General Dentistry

  • Single Visit Crowns:

    We are proud to provide CEREC 3-D Technology to our patients in need of restorations. The CEREC system has revolutionized the dental field by meeting the needs of our patients in a more convenient manner. Gone are the days when the patient must return for multiple visits to complete a restoration. CEREC Technology can design, fabricate and place a ceramic restoration in just one visit! Also with this new system, the need for temporaries or impressions has been eliminated.

    Through the use of this new technology, we can save more of the healthy tooth structure in our patients while giving them beautiful, tooth-colored restorations that are metal-free and durable. Contact us for more information on this high-tech system.

  • Mercury Free Fillings:

    The concept of a “filling” is replacing and restoring your tooth structure that is damaged due to decay or fracture with a material. We will replace old, broken-down amalgam/metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to a more natural look and feel.

    With today’s advancements, no longer will you have to suffer the embarrassment of unsightly and unhealthy silver/mercury fillings or metal margins of the past. Eliminate the dark or black appearance in your teeth with new-age, state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain materials.

    Comparing White Fillings vs. Silver Amalgam Fillings:

    • White fillings bond to the tooth and strengthen the tooth by restoring most of its original shape. Silver amalgams, on the other hand, weaken the teeth and make them more susceptible to breaking which can be very expensive to replace. White amalgam can actually save time and money in the long run.
    • White filling composites are preferred by most patients. This is due to the natural color, strength and overall appearance and feel. Composites are more comfortable.
    • Hot and cold sensitivity is greatly reduced with composite material compared to the silver/mercury amalgams.
    • Restorations with composites require less removal of the tooth and less structure to place than those with amalgams, especially with new cavities. Dramatically smaller holes are needed with a composite.
    • White fillings are healthier because no traces of mercury are used, unlike silver amalgams.
  • Root Canals:

    A common misconception is that a root canal is an uncomfortable procedure. Actually, root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal discomfort.

    Common causes for the need of endodontic treatment:

    • Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
    • Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
    • Tooth decay
    • Chipped or broken tooth
    • Blow to the tooth
    • Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
    • Repeated dental procedures on a tooth

     
    Please contact our office for an evaluation if you experience any of the symptoms above.

  • Digital Imaging:

    We are proud to utilize the latest technology available to ensure our patients enjoy the best results. We use high-resolution digital photography to capture detailed images of your mouth, thus enabling us to maintain sharp, accurate records and keep you thoroughly informed of your treatment progress. We also offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography (X-rays). A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These X-rays can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged. Not only are they friendly to the environment, they are much safer than traditional X-rays. Digital radiographs reduce radiation exposure by 90 percent!

  • Implants:

    Dental implants are artificial tooth replacements that were first developed half a century ago by a Swedish scientist named Per-Ingvar Branemark. Implants arose from the patient’s need to secure loose-fitting dentures. Since the advent of the implant, engineering and enhancements to the implant have enabled dentists to expand the implant’s usefulness, including the replacement of missing or lost teeth. Today, implant techniques provide a wide range of tooth replacement solutions including:

    • Single Tooth Replacement
    • Anterior Replacement
    • Posterior Replacement
    • Full Upper Replacement

     

    Types of Implants

    There are three main types of implants:

    • The root implant
    • The plate form implant
    • The subperiosteal implant

    The root implant, by far the most popular, is the most effective because it mirrors the size and shape of a patient’s natural tooth. This implant is often as strong as the patient’s original tooth. The implant or artificial root is placed into the jawbone under local anesthesia, then allowed to heal and integrate with the bone. Once the healing process is completed and the jawbone is attached to the implant, the patient returns to the dental office where the implant is fitted with the new tooth. This process generally takes anywhere from three to eight months.

    The plate form implant is ideal in situations where the jawbone is not wide enough to properly support a root implant. The plate form implant is long and thin, unlike the root implant, and anchors into thin jawbones. It is inserted the same way as a root implant. In certain cases, the plate form implant is immediately fitted with the restoration without waiting for the healing process to run its course.

