Dental Services for a Healthy Smile

Family dentist, Thomas A. Bowles, offers a wide range of general, preventive, and cosmetic dental services to patients of all ages. Dr. Bowles, along with our dental staff, have the expertise and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatment.

Services we offer include, but are not limited to:

Periodontal Services

Though your mouth may feel healthy and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Your dentist will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.

Dental Exam

When you come in for a clinical exam, or routine check up, your dentist will take a look at the overall health of your mouth and teeth and diagnose any problem areas.

  • The first thing your dentist will check is your face and neck. They will check for any abnormalities, including lumps, bumps, or swelling.
  • Then your dentist will exam the inside of your mouth to check for any abnormalities in the soft tissue, such as ulcers on your lips, gums, tongue, palate and cheeks. They will also perform an oral cancer screening and check your bite and your jaw joint for any problems.
  • Next they will check your gums and jawbone for any signs of gum disease, gingivitis, and bone disease.
  • Finally your dentist will check your teeth. They will look for cavities and any other dental problems, and address any concerns you may have.

Pediatric Dentistry

Children of all ages are welcome at our practice! A good rule of thumb for a child's first dental visit is as soon as their first tooth erupts, bring them in. That way, your child can have positive first experiences at a young age and the parent can get valuable advice in helping care for their child’s teeth.

Digital X-rays

Dental x-rays are a great preventive, diagnostic tool that provides important information not visible during a routine dental exam. Our dental team will utilize this important information to safely and accurately detect any dental abnormalities and then create an accurate treatment plan.

Fluoride Treatment

We suggest a fluoride treatment for your teeth. It’s a simple and quick process and can be done during your routine exam. No extra appointment is necessary. Fluoride is a mineral that helps prevent tooth decay and is applied to your teeth. This strengthens the enamel so your smile will be as strong as ever.

Sealants

Sealants are a very efficient and successful method for preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. They are primarily placed on the permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth. The sealants are maintained through out childhood and can last well into adulthood. Sealants are made of a flowable resin that is applied to the deep pits and fissures of teeth protecting them from harmful acids and plaque build up commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring a short appointment and are proven to be effective in preventing decay in children.

Composite Filling

When a tooth is affected by decay, fractures, or cracks, a dental filling is needed to restore the tooth. In a single dental appointment, the decayed or injured tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Composite fillings can be matched to the color of your existing tooth. Since the color is the same as your original tooth, the filling will look aesthetically pleasing and restore your teeth to a healthy, beautiful smile.

Extractions

An extraction is when a patient has a tooth removed from their mouth. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, such as tooth decay that has ruined enough of a patient's tooth structure and a restoration is no longer an option. Other reasons include removing impacted or problematic teeth.

For the extraction, our dental team will use local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth that is going to be removed. Should you have several teeth that are going to be extracted, our dentist will use a general anesthetic and you will be sedated during the entire procedure.

No matter how many teeth you need to have removed, we will make sure you are comfortable through the whole process. Once the tooth or teeth are removed, you may need a few days to recover and have time to heal. Once you have healed, your dentist will discuss what dental options you have to restore your mouth.

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.

Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your dentist will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.

Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)

Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.

When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.

Dentures & Partial Dentures

A denture is a removable dental appliance replacement for missing teeth and surrounding tissue. They are made to closely resemble your natural teeth and may even enhance your smile.

There are two types of dentures – complete and partial dentures. Complete dentures are used when all of the teeth are missing, while partial dentures are used when some natural teeth remain. A partial denture not only fills in the spaces created by missing teeth, it prevents other teeth from shifting.

A complete denture may be either “conventional” or “immediate.” A conventional type is made after the teeth have been removed and the gum tissue has healed, usually taking 4 to 6 weeks. During this time the patient will go without teeth. Immediate dentures are made in advance and immediately placed after the teeth are removed, thus preventing the patient from having to be without teeth during the healing process. Once the tissues shrink and heal, adjustments will have to be made.

Dentures are very durable appliances and will last many years, but may have to be remade, repaired, or readjusted due to normal wear.

Porcelain Inlays / Onlays

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays are used to restore a tooth that is moderately damaged due to decay, large broken-down fillings or fractures. They are the ideal restoration when a tooth requires more than a filling, but does not require the full coverage of a crown. Dr. Bowles will carefully prepare the tooth for an Inlay or Onlay, take an impression of the prepared tooth for the laboratory, and create a temporary Inlay or Onlay to protect the tooth while your permanent restoration is being fabricated in the lab. After about two weeks, your porcelain restoration will be ready to be permanently bonded to your tooth. The result is a great looking restoration that matches your smile and functions like a natural tooth.

Porcelain Veneers

A Porcelain Veneer is a very thin piece of porcelain that is first fabricated in a dental laboratory to custom-fit your tooth, and then bonded to your natural tooth. Veneers improve the esthetics of a tooth (cosmetic veneer) or protect a damaged tooth surface (restorative veneer). With cosmetic veneers, Dr. Bowles can create your perfect smile, whether you would like to change the shape, shade or color of one tooth, a few teeth or multiple teeth for a “Hollywood” type smile. Please visit our Smile Gallery to view many of the beautiful, youthful smiles Dr. Bowles has transformed.

EZ White®

Achieve the pearly white smile you have been dreaming about with the EZ White teeth whitening system. Many people are opting for the EZ White system for fast, safe, and effective teeth whitening. EZ White ensures that the bleaching experience is painless, and the results are satisfying. Soon after starting treatment at our office, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear, leaving a beautiful white smile.

Laser Dentistry

The office of Dr. Thomas A. Bowles utilizes laser technology which involves specialized instruments that produce intense concentrated beams of light. The heat energy created from the light helps in a variety of dental procedures, reduces bleeding, and reduces pain and swelling.

How it Works

The dental laser is made up of an electricity source and mirrors that guide the beam of light, gas or solid matter through which the light passes. There are a variety of different laser types, including lasers for soft or hard tissue. The design and wavelengths of light used depend upon the dental application and what type of procedure the dentist is completing.

Lasers dentistry can be used for:

  • Activation of whitening gels
  • Reduction of inflammation associated with TMD
  • Removal of soft tissue
  • Certain dental fillings
  • Crown lengthening
  • Cavity detection
  • Reduction in tooth sensitivity
  • Reshaping of the gums

ClearCorrect® Braces

ClearCorrect aligners are a comfortable, removable, and nearly invisible alternative to metal braces. ClearCorrect can treat a wide variety of issues that may keep you from achieving their ideal smile. Ideal for function and esthetics, ClearCorrect can treat crowding, spacing, misalignment, over jet and over bite.

If your needs require traditional metal braces, ceramic brackets are a more natural looking alternative to metal brackets. Ceramic brackets are translucent, so they blend in with your natural tooth color and they will not stain or discolor over time.

Implant Restoration

When it comes to the placement and restoration of implants, our team is the one to trust to get the job done right and help maintain your beautiful smile. At the office of Dr. Thomas A. Bowles, we specialize in implant restoration which allows us to replace any missing teeth or dentures. The dental implant is a permanent solution that looks and acts just like a natural tooth.

Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 941-923-3545 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible.