For a Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
It takes teamwork to give you a gorgeous smile. Dr. James Burneson and everyone at Today’s Dental work hand-in-hand to provide the care you need for a healthy and beautiful smile.
When you visit Dr. Burneson for regular checkups twice a year, we’ll give you a professional cleaning to make sure your smile is spotless and feeling fresh. We can also advise you on how to develop an effective home-care routine to protect your smile year-round.
Dental Check-Ups & Cleanings
During your regular checkups, Dr. Burneson will examine your mouth to look for signs of cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and any other issues that might affect your oral health. He’ll also use our advanced digital imaging equipment to detect potential issues before they have a chance to hurt your smile. These check-ups are the perfect time to bring up any concerns or questions you may have to get them directly answered by your dentist.
Our dental hygienist will thoroughly clean, rinse, and polish your teeth. The plaque and tartar that develop on your teeth contain dangerous bacteria that cause cavities and periodontal disease. Fortunately, our hygienist has special tools to remove it.
Treatment for Gum Disease
We’ll check for signs of periodontal disease during your regular dental exam. Also known as gum disease, this is a serious infection that leads to the following symptoms when left untreated:
- Sore, red, and swollen gums
- Bleeding when brushing or flossing
- Bad breath
- Teeth become loose
- Gums pull away from teeth, making teeth appear larger
- Teeth don’t fit together when you bite down
- Teeth fall out
Fortunately, Dr. Burneson provides effective treatments for all stages of gum disease. If we discover your gum disease early, we can often treat it with easy measures such as improved oral hygiene.
For more advanced cases, Dr. Burneson may recommend a treatment known as scaling and root planing. This is a two-stage process where we remove plaque built up beneath the gums, then smooth out the surfaces of the roots to make it easier for the gums to reattach to them.
We also offer gum surgery with LANAP laser therapy, which eliminates the need for cutting and stitching. With laser gum therapy, we’re able to preserve a greater portion of your healthy gum tissue and your healing time will be much faster.
To maintain a healthy smile, one of the most effective things you can do is to practice good oral hygiene habits. This includes daily brushing and flossing in addition to visiting your dentist in Ashland at least twice a year. These visits include a professional teeth cleaning to keep your teeth fresh and healthy. During your regular checkups, we’ll provide free habit counseling so you can maximize the effectiveness of your home care.
If your teeth are cracked, crooked, discolored, or have wide gaps, veneers are an easy, natural-looking way to achieve a perfect smile.
Porcelain veneers are thin shells that Dr. Burneson places over the front surfaces of your teeth, eliminating imperfections. Sparkling white veneers are stain-resistant and they’re crafted to look just like your natural teeth – leaving you with results that are sure to make you smile.
Are Veneers Right for You?
Veneers can be used to improve the appearance of your teeth by changing their color, shape, size, or length for a smile you can feel confident about. Patients typically choose porcelain veneers to fix:
- Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
- Stained or yellow teeth
- Small or worn down teeth
- Misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth
- Surface craters or bulges on teeth
- Gaps between teeth
A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a covering that fits over a damaged, decayed, or unattractive tooth to restore the look and function of your natural smile. A porcelain crown covers the tooth above the gum line, and can also be used to replace a missing tooth.
Dr. Burneson crafts crowns with high-quality porcelain to match the appearance and strength of your natural teeth. Our Ashland practice provides various types of dental crowns, such as:
- Cast gold for durability, though not always the most aesthetic choice
- Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns (PFM) have a metal interior for strength and a porcelain exterior for a natural look
- All-porcelain with zirconia for a strong, long-lasting ceramic crown
Our knowledgeable team would be happy to discuss the benefits of these various options with you to determine which works best for your unique needs.
For patients missing one or more teeth, a dental bridge may be the right solution for you. A dental bridge fills in gaps between your teeth, improving the appearance and function of your smile. It uses a pontic, or the replacement tooth in a dental bridge.
Bridges are usually secured with dental crowns that are attached to the natural teeth at the end of each gap. They can also be secured using our durable dental implants. To ensure a secure foundation for your prosthetic, Dr. Burneson may need to reshape the neighboring teeth so your temporary crowns fit perfectly. Once your bridge is ready, we’ll place it right here at our Ashland office.
Schedule Your Free Consultation With Dr. Burneson Today
Maybe you haven’t been to the dentist in a while. We understand there’s a lot going on in your life and sometimes you lose track of how long it’s been since you’ve had a checkup. That’s okay — we’re here to help.
To learn more about our services, give us a call at (541) 482-7771 or fill out a contact form at the bottom of the page to arrange a free consultation with Dr. Burneson. Put your trust in us to take care of your smile — you’ll be glad you did.