Comprehensive Initial Examination

It is our goal to make sure our new patients are welcomed into our office with open arms. We are dedicated to taking care of our patients and giving them a healthy smile of which they can be proud. We are also dedicated to ensuring that all of our patients’ questions are answered and they feel comfortable with any procedures that need to be done.

Anytime that we have new patients, we start out with a thorough examination and radiographs so we can evaluate your overall dental health. Then, it is our job to talk to you about all of the different options we have to give you the smile you deserve. We want you to make an informed decision, no matter what we have to do. We want you to be comfortable throughout your entire procedure.

We offer many procedures in our office, including professional cleanings, fillings, root canals, and much more. We also proud of the fact that we can do many cosmetic dental procedures including whitening, implants, bridges, and more to give you a healthy and happy smile!

It is our goal to make you proud of your smile! We will do everything we can to help you achieve that as quickly and easily as possible.

Preventative Maintenance Visit:

During a maintenance cleaning, we remove any tartar and plaque buildup above and below your gums. This includes your gum pockets and underneath your gum line. We also remove bacteria.

In bad cases of periodontal disease, we may medicate your teeth (and gum pockets) with an antibiotic or antimicrobial gel. We also use this time to take radiographs and get a clear view of your teeth and gums.

The cleaning helps your teeth look better and will also improve your breath! After we are finished, it is up to you to keep your mouth nice and healthy with routine brushing and flossing. You may also want to use an antibacterial mouthwash to keep bacteria at bay.

Bleaching Procedures:

Your smile is the first thing others notice upon meeting you. This first impression can say a lot about you and the image you reflect. Bleaching can be a great way to help enhance and improve the overall appearance of your smile. Many patients find bleaching an easy way to actually look and feel younger.

We offer many personalized options for our patients based on their needs and wants.

Our most popular process is one that you would do in the comfort and leisure of your own home. We start this process with an evaluation to determine your present shade of enamel, along with check the health of your teeth and surrounding tissues. Impressions of your teeth are taken so that customize trays can be fabricated. These trays can take up to 1 week to be completed for delivery. Upon your return visit we will thoroughly explain the steps of the bleaching process, deliver the bleaching solution and possibly some fluoride gel to help with sensitivity, and answer any of your questions. A follow up visit to check your progress will be done after your have finished your first four tubes of bleach. Many patients notice a notable change within 1 week of starting to bleach.

An in-office bleaching treatment is also available for those patients who want a “jump start” in conjunction to the at home bleaching. This appointment consist of isolating and protecting your gum tissue as well as other soft tissue while placing a maximum strength bleaching solution on your teeth in timed cycles. Patients will spend about and hour and a half in the office but will leave with a noticeably brighter smile!

Let the office staff at Cooper Dentistry know if you are interested in bleaching! We offer multiple specials on bleaching throughout the year.

Periodontal Therapy:

Periodontal disease is very common in adults. It is caused by all of the bacteria in our mouth that forms plaque on our teeth. Without routine brushing and flossing, it continues to build up, forming tartar.

People with periodontal disease can have red and swollen gums that bleed quite easily. It may be hard for them to eat because their teeth are so sensitive. They may be missing teeth. Some people with periodontal disease have very bad breath.

We diagnose periodontal disease by examining your teeth. We also use a probe to look for any problem areas. X-rays are also necessary to diagnose the disease.

A good professional cleaning is necessary to remove the tartar from your mouth and underneath your gums. If your periodontal disease is bad, you may need to follow up your brushing and flossing with antibacterial mouthrinse. You may even need to use an antibacterial gel or start on oral antibiotics to help to get rid of the disease. Sometimes surgery is necessary to help with the deep pockets of infection.

Once your periodontal disease is under control, good home care with brushing and flossing should help keep it from coming back.

Composite Restoration:

Composite resin takes a little longer, though most people still prefer it for natural-looking teeth. It takes more than one layer, and a special light is used to harden the area around the filling.

Before you get a filling, you will get a local anesthetic to numb the gums around your tooth. We will then clean away the bad and decayed part of your tooth so your tooth is ready to be filled. Some dentists will apply glass ionomer to your tooth to protect your tooth and nerve. Once your tooth is all filled in, we will smooth over the rough edges and polish it so it looks natural.

Crowns and Bridges:


Crowns
If you have missing or cracked teeth, you are probably not happy with your smile. We are here to help you feel better about your mouth so you enjoy showing it off.

