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Dockham Dental Care

When you are a patient with Dockham Dental Care, you receive the highest level of dental care in Central, MI. Our team works hard to provide a comprehensive range of services that help you maintain lifelong oral health.

We take the time to get to know each patient's individuals needs and health history. Our goal is to help you establish good oral health, as well as understand your diagnosis and treatment options, no matter what condition you have. We have all the tools and resources you need to understand your dental health and care options. Dockham Dental Care is dedicated to providing 5 Star Service to all guests, and we would be happy to have you join our patient family.

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General Dentistry

General dentistry is concerned with the overall maintenance and treatments of general conditions affecting the teeth, jaw, and gums. This area of dentistry involves preventative care, meaning, it helps patients achieve good oral health, and then maintain it. Our general dentistry procedures help diagnose and treat problems before they grow to be bigger, more painful, and expensive issues. Routine dental visits help to keep your mouth healthy, but are also vital to overall health. Making regular visits to the dentist can save you a significant amount of money in the long run, as routine dental cleanings and check-ups allow your dentist to identify problems in the early stages, which keeps your smile bright and healthy.

We develop comprehensive treatment plans for all of our patients to help you maintain and achieve your best oral health. This includes advanced restorative treatments and cosmetic procedures in addition to general dental treatments.

Our general dentistry treatment includes:

Routine Dental Cleanings

Regular dental cleanings help your dentist to monitor your oral health. A typical dental cleaning involves diagnostic and preventative services including removing plague and calculus from the teeth, polishing the teeth, X-rays, oral cancer screenings, and evaluations for gum disease.

Digital X-rays & Panoramic X-rays

Taking a digital X-ray is a faster procedure than a traditional X-ray and the images can be enlarged and viewed on a TV or computer screen within seconds. This is a safe procedure, and because there is no chemical processing needed, it is safer for you and the environment.

Panoramic X-rays are taken every five to seven years and give your dentist an entire view of your mouth. They are useful in diagnosing and viewing changes in your mouth and oral health.

No matter which type of X-ray you receive, it is a useful diagnostic tool and helps your dentist identify changes to your mouth and oral health. An X-ray is used to show:

  • Areas of decay between teeth or below existing fillings
  • Infections in the mouth bones
  • Gum diseases
  • Cysts or absesses
  • Developing abnormalities
  • TMJ dysfunctions
  • Some types of tumors
  • Deep cavities

Dental Sealants

Sealants are applied to teeth with deep grooves in them – both baby teeth and permanent molars – to help protect the chewing surfaces from decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are made out of a plastic resin material that bonds into the grooves of teeth, creating a barrier against food particles, plague, and even acidic drinks and food. While proper brushing techniques are important for cavity prevention, toothbrushes can't always clean into the deepest crevices of our teeth. Sealants help to compensate for this. A sealant can last for up to 10 years before it needs replacement, and both children and adults can benefit from this dental procedure.

Gum Disease Prevention

Approximately half of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. These conditions span from mild cases of gingivitis to more severe case of periodontitis. As we age, the risk for gum disease increases, because our teeth wear down, become more sensitive, and our gums naturally recede. If gum disease is left untreated, it can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why treatment and early prevention are essential. We maintain the highest level of care to help you and your family maintain lifelong oral health, and to prevent gum disease from ever developing.

To learn more about our gum disease treatment and prevention options, including Ozone, LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) and PerioLase®, please contact our office today.

Oral Cancer Screenings

While oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases, it can be difficult to diagnose because it has many symptoms associated with other medical conditions. Continuous pain in your mouth, bleeding gums or cheeks, difficulty moving your jaw and swallowing, and oral sores are often symptoms of oral cancer. Maintaining good oral hygiene and scheduling regular visits to the dentist are essential to oral cancer prevention. Quitting smoking (or avoiding it altogether) and eating a balanced diet are also good prevention techniques.

We conduct oral cancer screenings in a number of ways, including the Velscope™, This method identifies abnormalities in soft tissue that can lead to oral cancer. Dockham Dental Care also uses digital and panoramic X-rays to find problems associated with your jaw and possible tumors.

Ozone/Oxygen Treatment

This treatment option is used to treat mild to moderate cavities, and can be used in preventing new cavities from forming. Ozone treatment actually neutralizes the acid on the surface of your teeth, which makes it harder for bacteria to thrive, because bacteria feeds off the acid. This treatment option sterilizes gum pockets and areas that are affected by gum disease, and can be a solution for patients with cold sores.

