Welcome to our Oregon City dental practice! We hope that you will take the time to look through our comprehensive services and dental treatments. You can trust in this blog to guide you through our treatments and provide the latest information about changes in dentistry and oral hygiene.
At Oregon City Family Dentistry, we’re a family practice dedicated to helping adults and children keep their teeth for the rest of their lives. We offer gentle general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, restorative dentistry, and even dental implants for patients who have missing teeth or need a way to stabilize their dentures.
Children’s and General Dentistry
Our practice is truly a family-run office. Drs. Annalisa and Kyle Smith are a husband-wife dental team, and some of our staff members have been with the practice for 15 years or even longer! Drs. Smith have developed a family atmosphere that is unlike any other dental practice you’re likely to encounter in the Oregon City, West Linn, or Gladstone areas. The practice has a dedicated “kids’ corner” to keep your children occupied during dental visits, and we provide special prizes for children who stay cavity free between their regular cleanings and exams.
We encourage parents to bring their children to our office before the age of 2, or by the time their child’s first tooth comes in. By monitoring your children’s teeth when they first come in, we can set up preventative treatments to help your kids keep their teeth healthy for the rest of their lives. Even beyond the thorough exams, bringing your child to the dentist at a young age is a tremendous way to make him or her comfortable with dental offices. Dental anxiety is a real problem in this country, affecting about 20 percent of the population. Some people are so terrified of the dentist that they refuse to go. By establishing a strong and positive relationship with a quality dentist early in your child’s life, you can eliminate dental fear before it even begins.
The Power of Dental Implants
Oregon City Family Dentistry has served Oregon City dental patients proudly for many years. Our longevity has everything to do with us staying abreast of the latest techniques in dentistry. We do that by completing several hours in continuing education and even live-training courses.
One of the most substantial and beneficial changes in dentistry has been the addition of dental implants. Dr. Annalisa Smith has training to place single-tooth dental implants or to use dental implants to stabilize dentures. Single-tooth dental implants have taken the place of invasive traditional bridges and removable dentures, as they can be placed without preparing nearby teeth and provide about 90 percent of the chewing power of natural teeth.
Dental implants not only provide support, but they are also the only thing in dentistry that can preserve your jawbone if you lose your natural teeth. We use titanium implants that naturally fuse to the jawbone. By fusing to the jawbone, the implants both anchor the permanent restoration and then stop the jawbone from receding – which naturally occurs when patients lose their teeth.
Relax With Sedation Dentistry
As we mentioned above, millions of Americans have dental anxiety that keep them from regularly visiting the dentist. In fact, about 40 percent of Americans do not see a dentist regularly. By avoiding dental appointments, because of anxiety or due to other issues, you’re actually putting yourself at a higher risk of serious dental problems down the road. With serious dental problems comes more expensive dental visits.
Our office has a solution that can give you the treatment you need, even if you suffer from a debilitating fear of the dentist. Sedation dentistry allows us to treat fearful patients in a relaxed state. We can even complete multiple treatments during one visit, if needed.
Our two sedation options are nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation. You probably know nitrous oxide better by the name “laughing gas.” It’s rendered through a mask and quickly wears off after the treatment. Oral conscious sedation is a pill that is taken before your dental visit. After taking the medicine, you’ll feel in a total state of relaxation during your treatment. Using oral conscious sedation, we can complete multiple treatments in one visit, including entire full-mouth reconstructions! You can walk into our office self-conscious about your smile and leave with the smile of your dreams.
Restore Your Smile With Cosmetic Dentistry
Cosmetic dentistry is often seen as vain, but the truth is that cosmetic dentistry options can help patients overcome serious oral health problems, like worn enamel, while also providing the ultimate boost to your confidence.
Our Oregon City dental office is a leader in giving patients minimally invasive teeth-whitening and porcelain veneers that last for years. Our veneers require little preparation of the tooth and do not fade or stain with time. Veneers are great options for patients struggling with chips, cracks, heavy stains, or even misshapen teeth.
We hope that you will review the rest of our website and read about our comprehensive services. If you’re ready to start your treatment with our office, fill out the online appointment form or give us a call at 503-656-8250.
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