Oral health plays a direct role in your overall picture of health in many ways. For example, inflammation in the gums is linked to inflammation in other areas of the body and increases the risk of heart disease. Our approach to dentistry is comprehensive, taking into account a whole-body picture of health and developing a care plan that suits your individual needs. We are committed to ongoing training and education, combined with the most advanced technology available, so we can provide personalized treatment options and the highest level of dental care.
Our ultimate goal is to identify your personal risk factors and prevent disease before it has a chance to develop. A thorough risk assessment and proper diagnosis is essential to give you the confidence in making the best decisions for your health. That’s why the questions on our medical and dental forms were carefully designed to help us determine your present and future risks. It’s also why your initial visit with us will probably be quite different from the quick check-ups you’ve had in the past. This first visit is about gathering the data. First, we will gather the necessary data and analyze it, and then we will talk about treatment options. We believe this approach allows you to make the best decisions for yourself.
At your scheduled office check-ups, we will clean the tarter from above and below your gum line as well as polish your teeth to remove surface staining. We will perform an oral cancer screening and assess you for periodontal (gum) disease. X-rays are periodically used to help us detect early signs of cavity formation and bone loss.
Teeth that are grooved or pitted are at a higher risk of developing cavities and decay. In those cases, we sometimes use dental sealants as a preventative measure. Sealants provide a protective resin coating that reduces the risk of decay on the chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants cost less than a filling and therefore can save you money (and tooth structure!) in the long run.
How you take care of your teeth at home is also very important. We will work with you to create a personalized at-home care plan to keep your teeth and gums healthy in between office visits. We will also offer innovative products and techniques to keep your smile in tip top shape.
Treating dental issues early is always easier and less costly than treating them after they have developed over time. We strive to do it right the first time so that your dentistry will last as long as possible. Sometimes treating teeth individually, one at a time, is not the best option. Sometimes more complex solutions are needed. Don’t feel bad or anxious if you have more complex dental problems. We are here to help and provide long-lasting solutions. We want to promptly repair and correct any dental issues that arise to restore your health and smile – functionally and aesthetically.
Dr. LeVos is passionate about ongoing dental education courses and certifications. He keeps himself and his team up-to-date on the latest research, and he uses dental products with the best scientific support, not products with the biggest marketing budgets. The vast majority of continuing education Dr. LeVos attends is free from corporate sponsorship.
Some of our restorative dental procedures include the following:
Fillings replace small to moderate amounts of decayed or missing tooth structure, allowing you to preserve more of your natural tooth. We offer several types of restorative options, both indirect materials (made outside your mouth by our ceramist) and direct materials (layered and sculpted directly on your tooth), including tooth-colored fillings that closely match the shade of your natural tooth.
Crowns and bridges are used when a tooth or teeth are broken down or decayed enough that a filling won’t solve the issue. A crown covers and restores your tooth to its normal function. A bridge is crowns connected to a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches to your teeth and cannot be removed.
Implants are ideal when you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth. Implants can support a single tooth or a complete upper or lower set of teeth. More info.
Root canal therapy can save teeth that have deep decay, traumatic injuries, or infections that have reached the roots. More info.
Tooth extractions provide relief if you are suffering from cracked, damaged, or severely decayed teeth when root canal therapy isn’t effective or isn’t an option. More info.
Dentures are removable appliances that can restore the appearance of your smile and restore function in your mouth. We specialize in creating life-like, natural-looking dentures. A denture is a smile makeover, and we want your denture to enhance and fit your face. We are happy to discuss how implants can make your denture more secure. More info.
We have a trusted team of partners in the dental and medical community. If you are in need of care that is not performed in our office, we will refer you to one of our team members. We believe the best outcomes result from interdisciplinary care that is carefully coordinated. We are proud to work with some of the best oral surgeons, ENT surgeons, oral myologists, orthodontists, laboratory technicians, and ceramists in the country. Whether you are being treated in our office or elsewhere, we want to see you receive the very best care.