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  Oral Evaluations:

Periodic Oral Evaluation: An evaluation performed on a patient of record to determine any changes in the patient's dental and medical health status since a previous comprehensive or periodic evaluation. This includes an oral cancer screening, as well as checking for decay, occlusal relations (bite) and periodontal evaluation.
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation: This applies to new patients, established patients who have had a significant change in health conditions or other unusual circumstances, or established patients who have been absent from active treatment for three or more years. It is a thorough evaluation and recording of the extraoral and intraoral hard and soft tissues. It may require interpretation of information acquired through additional diagnostic procedures, such as radiographs, models of teeth and photographs.

  Preventive Services:

Prophylaxis (Cleaning) - Removal of plaque, calculus, and stains from the tooth structures.
Fluoride treatment - topical application of fluoride to teeth to prevent decay and promote remineralization of enamel. Fluoride is also very good for preventing new decay along existing fillings.
Sealants - A plastic coating, that is easy to apply to the chewing surfaces of the teeth, to prevent tooth decay. Sealants are most often put on the permanent teeth which erupt between the ages of 5 and 14.
Radiographs - A shadow picture (image) produced by x-rays on photographic film or digital sensor used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Root Planing - A definitive treatment procedure designed to remove cementum (root surface) and/or dentin that is rough, may be permeated by calculus, or contaminated with toxins or microorganisms.

  Restorative Services:

Amalgam Restorations - Restoring of lost tooth structure by using the material dental amalgam. Dental amalgam is an alloy of several metals that produces a long-lasting silver colored restoration.
Composite Restorations - Restoring of lost tooth structure by using tooth-colored resin-based materials.  
Crowns - Lab-created restoration covering or replacing the major part of the tooth using gold, porcelain or ceramic materials. These restorations are designed to protect the tooth from future damage from decay or breaking.
Bridges - A prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth that is permanently cemented or otherwise attached to the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of space) or implant replacements.

  Endodontics:

Endodontic Therapy - Complete root canal therapy; the treatment of disease and injuries of the pulp and associated periradicular conditions such as an abscess. This is done by removing the pulp from the tooth and filling in that same space.

  Prosthodontics (removable):

Complete Dentures - An entire, removable set of artificial teeth made of acrylic resin used to replace someone's missing teeth.
Removable Partial Dentures - Removable prosthetic appliance replacing one or more missing teeth, receiving support from the remaining teeth.

  Surgical Services:

Implants - Placed by surgeon and restored by Dr. Jim Harris
     An alloplastic material surgically inserted into the bone and protruding above gum to provide support for a tooth-like restoration.
Extractions - Removal of tooth structure, minor smoothing of socket bone and closure, as necessary.
TMJ - Temporomandibular Joint - The connecting hinge mechanism between the base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible).
TMJ dysfunction - Muscle pain and chronic headaches can be evaluated by Dr. Harris. Treatment options include medication, occlusal splints, equilibrations and/or combinations of these treatments.

  Cosmetics:

Whitening - Process of lightening of the teeth, usually using a chemical oxidizing agent and sometimes in the presence of heat. Removal of deep seated intrinsic or acquired discolorations from crowns of vital and non-vital teeth through the use of chemicals, sometimes in combination with the application of heat and light. To be applied externally to teeth; may be internally for endodonitically treated teeth.

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