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General & Family Dentistry

Our team welcomes patients of all ages and dental needs to Palmer Dental. Our experienced and friendly dentists can help you improve your oral health through the preventive and restorative treatments listed below…

We encourage you to call (608) 752-6848 today so that you and your loved ones can benefit from general and family dentistry. We look forward to caring for your smile!

General & Family Dentistry

Our team welcomes patients of all ages and dental needs to Palmer Dental. Our experienced and friendly dentists can help you improve your oral health through the preventive and restorative treatments listed below…

We encourage you to call (608) 752-6848 today so that you and your loved ones can benefit from general and family dentistry. We look forward to caring for your smile!

Dental Cleanings

Why do you need dental cleanings?

Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months.

How it’s done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.

There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference. Typically, the hygienist will also clean the pockets in the gums around teeth to remove any plaque buildup there.

The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.

Dental Cleanings
Dental Exams and X-Rays

Dental Exams and X-Rays

Why should I get dental exams?

Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. The ADA recommends twice yearly checkups for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.

How it’s done

The dentist first examines your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, dental explorers, and high intensity lights. They will look for cracked and decayed teeth, as well as medical history review, examination of the tooth decay, oral cancer screening and examination of existing restorations.

Additionally, your dentist will take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.

Composite Fillings

What are composite fillings?

When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling, since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide great durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.

Composite Fillings
Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam Fillings

What are amalgam fillings?

Amalgam fillings, also known as silver-colored fillings, are made from a combination of metals such as tin, copper, silver and mercury. This combination of metals gives amalgam its renowned strength and durability. These fillings usually last between 10 – 15 years compared to composite fillings which typically last about 5 years. Because of its strength, these fillings are particularly useful for use on the molars in the back of the mouth, where the most chewing occurs. Its silver color is also less visible when placed on molars in the back of the mouth. As an added benefit, amalgam fillings are typically more cost effective than composite “white” fillings.

How it’s done

The procedure is done by first removing the decaying portion of the tooth. Once that is complete, the tooth is shaped in a specific way to accept the filling. The amalgam is then placed into the tooth. A band maybe placed around your tooth during the process to help the amalgam condense. The filling is then adjusted and polished to fit your bite for maximum comfort.

Dental Crowns

What is a Crown?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed on broken or fractured teeth as well as those that have recently undergone root canal therapy. The purpose of a dental crown is to stabilize and strengthen the existing tooth and/or improve the original tooth’s appearance. The existing tooth is ground down and a custom-made crown is placed over the top. Crowns may also be used as an “anchor” to which a bridge is attached or can provide the final component to an implant. Receiving your crown can be accomplished in one or two visits.

Most dental crowns require at least two visits. At the first appointment, we’ll prepare and shape your tooth, then take impressions. Then our dental lab will make a model from these impressions, and use the model to create your new dental crown from porcelain, gold or other alloys, or a combination of these materials.

Dental Crowns
Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge (also called a fixed partial denture) is a restoration that replaces or spans that space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed dental bridge is bonded or cemented into place. A removable dental bridge can be readily taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Although removable dental bridges generally are less expensive, fixed dental bridges may feel more stable and comfortable.

Full and Partial Dentures

Dentures

Dental implants and bridges are a permanent fixture in the mouth; dentures are a removable appliance that is not fixed in the mouth.  There are several different styles of dentures that can be made custom to the individual mouth.

Dentures Benefits

Increased function of chewing and esthetics are the greatest benefits of dentures.  Many patients find that the removable dentures are easier for them to keep clean than their natural teeth.

Dentures Disadvantages

Dentures do have disadvantages, they may not feel as comfortable and may not offer as sturdy of a bite as other restorative options for chewing.

Full and Partial Dentures
Dental Implants

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium supports are surgically placed in your jawbone.  They act as an anchor for naturally looking false teeth. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures.

Advantages of dental implants

  • Implants are extremely natural looking
  • Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditionally dentures
  • They last a lifetime

Disadvantages of dental implants

  • Implants are expensive upfront; however, the long-term cost versus a bridge is less.
  • The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist

Root Canal Treatment

What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment performed by an endodontist or specially trained dentist that is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

How can I prevent the need to have a root canal procedure?

Since some of the reasons why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp become inflamed and infected are due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices (brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling regular dental visits) may reduce the need for a root canal procedure.

Root Canal Treatment
Periodontal Services

Periodontal Services

What are periodontal services?