Restorative Dentistry

With natural teeth, you can easily take for granted things such as eating, smiling, laughing, and talking. If you are missing teeth due to an accident or dental condition, these things become increasingly difficult. With restorative dentistry treatments, Dr. Dockham and our team will help you find the treatment options to fit your situation, and bring your smile back to a healthy, functional glow. Restorative dentistry helps patients to regain their smiles, and the functionality of a full set of teeth, and healthy mouth.

Our restorative dentistry treatments include:

Mercury Safe/Mercury Free Procedure

Holistic Dentistry

Tooth-colored dental fillings

In recent years, tooth-colored fillings have improved. Composites are now stronger, more stable, and can be better matched to the natural color of your teeth. This procedure is very popular because of the natural looking appearance of composite fillings.

Root Canal Therapy (Endodontics)

When a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth and caused an infection, root canal therapy or endodontics is necessary. A root canal may be necessary after severe trauma to a tooth as well. Visiting your dentist regularly can help prevent the need for endodontic therapy, but once the pulp has been infected, it much be treated. This type of infection cannot heal itself, and it must be treated to avoid further problems. If you develop a sensitivity to hot or cold foods and liquids, have a bad taste in your mouth, or pain and swelling, you may have an infected pulp. In some cases, there are no obvious symptoms, and patients are unaware of a problem until they are at a routine visit with their dentist.

During this procedure, the infected pulp is cleaned out and the canals of the tooth are disinfected. The canals are then filled with special material to prevent further infections. This aids in the healing process as well. Sometimes a crown, bridge, or bonded post will be need to be utilized in order to restore function to the infected tooth.

Partial & Complete Dentures

Dentures are specially crafted to fit snugly and comfortably into an individual patient's mouth. Complete dentures are used when a patient is missing all of their teeth. To restore beauty, function, and health to their smile, removable dentures can be applied. When dentures are in place they:

  • Replace missing teeth
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Restore the ability to eat and speak
  • Prevent facial sagging

Creating and placing dentures only takes a few visits, and all dentures are custom-made, in our in-house lab, to look and feel much like natural teeth. Dentures are made to have an individualized fit, and we will work with you to create dentures that fit comfortably into your mouth. Having good dentures can boost your personal confidence and improve your smile.

For more information about the benefits of dentures, please contact our office today.

Mini Dental Implants

Dental implants replace the root portion of a missing natural tooth. It can be placed in the upper or lower jaw, and helps to maintain natural jaw structure and prevent bone loss. Made out of titanium, a dental implant fuses with the jaw bone to become an anchor for the replacement tooth that goes on top. Titanium has specific bio-compatible properties that make it fuse well with bones. You can receive implants to replace individual or multiple teeth.

There are many implant options available, so when you come in for a consultation, Dr. Dockham will discuss the options with you and find the option that best fits your current state of health, bone structure, and restoration preference. Be sure to ask about mini dental implant options, which are smaller versions of standard implants, and create greater stability for permanent dentures and replace missing teeth.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Having a beautiful smile can make life more beautiful. Studies have shown that maintaining and achieving a healthy smile can boost your self esteem, improve both your professional and personal life, and increase your confidence. A good smile helps you make a lasting, positive first impression with others. The best part? Sometimes it doesn't take a lot of treatment to bring your smile to the next level of radiance, which will make you feel much better about your smile.

While cosmetic dentistry is not a specific dental field, there are a number of organizations that provide advanced training for cosmetic dentistry procedures. Since all dental treatments are aimed to improve the appearance of a patient's smile, teeth, and gums, many treatments are in fact cosmetic in nature. Dr. Dockham enjoys learning and training in providing cosmetic treatments, so you can rest assured your mouth and smile are in good hands.

Dockham Dental Care provides a variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures including:

Crowns & Bridges

If you have received severe damage to your teeth or are suffering from tooth decay, crowns may be necessary. A crown restores the strength, function, and esthetics of the remaining tooth by covering it. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, and the options will be discussed when you come in for a consultation or appointment. Together with Dr. Dockham, you will find the crown option that best fits you and the part of your mouth that needs to be restored.

