From routine cleanings and exams, to improving the health and appearance of your teeth, Maddox Dentistry can handle all of your oral health needs.
Your safety and comfort are important to us so we invest in the latest technology to ensure you are getting the best possible care. Through such tools as digital x-rays, soft tissue lasers, and a Cerec machine, we can achieve better results in fewer office visits.
We want you to have the healthiest teeth possible, so we take the time to teach you proper brushing and flossing techniques. We also explain how consuming the right foods and drinks, along with other preventative measures, can help you to avoid non-routine treatments. When a more extensive procedure is required, we’ll make sure you are fully informed and comfortable before administering the treatment.
The most important thing you can do to help maintain a healthy smile is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Floss once a day to remove any plaque between your teeth that regular brushing doesn’t reach. Brushing your tongue will also help you remove bacteria that causes bad breath.
Visit us every six months for a professional cleaning and dental exam. During your cleaning, a dental hygienist will remove any plaque and tartar, and polish and remove stains from your teeth. The dentist will examine your mouth for tooth decay and gum disease, perform an oral cancer screening, and evaluate soft tissues in the mouth and neck area.
Maddox Dentistry uses both regular and digital x-rays. These are an important diagnostic tool, as we use them to check for proper tooth spacing and alignment, look for decay between the teeth, identify any cysts and tumors, and locate teeth that haven't grown in yet. X-rays also help identify cracks and other damage in an existing filling, alert the dentist to possible bone loss associated with gum disease, reveal problems in the root canal, and prepare and place tooth implants or other dental work.
Typical x-rays include bitewings, periapical, and panorex or panoramic.
Fluoride treatments help prevent tooth decay by building up your tooth enamel. Fluoride treatments are typically given to children as their teeth develop, but adults can benefit from treatments as well—especially those with a history of cavities.
Maddox Dentistry can apply a sealant to help protect some teeth from decay. A resin/plastic material is bonded to the enamel of the tooth, usually on biting surfaces of teeth in areas with deep pits and fissures (grooves).
When we find a tooth decay or a cavity, we need to remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then apply a filling. With the help of a local anesthetic, our dentists will remove the decay with a high speed dental drill and layer the filling material into the tooth for a smooth finish. Patients can choose from a number of filling materials, including tooth-colored fillings, silver fillings and gold fillings.
Crowns help restore and strengthen teeth from major decay and fractures.
Maddox Dentistry is proud to feature CEREC, a technologically-advanced machine that allows us to make crowns right in our office. Where the earlier method required more than one visit, we can now prepare the tooth and place a permanent crown in just once visit. First, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing decay. Then, using 3-D photography and special computer software, the CEREC machine creates a porcelain (or tooth-colored) crown to perfectly match the tooth. Finally, your dentist will cement the crown into place, capping the existing tooth and protecting it from future breakdown.
For those patients missing a tooth or teeth, we can provide a bridge to restore your beautiful smile. This is essentially a series of crowns where the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) are crowned and a false tooth or series of teeth is fastened between the crowns, forming a bridge. We then place the bridge by cementing it onto the prepared surface of the teeth, creating a full, strong and natural-looking smile.
Dental implants are another option for replacing missing teeth. Unlike bridges and crowns, dental implants replace not only the tooth, but the roots as well. To begin with, we surgically place an implant by attaching it to the jaw bone. Then the replacement tooth is attached to the top of the implant. While this option may seem more invasive, implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework because they don’t rely on the neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are a great alternate to dentures.
Dr. Maddox performs the minor surgery required for dental implants.
A root canal treatment (or endodontia) helps save and restore diseased teeth. Inside each tooth is a soft core called the pulp that provides all the nutrients and nerves to the tooth. If the pulp becomes diseased or injured and can’t repair itself, it dies and can lead to infection and ultimately the loss of your tooth. During treatment, the dentist will first remove the diseased pulp and then clean and fill the pulp chamber and root canal. Finally, we place a crown over the tooth to strengthen the tooth.
We use the brand Xeomin for facial esthetics and for treatment associated with temporomandibular Joint Disorder and facial pain.
Even the most subtle change in your smile can make a dramatic difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. Maddox Dentistry offers many options to correct stained, chipped, or misshapen teeth. We encourage you to talk to your dentist about the options most suitable for you.
Tooth whitening (bleaching) brightens teeth that are discolored or stained. We can take impressions and make custom trays to provide a whitening system you can use at home.
Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that cover the front side of teeth. Made of tooth-colored materials, veneers help us fix spaces between teeth and teeth that are chipped or worn, permanently stained, poorly shaped or slightly crooked.
Bonding can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces between them. With bonding, your dentist applies a tooth-colored material to the tooth surface.
Enamel shaping involves modifying teeth to improve their appearance by removing or contouring enamel. The process, which often is combined with bonding, is usually quick and comfortable, and you’ll notice the results immediately.