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  • Precision Dental Care
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Services and Technologies

Whatever you desire, from smile makeovers to one-day crowns to children’s dentistry, we are here for you and your loved ones. Combining clinical expertise with compassion, Dr. Ochoa meticulously evaluates each unique case so that our patients receive the personalized care and extraordinary results they deserve. Some people feel nervous about visiting a dentist, so we cater to anxiety-prone patients with massaging chairs, sedation dentistry, and a friendly, professional dental care team.

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How Myobrace straightens teeth naturally
The Myobrace System is a no-braces approach to straightening your teeth and jaws.
Treatment uses myofunctional orthodontic techniques to address the poor oral habits (known as myofunctional habits) that are the real, underlying causesof crooked teeth and uses light, intermittent forces to align the teeth. Myofunctional orthodontic techniques have been practiced by Orthodontists andDentists around the world for over 50 years.

This is done through the use of a series of removable dental appliances that are worn for just 1-2 hours each day and overnight while sleeping.

Daily use of the Myobrace combined with regular activities (to improve breathing, muscle function and tongue posture) results in straighter teeth and improved function, leading to optimal facial development and a healthier smile.

The Benefits
While straight teeth are an awesome benefit, one of the coolest things about Myobrace treatment is that it corrects bad oral habits, which can be the underlying cause of crooked teeth and underdeveloped jaws. One such habit is mouth breathing. It encourages patients to breathe through their nose, which improves the airway helping with asthma and allergies and boosting your overall health.

Myobrace treatment can allow patients to avoid braces altogether or in the small number of cases they're eventually required, individuals only have to wear them for a short time. Unlike traditional methods of teeth straightening, you won't experience a relapse where stubborn teeth go back to their old positions and it's more comfortable. Since the appliances are removable, you can keep up on your brushing and flossing and no one will know you're undergoing treatment.

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Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Most people think that snoring is just what some people do. However sleeping should be a silent activity. Snoring is not natural and unless you are suffering from a cold or congestion, you should breathe effortlessly when you are awake or asleep.

Dr. Ochoa has works closely with Sleep Physicians and Ear, Nose and Throat specialists in obtaining treatment for her patients (both adults and children) with airway issues.

Dr. Ochoa’s interest in Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy began when her father was diagnosed with severe OSA and prescribed CPAP therapy. She began to research the options available for this devastating condition and was excited to see she could play a role in helping these patients. Watching the struggles her father and her patients with OSA have had with CPAP over the years has inspired her to pursue Oral Appliance Therapy.

In 2010 Dr. Ochoa joined the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and American Sleep Apnea Association and continues to pursue studies in the area of Snoring and OSA. She only uses oral appliances that have been FDA approved for the treatment of Snoring and OSA. With many options in appliances available for the patient, Dr. Ochoa customizes the appropriate appliance for each individual patient’s needs.

Dr. Ochoa works closely with Sleep Physicians in the St.Louis area to make sure the Oral Appliance Therapy is effective. She treats her patients as a whole and is passionate about oral health and its role in overall health.

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E4D Same Day Crowns

If you live with the pain of a decayed, broken, or cracked tooth, Dr. Ochoa can restore functionality and relieve your discomfort with a E4D one-visit crown. Durable and long-lasting, crowns cover the damaged area and re-establish a solid tooth surface. Dr. Ochoa will design your custom crown to match the shape and size of your existing teeth, which preserves bite alignment. With our all-white crowns, you can keep your sparkling smile in tact.

Traditional crowns take two appointments that are usually weeks apart. In the interim, you have to wear a plastic temporary tooth that can be very cumbersome. With a “Same Day” crown, you will leave our office with the permanent restoration in the same day. Same-day crowns save our patients the time and inconvenience of appointments that are weeks apart. It also spares the patient the experience of wearing a temporary crown.

To produce your same-day crown, Dr. Ochoa has selected the E4D system. The E4D mills same-day Emax crowns, considered by some to be the strongest crowns on the market. Dr. Ochoa will first take 3D images of the tooth. She will then input the data into the precision mill, which will generate your custom same-day crown while you wait. No worries of what materials are actually in your crown. No shipping crowns overseas to unregulated laboratories. You receive a biocompatible crown made from a strong, solid block of porcelain.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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About Cosmetic Dentistry

You don’t have to settle for a flawed smile. A radiant appearance can open doors and contribute to professional and personal accomplishments. Studies show that people with gorgeous smiles are often viewed as more attractive, intelligent, and successful. With training in cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Ochoa can remove cracks, gaps, and stains, revealing a bold, spectacular image to the world.

We offer cosmetic dentistry services that allow you to change as little or as much of your smile as you want. Our cosmetic dentist will explain the options, like cosmetic bonding, teeth whitening, and porcelain veneers so that you can decide which treatment will produce the desired results. If you are considering multiple procedures, a smile makeover can completely transform your appearance. An artistic eye, combined with expertise and clinical skill, allows Dr. Ochoa to create extraordinary smiles for our patients.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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About General Dentistry

Research has proven that good oral health is necessary for overall health. Dr. Ochoa and the team and Precision Dental Care take your and your family's oral health seriously. She sees her role in your family's lives as your Oral Physician. People have the oil changed regularly to protect their cars. They replace smoke alarm batteries so that the system works properly. Yet, so many people don’t protect the health and longevity of their smiles. As a general and family dentist, Dr. Ochoa encourages routine checkups and good home hygiene. She works with our patients to promote lifelong oral health and overall health.

Why We Need Dental Checkups

As part of your comprehensive exam, Dr. Ochoa performs a thorough evaluation, which may include a:

  • Bite Assessment
  • DIAGNOdent Tooth Decay Inspection
  • Gum Disease Evaluation
  • Visual Oral Cancer and Head and Neck Screening
  • pH Testing of Saliva
  • TMJ Analysis
  • Cosmetic Screening
  • Airway / Sleep Apnea Screening

These services are performed complimentary, and additional, enhanced services may include digital radiography to detect tooth decay and/or a ViziLite oral cancer screening.

Dr. Ochoa utilizes microscopic dentistry to capture close-up views and magnify details not easily seen during a visual assessment of your smile. She sees what the naked eye cannot. During the exam, you can actually watch as she analyzes your whole mouth. Once your family dentist finishes the evaluation, she will explain her discoveries and partner with you to plan treatment. Resolving small problems now can save patients time and money, while helping to preserve their magnificent smiles. Magnification... Early Detection... The Precision you Deserve!

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About Restorative Dentistry

A smile tarnished by disease, decay, or disrepair can not only hurt your self-esteem, but can also compromise your oral health. According to current research, dental health can impact your overall wellbeing, so delaying treatment can negatively impact your quality of life. Dr. Ochoa can revitalize the integrity and appearance of your smile.

With composite fillings, implant dentistry, and one-visit crowns, Dr. Ochoa will improve the shape, appearance, and function of your teeth. If you would like to straighten your teeth, consider an orthodontic solution like Six-Month Smiles. Metal-free restorations enable us to repair damage and leave you with an attractive image.

Trained in advanced restorative therapy and microscopic dentistry, Dr. Ochoa will remove damaged tissue and select restorations based on the principle of functional aesthetics. Simply put, Dr. Ochoa will craft a fabulous smile designed to last. Patients who worry about extensive time in the dental chair can rest easy with our options for sedation dentistry.

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Smile Makeover

Give your image a lift with a complete smile makeover. We can conceal imperfections and deliver spectacular results. Dr. Ochoa has helped hundreds of patients attain lasting beauty with a customized smile makeover.

Often, a smile makeover will combine cosmetic enhancements with aesthetic restorations to renew your smile. If your teeth are yellow or stained, Dr. Ochoa may recommend teeth whitening. To create a uniform look, we may suggest Six-Month Smile orthodontics. We also offer cosmetic bonding and all-white crowns to enhance your smile.

Before your smile makeover begins, Dr. Ochoa will meet with you so that you can share your thoughts and visions for this process. Together, you will review photos and discuss attributes that you consider attractive. By learning your ideas, Dr. Ochoa can craft a personalized plan to deliver your perfect smile.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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Fluoride

Most US tap water contains fluoride today. However, most bottled water doesn't. Many people have fluoride deficiency, which puts teeth at a greater risk for getting cavities. In some cases, parents think that they are protecting their babies by using bottled water to mix formula, but actually, tap water is better in this case. Many children pack bottled water in school lunches, and adults tend to toss a bottled water in the car instead of filling up a reusable water bottle with tap water.

Fluoride is an interesting mineral because it attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel. At your checkup, we can determine whether your teeth would benefit from a fluoride supplement. If we find that your teeth could use a boost, we'll recommend a simple solution.

Fluoride mouth rinse in many flavors is available at our office. One quick rinse, and your teeth will have a better chance of staying healthy. We offer supplemental fluoride for patients of all ages. Oftentimes, our hygienist will recommend additional ways to keep your fluoride levels up between dental visits. These may include switching to tap water or using a fluoride-rich mouthwash at home.

For those patients that prefer to not use fluoride for their family, Dr. Ochoa has other cavity fighting alternatives such as MI Paste.

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NTI-tss Treatment for Bruxism, Migraines, and TMJ Dysfunction

Bruxism

Bruxism, an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth, can cause migraines, damage teeth, and contribute to temporomandibular dysfunction. The primary causes of bruxism are stress and tension. Dentists have found that the NTI-tss can prevent clinching and grinding.

Migraines

Research indicates that 40 million Americans suffer from migraines or tension headaches. The FDA reported that 82 percent of patients professionally diagnosed with migraines experienced a 77 percent average reduction in attacks in the first eight weeks while using the NTI-tss.

TMJ Dysfunction

Sometimes referred to as TMD, TMJ dysfunction is caused by over stimulation of the trigeminal nerve caused by excessive teeth occlusion. By reducing the intensity of the occlusion, the NTI-tss can relieve TMJ pain.

What is NTI-tss?

NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition. Nociceptors are nerves that sense and respond when the body is harmed. They tell the brain of impending damage, injury, or irritation. Trigeminal refers to the nerve which has three sensory divisions within the face and neck. The lower case tss stands for tension suppression system.
Once identified, we can often treat bruxism, migraines, or TMJ dysfunction with a revolutionary little acrylic mouthpiece, the NTI-tss device. The estimate for people fitted with the NTI-tss has exceeded 2.25 million throughout the world, and they all thank Dr. Jim Boyd for his invention. Dr. Boyd and his wife, migraine sufferers, were the first two patients to wear the device. Since it relived their migraine pain, it’s helped millions, and it can help you as well.

How Does NTI-tss Work?

Bruxism, many migraines, and TMJ dysfunction result from a jaw muscle/nerve malfunction. The NTI-tss interrupts the involuntary tug of war between the jaw's side and temporal muscles, reducing clenching intensity by one-third, thus reducing the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by nerves. Furthermore, the device causes muscles to relax in a stable position so that you and those hyperactive malfunctioning muscles can rest. Often this eliminates bruxism-related migraines and various kinds of TMJ pain. Some patients experience relief after one night, while others find comfort after a few weeks of wearing the NTI-tss.

The Facts About NTI-tss

Custom made to fit each patient’s unique bite, the NTI-tss appliance features a snap-in fit to stay secure during the night. Children cannot wear the standard device, but a special appliance can be made for primary teeth. Believe it or not, many insurance policies will help cover the costs of the appliance because it is FDA approved for migraine treatment and falls under the category of oral appliance or splint.

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Stem Cell Preservation with StemSave

Protect your family’s future health. Stem cells, found in cord blood and other parts of the anatomy, can be used to naturally repair the human body. The most common procedure for storing stem cells is at birth, using the umbilical cord. However, we can now harness the lifesaving potential of stem cells in our Imperial, MO dental office. The National Institutes of Health recently found a powerful class of adult stem cells in baby teeth, wisdom teeth, and permanent teeth.
Dr. Ochoa is a registered dentist with StemSave, which is a partnership between top stem cell researchers and the dental health community. StemSave offers a simple and affordable service for the collection and preservation of stem cells. Collection depends on your unique situation. As an adult, you might have a dental procedure scheduled that requires extraction, or choose to extract a tooth for the express purpose of collecting stem cells. Parents can easily coordinate the loss of baby teeth with a dental appointment to take advantage of StemSave. Don’t leave those valuable stem cells for the tooth fairy!

In either case, if you choose to pursue stem cell preservation, we will schedule an appointment, immediately seal the tooth after extraction, and rush it to a StemSave laboratory for testing. Viable cells will be cryogenically stored in case the donor ever needs them for a lifesaving procedure.

The scientific community touts the valuable potential of stem cells that will, in the near future, help patients afflicted with debilitating health conditions such as:

  • brain injuries,
  • leukemia,
  • multiple sclerosis,
  • heart disease,
  • Parkinson’s disease,
  • Crohn’s disease,
  • and periodontal disease.

One tooth may save your life or your child’s life. Experience the peace of mind that stem cell preservation offers, for both you and your family. Visit www.stemsave.com for more information.

