Committed To Preserving Your Natural Teeth And Gums
The best dental care is more than just diagnosing and treating disease and decay – it's a continued effort to promote healthy teeth and gums before problems arise.
- Complete oral examinations
- Oral cancer screens
- Digital and dental X-rays
- Professional teeth cleaning
- Periodontal Screenings
- Fluoride treatments
- Protective Sealants
Our patients receive regularly scheduled oral health exams and screenings. With the use of digital radiographs, we provide patients with highest quality diagnostic tools and the least possible amounts of radiation. In addition to diagnosing potential problems, we are also committed to patient education. We provide chair side lessons on home care to ensure our patients know the most efficient and effective techniques to care for their teeth and gums. Schedule your appointment today and see how our caring hygienists and dentists can not only give you a beautiful smile today, but teach you how to keep smiling for the years to come.
Prevention is the best medical care. Schedule your preventative dental appointment today and put our years of dedication to work for you and your smile.
We are pleased to be using the Dexis digital x-ray system - the highest quality digital x-ray system on the market. Digital x-rays give a more accurate diagnosis, quicker and with far less radiation.
An intraoral camera (IOC) is a camera about the size and shape of an oversized pen. Real-time video and color pictures taken by an IOC allow patients to see for themselves what is going on in their mouths and with their teeth and make informed decisions about what to do.
A panorex is an imaging machine that is capable of identifying many issues and structures that a normal x-ray is not. The Panorex will rotate around your entire head taking a full 360-degree view of the teeth, head, sinuses and bones.
This full view allows us to see any potential problems as it is capable of viewing specific types of structural problems, infections or asymmetry among many others. This way we can see if everything is as it should be.
Broken, discolored, and worn down teeth are all factors that can affect your appearance and create a negative impact on your teeth, bite, and jaw. Restorative dentistry is important to your oral health, and that's why at Shaftsbury Dental Center, we offer a wide variety of restorative dental options.
We are proud to offer the following restorative services:
- Aesthetic Fillings
- Dental Crowns
- Dental Bridges
- Dental Implants
Your smile is one of your greatest assets. At Shaftsbury Dental Center we offer a variety of cosmetic services that will not only enhance the look and feel of your smile, but also improve functionality. Our experienced dental team will happily work with you to create a comprehensive treatment plan to help you achieve all of your smile goals.
We offer the following cosmetic dentistry services:
- Dental Bonding
- Facial Aesthetics & TMJ Treatment
- Teeth Whitening
Endodontic therapy, or root canal procedure, involves removing the infected or dead dental pulp in the tooth and filling it to strengthen the tooth and restore functionality. Additionally, following root canal therapy, the tooth will need to be fitted with a new crown or cap, to protect the treated tooth.
Root canal treatment is completed in one or two office visits, depending on the presence of infection and the required treatment plan. After restoration, the tooth continues to function like any other tooth. With good oral hygiene, the restored tooth has the potential to last a lifetime.
Root canal therapy is necessary when decay, trauma, or infection causes such extensive damage to the tooth structure that the internal nerve of the tooth has become affected. The development of root canal therapy, however, allows the tooth to be preserved thus avoiding extraction of the tooth.
When it comes to your oral health, scheduling regular dental appointments, and maintaining a good at-home oral hygiene routine is key to a beautiful and healthy smile.
Shaftsbury Dental Center is proud to offer comprehensive dental services for all families in our community, such as:
- Dental checkups
- Dental cleanings
- Root canal therapy
Our Shaftsbury dentists provide oral surgery options to get your oral health back on track. Oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that deals with conditions of the jaw and mouth structures requiring a surgical procedure.