At Palmer Dental, we are dedicated to the highest level of gum excellence. Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that handles the illness of the supporting structures of the teeth including the gums and bone.

Our periodontal treatments are designed to help stop the spreading of illness and bring your oral wellness back to optimal health.

Who is affected by periodontitis?

Adult periodontitis begins around age 35 and is almost universal. The degree of bone loss and inflammation is made worse through genetic pre-disposition and smoking.

Night Guards

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Sleep Bruxism is a condition when you clench or grind your teeth while sleeping.  In some people, it can become frequent and severe and lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. This is a common condition which happens most frequently at night.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for several years.

Night Guards
Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

Why do we do oral cancer screenings?

In our continuing efforts to provide the highest standard of care to our clients at Palmer Dental, we are proud to offer oral cancer screenings in all of our dental exams and cleaning appointments. Routine check-ups, including an assessment of the whole mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and precancerous conditions.

Our hygienists perform a thorough visual and physical palpation inspection of the oral cavity as well as the external head and neck surfaces. We are looking to find any abnormal tissue or growths, abnormal lymph nodes and salivary glands and also check the sinuses and temporomandibular joint.

If we discover any areas of concern, we will inform the patient and proceed with the appropriate steps.

Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. The aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, giving you the confident smile you’ve always wanted. There are no metal brackets to attach; no wires to tighten.

You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. No matter what stage of you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how Invisalign’s® cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.

Invisalign
Dental Cleanings

Dental Cleanings

Why do you need dental cleanings?

Routine dental cleanings are important to maintaining good oral hygiene. Professional cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months.

How it’s done
You can expect your dental cleaning to last between 30 minutes and an hour. Typically, a trained hygienist will do the cleaning, and a dentist may come in for an exam at the end. Most people find that dental cleanings are painless, and do not cause any discomfort.

There are two important steps to a dental cleaning. The first step is scaling the teeth, whereby the hygienist will remove the plaque and tartar from the tooth surfaces. This can be performed by hand or with electric scalers depending on the hygienists preference. Typically, the hygienist will also clean the pockets in the gums around teeth to remove any plaque buildup there.

The second step is polishing to remove any final plaque and buff the teeth. Polishers generally have several different sized heads to clean hard to reach places.

Dental Exams and X-Rays

Dental Exams and X-Rays

Why should I get dental exams?

Routine dental exams are important to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, they can help to avoid the financial costs associated with large treatment plans later on. The ADA recommends twice yearly checkups for people of all ages. At this frequency, most problems can be caught while they remain in an early stage.

How it’s done

The dentist first examines your mouth visually, using dental equipment such as mouth mirrors, dental explorers, and high intensity lights. They will look for cracked and decayed teeth, as well as medical history review, examination of the tooth decay, oral cancer screening and examination of existing restorations.

Additionally, your dentist will take diagnostic x-rays to reveal any other hidden problems, especially in the areas below the gums. Bitewing x-rays are typically taken every 12 months and a panographic x-ray, which revolves around the head, is taken every 3-5 years.

Composite Fillings

Composite Fillings

What are composite fillings?

When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling, since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide great durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam Fillings

What are amalgam fillings?

Amalgam fillings, also known as silver-colored fillings, are made from a combination of metals such as tin, copper, silver and mercury. This combination of metals gives amalgam its renowned strength and durability. These fillings usually last between 10 – 15 years compared to composite fillings which typically last about 5 years. Because of its strength, these fillings are particularly useful for use on the molars in the back of the mouth, where the most chewing occurs. Its silver color is also less visible when placed on molars in the back of the mouth. As an added benefit, amalgam fillings are typically more cost effective than composite “white” fillings.

How it’s done

The procedure is done by first removing the decaying portion of the tooth. Once that is complete, the tooth is shaped in a specific way to accept the filling. The amalgam is then placed into the tooth. A band maybe placed around your tooth during the process to help the amalgam condense. The filling is then adjusted and polished to fit your bite for maximum comfort.

Dental Crowns

Dental Crowns

What is a Crown?

Dental crowns are tooth-shaped “caps” that are placed on broken or fractured teeth as well as those that have recently undergone root canal therapy. The purpose of a dental crown is to stabilize and strengthen the existing tooth and/or improve the original tooth’s appearance. The existing tooth is ground down and a custom-made crown is placed over the top. Crowns may also be used as an “anchor” to which a bridge is attached or can provide the final component to an implant. Receiving your crown can be accomplished in one or two visits.