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ViziLite Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that oral cancer steals the life of one American every hour? We don't hear much about oral cancer, but 35,000 patients will be diagnosed in 2008. Only half of patients diagnosed with oral cancer will survive longer than five years. Because it is often detected in the later stages, oral cancer's mortality rate is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins disease, brain, liver, kidney, or ovarian cancer. Treatment for oral cancer often causes disfiguration and lessens the patients quality of life.

Thanks to an amazing new technology, ViziLite, dentists and hygienists can quickly and painlessly screen for oral cancer. ViziLite is an identification and marking system that detects tissue abnormalities and is used in combination with traditional visual exams.

All adults should have an annual ViziLite exam because a quarter of oral cancer victims are non-smokers, don't drink, and have no lifestyle factors to heighten their oral cancer risk. Men over 40 are the most prone to the disease, although the number of women with oral cancer has risen in recent years, due to the increased number of women smokers. Patients with lifestyle risks, including any tobacco use, daily alcohol consumption, viral infections, autoimmune deficiencies like HIV, and diabetes, may need more frequent evaluations.

The screening involves a few simple steps. First, you rinse thoroughly with a cleansing solution. Then, your dentist dims the overhead lights and examines your mouth using the ViziLite wand. If ViziLite finds a problem area, the spot will become illuminated and appear distinctly different from the surrounding normal tissue.
While all of this information sounds disheartening, if oral cancer is found and treated in the early stages the condition has an 80 to 90-percent cure rate.

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Teeth Whitening

A dull, yellow, or dingy smile can make you look older, but a brilliant, white smile communicates youth and vitality. Erase stains and enjoy a sensational new image with professional teeth whitening. In just one visit, we can lighten your teeth up to 10 shades with KOR Whitening. Safe and effective, KOR Whitening can put the pizzazz back in your smile in about an hour.

Prefer to gradually whiten your smile? We offer at-home teeth whitening kits for patients who want to reap the benefits of a sparkling smile, but prefer the convenience of in-home teeth whitening. Dr. Ochoa will fit you for custom trays and supply you with professional-grade bleaching gel. At-home teeth whitening will give you the same results as chairside teeth whitening, but over a 10 to 14 day timeframe. To touch up their one-hour KOR Whitening, many patients also use take-home trays.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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Cosmetic Bonding

f you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth that needs cosmetic restoration, we may suggest one-appointment bonding. The dentist can apply putty-like composite resin, shaded to blend with your tooth’s color, to rebuild a pleasing shape to your tooth. After hardening the resin with a curing light, the dentist will artistically sculpt and polish the restoration. In just one visit, you can enjoy a beautiful new smile! Cosmetic bonding can be a viable, affordable alternative to porcelain veneers, but it lasts only 5 to 10 years with proper care. Bonding will not discolor as your natural tooth enamel will, so touch-up teeth whitening may be required to keep your natural teeth the same shade as the bonded area.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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Fixed Bridges

A Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile

If you've lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.

What is a Fixed Bridge?

First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 10 years.

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DENTAL CLEANING

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Most dental cleanings take only 25 to 30 minutes. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay. A routine dental cleaning should include scaling, root planing and polishing.

Scaling and root planing is the process of removing plaque and tartar from all tooth surfaces with a variety of methods, depending on the amount of plaque and tartar. Dental hygienists traditionally perform scaling by hand. However, new and advanced technology has led to more modern methods such as electric scalers. This sophisticated tool allows dental cleanings to be performed more efficiently and in less time. Both electric and manual scaling methods can be combined to achieve the best results. Polishing completes the cleaning, making the surface of the teeth smooth and minimizing future plaque build-up.

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Dentures & Partials

A smile just isn't a smile if it's incomplete. Missing teeth cause a host of problems, from difficulty speaking and eating to low self-confidence to jawbone deterioration. Don't give up on your smile. Advances in dental materials and technology have made full and partial dentures more lifelike and comfortable than ever.

What is a Partial

A partial denture, commonly referred to as simply a partial, consists of multiple teeth on a gum colored base. The teeth are not in a row, but rather spread across the base to fit like a puzzle with your existing teeth. A partial is normally secured with clips or brackets, but unlike a bridge, a partial is removable.

What is a Denture

A full denture is a complete top or bottom row of teeth mounted on a gum-colored base. Dentures can be closed or open palate, and they require denture adhesive to hold them in place.

Implant-Supported Dentures and Partials

If you prefer a secure full or partial denture and do not want clips or adhesive, then consider implant-supported dentures. In a brief surgery, an implant dentist can secure a few dental implant posts to hold your dentures in place. With implant-supported dentures, you won't have to worry about slippage, and your prosthetic will feel safe and sound.

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EXTRACTIONS

Good oral hygiene is a must, because the loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Malpositioned teeth
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

The dentist may advise to have a tooth extracted after Careful examination and treatment—often taking x-rays to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, a dentist may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with pain killers and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.

If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.

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Composite Fillings

If you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings.

Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes.

Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years – that’s as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry – the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you’ll likely have in the future.

Some patients experience mild and temporary post-placement sensitivity from composite resin fillings. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea, and other staining foods and beverages may discolor your composites unless you ask to have them coated with a clear plastic sealant.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

 

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Beat Bad Breath with the CloSYSII System

Bad breath, known as halitosis in professional circles, can cause embarrassment for the carrier and discomfort for others. If you have bad breath, you probably don't want to talk about it, and if you know someone who has it, you don't want to bring it up. Many people suffer from bad breath without even knowing it. Those who suspect they have halitosis try temporary cover ups, like breath mints or alcohol-based mouthwashes that dry out the mouth and increase susceptibility to bad breath. Some people just don't know what to do, so they do nothing.

What Causes Bad Breath?

The primary cause of halitosis is decay of oral bacteria, human cells, and food debris, a continual process that creates odorous molecules called volatile sulfur compounds. Brushing and flossing can help a little, as can regular dental cleanings and repairing decayed areas. These efforts may not completely solve the problem.

Pro Treatment

The revolutionary CloSYSII system is four-part program that can permanently eliminate bad breath. The product's active ingredient is a proprietary formulation of chlorine dioxide and phosphate, which not only neutralizes and eliminates those smelly volatile sulfur compounds on contact, but it also prevents their return for up to five hours.
CloSYSII manufacturers recommend taking six steps to kissable breath. First, use a plastic tongue scraper to remove all the coating from tongue. The starter kit includes a tongue scraper, or you can purchase them at the drugstore. Scrape the entire tongue, including the extreme back portion. Next, use a Q-tip to place a tiny dab of CloSYSII toothpaste between your teeth and below the gum lines. Floss over this gently. Then, with your CloSYSII toothpaste and warm water, brush your teeth, gums, tongue, roof of the mouth, and the sides of your cheeks. Remember, bacteria isn't picky about where it hides.

