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Common Questions

Laser Cavity Detection with DIAGNOdent
This system allows us to detect the smallest cavities and treat them before they get larger. The DIAGNOdent is an amazing tool that uses a laser to detect tooth decay. The deep grooves and stains in your teeth might indicate decay.
In the past we had to diagnose tooth decay by sticking a sharp instrument into these groves to see if it stuck. The problem with this method was that it only detected tooth decay when it was big enough to get the instrument into the groove. With the DIAGNOdent the laser assigns a numeric value to the groove and if that reaches a certain value we know it is time to treat the tooth. If that numeric value is borderline we can treat the tooth with fluoride and try to remineralize the tooth and avoid the need for a filling.

Clear-Removable Braces with Invisalign

Invisalign is a simple and effective invisible alternative to braces. It is a set of clear aligners that actively straighten teeth but can be easily removed for eating and cleaning. Because they are virtually invisible they do not alter your appearance or clutter your smile making them preferable for adults or anyone whose job requires a degree of professionalism.
Invisalign allows patients to improve their smile without having to wear permanent, metal braces or deal with the oral hygiene difficulties associated with traditional braces.
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Nitrous Oxide – Laughing Gas
Our office offers Nitrous Oxide for those patients that have a high stress level in the dental office. Nitrous Oxide is simply a gas which you can breathe in. It is colorless, sweet smelling, and non-irritating. It virtually eliminates the fear, nervousness and tension associated with dental procedures.
You remain in complete control, you are conscious, and you are able to ask questions and follow directions. The gas is delivered through a nose mask similar to an oxygen mask. The gas reaches the brain within 20 seconds and can be increased or decreased easily to meet each individuals needs. There are no lasting after effects. You will leave the office feeling the same as when you arrived.
Prevent Decay with Sealants
When a patient has deep grooves in their teeth it is very difficult to keep them clean. With the Sealants we use in our office these deep groves can be filled with a tooth colored material that will prevent food and bacteria from seeping into the grooves and causing decay. The old adage still stands…an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Oral Hygiene Home Care
Brush twice daily: in the morning after breakfast and in the evening before bedtime
You should brush approximately 2 minutes on the upper arch and 2 minutes on the lower for a total of 4 minutes.
Floss once daily, preferably in the evenings
Rinse with 1(one) teaspoon of bleach in and 8 ounce glass of water 2-3 times a week for 30 seconds. Use only non scented bleach and be VERY careful where it splashes!!!!
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Non-Surgical Gum Treatment with Perio Protect
Dr. Kirk has the certification to provide his patients with the revolutionary Perio Protect system. This system is a new, home care treatment program for periodontal disease using an FDA-cleared medical device that can deliver doctor-prescribed medications to the source of periodontal infections. It is important to treat gum disease at any stage in order to save your gums and teeth, but new research studies show a connection between gum disease (periodontitis or gingivitis) and serious systemic diseases including:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart Disease
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Blood Clots and Strokes
  • Preterm and Low Birth Weight Babies
  • Alzheimer's Disease
The system simply requires an appointment for impressions of your teeth. You will then receive a set of custom trays for the application of the special medication to treat your periodontal disease painlessly in the convenience of your own home.
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Stop Clenching, Grinding, and Headaches with NTI
The NTI device is a small plastic piece that fits over the front teeth and prevents the back teeth from meeting therefore preventing the possibility of clenching and grinding which causes TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint) pain and headaches. The NTI is FDA approved for the treatment of medically diagnosed migraine pain.
Instant Bleaching with Zoom!
Zoom! is a fast whitening system performed in our office that whitens teeth six to ten times their original color in just one hour. It is fast and effective giving immediate results that last. Zoom! Gives immediate results which means patients don’t have to spend weeks wearing and dealing with whitening trays. 
Within an hour and a half teeth are dramatically whiter for a natural, clean smile. The Zoom! whitening procedure is fast, simple, and painless. First the mouth is prepared by isolating the gums and lips. Then the Zoom! whitening gel, a powerful and safe hydrogen peroxide compound, is applied to the teeth. The gel is activated by the specially designed light which eliminates discoloration and strips away the layers of stains leaving the teeth six to ten times whiter. The results are dramatic and immediately noticeable. With periodic touch-ups teeth can remain white for many years. 
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