Dr. Laurene Grabill performs various Dental Cosmetic Procedures. Click on the “Learn More” bar beneath each procedure to see before and after images and information about each one.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Learn More About Tooth Colored Fillings
When you need a small filling but don’t want ugly silver in your teeth, direct resin or white fillings are the way to go. Their most obvious advantage is beauty – a well-done white filling can be indistinguishable from the natural tooth. They have many advantages. White fillings can change the appearance of teeth, strengthen teeth, and more conservatively treat teeth – all things that silver fillings cannot do. White fillings are bonded to tooth structure – this means that they actually integrate with the tooth, thereby sealing the gap between tooth and filling and adding their strength to the tooth. This allows for the more varied uses of resin beyond just regular fillings – like placing thin layers over front teeth to change their color, shape or general appearance; or repairing small chips or fractures in teeth; or even being placed in the grooves of teeth to prevent decay from ever occurring. Bonded white fillings are an extremely beautiful advance in the creation of fantastic and healthy smiles.
Polaris Intraoral Camera
Learn More About Polaris Intraoral Camera
Polaris is the next generation of intraoral cameras that captures exceptionally sharp digital images. This camera takes pain- free, zero radiation images used as significant aids in diagnosis. It allows our patients to see magnified images of their teeth and participate in treatment diagnosis. Dr. Grabill can display digital images on the monitor and show the patient the areas of concern.
Learn More About Porcelain Crowns
A crown (sometimes referred to as a cap) is a permanent covering that fits over an existing tooth. A crown may be needed when a tooth is cracked, damaged, decayed, or when treated with a root canal. These crowns may be made of porcelain, gold, or a combination of these materials. Crowns may also be used for cosmetic purposes- to whiten, reshape, or realign the existing teeth.
Learn More About Endodontics
Endodontic treatment, commonly referred to as root canal therapy, deals with disorders of the dental pulp located inside the tooth structure. This soft tissue is located in canals in thin tube-like spaces in the roots of the tooth. If the pulp becomes diseased or injured, most likely caused by severe decay or very large fillings, it will become infected. A root canal will remove the diseased tissue and allow your body’s natural defense system to fight the infection. After the root canal, the tooth will typically need a crown restoration due to the large amount of natural tooth structure lost.
Full & Partial Dentures
Learn More About Full & Partial Dentures
When some or all of the natural teeth are missing, a denture may be the right option. The denture is a removable prosthetic device that replaces some or all of the teeth. The denture will also help to regain eating and speaking abilities, restore self esteem, and reintroduce support to lips and cheeks, often giving a more natural and younger appearance.
There are many different types of dentures, so a consultation is recommended to decide the best treatment for each individual.
Learn More About Implant Dentistry
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that a dentist places into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants are an ideal option if you have good general oral health and have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason. While high-tech in nature, dental implants are actually more tooth-saving than traditional bridgework since implants do not rely on neighboring teeth for support. Dental implants are so natural-looking and feeling you may forget you ever lost a tooth. You know that your confidence about your teeth affects how you feel about yourself, both personally and professionally. Perhaps you hide your smile because of spaces from missing teeth. Maybe your dentures don’t feel secure. Perhaps you have difficulty chewing. If you are missing one or more teeth and would like to smile, speak and eat again with comfort and confidence there is good news! Dental implants are teeth that can look and feel just like your own! Under proper conditions implants can last a lifetime. Make sure to ask us about any of your dental implant questions.
Learn More About Porcelain Veneers
Veneers are thin shells that permanently cover the front surface of the teeth. These are used to repair chips, change color, shape, size, or length of the existing teeth. Veneers can be made of porcelain or resin composite materials. Veneers are a good option for cosmetic dentistry because they only remove a small portion of the existing healthy teeth.
Learn More About Bridges
A bridge is a permanent device used to replace missing teeth. It consists of a pontic (piece replacing missing tooth) and two adjoining abutments (crowns attached on either side). This restoration is cemented into the mouth.Bridges are not only used to fill empty spaces, but also to prevent problems with other teeth. Spaces in the mouth, if left open, may cause existing teeth to shift, lead to malocclusion (bad bite), or jaw problems.
DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection
Learn More About DIAGNOdent Laser Cavity Detection
This instrument is completely SAFE AND PAIN FREE! Diagnosing cavities beneath the hard surfaces of the teeth can be challenging because the disease process can start through microscopic defects in the hard surface of the tooth and quickly spread into the softer inner tooth structure. The DIAGNOdent uses lasers to detect hidden decay before it destroys tooth structure (from the inside out). This unique instrument is a pen like probe that simply glides over the tooth surfaces, while constantly checking the health of the tooth. A number scale and an alarm signal the dentist or hygienist when there are signs of hidden decay. Dr. Grabill can then, with proper treatment, stop the spread of disease before it destroys your tooth from within.
Learn More About Snoring Appliances
DON’T LET SNORING RUIN YOUR LIFE!
Snoring negatively affects personal relationships and health. Snoring is debilitating to daily life. People who suffer from snoring take in reduced amounts of oxygen and, as a result, may complain of:
- Gasping, irregular or stopped breathing during sleep
- Chronic fatigue or falling asleep at inappropriate times
- Morning headaches or poor memory and mental performance
- Nighttime reflux, GERD, or morning heartburn
- Frequent need to urinate during the night (nocturia)
The health risks associated with snoring can be serious and may include:
- Cardiovascular disorders
- Heart failure
- Daytime fatigue
- Memory problems
Dr. Grabill treats patients for severe snoring with simple to use oral devices.
The Silent Nite Slide-Link device is our No. 1 prescribed snoring appliance and is also indicated for sleep apnea. The Silent Nite Slide- Link device prevents sleep disordered breathing by opening the airway to make breathing easier. There have been high success rates in preventing sleep disordered breathing, and it does not require additional parts or routine laboratory adjustments. The Silent Nite positions the lower jaw forward using special Slide Link connectors that are attached to upper and lower splints. These splints are comprised of a soft inner layer with a hard outer layer that is durable and BPA-free.
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