Winsted Dental

Kenneth D. Ness, DDS
Todd A. Brewer, DDS
Charles E. Toews, DDS

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What We Provide

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• Education
• Comprehensive exam with oral cancer screening
• Cleaning and oral care instructions
• Tooth whitening
• Periodontal (infection on the gum, bones and ligaments) treatment
• Composite/tooth colored fillings
• Root canals
• Veneers and bonding
• Porcelain and gold (tooth colored) crowns
• Extractions (including wisdom teeth)
• Bridges and dentures
• Implant restorations
• Comprehensive aesthetic (cosmetic) dentistry
• Emergency treatment
• Six Month Smile

Education – We ask our patients for permission to tell them everything we see going on in their mouth. They have our permission to ask us any questions about how it got that way, how it can be treated, how it can be prevented, how much it will cost and if there are alternative treatments. We look inside the mouth and realize there are people attached to what we see. They need to make the most informed decision they can for themselves and their household and we respect whatever they decide for their oral health once they have that information. In addition, the clinic utilizes one visual system: "Casey" to help the patient understand the proposed treatment.

Comprehensive exam with oral cancer screening – The doctors will do a thorough evaluation of your teeth, gums and jaw joints. This typically requires a current Full Mouth Series of x-rays. If you have not had one within the last 3-5 years, we will take one as needed. If you have a history of TMJ problems and are still having problems, they will let you know if you need a more extensive evaluation. If there are concerns about possible oral cancer, they will refer you to a specialist immediately. In additon to an oral cancer screening, they evalutate for TMJ, look for periodontal disease, tooth decay (cavitites), mal-occlusions, discuss snoring, teeth clenching, and broxism (teeth grinding).

Cleaning and oral care instructions – It is clinically proven that the majority of people need to have their teeth cleaned every six months in order to keep the naturally occurring bacteria under control. One of our registered clinical staff will clean and polish your teeth and examine the health of your gum tissues and bone levels. You will be shown specific areas of concern through an examination as well as the use of an intra-oral camera. Oral care skills will be taught to help our patients take control of the challenging areas to prevent gum disease from setting in.

Tooth whitening – We have in-office and at-home tooth whitening available. Tooth whitening is a procedure that brightens teeth that are discolored, stained or have darkened due to injury. Chair side bleaching takes from 30 minutes to an hour per visit. A chemical solution is applied to the teeth. A special light may be used at intervals to help activate the bleaching agents. Two or more sessions, one week apart may be required. With in-home bleaching your dentist makes a custom fitted tray that holds the bleaching gel. The tray is worn during the day or at night for about two weeks. The length of time may vary depending on the patient's teeth or the doctor's recommendations. Periodic touch-ups may be needed. It is not uncommon to have tooth sensitivity during either chair-side or at-home bleaching. Professional bleaching is about 80% more effective than over-the-counter methods.

Periodontal (gum disease) treatment – Periodontal disease is infection of the gum, bone and ligaments around the tooth. Our doctors and hygienists are trained in diagnosing and treating gum disease. If periodontal treatment is needed, they will explain what it is, how it happens, how to get rid of it and keep the gums and bone healthy. They will prepare a printout of a specific treatment plan for the level of disease an individual patient has. Sometimes it may require the services of a specialist and they can also refer the patient in the right direction.

Composite (tooth-colored) fillings – The Doctors provide both types of fillings, depending on your preferences and your budget. They will discuss the features of each type if you ask for more information.

Root canals – Root canal treatment usually involves the removal of the tooth's pulp, a soft tissue inside the tooth that contains blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. Once removed, it is replaced with material that seals off the root canal from the surrounding tissues. Even if the pulp in one of your teeth becomes injured or infected, the tooth often can be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. When the pulp is injured or infected and unable to repair itself, it loses its vitality. The most common causes of pulp death are a cracked tooth, a deep cavity, complications involving large dental restorations or traumatic injury to the tooth, all of which can allow bacteria to enter into the pulp . Treatment involves one or more visits. There are several steps in the process of endodontic treatment that your general dentist will perform to save your tooth. A tooth with a root canal filling can provide years of service similar to adjacent teeth that have not been treated. Oral hygiene and regular dental exams will help you keep and maintain healthy teeth, whether or not they are endodontically treated.

