We are currently accepting new patients!
You are probably wondering why we have opened this webpage with a picture of a pair of worn out shoes, rather than a brilliant smile!
We decided to start with this perspective because it illustrates the fact that your teeth are often like a good old pair of shoes - comfortable - but slowly, slowly deteriorating under the strain of normal wear and tear.
Just like a pair of shoes, the decline is often undetectable until something goes dramatically wrong: a broken molar, a chipped front tooth, a painful jaw, or you see a photo of yourself with a darker smile than you remember. Hopefully, we have structured our website to give you the courage and information you need to get started on attaining your healthiest possible smile.
Here's the first big question: Do you want to keep your teeth your whole life? It won't happen by accident. It will take a "Maintenance Mindset". I hate to use car analogies, but they generally ring true for your teeth,.. So here goes: Your teeth start out like a finely tuned automobile,.... let's say a Volvo. But what you end up with after many years, is not a given. As with any good machine, you might get "300,000 miles", but not without attention to details like scheduled maintenance and timely repairs. It's as simple as that.... The guy who waits until the car is broken down on the highway, rarely gets to his destination as planned. And so it goes with your teeth. If you want to keep your teeth your whole life, it's only possible if you can find a dental office that feels like your partner in that goal.
Here's the second big question: If someone told you that the car you are driving today, had to last you the rest of your life,... Would you treat it differently than you do now? Most of us would answer with an emphatic "Yes! Of course!" Well, again with the car analogy: Your teeth, gums and jaws work like a finely tuned machine, only there is no hypothetical question here: They MUST last you your whole life. The amount of use (and sometimes abuse) they get every day is punishing. Why would we think we can neglect repairs and maintenance for years and still come out ahead?
OK,.. all that is just to get you thinking more carefully about this particular part of your body. Keeping your teeth your whole life is possible for almost everyone, and it will take some planning. We are a different sort of place,.. unlike any healthcare environment you have ever been in. We think we have created a team, systems, technology, and atmosphere that allows anyone to happily achieve that goal.
Our goal is to provide you with very comfortable solutions to dental care, and help you make the most educated decisions possible going forward. You probably have choices that you never even knew you had! The first step is to just come in for a new patient visit with one of us: test the waters and see if we would be a good partner.
We will help you find the right path to fit your goals, your budget, and your nerves. Every technology that we have invested in, has been chosen because we could see that it would give our patients more comfortable, faster, more long-lasting dental work.
And if your greatest fear is getting "the dentist lecture", put it out of your mind. We don't lecture. Period. We start where you are at and move forward from there.
Where to begin?...
With every new patient, we like to start you with a visit to identify exactly where your level of health lies on a scale somewhere between "ideal" to "a state of decline". Everyone is somewhere on that time-line. No worries,... we'll just see where you stand and make a long-range plan to take it from there.
Are your teeth wearing down, darkening, shifting? Are they bleeding when flossed, cracking around old silver fillings? Have dentists just done some quick patch-up repairs on teeth that have broken over the years? How are those "patches" holding up? Do you have bad breath, pain in the jaw joints, sleep problems or headaches? The answers to those questions are much like the signs of wear and tear on a car.... (There's that car analogy again.) Any of those issues will eventually lead to big problems if not addressed, so they would make our prioritized treatment plan list for you.
We will help you make a plan that addresses the most fragile things first. Time will pass.
Every new patient we've seen since 1997 has had this kind of first visit and planning. We have sent out at least one "confetti letter" a week ever since! (That's why we are always taking new patients!.. All our patients eventually finish their work and stay in a wonderful healthy state!)
If you are worried about what we will find,.. we tell every new patient:
"It didn't get this way overnight, and it doesn't have to be fixed overnight. The first step is to let us help you make "the roadmap". Once that's done, then you can do as much as your budget can handle each year. Time will pass and you will eventually get a our "confetti letter" in the mail that celebrates your having achieved your best state of dental health."
One more word of caution..
If you've been away from the dentist for years, and never had a single problem, then you've gotten pretty lucky. But don't mistake luck for success! About 10% of our new patient are people who NEVER get any signs or symptoms from their failing teeth. They think all is well because they feel fine. People with this kind of "wiring", can't tell where they stand, so it's even more important that they go to the dentist regularly! If you are one of these "Lucky People" who never gets signals from your teeth, it is all the more important that we make sure you are on the path that you think you are on!
So what are your options?
We will offer you all the latest technology available to modern dentistry; PORCELAIN FILLINGS, TOOTH WHITENING, LASER ASSISTED GUM TREATMENT, DENTAL IMPLANTS, INVISALIGN, COSMETIC DENTISTRY and numerous PREVENTIVE CONCEPTS. We have some innovative TMJ (JAW JOINT) THERAPIES, TOOTH REPLACEMENT STRATEGIES, and COSMETIC DENTISTRY options.
Our team can show you volumes of "before/after" photos taken of our patients whose smiles have been dramatically changed by Dr. Lynda's work in cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Chuck has changed lives by stabilizing dentures with DENTAL IMPLANTS.
Please let us know if you are looking for information on a dental issue that is not covered on our website. Have Fun!