Below is a list of services we provide. You may click on any of the services for a short description of the treatment.

Preventive

Dental cleanings are the gentle removal of plaque, calculus and stains from the tooth structures. They are intended to removal irritants from the teeth. Regular cleanings help keep gums healthy and teeth cavity-free. A dental cleaning includes removal of tartar and plaque and having the teeth polished to remove stains and further buildups of plaque that are not removed when regular tooth brushing is performed.

Regular cleanings from the dentist, together with regular brushing and flossing can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Fluoride is a mineral that is found naturally in water and many foods. Fluoride builds up teeth’s strength against the acids that cause cavities and tooth decay. The ADA (American Dental Association) encourages fluoride treatment, stating that professional fluoride treatments are beneficial and are best utilized as part of a comprehensive preventive program in the dental home.
Dental sealants are a safe resin material applied to the surfaces of teeth (commonly permanent molars) to prevent cavities. Sealants fill in the crevices of a tooth and “seal” off the tooth from cavity causing agents like food and plaque. The teeth are prepped for the sealant application and the sealant is painted directly on the chewing surface of the teeth and then hardens. Sealants are applied in one visit.
Our philosophy for keeping your mouth and teeth, as well as your whole body, healthy is to:

  1. Prevent chronic degenerative diseases
  2. Treat the causes, not just the symptoms

We want to work with you in a co-theraputic role, without invasive techniques or environmentally harmful chemicals. We do keep current with, and use, advanced technologies, but we also recommend alternative therapies that have been successful for centuries, such as nutrition, meditation, homeopathy, vitamin supplementation, and acupuncture.

Here are some of the ways we serve you holistically:

Recommending PH testing and Alkaline Diet

Alkaline body balance promotes health, minimized inflammation, and harmful bacterial growth.  Dietary products that will work to restore your acid alkaline balance are available in our office.

Recommending Supplements

The right nutrition is necessary to support healthy growth and repair. We will be happy to make recommendations regarding multivitamin and mineral supplements.

Using Homeopathic Remedies

All of the following work wonders in the context of dentistry:

  • Arnica Traumeel™ for First Aid
  • Chamomile for Teething
  • Aconite, Gelsenium, and Rescue Remedy™ for Anxiety Control (for those nervous about their dental appointment)

Employing Tooth and Gum Tonic and Toothpaste

Introducing antibacterial and herbal products for fresh breath and healthy gums. Please ask for more information about the herbal products we endorse.

Using plain Anesthetics

Anesthetics free of preservatives, with no chemical burn, and they minimize your chance of immune reactivity.

Testing for Biocompatibility

All materials we use in your mouth are tested for biocompatibility so you will experience no allergies or reactions.

Diagnostic

An oral evaluation is recommended every six (6) months to prevent cavities and other dental problems. During an oral evaluation a thorough examination is done to check the hard and soft tissues of the mouth.

During this evaluation, Dr. Bush will review the major keys to prevention:

  • Proper brushing and flossing
  • Toothpastes and Rinses
  • Diet and Nutrition
Oral cancer affects thousands of Americans yearly. We use the latest technology to detect changes in oral tissue consistencies and/or lesions. A UV light is shined into the mouth to detect unhealthy tissue. Healthy tissue looks lighter under the light while spots of bad tissue appear dark. With early detection, cancer may be caught before it has time to spread, potentially saving lives.
An Xray is an image or picture produced on a radiation sensitive film, phosphorous plate, emulsion or digital sensor by exposure to ionizing radiation. Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and check the progress of previous procedures. Latest technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by the dentist and the patient. For patients with gag issues, our X-ray machine allows us to take out of mouth bitewing X-rays, as well as panoramic X-rays.
With this latest technology, cavities that are not yet visible to the naked eye can be detected using a specific wavelength of light. This technology enables dentists to practice minimally invasive dentistry by providing a better possibility of diagnosing this disease at an early stage.

