General Services


At Fifty-Seven 57 Dental, we understand that no one likes to be at the dentist’s office, so we try to make your time with us as comfortable as possible. We offer water, coffee, and tea to enjoy while you wait for your appointment. We are also happy to stream television shows and movies through Netflix® and Hulu® in each treatment room. Browse through our comfort menu to see if we can offer you anything else to make your time with us as pleasant as possible.

COMFORT MENU

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Water
  • WiFi
  • Comfortable pillows
  • Lip balm
  • Warm Blankets
  • Variety of polish flavors during cleaning
  • Mouth props to rest your jaw during treatment
  • Ear plugs
  • Television shows and movies offered by Netflix® and Hulu®
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes

Preventive and Diagnostic


Preventive and Diagnostic
An oral examination is a visual inspection of the mouth, head, and neck, performed to detect abnormalities.  Radiographs allow for a more complete examination, helping the doctor to detect cavities, problems in existing dental restorations, gum and bone recession or other abnormal conditions within the mouth, head and neck area.
A dental cleaning is the removal of dental plaque and tartar (calculus) from the teeth. Specialized instruments are used to gently remove these deposits without harming the teeth. At Fifty-Seven 57 Dental, we use an ultrasonic device that emits vibrations and is cooled by water to clean away buildup of plaque and calculus. Hand tools may also be used to manually remove smaller deposits and smooth the tooth surfaces. Once all the tooth surfaces are clean, the teeth are polished. We are pleased to offer a wide variety of flavors for you to enjoy after your cleaning.

Custom mouth guards are a great way to protect your teeth and restorations. Many sports require athletes to use a mouth guard to protect their teeth while practicing and playing. Frequently used in contact sports, the mouth guard covers the gums and teeth to provide protection for lips, gums, teeth and arches. A properly fitted mouth guard can reduce the severity of dental injuries.

If you grind or clench your teeth while sleeping, a custom night guard can help protect your teeth and relieve pain. Not only can a custom mouth guard reduce wearing and breaking of teeth, but it can relieve pressure from the jaw joint as well.

We can make a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. Be sure to bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments so your doctor can be sure it still fits you well.


Restorative


Restorative
Tooth-colored fillings are the most natural-looking material used to fill small cavities. Composite fillings can be done in one visit. Once the decay is removed from the tooth, it is filled with this composite material and cured, or hardened, with a special light and, then smoothed and polished for your comfort.
A crown is a dental restoration that completely covers the outside of a severely decayed tooth. Dental crowns can typically be completed in two visits. During the first visit, the tooth is prepped (shaved down) and an impression is taken. A temporary crown is placed while the permanent crown is being made. During the second visit, the permanent crown is carefully fitted and then cemented into place for a permanent restoration.
A bridge replaces missing teeth without the use of a denture or dental implant. A false tooth is held in place by being attached to a neighboring tooth. In order to fabricate a bridge, crowns are made for the teeth on either side of the space and a false tooth is placed in between the crowns, which act as supports.
Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots in the mouth. Implants provide a strong foundation for the teeth they will replace. Dental implants, which are placed in the jawbone, are small anchors made of a biocompatible metal called titanium. The anchors begin to fuse with the bone over the course of a few months. After the fusing process, abutment posts are inserted into the anchors to allow for the permanent attachment of the replacement teeth.

Cosmetic


Cosmetic
Whitening, also known as bleaching, is the procedure used to brighten teeth. There are two different ways to achieve a desired whiter smile: in-office and at-home bleaching. In-Office Bleaching 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 is applied to the teeth, and a laser light is then used to enhance the action of the whitening agent. At-Home bleaching requires an impression of the teeth to be taken to make a customized mouth guard to hold the whitening gel against the teeth. Once the bleaching tray is made, it is worn as instructed by our office.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to alter the appearance of teeth. Veneers are bonded, or cemented, to the front of your tooth.

Additional Services


Additional Services
Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical procedure used to treat gum disease. During the scaling process, specialized dental instruments are used to remove dental plaque and calculus from beneath the gums. Planing is the procedure used to smooth the tooth’s root after the scaling process. Root planing helps the gums heal and reattach themselves to a cleaner and smoother root surface.
Root canals are 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 filling and sealing 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.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and in the muscles that control jaw movement. 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 warm compresses, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxers, occlusal guards).

Snoring is caused by narrowing or blocking of the airway. The disruption of airflow causes the soft palate and tissues of the throat to vibrate, and the narrower the airway becomes, the louder the snoring. Snoring can often be treated by wearing Mandibular Advancement Device (MAD) while you sleep. A MAD is an oral appliance that maintains an open, unobstructed airway in the throat when worn during sleep.

Sleep apnea is a disorder in which a patient experiences one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths during sleep. The sleep disruption caused by sleep apnea can negatively impact your quality of sleep, leaving you tired and irritable. For mild sleep apnea, a custom fitted mouth piece or some lifestyle changes (weight loss, smoking cessation, clearing nasal passages) may be helpful.

For moderate to severe sleep apnea, a breathing device called a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) may be helpful. A CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over your mouth and/or nose and gently blows air into your throat. This air pressure helps keep your airway open while you sleep. Surgically widening the breathing passages by shrinking or removing excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower jaw, can be helpful as well.