Here at Town Center Dental of Lagrange, we consider ourselves a world-class dental office and do our best to make your dental experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. It is an honor to care for your dental needs and we greatly appreciate the trust you place in us to do so.
The doctor will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to help you achieve the healthy and beautiful smile you have always wanted. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have about your treatment options when you come into the practice. When you come in for your initial visit, please be sure to bring your insurance card and to arrive early to complete your patient forms if you have not already done so.
We’re a true paperless dental office. Our patients are able to complete their forms directly on their computer, tablet or smartphone.
Dental technology has improved over the years to include new options and there are a number of techniques and products available today that were not available just a few short years ago. The patient experience has improved and today’s options are less conspicuous than the full braces that were common in the past.
If you have a special occasion coming up or just want to brighten your smile, whitening may be a great option to consider. Whether you need a cleaning, a filling or even a brand new smile, we are here to help. Great dental care doesn’t just make for a fantastic smile, it also helps promote overall health and wellness. We want you to have the confidence to share your smile with the world!
Town Center Dental of Lagrange proudly provides multiple services under one roof. Our hygienists are deeply committed to your dental hygiene and to your overall health. From fillings, to crowns, veneers, and root canals, our providers offer exceptional dental care. Implant therapy is also an excellent and affordable dental treatment option today because of the huge advantages it offers while still retaining a natural looking smile.
There are several new options in dentistry today that produce high quality results and could be right for you. Your visit will begin with a consultation with the doctor to go over the best alternatives for your dental care. Dr. Paes will address any questions you may have regarding your treatment and will provide a plan for your dental therapy.
Wondering how you can care for your infant’s first tooth and their gums? We counsel parents with newborns and infant children on the maintenance of proper oral hygiene.
We believe that the key to great oral health is a cooperative program between the dental staff, the dentist and the patient. Good oral hygiene, a healthy diet and regular dental visits by the patient are complemented by the efforts of our dental staff to provide the highest level of prevention possible and to avoid future dental diseases and conditions.
A tooth that can not be saved with restorative materials may need to be removed. Before removing your tooth, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. The tooth is then loosened using a special dental instrument known as an elevator. After it is loosened from the socket, it is gently removed by forceps, a dental instrument commonly used in dental extractions. Stitches may be necessary after the removal of a tooth.
To treat TMJ disorders, first the cause has to be identified. In less severe cases, TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, Botox injections, stabilization splints).
Cosmetic and Restorative
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth. Dental implants are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium, which are placed in the jawbone. The anchors begin to fuse with the bone over a few months. After the fusing process, known as osseointegration, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow custom made restorations such as crowns, bridges and dentures to be placed on the dental implants to complete your new smile.
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Dental implant surgery often requires several surgeries and multiple visits to the dentist, thus making it a complicated, drawn out process. However, by electing this procedure, you are able to experience fantastic results from a much simpler procedure.
To begin the process, you will visit our office for a consult with our doctors. After the consult, a customized prosthesis will be fabricated for use immediately after surgery.
On the day of the procedure, your doctor will surgically place the implants that will support the permanent, full arch of teeth while you are comfortably sedated. Once this process is complete, the customized prosthesis will be placed and fitted for comfort, and you will leave our office with a brand new smile!
Once the surgical sites have completely healed, a permanent bridge will be created from a new impression of your mouth and then permanently fixed to the gums.
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We may recommend a crown to:
- Restore a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment
- Replace a large filling when there isn’t enough tooth remaining
- Prevent fracturing of a weak tooth
- Restore a fractured tooth or a discolored tooth
- Attach a bridge
- Cover a dental implant
Crowns can be constructed from several different materials, with ceramic and gold among the most common.
Traditionally used for teeth located in the back of the mouth, gold is strong in thin sections and can avoid excess tooth surface being drilled away prior to taking impressions and fitting crowns. Additionally, gold shrinks less when cast and is easier to polish.
Porcelain or ceramic crowns are always used for the front teeth. Often used for its strength and appearance, the porcelain material is very natural looking and can be made to match the color of your natural teeth.
Before a crown can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the crown will fit over it properly. After reducing the size of your natural teeth, Dr. Paes will make an impression to provide an exact mold for the crown. While the permanent crown is being made, a temporary crown is placed. Once the permanent crown is ready, the temporary is removed and the permanent crown is placed over your prepared tooth.
