At Pedlar Dental, we provide full-spectrum comprehensive family and cosmetic dentistry. Some of our most common dental services include:
- Bone Grafting / Socket Preservation
- Oral Cancer Exam
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
- Soft Tissue Management
- Root Planing
- Flap Procedure for Gum Disease / Periodontitis Treatment
- Root Canal and Crown
- Sedation Dentistry
- Smile Makeover
- In-Office Teeth Whitening
- Take-Home Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Crowns
- Dental Bonding
- Tooth Colored Fillings
Our perception of the dentist is shaped by our experiences as young children. At Pedlar Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, we are passionate about teaching children about their mouths and make sure their experience at the dentist is a great one. Our goal is to establish a positive dental experience and provide an education that will provide the building blocks to a lifetime of healthy habits and remove dental anxiety.
A child’s first dental visit should be between the ages of 6 months to 1 year. It is important to start immediately to allow your child to become comfortable with the dentist and to address any possible cavities or problems in the beginning stages.
Help! I have a dental problem… Dr. Pedlar and Dr. Garcia understand that dental emergency situations arise and they will do everything in their power to respond to problems as quickly as possible.
If an emergency arises while the office is open, it is best to call as early in the day as possible.
Dr. Pedlar and Dr. Garcia reserve special times each day for those who need emergency dental care, and they will be seen as quickly as possible. Some emergencies occur after office hours. If this happens, placing a call to our office will instruct you as to how you may reach the doctors.
Dr. Pedlar and Dr. Garcia have enjoyed working with patients of all ages – from 6 months to 98 years of age. They enjoy the diversity that these different age groups bring to their dental practice. They particularly enjoy the opportunity to give children their first experience in a dental environment. A very positive and fun “Happy Visit” sets the stage for years of physical and mental dental health.
Beginning with healthy teeth and gums, Dr. Pedlar and Dr. Garcia can help you perfect your smile. Whitening, all porcelain crowns, and other state of the art treatments are available for a beautiful smile. Dr. Pedlar and Dr. Garcia are also able to create natural looking full and partial dentures, as well as bridges to replace your missing teeth. If you are interested in implants which feel like your natural teeth (because they are more like a post permanently anchored to your jaw), they are available to replace dentures or missing teeth.
We are pleased to offer our patients In-Office Whitening!. It is safe, effective and fast. In a couple of hours, your teeth will be dramatically whiter. In-office whitening is ideal for anyone looking for immediate results. The convenience of in-office whitening in comparison to days of wearing trays and gradual whitening makes it the perfect choice for the busy individual. Take-home touch-up trays are also included to keep your smile bright!
Take-home Whitening is also available in which the whitening solution is held in place by a clear custom-make tray similar to the mouthpieces worn by athletes. To get the results you desire, you whiten for 30 minutes to an hour once or twice a day for up to four weeks. The choice is yours!
All Porcelain Crowns
All porcelain crowns are the perfect choice for certain individuals. Call for a complimentary exam and consultation if you would like to see what Dr. Pedlar and Dr. Garcia can do to enhance your smile
Broken teeth can be repaired with dental bonding. It is performed comfortably and can yield dramatic results in a single visit. Basically, bonding hides any natural flaws through the placement of a thin plastic coating on the front surface of the teeth.
Bonding can lighten stains, close gaps and even alter crooked or malformed teeth. Bonding can change the shape or color of one or more teeth, giving you a beautiful smile.
Tooth Colored Fillings
Tooth colored composite fillings are used to take care of dental decay and also to replace silver fillings that have previously been placed into the teeth.
Composite fillings are made of a tooth colored material that actually bonds to the tooth for a tight seal. They are strong and stain-resistant, and they are color-matched to the natural tooth, making them “invisible”.
Our goal at Pedlar Cosmetic and Family Dentistry is to maintain oral health by keeping your mouth and teeth healthy in the hope that extracting or pulling a permanent tooth is not needed. However, there are times when a tooth is considered non-restorable and needs to be extracted.
Rest assured that when an extraction is needed, you will be anesthetized fully. You will not feel any pain. It is however common to feel pressure or pushing. The tooth is loosened from the jawbone and ligaments and is gently rocked out of place. Some teeth are more difficult to extract and must be cut and removed in pieces. After removal of the tooth, a blood clot forms in the socket and gauze is placed in the mouth for you to bite on to stop the bleeding. If stitches are needed they usually dissolve on their own.
Bone Grafting / Socket Preservation
When a tooth is damaged, the bone that holds the tooth in place (the socket) is often damaged by disease and/or infection resulting in deformity of the jaw after the tooth is extracted. In addition, when teeth are extracted, the surrounding bone and gums can shrink and recede very quickly after the extraction resulting in unsightly defects and collapse of the lips, and cheeks.
Jaw deformities from tooth removal can be prevented and repaired by a procedure called socket preservation. Socket preservation can greatly improve your smile’s appearance and increase your chances for successful dental implants for years to come.
Several techniques can be used to preserve the bone and minimize bone loss after an extraction. In one common method, the tooth is removed and the socket is filled with bone or bone substitute. It is then covered with gum, artificial membrane, or tissue stimulating proteins to encourage your body’s natural ability to repair the socket. With this method, the socket heals eliminating shrinkage and collapse of surrounding gum and facial tissues. The newly formed bone in the socket also provides a foundation for an implant to replace the tooth.
