Dental Care for the Whole Family
At the office of Thomas Hogan, D.D.S., we provide our Finger Lake region patients with a range of comprehensive dental services. Dr. Hogan and his staff have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide every patient with the care they need. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
Services we offer include, but are not limited to:
Routine Dental Cleaning
It is suggested that patients should be seen for a dental cleaning and routine 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.
Oral Cancer Screening
We use a state of the art, VELOSCOPE Technology to aid in Early Cancer Detection. As part of every patient’s routine dental check-up, they will receive a comprehensive head and neck exam to screen for any abnormalities. If the need arises, we have the ability to biopsy suspicious areas and provide further treatment.
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. We support intense patient training on proper home care with regular power brushing and flossing. 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).
Children of all ages are welcome at our practice! A child’s first dental visit should be between 6 and 12 months old. A good rule of thumb is as soon as the first tooth erupts, bring them in. That way, your child can have positive first experiences at a young age and the parent can get valuable advice in helping care for their child’s teeth. We support and instruct our little patients and their parents to make home care a part of their future.
An intraoral camera allows your doctor to take a close look at your mouth from all different angles. A monitor will show what the camera is viewing. The area is then enlarged, enabling your dentist to further examine any existing oral disease, the patient's teeth, and surrounding tissue. This enhancement allows your dentist to determine the most favorable treatment plan for long term stability and function.
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 dentists 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 and your dentist will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored. Many of our Crowns can be done using Cerec Technology, for accuracy and simplicity in the same visit.
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, your dentist 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.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist help to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
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
For those patients looking to improve the stability of an existing denture, consider connecting your denture to dental implants.
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with our dentists to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.
If you happen to be missing one or more teeth, dental implants could be the perfect solution for you! Dental implants are natural-looking and are permanently anchored into the patient's jawbone and, unlike traditional bridges, no preparation of adjacent teeth is required.
It is important to replace missing teeth, because if left with spaces, your teeth can shift and cause a variety of other dental problems. Dr. Hogan has extensive experience in treatment planning and designing implant solutions that are custom tailored for each individual patient. When your dental implants are placed, your jaw will bond and attach to the implant making them very strong and functional.
Traditionally, if crowns, onlays, inlays, or dental veneers were required to restore damaged teeth, multiple procedures and a great deal of waiting time in-between was expected. CEREC® creates quality ceramic restorations within minutes right at our dental office! This means that many treatments can be completed in just a single visit. CEREC® is comprised of several computer-assisted design (CAD) tools and a milling machine that creates custom ceramic restorative devices. This is of great benefit to nervous patients, and also reduces the cost of treatment.
Six Month Smiles®
Six Month Smiles is an innovative system that uses patented Lucid-lok clear brackets with tooth-colored wires to help straighten teeth in just 6 months! You will only have to come to visit Dr. Hogan each month for an easy adjustment.
Six Month Smiles gives patients an aesthetically pleasing way to achieve the straight smile they have been hoping for, without the look of traditional braces. For more information about Six Month Smiles, feel free to contact us today.
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 315-252-7281 and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. We try to see our dental emergencies within a 24 hour time frame.