Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
1729 W. Harvard Ave, Suite #1 | Roseburg, OR 97471
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Quality Dental Treatments
The staff and dentist at the office of Dr. Alexis A. Atchinson are dedicated to providing you with the highest level of dental care in Roseburg, OR. Our goal is to provide you and your family with quality dental health care, and make sure you are knowledgeable and well-informed about your oral health. Dr. Alexis believes in providing patients of all ages with personalized, comprehensive treatment plans for each patient, to help them understand their oral health.
Helping you and your family achieve healthy, confident, and beautiful smiles is our top priority. We are proud to provide the following dental health service.
Research is finding links between your oral health and systemic (whole body) health.
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Dental cleanings are completed by dental hygienists and typically last 45-60 minutes. Depending on your dental health, cleanings are performed every 3, 4, or 6 months. Cleanings remove calculus and plaque build-up. If plaque goes undetected, it can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. Our hygienists are gentle and caring and understand each patient has different needs.
Good general health is connected to your oral health. During a routine dental exam, your dentist will check for symptoms of other medical conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, diabetes, and hormonal irregularities. In addition, receiving regular dental exams are vital to preventing gum disease, tooth decay, and other conditions affecting your mouth.
A comprehensive dental exam includes taking x-rays to check for cavities, checking jaw joints, and an examination of your mouth and surrounding tissues. We will also check for precancerous or cancerous lesions, gum disease, and oral sores.
If you have a tooth that has broken or developed decay, it is possible to restore it with a simple filling. After removing decay, your dentist uses composite or tooth colored material to fill the tooth. This material is layered into the tooth and then cured with an intense visible light. The final surface is shaped and polished to match the rest of the tooth, and since the material matches your natural tooth color, it is virtually undetectable.
Digital x-rays use 80% less radiation, save time, and allow your dentists to gain valuable knowledge about your mouth and teeth. It reveals information not visible during a routine dental exam. This information is utilized by your dentist to detect any dental abnormalities and then help create an accurate treatment plan that addresses your needs.
There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of gum disease. These include: stress, poor nutrition, pregnancy, genetics, smoking, pregnancy, poor oral hygiene, puberty, and diabetes. Periodontal Disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in American adults. It can result in jaw bone deterioration. You may have gum disease if your gums are swollen, tender to the touch, or appear red.
To treat infected pockets of your mouth, we use gentle, soft-tissue laser treatments. This can help remove the disease and restore healthy gums. Minimal bleeding and reduced trauma to patients are among the many advantages to this treatment.
To help seal out food and plaque, sealants are applied to teeth with deep grooves in them. This treatment can be used on both baby and permanent molars. This helps create a smoother surface and a barrier against food particles and decay-causing bacteria. Sealants are made of a flowable resin that protects the deep grooves in teeth where toothbrushes cannot always clean. Both children and adults can benefit from this dental procedure, as the resin can last for up to 10 years.
We offer a range of dental services to help repair your smile, especially if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your smile or have missing teeth. Maintaining and achieving a healthy smile can increase your confidence and boost your self-esteem. Cosmetic and restorative dental treatments can complement your oral health habits and bring your smile to the next level of radiance.
Our cosmetic and restorative dental procedures include:
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When a tooth is severely damaged, has suffered advanced decay, has a broken cusp, and can no longer be filled with bonding material, a crown is necessary.
Crowns are necessary when a tooth cannot be repaired with bonded filling materials due to advanced decay, a broken cusp, or severe damage. A crown can be made from several materials and covers the remaining tooth structure. This helps restore strength, function, and esthetics to a tooth. Together with you, your dentist will discuss the available options and what type of crown best fits the area of the mouth you need restored.
When tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury, a dental bridge can be utilized. If not corrected, tooth loss can create greater problems for your dental health. The tooth or teeth next to the missing tooth can shift, which results in discomfort, pain and bite or TMJ issues. In addition, it can be unsightly. Bridges help your dentist close any gaps in your mouth. A dental bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth, as it is permanently cemented in your mouth.
Dentures may be a good option for patients who want to restore a healthy, natural looking smile after losing teeth. For patients who are missing all of their teeth, complete dentures are used. Partial dentures are available to those who still retain some of their natural teeth. Both types of dentures help restore function, beauty, and health to a patient’s smile. Your dentures will be custom-made to fit comfortably and snugly within your mouth, and can help restore the ability to speak and eat. In addition, they can help prevent facial sagging when they are properly placed.
Porcelain veneers are custom-made laminates applied directly to a patient’s teeth. Veneers look and feel like normal teeth, which makes them an ideal choice for correcting misalignments and improving your smile. This treatment is also an excellent option for patients who are looking for an option that is resistant to discoloration from dental bleaching. It is also a good option for patients who want to close gaps between teeth. A small amount of tooth enamel is typically removed in order to fit the veneers onto your teeth, which makes it an often irreversible treatment option.
Dental bleaching or teeth whitening provides patients with a simple, non-invasive option for enhancing the brightness of their smile. Together with you, our staff will determine which whitening option best suits your needs and current oral health. Soon after you start treatment, you will start to notice a brighter and whiter smile. Our whitening services can help reduce the discoloring effects of coffee, tea, smoking, and even aging.
For patients who need to correct chipped or misaligned teeth, cosmetic bonding is an option. During this procedure, liquid resin is used to rebuild and reshape the surface of a tooth. It can be completed in one office visit and is an affordable alternative to porcelain veneers. When properly cared for, cosmetic bonding can last 3 to 5 years.
While tooth extractions are a last resort, it can help some patients return to optimal health. You and your dentist will discuss the various treatment options and if an extraction is the best option, your doctor will determine the best way to replace the tooth. This helps prevent problems with the surrounding teeth.
When a tooth is affected by severe trauma or an infection reaches the pulp of a tooth, a root canal may be needed. The pulp is the living tissue inside of a tooth. To restore your dental health and save the tooth, the pulp, bacteria, nerves and any decay must be removed. To bring the tooth back to full function, the resulting space is filled with medicated material.
For patients missing teeth from extractions or decay, dental implants provide a great restoration option. Implants consist of metal posts or frames which are surgically inserted into the bone beneath the gums. In order to be a viable candidate for this procedure, a patient must have sufficient bone structure to support the posts.
After the posts have been placed, they fuse to the jawbone, and provide replacement teeth, custom crowns, or prosthetics with an effective foundation. After the replacement option has been mounted, the function and aesthetics of the teeth and mouth improve.
For more information about our dental healthcare services, please contact us today at 541-673-0131. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome you to our patient family.
For me, it's always been hard to imagine the word “fun” ever existing anywhere near the same sentence as the word “dentist” Dr. Alexis has changed that completely! She is professional and extremely talented, but also so friendly and FUN! I would recommend her every time, best dentist ever!
Dr. Alexis Atchinson is very professional. She is thorough but gentle, which is so important to me. She explains just what is needed in terms anyone can understand, and answers questions happily. I would highly recommend Dr. Alexis to anyone in need of an outstanding dentist.
- Anne Marie