- Your Safety
- Infection Control Standards
Dr. Bridgeford’s dental office is up to date on the latest infection control standards. Each year every employee goes through an OSHA training course to stay updated. We use the highest quality sterilizers and do appropriate testing to insure proper sterilization.
- Automated External Defibrillator
Our office is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED) system.
- First-Aid CPR Certified
Every member of Dr. Bridgeford’s staff is CPR and First Aid Certified.
- New Patient
- Walking into our office as a new patient for the first time, we want you to feel as if you have been here for years. Your first appointment at Dr. Bridgeford’s office will include meeting with a hygienist, taking necessary x-rays, inspection of the gum tissue, and a complete exam with Dr. Bridgeford. Following the examination, a treatment plan is defined, sensitive to your needs, budget, and schedule.
- To keep your smile healthy and strong, we offer thorough cleanings, periodontal therapy for gum disease, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants. Dr. Bridgeford recommends sealants to deter tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of the permanent molars. A clear or tooth-colored sealant painted onto the grooves of a tooth creates a barrier that keeps bacteria from reaching the tooth’s surface.
- Gum Care
- Prophylaxis (Cleaning)
Routine cleanings are generally recommended every six months for patients with a healthy mouth. Exams, X-rays, and fluoride treatments are necessary preventative treatments.
- Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease, commonly called “gum disease,” is an infection of the gums that can spread to cause tooth loss and bone deterioration. If diagnosed in the early stages, gum disease can be controlled with periodontal therapy that may include scaling, root planing, Arestin antibiotic, and soft tissue laser therapy. Gum disease is the leading cause for adult tooth loss in the United States, and it has been linked to stroke, heart attack, osteoporosis, respiratory problems, and other overall health conditions.
- Soft Tissue Laser
Dr. Bridgeford uses a diode laser to treat periodontal disease. A personalized program will be set up according to each patient’s individual needs. The laser gently removes damaged tissue and bacteria, which encourages re-growth of healthy gums.
- White Fillings
- Our office primarily offers tooth-colored fillings. During this procedure, a composite resin is matched to your teeth, and then it is secured with a bonding agent to create a secure, inconspicuous filling.
- Dr. Bridgeford offers natural-looking porcelain crowns and bridges. A crown is a custom-made restoration that fits snugly over a structurally compromised tooth. Crowns can mend broken teeth or cosmetically enhance discolored or disfigured teeth. The permanent restoration makes the tooth strong, and at the same time, it looks and feels natural.
- Dental Bridges
- Sometimes called crown and bridgework, a dental bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth in a row, secured in place by crowned teeth called abutments. Bridges replace missing teeth with permanent, natural looking teeth.
- A dental implant is an artificial tooth root. Your jawbone fuses with the implant to provide a secure platform for an artificial tooth. A crown can then be placed over the implant. If you are missing many teeth, several implants can support a partial or complete denture. Dr. Bridgeford also offers one-step Mini Dental Implants for denture and dental implant restorations
- Today, dentures are usually composed of acrylic or porcelain teeth, mounted in an acrylic base that is tinted to resemble the gums. Full dentures replace an entire top or bottom row of missing teeth. Partial dentures replace many missing teeth, but not necessarily in a row. A partial fits kind of like a puzzle piece, locking in place to fill gaps.
- Orthodontics straighten teeth over several months. A small metal bracket is placed on the teeth to be moved, and a wire is threaded through the brackets. Tension on the wire moves teeth. At the end of treatment, a retainer prevents teeth from shifting out of places. In some cases, a retainer should be worn for many years after the braces are removed.
- Root Canal Therapy/Endodontics
- Root canal treatment (endodontics) treats disorders of the nerve, also called the pulp, of the tooth. In the past, a tooth with a diseased or infected nerve had to be removed. In 95 percent of the cases today, however, the damaged tooth can be saved. We believe in saving teeth as a conservative measure that preserves the bite, function, and appearance of the patient’s smile. Dr. Bridgeford and our team will make every effort to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime!
What makes a root canal necessary?
The following are the most common factors contributing to a need for root canal treatment:
- TRAUMA, such as a physical blow to a tooth or a constant pressure in the bite that causes trauma
- PHYSICAL IRRITATION caused by a deep decay or a very large filling
- SEVERE GUM DISEASE
- CRACKED TOOTH
Regardless of the initial cause, the tooth pulp becomes irritated and infected. Bacteria will grow within the tooth pulp, causing pressure and pain, sometimes accompanied by swelling of the face. Sometimes pulp deteriorates so gradually that little pain is felt. Either way, eventually the bacteria can destroy the pulp. As this happens, the bone surrounding the tooth may become infected and abscessed, which may lead to their destruction.
Throughout your root canal treatment, you may have questions or concerns. We will make every effort to ensure your comfort during the root canal treatment, and we’re happy to answer any questions.
- TMJ Therapy
- The temporomandibular joint joins the skull’s temporal bone to the mandible, or jawbone. When the joint becomes unbalanced, it will cause symptoms that range from mild headaches to clicking/popping in the joint. At Dr. Bridgeford’s office, we offer a thorough TMJ exam to identify your symptoms so that we can determine the best treatment for the patient.
NTI-tss is a small, clear, removable device that you will wear when you are asleep. It prevents tooth surfaces from coming into contact. By preventing high-intensity contact, NTI-tss eliminates high-intensity clenching and the muscle irritation that leads to migraine pain, TMJ, and chronic headaches.
- Anxiety Relief
- For those that prefer to be more relaxed during dental treatments, we offer anxiety relief with nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. We recommend this for children and anyone with anxiety.