Pruce Dental

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How can we help you?

One of the most important things we do at Pruce Dental is patient education. Before we decide on a treatment, we will answer all your questions and provide the information you need to make an educated decision about your oral health care.

You may not be at the point where you are ready to commit to treatment. Maybe you just need some information. We encourage you to ask questions because it helps us understand what's on your mind and how we can help. 

Here are a few of the questions we hear frequently, but you may need an answer that you don't see here. We would be happy to find the information you are looking for. Please call our office at (724) 942-1400 or fill out our convenient online contact form.

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We know you've heard it before – you need to brush and floss twice a day. Dentists have been telling patients this as long as there have been dentists and patients.

At Pruce Dental, we can't overstate the importance of a conscientious routine of oral hygiene to maintain excellent dental health. But it is essential to take all the proper steps to make sure you get the most out of your daily routine.

Brush and floss twice a day - Cleaning your teeth frequently helps prevent the buildup of harmful plaque and bacteria on your teeth. Plaque can lead to gum disease, gingivitis, and tooth decay.

Replace your toothbrush every two to three months - Changing your toothbrush on a regular basis keeps the bristles firm making them more effective at removing plaque. An old, worn out toothbrush isn't doing much to clean your teeth, and it could be collecting bacteria, so change it every three months.

Stay current with routine exams and cleanings - Brushing and flossing at home gets only half the job done. Professional dental cleanings every six months are necessary no matter how well you brush and floss.

Your oral health is intimately connected to your overall well-being, so it's crucial to protect it to any extent you can. Oral hygiene is the first step towards a healthy disease-free mouth. If you're due for a professional cleaning, please contact our Washington, PA dental office for an appointment.

 

At Pruce Dental, we do our best to make high-quality dental care available to everyone, regardless of financial considerations.

In the first place, the treatment you need may be much more affordable than you might think. Dr. Pruce will always recommend the most conservative and affordable options that improve the health of your smile.

We work with a wide range of dental insurances, but unfortunately, insurance usually doesn’t cover the full cost of treatment. This is why we also offer convenient financing options that allow you to get the care you need when you need it.

Both CareCredit and Lending Club Patient Solutions are options that work like credit cards for your healthcare. Simply choose a monthly repayment amount that fits your budget. Then keep up with payments and pay off the balance within the agreed time period (usually between 6 to 18 months), and you won’t be charged any interest.

If you are a senior over 60, you will receive a 10% discount when you pay in full at the time of service. Of course, we are also pleased to accept all major credit cards.

Please don’t let worry about finances interfere with your oral health. Just let us know what your situation is, and we will do our best to find the solution that fits your needs.

Nitrous oxide is an odorless gas that's mixed with oxygen and has been used in dentistry since the mid-1800s. It is a mild form of sedation and is extremely helpful for dental patients who suffer from anxiety during their visits. Nitrous is safe – in fact, it is safe enough to use for children.

There are many benefits to using nitrous oxide. We administer it through a comfortable nasal mask, so all you have to do is relax and breathe normally. Your trained dental team will carefully monitor your comfort level during treatment and adjust the delivery of gas to meet your needs.

Patients at our Washington, PA dental office like nitrous oxide because it works quickly, and you will feel the calming effects in moments. Nitrous oxide won't put you to sleep, but you will feel drowsy and relaxed, and the activity around you will fade into the background.

Nitrous is an excellent choice for our busy patients because its effects wear off as soon as we stop administering it. You will be able to resume all your usual daily activities as soon as you leave our office.

At Pruce Dental, your safety is our top concern. We adhere strictly to established standards like proper ventilation and work practices to reduce the concentration of nitrous oxide in our treatment rooms.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of nitrous oxide, please give us a call!

Children's Dentistry

It’s a common mistake to think that primary teeth don’t have a role to play in your child’s dental development. But the fact is that baby teeth exist to hold a place for the permanent teeth that are developing in your child’s jaw.

A healthy baby tooth will continue to hold that space open until it’s time for it to fall out naturally. But if a problem occurs and the tooth is lost too soon due to decay or disease, neighboring teeth gradually start to drift into the empty space. This movement can lead to crowding and the possible need for orthodontic treatment in the future.

The best way to ensure that your child’s baby teeth are healthy and developing correctly is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Pruce. During this visit, Dr. Pruce will review your child’s oral health and provide hygiene recommendations as well as advice for issues like bottle-feeding and thumb-sucking.

