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What is Preventive Dental Care?

Did you know that according to statistics, more than 90% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity in their lifetime? And, tooth decay doesn’t just affect grownups. Cavities also affect the youngest members of the population; with 78% of children having had a cavity by the time they’re 17 years of age. While these percentages are alarmingly high, tooth decay is an almost entirely preventable condition. With routine checkups and care, our dentist can help reduce your risk of dental disease. At our office, we utilize the most advanced technology and methods of care to help patients of all ages enjoy optimal oral health.

Tooth decay is caused by plaque, which is a sticky biofilm that gathers continuously on your teeth. The problem is that plaque harbors thousands of colonies of bacteria, some of which are responsible for cavities and gum disease. While brushing, flossing and limiting your intake of sugar, are important steps for preventing any buildup of plaque and protecting your teeth from cavities, it’s also important to see your dentist for routine care. Plaque can gather in the difficult to reach areas between the teeth and gums where it can only be reached with a professional teeth cleaning. As part of our comprehensive program of preventive care, we thoroughly remove any residual plaque and tartar, and offer guidance as to how you can improve your daily oral hygiene at home. As an added level of protection against tooth decay, we offer pediatric patients periodic fluoride treatments, and dental sealants.

For patients of all ages, our dentist performs a comprehensive examination, assisted by advanced digital radiography, as needed. In this way, we can monitor the ongoing oral health of our patients. If a cavity is detected, our dentist will gently and precisely remove the decay, then restore the tooth with a dental filling. At our practice, we utilize the latest generation of tooth-colored restorative materials, for the most natural looking and seamless results of care.

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our practice and the many services we provide, give our office a call today.

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Dental Implants Help Restore Confidence in Your Smile

So, you’ve lost a tooth. Now what to do? Anybody who has experienced the loss of a tooth whether due to injury, decay, or disease can tell you that it is a bit of a shock realizing there’s a gap in their mouth that not only looks strange, but feels strange too.

Take heart: a dental implant is one of the most popular and effective ways for you to reestablish a complete and beautiful smile. At our office, our experienced staff of professionals offers state-of-the-art care and will custom fit your dental implant to give you a fully restored and dazzling smile.

Dental implants offer a number of benefits to both your dental and overall health. Since a dental implant acts in much the same way as the root of your natural tooth, once it becomes fully integrated into the surrounding jawbone, it maintains bone structure, keeps adjacent teeth from occupying the missing space, and helps to preserve your normal facial contours. The biggest benefit of all is that dental implants come the closest — out of all the teeth replacement options available today — to replicating the natural look, feel, and function of natural teeth. By taking advantage of this advanced technology at our offices, you are restoring so much more than your teeth—you are renewing your confidence in your smile!

At our office, we offer a comprehensive range of dental services to meet the needs of every member of your family. Our reputation for excellence is based on providing experienced and compassionate care with an unparalleled level of skill to give our patients the very best treatment results. For more information on dental implants and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

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Preventing Tooth Decay

According to the World Health Organization, 60-90% of children worldwide, and nearly 100% of adults have dental cavities. Although these numbers are alarmingly high, your risk of tooth decay is significantly lowered with proper oral care. At our office, we offer a comprehensive selection of preventive and dental services to help patients of all ages maintain optimal oral health.

Why a cavity develops and the importance of preventive care

Cavities form when dental plaque is not consistently removed from around the teeth and gums. Your risk for tooth decay also increases if your diet is high in sugary sweets, acidic foods, and beverages, or if dry mouth, teeth grinding, receding gums, and deeply grooved dental enamel are present.

 As skilled and experienced providers of care, we emphasize the importance of dental prevention as the best way to maintain optimal oral health. We also encourage routine checkups to allow for the early detection and treatment of dental disease. While cavities are almost entirely preventable, it’s essential to treat any developing tooth decay early in its onset. In this way, further damage and more severe consequences to your oral health and overall well-being can be avoided.

