family dentistry

Because your dental concerns are our priority, we strive to provide you with the highest quality family dental care to keep your smile in top form. Maintaining a healthy dentition begins with excellent preventative home care. With oral exams, digital X-rays, and professional cleanings, plus a wide range of therapy options for TMJ, sleep apnea, and root canals, patients can have all of their dental needs met at our practice. Furthermore the restorative dental treatment procedures Dr. Young can provide for our patients returns your dentition to a beautiful, healthy, and functional smile. Restorative dentistry can greatly improve your oral health, especially after teeth have become damaged or lost. Without a fully functional mouth, something as simple as eating may become burdensome or even painful. Those with lost teeth are also more prone to gum disease and other health problems. Dr. Young provides our patients with a full range of restorative dentistry options to treat everything from minor tooth damage to major tooth loss. Whatever your problem may be, the treatment options provided by Dr. Young can return your dentition to a healthy beautiful smile.

Children's Dentistry
Good oral hygiene is a lifelong process, and the best oral hygiene begins during childhood so that the benefits of learning good oral care habits can be enjoyed throughout life. Dr. Stephen Young recommends your child's first visit to the dentist occur before12 months of age. We provide comprehensive dental care for children and teens that includes oral exams, digital X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatment, gum disease prevention, sealants, and cavity repair.

We make every effort to teach our young patients about the importance of regular brushing and flossing and provide instruction that yields the best possible results. Dr. Stephen Young emphasizes proper nutrition and home care to help promote healthy dentitions throughout the lifetime of our future generations.
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Dental Crowns and Bridges
Gaps caused by missing teeth can be eliminated by placing bridges in the mouth. Dental bridges combine crowns and implants to improve chewing function and create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

During treatment, the teeth surrounding the gap are lightly buffed and prepared for impressions. After a mold of those teeth has been made, crowns are created to fit the teeth perfectly. A replacement tooth is then bonded to the crowns, creating a single "bridge" that is placed into the patient's mouth. Dental bridges, once cemented to the teeth, provide durable, long-lasting support.

The tooth-colored materials used to make crowns give dental bridges a completely natural look. Thus, in addition to restoring function, dental bridges can improve the appearance of one's smile.
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Dental Implants
Dental implants provide an excellent long-term solution to missing teeth. With durable titanium posts that virtually become part of your jawbone, and natural-looking teeth attached to the implants, implants restore the mouth to full functioning capacity and dramatically improve its appearance.

Implants are also important to oral health. When teeth are missing, a person becomes more susceptible to receding gums and bone loss. By combating these problems, implants can help to preserve facial structure and strengthen the bite.

Our practice believes in the philosophy of having your implants placed by an oral surgeon (which is their specialty) followed by Dr. Stephen Young, restoring your implants to function and beauty. Our team feels this approach provides our patients with the best possible care.
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Dentures
Dentures are an effective solution to missing teeth, especially for patients who prefer to avoid the lengthy and sometimes more costly commitment required by permanent dental implants.

Consisting of full sets of replacement teeth, dentures are removable dental appliances that rest on top of or are affixed to the gums and help to restore function to the mouth. Prosthetic teeth allow individuals to chew and speak with greater ease and comfort. And because dentures can be removed at any time, they allow you flexibility in cleaning and other activities.
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Emergency Dental Care
We have a special relationship with our patients and Dr. Stephen Young is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for our current patients of record. Our staff is also adept at handling emergencies that occur due to sports injuries. Aggressive sports such as hockey, football, and rugby can cause oral injuries with heavy bleeding and severe damage. Dr. Stephen Young can care for these and other sports-related emergencies.
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Full Mouth Restoration
Missing, cracked, chipped, decayed, discolored, and misaligned teeth can cause a number of problems and harm a person's self-esteem. If most or all of a patient's teeth need dental work, the most effective treatment plan is usually an individualized full mouth restoration. A full mouth restoration combines a number of restorative and cosmetic dental treatments in order to restore health, function, and beauty to your mouth, significantly improving quality of life and self-confidence.

Depending on the state of the patient's oral health, suggested treatment options for a full mouth restoration may include dental implants, bridges, porcelain veneers, crowns, inlays or onlays. A comprehensive, personalized treatment plan is designed for each patient based on his or her needs and overall goals.
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Inlays and Onlays
For teeth that have become damaged or decayed, inlays and onlays provide a more conservative alternative to tradition dental crowns. An inlay replaces tooth structure within the cusp tips of molars, while more extensive tooth damage can be treated and corrected with onlays which cover the entire chewing surface of the tooth.

While crowns require a large, outer portion of the damaged tooth be removed, inlays and onlays only require that the decayed parts of the tooth be removed. Once that task has been accomplished, a CEREC® inlay or onlay can be created to fit the existing tooth structure precisely.. When ready, the inlay or onlay is bonded to the tooth, providing a new chewing surface and greater support for the tooth structure. CEREC® restorations many times are bonded to your tooth at the same dental visit saving you time.
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Comprehensive Oral Exams and Cleanings
Regular brushing and flossing is vital to the health and well-being of your mouth, but maintaining good dental hygiene also requires routine professional dental cleanings and oral exams. Individuals should have professional dental cleanings and oral exams at least every six months or so, depending on your particular needs.