We enjoy treating kids at our Washington, PA dental office and would love to welcome you and your little one to Pruce Dental. Please call us to arrange an appointment for your child so we can ensure that their dental development stays on track.

We love treating kids and helping them get a head start on a lifetime of excellent oral health. Our team has lots of experience working with children, and we know how to give them the individual attention they need to feel comfortable and at ease.

It is especially important to treat children with a gentle touch and help them to feel safe and secure when they’re with us. The best thing we can do for your child is to help them see that dental visits are not something to be afraid of.

Too many adults have had negative dental experiences and grown up to avoid dentists because of fear and anxiety. We certainly don’t want this to happen to your child!

We offer children’s dentistry at our Washington, PA dental office for kids from the ages of two and up but will be happy to see your child before that if you have concerns.

By this age, they usually have several of their baby teeth, and we need to monitor the condition of these very important teeth to keep them healthy. Losing a tooth too early due to decay can create more complicated oral health problems in the future. 

We welcome the opportunity to meet your child and let them get to know us in our calm and friendly office setting. Please contact us to arrange that all-important first visit

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain veneers can provide ten or more years of use with proper care. However, since we have to alter the shape of your teeth to accommodate the veneers, the procedure itself is irreversible; once tooth enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.

So it’s important to understand that the procedure is a lifelong commitment, even though the veneers themselves will need to be replaced at some point. Fortunately, the majority of people who choose veneers are so delighted with the results that undoing the process is not something that crosses their minds!

When you meet with Dr. Pruce, he will explain what you can expect from the process. For the veneers to look natural and fit snugly along your gum line, we need to remove some existing dental enamel. This is about equal to the thickness of the veneer, usually no more than 0.5 mm.

We take impressions of the prepared tooth that our custom lab uses to customize your veneers. In a couple of weeks, when we receive your restoration back from the lab, we’ll have you return to our office to have the veneer checked for fit, adjusted as necessary, and bonded to the tooth.

If you have other questions about porcelain veneers in Washington, PA, please call Dr. Robert Pruce to arrange a convenient consultation.

Porcelain veneers are a versatile cosmetic dental treatment that can be used to resolve a number of aesthetic concerns. Veneers look just like your natural teeth, and once they are placed, people won’t be able to tell that you’ve had work done – they will only notice your beautiful smile!

At Pruce Dental, we use porcelain veneers to conceal a number of cosmetic dental flaws:

•    Badly stained or discolored dental enamel
•    Teeth with minor alignment issues
•    Broken, cracked or chipped teeth
•    Gaps and uneven spacing of teeth 

Veneers are made of ultra-thin slices of porcelain bonded permanently to the surface of your teeth. Porcelain is an excellent material for veneers because it stands up to normal wear-and-tear, but closely resembles the appearance of your natural teeth. Veneers made of porcelain can be colored to match the shade of the rest of your teeth so that they blend in seamlessly with your smile. 

Dr. Pruce has created many beautiful smile makeovers with porcelain veneers in Washington, PA. If you are tired of the flaws you see in your smile, veneers may be the perfect solution to dramatically transform your appearance in only two or three appointments. Please contact our office for more information.

Assuming your smile is healthy and free of gum disease or decay, the process usually takes two to three weeks from the initial consultation to the placement of your veneers. If you have any underlying issues, we need to address those first, so the process for you may be longer.

Once you and Dr. Pruce decide that porcelain veneers in Washington, PA are the right solution for you, the next step is to prepare the tooth or teeth being treated. Since this restoration adds thickness to your tooth, we need to remove an equal amount of dental enamel, usually no more than 0.5mm. The result is veneers that fit snugly along your gum line and look natural.

Next, our team takes impressions of your teeth, and we help you choose a shade for your veneers that complements your smile. We’ll create a set of temporaries for you to wear, and we send the impressions and our specifications to a custom dental lab that prepares your final restorations.

In about two weeks when we receive your veneers back from the lab, you return to Pruce Dental to have the temporaries removed. We make any adjustments for fit and comfort and bond the final veneers to the surface of your teeth.

If you’re dreaming of a better smile and want to learn more about porcelain veneers, please call us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Pruce to get you started.

If you have recently gotten porcelain veneers in Washington, PA, you are probably thrilled with your decision and can’t help sneaking a glimpse of your smile every time you pass a mirror. It's liberating to be able to interact confidently with your friends and co-workers again, so you are committed to enjoying the beautiful results for as long as you can!

