Dentist Vancouver Wa
Camas Dentistry Delivers Family and Cosmetic Dentist Skills in the Vancouver, WA Area
Conveniently Located In the Costco Parking Lot
Dr. James P Hogg is a family and cosmetic dentist in the Vancouver, WA area. He earned his DDS degree in 1987 from Loma Linda University in Southern California, followed by a General Practice Residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. A Vancouver, WA dentist since 1995, Dr. Hogg continued his learning by taking classes at the Las Vegas Institute for cosmetic dentistry. A practice in Camas has been added to his private practices in Redmond and Vancouver. Professional memberships include the American Dental Association and the Washington State Dental Association.
A family dentist welcomes all members of the family regardless of age. It is quite similar to general dentistry, as both practices focus on healthy teeth and oral hygiene. Parents are frequently surprised to find out this Vancouver dentist works with primary teeth through permanent teeth. It provides a convenient way to schedule routine checkups and teeth cleaning for the entire family.
Cosmetic dental procedures have made great strides over the past few decades. Today’s Camas cosmetic dentist has access to natural looking, long lasting materials that focus on the appearance of a patient’s mouth, teeth, and smile. Procedures include:
- Using tooth-colored materials to fill cavities and repair chips on teeth.
- Whitening teeth with bleach.
- Reshaping teeth that look like they don’t belong and closing gaps.
- Restoring a natural look by using porcelain crowns to cover broken teeth.
Nearly every dental emergency includes pain. In fact, that is often the reason local residents contact a Vancouver, WA dentist for help. Tooth injuries and trauma should be taken care of as soon as possible and given the care and attention that an emergency dentist provides. Our sophisticated equipment helps us identify the problem and the appropriate treatment.
Emergencies handled by Camas Dentistry include:
- Emergency extractions.
- Broken crowns and fillings.
- Broken or traumatized tooth.
Children’s teeth should be taken care of immediately if they have been injured. The primary teeth cover the permanent teeth below, and postponing care for inflammation or injury can cause permanent damage. If you believe your dental problem is an emergency, call us at 360-828-5502 for assistance.
Crowns and Fillings
A cosmetic dentist may recommend a crown to cover a tooth so it has a normal appearance and shape. The crown may also be referred to as a cap, since it is placed on top of the tooth. Although it is an expensive and time-consuming method of restoration, it lasts for a long time and adds a natural looking appearance to the tooth. Crowns are used to:
- Cover a tooth that has undergone root canal treatment.
- Attach a bridge.
- Guard against fractures on a weak tooth.
- Restore fractured teeth.
A filling restores a decayed tooth and returns it to its natural shape and function. The family dentist removes the decay, cleans the area, and places filling in the cavity. If there is very little of the original tooth left, a large filling is placed in the area. A crown is ordered and placed over the top of the tooth to preserve the filling.
Porcelain veneers are another option Camas Dentistry offers to make a smile brighter. The custom-made porcelain shells cover the front of the teeth. The extremely thin design hides imperfections and discoloration. Think of veneers as wallpaper designed to improve the appearance of your teeth. They are similar to the color of your teeth and resist stains. Your Vancouver dentist may recommend veneers, which fit into your gumline, to improve the appearance of chipped, worn, or broken teeth.
Cosmetic dentistry requires an evaluation of the current appearance of your teeth and the changes needed to improve your smile. In addition to having veneers designed to match your teeth, the dentist will also take impressions and X-rays.
Once the veneers are back from the lab, the dentist gently cleans, polishes, and buffs each tooth to make room for the veneer. Once they are cemented to the teeth, a light beam is used to harden the cement.
Tooth Reshaping and Bonding
Tooth reshaping involves changing the teeth to improve their appearance by modifying or removing enamel. It corrects the position of crooked teeth as well as the shape or length of the patient’s teeth. Also known as dental contouring, it is often combined with bonding. This method can improve the appearance of teeth that are chipped, broken, cracked, stained, or have spaces in between them, by bonding tooth-colored materials to the tooth surface.
A cosmetic dentist may recommend correcting small bite problems by contouring the teeth. X-rays are taken of healthy, normal teeth so the Vancouver dentist is able to verify that there is enough bone between each tooth to support extra material.
A popular reason to schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist is for teeth whitening. Think of how convenient it is that your Vancouver, WA dentist is both a cosmetic and family dentist. All your records are in one place and easily accessible if there are any questions about the condition of your teeth.
The friendly, professional staff of Camas Dentistry is familiar with the reasons teeth change color instead of remaining bright and clean. The top four items that stain teeth are coffee, tobacco, tea, and red wine. The discoloration penetrates the enamel and dentin of any tooth. Several types of antibiotics discolor the teeth of young children. Teeth whitening is useful in bringing back the brightness of natural teeth, although crowns and fillings are not receptive to the treatment.
A strong form of hydrogen peroxide is used to lighten the shade of the teeth. The bleach penetrates the enamel and dentin in order to remove the internal stains. The material breaks down and releases oxygen molecules that bind to the stain. It does not affect the structure of the tooth. You get faster results when you choose in-office teeth whitening. The process is hastened with the use of special lights.
Although there are home whitening kits, many patients find it easier to have it done in the dentist’s office. The staff is familiar with the use of products and utensils. They use special materials to protect your tongue, lips, and gums from the strong whitening gels. That permits us to apply a higher concentration of evenly placed gel for faster whitening.
If you are looking for a family or cosmetic dentist in the Vancouver, WA area, please contact us for an appointment.
155 NE 192nd Ave #105
Camas, WA 98607
Phone: (360) 828-5502