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A Clean & Safe Practice

We go above and beyond the American Dental Association (ADA) and OSHA recommended standards for cleanliness and safety. Before your visit, we disinfect all of our equipment in a designated area with state-of-the-art sterilization technology. We also thoroughly sanitize each room between patients. We worry about the cleanliness of our office so you'll never have to.

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Is flouride safe for children?

Using flouride for the prevention and control of decay is proven to be both safe and effective.  A pediatric dentist conisders many factors before recommending a fluoride supplement.  Your child's age, risk of developing dental decay and dietary sources of fluoride.  Infant formulas contain different amounts of fluoride, as well as bottled, filtered, and well waters.  Your pediatric dentist can help determine if you child is receiving and not exceeding the recommended amount.

What are crowns and bridges?

Dental Crowns are routinely made for teeth that have broken, have had large portions destroyed by decay, or have had a root canal.  All of our crowns are metal free, and with our state of the art digital scanner, there is no longer a need for impressions.  Our crowns are tooth colored both inside and out, and made of ZIO (commercial grade diamond), and are stronger than tooth structure itself.

What are dental implants?

Nothing can take the place of natural teeth, but when disease or an accident ends in tooth loss, dental implants can be a wonderful alternative to partials or dentures.  If you are in good general helath, with healthy gums and a jawbone that can support an implant, this treatment may be an option for you.  Patients find that an implant is secure and stable, and an ideal replacement for their own teeth.  Dr. Bethke or Dr. Jan Bublik can help make the best decision for you.

What is in office sedation for young children?

Sedation is a technique to guide a child's behavior during dental treatment.  Various medications are used to help increase cooperation and reduce anxiety or discomfort associated with dental procedures.  The medications cause most children to become relaxed and drowsy.  Unlike general anesthesia used in hospital cases, sedation is not intended to make a patient unconscious or unresponsive. Sedation is used for a childs safety and comfort during dental procedures in office.  Sedation is safe and effective when administered by a pediatric dentist who follows the sedation guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentristry.

What is sleep apnea & snoring and how can they be helped?

Snoring and sleep apnea not only affect your ability to get deep, restful sleep, but it can disturb those around you, and more seriously, it can even become a life-threathening condition.  There are two types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea and centeral sleep apnea.  Dr. Bethke and Dr, Jan Bublik are  trained to determine what custom-fit appliance will help a patient with this disorder.  Impressions are taken in office and each device is customized at our lab resulting in a precise and comfortable fit.

What is the difference between regular x-rays and Digital x-rays and why are the necessary?

Digital x-rays require very low levels of radiation exposure compared to film x-rays. X-rays are necessary to determine decay between the teeth, periodontal disease, severe bone loss, unerupted teeth and abscesses. X-rays are generally taken only 1 time per year, unless a patient presents with discomfort and x-ray is needed to determine what is taking place.

When should my child have his/her first dental exam?

Getting an early start in regular dental care is important.  The first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than their first birthday.  You will receive information about early childhood caries, and a program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of diet. A pediatric dentist is also trained to help train care-givers of special needs children.

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