Helping our patients maintain healthy smiles

When you visit our office for a checkup, you can rest assured that your smile is in the best of hands. We employ the most advanced dental technology and techniques to carefully evaluate your teeth, gums, and jaw for any sign of dental disease or developing problems. In addition to an assessment of your oral health, every exam performed by our dentist is accompanied by a thorough, professional teeth cleaning to remove any harmful accumulations of dental plaque or tartar that you may have missed while brushing or flossing. We’ll also review your home care routine and offer guidance as to how you can clean and care for your teeth more effectively between checkups.

Solutions to protect the health of your smile

Although tooth decay is a widespread oral health concern, with periodic visits to our office, cavities can be prevented. At our office, we provide personalized, state-of-the-art solutions for all of your dental healthcare needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call today.

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Made-to-order dental crowns…in a single visit

Dental care is important for every member of the family, and recent advances have made going to the dentist a more efficient, comfortable experience — and one with pleasing results. At our office, our practice remains current with the latest advances in care, offering a full range of leading-edge services for your continued oral health, from the highest quality cosmetic, and implant dental procedures, to the essentials in preventive, emergency and restorative dental care.  Among the quality treatment options we offer completely customized dental crowns that can be ready in as little as a single visit!

We recognize that every smile is just as unique as the individual to whom it belongs. Every restorative filling or custom crown that we offer is fabricated with the highest quality dental materials for superior performance, appearance and longevity. Whether your tooth requires restoration following treatment for decay, or you need full coverage dental crowns, we can produce the most seamless result for your smile.

In a typical scenario, restoring a tooth with a dental crown is multi-step process that takes time. A temporary crown is ordinarily placed, while the patient waits up to several weeks for the permanent crown to be fabricated at a dental laboratory. Once received, the patient returns for the permanent restoration. But with same-day crowns, we can design, fabricate and place your new crown in as little as a single visit to our office! Taking a digital scan of your teeth, we analyze the affected tooth using the latest digital modeling software. When the precise dimensions have been determined for your new crown, the design is relayed to our in-office milling machine for fabrication.

Dental care with a modern edge

Our team of professionals value your time, and we strive to provide solutions that are better suited to your busy lifestyle. At our office, we want to make your every visit to our office a positive, worry-free experience. To learn more about same-day crowns, the other services we offer, or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today.  

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Persistent oral pain may signal the need for a root canal

For experienced professionals who can diagnose and treat the precise underlying cause of your oral pain, visit our office. When it comes to oral healthcare, we are well prepared to provide treatment for a broad range of dental issues, whether you’re in need of a restorative procedure or a root canal therapy.

Persistent oral pain is commonly the result of issues occurring deep inside a tooth, at the inner, nerve level. Because the central region of the tooth is its vital area, it’s of the utmost importance that you see a dentist when sensitivity or acute discomfort develops. Although the enamel of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body, there are a variety of circumstances that can lead to the delicate center of a tooth becoming compromised. Dental decay, commonly known by its result—cavities—can continue burrowing into a tooth if left untreated. With deep decay, the vital tissue of the tooth can become exposed to bacteria and subsequent infection. 

With a root canal, a dental infection can be treated, the discomfort of a toothache alleviated and subsequent damage to your oral health prevented. Throughout the course of your root canal procedure our dentist and staff will keep you informed and at ease, addressing any anxiety or concerns that may arise during treatment. Following the procedure, we may recommend placing a dental crown over your treated tooth, to help strengthen and protect it, and to restore its function and appearance. A tooth that has been treated with a root canal can remain healthy and functional throughout your life.

Committed to excellent oral care

At our office, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

Go ahead…show off those pearly whites!

The essential part of a great smile starts with bright white teeth. These days, teeth whitening procedures have become a relatively easy way to instantly improve aesthetics, create a positive first impression, and achieve a more youthful and radiant appearance. At our office, our trained staff is highly skilled in performing professional teeth whitening techniques to help you look your very best.

It’s no secret that life can do a number on your teeth. Despite your best efforts of brushing and flossing regularly, food, drink, advancing years, tobacco use — even some medications — can stain and discolor teeth, giving them an unattractive, yellowish brown appearance.