    The subperiosteal implant is used when the jawbone has receded to the point where it can no longer support a permanent implant.

    Implant As a Treatment Option

    If the missing tooth space has no surrounding teeth, the dentist may decide an implant is the most appropriate treatment choice or option.

    The treatment plan for a bridge usually requires two trips to your dentist. Specifically, it involves:

    • Numbing the surrounding teeth with a local anesthetic and cleaning plaque or decay.
    • Reducing the teeth so that the crowns can be fitted.
    • Making a mold or impression of the teeth in order to create a customized permanent impression (this generally takes 1-2 weeks).
    • Fitting the patient with a temporary bridge until the permanent bridge is ready for placement.
    • Removing the temporary bridge and replacing it with the permanent one.
    • Adjusting the bridge for the proper bite and fit and permanently bonding it into the mouth.
    Post Implant Care

    Although proper oral hygiene is always recommended for maintaining good dental health, it is especially important when a patient has received a dental implant. Bacteria can attack sensitive areas in the mouth when teeth and gums are not properly cleaned, thus causing gums to swell and jaw bones to gradually recede. Recession of the jawbone will weaken implants and eventually make it necessary for the implant to be removed. Patients are advised to visit their dentists at least twice a year to ensure the health of their teeth and implants. Dental implants can last for decades when given proper care.

  • TMJ/TMD:

    The “Temporomandibular Joint”, more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint”, assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.

    We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.

    For more serious cases of TMJ we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.

    Why Dr Haynie can help you:

    ‘TMJ’ is a condition often identified by patients, and it is just one component of craniofacial pain which also includes chronic head and facial pain, recurrent headaches, migraines and neck pain.  Dr. Haynie understands that these conditions are usually a symptom of a greater underlying problem and that your successful treatment is based on identifying all your problems.  We use a process for the diagnosis and treatment of craniofacial pain (TMJ, headaches, facial pain) and treatment of sleep disorders (sleep apnea, snoring) without surgery. Our practice is focused on improving the quality of life for adults and children suffering from craniofacial pain and sleep apnea. We use the latest technological and provide non-surgical therapies and treatment options.

    If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, please click on the provided links for more information, or call us with any questions:

    Do you or your child wake with a sore jaw or unexplained head pain?

    Do you grind you teeth, or hear your child grinding?

    Are you or a loved one CPAP intolerant?

    Do you or your child snore or wake up suddenly at night?

    Does your child wet their bed or have they been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?

    Are headaches or ear pain a routine part of your day?

  • Snoring Therapy:

    Snoring affects millions of people of all ages, both male and female. Oral appliance therapy is the most common treatment for the most severe snoring problems. Treatment procedures range from changing your sleep patterns to utilizing orthodontic-related appliances that help open the airways during sleep.

    What causes snoring?

    Snoring is caused by the vibrations of your soft and/or hard tissue palates, which occur because of increasingly narrow air passages. When air passes through these passages, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. Surgery (to alleviate the snoring) is not always successful, however, because the sound may not actually originate from the soft palate but instead from tissues in the upper airway.

    Common causes for snoring:

    • Smoking
    • Alcohol
    • Health Problems
    • Obesity
    • Obstructed Nasal Passages – Deviated Septum
    • Poor Muscle Tone of the Tongue
    • Daytime Fatigue
    • Sleep Apnea
    • Hypothyroidism
    • Allergies
    Sleep Apnea

    Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression, so it is important to be diagnosed by a medical professional if you experience any sleep-related symptoms.

  • Oral Surgery:

    Our services include:

    Oral Surgery Consultations:

    Our consultations include a review of your medical history and the details of your oral condition, as well as the associated treatment options. A visual examination will occur and may include imaging such as X-rays with our 3-D imaging. During your consultation your course of treatment will be determined. In some cases, the oral surgery can take place the same day.

    Oral Pathology:

    Oral pathology is the study of hundreds of diseases that can affect the inside and outside areas of the mouth. Many of these conditions can have serious consequences if left untreated. Our oral surgeons specialize in diagnosing and treating diseases of the oral and maxillofacial areas. Patients can expect to receive the best care while being treated with compassion and understanding.

