Procedures - For a Better Smile

Our Mission

Dental ImplantWe pledge to give you the information on any dental care you may need from basic maintenance for a lifetime of good dental health to smile and function makeovers.

On your initial visit with us, you will be appointed for a comprehensive evaluation to include an oral cancer screen, periodontal health (gum health – the cornerstone of continued enjoyment of good dental health) screening, diagnosis of occlusal (bite) problems and a individual check of each tooth for any problems.

Then, if necessary, impressions of your teeth will be taken for evaluation, along with necessary x-rays and photographs to aid diagnosis. Time will be saved to review the findings of our evaluation and discuss all with you along with recommendations. We will review the proposed treatment with you along with appointments needed, fees and other necessary information.

GENERAL DENTISTRY

Comprehensive Exams

The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice a year for a comprehensive exam. Maintaining good oral health can help eliminate pain, early tooth loss, progression of gum disease, and help you manage other systemic diseases such as diabetes. With early detection and care, we can help prevent small problems from turning into large and complicated problems. Call today to schedule your next visit with us: (260) 925-2812

Dental emergencies

Our number one priority is you, the patient. We do not want you to live in discomfort or pain. If you are experiencing a dental emergency, please call us today at (260) 925-2812. We always try to see you the day you call.

Professional Cleanings

The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and exams in order to prevent gum disease and decay. Most people are seen twice a year with having radiographs taken once a year. Some people require more frequent recalls to help control plaque and calculus build up.

Fluoride

We recommend fluoride varnish for our children and adult patients. It is a highly concentrated form of fluoride which is applied to the tooth’s surface usually after a cleaning. It is not permanent but continues to stay in contact with the tooth for several hours. It can be used to help prevent decay, remineralize tooth structure, and treat tooth sensitivity.

Digital Radiographs

We currently use digital technology to capture all our radiographs. By using digital radiography, we significantly decrease the amount of radiation exposed to our patients. This technology also allows us to put the images on the computer screen so you, the patient, can see them.

Intra-Oral Camera

We use intra-oral cameras to take pictures of areas of concern or areas of improvement so you, the patient, can see what we see. There is no radiation involved with this process.

Periodontal disease treatment

Periodontal disease can be treated in office with a non-surgical procedure called scaling and root planing. Deposits are removed deep under the gums to help improve the health of the bone and gums. Continued good home care and frequent maintenance cleanings (every 3-4 months) are important to maintain good oral health.

Arestin

Arestin is a prescription antibiotic approved by the FDA and is used together with scaling and root planing procedures to treat periodontal disease. Arestin is different from other antibiotics taken as a pill because it is placed right where it is needed. It is a painless procedure and dissolves on its own.  For more information visit: www.arestin.com

Child Cleanings and Exams

We accept patients of all ages! We believe that good dental health and good experiences begin at a very young age. We encourage parents to bring children in at an early age to monitor development. Generally, we begin routine care appointments for children at age three, and we spend the time necessary to introduce ourselves and procedures to allow trust to be established. We strive to make sure visits are a positive experience.

Teeth Whitening Options

You can whiten your teeth anywhere at any time! We offer two take home whitening options: strips or trays. Both are safe, effective and can be done on your schedule. Call us today to receive more information and to start the process of obtaining a brighter and whiter smile!

Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer screenings are part of our routine exams and are essential in the early detection of cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions. Oral cancer strikes an estimated 34,000 Americans per year with more than 25% of those dying from the disease. The best prevention is to eliminate risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use and see your dentist regularly for check-ups. Even those without teeth are susceptible to oral cancer and should be screened annually. Call today for your exam.

Nitrous Oxide

Does dental anxiety keep you away? With the use of nitrous oxide, your appointment can be anxiety free with you returning to normal activities right after your appointment. This is best suited for those with mild to moderate anxiety. During your visits with us, we can discuss this option and create a personalized treatment plan to help create a relaxing and worry-free environment for you.

Conscious Sedation

Ever drive to a dental office just to turn around in the parking lot and return home due to fear and anxiety? This is a great option for you! By definition, conscious sedation is produced by the administration of certain medications and is an altered level of consciousness that still allows the patient to respond to physical stimuli and verbal commands and to maintain an unassisted airway. It allows for an anxiety free appointment. The patient is continually monitored during the appointment and it is required the patient have a driver the day of the appointment. We are more than happy to discuss this option for you and prepare a personalized treatment plan for you.

