Key Procedures

Listed here are a few of the key procedures that Dr. Templeman and his Corvallis Dentist Staff provide. This is not a comprehensive list of dental treatments, but highlights a few of the important dental procedures we provide. We are committed to bringing you the highest quality dental treatments and provide solutions for a wide variety of dental needs.

Please contact us for more information about the dental procedures and services that we offer.

Same Day Crowns - CEREC©

We know how important your dental health is for you, and we also know that with our busy lives, no one wants to spend more time than necessary in a dental chair. Dr. Templeman has invested in the advanced CEREC technology in order to provide his patients with excellent treatment in the shortest time possible. CEREC is one of the most exciting breakthroughs in modern dentistry. It is a CAD/CAM, or "Computer-Aided Design" and "Computer-Aided Manufacturing" technology which allows us to create superb quality porcelain restorations (crowns, onlays, veneers) in a single visit.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

CEREC is a camera, computer and precision manufacturing machine all in one. After gently preparing the damaged tooth to the proper shape, we use CEREC’S built in camera to take pictures of the tooth and its neighbors. From those images the computer generates a virtual model of the teeth, and we use the CAD (Computer Assisted Design) function of the CEREC software to design the porcelain restoration. Then, the CAM (Computer Assisted Manufacturing) function precisely mills the restoration out of a solid block of porcelain. As necessary we tint and glaze the restoration to match the existing teeth, and then bond the crown or filling to the tooth. That’s it! No temporary crown that might break or come loose, and no second appointment and need to get numb again to finish the treatment.

See CEREC in Action

THE CEREC ADVANTAGE

  • Single appointment restoration
  • No messy impressions or plastic temporaries
  • The most biocompatible material available
  • Porcelain ceramics closely mimic natural teeth in hardness, color and translucency
  • The precise computer generated fit allows preservation of tooth structure State of the art adhesive technology securely bonds the restoration to the tooth
  • Over 27 years of positive clinical research

For more information about this amazing technology, visit the CEREC website

Migraine and TMJ therapy

Ask yourself this question.

When I wake up in the morning do I feel fabulous?

Or do you suffer from migraine or tension headaches, wake up with jaw, face or neck pain in the morning, or show wear or chipping of the teeth? Do you need to take expensive drugs to control your headaches, or even worse, continue to suffer because the drug side effects keep you from using them?

If you do you are not alone, as research shows that over 40 million Americans suffer from migraine or tension headaches, TMJ pain or excessive tooth wear. Your jaw muscles are some of the strongest muscles in your body and many people clench or grind unconsciously while they sleep. Studies show that virtually all migraine and tension headache patients have a significant amount of nocturnal clenching activity, and that the abnormal muscle activity is a major contributing factor in the initiation of their headaches. Now there is a solution, the NTI dental guard.

What is the NTI and how does it Work?

The NTI is a tiny, clear plastic device that fits over your front teeth makes clenching virtually impossible. This simple device separates your lower and upper jaw to release the tension in the muscles. Essentially it "pulls the rug out" from developing a migraine or tension headache by interrupting the involuntary tug of war of the jaw muscles, reducing clenching intensity by one-third, thus reducing the barrage of negative impulses transmitted by nerves. It is a preventive device and not a treatment.

Dr. Templeman has been treating this pain and wear problem in one visit with the FDA-approved NTI appliance (Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition Tension Suppression System or NTI-tss) for over 20 years.

Often this eliminates or significantly reduces bruxism-related migraines and various kinds of TMJ pain. Some patients experience relief after one night, while others find comfort after a few weeks of wearing the NTI. The FDA reported that 82 percent of patients professionally diagnosed with migraines experienced a 77 percent average reduction in attacks within the first eight weeks of using the NTI.

The NTI appliance reduces jaw tension significantly more than other mouthguards, which merely absorb the tension created and prevent tooth wear. This device helps stop the tension at the source, giving you the most relaxing sleep possible and reducing pain and the need for powerful drugs.

Many insurance policies will help cover the costs of the appliance because it is FDA approved for migraine prevention.

If you or a family member has been medically diagnosed with migraine or tension headaches, call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment.

