Dental Care to Maintain a Healthy, Beautiful Smile
At QC Dental Docs, P.C., we provide individuals and families with a comprehensive range of dental services. Our office is based in Bettendorf, IA, and welcomes patients in every stage of life. Our doctors and staff have the skills and knowledge to help you achieve your healthiest, brightest smiles. We care about you and your smile. With a warm and welcoming environment, our patients feel comfortable and can ask any questions they may have about their dental treatments.
Comprehensive Dental Care In A Warm & Welcoming Environment
Routine Dental Cleaning
It is suggested that patients be seen for a dental cleaning and routine exam every six months or as recommended by their dentist. During the cleaning, plaque and calculus will be removed from your teeth, leaving behind a bright and polished smile. Images may need to be taken to help detect possible cavities in between teeth that cannot be seen by the naked eye.
Though your mouth may feel healthy, and you may not have any symptoms, periodontal disease can progress without a patient knowing. If left untreated, periodontal disease can destroy the supporting bones in your mouth. This is why early treatment and prevention is so important! Our doctors and staff will make sure you are receiving the highest quality of care that will assist in preventing periodontal disease from developing.
This technology allows for rapid development, and viewing of teeth and bone on a chair mounted monitors to permit a better understanding of treatment options. The amount of radiation is a fraction of the amount required with traditional film, and that reduction in exposure improves the safety of our patients and staff.
Cosmetic Restorations (White Bonded Fillings)
If you dislike the look that old silver restorations give your mouth, white fillings are the perfect solution! Your old silver restorations will be replaced with tooth-colored fillings, resulting in a smile you can be proud to show off. White fillings are also bonded to the natural tooth structure, increasing the overall strength of the tooth, unlike silver (amalgam) fillings that have no bonding properties.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns are necessary when a tooth is severely damaged or has suffered from advanced decay and cannot be fixed with a bonded filling material. Crowns cover the remaining tooth and restore its function, strength, and esthetics. Several crown material options are available, and our doctors will discuss these on an individual basis depending on the area of the mouth that needs to be restored.
Bridges can be utilized when tooth loss occurs due to gum disease, decay, or injury. The loss of the tooth can create greater problems for your dental health if it is not corrected. The teeth next to the missing tooth (or teeth) can begin to move and result in pain, discomfort, and can look unsightly. With bridges, your doctor will close any gaps in your mouth. The bridge looks and acts just like natural teeth, is permanently cemented, and helps to maintain the position of the rest of your teeth.
Dental emergencies can be very frightening and often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient’s oral and overall health. If you’re dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 563-332-2447, and we will schedule you in as soon as possible. Should you call during after hours, call our regular number, and our voicemail will inform you of how to get in touch with us.
Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)
Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist help to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients, no symptoms are obvious, and they are unaware of a problem even exists until their dentist sees them for an exam.
When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent further infections and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.
Temporomandibular Disorder is fairly common in the population and symptoms to include, but are not limited to:
- Clicking/popping/grating sound from either joint
- Ringing or fullness in either ear
- Sore facial, chewing or neck muscles
- Headaches of unknown
- Difficulty staying asleep at night
- Grinding of teeth during the day and/or at night time
Our doctors will evaluate your condition using a physical examination, radiographs, and/or diagnostic models of your teeth.
Treatment may include:
- Occlusal (bite) Splint Therapy
- Selective bite adjustment (even out tooth contacts)
- Restoration of teeth to adjust or support bite
- Replacement of missing teeth to adjust or support bite
Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile. With our whitening services, the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration will slowly disappear, leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with your dentist to see if you’re a candidate for teeth whitening.
Sealants are a very efficient and successful method for preventing decay on the biting surfaces of teeth. Sealants are primarily placed on permanent molars as they erupt in a child’s mouth. They are maintained throughout childhood and can last into adulthood. Sealants are a flowable resin that is applied to the deep pits and fissures of teeth, protecting the teeth from the harmful acids and plaque buildup commonly found in the mouth. The application of sealants is a simple procedure requiring only a short visit with our office.
Fluoride is a great agent used to help prevent tooth decay. It is naturally present in different amounts in almost all foods and water supplies. Benefits of using fluoride have been well known for over 50 years and are supported by many health and professional organizations.
Fluoride works in two ways:
As a topical fluoride, it helps to strengthen the patient’s teeth once they have erupted by getting into the outer surface of the tooth enamel, helping to make the teeth more resistant to decay. We gain topical fluoride by using fluoride containing dental products such as toothpaste, mouth rinses, and gels.
Systemic fluoride strengthens teeth that have erupted, and those that are still developing under the gums. Systemic fluoride is gained from most foods and our water supply. It is also available as a supplement in drop or gel form and can be prescribed by your dentist or physician. Usually, fluoride drops are recommended for infants, and tablets are best suited for children up through the teen years.
Complete dentures are used to replace a person’s teeth when they are all missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. They are crafted to fit your individual mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:
- Help restore your ability to eat and speak
- Replace your missing teeth
- Prevent facial sagging
- Improve the appearance of your smile
We can create and place your complete dentures in just a few visits. Your dentures will be made to look and feel like natural teeth so that you can feel confident every time you smile. We invite you to call our office today if you are missing teeth to learn more about the benefits of dentures.
A veneer is a thin porcelain or ceramic restoration that is applied and bonded to the front of your existing tooth structure. Porcelain veneers are an excellent choice for correcting gaps between teeth, crooked or misaligned teeth, or discoloration resistant to dental bleaching.
When applied to the tooth, a veneer is virtually undetectable. Due to its thin nature, the veneer will take on the natural coloration of your teeth and allows us to be quite conservative in removing tooth structure.
ClearCorrect is a simple, effective way to straighten teeth.
It is a clear and simple alternative to braces. ClearCorrect is a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually straighten your teeth as you wear them. Each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit at a time.
They’re practically invisible, so most people won’t even know you’re in treatment, they fit you perfectly, so they’re more comfortable than regular braces. Because they are removable, so you can eat whatever you like and clean your teeth normally.
Ask your doctor for more information about ClearCorrect and what it can do for you.
Millions of people throughout the U.S. are affected by snoring. There are a range of treatment options for snoring. This includes making a change to your sleeping patterns or using an orthodontic appliance to help open your airways while you sleep. We will find a solution that works for you.
Please keep in mind that these are all causes for snoring:
- Health Issues
- Daytime Fatigue
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Did you know that snoring and obstructive sleep apnea can be easily treated with surgery, a CPAP machine, or oral appliance therapy? Oral appliance therapy is the least invasive treatment option. It involves the selection, fitting, and use of an appliance to hold the jaw forward to maintain an open airway during sleep. Dentists with specialized training in oral appliance therapy to treat obstructive sleep apnea are uniquely qualified to treat OSA with customized appliances. Since oral appliances can affect the teeth and jaw, a dentist’s expertise in these areas is also required for successful treatment.
Your dentist will evaluate your specific symptoms and then select the most appropriate oral appliance to correct the airway obstruction and breathing conditions to make breathing easier. These oral appliances are discreet enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Rest easy, your dentist can help!
Visit Dental Prosthetic Services to learn more!