Dr. Stephen Joseph Dental


Oral Health

Whether you are 80 or 8, your oral health is important. It also touches every aspect of our lives but is often taken for granted. Your mouth is a window into the health of your body. Everything you put into your mouth affects all parts, including nutritional deficiencies or general infection. Many people think they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good oral health.

Our services include:

Oral Exams and XRays

Regular checkups are the best way to avoid dental emergencies and keep your smile in great shape. Our team will review your x-rays and perform an exam to check the health of your teeth and gums.

Cleaning (Dental Hygiene)

Regular cleanings are the best possible way to keep your smile healthy and bright. They also help prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Regular cleanings are recommended at least every 6 months. Dental cleaning is performed by a dental hygienist to remove calculus, stains and plaque from your teeth.

Crowns and Bridges

A permanent dental solution to missing teeth or teeth that are decayed, damaged or cracked. Dental crowns are a restoration option to help bring your teeth back to their original appearance and function. Many patients can’t tell the difference between their crown and original teeth.

For missing teeth, a bridge is made to restore your smile. They replace the missing teeth with artificial teeth literally 'bridging' the gap where your natural teeth used to be. A bridge can be made of many different materials including gold, alloys, porcelain or some combination of these materials. An implant bridge is used to attach artifical teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue.

A variety of options are available to discuss with your dentist.

Complete and Partial Dentures

Full and partial dentures are one way to help individuals who have experienced tooth loss to regain the smile that they and others know and love.

Dentures are removable appliances that replace your missing teeth. If you lost your teeth due to gum disease, tooth decay or injury, replacing missing teeth will benefit your appearance and your health. When you lose all of your teeth, facial muscles begin to sag, making you look older.

With improved technology and updated materials, your dentist can craft complete and partial dentures that are both natural looking and feeling. Dentures can bring back a smile that patients thought was lost forever.

Like your teeth, your dentures should be brushed daily to remove food particles and plaque. You should also schedule routine visits so that your dentist can examine your mouth to see if dentures continue to fit properly and check for signs and symptoms of oral cancer.

Amalgam and Composite Fillings

Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing.

Dental amalgam is made from a combination of metals that include silver, tin, copper and mercury. Sometimes described as “silver-colored” fillings, dental amalgam has been used by dentists for more than 100 years.

Patients have a choice between composite or amalgam fillings, depending on your dental insurance benefit coverage.

Cosmetic Dentistry

We offer both partial and complete smile transformations that are customized to suit your aesthetic goals and unique dental needs.

Teeth whitening is a simple process. Whitening products contain one of two bleaching agents (hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide). These bleaches break stains into smaller pieces, which will make the color less concentrated and your teeth brighter. Bleaching teeth does not work on everyone. Whitening will not work on crowns (caps), veneers or fillings. You must also be decay free. That is why it is important to talk to your dentist before deciding to whiten your teeth.

Unlike a crown, which covers the entire tooth, a veneer is a thin covering that is placed over the front (visible) portion of the tooth. They are an option for correcting stained, chipped, decayed or crooked teeth. Veneers are made from two types of materials, one being ceramic, or a composite resin. Placing the veneer is an irreversible process. Your dentist will help you choose the material best for you, based on durability, stain resistance, color and a natural look.

Let Dr. Joseph design the smile of your dreams.