Restorative

Tooth-colored fillings are the most lifelike material used to fill cavities. Composite fillings are safe, shaded to match the color of the tooth and can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, it is filled with this composite material and left to harden immediately afterwards.
A dental crown is an artificial replacement that restores missing tooth structure by surrounding the remaining coronal tooth structure after the decay is removed from the tooth. Crowns are necessary when the tooth is broken down to the point where a filling won’t be effective. In order to effectively place a crown, tooth structure may be taken away to help create an esthetically pleasing fit.
Bridges replace missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. A false tooth is held in place by being attached to a neighboring tooth. In order to fabricate a bridge, crowns are made for the teeth on either side of the space and a false tooth is placed in between the crowns, as a support.
Dental implants and mini-implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used to compensate for tooth loss. The result is not only an enhanced smile, but also a more youthful appearance, since missing teeth cause the face to collapse, making you look older.
An extraction is the process of removing a tooth or tooth parts. To perform an extraction, the area is anesthetized to minimize discomfort and the tooth is then rocked back and forth until it is removed from its socket.
Our primary goal is to save your natural teeth whenever possible. When root canal therapy is performed, the pulp chamber of the tooth is removed and then filled with a suitable filling material. Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. People have anywhere from 1 to 4 canals in a tooth. Extra canals may branch out and are called “accessory canals.” The number of canals and anatomy of a tooth can vary.

Aesthetic

An inlay or onlay is a partial crown restoration that can be placed when there is not sufficient tooth structure to support a filling, but not quite large enough to require a crown. They are made of a composite or porcelain that aesthetically replaces the missing tooth structure. Once the restoration is created in dental lab, it will be fitted and bonded into place by Dr. Bush.
Cosmetic bonding is the process of filling or restoring teeth with a tooth-colored material in order to maintain its natural appearance. In order to bond a tooth, tooth colored material is added to the tooth to build it up.
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. There are two different ways to achieve a desired whiter smile, In-Office Bleaching and At-Home Bleaching.

In-Office Bleaching usually requires only one office visit. A protective gel or a rubber shield is placed over the gums to protect the soft tissue. A bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a laser light is then used to enhance the action of the whitening agent .

At-Home bleaching requires an impression of the teeth to be taken to make a customized mouth guard to hold the whitening gel, containing carbide peroxide, against the teeth. Once the mouth guard is made, it is worn for a period of time, as instructed by our office. The amount of time may vary from a couple hours a day, or all night, for up to four weeks or longer, if desired.

Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. To place a veneer, a very small amount of the original tooth enamel must be removed. Afterwards, an adhesive layer is placed between the slightly prepped tooth and the veneer. The adhesive layer is then hardened with a curing light, bonding the veneer to the tooth.
Mini Dental Implants (MDI) are a cost-effective treatment procedure also known as a Denture Stabilization System.

The MDI system consists of a miniature titanium implant that acts as a retaining fixture and is incorporated into the base of your denture, false tooth, or bridge. The procedure generally takes just over 1 hour. It is a one step procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery with no sutures. This system is especially effective on the lower dentures and can eliminate the traditional slipping or discomfort associated with tradtional dentures.

Benefits of Mini-Dental Implants

  • Smaller and thinner than a regular dental implant
  • Less invasive and faster healing
  • No adhesives or pastes needed
  • Improved bone retention
Dental implants are artificial tooth root replacements that are used to compensate for tooth loss. The result is not only an enhanced smile, but also a more youthful appearance, since missing teeth cause the face to collapse, making you look older.
Smile makeovers involve an assessment of your smile esthetics in order to improve its overall appearance. Your smile makeover make consist of one or more cosmetic procedures, such as dental veneers, dental implants, gingival sculpting, and teeth whitening. Dr. Bush will work with you to create a plan that will provide the beautiful smile you desire.
Full Mouth Reconstruction is a multi-step process involving many different types of cosmetic dentistry procedures to improve both the health and the appearance of your smile.

Depending on the degree of tooth damage, any of the following dental treatments may be used:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental implants
  • Tooth bonding
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Dental bridges
  • Orthodontics
  • Periodontal Treatments
  • Endodontic Treatments

After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Bush will create a step by step treatment plan for your reconstruction. The specific order of treatments will be outlined and explained during the evaluation.

Full mouth reconstruction can require multiple visits to the dentist office and can possibly take as long as 12 months. But at the end of this process, your mouth work better and look and feel great!

Periodontics

Cosmetic Periodontal Surgery includes, but is not limited to Crown Lengthening, Soft Tissue Grafts, and Bone Grafting. These procedures can enhance your smile by correcting problems like long or short teeth, uneven gum line, receding gums, exposed roots, and indentations in the gums or jawbone.
Is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.

Orthodontics

Dr. Bush is a Preferred Provider of the Invisalign® system.

