Preventive General Dentistry

Oral Hygiene

Good dental health starts with healthy gums and clean teeth. Regular checkups include xrays, dental exam and oral cancer screening along with a thorough prophylaxis. Our hygienists are well trained, gentle, yet thorough and dedicated to your oral health. Your visit will be informative. We can help you eliminate bad breath, snoring, TMJ pain, recurrent decay, sensitivity, etc. Home care regiments are customized for each patient.

General Dental Care

Dr. Cook can help you permanently restore decayed or broken teeth and replace missing to provide you with a pleasing smile and good function.

Oral Cancer Screening

In addition to a visual scanning for signs of oral cancer, we can provide a more definitive screening using Vizi-Lite.

Tooth Colored Fillings

Since we no longer use mercury based silver fillings (amalgams), newer custom shaded fillings are beautiful, long lasting alternatives. Called composite resins, these fillings require less drilling and are bonded chemically to the tooth surfaces. These are ideal for small to medium sized fillings.

Partial Crowns (Porcelain Onlays)

If the filling involves three or more surfaces, we can save the strong parts of the tooth and replace the rest with a porcelain onlay. Using our CEREC porcelain milling system, we can fabricate and place the onlay in just over an hour. The porcelain is strong, beautiful and can avoid a crown altogether.

Crowns

If a single tooth is too weak to support an onlay, a porcelain crown is the best long lasting restoration. CEREC allows us to place the crown in one visit and there are no impressions, temporary crowns, nor second appointments.

Replacing Missing Teeth

Dental Implants

The ideal way to replace one or more missing teeth is with implants. Dr. Cook is a Fellow at the Midwest Implant Institute, where he trained. The implant is surgically placed in the bone like an artificial root. The bone grows into the implant after several months and then a post is screwed into the implant and a crown cemented to the post. The implant is stronger than natural teeth and it preserves the bone and facial structure.

Fixed Bridges

Before dental implants, the fixed bridge was the best way to replace a missing tooth or teeth. The teeth on either side of the missing tooth are shaped to accept a crown and the bridge is fabricated and cemented onto the teeth . For shorter bridges CEREC can take and email 3D images of the prepared teeth to the dental lab and an all porcelain bridge can be ready to cement in only 3 days. Bridges with porcelain over a precious metal substructure require 2 weeks in the laboratory.

Partial Dentures

Traditionally, this removable restoration includes a metal framework and clasps with acrylic teeth. Newer materials allow us to make partial dentures without metal and tooth colored clasps for a more esthetic result.

Full Dentures

If teeth cannot be saved, a full denture can be made. This economical solution can be very esthetic and comfortable. Lower dentures can sometimes be difficult to manage, so we recommend two or more dental implants or four mini implants to help stabilize it.

Mini Implants

Mini implants are an economical and less surgical solution to stabilizing the lower denture. Once the lower denture is made, the mini implants can be placed and snapped into the lower denture in about an hour.

Dental Emergencies

Toothaches

Dr. Cook will always find time to get his patients out of pain. Teeth can be saved with root canal therapy and in most cases the pain eliminated immediately. Extractions are sometimes necessary if the tooth cannot be saved.

Broken Teeth

In an emergency, teeth can be bonded quickly to eliminate a rough edge on a broken back tooth. Broken front teeth can be bonded esthetically in less than an hour to avoid the embarrassment of a broken smile.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Tooth Whitening

In office or at home ZOOM! in office whitening system is our “jump start” whitening system. In just over an hour your teeth can be dramatically whiter. Alternatively, some patients prefer our take-home system with various strength whitening gels. ZOOM! Includes a take home system to renew the whitening result.

Porcelain Veneers and Lumineers

Lumineers are contact lens thin veneers that require minimal or no tooth reduction. Porcelain veneers are used to straighten teeth, close gaps and improve the shape and color of teeth. CEREC porcelain veneers can transform your smile in one visit.

Dental Corrective Devices

Clear plastic devices can be made to maintain straight teeth (Orthodontic retainers), or to prevent tooth grinding and TMJ pain (Night guards), or to prevent snoring (Silent Nite mouthpiece).