The good news is that the medical-grade ceramic used for veneers is exceptionally strong and durable. They won’t stain, and veneers that have been placed on healthy teeth and cared for properly can last as long as ten years. But just like your dental enamel that can chip or crack, veneers are not indestructible

Here are a few things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your veneers:

  • Your teeth aren’t tools so don’t use them in ways they’re not meant to be used.
  • Don’t chew on ice and avoid hard nuts or popcorn kernels that can chip your veneers.
  • If you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Pruce about a nightguard to protect your veneers.

If you are considering porcelain veneers, please call Pruce Dental to arrange a commitment-free consultation so we can help you decide if they are the right option for you.

If you have recently gotten porcelain veneers in Washington, PA, you are probably thrilled with your decision and can’t help sneaking a glimpse of your smile every time you pass a mirror. It's liberating to be able to interact confidently with your friends and co-workers again, so you are committed to enjoying the beautiful results for as long as you can!

The good news is that the medical-grade ceramic used for veneers is exceptionally strong and durable. They won’t stain, and veneers that have been placed on healthy teeth and cared for properly can last as long as ten years. But just like your dental enamel that can chip or crack, veneers are not indestructible

Here are a few things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your veneers:

  • Your teeth aren’t tools so don’t use them in ways they’re not meant to be used.
  • Don’t chew on ice and avoid hard nuts or popcorn kernels that can chip your veneers.
  • If you grind your teeth, ask Dr. Pruce about a nightguard to protect your veneers.

If you are considering porcelain veneers, please call Pruce Dental to arrange a commitment-free consultation so we can help you decide if they are the right option for you.

We know how embarrassing it can be to have dental flaws that make you want to hide your smile. Fortunately, cosmetic dental solutions like porcelain veneers at our Washington, PA dental office can help restore your smile.

Porcelain veneers are fingernail-thin slices of porcelain that we bond to the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to fix flaws like chips, cracks, uneven spacing, and severe tooth discoloration in just two or three visits.

Veneers are a beautiful, natural-looking solution that we can use to fix these types of imperfections and best of all, no one will notice that you’ve had any work done. Dental porcelain is a material that closely resembles the appearance of your enamel, making it the perfect choice for correcting flaws and transforming your smile.

With proper oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings, porcelain veneers can last as long as ten years. If you would like more information, please contact Pruce Dental. We will be happy to take the time to talk to you about veneers and other options like dental crowns that may be more appropriate for you.

They will only know if you tell them! The purpose of veneers is to correct cosmetic flaws by redesigning your smile to look more balanced and symmetrical. 
The reason veneers blend so well with your smile is that they are made of dental porcelain that is translucent and has the same reflective qualities as natural dental enamel.

Dr. Robert Pruce can also customize the shade of your veneers to match the color of your natural teeth, resulting in a seamless, consistent appearance. And, unlike natural enamel, porcelain veneers resist staining from red wine, coffee, and foods like blueberries and curries.

However, even though porcelain is strong, it is not indestructible. You will have to remember that you can’t chew ice or bite down on hard foods like nuts or crunchy chips because you risk chipping or cracking the veneer. If you grind your teeth, we can customize a night guard to further protect your investment.

Veneers in Washington, PA are versatile and correct a wide variety of esthetic flaws like chips, cracks, staining, uneven spacing, size discrepancies, and mild alignment problems. Please call Pruce Dental to arrange an appointment to see if veneers are the right choice for you.

The beauty of veneers is that they are made of thin shells of ceramic that mimic the translucent appearance of dental enamel. We also customize the shade of your veneers to match surrounding teeth for a natural-looking, seamless appearance.

Dr. Robert Pruce takes impressions of your teeth to further customize your veneers, so you can be confident that they will fit naturally. Before we place the veneers, we recontour the shape of your natural teeth, so the veneer also sits naturally at your gum line.

Another way we can ensure that you are happy with the results is to involve you in the process from your consultation through the final placement of your veneers. Before Dr. Pruce starts any work, he will answer your questions, make sure that he understands your expectations, and offer options that meet your goals for a more attractive smile.

If you are curious about porcelain veneers in Washington, PA and wonder if they are the best solution to help you achieve your smile goals, please call our office at (724) 942-1400 and arrange a consultation with Dr. Pruce. In addition to veneers, we also offer dental bonding and porcelain crowns which are also excellent options for changing the appearance of your teeth, and we’ll help you decide which is right for you.

The beauty of veneers is that they are made of thin shells of ceramic that mimic the translucent appearance of dental enamel. We also customize the shade of your veneers to match surrounding teeth for a natural-looking, seamless appearance.