    Dental Extractions:

    A tooth extraction is performed only after all alternatives have been considered and ruled out. Situations that may lead to an extraction include:

    • Infection or risk of infection from decay (may require emergency tooth extraction)
    • Severe damage from trauma (may require emergency tooth extraction)
    • Impacted wisdom teeth (results in a wisdom tooth extraction)
    • Overcrowded teeth (often requires orthodontic treatment)

     

    A tooth extraction is a routine procedure that includes:

    • X-rays to assess the location, size, and position of the tooth to be removed to help determine the extent of the procedure.
    • An assessment of the anesthesia and sedation options that will best serve your needs, allowing for a pain-free experience.
    • The careful removal of the tooth, which often includes a bone-preserving graft.
    Third Molar / Wisdom Teeth Extractions:

    The wisdom teeth are located in the very back of the mouth and are the last four teeth to break through the gums. They develop and arrive during the teen years, and by the mid-20s, they will either fully erupt or become impacted (blocked by other teeth so that they can’t emerge). If left to grow when impacted, they can damage adjacent teeth and cause pain and inflammation in the mouth and jaw area.

    Patients are typically advised to have their wisdom teeth removed before the teeth become impacted. At Hood River Dental we offer options to make the removal of your wisdom teeth a calm and comfortable experience. Our doctors remove the teeth skillfully and gently, and provide medications and follow-up information to ensure a timely and complete recovery.

    Dental Implants:

    A dental implant is a small, screw-shaped, titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. It is covered by a porcelain crown that looks and feels just like your old tooth. It is a minor surgical procedure with a 95 percent success rate. The post is inserted into the jawbone where the missing tooth once was and is left to heal for a set period of time and, once healed, the tooth-like crown is attached. While it heals the bone fuses to the implant, which serves as a prosthetic tooth in place of the missing tooth and restores your functional and aesthetically pleasing smile.

    Sinus Lifts:

    A sinus lift is performed when the sinuses are too close to the jaw for a dental implant to be placed. Sinus lift surgery adds bone to your upper jaw, where your molars and premolars are located between your jaw and maxillary sinuses on either side of your nose. The sinus membrane is “lifted” to make room for the bone. Our oral surgeons are highly skilled at this procedure, and the result allows for dental implants to be properly placed, resulting in a complete and beautiful smile.

    Impacted Canines:

    Your canine teeth are the upper front teeth located under the eyes, and the visible portions are typically longer and pointier than those of the other front teeth. When these teeth become impacted (blocked from completely erupting and growing out) they affect your smile’s aesthetics, but they are also at risk of developing abscesses, damaging the roots of neighboring teeth, and becoming cystic over time. Impacted canines can be corrected with minor oral surgery in which brackets of braces are attached to guide the canines back into place over time.

    Bone Grafts:

    Bone and soft supporting tissues are often lost over time because of gum disease or missing teeth. A bone graft is placed to stimulate the regrowth of your own bone tissue to help restore lost bone tissue in preparation for further restorative treatment. This is a minimally invasive procedure requiring a few weeks of healing before the next phase of treatment can be initiated.

    Dental Incision and Drainage:

    When a dental infection progresses to oral swelling, a surgical incision and drainage is commonly used to treat the affected area. If left untreated, severe dental infections can spread to other areas of the body, including the brain and heart, causing life-threatening illness.

    Dental incision and drainage is usually an outpatient procedure and includes making a small incision in the gums at the point of the swelling. The area is then drained and cleaned with a sterile solution. A follow-up visit is required to make sure the infection is gone. The dentist may also prescribe antibiotic medication to help aid in the healing process.

    Tori Removal:

    A tori is an excess bone growth that develops in the arch of your mouth, which can affect your oral hygiene and comfort, as well as interfere with dental appliances. A tori typically develops because of localized irritation, grinding of the teeth, or malocclusion. Oral surgery is required to remove the tori and reshape the area where it previously existed.