Mouth Guards and Occlusal Guards

Do you play sports? Do you grind or clench your teeth? Do you wake up in the mornings with a headache? A mouth guard may be a good item for you to consider helping protect your teeth, lips, cheeks, and gums from trauma while engaging in physical activities. Or you may need an occlusal guard which is worn at night to protect your teeth from the trauma of clenching and grinding. We offer soft and hard varieties.

TMJ/TMD

During the comprehensive exam, an evaluation of your bite (occlusion) is performed and treatment recommendations are reviewed which may involve an occlusal guard or NTI appliance.

RESTORATIVE AND COSMETIC DENTISTRY

Tooth Colored Restorations

We offer composite (resin) restorations which are tooth colored and mimic the shade of your natural teeth.

Full Coverage Crowns

Crowns are recommended when teeth are compromised due to existing large restorations, fractures, or root canal treatment. A full coverage crown is a cap that covers the portion of the tooth above the gum line. There are different options on materials and these options will be reviewed with you during the treatment planning and will differ with each patient and each tooth. The crown can be gold or tooth colored.

Inlays/Onlays

Inlays and Onlays are a great option in place of a direct restoration. They have better wear resistance and tend to last longer due to the laboratory controlling the fit. They are fabricated outside the mouth, like a crown, and then are cemented on at a later appointment. They allow for conservation of healthy natural tooth structure while still providing the strength and durability similar to that of a crown. These can also be gold or tooth colored.

Veneers

These are the procedure used on today's makeover shows. They are thin pieces of porcelain that are bonded on your teeth to reinforce for strength and also give long-lasting, natural beauty to your smile. They are smile miracles in the way they change your teeth's appearance.

Bonding

This is an immediate, chair side procedure to reshape, change color and close spaces. This procedure can afford you an immediate change to your smile and give you confidence. You will walk in with fractured teeth or spacing that you wish to address and walk out with a new smile. It is an immediate treatment affording an immediate change to your smile.

Invisalign

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth while improving your overall dental health. Invisalign is an alternative option to the traditional metal braces and uses invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth without involving any metal. Treatment usually averages 6-18 months and the average aligner is worn for 2 weeks before switching to a new set. Each case is personalized to fit your goals and needs and can differ from the average. Schedule your appointment today to see if you are a candidate!

Root Canals

Root canals are performed on teeth where the nerve is unhealthy or infected. This usually results from a badly decayed or fractured tooth. Root canal therapy cleans and shapes the canals within the roots of the teeth removing unhealthy and infected debris. After removing the infected debris, material is placed within the canal space. After a tooth receives root canal therapy it will require restorative work which could involve a crown or a filling.

Bridges

A bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, is a restoration used to replace a missing or extracted tooth by joining adjacent teeth.  This is accomplished by crowning the adjacent teeth on either side of the missing space and “bridging” the gap between them with a false tooth that is connected to the crowns and suspended between them. A bridge is cemented on and is a fixed restoration.  It is a great way to restore harmonious function and chewing surface.

Partial Dentures

Instead of a bridge, another option to replace missing teeth is by using a partial denture. This is a removable option that fits around the remaining teeth to fill in the gaps. Most are made with a metal framework that has pink acrylic containing the teeth. They are held in place by engaging the natural teeth with metal or pink clasps. Some partial dentures can be made without any metal. Which one is right for you will be discussed during your treatment planning appointment with the dentist.

Complete Dentures

Sometimes despite everything, tooth loss occurs. Dentures are a great way to gain back your smile and chewing ability. Each denture we make is customized for you and allows for your input so we can create a smile you will be happy with. There is also the option for implant-retained dentures with the help of a dental team involving an oral surgeon. We work together as a team to create a result that feels more natural and has better stability and function for you the patient. Call us today to schedule a consult to see if you are a candidate and discuss your options!

Extractions

Sometimes despite all efforts, teeth cannot be saved and then they have to be extracted or removed from the mouth. This does not mean that you have to live without a tooth; there are replacement options available, and these will be discussed with you in detail at your appointment. Some options may involve implants, bridges, or removable appliances. Together we can determine the right option for you.

IMPLANTS

Implants

Implants are growing in popularity with the public and are being accepted as standard care in the dental profession for replacing one or multiple teeth and for securing loose dentures.

