What We Do - Lake Lucerne

WHAT WE DO






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CROWNS


A crown is a type of dental restoration that completely caps a tooth or dental implant. Crowns are often needed when a large cavity threatens the ongoing health of a tooth. They are typically bonded to the tooth and usually require removal of significant tooth material so the crown can fit over or into the natural tooth. Our practice proudly offers One Visit Dentistry, allowing for onsite milling and placement of crowns in a single appointment.


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IMPLANTS


Implants are surgically placed fixtures that interface with a patient’s jaw to replace missing teeth. They support dental prostheses such as a crown, bridge, or denture. An implant mimics the tooth root, making sure the jaw and gums are properly stressed. Doctors at our practice have vast experience and expertise in both placing implants as well as restoring them.


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BRIDGES


A bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis (restoration) used to replace a missing tooth (or several teeth) by joining an artificial tooth permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants. Bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth/teeth in between.


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DENTURES


Dentures are false teeth (prosthetic devices) used to replace missing teeth. They can be either removable (partial or complete dentures) or they can bond onto teeth or dental implants (fixed prosthodontics).



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COMPOSITE (WHITE) FILLINGS


White fillings offer a great aesthetic advantage over the traditional amalgam alternative. They come in a wide range of tooth colors allowing near invisible restorations. Other important advantages include better adherence to natural teeth, greater flexibility to mold material to teeth and most importantly, reduced exposure to mercury. We are a mercury-free practice and we proudly employ safe practices for its disposal.


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BONDING


Bonding involves the shaping of composite resin to restore misshapen, chipped or discolored teeth. For patients on a budget, this may be offered as an alternative to a dental crown. Aside from the cost advantage, composite restorations also conserve more of the natural tooth than implants do.


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TOOTH EXTRACTIONS


We perform extractions most commonly to remove teeth which have become unrestorable through tooth decay, gum disease or dental trauma, especially when they are associated with toothache. We also extract wisdom teeth that get stuck, prohibiting normal growth into the mouth.


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ROOT CANAL THERAPY


Root canal therapy is treatment for the infected pulp of a tooth to eliminate infection. It typically involves pulp removal, cleaning and decontamination of the tooth and filling of the canals. We employ the latest in rotary endodontics to reduce instrumentation time, magnification loupes to increase visibility and obturation technology to improve the precision of canal fillings. For more information about how our superior technology helps the process, click here.


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SMILE REJUVENATION


We offer best-in-class treatment smile rejuvenation. This highly consultative procedure involves a full redesign and reconstruction of the mouth and surrounding facial area, resulting in a more youthful, radiant look. A series of procedures are typically combined to achieve the ultimate look, including dental crowns, veneers or bonding to elongate the face, lift lips and widen the smile, Invisalign® to straighten teeth, BOTOX® and Restylane®. Our patients can count on achieving results faster thanks to our One Visit Dentistry.


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PORCELAIN VENEERS


Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth, while also providing strength and resilience. It is ideal for patients looking to make slight position alterations, or to change tooth shape, size or color. Veneers can be used in cases comparable to crowns, with minimal alternation needed to your natural teeth. For lower cost restorations of slight imperfections, read more about bonding.


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GUM CONTOURING


Now gums that rest too low on your teeth creating “gummy smiles” can be reshaped (contoured) using advanced (diode) lasers. The diode lasers cauterize as they cut to minimize bleeding vs. traditional procedures. The entire gum lifting procedure can be completed in just one visit and is virtually painless.


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INVISALIGN® ORTHODONTICS


Straighten teeth using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. Aligner trays are made of virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. They gradually and gently shift your teeth into place. Just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.



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TEETH WHITENING


We offer more than one option for teeth whitening at our practice. With Zoom® at-home whitening, our dentists fit patients with customized trays so they can apply the whitening agent nightly, from the comfort of their home. Laser whitening is a dentist-assisted procedure that incorporates laser light to activate and accelerate bleaching. Read about our laser whitening technology here.


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BOTOX®


As we age, lax skin and a loss of tissue volume can create signs of aging in the mouth area.The corners of the mouth may be drawn downward, creating a permanent frown. Our dentists use BOTOX® to temporarily relax muscles by blocking nerve impulses resulting in a more youthful appearance. Our patients may also treat frown lines or crows feet for a fresher look, overall.


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RESTYLANE®


Dermal fillers may also be injected to help replace lost volume in the mouth area, treating nasolabial folds and plumping up lips that may have thinned with age. Our dentists offer patients the added advantage of having treatment done under local anesthesia, so they achieve the benefits of injectables in a pain-free way.


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PROFESSIONAL CLEANING


A professional tooth cleaning involves the removal of dental plaque to prevent cavities and gum disease. Our Hygienists are highly skilled at removing hard-to-reach tartar not removed by routine cleaning. Deep cleaning involves the removal of plaque from below the gum line (scaling) and root planing to smooth out the tooth root. To enhance the hygiene experience, we offer an add-on DentalSpa® treatment option and can also administer oral conscious sedation.



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FLUORIDE THERAPY


Fluoride therapy protects teeth from cavities and repairs damage, causing the remineralization of damaged tooth enamel. Once we detect early stages of tooth disease using our DIAGNOdent® technology or other means, we can delay or avoid tooth decay with fluoride therapy and other preventive strategies. Read more about our advanced technology here.


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DENTAL SEALANT


A dental sealant is a plastic coating painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth to prevent tooth decay. The sealant bonds into the grooves of the teeth, forming a protective shield. We use sealants most commonly in pediatric care but can also administer it for adults if the risk of decay on the biting surface of a tooth is high.


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MOUTH GUARDS, SPLINTS


Our dentists prescribe custom mouth guards or splints to treat involuntary teeth grinding, TMD (temporomandibular disorder) or sleep apnea (interrupted breathing while asleep). Each appliance is designed differently to fulfill distinct functions. Guards for TMD are designed to raise the bite and reposition the jaw. Splints for grinding act as a protective barrier between upper and lower teeth. For sleep apnea, mouthpieces are designed to keep airways open while sleeping, either by holding the tongue in place or repositioning the jaw.


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ORAL CANCER SCREENING


Oral cancer screening is performed by our dentists to look for signs of cancer or precancerous conditions in your mouth. Based on an initial consultation, he may decide that an oral exam or a special test is right for you.



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ORAL CONSCIOUS SEDATION


For anxious patients with a heightened fear of dentistry, we offer oral conscious sedation. This is a safe type of anesthesia that is most commonly associated with sedation dentistry. The medication is usually taken about an hour before the procedure to help patients relax. Though often referred to as sleep dentistry patients are actually awake during sedation dentistry.


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NITROUS OXIDE SEDATION


A lighter form of sedation involves inhalation of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) combined with oxygen through a mask that’s placed over the nose. The gas helps patients relax during procedures but it wears off quickly, allowing them to drive themselves home afterwards.





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