Preventative Care:

Regular checkups help prevent major problems like tooth decay and gum disease. Regular checkups include hygiene appointments, annual x-rays, periodontal (gum) disease screenings, TMJ screenings, and oral cancer screenings.

Dr. Bracker and her staff use the most up to date screening procedures with the most modern cleaning equipment. This includes the use of the DIAGNOdent laser system. DIAGNOdent can detect tooth decay in hard-to-reach and hard-to-inspect places that a visual exam might not discover.

Gum Care:

Gum disease is serious business. Research suggests there may be a link between periodontal disease and other health concerns such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, bacterial pneumonia, and increased risk factors during pregnancy such as pre-term delivery and low birth weight babies.

If you suffer from periodontal disease, take advantage of Dr. Bracker’s in depth cleaning program and special instructions on how to take care of your teeth at home. This will enable you to control and possibly eliminate your specific periodontal problem.

Cosmetic Care:

Dr. Susan Bracker and her staff pride themselves on making your smile more spectacular. They can do so through a number of cosmetic procedures including teeth whitening, bonding, and veneers.

Whitening procedures can minimize yellowing and brighten your smile in just a one-hour visit. Bonding procedures can help restore chipped or broken teeth, fill in gaps, or reshape and recolor your smile. While often considered restorative work, dentures, partials, crowns, bridges, and implants can all improve the appearance of your smile.

Child and Infant Care:

At Dr. Susan Bracker’s office, we LOVE kids, and most of us are parents too. The American Dental Association recommends you visit a dentist when your child’s first tooth develops around six months of age. At that time you should begin brushing with a small amount of water. If you are considering toothpaste before your child is two years old, consult a dentist or doctor first. Around six years of age, a child’s adult teeth will begin to replace their primary teeth.

At Dr. Bracker’s office, your children are always welcome. In fact, we have a separate children’s waiting room with books, toys, games, and lots of video games including X-Box, X-Box 360, and Nintendo Game Cube. There should be plenty to keep your child (or perhaps your husband) entertained and relaxed before their visit.

Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment:

Dr. Susan Bracker is pleased to offer sleep apnea dental treatment to help patients suffering from the disorder. Sleep apnea causes the soft tissue in a patient's throat to repeatedly collapse, blocking air from entering the lungs. This reduced or complete pause in breathing can last anywhere from a few seconds to upwards of a minute. These episodes can occur hundreds of times a night, resulting in much lowers levels of oxygen in the blood. Normal breathing usually resumes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Patients who suffer from sleep apnea are often unaware of their condition and believe they are sleeping well. The most common symptoms reported are daytime drowsiness and complaints of snoring or breathing cessations observed by a bed partner.

There are a variety of treatment options available that can help alleviate the symptoms of sleep apnea. One option is a custom oral appliance, which supports your jaw and helps you maintain an open airway. It is worn like a retainer or mouth guard. Together, we will determine if a custom-fit oral appliance is the right treatment option for you.