Next, rinse twice: first with water, then with CloSYSII mouthwash for 30 seconds, forcing the liquid between your teeth. Finally, use a fresh mouthful to gargle for 60 seconds. Do not rinse again with water. This will stop the odorous sulfur compounds for up to 5 hours. Tuck the CloSYSII breath spray in your pocket so you can freshen as needed throughout the day. Most people experience dramatic results in just a few days of treatment.

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PERIODONTAL (GUM) TREATMENT

The gums, ligaments, and bone around the teeth form the foundation for one's teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium is not healthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. With proper gum treatments, however, it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. If you're having a problem, come in and see us so we may treat it right away. The treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic, along with local antibiotic agents. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.

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Implant Dentistry

A dental implant is an ideal tooth restoration for people who are missing one or more teeth for a variety of reasons like injury or periodontal disease. To begin the implant process, a metal post is surgically positioned into the jaw. Once it is in place and the bone surrounding the implant has had time to heal, a replacement tooth is attached to the post. While implants are typically more expensive than other methods of tooth replacement, they provide superior benefits. Implants are stronger than natural teeth and generally last 10-20 years. They are also a more favorable approach than bridgework, because they do not depend on neighboring teeth for support.

Implants require healthy gums and adequate bone. A patient must also be committed to excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits, as these are critical to the long-term success of dental implants.

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INVISALIGN

Invisalign is an attractive alternative to traditional metal braces. It is a series of clear, custom-fit removable mouth trays that apply a controlled amount of force to your teeth, slowly straightening them. The system provides the same beautiful results as traditional braces, but they are virtually invisible. Because Invisalign trays are removable, they can be taken out while eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.

The Invisalign system begins in the dentist or orthodontist's office with taking molds to design a patient's trays. Patients switch trays every two weeks, slowly shifting the teeth. They system requires a visit to the office every six weeks so the treatment can be monitored. Once treatment is complete, a patient will likely be given a retainer to maintain the smile.

The cost of Invisalign varies according to the complexity of the case. However, Invisalign is generally more expensive than traditional braces. Insurance policies generally cover Invisalign to the same extent that they cover traditional braces.

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LUMINEERS

Veneers are a common cosmetic procedure in which the outside of the tooth is covered, improving the appearance. LUMINEERS® BY DenMat are a special kind of porcelain veneers that offer a painless way to a permanently whiter and perfectly-aligned smile. These "smile shapers" are as thin as contact lenses and can be applied to your teeth without any grinding or shaving. They create a beautiful and natural-looking smile. LUMINEERS can even be placed over existing crown or bridgework without having to replace them.

Our team has taken numerous advanced training courses in this procedure. To see if you are a candidate, call our office for a consultation.

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Mouthguards

Helmets, knee pads, shin guards…if you’re an avid athlete or the parent of one, you know the importance of proper protective gear. But did you know that up to 40 percent of all sports injuries involve the face? Protect your smile and your mouth with a comfortable, custom-molded mouthguard to dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injury.

What is a Mouthguard?

A mouthguard is a comfortable piece of athletic gear that fits over your teeth and can help protect your smile as well as your lips, tongue, face, and jaw. New research indicates that mouthguards can even reduce the severity of concussions.

While hockey, boxing, and rugby players would obviously benefit from mouthguards, others, like bicyclists, weightlifters, and gymnasts, made the ADA’s list of athletes who need mouthguards. This may sound excessive, but studies show that 13 to 39 percent of all dental injuries are sports related. Because the face is an important part of a person’s image, self confidence, and sometimes success, it’s better to be safe than…toothless!

Before facemasks and mouthguards were required in football, half of all players’ injuries occurred in the mouth. During the playing season, players had a one in ten chance of mouth injury. Once high schools and colleges began requiring facemasks and mouthguards, the number of injuries reported dropped by 200,000 per year. Naturally, dentists and the ADA recommend mouthguards for adults and children in any recreational activity that poses the risk of injury to your mouth.

Types of Mouthguards

Ready-Made Mouthguards

You may have seen ready-made mouthguards in a department or sporting goods store. These generic mouthguards are inexpensive and readily available. Unfortunately, because they are not custom-fitted, they may seem bulky and uncomfortable in your mouth. Ready-made mouthguards are secured by closed jaws which means, when an athlete wears a ready-made mouthguard, speaking and breathing may be difficult.
Mouth-Formed Mouthguards

If you’re looking for something that is more custom fit to your mouth, you might consider mouth-formed mouthguards. Acrylic, shell liner mouthguards provide a comfortable and secure fit over your natural teeth. Unfortunately, many users report that this mouthguard can have an unpleasant odor or taste. It can also harden over time and lose its flexibility. Another type of mouth-formed mouthguard, the thermoplastic style, can be customized by heating it in water, then biting it. It will take on the shape of your bite. While these maintain their flexibility, they can feel bulky.

Custom-Made Mouthguards

The best solution, custom-made mouthguards are comfortable, practical, and protective. A dentist or lab technician creates the custom-made mouthguard after taking impressions of your teeth.
Before you purchase any mouthguard, talk to your dentist. Special mouthguards or mouth protectors are recommended for patients with braces, removable bridges or dentures, a protruding jaw, or a cleft palate.

Mouthguard Care

Always wear your mouthguard during practice and games. Never chew on it because you may weaken the material and decrease its effectiveness. Holes, tears, and damage to the mouthguard may irritate your gums or soft tissue. If you notice damage, replace your mouthguard immediately.

Before and after each use, check your mouthguard for damage and rinse it with cold water or mouthwash. You should regularly clean your guard with a toothbrush and toothpaste or in a solution of soapy water. Be sure to rinse it well and store it in a firm, perforated container. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight or high temperatures.

Most importantly, you should schedule regular dental check-ups, including one right before the playing season starts. When you see your dentist, bring your mouthguard and discuss any problems or concerns you may have.

ADA & ASD Advice

The American Dental Association and the Academy of Sports Dentistry recommend mouthguards for athletes who participate in:

  • Acrobatics
• Bandi
• Baseball
• Basketball
• Bicycling
• Boxing
• Equestrian Events
• Field Events
  • Field Hockey
• Football
• Gymnastics
• Handball
• Ice Hockey
• Inline Skating
• Lacrosse
• Martial Arts
  • Racquetball
• Rugby
• Shot Put
• Skateboarding
• Skiing
• Skydiving
• Soccer
• Softball
  • Squash
• Surfing
• Volleyball
• Water Polo
• Weightlifting
• Wrestling

 

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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ORAL HYGIENE MAINTENANCE

Maintaining good oral hygiene is one of the most important things a patient can do for their teeth and gums. It's ultimately up to the patient in between visits, but the dentist is here to help and offer tips. Healthy teeth enable patients to have a smile that is both attractive and functional, and good oral health is vitally important to overall well-being.

