dental implants allow you to talk, chew and smile without worrying about slipping or clicking dentures. Healthy implants can last a lifetime, and they can even prevent the bone loss that commonly occurs after tooth loss. Dr. Ophaug has received extensive training in implant dentistry from the world renown MISCH International Implant Institute. Dr. Ophaug takes great pride in placing beautiful, natural-looking implants.

 


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