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What is bonding?
In dental bonding, a tooth-colored composite material is applied to the tooth and hardened with a special light. Bonding is a solution used to accomplish the following:
Change the shape of teeth
Close spaces between teeth
Repair decay in teeth
Repair chips or cracks in teeth
Protection of sensitive teeth
What are the benefits of bonding?
Bonding restores beauty and functionality to the teeth. After bonding, your teeth will be stronger, your smile brighter, and your confidence higher. The smile you’ve always wanted may not be far away. Like most restorative dental services, bonding may need to be treated or replaced in the future. The bonding usually lasts for many years before any replacements are needed.
How does bonding work?
The bonding process is usually completed in one visit. In preparation to bonding, the surface of the tooth will be prepared and conditioned for the application of a putty-like material called resin. The resin is then applied with careful sculpting, shaping and coloring to contribute to the naturally grown teeth in your mouth. A high-intense light makes the resin harden (bond) to the surface of your teeth. The resin is then smoothed and polished to look and feel like your natural teeth.
After the procedure, the doctor will inform you with care and maintenance instructions for the new bond. By following these consistent hygiene practices you will aid the life of the bond.
Should I get a tooth extraction?
Once your permanent teeth have grown in, there may be some instances where the tooth (or teeth) may need to be extracted. These cases need to be properly diagnosed by a professional dentist—any and all alternatives should be discussed when considering tooth extraction.
Why do I need an extraction?
Reasons for tooth extraction may vary, but often include one or more of the following:
Preparation of orthodontia or cosmetics
Risk of infection
Advanced periodontal disease
How do I avoid the need for an extraction?
In most cases, the extraction of the tooth is the last resort in maintaining dental health. In order to keep your teeth healthy and functional, it is important that you keep a proper oral hygiene routine within the home, and consistently attend scheduled dental appointments.
What is a filling?
A dental filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and so forth. In just one dental appointment, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Dental fillings can restore your teeth so you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.
Are there different kinds of fillings?
Yes. Traditional fillings are silver in color. In addition, cosmetic or composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
What happens when I get a filling?
The procedure is usually completed in one appointment. In preparing your tooth for the filling, the doctor will remove all decay, and thoroughly clean your tooth. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication may be applied for your protection. After preparation, the composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished.
At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given care instructions and advice from your doctor. It is normal to feel sensitivity to your filling when the treatment is first performed. If you are concerned about your fillings, please contact your doctor immediately.
When the inner nerve of a tooth becomes affected by decay or infection, root canal therapy may be required to restore the tooth. The tooth may become extremely sensitive to both pressure and temperature and intense pain can be expected. No symptoms may be present in the initial stages. However, in the advanced stages of decay and infection an abscess will form.
Why do I need a root canal?
The reasons a dentist will recommend root canal include the following:
Decay has reached the tooth pulp (the living tissue inside the tooth)
Development of infection or abscess inside the tooth or at the root tip
Trauma or injury to the tooth
The restoration that root canal therapy provides will usually last a lifetime. It will provide full functionality back to your tooth and mouth.
Should I get a tooth extraction instead?
When confronting this type of decay or infection, the patient has two options: pull the affected tooth or save the tooth through root canal therapy. When extracting a decayed or infected tooth, significant and costly dental problems will arise for adjacent teeth. In the end, tooth extraction may cause more problems than it will solve. Root canal therapy is a much more desirable alternative, as it will provide full functionality to the tooth and mouth, and will not cause any future problems with adjacent teeth.
What happens during a root canal procedure?
Root canal procedures will usually require more than one visit to a dentist or an endodontist (root canal specialist). Using special instruments, the dentist or endodontist will remove pulp, nerve tissue, bacteria, and tooth decay (if present).
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is sealed by either a permanent filling or a temporary filling, depending on the need of additional appointments.
On the next appointment (usually a week later) the roots and the inner cavity of the tooth will be filled and sealed with medicated dental materials. The tooth will then be sealed with a filling, and then a crown (cap). This will protect the tooth, prevent further breakage, and restore full functionality.
It is considered normal to experience some pain and discomfort for a short time after the treatment. All pain will subside as the tooth and gums heal. The doctor should give you some care and instructions regarding how you can maintain health and functionality to your tooth, as well as recommendations on how to care for your tooth during the healing process.
To prevent any future infection and decay, good oral hygiene practices as well as regular dental visits will aid in the overall health of your mouth, and provide greater longevity in the life of your root canal treatment.
What are sealants?
A sealant is a clear or shaded plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. This is where dental decay most often occurs. A dental sealant prevents tooth decay by covering the pits and grooves of chewing surfaces and sealing out decay-causing food and germs. Dental sealants are most beneficial when placed on permanent molars as soon as the teeth come in.
How is a dental sealant placed?
The dental procedure is simple and painless. It takes only a few minutes. The tooth is cleaned and treated with a solution that allows the dental sealant to adhere to the tooth. Dental sealants are painted on as a liquid and quickly harden to form a shield over the tooth. They can last for up to 10 years. Please call our office for more information about how this service can help maintain your dental health.