Daily preventive Care in between regular dental visits can greatly decrease the risk of developing tooth decay, gum disease and other dental problems. Consider incorporating these habits:

  • Brush thoroughly twice a day and floss daily
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks between meals
  • Use dental products that contain fluoride, including fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse with a fluoride mouth rinse if your dentist advises you to
  • Make sure that your children under 12 drink fluoridated water or take a fluoride supplement if they live in a non-fluoridated area

Feel free during your visit to our office to ask us any questions regarding your oral hygiene habits. We are here to help you.

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Orthodontics, Six-Month Smiles & ClearCorrect

Orthodontics is the practice of preventing and correcting the irregularities of the teeth. Dr. Ochoa applies the principles of orthodontics to straighten our patients’ smiles. Many people think that only children benefit from braces, but you are never too old to enjoy a fabulous smile. Because we understand that our adult patients want to maintain their dignity, we have other options for your treatment, including Six Month Smiles and ClearCorrect clear aligners.

For patients who want to quickly change the alignment of their teeth, Dr. Ochoa often suggests Six Month Smiles, the discreete, affordable, and fast way to straighten teeth. With these cosmetic braces, we focus on straightening the teeth most visible when you smile. These fast braces exert low-force pressure on your teeth, which shifts them into alignment by about the time you're due for a cleaning - six months! Six Month Smiles are the perfect option for a pre-wedding makeover or a smile enhancement before family reunion or important meeting. Dr. Ochoa will provide a free consultation for anyone interested in Six Month Smiles, so contact our Imperial, MO dental office for more information.

The ClearCorrect system uses removable, clear aligners (Similar to Invisalign*) to gradually shift your smile into position. Dr. Ochoa will send your impressions, photos, and X-rays to ClearCorrect with a prescription for your custom aligners. ClearCorrect takes this data and creates your complete set of clear aligners. Wear the aligner(s) for about three weeks and then switch to the next set in the series. In just 12 to 18 months, you can achieve a beautiful smile.

*Although extensively trained, Dr. Ochoa is not a specialist in orthodontics. Dr. Ochoa utlizes Clear Correct for clear aligner therapy over Invisalign because she feels it's a superior product and more efficiently moves the teeth.

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ROOT CANALS

Root canal treatment, also referred to as root canal therapy or endodontic therapy, is used to save an infected or damaged tooth and avoid having to remove it. A root canal becomes necessary when a neglected cavity reaches all the way to the pulp at the center of the tooth and becomes infected. Regular cleanings and checkups detect and prevent problems early on. Trauma can also cause the nerve of a tooth to be deeply damaged. Once this occurs, the pulp becomes infected, even extending through the root tip, and it begins to eat away at the surrounding bone (this is called an abscess). By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system, making it very dangerous and painful. Symptoms of infected pulp may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain with biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, there are no symptoms, and you are unaware of any problem until a checkup.

A root canal is performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp and disinfect the canals of the tooth. The only other treatment would be to extract the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) is filled to prevent any further infection. Crowns are usually recommended to cover and restore a tooth after root canal therapy.

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SEALANTS

Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry. Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible.

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NITROUS SEDATION FOR DENTAL ANXIETY

Dental sedation is a technique that can be used when a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia. We are happy to offer a number of solutions for our patients to make their dental visit as comfortable as possible. Sedation dentistry techniques enable patients - who might otherwise avoid the dentist - to receive dental treatment necessary for a healthy smile.

Depending on the extent of the anxiety or phobia, varying degrees of dental sedation can be utilized as described below.

Nitrous Oxide Sedation

Nitrous Oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas" is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable. This sedation is inhaled through a mask that allows you to breathe in the medication and induces a state of relaxation. Local anesthetic will be administered in conjunction with nitrous oxide to eliminate pain.

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SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT

Problems with sleep can quickly and negatively impact overall well-being. High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, brain damage, depression, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, weight gain and more—all of these can be caused by sleep apnea and snoring. Solve your sleeping struggles at the dentist's office? It's definitely possible.

Oral sleep appliance therapy can be a very effective treatment option for patients suffering from mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. These custom-fit appliances shift the lower jaw forward and open the bite and airway.

Following are some common symptoms of sleep breathing disorders:

  • Daytime drowsiness or fatigue
  • Loud, recurring snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air in your sleep
  • A man with neck size greater than 17 inches
  • A woman with neck size greater than 16 inches
  • Stop breathing while asleep
  • Unexplained weight gain/trouble losing weight
  • High blood pressure
  • Acid reflux
  • History of stroke or heart attack
  • Fall asleep during the day when activity is low
  • Family history of sleep apnea
  • Impotence

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, come into our office for a consultation. We will review the severity of your condition and discuss dental sleep treatment. It is always best to have had a sleep study conducted to determine the severity of your problem. However, this may not be necessary in treatment for simple snoring.

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TMJ TREATMENTS

TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and is used to describe dysfunction or disorders related to the joint. "Temporo," refers to the temple area of the skull; "mandibular," refers to the lower jaw; and "joint" is essentially where the head and jaw meet. Problems in this joint may be caused by a trauma, misalignment of the teeth, or excess muscle tension. The two bones that meet at the jaw are buffered by cartilage and five different muscles, so TMJ can cause a variety of troubles.

Common TMJ symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Trouble/soreness in opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw
  • Pain in the jaw muscles
  • Soreness in the area, sometimes extending to the face

Dental treatments for the condition can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth, adjusting the bite, filling gaps between teeth, and more. There is no one solution that is right for all cases. Sometimes a plastic mouthpiece is used to prevent clenching or grinding that is contributing to the problem. If TMJ is left untreated and reaches extremes, surgery may be required to repair the badly damaged joint.

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Porcelain & Minimal-Prep Veneers

Do you hide your smile? Want to mask the stains, cracks, and gaps that make you feel self-conscious about your teeth? Veneers are thin porcelain shells that cover imperfections and deliver a stunning, straight, sparkling smile in just two office visits. In some cases, we can place minimal-prep or no-prep veneers, which require no preliminary tooth enamel reduction.

The new, thin shells look and feel natural because they are crafted from highly esthetic materials that reflect light like natural tooth enamel. In addition, removing a thin layer of enamel can uncover a brighter shade below the surface of discolored teeth. When light reflects off your translucent new veneers, spots below the surface will not detract from your smile.