Dr. Robert Pruce takes impressions of your teeth to further customize your veneers, so you can be confident that they will fit naturally. Before we place the veneers, we recontour the shape of your natural teeth, so the veneer also sits naturally at your gum line.

Another way we can ensure that you are happy with the results is to involve you in the process from your consultation through the final placement of your veneers. Before Dr. Pruce starts any work, he will answer your questions, make sure that he understands your expectations, and offer options that meet your goals for a more attractive smile.

If you are curious about porcelain veneers in Washington, PA and wonder if they are the best solution to help you achieve your smile goals, please call our office at (724) 942-1400 and arrange a consultation with Dr. Pruce. In addition to veneers, we also offer dental bonding and porcelain crowns which are also excellent options for changing the appearance of your teeth, and we’ll help you decide which is right for you.

Crowns & Bridges

Crowns are a dental restoration we use to strengthen and protect a tooth that has suffered trauma, fracture, or decay so advanced that a filling isn't an option. A dental crown enhances the appearance of your smile and restores the strength and functionality of the damaged tooth. You may hear crowns referred to as "caps" because they surround your tooth like a little helmet.

At Pruce Dental, we offer crowns made of porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. Most patients choose esthetic porcelain or zirconia for teeth that show when they smile. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are very strong but leave a dark line of metal showing through at the gum line so are best for teeth that don't show when you smile. Gold is not as widely used as it was decades ago but still offers advantages in certain situations.

Our goal is to help you choose conservative options that fit your oral health goals, your lifestyle, and your budget. If you think a crown may be in your future, please call Pruce Dental to arrange a convenient consultation. Dr. Pruce will evaluate your needs and help you make a decision about which type would be most beneficial in your case. 

At Pruce Dental we offer several types of dental restorations. A restoration is any treatment that returns your tooth or teeth back to their full, natural function and appearance. A dental
bridge is the type of restoration we choose when you have a missing tooth. When a tooth is missing, several other problems can occur as a result. You will likely have some difficulty chewing comfortably and speaking clearly. Worse yet, if we don't replace the tooth, surrounding teeth gradually drift into the opening and lead to misalignment and problems
associated with your dental bite.

A bridge is made up of an artificial tooth called a pontic that fills the empty space. Since it has nothing to support it, we attach dental crowns on either side that we then secure to adjacent
teeth. Working as a unit, the restoration literally “bridges” the gap left by a missing tooth. Dr. Pruce has created many dental bridges for Washington, PA patients that are not only functional but also solve the esthetic problem of an apparent gap in your smile. Our bridges look natural and blend seamlessly surrounding teeth, so no one will notice that you have had
any work done.

Please contact Pruce Dental today for more information about bridges and other tooth replacement options.

A dental crown is a restoration that is commonly used to strengthen and protect a tooth when a filling is no longer an option. Some typical situations where we may recommend a crown are:

  • Strengthen a tooth with a large filling
  • Protect a tooth after root canal treatment
  • Restore the visible part of a dental implant
  • Protect a tooth that has fractured

If Dr. Pruce recommends a dental crown, we will first talk about the types of material that will work bests for your needs. We offer crowns made of porcelain, zirconia, porcelain fused to metal, and gold. All have their uses, but our patients commonly choose porcelain or zirconia because they blend seamlessly with your smile.

Placing a crown usually takes place over two or three appointments. During the first, we prepare your tooth by removing a small amount of dental enamel to ensure your new restoration fits comfortably. Next, we take impressions of your teeth to create a model that a custom lab will use to fabricate your new crown. Finally, we prepare a temporary for you to wear until your final crown is ready.

After about two weeks, we will have you return to our office to place your restoration. Dr. Pruce removes the temporary and the final crown is adjusted to ensure it fits comfortably and doesn't interfere with your bite. Finally, your new crown is polished and cemented securely in place.

If you think you might be a candidate for dental crowns in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental today!

Dental Implant Diagram | Washington PA Dentist At Pruce Dental, we offer three types of tooth replacement – implant-supported crowns, fixed bridges, and removable partial dentures. 

Sometimes, any one of the three would be an appropriate option. Depending on the situation, however, there may only be one good choice. There are several questions we ask before determining which solution is best:

  • Is there enough quantity and quality of bone in the jaw to place a dental implant that supports a crown? 
  • Are surrounding teeth strong and healthy enough to support bridgework? 
  • Are the teeth needed to support the bridgework already heavily restored?
  • Have teeth being considered for bridges had root canals?