Straightening crooked or misaligned teeth has traditionally involved wearing a set of uncomfortable metal braces for years. However, with Invisalign®, you wear a series of clear aligners that are undetectable. Dr. Bush works with an orthodontist to fit you for a custom set of the comfortable, removable aligners. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements your dentist or orthodontist plans out for you. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete. You’ll achieve a great smile with little interference in your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth.

Removable Prosthetics

A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth. There are two types of dentures, complete (full) and partial dentures.

Complete (Full) Dentures are made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. The denture includes an acrylic base that is custom made in the dental laboratory and are made to look like natural gums, which sits over the gums or can be anchored to dental implants.

Removable Partial Dentures are made only when a few teeth need to be replaced. The removable partial denture either attaches to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that is attached to the teeth on both sides of the partial denture. Partial dentures can be removable or they can be anchored in place by attaching them to dental implants. Removable partial dentures can be supported in place by attaching them to dental implants when wearing them during the day.

Botox® and Juvederm®

Dentists are recognized as being one of the most suitable professionals to administer Botox® treatment because of their comprehensive knowledge of facial structure.
With noticeable results without surgery or recovery time, there are many reasons why Botox® Cosmetic treatments could be right for you. Botox® offers noticeable changes to your appearance without surgery or recovery time, and is ideal for erasing facial lines on the forehead and around the eyes, leaving you looking more youthful and feeling more beautiful. It can also be used to treat migraine headaches, TMJ/TMD pain and pain from grinding teeth.
Juvederm® is an FDA Approved gel filler that adds volume to correct age related changes in the skin. Smoothing lines around the nose and mouth, one treatment of Juvederm® can offer natural looking results for up to a year.

TMJ and Sleep Apnea

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is similar to a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement.

Some TMJ symptoms:

Headaches
Stiffness
Ear pain
Bite problems
Clicking sounds
Locked jaws

To treat TMJ disorders, first the cause has to be identified. Some causes of TMJ include:  teeth grinding or clenching, habitual gum chewing, misalignment of the teeth and stress. In less severe cases, TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using heat or ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (preventive appliances, anti-inflammatory medications, Botox injections, stabilization splints). In severe cases, surgical treatments (jaw joint replacements) may be necessary.

TMJ conditions fall into three main categories:

  • Myofascial pain which involves discomfort or pain in the muscles that control jaw function.
  • Internal derangement of the joint that can mean a displaced disc, dislocated jaw, or injury to the condyle.
  • Arthritis which is degenerative inflammatory disorder.
Sleep apnea is a very common, sometimes life threatening disorder that is characterized by excessive snoring or and/or pauses in breathing while you sleep.

Sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts sleep. When breathing is paused or becomes shallow, one will often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep, making the quality of sleep poor.

Symptoms of sleep apnea include headaches, restless sleep and fatigue. Left untreated, it can lead to more serious health risks such as heart problems, stroke, gastric reflux, depression, stress, anxiety, etc…

For mild sleep apnea, a custom fitted mouth piece or some lifestyle changes (weight loss, smoking cessation, clearing nasal passages) may be helpful.

Sleep apnea appliance therapy involves the selection, fitting and use of a specially designed oral appliance that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep. Very effective at opening the airway, a sleep apnea appliance is easier to manage than a CPAP machine and can be an excellent alternative to surgery.  These appliances can provide a more restful night’s sleep, improving overall health.

Removable Appliances

A removable acrylic appliance intended to relieve temporomandibular joint pain and other effects of clenching and grinding the teeth (bruxism). Usually worn at night to prevent clenching and grinding during sleep.
This removable appliance is used to protect the teeth and gums during athletic activities. After creating an impression of your mouth, we will create a unique mouth guard that will provide superior protection and the most comfortable fit for your mouth.

Sedation Dentistry

Nitrous oxide, sometimes referred to as “laughing gas,” is an effective and safe sedation agent that is inhaled through a mask that fits over your nose to help you relax. Mixed with oxygen, Nitrous oxide allows you to breathe normally through your nose and within minutes you should start to feel the effects. You may feel light-headed or a tingling in your arms and legs. Some patients comment that their legs and arms feel heavy. Ultimately, you should feel comfortable and calm. The effects of nitrous oxide wear of quickly after the small mask is removed. Talk to the doctor about whether nitrous oxide would be a good option for you.
Local anesthesia is the elimination of sensation/feeling, especially pain, in one part of the mouth by the topical application or injection of a local anesthetic drug.