Dugas Dental: Dentist in Mount Gilead, Ohio
Dugas Dental is a #1 rated family dentistry practice serving patients in Mount Gilead, Ohio.
Our dental professionals are here to assist you in maintaining your oral health and your lovely smile for many years. We use the latest dental technology to offer you the most advanced services with your comfort in mind. Patient satisfaction is one of our top priorities, and we pride ourselves on providing exceptional customer service.
We have extended hours to meet your scheduling needs and offer a range of payment and financing options to ensure that dental care is accessible to all patients. Read on to learn about the general and cosmetic dentistry services we provide to our patients in Mount Gilead.
General Dentistry Services in Mount Gilead, OH
We provide basic preventive dental care for the whole family, including cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and x-rays. However, our general dentistry services go beyond just the preventative. We’re also here to treat your more extensive needs like root canals, fillings, crowns, and more.
Tooth decay or injury can cause bacteria to develop and infect the tooth’s soft tissues, resulting in pain and inflammation. Root canal treatment, also known as endodontic therapy, is a dental procedure that aims to remove the damaged tissue inside the tooth (pulpal).
Fillings are sometimes a required step to addressing tooth decay. It is meant to seal off the hollow space in a tooth where the nerve and dental pulp tissue reside.
Dental extractions are a type of surgery performed by dentists to remove teeth from the dental cavity. The most common reasons for this procedure include:
- cavities that are too deep to treat
- an infection that we cannot treat any other way
- teeth that are hurting and decayed from gradual wear and tear that was left untreated
Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)
Pockets infiltrated with bacteria and tartar can lead to gum recession and bone destruction. In addition, continuous pressure from these problems will eventually affect your overall health because you’re more prone to tooth decay, cavities, tooth sensitivity, and chronic bad breath.
Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case but may include:
- at-home periodontal trays, and scaling and root planing (deep cleaning)
- periodontal surgery and laser gum surgery
- dental implants
Crowns & Bridges
Dental crowns and bridges may be used for patients who need to replace missing or damaged teeth. The crown fills the hole left by the missing tooth, and dental bridges fill the gap. Dental crowns and bridges can be used separately and sometimes together, depending on your needs.
Our dentist in Mount Gilead, Ohio, might recommend sealants as added protection against tooth decay and cavities. Dental sealant material is made out of resin and can be placed on one tooth or all of them. Sealants are typically applied to children’s teeth after their permanent teeth have erupted as a preventive measure against tooth decay. Adults can also receive sealants on healthy teeth. Sealant application has to be redone every three to five years, but the timeline varies by the individual patient, and your dentist will let you know when sealants need to be redone.
TMJ is a disorder of the jaw joint. The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) join the lower jaw to the skull and allow us to chew, speak, and close our mouth with ease. When something goes wrong with these two joints, people may experience headaches or pain in their jaw that can range from mild to severe. Our team of experts is committed to diagnosing and prescribing treatments for TMJ so patients can enjoy a healthy lifestyle without pain.
When you hear the term Botox, you may get images of Real Housewives and frozen foreheads, but Botox goes beyond just erasing wrinkles. Instead, it helps to relax the muscles in the face that lead to wrinkle lines. But some patients use Botox to lessen chronic pain in the jaw due to teeth grinding or TMJ. Botox injections also help prevent headaches. The effects can last anywhere from three to six months or more depending on muscle use and the amount injected into each muscle group.
Cosmetic Dentistry Services in Mount Gilead, OH
Cosmetic dentistry involves the process of enhancing the appearance and overall health of your smile. Dr. Dugas is trained in modern cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, dental implants, dental bonding, and more to give you a smile you have always dreamed of.
Unlike over-the-counter whitening options, our custom teeth whitening services will leave you with a long-lasting, bright smile. We offer custom tray teeth whitening that consists of trays custom-fitted to your mouth, made from impressions that we take from your teeth right here in our office.
We fill the trays with a peroxide whitening gel, and you wear them for about one hour each day for a two-week duration. Over two weeks, you’ll see your teeth whiten several shades!
Dental veneers are very thin shells of tooth-colored ceramic material attached to the tooth’s front surface. Veneers can help improve the appearance of your smile by correcting gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. We use a mild dental bonding material – an adhesive – to keep them in place. Then, our dentist in Mount Gilead, OH, applies them to your teeth in our office.
Veneers look just like natural teeth and are a great option for patients who want to make minor improvements to the look and feel of their smile.
Dental bonding is a procedure that uses a composite material to repair chipped or broken teeth or to fill cavities or gaps between teeth. At Dugas Dental, we use a computerized shade matching machine called a Vita Easy Shade 4.0 to match the shade of the composite to your natural teeth.
Dental implants are tooth replacements that are inserted into the jaw where teeth typically grow. They work by providing a titanium root as the foundation for the artificial tooth to be placed. Patients with healthy gums and bones who do not smoke and have overall good oral health are ideal dental implants to replace missing teeth.
Our Dentist: Dr. Justin Dugas
Dr. Dugas attended the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and graduated in 2005 with a Doctorate of Dental Surgery. He worked in private practice in southeast Michigan until 2008, then spent four years as an associate dentist in Columbus before opening his practice.
He is certified in Invisalign®, Zoom!®, and has advanced training in laser dentistry. He is currently pursuing a fellowship from the Academy of General Dentistry, an honor awarded to only the top 7% of dentists in the United States.
Dr. Dugas prioritizes exceeding patient expectations by offering high-quality dentistry services with genuine patient care in a comfortable, stress-free environment.