Procedures

We believe it is our job to fight oral health problems and to empower our patients to pursue the regular maintenance that keeps these problems at bay. As a general dentist, Dr. Diesburg practices the full scope of general dentistry, providing both preventative care and restorative therapies to arrest tooth decay. He is also here to meet the aesthetic needs of his patients, including cosmetic treatments.

If you are in need of a given treatment not offered by this clinic, we are happy to provide you with a referral to an area specialist.

What to expect at your visit

As part of your dental examination, Dr. Diesburg will use dental instruments, tests, radiographs and his clinical expertise to identify and diagnose potential problems in your mouth. While he will focus primarily on your mouth, he might also screen you for diseases of the head and neck. Then, he will develop an individualized plan to treat any cavities or states of disease in the mouth and will work with you to identify your aesthetic goals.

Procedures Dr. Diesburg may suggest based on the diagnosis include:

  • Cleaning

    When you come to Dr. Diesburg’s clinic for a cleaning, you will find yourself in the hands of our two exceptionally trained, friendly hygienists, Angela and Anya. Regular dental cleanings are incredibly important and remove sticky, soft, bacteria-infested film that builds on teeth over time. Angela and Anya will clean and polish your teeth, leaving them so bacteria are unable to stick to them. The process will leave your teeth feeling smooth and sparkling.

  • Fillings

    You may need a filing to repair damage to the structure of a tooth caused by decay, wear or trauma. To prepare a filling, Dr. Diesburg removes problematic tooth structure and restores it with a material such as amalgam, composite resin, or porcelain. Your dentist will speak with you about the benefits and drawbacks of each of the possible materials.

  • Bonding

    You may need to have your teeth bonded if they are chipped or cracked. During the bonding process, Dr. Diesburg uses composite resins to “glue” materials to the surface of a tooth in order to restore it. He will use an enamel-like composite material to sculpt the tooth into an aesthetic and functional shape and will contour and polish the tooth to make the crack or chip invisible.

  • Root Canals

    You may need root canal therapy if you are suffering from mild or extreme tooth pain. Root canals remove infected pulp tissue within the root chamber of the tooth. The hollowed-out tooth is filled with an antibacterial filling, and the tooth is “capped” with a crown for protection. For particularly involved cases, Dr. Diesburg may refer you to one of the McMinnville-area endodontists.

  • Dental Crowns

    Dr. Diesburg may suggest a dental crow to repair extensively decayed or damaged teeth. Dental crowns can be made of a number of materials, including gold metals, silver metals, porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal.

  • Dental Bridges

    Dental bridges replace missing teeth in the mouth with artificial replacements. They are composed of two crowns on the anchoring teeth and one or more artificial teeth that act as a “bridge” between the crowns. They have a number of important uses, including restoration of the smile, increasing the ability to chew and speak properly, maintaining the shape of the face, distributing force in the bite and to prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.

  • Dentures

    You may need a denture if you have missing teeth that cannot otherwise be restored or repaired.

    • Complete Dentures completely replace the teeth after the wearer’s teeth have been removed. A conventional denture is ready to be placed in the mouth about 8-12 weeks after the teeth have been removed.

    • Partial Dentures consist of replacement teeth attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base. A metal framework holds the denture in place. Partial dentures are used when one or more natural teeth remain in the mouth. Partial dentures can be removed and can fill in the spaces created by missing teeth while preventing other teeth from changing position.

  • Periodontal (Gum Disease) Treatment

    If doctor Diesburg diagnoses you with early gum disease, you may need treatment including tooth scaling and cleaning at three-month intervals. He will also suggest you use a medicated mouthwash and floss properly.

    If your gum disease has progressed to a later stage, your treatment may include deep-plane scaling, periodontal surgery and laser surgery.

  • Sealants

    Sealants protect the surfaces of the teeth most prone to tooth decay and are applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Talk to Dr. Diesburg about whether this might be an appropriate preventative treatment for you.

  • Sedation

    When a patient suffers from dental anxiety or dental phobia, they may find the use or oral sedatives or sedation dentistry an acceptable way to get patients the care they need. Dr. Diesburg is trained in the use of nitrous oxide and can speak with you about other ways to make your visit to our clinic as comfortable as possible.

  • Extraction

    If you have teeth that are severely damaged, they might need to be removed during a process called extraction. During extraction, Dr. Diesburg will give you an anesthetic in order to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. You may need stitches, also called sutures, after the extraction. Extractions may become necessary if you are being fitted for an implant, a denture, or a bridge. Dr. Diesburg will advise you on aftercare for your mouth following the procedure.

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