Dental Care for the Entire Family
Lorena M. Surber, D.D.S. and her staff provide patients with a wide range of personalized dental services and amenities to help patients achieve the beautiful smile they deserve. Dr. Surber has the expertise and knowledge needed to provide every patient with the care they deserve. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatment.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a hygiene care appointment and periodic exam every 6 months or as recommended by your dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. X-rays may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Many people have this disease and don’t even know it! It is usually characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. It is the number one reason for tooth loss. Research has shown links between periodontal disease and medical problems such as strokes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy risks. Other studies have shown that periodontal disease can shorten life expectancy by 7 to 10 years. Treatment varies according to the severity of the disease. Early stages (gingivitis) can generally be corrected with regular six-month cleanings. More advanced stages usually require numbing and involves deep scaling and root-planing, followed by more frequent follow-up cleanings. More advanced cases involve being referred to a Periodontist (a gum and bone specialist).
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventive, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Commonly known as “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered by wearing a nasal mask during their procedure. This nasal mask delivers the gas, plus oxygen, slowly and safely. Once the procedure is complete, the mask is removed and the effects subside. Nitrous oxide allows the patient to be aware of his/her surroundings and to respond to the dentist during treatment.
Dental fillings are necessary when a tooth has a cavity or has a minor chip or fracture. There are several restorative options available and our dentist will discuss these with you to determine what is best for your individual situation.
Placing a thin, tooth colored coating on the chewing surfaces of adult molars and bicuspids in children around the ages of seven through fourteen is an easy and effective process. This proactive treatment "seals" these difficult to clean areas in back teeth making them more resistant to decay.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available including non-metal crowns. Dr. Surber will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, our doctors will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Complete dentures are used to replace a person's teeth when they are all missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. They are crafted to fit your individual mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:
- Help restore your ability to eat and speak
- Replace your missing teeth
- Prevent facial sagging
- Improve the appearance of your smile
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.
Veneers are thin porcelain or ceramic restoration that are applied and bonded to the front of your existing tooth structure. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for correcting gaps between teeth or discoloration from failing fillings or stained enamel.
When applied to the tooth, a veneer is virtually undetectable. Due to its thin nature, the veneer will allow us to be quite conservative in removing tooth structure. With proper design, veneers are beautiful, long lasting, and resistant to stain from tea, coffee and red wine.
Dental implants are now a cornerstone of dentistry and provide the best option for replacing missing teeth in certain situations. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation if you have missing teeth and are considering dental implant therapy. We have multiple options available for replacing a single missing tooth or the entire dentition. We strive to make this option affordable for all our patients, so you can enjoy the full benefits of this technology. Many patients are able to have the entire implant procedure completed right here in our office.
Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening sleep disorder characterized by repeated pauses in breathing during sleep. The breathing pauses can last anywhere from several seconds to minutes, and happen as often as 30 times or more per hour. Ongoing disrupted breathing can cause an imbalance between the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the bloodstream, as not enough carbon dioxide is exiting and not enough oxygen is entering the body.
What are reason for treating sleep apnea?
It is very important to seek medical attention if sleep apnea is suspected. A sufferer can completely stop numerous times per hour, and this can quickly turn into a deadly situation. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the patient’s throat collapses into the airway. The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs.
The problem gets worse when the chest region, diaphragm, and abdomen fight for air. The efforts they make to obtain vital oxygen only cause a further tightening of the blockage. The patient must arouse from deep sleep to tense the tongue and remove the soft tissue from the airway.
Because sleep apnea causes carbon dioxide levels to skyrocket in the blood and oxygen levels to decrease, the heart has to pump harder and faster to compensate for the lack of oxygen. Sleep apnea has been linked to a series of serious heart-related conditions, and should be investigated by the dentist at the earliest opportunity.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Our dentist is trained to identify the symptoms of sleep apnea. If your dentist suspects that you suffer from this potentially dangerous condition, you’ll be referred to a sleep doctor for a medical diagnosis. Then, we’ll work with your physician to prescribe appropriate, non-surgical treatment.
You may be one of the millions of patients across the globe who experience relief with a comfortable, easy-to-use snoreguard. This custom-made oral appliance encourages proper positioning of the tongue and jaw to open air passageways and eliminate apnea episodes and snoring.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) reside in front of your ears and play a crucial role in healthy, pain-free jaw motion. When impacted by stress, a misaligned bite, trauma, or a variety of other factors, these joints and associated muscles can malfunction and cause discomfort that disrupts your daily activities. This is referred to as temporalmandibular disfuction or TMD. At Lorena M. Surber, D.D.S., our dentist treats TMD-related pain with non-invasive therapies that restore comfortable jaw motion and healthy oral function.
Studies indicate that over 10 million Americans experience TMJ distress at any given time. The symptoms range in severity and can include:
- A jaw that clicks or pops
- Inability to fully open or close your mouth and/ tight jaw muscles
- Chronic headaches, including migraines
- Chronic earaches
- Tingling in the hands and fingers
- Unexplained facial, neck, jaw, or shoulder pain
As our patient, you’ll receive a comprehensive assessment of your TMJ function. Dr. Surber is highly trained and experienced in diagnosing and treating TMD disorder, and offers non-surgical therapies to eliminate pain and renew healthy function.
Do you wish you had a brighter, more radiant smile? Then professional teeth whitening may be right for you! Teeth whitening can remove certain stains from:
- Tea, coffee, wine, and soda
- Certain medications
- The natural aging process
- Tobacco use
We offer the Zoom! Whitening treatment where you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile quickly after treatment. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Surber to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening!
The office of Lorena M. Surber, D.D.S. uses laser technology which involves specialized instruments that produce intense concentrated beams of light. The heat energy created from the light helps in a variety of dental procedures, reduces bleeding, and reduces pain and swelling.
How it Works
The dental laser is made up of an electricity source and mirrors that guide the beam of light, gas or solid matter through which the light passes. There are a variety of different laser types, including lasers for soft or hard tissue. The design and wavelengths of light used depend upon the dental application and what type of procedure the dentist is completing.
Laser dentistry can be used for:
- Activation of whitening gels
- Reduction of inflammation associated with TMD
- Removal of soft tissue
- Certain dental fillings
- Crown lengthening
- Cavity detection
- Reduction in tooth sensitivity
- Reshaping of the gums
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you're dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 304-343-0361 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. Should you call during after hours, call our regular number and our voicemail will inform you of how to get in touch with us.