Like many people, you may feel unhappy about the color of your teeth. Maybe you have even tried over-the-counter bleaching products with little to no success. You need an effective way to remove the stains that give your teeth that dull, yellow appearance. With our whitening system, you can achieve that brilliant smile you have been dreaming of!
What causes my teeth to be off-color?
There are many causes of tooth discoloration. These include:
Stains from tobacco, coffee, tea, soda, red wine, berries, or any food or drink with dark pigmentation
Plaque and tartar deposits
Use of the antibiotic Tetracycline during childhood (this creates dark “ribbons” of color)
Ingestion of excess fluoride while teeth are forming (this gives teeth a “mottled” look)
Trauma to the mouth and teeth, which can cause yellow, brown, and gray spots
The natural aging process
How does your whitening system work?
We use a whitening tray system that will safely and effectively make your smile brighter and whiter. The process involves taking an impression of your teeth and creating trays fitted for your individual teeth. You can use these trays repeatedly to whiten your smile 4-6 shades! Call us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our whitening system.
What is a bridge?
A dental bridge is a non-removable dental appliance used to replace a missing tooth (or missing teeth).
What does a bridge do?
Fill gaps left by missing teeth
Prevent the shifting of teeth due to extra space
Restore a fully functioning bite
Retain your face’s natural shape
Replace a partial denture
Promote a natural, radiant smile
Why should I get a dental bridge?
Dental bridges comprise two dental crowns which go over the teeth, adjacent to the gap. We call these abutment teeth. Between the dental crowns, we place an artificial tooth, known as a pontic. This tooth will look and function like a natural tooth. Best of all, when you smile, no one will know you have a dental appliance! Please call us to schedule an appointment if you are interested in receiving a dental bridge treatment.
What is a crown?
A dental crown (or cap) is a covering that encases the entire tooth’s surface, restoring it to its original shape and size. A dental crown protects and strengthens tooth structure that cannot be restored with fillings or other types of restorations.
What can a crown fix?
A dental crown may become necessary or desired, for one or more of the following reasons:
Root Canal Treated Teeth
What does a crown do?
Dental crowns are made and customized in size, shape, and color to match your natural teeth. This is done to restore full functionality to your teeth and to provide optimal cosmetic results for your smile. Please contact our dental practice to learn about your dental treatment options for enhancing the beauty and functionality of your smile.
What are dentures?
A denture is a removable dental appliance created to replace missing teeth. Dentures are an important part of keeping the teeth and mouth in frame when one or more teeth are missing.
Is there more than one kind of denture?
There are two types of dentures: complete and partial. Complete dentures are for patients who are missing all of their teeth, while partial dentures will only fill the spaces for missing teeth along an arch. When missing any teeth, partial dentures play an important role in preventing other teeth from shifting their position in the mouth.
What are the benefits of getting dentures?
Replace complete loss of all teeth in an arch.
Replace partial loss of teeth in an arch.
Enhance smile and facial tissues.
Improve chewing, speech and digestion.
Dentures will give dental support and functionality to your smile. Please give us a call to learn more about what complete dentures or partial dentures can do for your dental needs.
Inlays & Onlays
What are Inlays and Onlays?
Inlays and onlays, or partial crowns, are so called because a full crown is not needed to restore the damage or decay that has affected the tooth. This service is for cases in which a tooth has decay, but the decay has not destroyed all of the healthy enamel of the tooth. The inlay or onlay acts as the missing part of the tooth and is fitted and placed to complete the naturally-grown tooth.
Why do I need an Inlay or Onlay?
Typically, inlays are used when minimal damage or decay has occurred, and onlays are required when the damage or decay becomes more significant.
Will they last?
The material that is used to fill the damaged or decayed area can be made to appear like natural teeth. This way, your tooth will look and feel like no damage or decay ever existed. Inlays and onlays are made to last many years. If they become damaged, however, we offer solutions to restore them so you can enjoy a fully functional smile. For more information about this service, please give us a call so we can discuss with you your best treatment options.
Do you want straighter teeth but do not like the thought of brackets, wires and bands? Invisalign is the clear alternative to traditional metal braces. We are proud to offer Invisalign, the convenient, discreet alternative to correct the alignment of your teeth.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign uses a series of clear aligners that are virtually invisible. These aligners are comfortable and easy to use. They provide gentle pressure that will gradually straighten your smile. Invisalign is extremely effective and can help you correct:
Why should I choose Invisalign over braces?
Invisalign can correct as many dental flaws as traditional metal braces, yet it is a much more convenient treatment option. Invisalign aligners have many benefits, including:
The ability to remove your straightening device whenever you wish
Freedom to enjoy all of your favorite foods without fear of anything getting stuck or broken
Less frequent office visits (usually only one visit every 4 to 6 weeks)
Nearly invisible treatment as your beautiful, straight smile is created
The ability to brush and floss normally to better prevent oral health issues
Smooth, comfortable molded plastic that will not irritate your gums, cheeks and lips as traditional brackets would
If you would like to learn more about how you can benefit from Invisalign, we encourage you to call us today to schedule your consultation, or visit their website at www.invisalign.com.
