At Westlake Family Dentistry, we provide you and every member of your family with quality comprehensive dental care in a warm, calming setting. We have the experience, the equipment, and the passion to help you maintain or reclaim excellent oral health.
The way we see it, comprehensive dentistry consists of two key objectives: 1) the treatment of general conditions affecting your teeth, gums, and jaw, and 2) the prevention of conditions that threaten the health and appearance of your smile. So whether you come to us with a specific concern, or you’re simply making prevention a priority, our goal is to help you avoid the pain and cost of treating more serious dental problems down the road. And unlike many dental practices that frequently refer patients out for various procedures, Dr. Sievert and our Westlake Family Dentistry staff are qualified to perform most procedures right in our office! Through regular check-ups, cleanings, and individualized dental care, a life-long dazzling smile is within reach!
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General & Preventative Treatments
A dental sealant is a thin plastic film that is applied to the chewing surface of the molars to prevent food particles and bacteria from reaching the depressions and grooves. These sealants have proven extremely effective in the prevention of molar cavities.
Although sealants are often recommended for children, adults, too, can dramatically reduce their risk for cavities by having a sealant applied to their molars. Please contact us today to learn more about the benefits of dental sealants.
Fluoride helps strengthen your teeth, preventing the development of cavities. Although most public water systems and toothpastes contain fluoride, Dr. Sievert may recommend additional fluoride treatments during your visit if he thinks you have a moderate to great risk for cavity development.
Custom Mouthguards & Nightguards
Dr. Sievert can create a custom-fitted plastic mouthguard to protect your teeth, gums, lips, and cheeks from sports-related injuries. Athletic mouthguards can even help prevent severe injuries to the face, jaw, and head.
Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may be suffering from a condition called bruxism. Bruxism is harmful to your teeth, and may also cause additional problems like headaches, jaw pain, and arthritic jaw.
Dr. Sievert can help you protect your teeth from the effects of grinding with a custom-made nightguard. This plastic guard is worn at night while you sleep, and covers and preserves the teeth you’ve been grinding. Nightguards have also been shown to reduce or eliminate jaw pain and headaches often associated with bruxism.
Advanced Dental Technologies
In addition to making dentistry more efficient and interesting for us, advancements in dental technology also make more comfortable and convenient care possible for patients. New technologies and ever-improving treatment methods give patients more choices, too, many times more affordable than ever before.
Digital X-rays are comfortable for you and faster than traditional X-rays, with the images available for viewing on a computer or TV screen in seconds. Digital X-rays are also safe and can even be used during pregnancy. Some studies cite that they emit up to 90% less radiation! With no chemical processing needed, digital X-rays are easy on you and the environment, too.
X-rays, also known as radiographs, are commonly used in dental exams of patients of all ages. Many problems with teeth and the surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye. An X-ray is needed to reveal:
- Small areas of decay between teeth or below existing restorations
- Deep cavities
- Infections in the jaw bones
- Deep gum disease
- Abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities
- Some types of tumors
Digital Imaging Preview Software
If you’ve been unhappy with the appearance of your teeth for years, it may be hard to imagine what your smile could look like! Let us show you the possibilities with our Smile Preview Software! Using digital photography, and a few clicks of the mouse, we can show you how your new smile might look.
You may feel that you know your mouth well. It is, after all, your mouth. But wait until you meet your mouth from the inside out! Using an advanced intraoral camera, Dr. Sievert will show you your mouth from an entirely new perspective!
The intraoral camera is a hand-held device that Dr. Sievert and his staff use to view hard-to-see areas in your mouth. The camera is attached to a computer screen, allowing you to see instantly what we see. With the push of a button, we can take still photos of your teeth from virtually any angle inside your mouth! The procedure is quick and painless. The live video and saved images collected by the intraoral camera allow us to identify potential problems or concerns, and begin to address them immediately with you.
Diagnodent® Laser Cavity Detection
Not all cavities can be seen with the naked eye. The Diagnodent® tool uses laser fluorescence to detect the formation of cavities early on so that you and Dr. Sievert can begin working on a treatment plan right away! DIAGNOdent® is much more effective than traditional probing techniques. And it’s painless too!
NTI Drug-Free Headache Prevention
If you are experiencing migraine pain, an NTI (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition) device may provide you the relief you’ve been seeking! Dr. Sievert can retrofit an NTI device to your front lower or upper teeth. Unlike conventional mouthguards, the NTI device reduces clenching intensity by preventing the engagement (contact) of select upper and lower teeth. This is important, because it is primarily the contact of these teeth that drives the subconscious urge to clench, and for most patients, it is this clenching action that leads to migraines.
According to a study performed by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, nearly all Americans — 99.7% — believe a smile is an important social asset, while 74% believe an unattractive smile can hurt your chances for a successful career.
Take control of your smile! We will work with you to customize a cosmetic treatment plan that specifically addresses your wishes. And with flexible financing, a confident and healthy smile is more affordable than ever before. So if you’re worried your smile is holding you back, contact us today to learn more about our safe and effective cosmetic solutions. You’ve been dreaming of a great smile. Let’s make it a reality.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments
Invisalign® is a widely popular alternative to traditional metal braces. Instead of using noticeable brackets or wires, Invisalign uses clear, plastic aligners. This means that throughout the treatment, many won’t even notice you’re working on straightening your teeth! Better still, the aligners are removable, so you can eat your favorite foods and brush your teeth just like you always have. Learn more.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles® is an affordable, accelerated solution to straight teeth! Unlike traditional braces, the Six Month Smiles treatment uses natural-looking clear brackets and tooth-colored wires to quickly and safely adjust your teeth. And because Six Month Smiles treatment focuses only on the teeth that appear when you smile, the average treatment time is about six months. And in other great news, Six Month Smiles is typically less expensive than traditional braces, aligner therapy, or veneers! Learn more.