As you can see, all these factors have to do with the strength and health of the tooth and gums being treated. Bridges need appropriate support to function properly, and that support comes from healthy neighboring teeth. Implant-supported crowns cannot be placed if the jawbone is compromised because of gum disease or untreated tooth loss.

Age and general health are also factors, and of course, esthetics also play a big role in the type of restoration we choose. You can see that there’s a lot to consider and everyone has unique needs. At Pruce Dental, we will take the time to discuss each of these options with you and provide you with the information you need to make a confident decision.

If you are considering tooth replacement, please call our Washington, PA dental office so we can get started!

It is imperative to your overall dental health to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible. A dental bridge placed at Pruce Dental is an option we offer that fills the apparent gap in your smile and serves as a placeholder to stabilize surrounding teeth. Whether or not you’re aware of it, your teeth are always moving to some extent. It is a very minor, gradual movement, but it does occur. When a tooth is healthy, the root not only holds it in place but maintains the positioning of adjacent teeth. When a tooth and its root are lost, surrounding teeth gradually start to drift toward the empty space. A dental bridge does not have a root, but the artificial tooth prevents other teeth from
moving out of place.

A dental bridge is an excellent solution, not only because it fills the space and improves your appearance but also because it protects neighboring teeth from moving out of alignment. Misaligned teeth are unattractive, and they can also lead to problems with your dental bite and make proper oral hygiene difficult. If you have a missing tooth and are considering dental bridges in Washington, PA as a replacement method, please call our office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation so that you can discuss bridges and other tooth replacement options like dentures and dental implants with Dr. Pruce.

Dental Implants

We are pleased to offer customized full and partial dentures that improve your appearance and allow you to eat and speak confidently. Dr. Robert Pruce uses the best materials and works with only highly trained dental technicians whose only job is to create dentures for you that look and fit as close to natural teeth as possible. Our dentures look so gWoman with Dentures | Washington, PAreat that no one will suspect they’re not your real teeth!

Full dentures are used to replace the teeth in the upper arch or all of the teeth in both the upper and lower arches. Partial dentures are fabricated to replace one or more teeth when bridgework or implants are not a viable option.

If you are about to undergo extraction of remaining teeth in preparation for dentures, you don’t have to worry about being seen without teeth. Dr. Pruce will customize transitional dentures that are placed at the time of surgery and worn for about 10 weeks while the tissues heal. After healing is complete, he will take impressions that are used to make your permanent dentures.

Do you currently wear ill-fitting dentures or worry about the stability of your new dentures? Dr. Pruce will be happy to explain the benefits of securing dentures with dental implants. The addition of implants gives you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your dentures will stay firmly in place.

Please call our Washington, PA dental office to learn more about our customized dentures options! 

At our Washington, PA dental office, we use only the safest and most effective materials. Titanium has been safely used for medical and dental applications for over 50 years. During that time, titanium has come to be considered as the choice for a variety of prosthetics. Titanium has been used for neurosurgery, joint replacement, and, now, dental implants.

The main reason that titanium is so practical for use in dental implants is that it is a biocompatible element. This means that it is compatible with the growth of bone and bodily tissue. 
Dental implants are composed of a tiny titanium post placed surgically in the jaw. Using titanium provides the stability that is the most significant benefit of dental implants as a tooth replacement solution.

Once the implant is placed, surrounding bone and tissue start to grow around the implant as if it were a natural part of your body.  Through a process known as osseointegration, the implanted post is actually absorbed by the bone. This creates a solid base that is essentially a root replacement for a missing tooth.

This is not as complicated as it sounds, and Dr. Pruce will be happy to take the time to discuss the safety of titanium in dental implants with you. Please contact our Washington dental office if you'd like to arrange an appointment.

 

Missing teeth not only look unattractive but if we don't replace them, they can lead to other oral health problems. At Pruce Dental, we have several solutions to replace missing teeth.

Dental implants in Washington, PA have become a very popular tooth replacement method for several reasons. Unlike other options, a dental implant is a permanent, stand-alone artificial tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth. It is held firmly in place by an implant in your jaw, giving it superior stability and strength.

Bridges are a dental prosthetic that fills the space left by a missing tooth. A dental bridge consists of an artificial tooth that is held in place by crowns that are attached to adjacent teeth.

Partial and complete dentures are appropriate whether you are missing several teeth or all your teeth. We can fashion beautiful, natural-looking dentures that will provide you with many years of use.

If missing teeth are not replaced using one of these methods, surrounding teeth can begin to drift into the open space. This movement ultimately leads to problems with your dental bite as well as the deterioration of your gums.

