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Although we call it routine dental care, regular checkups and cleaning might be the most important services we offer our patients. When combined with good brushing and flossing habits, the routine care we provide will help prevent the more serious conditions, such as gum disease and decay, that require more extensive restorative care.
At Luker Dental Care, we establish friendly relationships with our patients and provide them a welcoming environment. By doing so, patients feel comfortable in scheduling regular appointments, where we can detect any issues before they advance too far and lead to discomfort or pain.
Having a healthy set of teeth is important to your overall health as well. With regular checkups and healthy habits at home, you’ll feel great and have plenty of reasons to smile.
Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures to enhance the beauty of your smile. It’s our goal to create the most natural looking restorations regardless of how simple or complex the treatment
Your desired outcome is foremost in our treatment. You will always be able to see the shape and position of your new smile in provisional restorations for your approval prior to fabrication of your final restorations. Communicating your desire allows us to exceed your expectations, while also providing comfort and function. We will use the least invasive, longest-lasting techniques and materials to fulfill your esthetic goals.
A procedure in which tooth-colored material is used to close gaps or change tooth color.
Whitening and bleaching are an increasingly popular option for people who want a brighter, more radiant smile.
A procedure in which ultra-thin ceramics are placed over the front teeth. Veneers can change the color or shape of your teeth, and can be used to correct unevenly spaced, crooked, chipped, oddly shaped or discolored teeth. Teeth that are badly stained, shaped or crooked may be improved by a veneer placed on the surface of the affected teeth.
Veneers from Luker Dental Care are used on teeth with uneven surfaces or are chipped, discolored, oddly shaped, unevenly spaced or crooked. Veneers have a longer life expectancy and color stability than bonding, and highly resist permanent staining from coffee, tea, or even cigarette smoking.
Even with the best dental hygiene, issues can arise that if left untreated, can lead to discomfort and worsening dental problems down the road. They could even negatively impact your overall health. The good news is that with regular checkups, we can almost always catch these issues early and take care of them with restorative treatments.
When performing restorative treatments, we prioritize your comfort. We’ll explain what the procedure entails, why it is needed and what you expect to experience afterward. During the procedure, we’ll see that you remain comfortable and at ease.
In order for a filling to last, there must be sufficient tooth structure remaining to support it. When a filling becomes to large or a fracture results in the loss of excessive tooth structure, a crown becomes the treatment of choice.
A crown is a restoration made of gold or porcelain that completely covers and protects the tooth. Traditionally, gold provides the best fitting and longest lasting restorations. However, in most cases, modern ceramics have resulted in restorations with a strength and fit rivaling that of gold, with superior esthetics.
A crown normally requires two appointments. At the first appointment, the tooth is shaped, an impression made and a temporary crown is placed. At the second appointment, the temporary is removed and the final crown bonded or cemented in place.
Dr. Luker has worked with the same laboratory for over twenty years producing outstanding results in fit, contour and esthetics.
Additional photos of completed Crown cases can be viewed in our Smile Gallery
Bridges are natural-looking dental appliances that can replace a section of missing teeth. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth.
Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures, because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. There are several types of fixed dental bridges (cannot be removed), including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges and resin-bonded bridges. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, your dentist can only remove a fixed bridge.
Porcelain, gold alloys or combinations of materials are usually used to make bridge appliances.
Appliances called implant bridges are attached to an area below the gum tissue, or the bone.
Dental implants can replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth or the teeth in your entire jaw. Before development of dental implants, bridges and dentures were the only alternative to replacing missing teeth.
A single dental implant replaces the form and function of a natural tooth, which consists of a root and a crown. The crown is the visible part of your tooth. It is used to chew food and is covered by enamel, the hardest surface of the human body. The crown is attached to the jawbone by way of the root. When decay has gone deep enough or when a periodontal disease has advanced enough to warrant an extraction, the entire tooth, root and all, must be removed. The dental implant is a titanium screw the replaces the root and bonds to the bone. Once the implants heals, an artificial crown is placed on top. The new crown is customized to match your bite and the color of your teeth. Implants can be used in many different ways, including replacing all your teeth on either jaw, providing you flexibility in your treatment options. With dental implants, chewing problems can be alleviated, allowing you to once again to eat the foods you enjoy.
Before development of dental implants, dentures were the only alternative to replacing a missing tooth or teeth.
Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures.
Not everyone is a candidate for a dental implant, however. For a successful implant to take hold, a candidate must have proper bone density and have a strong immune system. In all cases, dental implants require strict oral hygiene.
Implants are so well designed that they mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. Implants are usually made of a synthetic yet biocompatible material like metal or ceramic.
Surgery is necessary to prepare the area for an implant and place the implant in the mouth. Following the procedure, a period of time is required for the implant to take hold and for bone tissue to build up and anchor the device. In some cases, metal posts are inserted into the implant during a follow-up procedure to connect the tooth.
Because implants require surgery, patients are administered anesthesia and, if necessary, antibiotics to stave off infection following the procedure.
Like any restoration, implants require diligent oral hygiene and proper care to ensure they last a long time.