With no-prep or minimal-prep veneers, your natural teeth – under the veneers – don't change much, if at all. Because you retain your original tooth structure, you benefit in three ways:

  • You won’t need temporary veneers, which will save time and expense.
  • Minimal-prep veneers can sit on top of existing crowns or bridgework.
  • No-prep veneers are reversible. (Not that anyone would want to part with a gleaming new smile!)

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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Lifetime Whitening

Because we want our patients to keep their smiles looking amazing, we have established lifetime whitening. With the lifetime whitening program, patients who already have bleaching trays can preschedule their recare appointments. If you keep the appointment and receive a good report, we will give you whitening gel for life. Patients who don’t have the trays can receive a new set for just $99 (value of $300), and then participate in the lifetime whitening program by prescheduling their recare appointments and following up with good home habits.

Experience personalized dentistry and exceptional care. Call our Imperial, MO dental office to make an appointment with Dr. Ochoa. Located in Imperial, Precision Dental Care is convenient for residents of Arnold, Barnhart, Fenton, Crystal City, and Festus.

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WISDOM TOOTH EXTRACTIONS

Wisdom teeth are the last molars, or "third molars" that develop on each side of the jaw. They usually emerge in the back of the mouth between the ages of 16-20.

Wisdom teeth are a valuable asset to the mouth when they are healthy and properly positioned. Often, however, they cause problems and require removal. When the jaw isn't large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

A wisdom tooth extraction is a relatively routine procedure. The dentist will numb the area in the mouth with a local anesthesia or use IV sedation so that the patient is asleep during the procedure.

After the tooth (or teeth) is removed, the patient is given gauze and bites down softly for a recommended amount of time to limit any bleeding. Some pain and swelling may occur, but it will usually go away after a few days.

Please call our office if, after following post-op instructions, you have prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever.

Click the Patient Comfort & Technologies we provide below for more information on each subject.

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ALPHA STIM

ALPHA STIM

These alpha waves are seen in the brain when we are relaxing, dreaming or meditating. Result- Alpha-Stim units leave the user alert while inducing a relaxed state, or “Alpha State“.
Benefits include:

  • Non-invasive, drug-free pain control
  • Lower anxiety and pain during dental visits
  • Low cost, safe, easy to use pain control
  • Long-lasting effects with no tolerance problems
  • Indication for use: Anxiety, pain (back,body,arthritis. TMJD, sports injuries, etc…), insomnia, depression, stress, muscle tension and headaches.

Dr. Ochoa offers the Alpha-Stim unit treatments to help make patients as comfortable and relaxed as possible, during their dental visits. Ask for the Alpha-Stim treatment when you come in for your next dental visit and make the visit more relaxed and comfortable.

 

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DIGITAL RADIOGRAPHY

What We See Is What We Get

We've invested in a new way of looking into your mouth – a procedure that's fast, comfortable, and incredibly precise. Using digital radiography, we can clearly identify all external and internal anatomical structures and accurately diagnose your dental problems. Even more amazing, we can immediately translate that information into a large, clear, accurate image, projected onto a monitor that patient and doctor can study together in the operatory. You won’t even have to leave your chair. Digital radiography’s technology improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients’ teeth, resulting in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions. As the most important member of your dental team, you need to understand the condition of your mouth, as well as our recommendations for treatment. Digital radiographs help us help you.

Reduced Radiation, Radical Results

Traditionally, dentists used X-rays to see what the naked eye could not; X-rays were developed in a darkroom with hazardous chemicals, and then viewed on a special light board. The developed X-rays had to be stored, which required large filing systems. By far, the worst part of traditional X-rays was the radiation exposure to patients. Digital radiography has completely transformed this process.

Now, when you come into our Imperial, MO dental office for X-rays, a tiny sensor is placed in your mouth to emit a small amount of radiation – up to 90-percent less than traditional X-rays required. This creates a detailed image of your internal oral structures that is immediately viewable on a chairside monitor, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images. We can rotate and magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. The digital images store easily and efficiently in our computer files, safe and sound. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital X-rays can be easily, inexpensively, and accurately reproduced indefinitely.

Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients.

 

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SEDATION DENTISTRY

Even with modern technology and our numerous amenities, some people still feel apprehensive about dental visits. Dr. Ochoa understands your concerns and will work with you so that you can receive the care you need. Sedation dentistry has given millions of people a chance to restore their oral health and reclaim their gorgeous smiles.

Reasons for Sedation Dentistry:

  • Anxiety about Dental Visits
  • Difficulty Getting Numb
  • Need Multiple Treatments Completed in One Visit
  • Low Pain Threshold
  • Dislike the Sounds and Smells During Treatment
  • Strong Gag Reflex
IV Sedation Administered by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist

Dr. Ochoa has partnered with Premier Dental Anesthesiology– a highly skilled and trained group of Board Certified Anesthesiologists. During IV sedation, the Anesthesiologist will administer a sedating medicine directly into your bloodstream. This form of sedation dentistry produces an extreme level of relaxation. This is a safe way to achieve complete relaxation with very little memory of the visit. Dr. Ochoa believes by partnering with a Board Certified Anesthesiologist, she can focus on the dentistry while the Anesthesiologist can focus on keeping you comfortable and adjusting the sedation as needed.

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STA™ (Single Tooth Anesthesia Delivery)

Patient comfort is one of our primary concerns, so we are proud to have integrated the STA system into our practice. CompuDent, which is the brain behind the STA system, is a computerized local anesthesia delivery unit. The STA uses a tiny needle to administers the anesthesia to a single tooth, preventing numbness of the lips, nose, and face.

How it Works

Injections can be irritating for many reasons, but one pain factor is that the anesthesia is concentrated in a small area until it dissipates. Anesthesia administered too fast can also cause pain. Another irritation stems from too much tissue going numb, which can leave a patient drooling after an appointment.

CompuDent manages the flow and volume of anesthesia being delivered, and it also offers more accuracy for the area being numbed. The STA pen-sized wand, through which the regulated anesthesia flows, does not look or feel like a syringe. A drop of topical numbing agent first numbs the injection site, and then the needle creates a comfortable injection pathway.

Voila!

STA helps patients relax before, during, and after procedures. Beforehand, patients have confidence instead of anxiety; during treatment, they receive regulated medication to keep them comfortable; and afterwards, they can return to normal activity for the rest of the day.

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NITROUS OXIDE

Many people know nitrous oxide as laughing gas. In our Imperial, MO dental office, we administer nitrous oxide to enhance patient comfort and relieve anxiety for patients of all ages. After you're comfortably seated in the dental chair, you'll inhale the gas (a nitrous oxide and oxygen mixture) through a face mask. We will control the amount of nitrous you receive to ensure your safety. You will begin to relax and will not recognize pain, so the dentist can perform your dental work while you stay completely comfortable. The effects of nitrous oxide subside once we remove your mask, so if nitrous is the only anesthesia you receive, you will be capable of driving yourself home following the visit and can continue your daily activities as normal.

