Charlottesville Dental Health Partners provides comprehensive oral care. Our services include both restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Whether you are seeking to maintain oral health, restore your teeth to their previously healthy state, or make an aesthetic change that improves the look of your smile, we are committed to clinical excellence.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE:
The first appointment for most adults is a comprehensive 60-90 minute examination in a relaxed, comfortable environment. This allows us time to get to know you, your dental history, concerns, and to explain the exam findings as well as appropriate treatment options. You have time to ask questions and learn about up-to-date procedures that are available to treat any of your concerns or needs. Treatment decisions are easier when you are well informed. This is the first step in our partnership with you toward achieving and maintaining dental health.
Not all patients fall into the twice a year “cleaning” appointment schedule. We customize a plan for you depending on your state of health. Some people may need only one appointment yearly, while other patients may require additional appointments at our office to maintain the health of their gums. A referral to a Periodontist (gum specialist) for more advanced care may be suggested as part of treatment. A plan specific to your needs will be established in collaboration with your Dentist and Dental Hygienist.
Dental Health Partners is available for emergency care during regular office hours. Patients of record have emergency access to the doctors after hours and on weekends and holidays.
Early preventive dental care is important for children. Care of primary teeth aids in the positioning of permanent teeth, and combating the number one childhood disease which is dental caries (decay). Age three is normal for a child’s first visit. We often recommend bringing a two-year-old with mom or dad to the parent’s normal visit to the hygienist. Children’s issues can be discussed and a quick “look-see” exam might be accomplished in the parent’s lap. This process helps the young ones become familiar with our dental office setting and look forward to coming in for a visit of their own.
CEREC computer-generated, all-porcelain restorations are made in one visit with this incredible technology. These bonded restorations (inlays, onlays, and partial crowns) strengthen the tooth while allowing for minimally invasive dentistry. They restore strength to the tooth by replacing missing tooth structure with a bonded enamel-like ceramic. Full crowns can also be done when a tooth is in need of more advanced care. Using porcelain as a “filling” material strengthens the tooth more and allows longer service.
Dental Health Partners has used forms of conservative sedation for over 30 years, helping patients overcome anxiety and fear concerning dental treatment. Nitrous Oxide, oral sedations options (pills),quiet private treatment rooms, Swedish foam chair pads, blankets, and a friendly, caring staff trained in the use of patient monitors allows you to relax while receiving your dental care.
Veneers can beautifully restore front teeth and smiles using porcelain or composite. Simple minimal prep veneers can cover discolored teeth and/or fill in small spaces. Lumineers was the first to embrace this conservative treatment choice. Our doctors have attended all the Lumineer courses including visiting their California facility and being taught by the dentist/creator of the Lumineer brand of veneers.
Lumineers may not be an ideal solution for every cosmetic situation. Traditional veneers with a modest preparation of the teeth can also provide a long lasting and beautiful result.
All options for restoring your smile will be presented as you partner with us in finding the best aesthetic plan for you.
The latest in porcelain and composite, as well as classic gold are available to restore teeth that are cracked, worn or heavily filled with silver-mercury amalgams. Small and medium size areas of decay are treated with composite (tooth colored filling). Porcelain inlays, onlays, and partial crowns are used when larger amounts of the tooth are missing. These “bonded” restorations help restore strength to the remaining tooth structures, helping to prevent tooth fracture and the need for crowns later in life.
Crowns are also placed on teeth that are in need of total support and coverage. Gold and the latest Zirconium and Emax porcelain provide long-lasting strong service for the compromised tooth.
Missing teeth can be replaced with a fixed cemented bridge using your remaining teeth or dental implants for support. All options will be presented at your comprehensive exam.
The last 25 years have seen continued development in the use of dental implants. No other area of dentistry has offered as many benefits for patients! Teeth can be replaced without having to involve any neighboring teeth. Dentures and partial dentures can be secured so well that you can eat comfortably and be confident when speaking, smiling, and being close to the people in your life. Dental Health Partners teams with the oral surgeon in coordinating all aspects of implant therapy from diagnosis and treatment planning to the final prosthetic result. Our in-house laboratory allows us to expedite your treatment by keeping much of the fabrication and maintenance procedures on site.
Mini implants can be placed and adapted to fit your present denture in one visit. These are often used in places where there has been more extensive bone loss. They provide denture stability and security instantly.
Dental Health Partners have 30 years experience serving routine and complex denture patients. If you have had trouble with dentures over the years, an evaluation here may help you resolve your difficulties. Our on-site laboratory has made processing and repairs of denture prosthesis’ convenient and easy. Our doctors have had advanced training in the Masaad and Turbyfill techniques for fabricating quality dentures.
Symptoms of “TMJ” can range from head and neck aches to popping and clicking when you open and close your mouth. Treatments can range from occlusal splints, night guards, bite adjustments and muscle-relaxing medications, depending on the nature and longevity of the problem. A thorough dental exam may reveal the cause of the symptoms. Often physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors and orthodontists are used in conjunction with our treatment plans. It is important to keep an open mind in treating the varied range of symptoms for this complex disorder. On occasion a referral to the Piper clinic in Florida has been used for the diagnosis and treatment of the most advanced temporal mandibular joint disorders (TMJ) that do not respond to the conservative measures we provide.