We would be happy to discuss these options to see which is the most appropriate for your needs. Please contact Pruce Dental to arrange a commitment-free consultation.

At Pruce Dental, we know that if you’re a denture wearer, there’s nothing more embarrassing than having your denture slip or shift – and usually at the most inconvenient times. Until recently, the only option available for holding dentures in place was dental adhesives that made a mess and weren’t all that effective anyway.

But modern technology has made it possible for us to retain your dentures securely in place with dental implants. You may know dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth, and they are highly successful when used for that purpose.

What you may not realize, though, is that implants can also be used to stabilize dentures and hold them firmly in place. The implant is placed in your jawbone and bonds with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes part of your dental anatomy!

Once the implant is in place, we can attach your denture to it for a completely secure fit. While dental implants do a great job of holding your denture in place, it’s important to remember that you still need to remove the denture at night and for cleaning.

We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer your questions about implant-retained dentures. Please contact our Washington, PA dental office for more information.

A bridge and dental implant are similar because they both restore the function and appearance of your smile. But that’s where the similarity ends.

Dental bridges have been a staple of dentistry for decades and are still an excellent choice for tooth replacement. But there are a couple of drawbacks; the success of a bridge requires alteration of healthy adjacent teeth, and esthetics are restored with an artificial tooth that sits on top of your gums.

Dental implants, on the other hand, use a tiny titanium post placed in your jaw that replaces the entire tooth from root to crown. A dental implant is as close as we can get to the form and function of a natural tooth.

The benefit of a full tooth replacement is that it looks, feels, and functions just like a natural tooth. The implant becomes a permanent part of your dental structure and stimulates the regrowth of the bone that supports your teeth. This is critical because deterioration of bone is a common problem with tooth loss.

We recommend dental implants at our Washington, PA dental office, but we want you to be aware of all your options so you can make a decision you’re comfortable with. 

Please call us to arrange a consultation with Dr. Robert Pruce

Dental implants have gained a lot of popularity in recent years as more and more patients appreciate the benefits they offer. The remarkable thing about dental implants is that they are not just an aesthetic solution – they really do look and function like a real tooth.

Many people think of dental implants as being a recent innovation, but the truth is that they have been in use for over 40 years! They have proven to be a long-lasting and reliable tooth replacement that has helped many patients improve their appearance and their oral health.

A dental implant is surgically placed in your jaw and eventually integrates with surrounding bone tissue. The presence of this replacement root prevents bone deterioration, which is a common problem associated with tooth loss.

The implant also forms a stable base so that we can attach a dental crown that is fully functional and long-lasting. Dr. Pruce has been placing these dental implant restorations for many years with beautiful results.

Many patients have questions about the dental implant process, and if you would like more detailed information, we will be happy to schedule a consultation at our Marietta dental office to discuss the ways that dental implants can help you. 

 

To answer this question, it’s helpful if you understand that three pieces make up the dental implant. Two pieces are hidden inside your jaw, and the only portion that is visible is the dental crown that we place when the process is finished.

What we refer to as the implant is a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. The post is the foundation for the rest of the dental implant because as the bone and tissue around the implant heal, it becomes fully integrated with your jaw.

Once the site of the implant has healed over a period of several months, Dr. Pruce will attach a small piece called an abutment. This is a connector piece that attaches to the dental crown, the only part of the implant unit that is visible.  Once the crown is placed, it will blend in perfectly with surrounding teeth, and no one will be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, but we can’t say if you’re a good candidate until we do a complete exam. If you’re interested in dental implants in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental to schedule a consultation.

To answer this question, it’s helpful if you understand that there are actually three pieces that make up the dental implant. Two pieces are hidden inside your jaw, and the only portion that is visible is the dental crown that we place when the process is finished.

What we refer to as the implant is actually a small titanium post that is surgically placed in your jaw. This is the stable foundation for the rest of the dental implant because, as the bone and tissue around the implant heal, it becomes fully integrated with your jaw.

Once the site of the implant has healed, Dr. Pruce attaches a small piece called an abutment. This provides a place to attach a dental crown, which is the only part of the implant unit that is visible.  Once the crown is placed, it will blend in perfectly with surrounding teeth, and no one will be able to tell the difference between it and your natural teeth.

Dental implants are an excellent option for replacing missing teeth, but we can’t say if you’re a good candidate until we do a complete exam. If you’re interested in dental implants in Washington, PA, please call Pruce Dental to schedule a consultation.