At Shaftsbury Dental Center, we feature the following oral surgery options:
- Wisdom Teeth Extraction
- Extraction Site Preservation
- Bone Grafting
Sealants are a great way to protect against tooth decay and cavities on your back teeth (molars). These are the teeth that are most vulnerable to cavities and decay because they are used in the chewing process, and are the most difficult to reach and clean. Molars first come in at around 5-7 years of age, with a second set coming in between the ages of 11-14. It is best to have a sealant placed when the molars first come in to ensure they are protected early. To place a sealant an adhesive is first applied to the teeth. The sealant is then placed over the adhesive as a liquid, as if it is painted right onto the tooth. The liquid then hardens and creates a barrier between your tooth and any plaque, food particles, and bacteria. Sealants last for about 10 years and can be reapplied if necessary.
Mouth guards are an essential piece of equipment in contact sports. They should be worn by athletes of all ages who participate in sports such as:
- …any sport where contact is a possibility.
Wearing a mouth guard helps prevent against structural damage to your teeth and jaw and also helps prevent injuries such as lacerations to your cheeks, tongue, and lips. Mouth guards have also been shown to help decrease the risk of concussions.
Mouth guards are available in most any sporting goods store, but you should be careful when purchasing a mouth guard. Mouth guards like this do not offer the best level of protection. They are also usually ill-fitting and uncomfortable.
For the highest level of comfort and protection, contact our office to schedule an appointment for your custom mouth guard fitting.. A custom mouth guard is created specifically for the optimal protection of YOUR mouth. It is created with thin plastic that is hardened to protect your teeth. The thinness of the custom mouth guard allows for easy breathing and also allows for easy communication (especially important for you star quarterbacks calling out the signals).
Contact us today for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.
From unbearable toothache to accidents involving damaged teeth, we offer immediate dental services in most cases. At Shaftsbury Dental Center, we make sure you get the emergency dental care you need to avoid any further damage. Complex dental procedures are carried out using state-of-the-art technology.
Emergency dental services include
- Cracked tooth
- Dental Trauma
CBCT (cone beam computed tomography) scans create accurate digital images of your teeth to aid in planning and performing your procedure. These scans take less than one minute and allow for a comfortable and non-intrusive experience. Our office utilizes Vatech Green, which produces 70 percent less radiation than previous CBCT models, protecting you and our dentist.
Guided Implant Surgery
Dental implants are the gold standard in restorative dentistry, but human error may lead to complications in your treatment. With guided implant surgery, our dentist utilizes advanced dental technology to efficiently place your implants. Guided implant procedures allow for more accurate results, giving you a sturdy implant restoration that can last a lifetime.
PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy, when performed in conjunction with bone grafting and lateral wall augmentation, allows for sturdier results and a reduced healing time. These procedures can help enhance and rebuild the jawbone structure while accelerating your body’s healing response. With PRP, you can receive your implant restoration sooner, thanks to a swifter recovery time.
Sleep apnea can make it nearly impossible to get the quality rest you need to face the day. This sleep disorder can also lead to health issues when left untreated, such as heart disease and hypertension. Additionally, symptoms like snoring, irritability, and difficulty focusing can impact all areas of your life, both personal and professional. Our sleep dentist can provide effective treatments for your sleep apnea symptoms to help you enjoy restful sleep and avoid future health complications.
Botox - Aesthetic and TMJ Treatments
Botox is a versatile procedure that can enhance your facial features and relieve jaw pain. Typically, Botox is used to help patients achieve smoother skin by eliminating wrinkles. This injectable treatment sends a signal for muscles to contract, helping to relax unsightly lines and alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorders.
Dermal Fillers - Facial and Lip Enhancement
Over time, our faces can lose volume, leading to cosmetic issues or a sunken appearance. Fortunately, injectable dermal fillers are ideal for patients looking to reduce the appearance of facial scars, wrinkles, and creases. This treatment can also help plump thin lips and fill out shallow contours, making for a more attractive and youthful appearance.
Our Rutland dentist can examine your face, neck, and jaw for TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders and recommend reliable treatments. Muscle relaxant therapy, for example, utilizes medications that can relieve jaw pain by decreasing muscle spasms and easing tension. We’re also able to create oral appliances that help comfortably reduce TMD symptoms by adjusting the resting position of the jaw.