Comprehensive Restorative Dentistry to Repair Your Smile

Dental Implants

Dental implants are used to permanently support multiple types of restorations. The titanium posts are surgically placed in the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots. The first phase of your treatment will consist of implant placement. After you have healed, Dr. Salm can attach a custom-designed crown, bridge, or denture. With proper care, your implants can last the rest of your life.

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Same-day Crowns

We offer same-day crowns made with CEREC® technology. These restorations are natural-looking, and often preserve more of your original tooth structure than traditional crowns. The CEREC® milling machine uses custom, computerized designs to fabricate your restoration from a solid piece of ceramic. Dr. Salm can place CEREC® crowns in just a few hours, eliminating the need for multiple appointments and temporary crowns.

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Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is a restoration made from multiple fused crowns. It fills the space left by missing teeth, and restores your dental function. Traditional bridges rely on nearby teeth for support. We also offer implant-supported bridges. With CEREC®, we are able to provide same-day bridges, but we also offer lab-fabricated bridges. Bridges for back teeth are usually made in an external lab.

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Inlays and Onlays

Following treatment for large cavities on the chewing surfaces of molars, inlays and onlays are used to replace damaged tissue. If you have a cavity that is too large for a filling, they are a conservative alternative to a crown, which would require removing more tooth structure. We are often able to provide inlays and onlays during a single appointment using our CEREC® system.

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Dentures

Our office provides both full and partial dentures to restore your smile. These custom-crafted restorations are removable and far more lifelike than dentures of the past. However, if you are looking for superior support and durability, implant-supported dentures are the best choice. These permanent restorations can restore not only your smile, but your jawbone health as well.

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Root Canal Therapy

Infected teeth can often be saved through root canals, or endodontic treatment. Root canals involve treating the inside of your tooth, and removing the infected dental pulp. Dr. Salm performs this procedure on-site, and usually uses a rotary system. This system is more precise than traditional methods, and can often make the procedure quicker and less invasive. 

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Periodontal Care

If periodontitis, or gum disease, develops, Dr. Salm can address it with various treatments including scaling and root planing. This treatment eliminates bacteria you cannot reach, and smoothes your tooth roots to prevent plaque and bacteria from accumulating in the future. Dr. Salm may also apply Arestin®, a topical antibiotic.

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TMJ Treatment

Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) on either side of the jaw can become strained if your bite is misaligned. This can cause chronic pain, difficulty opening and closing your mouth, and other issues. Dr. Salm treats minor to moderate cases of TMJ disorder at his office. He usually treats TMJ disorder with a specialized mouthguard worn at night to relieve strain on your jaw. In more severe cases, he may refer you to a specialist. 

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Tooth Extraction

Dr. Salm views tooth extraction as a last resort, and will always try to save damaged teeth. However, if damage or decay is too extensive, extraction may the only option. In that case, Dr. Salm will ensure that your procedure involves minimal discomfort. For extractions, he administers local anesthesia and, if needed, nitrous oxide. He also explains all of your restoration options so that you can make informed decisions for future treatment.

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Full Mouth Reconstruction

If you require multiple treatments to restore your oral health, you may want to consider a full mouth reconstruction. This customized plan may include periodontal care to strengthen the foundation of your smile. Fillings, crowns, bridges, or dentures can strengthen and replace missing or damaged teeth. In some cases, minor surgery for bone grafting or implant placement might be recommended. Once strength, comfort, and function have been restored, patients often choose to include cosmetic treatments to improve aesthetics at the same time.

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Cosmetic White Fillings

Silver amalgam fillings restore strength to a damaged tooth, but these traditional restorations also detract from your smile. Dr. Salm prefers composite, tooth-colored fillings for their unrivaled aesthetics. Once any decay has been removed from your tooth, he will precisely match your enamel with a dental resin. The material will be placed, molded, hardened, and polished for a seamless finish. Tooth-colored fillings can be cared for just like your natural teeth. These restorations are durable and have been shown to last years longer than silver dental fillings. Some patients may also choose this treatment option to replace older silver fillings for a more natural appearance. 

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