Full & Partial Dentures

At Pruce Dental, we know that if you’re a denture wearer, there’s is nothing more embarrassing than having your denture slip or shift – and usually at the most inconvenient times. Until recently, the only option available for holding dentures in place was dental adhesives that made a mess and weren’t all that effective anyway.

But modern technology has made it possible for us to retain your dentures securely in place with dental implants. You may know dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth, and they are highly effective when used for that purpose.

What you may not realize, though, is that implants can also be used to stabilize dentures and hold them firmly in place. The implant is placed in your jawbone and bonds with surrounding bone and tissue and becomes part of your dental anatomy!

Once the implant is in place, we can attach your denture to it for a completely secure fit. While dental implants do a great job of holding your denture in place, it’s important to remember that you still need to remove the denture at night and for cleaning.

We would be happy to schedule a consultation to answer your questions about dental implants in Washington, PA can help improve the fit, feel, and stability of your dentures. 

KöR Teeth Whitening

Teeth Whitening | Washington, PAKöR Whitening is an advanced deep bleaching system. It uses a proprietary whitening gel that penetrates deep inside your tooth enamel to lift out even the most stubborn stains. This makes KöR very effective for removing stains that are resistant to other whitening treatments. KöR not only removes the most stubborn stains, but the results are permanent.

While KöR may be a bigger investment up front, imagine never having to pay for take-home whitening kits or in-office bleaching treatments ever again. No more hunting the aisles of your grocery store to find whitening products that may or may not produce the results you want.

The process involves taking impressions of your teeth, which are then used to create a customized whitening tray. We’ll send you home with your tray, KöR’s proprietary whitening gel, and instructions to whiten every day for about two weeks.

When the two weeks are up, you have the option of choosing an additional service that involves an in-office application of concentrated whiteners. Afterwards, just use up any remaining gel you have at home until it's all gone. You will be amazed by the final results! If you would like to see even more brilliant results, we also offer small customized take-home whitening kits for touchups at home.

Whether your teeth are severely stained or you’re just looking for an effective alternative to other whitening treatments, please call our Washington dental office. We will be happy to arrange a dental cleaning to get you started!

Preventive Care

What is periodontal disease and how can I prevent getting it?

Periodontal disease (gum disease) is a bacterial infection that attacks the gums, bone, and supporting structures of a tooth. Without treatment, gum disease progresses and, in the advanced stage, may ultimately lead to tooth loss.

During the day, a sticky coating develops on your teeth. This film is called plaque, and it collects bacteria that linger on your dental enamel. If these bacteria are not removed properly with brushing and flossing, they cause inflamed, tender, or swollen gums.

Gum diseases range from a simple inflammation of the gums, which is called gingivitis, to a severe infection, called periodontitis. In this advanced stage, gum disease causes significant damage to the gums and bone that support your teeth. Without prompt and proper treatment, teeth may be lost.

The best way to avoid getting gum disease is with diligent oral hygiene and routine visits to our Washington, PA dental office for cleanings and exams. If you are keeping your teeth really clean and seeing us regularly, there’s very little chance that you will develop gum disease.

Whether it’s time for your next exam or you just want to be sure your teeth are as healthy as they can be, please call us. We will be happy to talk to you about the steps we can take to help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile

We have always been strong advocates of a conscientious routine of preventive care. The goal at our Washington, PA dental office is to help you preserve your healthy teeth for as long as possible. Prevention is the number one way we can help you achieve that goal.

If you think about it, it makes sense that maintaining the health of your teeth is much easier than risking complicated and costly treatment in the future. You already know that brushing and flossing twice a day is essential, but it is equally important to supplement your own oral hygiene routine with regular professional dental cleanings and exams.

With regular visits, Dr. Pruce and our team can monitor your oral health over time and address problems when they are still small and easy to treat. Just because your teeth feel okay and you're not in pain, it does not necessarily mean that there are no underlying problems. Routine exams and x-rays allow us to detect conditions that you're not even aware of.

The health of your teeth is so important, and preventive care is so easy that it makes good sense to be proactive with your oral health care. Please contact Pruce Dental to arrange a convenient appointment for your cleaning and exam.

 

Teeth Grinding/TMJ Treatment

Custom athletic mouth guards available at Pruce Dental are far superior to generic guards found at a sporting goods store.

They are not only more durable, but unlike generic stock or “boil and bite” mouth guards, we fabricate your custom athletic guard using impressions of your teeth. This results in a perfect fit that protects all surfaces of your teeth because it is specifically made to fit your mouth. A comfortable fit is important for athletic guards because it means you or your child will be more likely to wear the guard.