Before a bridge can be made, the tooth (or teeth) must be reduced in size so that the bridge will fit over it properly. After reducing the size of your natural teeth, Dr. Paes will make an impression to provide an exact mold for the bridge. While the bridge is being made, a temporary bridge is placed. Once the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary is removed and the permanent bridge is placed over your prepared tooth.
ZOOM! In-Office Teeth Whitening
In-Office Whitening usually requires only one office visit. Teeth whitening is the process of lightening the shade of the teeth by using safe chemical agents. In-Office Whitening usually requires only one office visit. A protective gel or a rubber shield is placed over the gums to protect the soft tissue. A bleaching agent containing carbamide peroxide is applied to the teeth, and a laser light is then used to enhance the action of the whitening agent.
At Home Whitening
We utilize a 2-step custom tray whitening system.
The first step is to make an impression of your teeth. With this impression, we’ll design a custom bleaching tray so you can maintain your bright smile at home.
In the second step, you will use a whitening gel to be used in the tray. This will result in a whiter smile by 2-4 shades in a matter of days.
We also offer Take-Home Whitening Systems for patients with mild sensitivity.
For those patients looking for a quick and inexpensive way to whiten before a social event, prom, wedding, etc, we offer a 7 day take home whitening system.
Risks and Side Effects:
- Gum Sensitivity: One common problem teeth whitening is that it can cause teeth sensitivity, especially if you are prone to sensitive gums. Gum sensitivity is temporary and can be treated with the proper treatment plan. Please consult with Dr. Paes if you are experiencing gum and teeth sensitivity post teeth whitening.
- Results can vary based on:
- Original state of discoloration.
- Whether the patient wears the trays as directed by Dr. Paes.
- Lifestyle and dietary habits (whether or not there is excessive coffee, tea, and wine consumption).
- Diminished Results: Please be aware that results will fade over time. Unlike porcelain veneers, which are stain resistant, natural teeth are still able to absorb stains.
Root canals are most often necessary when decay has reached the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has become infected. When root canal therapy is performed, infected or inflamed pulp is removed from the tooth chamber. The inside of the tooth is then cleaned and disinfected before being filled and sealed to limit the possibility of future infection. Soon after the root canal is performed, the tooth is restored with a dental crown or filling to protect the tooth and restore normal tooth function.
When used for surgical and dental procedures, the laser acts as a cutting instrument. When used for “curing” a filling, the laser helps to strengthen the bond between the filling and the tooth. When used in teeth-whitening procedures, the laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effect of tooth-bleaching agents. The procedures performed with dental lasers are minimally invasive and preferable to conventional surgery.
Other benefits of laser dentistry over traditional methods can include:
- Reduced heat and vibration
- Little or no need for anesthetic
- Faster treatment time
- Increased rate of retention
- Less post-operative complications
Lasers can be used to:
- “Cure” or harden fillings
- Whiten teeth
- Reshape gum tissue
- Biopsy or remove soft tissue lesions and ulcers
- Remove areas of tooth decay
- Eliminate pockets of infected gum tissue
- Root canal therapy
- Correct ankyloglossia (tongue-tied)
- Perform oral surgery and extractions
A Labial Frenectomy, or lip release, is performed on the tissue that connects the lip to the gums. This may be performed on children or adults to aid with orthodontic treatment or even help with the proper fitting for a denture or appliance.
A Lingual Frenectomy may also be referred to as the release of tongue-ties (ankyloglossia). This procedure is performed on the connective tissue under the tongue. The procedure is often performed on neonatal patients to assist with nursing or on toddlers or older patients who need the surgery to help correct speech issues caused by limited movement due the the frenum.
Complete (Full) Dentures are made after all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw have been removed and the gum tissue has healed. The denture includes an acrylic base that is custom made in the dental laboratory and are made to look like natural gums, which sits over the gums or can be anchored to dental implants.
Removable Partial Dentures are made only when a few teeth need to be replaced. The removable partial denture either attaches to crowns on either side of the denture or to a metal framework that is attached to the teeth on both sides of the partial denture. Partial dentures can be removable or they can be anchored in place by attaching them to dental implants.
Removable partial dentures can be supported in place by attaching them to dental implants when wearing them during the day.