If injury, gum disease, or decay cause tooth loss, bridges can be used. If it is not corrected, a missing tooth, or teeth can cause greater problems for you health. Composite, or tooth-colored fillings can be adhesively held into place. This bonding allows for more conservative preparations where less healthy tooth structure is removed. Because they are tooth-colored, composite fillings look more natural, and can be polished and shaped to match the tooth, leaving it feeling like a natural tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are custom-made, thin casings that are applied to the front side of teeth to correct discoloration, chips, and misshapen teeth. Like composite fillings, they are made with tooth-colored materials, and will look and feel natural in your mouth. Typically, a small amount of tooth enamel will have to be removed in order to fit the veneers onto your teeth. This makes the procedure an often irreversible treatment option, so be prepared for a permanent improved look to your smile!

Professional Teeth Whitening

One of the easiest and simple ways to rejuvenate your smile is through teeth whitening. Our in-office whitening system is powerful and as convenient as an at-home whitening kit. Sometimes we recommend a combination of the two. When you visit our office for whitening procedures, we will suggest and develop a whitening plan personalized to you. This plan is based on your dental conditions, budget, and overall expectations. Teeth whitening can lead to a healthier mouth because we tend to take care of our teeth when they look more attractive and cleaner. We think you will love the results of our whitening program, and will enjoy having a more dazzling and brighter smile.

Clear Correct™ Teeth Straightening

A simple and clear alternative to traditional braces, Clear Correct™ is a series of custom-made, clear, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth. As you wear them, each aligner moves your teeth a little bit at a time. Most people will not notice you're wearing them, because they are practically invisible. Because they fit you perfectly, you will feel more comfortable when you are wearing them. Plus, you can eat whatever you like, since they are removable and your clean your teeth normally.

Sedation Dentistry

While we work hard to make sure our patients are comfortable and receive 5 Star Service, not everyone can get rid of their anxiety of the dentist. You are not alone if you experience fear or anxiety when going to the dentist. People of all ages experience dental anxieties. Dockham Dental Care wants to help you receive the dental treatments you need and desire. We adjust each care plan to meet our patient's needs and resolve their concerns. We want you to feel at home, and will work with you to develop a treatment plan that goes at a comfortable pace. Our team has the solutions to help you maintain a healthy mouth and smile.

Using Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) is one way of helping patients with anxieties. With oral conscious sedation pills, the hours are meant to pass as if they are minutes, even though patients can still respond to touch and speech during their treatment time. If you have concerns or questions about this type of procedure, please express them with our team and Dr. Dockham. We will work with you to find the right dental sedation options to fit your needs and calm your anxiety.

Advanced Technologies & Other Systems

Doppler-Assisted Decay Detection with Spectra®

We use Spectra® Doppler technology to identify and fill cavities. These are two of the most important things we do for patients. This system helps to precisely detect tooth decay in the early stages, often before other methods can help identify it. This means the fillings you receive are usually simpler and smaller, and involve minimally invasive procedures to fill your natural tooth. The procedure is low intensity and reduces the amount of X-rays we have to take.

Air Abrasion Decay Removal — Minimally Invasive Dentistry

When paired with Spectra® technology, (discussed above) air abrasion decay removal can help treat cavities without any drills or shots. This revolutionary method uses a tiny stream of air to remove decay from your teeth carefully and gently. It is this combination of state-of-the-art technologies that allows us to treat patients with minimally invasive, conservative, and effective dental treatments.

Drug-Free Headache Prevention

Tension-type headaches (TTH) are traditionally linked to muscle contraction and tightness in the jaw, neck, shoulders, and scalp. If headaches prevent you from completing your work, they can be expensive, as well as painful. If you suffer from this type of headache, Dr. Dockham may be able to help. Better yet, we can help you stop pain at the source, without prescribing medication. The FDA-approved treatment is a small device worn on your front teeth while you sleep. It works by preventing your teeth from grinding and by keeping your jaw from intensely clenching. This condition is called bruxism. This method enables your jaw muscles and head to relax. Sometimes a full arch bite splint may be the most effective treatment for you.

For more information, please contact our office at 989-831-9200 or visit www.HeadachePrevention.com.

Biostimulation Laser Therapy (Lite Cure Laser 1000)

For treating TMJ, Dental Infections, Headaches, Muscle/Ligament Pain and Trigeminal Neuralgia. For more information visit www.litecure.com.

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