Our Services

Our Services

At Gull Road Dentistry, we serve the greater Kalamazoo area with the following dental services:

  • General Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Porcelain Crowns and Veneers
  • Dental Implants
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Dentures and Removable Partial Dentures
  • Root Canals
  • Tooth Extractions
  • Night Guards For Teeth Grinding

General Dentistry

General DentistryGull Road Dentistry serves all ages of patients as we specialize in pediatric dentistry, general dentistry and geriatric dentistry too. We serve our patients every step of the way including diagnosis, treatment, management and overall coordination of services to meet the oral health needs of our patients. Our general dentistry procedures include: preventative cleaning, tooth colored fillings, root canals, crowns, extractions, dentures, veneers, bridges, and gum care. We also strive to teach our patients preventative education and motivate them to keep their teeth in the best shape possible in between visits.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is the general term used for any kind of dental work that helps to improve the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, bite and smile. Some of the common treatments that we do to improve the look of our patients smile include:

Whitening

Everyone wants and can have a bright white smile. To make this possible for patients, custom bleaching trays are made in office for patients to use at home. The patient applies a small amount of a bleaching gel to the trays and wears them in the evening or overnight. It is a very fast and easy way to brighter, whiter teeth.

Veneers

Veneers are a thin layer of restorative material that is placed over the surface of each tooth. They are used to improve the aesthetics of the tooth, or to help to protect the surface of a damaged tooth. Our veneers are made of dental porcelain that are fabricated specifically for each tooth for the best looking results. Our porcelain veneers can take an ordinary smile and truly make it amazing.

Preventative Work

  • Sealants: Dental sealants are made from a plastic material and act as a barrier for teeth. The sealant is typically applied to molars and premolars, which are the teeth located in the back of the mouth. The barrier is created on the chewing surface and thus protects the tooth against plaque and bacteria. While regular brushing and flossing are important for oral hygiene, the bristles on a toothbrush cannot always reach into the deep nooks and crannies. When this is the case, a vulnerable area may need a sealant.
  • Fluoride: Fluoride is a preventative method for tooth decay. It is simply applied topically with a gel by the dentist.
  • Flossing: Dentists are famous for preaching the importance of flossing. However, we would not stress how important it is for our patients to floss if it really wasn’t true. Flossing is critical for preventing tooth decay by removing the plaque that builds up between teeth where a toothbrush just can’t reach. Flossing also helps to prevent gum disease, prevent halitosis, prevent tarter build up, and it even helps to reduce the risk of heart disease!

Porcelain Crowns

A crown, which is a type of dental restoration, completely covers or encircles a tooth or dental implant. While these are often used to return a tooth to its proper shape and size, crowns also have other purposes. These include:

  • Improving appearance of teeth
    • Cover unsightly teeth that may be misshapen or discolored
    • Cover existing dental implants
  • Strengthening weak teeth
    • Cover a damaged tooth, such as from a fracture
    • Prevent fractures by offering protection to a weak tooth
    • Connect bridges

Having a crown placed in your mouth will usually require two visits to the dentist. During the first, the dentist will remove the outer portion of the tooth in order to make room for the crown. Then, an impression will be made in preparation for the creation of your unique crown. Once these steps have been completed, a temporary crown will be placed in your mouth. Your second visit will be when the actual crown is placed. A finished crown will blend into to your natural teeth and will be shaped so it is comfortable in your mouth.

Care for crowns is as simple as proper oral hygiene. Be sure to brush twice daily, floss and come in for a cleaning at least twice a year.

Dr. Gano DentistryDental Implants

Dental implants are a great option for individuals who are missing teeth. The implants look much like natural teeth and are set in your gums in a similar way. Through surgery, a titanium post is inserted beneath your gum and into the bone. This metal post acts as the root of the tooth. After the post is inserted, it needs time to heal. Once the healing has taken place and the post is set, a permanent crown is made to blend in with your existing teeth and is fitted to the implant.

The end result of implants look very similar to natural teeth. Caring for implants simply requires proper oral hygiene. This means brushing twice each day, flossing and continuing regular visits to the dentist.

Crown and Bridge

Another option for tooth replacement is a fixed bridge. A fixed bridge will be cemented in place, should this be the most suitable option for you. A fixed bridge is used to fill a space where one or more teeth have been lost. They look, feel and function just like natural teeth and they do not need to be removed from the mouth for cleaning.

Alternately, a removable bridge can be taken in and out of your mouth. It will not feel as secure as a fixed bridge, but provides the same functions. Advantages of a removable bridge are that they are usually less expensive and are easier to repair.

Removable Partial Dentures and Complete Dentures

If you are missing teeth, then a removable partial denture might be the right option for you. A removable partial denture helps you to chew your food properly which is difficult to do when there are missing teeth. They also help to support your lips and cheeks, prevent your face from sagging and can help to improve your speech.

Removable partial dentures typically have replacement teeth attached to pink or gum-colored plastic bases which are supported by a metal framework. They also may attach to your existing teeth with clasps called precision attachments.

Complete dentures, also called full dentures, are used to replace all of the teeth in both jaws. Dentures are made to look natural and to fit comfortable. Our fully functional, form-fitting dentures look great and they can help you to eat the foods you want to eat, speak more clearly and improve the appearance of your face.

Root Canals

When a badly decaying tooth becomes infected, a root canal is necessary. This type of treatment can repair and save the tooth. When a root canal is performed, the nerve and pulp are removed from the tooth and then the inside is cleaned and sealed.

After the root canal is finished, the treated tooth will need a crown for a permanent restoration.

Extractions

A tooth extraction may be necessary in some situations. In the event of an extraction, the area surrounding the tooth will be numbed to reduce any possible discomfort. Nitrous oxide is also an option for added comfort. Then after the tooth has been removed, a recovery plan will be advised by the dentist to prevent delayed healing and dry socket.

Night Guards

Do you grind your teeth while you sleep? This can not only cause headaches and a sore jaw, it can also severely damage your teeth. Teeth grinding, known as bruxism, can be caused by stress or other factors. At Gull Road Dentistry, we can fit you with a custom night guard to help stop you from grinding your teeth.