Implants offer many benefits, such as:

  • Natural appearance
  • Natural chewing function
  • Never develop decay
  • Never require root canals
  • Preserve bone to prevent appearance of premature aging
  • Scientifically proven track record

Dental implants are a scientific marvel that functions much like natural teeth and enable patients to laugh, eat, chew, and smile with great confidence.

LASER DENTISTRY

Aphthous Ulcers (Canker Sores)

A dental laser can be used to treat canker sores and help relieve the patient of symptoms and resolve the lesion sooner. This also ensures that a canker sore will not occur in that same exact location again!

Tooth Desensitization

A dental laser can be used to treat teeth that are sensitive to temperatures usually due to gingival recession. This treatment helps relieve the sensitivity usually for a few months to even indefinitely! The treatment can be done more than once to a specific tooth.

Herpetic Lesions (Cold Sores)

A dental laser can be used to treat cold sores during the prodromal phase and prevent them from ever occurring. It can also be used once a lesion is present to help stop the activity of the lesion keeping it from getting bigger and help resolve the symptoms sooner.

Frenectomy

This procedure is usually needed for young patients going through orthodontic treatment. It helps relieve the tension between the lips and cheeks and the gum tissue. Frenectomies can be useful in preventing diastemas (space) from occurring between teeth; preventing gingival recession; and treat a person who is tongue-tied.

Biopsies

During each recare visit, a thorough oral cancer screening is completed. If any abnormal lumps, bumps, or discolored tissue is noted, a biopsy may be able to be performed that day. The tissue then will be sent in to be evaluated. This allows for a quicker reply to find out what the cause may be for that lesion.

Gingivectomy

A gingivectomy can be completed if the contours of your gums are uneven leading to an uneven smile.

Laser Assisted Periodontal Therapy

This may also be referred to as, laser bacterial reduction. The dental laser is used to treat the deeper periodontal pockets and helps reduces the bacterial counts allowing for the pocket to heal and resolve. This treatment is used in conjunction with periodontal disease treatment (see above) also known as scaling and root planing.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Do you treat children?

At Scheumann Dental Associates, both Dr. Gary Scheumann and Dr. Jessica Pickard welcome patients of all ages!

Are you accepting new patients?

Absolutely!  As a new patient at Scheumann Dental Associates, your first appointment will include a comprehensive exam, x-rays and a consultation. We will answer all your questions, as well as go over your suggested treatment plan, fee estimates and flexible financing options and will assist you in scheduling any future appointments.  We pledge to do our best to meet your dental needs with quality care in a pleasant and comfortable environment.

What payment methods do you accept, and what are your financing options?

Now there are many ways to make a better smile affordable.  We accept most major credit cards, including Visa, Master Card, and Discover.  For larger amounts, no interest financial arrangements are available through one of our Financial Coordinators.

We also offer Lending Club payment plans and Care Credit and Citi Health Card, healthcare credit cards specifically designed to allow convenient monthly payment options for treatments you want and need.  To learn more about Lending Club, call 1-800-630-1663, for Care Credit, call 1-800-839-9078, for Citi Health Card, call 1-866-832-8762, or click on the logos below to be directed to the corresponding websites.

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Do you accept my insurance?

We accept all traditional plans for dental insurance (and selected in network plans) and are Delta Dental Premier Providers.  We will be happy to process your claim for you upon receipt of your estimated copayment. We will file an insurance claim to any insurance company.  Typically, most insurance companies allow you to see any dentist you prefer.  Some plans may require you to visit a participating provider.

What is sedation dentistry?

Ever drive to a dental office just to turn around in the parking lot and return home due to fear and anxiety? Then sedation dentistry is for you! By definition, conscious sedation is produced by the administration of certain medications and is an altered level of consciousness that still allows the patient to respond to physical stimuli and verbal commands and to maintain an unassisted airway. It allows for an anxiety free appointment. The patient is continually monitored during the appointment. We are more than happy to discuss this option for you and prepare a personalized treatment plan for you.

What is Invisalign and how does it work?

Invisalign is a great way to straighten your teeth while improving your overall dental health. Invisalign is an alternative option to the traditional metal braces and uses invisible aligners to help straighten your teeth without involving any metal. Treatment usually averages 6-18 months and the average aligner is worn for 2 weeks before switching to a new set. Each case is personalized to fit your goals and needs and can differ from the average. Schedule your appointment today to see if you are a candidate!