Services

We proudly offer the following dental services to our patients.  Please click on the linked terms to learn more.

Biopsies – If we find discover something abnormal in the patient’s lips, gums or tongue, then we may take a small sample to properly diagnose and treat the problem.

Bridges – If the patient has lost a permanent tooth, then we may place a prosthesis called a bridge. It gets its name because it functions like a bridge, spanning and filling a gap between two existing teeth. Patients may desire a bridge for aesthetics, but this is also a very functional solution because it will help the patient gain better nutrition through more efficient chewing, and it will prevent the other teeth from migrating (to fill the gap) which can then cause a bite mis-alignment.

Pediatric Dental Care – We heartily recommend dental care should start in the early years. We enjoy teaching children about the importance of oral health, and giving them a comfortable and fun experience in the dental clinic.

Cosmetic Restorations (Fillings) – When decay occurs, it needs to be removed as soon as its spotted to protect the patient’s existing healthy tooth structure. Tooth decay that is allowed to progress will eventually result in nerve pain when the infection reaches the tooth’s root. After removing decay from a tooth, Dr. Ertl will fill the space with a non-metal material. (Our office does not use silver fillings.) Our cosmetic restorations use a color-match system, which results in restorations that match your existing tooth color and are difficult for most people to see.

Crowns (Caps) – When a large amount of decay occurs, and there is not enough healthy tooth structure above the gum line to do a restoration, then Dr. Ertl will recommend a crown. He may also recommend a crown when a large filling breaks or when a tooth is fractured. Crowns are long-lasting solutions that restore the functional and visual shape of a tooth, and they may also be used to protect teeth after root canal therapy.

Dental Emergencies – Painful toothaches can result when preventative dental care is not a regular part of a patient’s life. These painful conditions flare up after decay burrows deep into a tooth and begins to infect the nerve and blood supply to the tooth. Usually, when people have a toothache the pain can be so intense that they seek treatment right away. We address toothaches as soon as we can to remedy the decay and the infection. If toothaches are allowed to persist, then can result in swelling and, in rare cases, blood poisoning.

Dental Exams – We highly recommend making dental exams a regular part of your heath care regimen. Seeing Dr. Ertl for routine exams is key to maintaining optimal oral health and a beautiful smile. These regular exams are the cornerstone for preventative dental care and come in three forms. Your initial comprehensive examination (new patient exam) with Dr. Ertl will include, a head and neck exam, intra-oral photos, x-rays (bitewings and panoramic), periodontal measurements, charting current fillings and decay and discussing any recommended treatment to obtaining a healthy smile.  The next type of dental exam  type is a periodic exam and these should occur every six months because decay can start in only a few months with inadequate daily brushing/flossing and high sugar in your diet. The last type of dental exam is a limited examination, and it will take place if events such as a toothache starts or you have been in a sporting accident.

Imaging – We take x-rays to view areas of the teeth and bone that cannot be seen by the naked eye. We take images to examine spaces between the teeth, presence or depth of decay, bone density, teeth alignment, missing or developing teeth and so on. We use digital imaging equipment which decrease radiation dosages by upwards of 90% compared to traditional film based x-rays.

Implant Crowns (Caps) – Dental implants are a great alternative to a traditional bridge or partial denture. While dental implants have been around for many decades to provide support for dentures, they have gained wide acceptance to replace missing teeth anywhere in the mouth.

Intra-oral photos – We use a digital camera about the size of a toothbrush to capture images of the patient’s teeth, gums or tongue to help patients understand a diagnosis or why certain treatment may be recommended. It can also demonstrate when patients are doing a great job keeping their smile clean and healthy.

Night Guards for Grinders – Some people with stressful lifestyles, or who have trouble sleeping, may need a custom night guard. This device fits over their teeth when sleeping. Night guards decrease muscle soreness, jaw joint pain and unnecessary wear to your teeth.

Oral Cancer Screenings – According to the American Cancer society there are over 35,000 new oral cancer cases every year in the United States. (1.) While age and gender may play a role, the key indicators for developing oral cancer are lifestyle choices such as excessive alcohol and tobacco consumption. Regular check-ups and preventative dental care decrease this probability. We make oral cancer screenings a regular part of all preventative dental exams.

Partial Dentures – If a patient is missing multiple permanent teeth, then a partial denture can help. This is a device that is taken in and out of the mouth daily. Partial dentures are held in place on the existing teeth. This allows for a great smile and the enjoyment of a good meal with friends and family. Partial dentures are an affordable alternative to having multiple dental implants or dental bridges placed (treatments which can be more expensive).

Periodontal Professional Cleanings (Deep Cleanings, or Scaling and Planing) – As tartar, which is also known as calculus, begins to accumulate on teeth and below the gumline it can cause irreversible bone loss, which weakens the stability of perfectly good teeth. Research has shown that calculus can also cause vascular problems, heart issues and premature tooth loss. Not to mention, calculus causes long-term gum inflammation which causes them to to be sore, sensitive and to bleed spontaneously. It can also cause very bad breath. A deep cleaning, also know as scaling and root planing, can help make your mouth and your whole body healthy again.

Preventative Dental Care – This is the cornerstone of Dr. Ertl’s personal philosophy. With periodic professional cleanings, proper oral hygiene instructions and minimal preventative dental treatments, such as fluoride, sealants and varnishes, many dental problems will never arise. Oh, did we forget to mention to stay away from those sweets and tobacco? When you visit Dr. Ertl regularly, you are making an investment in keeping your natural teeth for your entire life.

Professional Cleanings – Our highly trained professional hygienists will administer a professional cleaning, preventative care and proper oral hygiene instructions to keep your smile beautiful, and you healthy, for many years. Maintaining regularly-scheduled professional cleanings decreases your chance of oral cancer, the need for extensive dental treatment and painful tooth aches.

Root Canal Therapy – As decay burrows deeper and deeper into a tooth, an infection forms. This infection can cause pain, swelling and discomfort. This process is easily reversed by simply removing the decay, infection and the interior portions of the tooth where the nerve and blood supply are located. The tooth is then sealed at the tooth’s root tip and crown of the tooth to prevent the infection from reoccurring. Depending upon the amount and type of decay present, sometimes a tooth will require a crown after root canal therapy is performed.

Tooth Extraction – If a tooth breaks, loses its supporting bone through periodontal disease, or has large amounts of decay, then the tooth may need to be removed. Removing it prevents further infection, decreases the chance of a tooth ache and makes the patient’s quality of life greater. While tooth extraction is a last resort, there are many ways to restore the missing tooth or teeth with bridges, dental implants or partial dentures.

Veneers – If a tooth or teeth have wide gaps between them, excessive staining, or are broken, then a veneer will create a wonderful smile. A veneer is a porcelain restoration that is placed on the vertical surface of the tooth to reshape it. The process of placing a veneer removes a smaller amount of your natural tooth as compared to that of a crown (cap).

Whitening – When your teeth have mild to moderate staining, many times this can be reversed with custom whitening trays made by Dr. Ertl.

(1.) American Cancer Society. 2010. “Oral Cancer.” Accessed on 05.2011