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ISOLITE

We use the Isolite system for greater efficiency and increased patient comfort. The flexible, illuminated mouthpiece gently depresses the tongue, controls moisture, improves visibility, and alleviates jaw tension. The Isolite system streamlines your dental treatment, eliminating the need for suction, and reducing your treatment time by 20 to 30%. Patients and dentists agree, the Isolite system greatly reduces discomfort and enhances any dental treatment.

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WAX-UP MODELS

Just as an engineer creates a model to ensure that a machine will work correctly, the dentist often fabricates a wax-up model of jaws and teeth when working on more complex restorative or cosmetic cases. By building an accurate model of your mouth, we can test prosthetics, veneers, and other dental work to ensure a proper fit. You can also see what our proposed solutions will look like on the wax model, so you'll make a truly informed decision about your dental work. If adjustments are required, the dentist adapts the model to reflect changes before the case goes to the dental laboratory. Wax-ups provide us with a realistic projection of how your dental work will look and function, which results in more accurate restorations.

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VIZILITE ORAL CANCER SCREENING

Did you know that oral cancer steals the life of one American every hour? We don't hear much about oral cancer, but 35,000 patients will be diagnosed in 2008. Only half of patients diagnosed with oral cancer will survive longer than five years. Because it is often detected in the later stages, oral cancer's mortality rate is higher than that of cervical cancer, Hodgkins disease, brain, liver, kidney, or ovarian cancer. Treatment for oral cancer often causes disfiguration and lessens the patients quality of life

Thanks to an amazing new technology, ViziLite, dentists and hygienists can quickly and painlessly screen for oral cancer. ViziLite is an identification and marking system that detects tissue abnormalities and is used in combination with traditional visual exams.

All adults should have an annual ViziLite exam because a quarter of oral cancer victims are non-smokers, don't drink, and have no lifestyle factors to heighten their oral cancer risk. Men over 40 are the most prone to the disease, although the number of women with oral cancer has risen in recent years, due to the increased number of women smokers. Patients with lifestyle risks, including any tobacco use, daily alcohol consumption, viral infections, autoimmune deficiencies like HIV, and diabetes, may need more frequent evaluations.

The screening involves a few simple steps. First, you rinse thoroughly with a cleansing solution. Then, your dentist dims the overhead lights and examines your mouth using the ViziLite wand. If ViziLite finds a problem area, the spot will become illuminated and appear distinctly different from the surrounding normal tissue.

While all of this information sounds disheartening, if oral cancer is found and treated in the early stages the condition has an 80 to 90-percent cure rate.

 

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NTI-TSS TREATMENT FOR BRUXISM, MIGRAINES & TMJ DYSFUNCTION

Bruxism

Bruxism, an unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth, can cause migraines, damage teeth, and contribute to temporomandibular dysfunction. The primary causes of bruxism are stress and tension. Dentists have found that the NTI-tss can prevent clinching and grinding.

Migraines

Research indicates that 40 million Americans suffer from migraines or tension headaches. The FDA reported that 82 percent of patients professionally diagnosed with migraines experienced a 77 percent average reduction in attacks in the first eight weeks while using the NTI-tss.

TMJ Dysfunction

Sometimes referred to as TMD, TMJ dysfunction is caused by over stimulation of the trigeminal nerve caused by excessive teeth occlusion. By reducing the intensity of the occlusion, the NTI-tss can relieve TMJ pain.

What is NTI-tss?

NTI-tss stands for Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition. Nociceptors are nerves that sense and respond when the body is harmed. They tell the brain of impending damage, injury, or irritation. Trigeminal refers to the nerve which has three sensory divisions within the face and neck. The lower case tss stands for tension suppression system.
Once identified, we can often treat bruxism, migraines, or TMJ dysfunction with a revolutionary little acrylic mouthpiece, the NTI-tss device. The estimate for people fitted with the NTI-tss has exceeded 2.25 million throughout the world, and they all thank Dr. Jim Boyd for his invention. Dr. Boyd and his wife, migraine sufferers, were the first two patients to wear the device. Since it relived their migraine pain, it’s helped millions, and it can help you as well.

How Does NTI-tss Work?

Bruxism, many migraines, and TMJ dysfunction result from a jaw muscle/nerve malfunction. The NTI-tss interrupts the involuntary tug of war between the jaw's side and temporal muscles, reducing clenching intensity by one-third, thus reducing the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by nerves. Furthermore, the device causes muscles to relax in a stable position so that you and those hyperactive malfunctioning muscles can rest. Often this eliminates bruxism-related migraines and various kinds of TMJ pain. Some patients experience relief after one night, while others find comfort after a few weeks of wearing the NTI-tss.

The Facts About NTI-tss

Custom made to fit each patient’s unique bite, the NTI-tss appliance features a snap-in fit to stay secure during the night. Children cannot wear the standard device, but a special appliance can be made for primary teeth. Believe it or not, many insurance policies will help cover the costs of the appliance because it is FDA approved for migraine treatment and falls under the category of oral appliance or splint.

Click here for more information on NTI-tss.

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MICROSCOPE ENHANCED DENTISTRY

Microscopic enhanced dentistry (or microdentistry) allows Dr. Ochoa to see tiny details that are simply impossible to visualize with the naked eye or loupes, glasses with magnification in the lenses. Less than one percent of general dentists use microscopes to perform examinations. Dr. Ochoa has taken the lead in her field with this endeavor into microscopic dentistry.

Dr. Ochoa has selected surgical operating microscopes that give a clear, magnified perspective. This enlarged 3D image facilitates a more accurate diagnosis and precise treatment. Greater visual acuity with the surgical microscope's wide range of magnification, and bright illumination, removes a lot of guess work that can take place with "eyes only" dentistry. Because many fractures and cavities are too difficult to see with the naked eye or loupes, the microscope strongly assists Dr. Ochoa in spotting the fine dividing line between healthy and unhealthy situations.

Patients can actually watch Dr. Ochoa perform treatment, if they like, since the microscope projects the image on a monitor in the operatories. Dr. Ochoa can also show you what she saw under the microscope to explain the treatment plan, removing any doubt or confusion.

With microscopic dentistry, Dr. Ochoa provides a win-win situation for both the practitioner and the patient. Higher magnification allows the dentist to see more clearly so that we can identify and correct problems early on, which saves your time, money, and beautiful smile. Feel free to ask the Precision Dental Care team any questions you have about this revolutionary technology.

