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Patient Services

At Montana Dental Arts, we understand that each of our patients need an individualized dental care plan that may include preventative treatments, restorative treatmentscosmetic procedures, and tooth replacements.

Below, learn more about each of the dental services that we provide to help our patients keep and restore function – and ultimately to improve their smiles.

 

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Dental Hygiene

Our dental hygienists are committed to keeping your teeth clean, preventing oral health problems, educating you on dental health, and making you as comfortable as possible during your visits. Specifically, we will remove plaque, tartar and stain from your teeth, polish them, and floss them in addition to examining you for common dental health issues including tooth decay, gum disease, and bite issues.

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Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

If you are suffering from plaque buildup along or below the gum line, you may also be suffering from infected gums and periodontal disease. Tooth scaling and planing, also known as non-surgical periodontal therapy, is a way for a dentist to deep clean your teeth beneath the gum line and help restore your mouth’s health. This procedure can be extremely effective especially when paired with site­-specific antibiotics and especially if they patient continues to clean their teeth and gums thoroughly after the treatment.

Gum Contouring

Gum contouring or gum reshaping is an in-­office dental procedure for patients whose gum line is too high, too low, or uneven. In the majority of cases, gum contouring is a cosmetic procedure that simply improves the look of your smile. However, in some cases, it may be part of a larger dental care plan that includes crown lengthening or gum pocket reduction. Gum contouring, which involves the application of a local anesthetic, may involve just one tooth or multiple teeth.

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Tooth Decay

Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth creates acid that eats away at the enamel, the dentin, and eventually the pulp of the tooth. If left untreated, decay can lead to pain, infection, and the loss of the tooth itself. Regular cleanings and other treatments can help prevent tooth decay before it starts. Montana Dental Arts offers a variety of treatments for tooth decay, including fillings, crowns, root canals, bridges, dentures, and implants.

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Tooth Wear

Tooth wear is the natural loss of tooth enamel and dentin due to causes separate from tooth decay and tooth trauma. Although tooth wear naturally occurs with age, accelerated tooth wear has a wide range of causes, including tooth grinding, nail biting, acid reflux, and poor bite. We can help you prevent accelerated tooth wear by determining and treating the likely cause or causes of the issue. We can also treat issues caused or related to your tooth wear.

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Tooth­ Colored Fillings

In the past, tooth decay and cavities were removed from patients and replaced with silver or gold fillings. Today, however, most dental professionals use tooth­-colored fillings such as composite resins. Tooth­-colored fillings rid teeth of decay and restore teeth to their original function and color. White fillings are also significantly less noticeable than other types of fillings.

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Bonding

Dental bonding is a conservative, economical cosmetic procedure for those with chipped, broken, uneven, decayed, fractured, or discolored teeth. During a bonding treatment, which takes just one dental appointment, the dentist will place a tooth­-colored resin on your teeth and then shape and mold it to improve the appearance of your tooth or teeth. This is an inexpensive, fast, and easy way to improve your smile.

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Porcelain Crowns

Dental crowns are tooth-­like caps that are placed over teeth in order to improve structure, function and look. A crown may be used for a number of reasons:

  • To improve the appearance of a tooth.
  • To strengthen a tooth.
  • To hold a dental bridge in place.
  • To hold together a cracked tooth.
  • To cover a tooth with a large filling.
  • To cover a dental implant.

Porcelain crowns look natural and are durable and long-­lasting with the correct care.

Inlays/Onlays

Also known as indirect fillings, inlays and onlays are two related types of dental restoration procedures designed to stop tooth decay, improve tooth appearance, and restore function. Inlays (which are positioned in the center of the tooth) and onlays (which include the cusp of the tooth) are effective conservative approaches to halting tooth decay in comparison to a full­coverage crown that usually take two visits to the dentist. Inlays and onlays only take one visit with CEREC technology.

Porcelain Veneers

Veneers are thin ceramic shells that are permanently bonded to a patient’s teeth to improve their appearance. For example, a patient may choose veneers if they wish to alter the color, shape, or length of their teeth. Patients may choose veneers if their teeth have inconsistencies, gaps, bulges, or stains. Porcelain veneers, which take just a few appointments to apply from start to finish, look like natural teeth to others and are a great options for those who wish to improve the appearance of their teeth but do not need to improve the function of their teeth.

Bridges

Missing teeth can cause pain, discomfort, issues with speaking, difficulty chewing, and other daily health problems. Bridges are a semi­permanent solution to missing teeth that fit the needs of many patients. A bridge utilizes two nearby teeth to suspend one or more artificial porcelain teeth in the gap left by missing teeth. Bridges are an alternative for those missing teeth who are not ideal candidates for implants or those who are only missing a few teeth.