Professional dental cleanings and oral exams are meant to be preventative in nature, helping patients avoid such problems as decay, gum disease, oral cancer, and infection or catching these problems early before they progress to more advanced stages. To schedule comprehensive dental exam and cleaning, contact Dr. Stephen Young.
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Periodontal Care
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal care with Dr. Stephen Young provides patients with both preventative options for maintaining healthy gums and corrective options for addressing gum disease already in progress.

Periodontal care begins with a thorough examination of the your teeth and gums. We establish whether there has been any breakdown in gum tissue and whether pockets have formed between teeth and gums. We may also take digital X-rays of the your mouth to determine whether there has been any bone loss below the gum line. If necessary, we can treat gum disease by removing microbial plaque and calculus deposits below the gum line. For more advanced gum disease, periodontal surgery may be necessary.

Dr. Young is fully equipped with the most advanced laser technology available to provide patients with minimally invasive options for treating gum disease. Unlike traditional methods that involve injections of local anesthesia, incisions with metal instruments, laser therapy is quick, simple, and virtually pain-free. If appropriate Dr. Stephen Young uses the diode dental laser in the treatment of moderate to more advanced periodontal diseases. Lasers allow for very comfortable care, with no post-operative discomfort, minimized use of anesthesia, and minimal bleeding.

If you are experiencing bleeding, receding, or swollen gums; mouth pain; persistent bad breath; or shifts in the way your teeth fit together, we recommend that you contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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Root Canal Therapy
Root canal therapy involves the removal of damaged dental pulp (the soft tissue composed of nerves and blood vessels inside the canal of the tooth). In order to avoid infection, permanent deadening of the tooth nerve, or an abscess, root canal therapy is often necessary.

A cracked tooth or a severe cavity may allow germs to enter into the canal, where they can infect dental pulp. If allowed to progress, the infection may cause so much damage that the tooth needs to be removed. Root canal therapy is designed to prevent the kind of damage that leads to the need for a tooth extraction.

During treatment, we remove the patient's diseased pulp, clean the canal to free it from germs and bacteria, and then seal it to keep other germs and bacteria out. A crown will then be bonded to the tooth, returning it to full functioning capacity.
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Sealants
To prevent cavities from forming, sealants are bonded to teeth to act as barriers against cavity-causing bacteria. Typically, they are placed on the surfaces of back teeth that have cracks, fissures, and deep grooves -- teeth most susceptible to decay.

Sealants create a smoother chewing surface so that teeth do not as easily trap plaque. Smooth surfaces also make brushing more effective. Made out tooth-colored composite resin, sealants are not easily seen in most situations. In fact, in most cases only a dentist can tell if someone has sealants on his or her teeth.

Sealants are often recommended for children and teens because grooves and fissures in teeth tend to form in childhood and adolescence. However, many adults are good candidates for sealants as well.
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Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
Excessive snoring may merely be a nuisance, disturbing sleep for both the patient and his or her partner. But it may also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition. Sleep apnea is the obstruction of the breathing passage between the nose and the voice box, a situation that can reduce oxygen in the blood to dangerously low levels.

Treatments for excessive snoring and sleep apnea are available in our practice. We offer dental appliances that can reduce or prevent the disturbing nighttime noises and health risks associated with these sleep disorders. For many of our patients with snoring disorders, we use the TAP II appliance , which works by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward. This repositioning of the tongue opens up the breathing passageway and inhibits snoring.

If you think you may have sleep apnea or are at risk for the condition, contact Dr. Stephen Young as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
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Splint Therapy
Splint therapy is available from Dr. Stephen Young for addressing some of the causes and symptoms of TMJ and some other types of craniofacial pain. For jaw clenchers and teeth grinders, we can custom design a mouthguard or "splint" using an impression made of the your teeth. Splints inhibit you from grinding and clenching and promote optimal jaw alignment.
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TMJ Treatment
TMJ syndrome causes a number of troublesome symptoms, including joint pain in the jaw, shoulder pain, headaches, earaches, and tooth pain. The clicking or popping of the jaw (when it is opened very wide) is one of the telltale signs of TMJ syndrome. Among the most common causes of TMJ syndrome are teeth grinding or jaw clenching, which put the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) under extreme pressure.

Dr. Stephen Young provides bite therapy for patients complaining of TMJ disorder symptoms. Bite therapy involves a careful analysis of the jawbones, joints, and muscles in order to assess the cause(s) of the TMJ disorder symptoms. We also instruct patients in jaw exercises that help mitigate jaw misalignments, promote jaw control, and reduce clenching and grinding.
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Tooth Extractions
A tooth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons, the most common of which is advanced tooth decay. If a tooth has decayed to a point where restorative procedures such as drilling and placing crowns, onlays, or inlays will not save it, then an extraction is needed to protect the mouth from further infection and damage. Tooth extractions are also performed on patients who have impacted teeth or who need more room in their mouths in order to receive the benefits of orthodontic treatment.

When the tooth is visibly above the gum line, we perform a simple tooth extraction that only requires local anesthesia. For teeth that are still below the gum line, a surgical extraction is necessary. Patients undergoing a surgical tooth extraction may opt for sedation in addition to local anesthesia.
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