    For your comfort, we offer:

    • Local anesthesia
    • Nitrous oxide with local anesthesia
    • IV anesthesia with local anesthesia

     

    To learn more about our oral surgery services or to schedule a consultation, call Hood River Dental today.

  • Sedation / Anesthesia:

    Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.

    Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require sedation.

    Sedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your dentist about any medications or medical treatments you are receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre and post-sedation instructions.

    “Laughing Gas”

    Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre and post-sedation instructions.

  • Cosmetic Dentistry:

    Cosmetic dentistry consists of a suite of services designed to improve the appearance of your teeth. These services allow our dentists to brighten, straighten, or reshape your smile so it reaches its full potential just in time for your next big opportunity.

    At Hood River Dental we specialize in crowns, gum lifts, and tooth-colored fillings, as well as many other services that can change your smile in a time frame that suits your needs.

    Our cosmetic dentistry services include the following:

    • Crowns: Dental crowns offer a permanent and protective solution for a damaged or broken tooth or teeth. They can be made out of a variety of materials such as gold or acrylic resin, however, the natural look of porcelain is the preferred material for most crowns.
    • Dentures: Dentures are removable replacements for teeth and the surrounding gum tissue. High-quality, personalized, and well-fit dentures can restore your youthful appearance and confidence while improving your ability to eat and speak naturally.
    • Dental Implants: To replace a missing tooth, our cosmetic dentist uses a dental implant made of titanium, mimicking a natural tooth root, and a porcelain crown that looks like a natural tooth. Along with completing your smile and returning it to its natural state, dental implants maintain your facial esthetic by preserving the jawbone and surrounding tissues.
    • Veneers: Veneers are customized, thin shells made of porcelain or plastic that bond to the front of your teeth. They can give perfect shape and shade to existing teeth, hide stains and chips, and resist discoloration. They also strengthen teeth and provide resilience similar to tooth enamel.
    Our Commitment

    A vital part of our standard of care at Hood River Dental is taking time to get to know your oral health history, your lifestyle, and your smile concerns so our cosmetic dentists can, in partnership with you, design the smile of your dreams.

    FAQ

    What are common symptoms and dental problems cosmetic dentistry can resolve?

    Cosmetic dentistry can address a wide variety of dental problems, including misalignment, discolorations, cracks and chips, missing teeth, whitening, and a misshapen smile.

    How much do veneers cost?

    The cost of veneers varies according to the number of veneers you need, their size, and their location. At Hood River Dental, we will work with you to find an affordable option that is right for you.

    How much do dental implants cost?

    The cost of dental implants varies according to the number of implants you need and the health of the surrounding tissue and bone. For an estimate of your unique dental implant situation or to find out about our financing options, set up a consultation with our provider today.

    Call Hood River Dental today to learn more about our cosmetic dentistry services. We look forward to serving you and helping you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted.

  • Pediatric Care:

    Our practice can provide a wide range of dental services for your children. Our flexibility in our services saves you time and keeps your total dental care within one practice. Our emphasis is on total preventive care for our patients. Total care begins with regular hygiene visits, regular check-ups and continued home oral health routines.

    We provide many preventative measures to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy, including sealants and fluoride treatments. We also educate the parents in early detection of some common problems children may face, including thumb sucking, bruxism and baby bottle tooth decay.

    Our primary goal for your children’s dental development is to achieve and maintain optimum oral health through advances in techniques, technologies and maintaining their scheduled dental exams.

  • Periodontal Treatment:

    In certain cases, periodontal surgery may be recommended to treat periodontal disease when non-surgical treatment is ineffective. We may advise procedures such as pocket reduction, soft tissue grafts or bone regeneration to treat periodontal disease. If a tooth has been lost due to periodontal disease, dental implants are always an option for permanent tooth replacement.

    Good oral hygiene and regular visits with your dentist and periodontist can prevent periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing can keep plaque to a minimum and, in conjunction with professional cleanings 2-4 times a year, can keep your teeth healthy for life.

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