Magnification… Early Detection… The Precision You Deserve!

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DIGITAL PANOREX

A Panorex image is an X-ray that depicts a panoramic view of your mouth, from one side to the other. This image can help Dr. Ochoa understand the relationship between your teeth, jaws, and occlusion (bite, or how your top and bottom teeth fit together). It also allowsher to evaluate for cysts, tumors, and masses, as well as atheromas, which are calcifications that can build up in the carotid artery that leads to the brain. When planning extensive restorative or cosmetic cases, a Panorex may be necessary in addition to intra- and extra-oral photos and digital X-rays.

Our office uses digital technology for Panorex images that are clear, accurate, and easily stored and transferred. Best of all, a digital Panorex can be taken with up to 90% less radiation than a traditional Panorex. We can review the digital Panorex images with you from our chairside monitor, explaining what the dentist sees and helping you make an informed decision.

 

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INTRAORAL CAMERA

People seldom have a clear idea of the actual status of their dental health. Even with lights and mirrors, a patient can’t see what the dentist can – that is, until now.

We use intraoral cameras, so when you visit the dentist, you can sit comfortably back in the chair and get ready for the show. The dentist or hygienist will insert a pen-sized, camera-tipped wand into your mouth. Covered with a disposable plastic sheath for contamination prevention, the wand simply takes a video of the inside of your mouth and transmits the images via cable to a computing unit. The computing unit enlarges the full-color images and sends them to a TV screen that you can comfortably view from the dental chair. Aha! There it is – your mouth on the screen. The dentist can point out problem areas and explain his recommendations for treatment, so you’ll become an informed partner in your dental care instead of a clueless bystander.

Seeing your dental problems may seem overwhelming at first, but consider the experience the first step toward a healthier, fresher smile. The camera may reveal the early stages of potentially serious problems, allowing you the opportunity to prevent small problems before they escalate. This is especially helpful with gum disease and conditions that cause damage without causing pain. The camera's honest survey can also show you how your regular home hygiene routine is paying off. The dental hygienist or dentist can recommend ways to improve your homecare based on their findings.

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E4D Same-Day Crowns, Inlays, Onlays, & Veneers

You can get glasses in an hour; why not expect a similar turnaround for a restored tooth? You can! Today's technology enables us to design, mill, and place a dental crown, inlay, onlay, or cosmetic veneers, in the same day! The E4D Dentist System not only streamlines the dental restoration process, it features state-of-the-art imaging technology for more precise, natural-looking restorations. Our patients love the comfort and convenience of same-day dentistry.

Consider your choice:

Conventional Method
  • Visit the dentist.
  • Bite down on a sticky, messy material to make an impression of your teeth (definitely not an exact science).
  • Wear a temporary restoration up to four weeks! In the meantime, you may experience sensitivity, shifting teeth, or even breakage.
  • Visit the dentist – again – several weeks later for your permanent restoration.
Same Day Dentistry with E4D
  • Visit the dentist.
  • Sit back while we quickly scan your prepared tooth with a laser wand; wirelessly send the information to an in-office milling station; and virtually design your highly accurate restoration. You can even preview how it will look!
  • E4D design software allows us to add cusps, contours, grooves, and other anatomical features for a natural look and feel.
  • We finish by customizing the shade and luster to complement your facial features.
  • In a short time, your metal-free restoration is ready.
  • No worries of shipping crowns to overseas labs.
  • Restorations are made from biocompatible, solid, and strong porcelain.
  • You leave, same day, with a custom crown, inlay, onlay or veneer(s).
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CAD/CAM CHAIRSIDE RESTORATION SYSTEM

Our office utilizes CAD/CAM technology. CAD/CAM stands for "computer-aided design" and "computer-aided manufacturing". This technology allows the dentist to use an intra-oral scanner inside your mouth to take a digital scan of a tooth that has been prepared to receive a crown. Using special software, the data from the scan is used to generate a design (CAD) for a custom crown. This program will also generate a custom blue print and guide lines to manufacture the new crown (CAM). This software, paired with a state-of-the-art milling machine, enables our office to create precise and custom crowns, inlays and onlays in one single dental visit.

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LASER DENTISTRY

Laser dentistry enables us to effectively and efficiently address our patients’ needs. For example, the DIAGNOdent cavity-detection laser shows areas prone to decay at the earliest stages. Another form of laser dentistry, our soft-tissue laser, allows our periodontist to correct damage from gum disease and to perform oral surgery procedures. With the soft-tissue application of laser dentistry, patients don’t need stitches after surgery because the laser seals as it cuts. Patients usually recover more quickly, feel less pain, and experience less bleeding with laser dentistry.

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DIAGNOdent

Finding Decay the Easy Way
One of the most important things we do for our patients is identify and fill cavities. Since any spot of decay can threaten the integrity of an entire tooth, detection is key to preventing a host of potential problems. Lengthy poking and probing sessions have been an acceptable, if not very comfortable, part of dental exams for years. However, such methods of decay detection are only 50 to 75-percent successful. Cavities can hide along fissure lines or inside biting and occlusal surfaces. Further, mechanical exploratory methods are limited to finding only those cavities that are equal to or larger than the probe head. To make the process more comfortable and comprehensive, we use DIAGNOdent, a revolutionary dental laser that finds cavities in the earliest stages.

Laser Reflection Spots Imperfection

DIAGNOdent technology uses a laser diode to inspect teeth, comparing reflection wavelength against a healthy baseline wavelength to uncover decay. First, we take a benchmark reading by aiming the laser onto one of your healthy enamel tooth surfaces, shining the laser into all suspect areas. As it pulses into grooves, fissures and cracks, the laser reflects fluorescent light of a specific wavelength which is measured by receptors, converted to an acoustic signal, evaluated electronically to reveal a value between 1 and 100, and then displayed on a screen. Any variation from the healthy baseline value stimulates emission of a different wavelength and alerts us to a weakened area of decay. Not surprisingly, this technology quickly and precisely identifies even the tiniest bit of decay. This means shallower, simpler fillings, preserving more tooth structure, and providing a specific means of monitoring suspicious areas. No X-rays are required with DIAGNOdent, so patients do not have to worry about radiation exposure.

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AUTOMATED APPOINTMENT REMINDERS

We use an automated appointment reminder system that will call your home two days prior to your scheduled appointment time to remind you of your appointment. Please listen to the message Carefully and press "1" to confirm the appointment and "2" if you wish to cancel. If you do not respond to the message, our office staff will contact you to confirm your scheduled visit. If are not home, a message will be left on your voicemail. Failure to notify our office of a cancellation may result in a charge. See our missed appointment policy for more information.