The Department of Family Dentistry is a humanistic environment, characterized by respect, tolerance, understanding, and concern for all patients, students, staff, and faculty. The primary mission of the Department of Family Dentistry is to reinforce and refine the comprehensive approach for managing the oral health care needs of patients. The Senior year integrates the basic science knowledge, clinical skills, and dental laboratory experiences acquired during the first three years of dental school into a systematic approach to providing care.
Braces involve straightening of crooked teeth with wires and can be done for both children as well as adults.
Although metallic components were traditionally used for braces, our Specialist Centre also offers more cosmetic alternatives like Ceramic Braces where suitable. Overall treatment time can vary from person to person thus do consult our resident specialist for a comprehensive assessment.
We provide "state of the art" treatment to our patients who present with a broad spectrum of malocclusions and dentofacial deformities. We care for adolescent patients, adult patients, pediatric patients, craniofacial anomalies patients, patients requiring orthognathic surgery, and other multidisciplinary patients. In terms of teaching, our goal is to provide orthodontic residents with an in depth education of biological and biomechanical principles related to orthodontics, teach students to diagnose, treatment plan, and deliver a comprehensive orthodontic health care service, and to develop research and service skills. The Department of Orthodontics is the recipient of national awards for groundbreaking research and significant research funding from the National Institutes of Health. We are here to serve the people of Iowa.
Cosmetic dentistry can be rewarding and even life changing for many of our patients. Our philosophy is that the world always looks better from behind a smile. To help you enjoy the many benefits of a beautiful, healthy, and confident smile, we offer a broad range of cosmetic dentistry service
Full Mouth Rehabilitation
A composite filling is used to repair teeth that are affected by decay or fractures. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a with.. that closely matches the color of existing teeth. Composite fillings are aesthetically suited for use on front teeth or other visible areas of the teeth.
As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and someday may need to be replaced. They are durable, and will giving you a long lasting and beautiful smile!
Composite fillings are placed in one visit. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay and the space will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling will then be placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
Lasers have completely changed the face of modern dentistry because they are quick, comfortable and provide excellent healing potential. Laser dental procedures are extremely safe. Treatment time and healing time is reduced significantly compared to traditional treatment methodsr
Our mission is to improve the oral health of infants, children, adolescents and their families with special emphasis given to improving the oral health of children with special health care needs and children of low-income backgrounds or with limited access to oral health services.
Persistent pain in the area around a single tooth may indicate that it is infected or severely decayed. When decay reaches a tooth’s inner chamber, which houses its nerves and blood vessels (pulp), root canal therapy may allow your tooth to be saved from extraction.
A root canal (also called endodontic therapy) is a simple procedure that is needed if the pulp tissue or nerve inside your tooth becomes inflamed or infected. Though progressed infection is the most common reason for a root canal, additional causes include:
The most common indicator that you may need a root canal is pain or discomfort. Other signs to look for include:
During a root canal, we gently remove your tooth’s damaged tissue and nerves and then carefully cleans and seals the tooth to protect it from bacteria. The procedure may require more than one visit, depending on the severity of the infection and the type of restoration — typically a filling or a crown — that is needed. Most of the root canal treated teeth may require a crown depending on the amount of tooth structure lost due to caries and the root canal procedure. Therefore its mandatory to give a crown to reinforce the tooth which may require additional two appointments.
Teeth can darken and become stained despite good oral-health practices.. Our Cosmetic Dentist will make your smile bright and shiny with the new in-office Zoom Whitening Procedure.
Discoloration can result from consuming food and beverages such as coffee or tea. Other factors that may contribute to change in tooth color include:
Best candidate for whitening or bleaching
Almost anyone is a candidate for whitening. Experience shows, that people with dark yellow or yellowish-brown teeth achieve better results than those with gray or bluish-gray teeth. Multi-colored teeth, especially stained due to tetracycline, do not whiten as well, but still show improvement
This process can be done in one visit, but may require two or more visits, depending on how your teeth respond to the treatment. Each appointment should take about 90 minutes. Because of the strong whitening gel used in this procedure, either resin or rubber shield must be placed to protect Your gums. Once the gums are protected, the gel is applied to all the surfaces of Your teeth, and a special high intensity light will be used to further activate the gel. In special cases, Zoom Whitening can be rendered in order to lighten a tooth that had a root canal procedure and darkened. In which case the tooth is whitened both from the inside and outside.
In-Office Whitening System uses a light source that emits ultraviolet light in the UVA range. Although the output is less than half of the typical UVA exposure of commonly used facial and full body tanning units, the procedure incorporates significant protective and precautionary measures. Main advantage of In-Office Whitening is that we do all the work, and You spend less overall time whitening Your teeth. The disadvantages include some of the normal inconveniences associated with any dental treatment, such as having to keep your mouth open for the duration of the procedure, and a slightly higher cost than the Take-Home Whitening kit.
When performed by a licensed professional and done properly, whitening should not harm your teeth or gums.