Porcelain veneers, composite bonding veneers, and Lumineers – Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain that is applied to the front of a tooth to improve its position, size, color and shape. These restorations are a very long lasting aesthetic solution. Bonding is applying composite resin bonding material to chipped, stained or worn teeth. This is a lower cost way to restore or enhance your smile.

Lumineers are an excellent way to redesign and reshape your entire mouth. Veneers are a very thin ceramic shell that covers your existing tooth structure. In placing these new Lumineers on your teeth, you are able to fix the look of issues such as staining, cracked teeth, spaces, misaligned teeth, chipped teeth and many other issues.

In terms of the process to place Lumineers, it is a process that takes approximately two to three visits. In the first visit, we will discuss the new shape and look of what we are going to accomplish by placing the veneers. Once we have put a plan in place, we will carefully prepare the teeth for the placement of the new Lumineers. As we complete this piece of the process, the next step is to take an impression of the newly prepared teeth. This impression will be sent to our laboratory for the final product to be fabricated. We only utilize the highest standard laboratory for fabrication of all of our work. This process at the laboratory takes between 10-14 days.

As the Lumineers are finalized, we will make every effort to make sure that your new Lumineers will feel just like your natural teeth. We will bond them into place ensuring that you can enjoy your new smile for a very long time!

Porcelain and gold crowns – Crowns are similar to veneers, except they are placed over the entire tooth. A crown's purpose is to strengthen or improve the appearance of a tooth. A crown is placed for a number of reasons: to support a large filling; to protect weak teeth from fracturing; to cover badly shaped or discolored teeth; to attach to a bridge or to cover a dental implant. Crowns are made from three different materials: porcelain fused to metal; all porcelain/ceramic; or gold. Your dentist will discuss which material works best for you and your mouth. Several steps are involved in placing a crown. Usually two dental visits are required. The main goal of your dentist is to create crowns that look like natural teeth. We now offer Digital Impression CLICK HERE.

Extractions – Teeth that are beyond repair and teeth that can cause potential problems such as wisdom teeth and teeth causing crowding are surgically removed.

Bridges and dentures – bridges are generally made of porcelain or a composite material, and are used to replace missing teeth. Bridges are placed on the neighboring teeth so they span the site of the missing tooth/teeth. There are two types of bridges-fixed and removable. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dentist. Removable partials or dentures may not be as desirable as fixed bridges and are generally not as stable. Your appearance, dental health and the proper functioning of your mouth are all important reasons for wearing a bridge. Your teeth work together to help chew, speak, sing and smile. If your teeth are missing, it can be difficult to do these things. Fortunately, missing teeth can be replaced and you can restore your oral health and your smile with a fixed bridge or partial denture.

Implants – Dental implants replace missing teeth. They are fixtures that are inserted into underlying bone to serve as the base for an artificial tooth. They are metal posts or frames that are surgically placed beneath your gums. After placement, the bone fuses to the implant in your jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. Replacement teeth are then mounted to the implant. One key advantage of implants is that they offer stable support to artificial teeth. This secure fit also helps replacement teeth feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures. Implant placement involves more than one oral surgery, so candidates must be in overall good health. Candidates need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. Meticulous oral hygiene and regular visits are crucial to the long-term success of the dental implant.

Invisalign technology uses computer imaging, with a treatment plan from the Doctor, to create a series of clear aligners that the patient wears when not eating or drinking. Each stage of the straightening process uses a new set of aligners, which the patient can insert and remove as necessary. Visits to the office can be as few as one per month for the Doctor to check progress, make adjustments, and/or insert a new set of aligners.

Comprehensive esthetic (cosmetic) dentistry – See Cosmetic Dentistry section CLICK HERE.

Emergency treatment – See the Emergency Policy CLICK HERE.

Six month smile is for adults with crooked, spaced, or misaligned teeth. Using clear braces to gently straighten and align teeth, the average time most people wear braces is just 6 months, however, treatment time can range from 6-9 months. Six month smile clear braces are safe and comfortable. It provides quick results because they only move the teeth that show when you smile.