At Springer Dental Care, we offer a very wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Whether you have a cavity or you want to whiten your smile, we have a variety of options, and we will work with you to determine which treatment is best for your individual needs. We are passionate about making sure patients are always comfortable during their appointments by providing compassionate and gentle care. For your convenience, we offer all of the following services at both of our offices in Elkhart and Millersburg, IN.
Keeping Your Smile Bright & Healthy in Elkhart & Millersburg, IN
Dental bonding is a relatively inexpensive procedure to improve the appearance of your smile. We use a high-intensity curing light to apply a tooth-colored resin, made of a combination of glass and plastic, to the teeth. This can be used to fill in gaps, chips and cracks as well as cover up discoloration. Bonding can usually be completed in just one visit and in about 30 minutes to an hour. With proper oral hygiene, a bonding treatment can last anywhere from three to 10 years.
Crowns & Bridges
A crown is a treatment completed on a tooth that is decayed, discolored or broken. It helps restore the tooth’s strength and functionality. The crown is a tooth-colored, porcelain cap that is placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage. This procedure typically takes about two visits. The tooth will be shaped and prepared to fit inside of the crown during the first visit, and you will receive a temporary crown. At the second visit, you will receive your custom-created crown.
A bridge is a device used to fill in a gap in between teeth. Crowns are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, to support a third crown placed into the gap.
It is important to take care of your crown or bridge with proper at-home care.
Dental implants are a long-term solution for a missing tooth. They not only improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile, but they also improve your ability to chew and speak. In addition, implants reduce the risk of teeth shifting and jaw bone deterioration that can result from missing a tooth.
This procedure involves placing a titanium screw into the gap to replace the tooth’s root. After a couple of months, the screw will meld to the jawbone, which means you are ready for your restoration. The restoration usually is in the form of a custom-created crown placed over the titanium screw.
Implants can be used to replace one or multiple teeth. Proper dental care is essential to making sure your implant lasts a lifetime!
Fillings are used to fill in holes in the tooth that are caused by decay and cavities. They protect the tooth from further damage and restore its strength. We can create fillings out of amalgam silver, gold, or, for the most natural look, a tooth-colored material. Our tooth-colored options include a composite (plastic and glass), porcelain, or a glass ionomer (glass and acrylic). Composite fillings are the most popular choice for their subtlety and strength.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer often isn’t detected until it is too late. That’s why it is so essential to see the dentist regularly for an oral cancer screening. At Springer Dental Care, we include a screening in your regular teeth cleaning appointments. We check for any sores or discolorations along the tongue, lips and gums. Many of these are harmless, but if we detect anything suspicious we will take a tissue sample to have it tested.
You can begin orthodontic treatment at any age; it’s never too late! Not only will having straight teeth help you to feel more confident in your smile, but it also improves your chewing and speaking functions and prevents jaw bone damage. It is a gentle process that works over time to make a huge difference in your smile. Options include metal braces, ceramic braces, clear aligners and lingual braces (placed on the back of your teeth rather than the front). All of these options are effective, so we will work with you to determine which orthodontic option is best for your needs and lifestyle.
After the treatment is complete, we will provide you with retainers, which are essential to making sure your teeth stay in position!
Porcelain veneers are thin yet very durable tooth-colored shells that are bonded to the front of existing teeth. Veneers are used to improve the appearance of the teeth. They can extend a tooth that is too short, cover up chips and cracks, fill in gaps, or give the tooth a whiter look. We will work with you to determine what you would like to fix in your smile and then help you decide if veneers are a good treatment option for you.
Professional Teeth Cleaning
It is recommended that you visit the dentist twice a year for a regular teeth cleaning. This is essential even if you are brushing twice a day and flossing daily, because at a teeth cleaning, we will check for signs of decay, cavities, gum disease and oral cancer. These dental problems are most treatable when detected early. Plus, we use special tools to remove plaque and bacteria, cleaning your teeth more thoroughly than can be done at home.