If you’re ready for a dramatic smile makeover, porcelain veneers can totally change the appearance of your teeth to give you the smile of your dreams! Veneers are thin, custom-made casings applied to the front side of teeth to change their shape, color, or general appearance in practically any way you desire. After consulting with you about your treatment options, Dr. Sievert will create a model based on the smile makeover look of your choice. We will send the model to a dental technician in a lab who will then make your actual veneers with durable, tooth-colored materials that will look and feel natural in your mouth.
When veneers are applied, a small amount of tooth enamel usually needs to be removed to fit the veneers onto the teeth. For this reason, veneers are typically an irreversible treatment so it is important to be prepared for a permanent improvement in the look and feel of your smile!
Tooth-Colored Dental Fillings
When cavities develop in teeth, it is necessary to protect the teeth from further damage with filling. If you’re worried about how your teeth will look following a filling, we have great news! In many instances, Dr. Sievert is able to fill cavities with tooth-colored composite filling. This means your fillings will be virtually invisible! Schedule an appointment with Westlake Family Dentistry to find out if tooth-colored fillings are right for you!
Dental crowns are often called “caps.” They cover teeth to restore them to their appropriate shape and size after large fillings, fractures, or weakening forces such as intense grinding. In all these cases, crowns not only cover teeth but also provide added support. They can be used to attach fixed dental bridges, cover dental implants, restore seriously discolored or misshapen teeth, and even as a preventive measure to protect a tooth in danger of breaking.
Fixed Dental Bridges
Dental bridges do exactly what their name implies: bridge gaps left by one or multiple missing teeth. The two teeth on either side of the gap to be bridged serve as anchor teeth, also called “abutment teeth.” Each anchor tooth has a crown that attaches to the false tooth/teeth of the bridge. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth with crowns on top, or by implant-supported crowns.
Professional Teeth Whitening
One of the simplest and quickest ways to improve the appearance of your smile is with teeth whitening. Who doesn’t want pearlier pearly whites?
At Westlake Family Dentistry, we offer two methods for safely and effectively whitening your teeth. The first method is our in-office whitening system, KöR® Deep Bleaching. With this method, a member of our staff will make molds of your teeth so you can have your own custom whitening trays. You’ll then have a simple follow-up visit with us, followed by wearing your whitening trays for two weeks at home while you sleep. The KöR Whitening Deep Bleaching System is completed with a final visit to our office.
The second method is our take-home whitening trays. During your visit, a custom-made tray is fitted to your teeth. We then send you home with a professional grade whitening gel, which is inserted in your trays and then worn as directed by Dr. Sievert. Contact us today to find out which method is best for you.
Basic, everyday activities such as eating, talking, and laughing can be challenging for people who have damaged or missing teeth, but these can all become easier again with restorative dentistry. The word restore means to return something to a former condition. Dr. Sievert desires not only to restore your smile to its former health, but also to make it look and feel even better than before!
Restorative Dental Treatments
Dental implants are an increasingly popular option for patients who need to have one or more teeth replaced. Unlike a denture, a dental implant is a permanent solution that remains in your mouth, more closely resembling a real tooth or teeth. Learn more about dental implants at Westlake Family Dentistry.
Endodontics (Root Canal Therapy)
The inside of each tooth contains soft tissue with nerves and blood vessels running from the root to the crown. A crack, deep cavity, or other injury to a tooth can cause the nerve to become damaged or diseased, allowing bacteria to enter the tooth and kill the living tissue. Without treatment, the resulting infection can cause pain, swelling and abscesses, loss of the diseased tooth, and eventually damage to the surrounding bone. With endodontic treatment, also called root canal therapy, we carefully remove the diseased tissue and nerve from the tooth and gently clean and seal the root canal to protect it from bacteria. If needed, medication or an antibiotic can also be used to control the spread of bacteria and stop infection. Finally, a crown is placed over the reshaped tooth to restore and strengthen it.
A number of dental conditions may require oral surgery, including impacted wisdom teeth, dental implant placement, jaw-related problems, and emergency care and repair.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are teeth that typically come in between the ages of 17 and 25. Often, wisdom teeth become impacted. This means they are not coming in straight, and are pushing against other teeth. Partially emerged wisdom teeth may also become infected, causing significant pain.
If you have impacted or painful wisdom teeth, Dr. Sievert may recommend that you have them removed. Although many dentists refer patients to an oral surgeon for wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Sievert is qualified to remove your wisdom teeth right in our office! Contact us today to learn more.
Extracting a tooth means removing it from the mouth. If Dr. Sievert can help you save your natural tooth for a healthy and attractive result, he will. However, some conditions in your mouth, ranging from infection and pain to very advanced decay, might require tooth extraction. You can rest assured that Dr. Sievert strives to understand and meet your dental needs, and he only recommends treatment he would provide his own family.
We want you to get the dental care you need and feel at ease during the process. If you have felt anxiety or even fear about dental treatment in the past, you’re not alone. We want you to know such feelings are common and people of any age can experience them. We also want you to know that we can help!
We offer our uneasy patients nitrous oxide, which is also called “laughing gas.” Nitrous oxide is a safe sedation method which helps anxious patients relax while Dr. Sievert and his staff work. While taking nitrous oxide, patients often have a calm sense of happiness or “giddiness” which allows them to relax during the procedure.
Our friendly staff is trained on the use of nitrous oxide, and regularly inspects and regulates the equipment to ensure your safety! The effects of nitrous oxide are quite temporary — simply breathe regularly following treatment, and the oxygen in the air completely reverses the effects of the laughing gas.
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