Most dental crowns require at least two visits. At the first appointment, we’ll prepare and shape your tooth, then take impressions. Then our dental lab will make a model from these impressions, and use the model to create your new dental crown from porcelain, gold or other alloys, or a combination of these materials.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge (also called a fixed partial denture) is a restoration that replaces or spans that space where one or more teeth have been lost. A fixed dental bridge is bonded or cemented into place. A removable dental bridge can be readily taken out of the mouth for cleaning. Although removable dental bridges generally are less expensive, fixed dental bridges may feel more stable and comfortable.

Full and Partial Dentures

Full and Partial Dentures

Dentures

Dental implants and bridges are a permanent fixture in the mouth; dentures are a removable appliance that is not fixed in the mouth.  There are several different styles of dentures that can be made custom to the individual mouth.

Dentures Benefits

Increased function of chewing and esthetics are the greatest benefits of dentures.  Many patients find that the removable dentures are easier for them to keep clean than their natural teeth.

Dentures Disadvantages

Dentures do have disadvantages, they may not feel as comfortable and may not offer as sturdy of a bite as other restorative options for chewing.

Dental Implants

Dental Implants

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are becoming an increasingly popular method for replacing missing teeth. In this procedure, titanium supports are surgically placed in your jawbone.  They act as an anchor for naturally looking false teeth. Dental implants are not only used for individual tooth replacement, but can also be used when replacing multiple teeth as an alternative to dentures.

Advantages of dental implants

  • Implants are extremely natural looking
  • Fusion of the implants into your jaw make them very stable and comfortable compared to traditionally dentures
  • They last a lifetime

Disadvantages of dental implants

  • Implants are expensive upfront; however, the long-term cost versus a bridge is less.
  • The process of getting implants can be time consuming and requires multiple visits to the dentist
Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment

What is root canal treatment?

A root canal is a dental treatment performed by an endodontist or specially trained dentist that is used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.

How can I prevent the need to have a root canal procedure?

Since some of the reasons why the nerve of a tooth and its pulp become inflamed and infected are due to deep decay, repeated dental procedures on a tooth and/or large fillings, following good oral hygiene practices (brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and scheduling regular dental visits) may reduce the need for a root canal procedure.

Periodontal Services

Periodontal Services

What are periodontal services?

At Palmer Dental, we are dedicated to the highest level of gum excellence. Periodontics is a branch of dentistry that handles the illness of the supporting structures of the teeth including the gums and bone.

Our periodontal treatments are designed to help stop the spreading of illness and bring your oral wellness back to optimal health.

Who is affected by periodontitis?

Adult periodontitis begins around age 35 and is almost universal. The degree of bone loss and inflammation is made worse through genetic pre-disposition and smoking.

Night Guards

Night Guards

No More Sore, Tight, or Strained Muscles. Impress Today for Your Relief!

Sleep Bruxism is a condition when you clench or grind your teeth while sleeping.  In some people, it can become frequent and severe and lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems. This is a common condition which happens most frequently at night.

If you grind your teeth you should consider a night guard. The night guard, which is very similar to a mouth guard worn by athletes, provides a barrier between your top and bottom teeth while you sleep. All night guards are custom fitted for comfort and to allow for proper breathing. Your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and have the night guard created by a dental lab. Night guards are very durable and can be used for several years.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral Cancer Screening

Why do we do oral cancer screenings?

In our continuing efforts to provide the highest standard of care to our clients at Palmer Dental, we are proud to offer oral cancer screenings in all of our dental exams and cleaning appointments. Routine check-ups, including an assessment of the whole mouth, are essential in the early detection of cancerous and precancerous conditions.

Our hygienists perform a thorough visual and physical palpation inspection of the oral cavity as well as the external head and neck surfaces. We are looking to find any abnormal tissue or growths, abnormal lymph nodes and salivary glands and also check the sinuses and temporomandibular joint.

If we discover any areas of concern, we will inform the patient and proceed with the appropriate steps.

Invisalign

Invisalign

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign® takes a modern approach to straightening teeth, using a custom-made series of aligners created just for you. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you simply wear over your teeth. The aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, giving you the confident smile you’ve always wanted. There are no metal brackets to attach; no wires to tighten.

You simply pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. No matter what stage of you’re at in life, you’ll appreciate how Invisalign’s® cutting-edge approach to treatment has minimal interference in how you live, but has a significant positive impact on how you look and feel about yourself.