How can we help you?
When it comes to choosing a new dentist, we understand that you may have some questions. Your dental health is, after all, a major component of your overall health. We value your questions and will help you as best as we can. If you have questions for us at Pinnacle Dental, please give us a call.
Dental Cleanings & Periodontal Treatment
Give us a call! We love meeting new people and promise to treat you with compassion and respect. We’re not scary – our doctor and our staff are friendly, and we don’t make our patients feel guilty over missed appointments, cavities, or any other issues. We’re just happy you’re here, and we want to make you comfortable during your visit. We offer free ‘look, see, no fee’ visits for patients curious about their dental health or seeking second opinions.
If you decide to make an appointment for an exam, please call us at our number, and we’ll schedule you to see Dr. Kottman or one of our hygienists. At that time, you’ll have an exam with x-rays, and then we will address your concerns and answer any questions you have. We will also check your gums and ask when your last cleaning was done. Whether you have a pressing concern or just need to get back into the cycle of regular cleaning and exams, we will take care of you.
Above all, feel free to ask questions about what options we have available for you! We can help you out with questions about your dental coverage, hygiene, restorations and replacements, sleep apnea, or even cosmetic dentistry. We’d love to help you look and feel your best, and we understand how important having a healthy smile is to that.
Cavities may start small, but they shouldn’t be ignored. Cavities occur when the bacteria in your mouth use the sugars in food to create acid, which slowly dissolves tooth structure creating a hole. If ignored, cavities won’t go away on their own, and will eventually progress to cause pain and damage your teeth down to the nerve. When that happens, the problem goes from routine to emergency, and often requires invasive treatment. Remember, if a tooth has started hurting, it is often too late.
At Pinnacle Dental, our goal is to prevent you from ever experiencing a toothache, let alone tooth decay. We monitor small lesions and only recommend treatment when the situation is likely to progress without intervention. We won’t recommend anything that we wouldn’t want done in our own mouths. Our goal is to preserve your natural teeth or offer treatment that will keep the rest of your teeth in good health and preserve your smile. At Pinnacle Dental, we believe it’s easier to fix things when they’re small, before they become a problem.
A visual exam without x-rays is like a movie without sound – it only gives you half the story. Without periodic x-rays, we might be missing a problem not visible to the naked eye, such as one in-between your teeth or down in the bone. With an x-ray, we can see areas of decay between teeth or under existing fillings, find evidence of bone loss or changes in the jaw from infection, or determine the health of primary and permanent teeth in children. Once we discover problems, we can work to resolve them that much more quickly.
X-rays also help us to create dentures, crowns, braces, and implants. With x-rays, we can also find developmental abnormalities, such as cysts and certain types of tumors. X-rays also reveal abscesses, which if left untreated can be life-threatening. In our younger patients, we use x-rays to make sure primary teeth come out in time to make room for permanent teeth and to see if wisdom teeth are developing or impacted.
At Pinnacle Dental, we use all-digital x-rays, which greatly reduce the amount of radiation, and we only take radiographs that are absolutely necessary to limit your exposure. Digital x-rays can be magnified, sharpened, or colorized so we can make a more precise diagnosis. They can be stored on a computer for future reference and allow us to note changes over time such as tooth movement, bone loss or growth, or changes in fillings and root canals. One immense benefit of digital x-rays is time. We can now take x-rays and get the pictures within minutes instead of waiting for days for the film to be developed, which shortens the length of time between diagnosis and treatment.
Because cleaning and flossing your teeth every day is only part of maintaining good oral hygiene. Even if you’re a great brusher and flosser, you can’t reach everywhere that our hygienists can with their specialized instruments. We can remove more plaque and calculus buildup to help keep cavities at bay. Dental cleanings also help us to keep close tabs on your oral health and identify things that could be solved with an easy fix, preventing the need for expensive treatment.
When we clean your teeth, we also review and update your medical history. If you have a recently diagnosed chronic health problem (such as heart disease or diabetes), or you are taking medications, we can put that in your chart and use it to reference any problems that may surface. Dr. Kottman also performs a thorough examination of your mouth and surrounding tissues to help identify the early signs of oral cancer, which you want to have detected as early as possible.
Other problems can be discovered through twice-yearly cleanings, such as such as damage to your teeth and gums from aggressive brushing, oral habits, bruxism (grinding and clenching your teeth), and recent changes in diet and lifestyle. By having your teeth cleaned twice a year, you can help prevent small things from becoming serious things later.
Pediatric Care & Sealants
The AAPD recommends “by the first year, or first tooth.” While we follow that guideline, we like to have parents bring their child with them when they get their teeth cleaned so the child can warm up to us and get used to all the sights and sounds of a dental office. The noises and tools can be alarming to a small child, and we want them to be comfortable and at ease. Most of our staff have small children of our own, and we know how important it is for a child to feel safe and welcome.
We focus first on educating the parents on how to take good care of their child’s teeth – for example, how to clean their child’s gums before the first tooth appears, and how to help their child avoid cavities. We can help to show parents how to brush their child’s teeth until they’re old enough to hold the brush and rinse on their own. Also, parents will want to know how to detect the signs of tooth decay, so it can be taken care of before it gets worse.
Along with good oral hygiene habits, dental care can help protect children’s teeth in the years when they’re most vulnerable to cavities and tooth decay. We offer dental sealants to help protect a child’s teeth when they need it most and fluoride varnishes to strengthen them.
Root Canals, Extractions, & Emergency Dentistry
Call our office number. Most of the time, we can get you in right away to have your problem evaluated and, depending on the emergency, repaired the same day. And we’re happy to provide the best advice we can over the phone to help you make the best decision on what to do if you can’t come in right away.
Sometimes, emergencies happen when you can’t come in to the office because it’s late at night or because you're out of town. If that happens, please call our emergency number listed on our answering machine. Dr. Kottman takes after-hours emergency calls and will try to help find a solution for you until you can make it into our office.
Don’t put off an emergency longer than you must due to time constraints. If you have broken or loose teeth, tooth or jaw pain, a fever, swelling on the side of your face, or any combination of these, please call us at Pinnacle Dental. We’ll make certain to get you in to see Dr. Freeman as soon as we can.
At Pinnacle Dental, we offer both in-office and take-home whitening options utilizing the Opalescence system. Our in-office 'Boost' whitening treatment is perfect for those who are looking for immediate results or have an upcoming event. Alternatively, our take-home tray system is customized to your individual teeth and are yours for life. This is ideal for someone who wants to maintain their bright smile for the long run. For those new to whitening, we also offer Opalescence 'GO,' a professional alternative to whitening strips.