Dr. Judson and the West End team provide a wide array of dental services. From proactive cleanings to specialized repair procedures, your dental team will ensure you have your healthiest mouth possible. Clink on the links below or scroll down to view descriptions of our services.
A cleaning appointment may begin with an X-ray that will be used by the dentist to get a full picture of tooth health. To clean the teeth, your hygienist will use advanced technology to remove hardened plaque that regular brushing cannot. Dr. Suber will then examine your teeth and mouth to ensure you are on the right path to a healthy smile. Cleanings at West End are done thoroughly and carefully, ensuring patient comfort along with best results.
We love and recommend the following resources for our patients to stay informed and keep good habits going strong. See our FAQ’s Page for more information.
When teeth need to be replaced, West End provides a number of options.
A bridge is exactly what its name depicts. A gap caused by one or two missing teeth is “bridged” with a row of natural-looking porcelain teeth that are anchored into the mouth via crowns on the neighboring natural teeth.
Implants are synthetic tooth molds that are easily anchored into the jawline to effectively replace a lost, broken, or missing adult tooth. Any number of teeth (even all teeth) can be replaced via implants, which do not decay and cause no damage to neighboring teeth.
Full or partial dentures may be needed where teeth are missing or in danger of causing health problems. These removable replacement teeth may be anchored in the mouth using natural teeth, implants, or natural suction. Dentures can be modeled after your own teeth, allowing a new yet familiar smile.
A crown (also known as a cap) is a tooth-shaped covering that restores shape, size, structure, and appearance to an ailing tooth. A crown may be needed to:
- Improve tooth appearance
- Restore a worn or broken tooth
- Add support to a tooth after a root canal or chipping
- Prevent decay in a weak tooth
- Support a bridge
Similar to crowns, veneers enhance tooth structure and cosmetic appearance, but are adhered to the front surface of the tooth.
When a cavity is present, the soundness of the tooth is in danger as it is being dissolved by bacterial byproducts from the inside out. To heal the tooth, the affected area is cleaned out and filled with a mixture of resin and silica that hardens into a strikingly tooth-like material. See examples of Dr. Suber’s work below.
Gum disease, known amongst dentists as periodontal disease, is an infection of the tissue and bones that surround the tooth. Gum disease can affect the gums, also known as gingivitis, causing swelling, tenderness, and bleeding along the gum line. Without treatment, gingivitis spreads beneath the gum line to the deeper tissues that support the tooth.
Treatment includes a deep cleaning under local anesthesia to remove hardened plaque that is attached to the teeth around and under the gum line. Rough spots along the tooth root may be smoothed to prevent bacteria from collecting and reproducing.
When it comes to medical procedures, almost all of us identify dental work as uniquely troublesome. This could be because, as a primary tool in communication and the first stop along the digestive tract, the mouth is complex and sensitive. Thankfully, anesthesia can be used to your advantage while attending to your dental health.
Nitrous oxide, a breathable gas, is given to relax and suppress pain in patients prior to injection of local anesthesia or complex procedures. It starts working in just 20 seconds, and its effects can be felt in 2-3 minutes. Topical anesthesia may also be used to dampen sensation along your gums.
When an injection of anesthesia is needed, topical numbing agents are first used to decrease your mouth’s sensation. Our team cares immensely about your comfort and encourage you to talk to us about any fears you may have. Our patients have found time and time again that our commitment to comfort and compassion have eliminated their anxieties: most have reported that the injection was either mildly annoying or painless!
For more information, ask us about anesthesia during your next visit or call.