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Dental Implants

One of the most exciting advancements in modern dentistry, dental implants are an increasingly popular solution to replacing missing teeth, from an individual tooth to an entire arch of teeth. The procedure consists of replacing the lost tooth root with a purified titanium implant and placing an artificial tooth over the post. This tooth replacement procedure, which gives you teeth that both look and feel natural, is ideal for a large number of patients and can last a lifetime if cared for properly. It is a true tooth replacement option.

Implant­-Retained Prosthetics

The placement of one or more dental implants can improve the comfort and function of dentures. Many denture wearers suffer from ill-­fitting, uncomfortable, and unstable dentures that only worsen over time. Implant­-retained dentures are a significant improvement that hold the dentures in place firmly and resolve many issues that denture wearers face.

Also known as implant­-supported dentures, implant­-retained dentures snap into place with the help of two or more implants fastened to a patient’s jaw. These dentures offer more stability and support than traditional dentures, which simply rest on the gums, allowing the patient to speak and eat with more comfort. These dentures are a good choice for denture wearers who have poorly ­fitting dentures but who are not ideal candidates for a large number of implants. Implant-supported dentures are removable and may be cleaned at night.

Implant-­Supported Prosthesis

Implant­-supported prosthetics is a true tooth replacement option. It is an alternative for denture wearers that is permanent and not removable. In this procedure, the prosthesis is attached to the dental implants and the teeth function without any movement. Because this option looks, feels, and functions so similarly to natural teeth, most patients are able to eat the foods they have given up following the loss of their natural dentition and many have brighter and more natural-looking smiles. The maintenance of implant­-supported prosthetics is similar to natural dentition and includes brushing, flossing and rinsing.

Complete Dentures

Complete dentures are a tooth replacement option for those without any remaining teeth. These removable plates of artificial teeth have become more comfortable and natural­ looking in recent years and may be the most cost­-efficient solution for some patients. We can help you determine if dentures are the right choice for you and make certain your dentures fit correctly over time.

Partial Dentures

Partial dentures are replacements for one or more teeth, held together with wire and a gum-colored insert. These removable dentures may feel awkward at first, but you will soon get used to them. We will fit and adjust your partial denture to make certain they are as comfortable and well-­functioning as possible.

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Root Canals (Endodontics)

Many people have anxiety about root canals, but in truth modern dentistry has made the procedure not significantly different from a cavity filling. Very simply, a root canal removes the infected soft tissue of the inner tooth and fills it with a material that is then topped with a crown or filling. Root canals stop the pain and discomfort of an infection while restoring a tooth to its original appearance and function. Root canals take only one or two appointments and often last for a lifetime. We ensure that our patients are comfortable before, during, and after their root canal procedure.

Tooth Extractions

Whether you have a broken or decayed tooth, or whether you simply need to have your wisdom teeth removed, we are here to help. We strive to make your tooth extraction experience as comfortable as possible, both by educating you and by taking care of you before, during and after the procedure.

TMJ pain

Up to 12 percent of the population has experienced chronic pain in their Temporomandibular joint and the surrounding muscle, known as TMJ disorder or TMJ syndrome. This pain can have a number of different causes, ranging from stress and anxiety to bite issues and lifestyle choices.

It is extremely important to understand the cause or causes of your TMJ pain before deciding upon a treatment that will be effective. At Montana Dental Arts, we can help you diagnose and understand your TMJ issues as well as find a solution for your condition that works for you.

Dental Anxiety

We understand that many dental procedures can cause anxiety. For this reason, we offer our patients the option of Anxiolysis, a medication that relieves anxiety, depending on your treatment and your medical history. This medication may be an appropriate tool for anything from a tooth cleaning to a tooth extraction.

Emergency Dentistry

We know that dental issues often appear suddenly and painfully – and at the most inconvenient times. We may be able to accommodate your needs and treat your emergency dental issue after office hours, during evenings, on Fridays, or over the weekend. In the past, we have treated emergency dental issues related to pain, swelling, bleeding, mouth trauma, infection, lost teeth, or lost crowns.

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Additional Services

Custom Nightguards

Clenching and grinding your teeth at night can lead to a number of complications, including TMJ pain, damaged teeth, tooth fractures, worn teeth, and bite issues. For many people, the best way to stop this damage is through wearing a nightguard, a custom molded tray that protects both the upper and lower arches of your teeth. We can screen you for clenching and grinding issues and provide you with a nightguard to help preserve the health and longevity of your teeth.

Tooth Whitening

For those interested in whiter and brighter teeth, we offer at­-home tooth whitening kits that are more effective than over­-the-­counter solutions and more economical than in­-office whitening sessions. These dentist­-supervised at-­home kits include a prescription whitening gel and a dental tray for easy application. Dr. Wilcox will give you detailed instructions on how to use the kit in order to achieve safe, optimal results.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment or to learn more

The range and number of dental treatments can be overwhelming and difficult to understand. Meet with Dr. David Wilcox today to learn about which treatments may best fit your dental needs, your cosmetic wants, your budget, and your own wishes. To schedule a consultation, please call (406) 728­6068 or fill out our quick contact form.