Our Services

Emergency Dental Services

Do you have a toothache?  Broken Tooth?  We

reserve time in our schedule each day to treat

Dental Emergencies including Endodontic (Root

Canal) treatment, Tooth Extraction and Dental

Implants.  We are your Emergency Dentist of

Choice in the New Hope / Crystal / Plymouth area!

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


*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


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 be

come 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


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 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 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 / Extractions

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.

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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 renowned MISCH

International Implant Institute. Dr. Ophaug takes

great pride in placing beautiful, natural-looking



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