One way we can do this is by offering crowns to our patients. A crown covers up a bad tooth so you have a natural-looking tooth that fits right into your mouth.

Crowns are also used to keep a filling in place when there is not much tooth left. They can also strengthen your regular teeth by giving them extra protection. If you have discolored teeth or teeth that are misshapen, a crown will help you have a smile of which you can be proud.

Crowns are attached right to your teeth so you will be able to do everything you can do with normal teeth. You can eat all of the foods you enjoy, no matter how hard it is to bite.

Many different types of crowns are available, so we will be happy to discuss your options so you can be happy with your new smile.

Bridges
Many patients lose teeth as they age. This can actually change the way your mouth looks and functions. It can also change the look of your face.

For this reason, we offer bridges to help fill in the gaps. Bridges with artificial teeth can get your mouth back to its correct shape and functioning as it should.

There are a lot of options when it come to bridges. They can be made of different materials, including porcelain, gold, and alloys. You can also get removable or fixed bridges. You can take your removable bridges out yourself to clean them, while your dentist will have to remove fixed bridges. Fixed ones are implanted right to your jaw or under your gums.

It is always important to have a thorough examination with x-rays. After that, we will be able to discuss your options so we can make the right choice for your mouth.

Veneers/Porcelain Crowns, Cosmetic Contouring:

Veneers are used to cover stains, chips, decays, or irregularities on your teeth.

Veneers are a thin coat that a dental technician applies right over your teeth. In order to proceed with veneers, you need to have a model made of your teeth so that your veneers can be custom made to fit your mouth. We also have to remove some enamel to make them permanent.

It is important that you take good care of your veneers. We recommend staying away from food and drinks that may stain them. They can also crack or chip if you are not careful.

Veneers are a more affordable option to give you a beautiful smile. They are much cheaper than crowns, but they will still help you have a smile of which you are proud. They are also better than bonding because many people complain that their bonds lose their natural-teeth color.

Occlusal Guards, Bite Guards and Splints:

An occlusal guard, or night guard, is a clear, soft-lined, hard acrylic appliance that is custom fitted to your teeth. A night guard has many benefits which include protecting your teeth from wear and tear due to clenching and grinding. It also helps stabilize your jaw in its healthiest position to alleviate facial pain and headaches caused by minor to major TMD, tempro-mandibular disorder.

During your routine visits we examine your teeth for any signs of wear or fractures. We will discuss any symptoms you may be experiencing like “clicking” or “popping” of the jaw to determine whether an occlusal guard would be beneficial for you.

Protective Sports Guard:

As dentists, we are determined to make sure your mouth and teeth are well protected during sports activities, no matter what your passion is. To do this, we offer many different types of mouth guards, depending on the types of activities in which you are involved. There are some mouth guards for low-impact sports and others for high-impact sports.

Mouth guards not only protect your mouth and teeth, but also have other purposes. Mouth guards will help decrease the impact if you get hit in the jaw. They have also been shown to increase an athlete’s performance.

Many people clench their teeth while playing, which can give them temporomandibular joint syndrome (TMJ). Clenching your jaw the whole time can be quite exhausting. Mouth guards help to relax your jaw, allowing you to completely focus on the game!

Available Comforts:

1. Pillow
2. Neck pillow
3. Blanket
4. Satellite TV’s and Music
5. N2O (Nitrous Oxide/Laughing Gas)
6. Personal Chap Sticks
7. Magazines/Newspaper
8. Protective Eyewear
9. Warm facial towels
10. Headphones (music)

Recommended Dental Needs/Products:

By becoming our patient we will create an individual partnership, which we hope will last through the years. Our partnership will be prevention oriented and focused on your health. We strive to provide you with personalized service and are proud of our dedication to our patients. Our goal is to help educate you, to help you feel and look your best through excellent dental care.

Dr. Cooper wanted to share with his patients a few recommended over-the-counter products. Enjoy!
Listerine
Sonicare Toothbrush
Any SOFT or ULTRA SOFT Toothbrush
Arm & Hammer Toothpaste
Sensodyne Toothpaste – for sensitive teeth
Dermatone Chapstick
Zilactin B – for cold sores
Juice+
Soft – Picks by GUM
Biotene for dry mouth

In Office Recommendations
Breath Rx Mouthwash with xylitol
CTx3 carifree rinse
Clinpro 5000
Tooth and Gum essentials paste and rinse