Are you looking to improve your smile with minimal interference in your daily life? Don’t want to deal with visible metal brackets and wires? Do you want to straighten your teeth without making it obvious to everyone around you? Then the Invisalign teeth straightening system may be just what you are looking for!
The Invisalign System is a series of clear orthodontic appliances, called aligners that allow you to straighten your teeth without having to wear traditional braces.
Oral Cancer Exam
According to the American Cancer Society, over 30,000 cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year, with over 7000 of these cases resulting in the death of the patient. Fortunately, oral cancer can be diagnosed with an annual cancer exam provided by Dr. Pedlar or Dr. Garcia. If caught early, oral cancer can be effectively treated.
Oral cancer is a pathologic process, which begins by producing no symptoms making it hard to recognize without an exam. There are many types of oral cancer, including teratoma, adenocarcinoma and melanoma. The most common form of oral cancer is malignant squamous cell carcinoma, which typically originates in the lip and mouth tissue. There are many other places in which oral cancers occur, including: the tongue, salivary glands, throat, gums, and face.
The oral cancer examination is completely painless. Dr. Pedlar or Dr. Garcia will look for abnormalities and feel the face, glands, and neck for unusual bumps. Lasers may be used to highlight pathologic changes, and can “look” below the surface for spots and legions invisible to the naked eye.
PERIODONTAL (GUM) DISEASE
Periodontal disease is an infectious and inflammatory disease which destroys the periodontal tissues. These tissues consist of the gums and the bone that support the teeth.
Periodontal disease affects 3 out of 4 adults. Periodontal disease left untreated may result in extensive bone destruction and possible tooth loss. If detected in the early stages, periodontal disease can be treated and controlled.
Soft Tissue Management
We refer to the timely diagnosis and treatment of the signs and symptoms of periodontal disease as Soft Tissue Management. Soft Tissue Management is an individualized plan to eliminate infection of the gums and root surfaces. An appropriate plan will be chosen by the doctor, your hygienist, and you. The hygienist will perform the treatments to help eliminate infection, make recommendations to help you more effectively clean your teeth daily, and guide you through our efforts
Root planning is the treatment of the diseased root surfaces below the gumline. A routine prophy (cleaning) emphasizes cleaning the teeth above the gumline in a generally healthy mouth. Root planning focuses on eliminating tartar and plaque below the gum and detoxifying the root surfaces where the disease occurs. Obtaining smooth roots and flushing out the pockets allows for healthy reattachment of the gums to the root surfaces.
A frenum is a naturally occurring muscle attachment, normally seen between the front teeth (either upper or lower). It connects the inner aspect of the lip with the gum. A lack of attached gingiva, in conjunction with a high (closer to the biting surface) frenum attachment, which exaggerates the pull on the gum margin, can result in recession. Additionally, an excessively large frenum can prevent the teeth from coming together resulting in a gap between the front teeth. If pulling is seen or the frenum is too large to allow the teeth to come together, the frenum is surgically released from the gum with a frenectomy. A frenectomy is simply the surgical removal of a frenum.
When Orthodontic treatment is planned or initiated, the removal of an abnormal frenum, with or without a gingival graft, can increase stability and improve success of the final orthodontic result.
Flap Procedure for Gum Disease
You may need surgery for severe gum disease (periodontitis) if it cannot be cured with antibiotics or root planing and scaling. A flap procedure cleans the roots of a tooth and repairs bone damage caused by gum disease. A flap procedure is often needed to save teeth that are supported by a bone damaged by gum disease.
Before the procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area where the doctor will work on your gums. The doctor will pull back a section of your gums to clean the roots of your teeth and repair damaged bone, if needed. The gum flap will be sewn back into place and covered with gauze to stop the bleeding. Typically it takes only a few days to recover from a flap procedure.
A Root Canal or Endodontic Therapy is needed when the nerve of the tooth is infected or irreversibly inflamed. The cause of such infection/inflammation can have several causes such as deep decay, trauma to the tooth, cracks/chips or repeated dental treatment. The symptoms indicating the possible necessity of a root canal can include visible injury to the tooth, swelling of the gingiva beside the tooth, severe pain to temperature, or just plain and simple pain in the tooth.
A root canal cleans out the inside of the tooth known as the pulp and removes all infected/inflamed tissue and seals the canal with filling material. Root Canal Therapy allows us to treat a tooth non-surgically and avoids an extraction thus preventing the need of a bridge or an implant. It is always important to save your teeth and keep them present in your mouth. Extractions lead to spaces which may cause your teeth to move and shift. Treating a tooth with a root canal eliminates this concern.
If you are one of many who are anxious about going to the dentist, Pedlar Cosmetic and Family Dentistry can give you a healthy new smile, restoring your mouth to a healthy condition, while being sedated. You will feel relaxed and drowsy during your appointment. Safe oral sedation techniques mean that Drs. Pedlar & Garcia are able to take care of years of dental treatment in as few appointments as possible, with little or no memory of the appointment.