We offer all the dental services your family needs to keep their teeth healthy and strong.
Below are some of the most popular services we offer. Call our office at 815-469-6500 if you are looking for a service not listed below. On the off chance we don’t offer what you need, we will happily refer you to a trusted local dentist or specialist who can help.
Dental Cleaning and Exam
We strongly encourage all our patients to visit twice per year for a gentle yet thorough dental cleaning, plaque removal, teeth polish and oral health exam (also includes an oral cancer screening and periodontal evaluation). During your routine dental cleaning visit, Dr. Heath will check for cavities and one of our hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar build-up from your teeth and gums.
What is plaque? Plaque is a clear, sticky layer of bacteria. If it is not removed, it can harden and become tartar, which cannot be removed with brushing and flossing. If plaque and tartar build up on your teeth, they can cause oral diseases.
During your dental cleaning, we carefully clean the places on your teeth where regular brushing and flossing can’t reach, such as under the gums and in-between teeth, to remove any traces of plaque or tartar.
If you develop a cavity, come in for a visit and we’ll take care of replacing and restoring your tooth. We make sure you’re comfortable and fully numb before we begin, so you never feel a thing. Alternatively, we are happy to offer nitrous oxide at your request.
We can also replace old metal fillings that contain traces of mercury with natural-looking white fillings (composites) to restore your smile and teeth to their beautiful, natural look and feel.
Your child’s newly erupted teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth. It takes time for the enamel coating to harden and protect teeth, which is one reason why children can be particularly susceptible to cavities. Moreover, the chewing surfaces of their back teeth are filled with tiny grooves referred to as “pits and fissures,” which can trap bacteria and food particles. Your toothbrush can’t reach all the way into these crevices, which makes the perfect conditions for tooth decay.
If your children develop cavities at a young age, we may recommend dental sealants to protect their teeth while the enamel hardens. Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that seal the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, making them far less likely to develop cavities. This is a wise and proactive alternative to more expensive dental treatment later on.
It’s not uncommon for patients to visit the dentist when they’re having tooth pain, pain while chewing, or pain while drinking hot or cold liquids. It is VERY IMPORTANT to seek treatment as soon as you experience any pain in your teeth or mouth.
CALL US IMMEDIATELY if you experience tooth pain: 815-469-6500. The sooner we treat the cause of your tooth ache, the easier (and less expensive) it will be. More often than not, we can offer instant relief for the tooth ache and resolve the problem in a single appointment. If you delay too long, however, a root canal might be needed if the cause of the toothache is an infection of the tooth’s nerve.
Teeth Whitening and Cosmetic Dentistry
Brushing and flossing are everyday ways to keep your teeth bright, white and healthy, but many people with healthy teeth still feel their smile is lacking some sparkle. If you’ve noticed that your smile is more yellow than it used to be, you’re not alone. The American Association of Orthodontists reports that nearly 90% of dental patients have requested tooth whitening.
We are happy to help you whiten your teeth and restore your perfect smile! You have several options for whitening your teeth, so we’ll explain the pros and cons of each and recommend your best course of action.
If you simply have stains on the surface of your teeth, you may not need more than a whitening toothpaste. If this is the case, we will recommend several options that are safe and approved by the ADA. These whitening toothpastes do not change the color of teeth, however, can only remove stains on the surface, and will not ultimately change the color of your teeth.
At-home whiteners actually bleach your tooth enamel. You will need to visit our office for an appointment, so we can take a mold your upper and lower teeth and make a “bleach tray” that fits perfectly over your teeth. The bleach comes in gel form. Once or twice per day, you will squeeze a small amount of gel into the tray that fits over your teeth.
We perform non-surgical extractions, for example, if a baby tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth. In other cases, a tooth has suffered extensive decay or trauma that cannot be repaired, and it must be extracted and replaced with an implant. In complex cases or for the surgical extraction of Wisdom Teeth, we will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon in your area.