Protecting your child’s teeth during athletic activity is essential. Estimates provided by the American Dental Association indicate that mouth guards prevent 200,000 oral injuries annually. It’s great that we are getting better in general about protecting our kids’ teeth during sports. But the National Youth Sports Foundation estimates that millions of teeth will still be knocked out in sporting activities each year.

This is unfortunate and unnecessary. If you or your child participates in any type of sports activity, you owe it to yourself to give us a call. Creating a custom mouth guard is easy, and it will give you peace of mind knowing that your child’s precious teeth are adequately protected.

Many of us grind or clench our teeth during moments of high stress or anxiety. But for some, grinding (bruxism) is a chronic problem that can quickly take its toll on the health and structure of your smile.

The fact is that your upper and lower teeth should only be in contact for a few minutes a day while chewing. Unfortunately, many people grind their teeth during sleep and are unaware the problem exists. It only becomes apparent if they experience headaches or neck pain or their dentist points out signs of damage.

Teeth grinding is destructive and can add years of wear to your dental enamel. Our focus is on preserving the structure of your teeth long into the future, so we must take steps now to protect them from the damage of teeth grinding.

At Pruce Dental, we offer a straightforward, conservative solution to bruxism. We can't necessarily stop the action of grinding, but we can prevent significant damage to your teeth with an occlusal guard (night guard) that you wear while you sleep. 

This device looks like a mouth guard and is customized using impressions of your teeth. It protects your teeth by preventing the upper and lower jaws from coming into contact with each other. Without the stress of grinding, your jaw can relax and you’ll experience much-needed relief.

If you are concerned that teeth grinding is a problem for you, please call our Washington, PA dental office to arrange a convenient consultation.

Tooth Extraction

Sedation Dentistry Washington, PA Our goal at Pruce Dental is to do everything possible to ensure that you have a comfortable experience with us.

If you are fearful, you shouldn’t feel like you are alone or like there’s something wrong with you. Dental anxiety is widespread, and it’s estimated that 30 to 40 million Americans are anxious about dental visits.

We offer two types of sedation – nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and IV conscious sedation.

Nitrous oxide is a gentle form of sedation and great for mild to moderate anxiety. The gas is administered through a small nasal mask so all you have to do is sit back and breathe normally. Pretty soon you will feel calm and relaxed, and the activity around you will fade into the background. Many of our patients prefer nitrous oxide because it has no lingering after-effects, and you can return to your normal daily routine as soon as you leave our office.

We also offer IV conscious sedation if you are having a surgical procedure or long restorative appointment. IV conscious sedation can eliminate much of the fear and nervousness associated with dental treatment, and many people have little or no memory of the experience afterward. Dr. Pruce works with a highly trained and licensed anesthesiologist to safely perform procedures under sedation at our Washington, PA dental office.

Sedation is available after an initial consultation, review of your medical history, and discussion about your treatment requirements.

Please don’t put off dental treatment because of anxiety. In addition to sedation, we provide you with gentle, compassionate support that will make fear about dental visits a thing of the past. 

Tooth-Colored Fillings

Thanks to advances in materials and technology, we now have many options for addressing cosmetic dental flaws. Both porcelain veneers and dental bonding are popular treatments, but they work very differently.

 

A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain that covers a tooth and closely resembles the appearance of dental enamel. Since veneers conceal a tooth, they can be used to correct flaws like chipped, cracked, or broken teeth. When we place a veneer, we remove a thin layer of your dental enamel and then take impressions of the teeth.

 

A dental lab creates your customized veneers, which we then bond to the surfaces of your teeth. Veneers are durable, and with proper care, conscientious oral hygiene, and routine dental visits, it’s possible for veneers to last 15 years or longer.

 

Another procedure Dr. Pruce offers is dental bonding. He uses tooth-colored filling material to expertly build up portions of a tooth to alter its size and shape to create a more pleasing appearance. The process is fast, and we can often treat several teeth during one appointment. Bonding is an excellent solution, but you should know that we will have to repeat the procedure more frequently than we would with veneers.

 

If you are thinking about altering your smile, but aren’t sure where to start, please call us at our Washington dental office. We will be happy to arrange a consultation so we can learn what it is you would like to change and how we can help.

 

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The Pruce Dental office is permanently closing.

Thank you for supporting us over the past 20 years. For copies of your x-rays please send a request to robertlpruce@outlook.com with the name and email address of your new dental office.