Professional teeth whitening offers several advantages over OTC teeth whitening products: it’s easier and more convenient for the patient and produces better, more long-lasting results. The process is relatively simple and takes anywhere from 60 to 90 minutes to complete. Whitening products contain one of two tooth bleaches that break stains into smaller pieces, making the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. Once the optimum shade has been reached, the teeth are rinsed, and a fluoride may then be applied to help ease any tooth sensitivity.

Keep in mind that whiteners may not correct all types of discoloration. For example, whitening will not work on caps, veneers, crowns or fillings. It also may not be effective if tooth discoloration is caused by certain medications or tooth injury. That’s why it’s important to speak with your doctor to see if the procedure is right of you.

A healthy smile is our number one priority

At our office, we pride ourselves on being attentive to your every need and delivering the care you expect from our state-of-the-art practice. For more information on our teeth whitening procedures and the many other dental services we provide, give us a call today.

Regain Confidence in your Smile…with Dental Implants

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69 percent of adults have lost at least one permanent tooth due to decay, gum disease or injury. Lost teeth affect your ability to smile with confidence or speak and chew properly, impacting your quality of life. Fortunately, the skilled professionals at the office of Fort Des Moines Dental can help reestablish the look, feel and function of a naturally beautiful and complete smile.

Missing teeth not only affects your appearance, it can also alter your bite, impair oral function and reduce support for natural contours of your face to produce a more haggard look. Implants differ from traditional dental prostheses, such as conventional fixed bridges or dentures, because the lowermost portion of an implant functions in much the same way as the root of a natural tooth. Once placed and integrated with the surrounding bone, dental implants can be used to secure custom crowns, fixed bridges or implant-retained dentures, and can even be placed strategically to support an entire set of upper or lower teeth. In addition, dental implants can be placed to restore missing teeth, without requiring the involvement the adjacent teeth.

From designing your implants with the latest technology and techniques, to the complete restoration of your smile, our team will provide the individualized attention you deserve in addition to useful tips on how to take care of your new dental implants.

Your trusted partner in dental care

At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we believe that everyone deserves to smile with confidence. Our expert dentists and staff keep you comfortable, relaxed and informed at each stage of the dental implant process, delivering the results you want. For more information on implants and other services we provide, give us a call today.

Emergency Dental Care Service

Emergency dental care is a service we hope you’ll never need- but if you do, the office of Fort Des Moines Dental is here for you! As providers of experienced, and compassionate care we’re well equipped to get you back on the road to oral health.

Dental emergencies can come about in any number of ways. Your discomfort may be due to an injury to the oral facial area, the acute flare-up of a longstanding problem, or the result of the sudden onset of seemingly inexplicable pain. While there are many reasons for seeking urgent dental care, some of the most common ones include severe toothaches, chipped or fractured teeth, problematic wisdom teeth, a dental abscess, a broken filling, a loosened crown, or a broken denture. Whatever the case may be, it’s essential to contact our office promptly for care. If left untreated many dental emergencies can quickly worsen, resulting in more severe consequences to your oral health and overall well-being.

Although many dental emergencies are associated with pain, there are those that are uncomfortable in other ways, also requiring timely care to help you return to your daily routine. For instance, a lost crown or broken denture can leave embarrassing gaps in one’s smile and make it more difficult to speak clearly and chew. Not to worry, if faced with one of these types of dental problems, rest assured that you’ll receive the swift service you’re hoping for at our office. With patient care and comfort as our top priorities, we’ll carefully explain your treatment options and provide the precise and gentle care required to get your smile back on track. We offer a comprehensive range of advanced services to address a broad spectrum of urgent dental needs, including the prompt repair or replacement of dental prostheses such as crowns and dentures.

At the office of Fort Des Moines Dental, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality of skilled and compassionate care. For more information on our office and the many services that we provide, give us a call today.

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115

“Step Up Your Smile Style With Cosmetic Dentistry!

