Cleanings and Checkups
Gum disease (Periodontal Disease) is responsible for about 70 percent of adult tooth loss. It is characterized by swollen, inflamed gums surrounding the teeth. Plaque, a sticky substance that forms in the mouth from food, saliva and bacteria gets inside the space between the gum line and the tooth. If not removed, plaque hardens into a substance called calculus or tartar that is very difficult to remove. Eventually, the bacteria in the plaque and tartar eat away at the fibers that hold the gums to the teeth, creating deep pockets. As bacteria spread, the pockets become deeper until the bacteria finally eat away the bone that holds the tooth in place. Think of it as if bugs are eating away at the soil around a tree trunk. Eventually, they eat away all of the soil and part of the tree’s roots, causing the tree to collapse.
Regular cleanings help prevent this process and give you a cleaner, healthier mouth. Frequent checkups also help with early intervention of dental caries (cavities), cracks, and other dental conditions. If caught early, we can usually treat them more conservatively and at a lower cost.
Same Day Crowns/Veneers
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. Although there are several types of crowns, tooth colored ceramic crowns are the most popular, because they resemble your natural teeth. With CEREC technology, we can use these high strength and esthetic ceramics to cover the chewing surface only and preserve as much precious tooth structure as possible, therefore saving as much as your natural tooth as possible and while still protecting it. They are highly durable and will last many years, but like most dental restorations, they may eventually need to be replaced. Bridges (combination of crowns over teeth and crowns over spaces) remain a great option to replace a missing space with a restoration that is fixed in place and you do not need to take out. If you are looking to replace a missing tooth and you don’t want to damage the teeth around it, implants may be for you. When an implant is placed under the gums, a crown can be attached to it. This allows you to have a brand new tooth!
Facial Pain and Problems with Your Bite or Jaw Joints
Are you having jaw or facial pain? Do you have or wake up with sore jaw muscles or headaches? Do you feel like your bite is different than it used to? This could be due to misalignment of your jaw joint and your bite (occlusion). It could also be due to changes your your temporomandibular joints. Through the use of various dental appliances, dental orthotics, and diagnostic imaging (Cone Beam CT scanning and MRI scans), Dr. Bond wants to help remove your pain and help you achieve a harmonious and comfortable bite.
Dental Implants to Give You Your Teeth Back
Dr. Bond’s goal is to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes that is not possible. For different reasons you may have lost a tooth/teeth or need a tooth to be removed and replaced. Dr. Bond can work with you to optimally plan and place your implant, as well as work quickly to give you your tooth back with minimal impact on your daily routine.
Have you ever wanted to enhance your smile or maybe just fix that one front tooth? Have you ever wondered how it can be done? At James Bond Family Dentistry, Dr. Bond sits down with you to listen to your concerns and helps develop a plan that is right for you. Through various tooth whitening options, composite bondings, veneers and crowns, Dr. Bond wants to give you the smile you have always wanted! With the use of CEREC technology, many of these offerings can be completed in a single visit, meaning you go home with a better smile!
Composite (resin, mercury free, BPA free) is a tooth colored material that is a great choice fix a cavity, repair a broken/chipped tooth, or enhance your smile through bonding. This is a great option to treat smaller cavities and cracks on teeth. With a large current selection of colors, we can match the filling to the same color of your teeth!
When more tooth structure has been lost due to decay, cracks, or a broken tooth, an onlay is a great alternative to a crown. When appropriate, and onlay (partial crown) replaces the broken or decayed portion of your tooth while sparing the healthy part. This is a much more conservative option than a crown and doesn’t require as much of your tooth to be removed.
Free Gingival Grafts and Gum Surgery
Have you ever been told you have recession and need gum grafts? Gum recession is one of the leading causes of tooth/root sensitivity and eventual tooth loss in our older years. Dr. Bond can help you to prevent this through various periodontal therapies and, if needed, free gingival grafts. These grafts will help thicken your gums and stop future recession.
Although current dentistry allows so many cosmetic options for recreating the natural color of teeth, cast gold still remains the longest lasting restoration we can offer. We can utilize the unique properties of gold to deliver conservative, minimally invasive, and durable restorations.
Root Canal Therapy
When a cavity (bacterial infection) works it’s way deep enough into a tooth, the bacteria eventually spread to the living center of the tooth called the pulp (nerve). As the infection spreads the pulp starts to change and usually becomes very sensitive to hot/cold, sweet foods, and biting. This can also happen after a deep filling or large crown is placed.
A root canal is a process to clean the infected center portion of the tooth, sterilize it, and re seal it. This removes the source of the pain and allows you to keep your tooth. On back teeth, a crown is necessary after a root canal to prevent the tooth from breaking or cracking. At James Bond Family Dentistry, we utilize current techniques and technology to make your experience as comfortable as possible, and with as few appointments as needed.
Are you having a persistent toothache? Did you break a tooth? Contact our Bozeman dentist office as soon as possible and we will work to fit you into our schedule. If you have a true dental emergency during the weekend and need to be seen, call us and we will do our best to see you!
Dentures, Implant Dentures and Partials
Are you missing many or most of your teeth? Dentures and Partials have been a great way to replace your smile when many or all of your teeth are missing. Now with implant technology, we can actually affix dentures to implants to help secure them in place. Now you won’t have to worry about your dentures “floating” around or “falling out” when you talk or chew.
Wisdom Teeth & Dental Extractions
Only a small percentage of the population has the room in their mouth for wisdom teeth. If left in, they can cause gum disease which affects other teeth, can change your bite and affect your TMJ, and are more prone to decay. James Bond Family Dentistry provides extractions of wisdom teeth as well as other teeth that cannot be fixed.