Eau Claire Teeth Whitening, Dental Implants, Veneers
Martin Dental offers a full array of dental services to help you maintain healthy teeth. You can read more on this page about specific services.
Initial Oral Examination
Your initial appointment with Dr. Martin will include a visual examination, charting, periodontal probing, diagnosis, and treatment recommendations. We will also take radiographs (x-rays), which include either a full mouth series or a panoramic x-ray for proper diagnosis of the anterior (front) and posterior (back) teeth. If necessary, a bite-wing series of radiographs will be taken for proper diagnosis of proximal decay of the posterior teeth. Dr. Martin will explain the findings and discuss treatment options with you to optimize your oral health. We emphasize a co-diagnosis philosophy with our patients, including you in the discussion to better educate you as to the cause and the solution to your dental needs.
Dr. Martin has undergone extensive training at the Misch International Implant Institute in Beverly Hills, MI to become proficient at both placing and restoring your dental implants. Dental implants are the standard of care in tooth replacement and can give you the confidence and ability to chew more naturally without the worry or embarrassment of loose or ill-fitting dentures. Implants can be utilized to replace a single missing tooth, multiple missing teeth, or an entire mouth absent of teeth. The look and feel of an implant restoration is the most natural available in today's modern dentistry. Call our office to schedule an implant consultation to see what we can do to improve your quality of life through implant dentistry!
Our office offers custom bleaching trays that you are able to wear at home for your convenience. We fabricate the trays from models taken of your upper and lower teeth. The trays are yours to keep and if you choose to touch-up your whitening every so often, we will provide you with additional bleach material. You can expect a whiter and brighter smile in about 2 weeks.
Crowns and Veneers
Crowns (Caps) are the solution to a variety of tooth related conditions. For example, teeth with large fillings typically start to break down over time and require crowns to repair the cracked, broken, or defective tooth structure. Occasionally, teeth with large fillings become sensitive to thermal shocks, such as hot coffee or a cold beverage. Additionally, teeth may experience pressure pain when chewing if a cusp is cracked or broken. Often times, this is the result of a filling that is beginning to fail. The tooth requires a crown type of restoration to reinforce and protect the compromised tooth structure. Crowns and/or Veneers (Thin porcelain laminate shells) may also be utilized to re-contour and whiten teeth that are esthetically unpleasing. Crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials, including ceramic, gold, and a combination of ceramic bonded to gold alloy. We will discuss the options available to you, on an individualized basis, to find the right type of restoration to suit your needs.
Composite Resin Fillings
Composite resin fillings are the most common alternative to dental amalgam. They are sometimes called "tooth-colored" or "white" fillings because of their color. Composite resin fillings are made of a type of plastic (an acrylic resin) reinforced with powdered glass. The advantages of composite resin fillings include: The color (shade) of composite resins can be customized to closely match surrounding teeth, they are bonded to the tooth for added strength, and they require minimal removal of healthy tooth structure for placement.
Dr. Martin is experienced in performing root canal therapy. Most root canals are able to be completed in one appointment, while others may require multiple visits depending on the circumstances. Certain situations may require the attention of an endodontic specialist and a referral will be provided if necessary.
The American Dental Association recommends that most individuals have a prophylactic cleaning at least twice a year. Recent research has linked periodontal disease (periodontal inflammation and bone degeneration) to increased cardiovascular risks, such as heart attack and stroke. In addition, evidence has linked periodontal disease in pregnant mothers to babies with low birth weight. As a consequence, we suggest increasing the frequency of your prophylactic visits to 3 or 4 visits per year if you are in a higher risk category. A periodontal treatment typically includes a prophylaxis (basic cleaning with ultrasonic and hand instrumentation). If it has been over a year since your last cleaning, treatment may include either periodontal scaling (deeper) or scaling and root planning (below the gumline). Antimicrobial mouth rinses are used in combination with antibiotic treatment if the periodontal tissues are in poor health. Occasionally, it is necessary to seek the attention of a periodontist and a referral will be provided if necessary.
Whether you are an athlete or casual sports participant, you should wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. If you grind your teeth while you sleep, a night guard will help reduce symptoms of TMJ dysfunction. We custom make mouth guards in both soft and hard materials.
Removable Denture Prosthesis
Martin Dental can fabricate a removable partial denture, or complete denture, to restore the function and esthetics of your missing teeth. Dr. Martin is experienced in removable denture prosthetics and will provide you with a high quality removable prosthesis to fit your needs.