A famous comedian by the name of George Carlin once said, “Everyone Smiles in the Same Language.” Recognized as the most universal of human expressions, a smile lights up your face while radiating a measure of personal warmth that inspires the confidence and trust of others. If you are interested in bringing out the best in your smile, a smile makeover from Fort Des Moines Dental can transform less-than-perfect looking teeth into the smile of your dreams!

Today, thanks to advances in care, you don’t have to be a movie star to have a stunning and vibrant smile! Whether your teeth are stained, chipped, misshapen, misaligned, or you need to replace missing teeth, our practice offers a range of advanced cosmetic solutions to create attractive, healthy, well functioning, and natural looking smiles. By using the latest generations of cosmetic procedures and restorations, we can achieve results that are both aesthetically pleasing and long lasting; giving you a smile that with routine dental care can be enjoyed for many years to come!

Providing Skilled & Experienced Armed with a comprehensive knowledge of dental and facial aesthetics as well as a complex understanding of all aspects of jaw function, our office will develop a treatment plan that meets both your cosmetic expectations and the unique requirements of your smile! From correcting minor imperfections to rebuilding a complete and beautiful smile, we’re well equipped to achieve outstanding outcomes of care.

A successful and satisfying cosmetic treatment plan values patient input. As part of a cosmetic smile makeover consultation your interests and concerns are discussed while your smile is carefully analyzed to determine which procedures will offer the best and most satisfying results of care. While considered conservative and minimally invasive procedures, cosmetic dental bonding, professional strength teeth whitening procedures, and veneers can effectively address a wide range of imperfections to achieve highly satisfying and dramatic smile improvements. And, to restore the look and function of teeth with cavities, significant structural damage, or cosmetic flaws, tooth-colored fillings or natural looking dental crowns offer excellent solutions in care. Complete and beautiful smiles can also be reestablished for patients who are missing teeth with options that range from dental bridges or dentures to dental implants. As the most advanced method of care, dental implants offer a permanent way to replace either individual or multiple missing teeth with results that look, feel, and function just like a natural smile.

Clearly, with so many outstanding choices in care, everyone can enjoy the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile!”

6100 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50315
(515) 657-7115

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When you make your Des Moines dentist your partner in oral care, maintaining your healthy, clean smile is easier than ever! At Fort Des Moines Dental, our dentists welcome the opportunity to provide you with the treatment, instruction, and education you require to establish good oral health at any age. By emphasizing preventive dental care, our professional staff can help you and your loved ones remain on the right track with your oral care regimen at home, while reducing your risk for dental disease. Encouraging patients to schedule visits to our office for checkups every six months, we can do our part to keep a close watch over your oral health. Making a comprehensive range of advanced dental services available, we’re also your single stop resource for the highest quality pediatric, emergency, implant and cosmetic dental services for your smile.

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When comes to fighting dental disease, a consistent oral care regimen at home is one of your best allies. Brushing and flossing daily rids the mouth of dental plaque, that sticky film which accumulates after we eat or drink. Home to colonies of harmful bacteria, dental plaque is chiefly responsible for the development of cavities and gum disease. When you visit your Des Moines dentist for your checkup, you’ll benefit from a professional teeth cleaning, so that any plaque buildup can be expertly removed from your mouth. Your dentist will also provide a comprehensive oral examination, checking for a sweeping range of dental conditions. By scheduling routine checkups, your dentist will be able to regularly monitor the health of your teeth, gums, and jaws, and detect dental conditions as they arise, often saving the need for extensive therapy later on. If you’re at increased risk for dental disease, whether as a result of age, preexisting health conditions, or crooked teeth, you can expect to receive highly personalized attention and instruction in the proper methods to maintain a clean, healthy smile throughout the year.

Together with the help of your Des Moines dentist, you can establish and maintain the very best oral health! To schedule you next visit for preventive care, contact Fort Des Moines Dental today!

6100 SW 9th Street 
Des Moines, IA 50315 
(515) 657-7115