Full and partial dentures are great options for replacing lost teeth, thus improving the appearance of your smile as well as improving your ability to chew and speak. We will take careful measurements by creating impressions of the upper and lower parts of the mouth. This ensures your dentures fit properly, so they fit securely and comfortably in your mouth. Dentures do take a bit of time to get used to, but once you adjust, you will find that they provide a host of benefits.
When a tooth is severely decayed or infected, a root canal is performed to save it from needing extraction. Root canals, in actuality, aren’t the most painful dental treatment, and they effectively remove the pain that comes from a decayed or infected tooth. During the procedure, we will remove the dead, infected pulp from inside the tooth, and then disinfect the inner tooth. After, we will use a cement to seal the tooth, protecting it from bacteria and further decay. We may also provide a crown to restore the tooth to its former strength.
Dental sealants a great option for children to protect vulnerable teeth from decay. Typically these are the back teeth, which are often neglected during brushing. Sealants are invisible caps made of plastic resin that are placed on top of the tooth to smooth out the grooves, making them easier to clean. With proper care, a sealant can last for as long as 10 years!
Teeth whitening is one of the most popular options for improving the appearance of your smile. When done professionally, you can see dramatic results in as little as one visit while making sure the procedure is done safely and correctly. Our in-office whitening involves using a hydrogen peroxide gel on the teeth to bleach away stains and discoloration. The bleach is left on for an hour. We can also provide you with a take-home whitening kit. This kit will include custom-created mouth trays for both your top and bottom teeth, which you will then fill with a whitening gel.
TMD stands for Temporomandibular disorders, which is a disorder of the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. TMD is characterized by jaw clicking, popping, pain and discomfort as well as limited ability to open the jaw. If you are experiencing these symptoms, we can help you determine the source of the pain and work to fix it. Over-the-counter pain medications as well as applying ice and heat can be helpful in relieving pain. In the most severe cases, treatments can involve cortisone shots or bridgework.
When a tooth is damaged or decayed beyond repair, or if you have a tooth that is causing overcrowding or for the rest of your teeth to shift, an extraction is the best option. In addition, wisdom teeth generally have to be removed because they are impacted, or stuck in the gums, or they are coming in at an angle that threatens the other teeth. We provide local anesthesia to make this process as painless and comfortable as possible. If you are particularly anxious, we can provide other forms of sedation, such as nitrous oxide, conscious sedation or oral sedation.
After the extraction, we can discuss tooth replacement options, which include partial dentures, bridges, and implants.
Periodontitis is a disease of the structures surrounding the teeth, especially the gums. When it is left without treatment, it can begin to affect the bones that support the teeth, leading to a loss of teeth.
Treatment options are numerous:
Gum scaling and planing to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar within the gums.
Gum grafting to take gum from a different part of the mouth to replace gum loss.
Periodontal laser surgery to treat gums more safely and painlessly than in traditional surgery.
Periodontal plastic surgery to improve the appearance of affected gums.
Crown lengthening surgery to extend the length of a tooth if the gums have come down too far.
Dental implants to replace missing teeth
The best ways to avoid periodontitis are brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist twice a year for regular teeth cleanings. Gum disease is completely preventable!
Sedation dentistry is a safe, effective method used to keep patients comfortable and relaxed during dental treatments. Before giving you a sedative, we will ask you to fill out a health history form to determine which methods are safe to use.
Oral sedation includes anti-anxiety medications in the form of a pill that is swallowed or dissolved under the tongue.
Nitrous oxide, otherwise known as “laughing gas,” is gas that you breathe in to help you relax. It is a conscious sedation treatment that has been used for many years because of how safe it is and because it doesn’t produce any side effects after it wears off.
IV treatment involves injecting medication into the bloodstream for quick relaxation and a deep sleep. The amount administered can be controlled, and when given an IV, you won’t remember your procedure, which is great news for especially nervous patients. We can help you decide if IV is the right sedation option for you.