General Dentistry Green Bay WI
At Precision Dentistry of Howard, We Treat You Like Family
Earning Trust – One Patient at a Time
Our first goal, from the moment you walk in the door, is to earn a feeling of trust. We believe the absolute best dentistry we can provide will only take place when there is a strong bond of trust with our patients, and we’re all working together toward the common goals of healthy teeth and gums and a beautiful smile.
Emergencies Seen Right Away
We understand that dental emergencies can be inconvenient and by nature need prompt attention. Our practice is designed in a way that allows for new patient emergencies to be seen as soon as possible, almost always the same day. While we encourage our emergency patients to join our regular care program, you are not required to do so in order to take advantage of our short-notice appointments.
Routine Dental Care
Whether your dental needs are a complete exam, cleaning, or anything in between, our staff will provide you with exceptional care. Your six-month visits keep your teeth clean and healthy and help prevent problems down the road by letting us spot them early. We can address your unique concerns and develop a relationship that ensures continuity of care. We look forward to meeting you!
A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
Did you know that the cause of most tooth loss is not decay? It’s gum disease. And recent studies have established a link between gum disease and your overall health. The good news is that gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery. Our commitment to you includes paying meticulous attention to all of your needs for healthy teeth and gums so you not only look your best but also have optimum overall health.
Crooked teeth, worn teeth, fillings, gaps, chips, cracks, and discolorations – you name it, we can fix it! It’s no secret that our smiles have a huge effect on how others see us and how we feel about ourselves. Many patients tell us that they would love to fix their teeth, but they assume it will take something extreme to make it possible. They are thrilled to find out there are many conservative options for improvement. Ask us about veneers, bonding, crowns, and more. We also offer take-home teeth whitening for a dazzling smile.
Oral Cancer – Minimize Your Risk
It’s an often unknown statistic that oral cancer causes one American death every hour. For 40 years, this mortality rate hasn’t changed. But it’s not all bad news. Early detection means a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That’s why we conduct a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If the hygienist or doctor sees anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could literally save your life!
Ozone Treatment Reverses Tooth Decay
Ozone (O3) is a gas that kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi within 40 seconds. It has been used for many years as a common water and air purifier. After we detect the presence of decay within the tooth or on the surface, we apply a special suction cup handpiece to focus ozone onto the decayed area. This eliminates all the bacteria. Then the tooth is bathed in a re-mineralization fluid to help the tooth heal. The patient feels no pain or discomfort because there are no shots and there’s no drilling. Nothing is done to the tooth other than the application of the ozone and the fluid that allows the tooth to re-mineralize.
Oral health can have a far bigger impact on a person’s life than regular cleanings and the occasional filling can address. Many patients who’ve dealt with injury, illness, bite problems, and simple wear and tear can have chronic problems such as tooth grinding, TMJ, periodontitis, crooked or misshapen teeth, and missing teeth. The result can be headaches and migraines, toothaches, chronic bad breath, and an unattractive appearance. But you don’t have to live like that. Dr. O’Donoghue will present options for a treatment plan to address your issues and achieve a healthy, pain-free, beautiful smile.
Introducing Laser Dental Procedures
Dental lasers are FDA-approved and provide an exciting new way to ease discomfort during dental procedures. Treatments that were previously performed with scalpels or incisions can now be completed with a laser. Less-invasive treatment means improved results and faster healing. We are able to cosmetically treat uneven gummy smile lines, clean and re-contour inflamed tissue around crowns, arrest gum disease, and heal painful canker sores and mouth ulcers with instant relief! The results are absolutely outstanding!
Oral Surgery from the Team You Know
Sometimes a tooth is too damaged for a regular filling and requires a root canal. Wisdom teeth typically require extraction because they do not grow in properly, and occasionally a troublesome tooth must be removed. In most cases, Dr. O’Donoghue is able to perform required oral surgery right here in our office, with the team you already know and trust.
Relax Through Your Care
While we take great pride in being able to deliver painless injections, some patients are naturally anxious at even the thought of a needle. If this sounds like you, we have options that may help. Dr. O’Donoghue has one of the few general practices qualified to administer IV sedation for all procedures. This level of sedation has the quickest effect and allows you to be unaware of the procedure. The other option is oral conscious sedation. One hour before your visit you take a pill to reach a level of sedation that allows you to respond to questions but relax through your entire visit. Both options are also ideal for those who have a busy schedule and want to get all their treatment done in one visit. We want you to feel comfortably relaxed throughout your care.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
If you or a loved one find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snoring loudly or having interrupted breathing during sleep, it may be sleep apnea. For those who have been diagnosed with this condition, modern dentistry has new treatment options such as oral appliances. These have been successful for over 90% of the patients who use them and are an alternative to CPAP machines. Ask us about this treatment and start getting the rest you deserve.
Protecting Teeth During Sports
Did you know that 5 million teeth are knocked out each year in the United States alone? Many sports can be dangerous without the proper protection. The one-size-fits-all mouthguards found in stores just don’t fit very well. Custom-made sports mouthguards fit well, protect well, and can be worn for any sport.
The Cleanest Your Teeth Can Be
We use a Piezo Scaler™ to aid in removing deposits of plaque and calculus (tartar) from your teeth, especially under the gumline and even in deep pockets, in the case of gum disease treatments. This hand tool uses high-frequency vibrations to enable us to remove deposits on your teeth faster than with regular scaling instruments. Your teeth have never felt so clean! As a bonus, most patients report less discomfort with the Piezo Scaler.
The Isolite™ Dental Isolation System
This multi-function unit’s most important feature is suction that removes droplets and aerosols from the air during treatment. Additionally, its flexible mouthpiece provides an increased level of dental isolation and includes a light for improved illumination of the inside of your mouth. For comfort, there is a built-in bite block to assist you in keeping your mouth open. Isolite was designed to make your treatment quicker and easier, not only eliminating multiple hand instruments previously used by dentists and dental assistants but also shortening your time in the chair and in our office.
Xylitol Can Help Reduce Cavities
Xylitol is a natural substance found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams every day. It is particularly effective in combating tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It can be taken in the form of chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. It’s also very helpful for those suffering allergies and also comes in a nasal spray. In our practice we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The results have been amazing.
The dentist works hand-in-hand with patients to create a bond of teamwork. The amazing intra-oral camera is a miniature video camera that displays a closeup picture of the inside of your mouth. You can see for yourself what work needs to be done and which teeth are doing fine. You then become a participant in each dental decision. You’ll love how this works!
Traditional dental X-rays have been “good enough,” but digital X-rays provide clearer and much more accurate pictures of what’s going on inside a patient’s mouth. This makes it easier for the doctor to diagnose issues. Leaks or breaks in fillings that used to go unnoticed, often leading to root canals, can now be found and treated before major damage is done. We can also view your entire mouth in one shot, including the upper and lower jaws, with panoramic digital images.