Doctor Jake is a unique dentist and not like your old dentist. He takes a gentle approach, easing any concerns you might have by providing valuable patient education. He listens to completely understand your particular dental needs and goals. Then Doctor Jake will provide the highest standard of personalized dental care using his skilled training in the latest proven advances in dental technology.
Dental Cleanings & Checkups
No matter how diligent you are at taking care of your teeth at home, harmful bacteria grow in your mouth and calcify into a hard substance that can only be removed by a dental professional. These bacteria can cause gum disease, and significantly affect your overall health. The bacteria that cause gum disease are the same as those linked to heart disease and other illnesses, and as many as 90% of adults have some form of gum disease. Gum disease puts you at risk for heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, cancer and pre-term low birth weight babies. Your hygienist and dentist work together as co-therapists to help you manage your oral health.
We use digital x-ray technology to detect and treat various disorders, such as cavities, infections, misalignment and decay which is not apparent to the naked eye. Taking a digital x-ray is simple and painless, and is viewable in just seconds. New digital technology minimizes your exposure to radiation by almost half of traditional x-rays and eliminates many harmful chemicals and waste products.
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is a set of specialized procedures designed to treat problems of the soft pulp (nerve) tissue inside the tooth. While some mistakenly think of it as an unusually painful treatment, in most cases the procedure is no more uncomfortable than getting a filling. It's actually one of the most effective ways of relieving certain kinds of tooth pain.
A root canal procedure becomes necessary when infection or inflammation develops in the pulp tissue of the tooth. Pulp tissue consists of blood vessels, connective tissue and nerve cells — which explains why a problem here may cause you to feel intense pain. In time, the pain may go away... at least temporarily. Without treatment, however, the infection won't. It can lead to a dental abscess, and may even contribute to systemic problems in other parts of the body.
Tooth Extractions; Simple and Surgical including Third Molars
The main goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth and keep them healthy for as long as possible. There are times, however, when it is in your best interest (or your child's) to have a tooth extracted (removed). This could be the case for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have a tooth that has been severely damaged by trauma or decay; or an impacted wisdom tooth that may cause trouble for you later on. Maybe your teenager will soon undergo orthodontic treatment and has insignificant space for his adult teeth, referred to as crowding. Or your younger child has a baby tooth that's stubbornly adhering, even though it's past time for it to go.
Whatever the reason, tooth extraction is more often than not a very routine procedure. How straightforward this minor surgery is will depend on where the tooth to be extracted is located in the mouth, and what its roots are like
Tooth extraction is nothing to be feared when done by an experienced hand. We offer extractions of all types, on all types of teeth, including Third Molars, or Wisdom Teeth.
TMJ Disorder & Sleep Apnea Treatments
Temporomandibular dysfunction includes a wide range of disorders that often overlap. They include:
Muscle problems that affect jaw movement
Pain in the face around the jaw joint
Problems within the joint itself
An accurate diagnosis is critical for successful treatment.
Most problems, whether muscular or within the joint, get better over time. For this reason, most experts agree that it's best to use conservative treatment at first. But in some instances, surgery or other procedures, such as injections, may be recommended as a first treatment.
Most people with TMD have temporary symptoms that are not serious and do not get worse. They usually can get better with simple treatments done at home. Sometimes symptoms go away without any treatment at all. They also can come back without warning.
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. Each pause in breathing, called an apnea, can last for several seconds to several minutes. When breathing is paused, carbon dioxide builds up in the bloodstream. Chemoreceptors in the blood stream note the high carbon dioxide levels. The brain is signaled to wake the person sleeping and breathe in air. Sleep apnea affects not only adults but some children as well.
Call and ask about our TMD and Sleep Apnea treatments!
Cavity Treatment & Prevention
Tooth decay is the number one reason children and adults lose teeth during their lifetime. Yet many people don't realize that it is a preventable infection. We educate you on the causes of tooth decay, its prevention, and the relationship to bacteria, sugars, and acids.
Don't wait for cavities to occur and then have them fixed — stop them before they start! Modern dentistry allows the Dentist to preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible with special “adhesive” tooth-colored restorations.
Crowns, Veneers, Bridges, & Implants
Dr Jake has a strong esthetic eye, and is committed to leaving you looking as beautiful as possible.
Dentistry is an art as well as a science: A dental crown or “cap” is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed or an unattractive tooth. It can even replace a tooth entirely as part of dental bridgework. A crown completely covers a tooth above the gum line. This is in contrast to a dental veneer, which only covers a tooth's front surface and needs natural tooth structure to support it. Crowns strengthen damaged teeth, allowing them to function normally again. When crafted from today's high-tech porcelains (dental ceramics), crowns are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. They can even be designed to improve upon a tooth's original appearance.
You may already know that a veneer is a thin covering over another surface. In dentistry, a veneer is a wafer-thin layer of super-strong porcelain that convincingly substitutes for natural tooth enamel. When bonded to your teeth, veneers can create a natural-looking, beautiful new surface. That's because dental porcelain, like natural tooth enamel, is translucent and tough. But it does not stain as easily as tooth enamel does.
A dental implant most often takes the form of a small, screw-shaped titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The surgical procedure used to place an implant is actually quite minor and routine, requiring only local anesthesia in most cases. After a healing period, the implant is topped with a lifelike crown custom-made to match your existing natural teeth. Implants have a documented success rate of over 95%, which is significantly higher than any other tooth-replacement option.
Oral Cavity & Oropharyngeal Cancer Screening
The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured.
People with a high risk of oral cancer may be more likely to benefit from oral cancer screening, though studies haven't clearly proven that. Factors that can increase the risk of oral cancer include:
Tobacco use of any kind, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco and snuff, among others
Heavy alcohol use
Previous oral cancer diagnosis
History of significant sun exposure, which increases the risk of lip cancer
Ask your dentist whether oral cancer screening is appropriate for you. Also ask about ways you can reduce your risk of oral cancer, such as quitting smoking and not drinking alcohol.
Partial & Complete Dentures
Full or partial tooth loss, if left untreated, doesn't just affect a person's self-image — it can also increase the risk of developing nutritional problems and other systemic health disorders. Fortunately, there's a reliable and time-tested method for treating this condition: full or partial dentures. Normal facial contours restored with dentures. There are also several varieties of dentures available to address specific issues, from partial dentures to implant-supported overdentures. The best option for you will depend on your individual situation.