509-534-2232 | 1118 S Perry St, Spokane, WA 99202
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PREVENTATIVE CARE

 
Preventive dentistry focuses on the care of your teeth as well as your overall oral health
 

Dental Exams

At regular check up exams we will examine your diagnostic x-rays, perform and oral cancer screening, evaluate your gum health for signs of gum disease, look for signs of tooth decay and evaluate the condition of any existing restorations.

Cleanings

The American Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist twice a year for a check up and cleaning.  Your cleaning appointments will include the removal of calculus and plaque and a teeth polishing.

Digital X-Rays

This technology allows us to use less radiation, less materials, and more easily access your dental records.

Gum Health

Periodontal (Gum) Disease is difficult for patients to see and they often do not feel pain related to it. Regular checkups can help prevent the development and progression of gum disease.

Sealants

We can use a polymer to seal the natural cracks and grooves in your teeth to prevent the development of decay.

Guards

Guards can be made in order to alleviate the effects of grinding, jaw pain, or protect your teeth during sports

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RESTORATIVE

 

Composite Fillings

After a cavity is cleaned and disinfected, a composite resin material is placed inside and hardened with a specialized light. The excess is then smoothed. Composite fillings are highly effective and offer several benefits, two of the most popular being that they match the color of your teeth and contain no metal.

Crowns

Crowns are used to provide strength to weak, damaged tooth and allows the tooth to stay rooted in your jaw. A crown is essentially a cap that covers the entire visible surface of your tooth. Crowns can be made out of several materials, although ceramic is one of the most common.

Dentures

Removable prosthetic teeth set in an acrylic base that is supported by your gums. Dentures are available in partial and full, and function similarly to your natural teeth. Dentures are designed to be removed every night for cleaning and to allow your gums to rest, and replaced every morning for normal use.

Extractions

Sometimes a damaged tooth cannot be saved, and it needs to be extracted. Extractions can be simple or surgical. Simple extractions involve loosening the tooth in its socket and lifting it out. However, if the tooth has a severe crack, or is very weak, you may require a surgical extraction. These extractions involve opening the gum tissue and removing the tooth, and possibly some bone, to ensure the entire tooth is removed. After your extraction, you can speak with Dr. Van Gemert about replacement options.

Root Canal

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection.  In order to save the tooth, the pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth), nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the resulting space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, which restore the tooth to its full function.

Custom at Home Whitening

Impressions of your teeth can be made and custom flexible trays are formed from these models so you can achieve maximum whitening results with take home whitening gel to insert into your trays and wear for an hour at a time.

Botox

Temporarily stops contractions of the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. Afterward, the wrinkles soften gradually. These wrinkle relaxers are used on dynamic wrinkles such as horizontal forehead creases, crow's feet, and vertical lines between the eyebrows (sometimes called the 11s).