Cosmetic Dentistry, Veneers and Crowns (Caps)

Modern Dentistry has been repairing decayed and broken teeth for over a hundred years, but with current dental technology we can now improve your smile in ways not easily possible just a short time ago. Now you no longer need to hide your smile because of gaps, chips, stains, or misshapen teeth. Depending on the circumstances we can use cosmetic bonding, veneers, or strong, metal-free ceramic crowns to easily correct your teeth's imperfections and help you have a more confident, beautiful smile.

Dental bonding is a one-visit process that uses tooth colored filling material to replace old stained fillings, repair smaller chips and cracks, or make minor to moderate alterations to shape and color. It can be a good alternative for patients with low biting stresses.

Veneers are natural in appearance and are a perfect option for patients wanting to make more significant changes to the look and feel of their smile or need additional strength. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells made from tooth-colored ceramic (porcelain) materials designed to cover the front side of your teeth. They are very strong, and when placed you'll be pleased to see that veneers look like your natural teeth. While veneers are stain resistant and stronger than bonding, we still recommend that you avoid coffee, tea, red wine, and tobacco to maintain the beauty of your new smile. Some patients may also need to use a night guard to protect the veneers if clenching or grinding of the teeth is a factor.

Crowns or caps are a cosmetic restoration that is used to strengthen a tooth or improve its shape. Crowns are most often used for teeth that are broken, worn, or partially destroyed by tooth decay, or that need major changes in color. Like the band on a barrel, crowns wrap around the entire tooth, holding it together and providing the maximum amount of strength. Porcelain crowns are often preferred because they can be characterized to better mimic the color and translucency of natural teeth.

If you or a family member would like to learn more about how modern cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your teeth, please call us today to schedule a short no-charge smile evaluation.

Examples of how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile

Root Canals

It used to be if you had a tooth that was painful or abscessed you would probably lose that tooth. Today most abscessed teeth can be saved with a special dental procedure called root canal (or endodontic) treatment. A root canal is a relatively straightforward and usually painless procedure involving one to three office visits. Best of all, having a root canal when necessary can save your tooth and your smile!

What is the purpose of a root canal?

A tooth's pulp tissue (or nerve) is the "leftover" of what originally built the hard part of the tooth when it was developing in the jawbone and is not vitally important to a tooth's health and function after the tooth has emerged through the gums. Its only purpose at that point is sensory - to provide the sensation of hot or cold (and unfortunately, pain). Whether the nerve is present or not, the day-to-day functioning of the tooth is not altered.

If the nerve of a tooth is exposed to contamination and bacteria by a crack or deep decay, the germs begin to grow and can cause an infection inside the tooth. Other causes of nerve death include trauma from injuries, excessive orthodontic movement and even a bad bite. If left untreated, an abscess in the bone may form and pain and swelling can result. This can not only injure your jawbones, but it is detrimental to your overall health. Without proper treatment the tooth may have to be removed. You might think of root canal treatment as a "rescue mission" for a sick tooth.

What are the signs that a root canal is needed?

Some signs you may need a root canal include severe toothache, pain upon chewing or application of pressure, prolonged sensitivity or pain in response to hot and cold temperatures, a dark discoloration of the tooth, and swelling or tenderness in the gums around the tooth. If you experience any of these symptoms you should make an appointment for evaluation as soon as possible. In addition, many teeth that require root canal therapy do not show any symptoms at all and are detected by x-rays or other tests. A sick or dead tooth should be treated to prevent future symptoms or tooth loss.

What happens during a root canal?

Root canal treatment typically takes from one (80 to 90%) to three visits.

During treatment the area is strongly numbed and the infected tissue is removed. Next, the interior of the tooth will be cleaned, disinfected and hermetically sealed. Finally, after any remaining decay and weak areas are removed the tooth is filled with a dental composite (tooth colored filling material). For front teeth that is usually the extent of treatment. If it is a back tooth subject to strong biting forces or if your tooth had extensive decay or breakdown, we strongly recommend placing a crown to strengthen and protect the tooth from breakage. With regular brushing, flossing, and checkups, a properly restored tooth can last a lifetime. Studies show that properly done root canal treatment is over 97% successful, and Dr. Templeman has over 30 years experience in performing this procedure.

If you have disclolored teeth, tenderness to biting, temperature sensitivity, pain or swelling, call today for an evaluation whether this tooth preserving procedure may be appropriate for you.