What are veneers?
Veneers are designed to help your smile look its best. Veneers are shaped and custom-made in a dental laboratory. When bonded to your teeth, they can make your smile beautiful and flawless.
How can veneers help me?
Veneers can enhance your smile by:
Cosmetically perfecting your smile
Correcting crooked teeth
Fixing misshapen teeth
Correcting severe discolorations/stains on teeth
Correcting teeth that are too small or too large
Fixing unwanted/uneven spaces between teeth
Repairing chipped or worn teeth
Ok, so how does it work?
The procedure takes place over the course of two visits to the dental office. In the first visit, your teeth will be prepared to receive the veneers. They are lightly buffed and the surface is shaped to prepare for bonding and the additional thickness provided by the veneers. Molds (impressions) will also be taken to provide the custom fitting of the veneers to your teeth. The correct shade to match surrounding teeth will then be chosen by your dentist.
In the second dental visit, the veneers will be bonded to your teeth. It is important, after the procedure, to follow recommended care instructions given by your dentist. Maintaining proper dental hygiene (brushing, flossing, etc.) will support the life of your veneers. For more information about veneers and how they can enhance your smile, please give us a call and schedule a dental appointment soon.
What are Night Guards?
Night guards are appliances that patients wear while sleeping. They are required when night-time grinding has become so severe that it affects the health of the teeth.
How do I care for my night guard?
To extend the life of your night guard, follow these simple tips:
After use, wash with mild soap and warm (not hot) water
Store in a container that has ventilation holes to allow the appliance to completely dry
Do not expose to extreme hot or cold temperatures
Do not bend
Remember to bring it with you to your routine check ups
What is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry involves the use of pharmacological agents to calm and relax the nervous patient prior to dental treatment. All cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments can safely be performed during dental sedation. There are many different types of sedation, including intravenous (IV) and nitrous oxide. We use a board-certified anesthesiologist to perform sedation dentistry in our office. Consult with your dentist before choosing which type of sedation is right for you.
What precautions do I need to take?
Before choosing dental sedation, remember to consult with the dentist. Many types of sedation have lingering effects. For the safety of everyone, patients who receive dental sedation treatment should have a family member or friend present to drive them home from their appointment.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is a breathing disorder that affects millions of Americans. It is typically defined as the reduction of airflow while sleeping. Signs of sleep apnea include loud, frequent snoring, gasping for breath, and pauses up of 10 seconds or more in a typical breathing pattern.
How can I fix it?
There are various appliances that can help with sleep apnea. The best solution is to contact your dentist and discuss what solution is right for you.
We provide quality dental care to improve your dental health and smile. Dr. Pollock and Dr. Dobmeier, are skilled in the latest dental techniques. We care about your comfort and strive to make your dental treatment a success from start to finish. We are Preferred Providers for most major insurances, and with Rubicare, we help make quality dental care affordable for people without dental insurance. New patients of all ages are always welcome. Second opinions are always free. We look forward to seeing you and your family and treating all your dental needs.
Sam Pollock, DDS
Dr. Sam Pollock grew up an hour south of Laurel in the beautiful Big Horn Basin town of Lovell, Wyo. Sure, he had to leave for a few years to pursue a degree in dentistry, but home was always in his heart and he knew someday he’d return. He’s loved his years practicing dentistry in Laurel.
After graduating from Lovell High School(?), Dr. Pollock completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and then attended Creighton University School of Dentistry, known for being one of the best schools in the country for its advanced and comprehensive clinical training. While there, Dr. Pollock earned academic and clinical honors, as well as a national recognition for cosmetic dentistry.
Dr. Pollock makes it a point to stay current with new technology and techniques in dentistry, providing a state-of-the-art environment that meets all of the dental needs of his community. One reason he enjoys dentistry is that it requires a lifetime of continued education and commitment to his profession. He recently served as the president of Ninth District Dental Society.
For nearly 15 years Dr. Pollock has practiced dentistry in Laurel. He feels fortunate to call this area home for himself, his wife Rebecca and their four children. As a family they’re active in the community and enjoy all the outdoor recreation provided around Laurel.
Jordan Dobmeier, DDS
Dr. Dobmeier was born in Minnesota and graduated high school from Wahpeton, North Dakota. He comes from a "dental family" as his brother and sister-in-law are both dentists in Texas, and his sister is a dental hygienist in Billings.
After high school, Dr. Dobmeier earned his degree in Biology from the University of North Dakota, but more importantly, also met his wife Katie there. The two of them then moved to Denver and Dr. Dobmeier attended the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. During that time he was able to work in multiple community health clinics across Colorado providing quality dental care to underserved populations. He graduated in the top 10% of his class and was selected for a dental honor society based on scholastic and professional achievement.
After dental school, Dr. Dobmeier and his wife (who is a physical therapist) moved to Montana to be closer to family. They enjoy spending time in the mountains camping, hiking, skiing, fishing, and riding ATV/motorcycle. They also welcomed a beautiful baby girl named Claire in March of 2015.