Whatever Your Needs Are, We Can Help You!
If you are a patient who desires to improve the way that your smile looks, the way that your bite feels, or both then we can help you. Whether your concern is a single tooth or a complete smile makeover, we are here to help you look and feel your best. ROC Smiles is focused on high quality, predictable, and long lasting dentistry.
Here at ROC Smiles, we provide complete dentistry with personalized service using innovative techniques and a state-of-the-art working environment.
Our philosophy is to help you understand the relationship between your systemic health, lifestyle, and oral health. By identifying your treatment goals and ‘risk factors’, factors that are unique to your own body and lifestyle, we can help you create an individualized ‘life plan’ for your teeth and gums. Our goal is to help all of our patients create aesthetically pleasing smiles and healthy bites that will last a lifetime.
Our dental team is passionate about what we do and we are committed to delivering the highest level of personalized oral care.
The ROC Smiles Team is proud to offer a full range of services to meet all of your needs. Whether you need regular hygiene visits, repair dentistry, or a full smile makeover we are here to help you!
- General and Family Dental Procedures
- Healthy Bites
- Current Trends
General and Family Dental Procedures
Recent research has concluded that a person’s overall systemic health is linked to their oral health. This means that your overall wellness is directly related to the health of your teeth and gums. Therefore, Dr. Benson has created the “Oral Health Visit” so that he and his treatment team can ensure that your overall health is monitored at your regular dental check ups. During your individualized “Oral Health Visit”, you will receive services that are specific to your case, including:
- Routine records update including medical history, blood pressure, digital images, and photos
- Four hygiene exams including an oral cancer screening, gum exam, bite exam and tooth exam
- When needed, dental x-rays that are suitable for you based on your risk factors, such as your history of tooth decay, history of gum disease, and your at-home care. If x-rays are indicated, then we utilize digital x-ray technology which significantly reduces your exposure to unnecessary and unwanted radiation.
- A personalized tooth and gum cleaning based on your oral health status and the types of restorations that you currently have on your teeth
- Additional services unique to your history that may include a High Performance Night Guard adjustment, teeth whitening touch-up, fluoride treatment, root sensitivity treatment, and a cosmetic restoration polishing
Services include placement of tooth colored fillings and foundation fillings for teeth that need new tooth tops such as crowns, veneers, or onlays. Tooth Colored Fillings Bonding, the use of the tooth colored composite resin material to restore teeth or improve their appearance, has been around for over 30 years.
We use tooth colored filling material to make teeth look younger, whiter, and more natural looking. We can also eliminate unsightly spaces between your teeth.
Dr. Benson has traveled to learn from some of the world’s top experts in the field of tooth bonding, including most recently, Dr. Newton Fahl DDS in Curitiba, Brazil.http://www.fahl.com.br . Dr. Benson trained with Dr. Fahl in Foster City, CA during a hands-on course in advanced bonding. Dr. Benson was then invited to Brazil to train for four days with Dr. Fahl on how to perform natural life-like composite tooth colored veneers, crowns and fillings.
We can reshape teeth to make them look more appropriate for your age, gender, or personality.
Comprehensive Cosmetic and Bite Tests
These are a series of tests that are taken in one appointment to study the overall condition of your mouth and to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you to either maintain or restore your teeth back to optimum health and appearance. The tests performed are selected based on your own specific case, thus the fee for the tests performed at the time of your appointment can vary. Following is a list of possible tests:
Tests Performed During Your Appointment
- A complete Medical and Dental History
- An Oral Cancer Exam
- X-rays of your teeth, supporting bones, and jaw joint
- A specialized set of digital photos of your face, teeth, and gums
- Precision molds of your teeth for evaluation and study
- A record of how your teeth fit together and how they should
- Facial measurements to help determine appropriate treatment outcomes
- Measurements of the gums and bone around your teeth
- Tooth color analysis
- A comprehensive interview with you in order to ascertain your treatment goals and expectations
Tests and Follow-up Work Performed By Dr. Benson After Your Appointment
- Study of your precision molds on a specialized bite machine to analyze your bite
- Analysis of your case specific photos
- Analysis of all other tests
Once the tests are completed and analyzed, you then return to see Dr. Benson to discuss his Report of Findings. You can then decide on the course of treatment that best serves your treatment goals. If you are a patient who, for whatever reason, has only been able to receive “repair” or “patchwork” dentistry during your life and you desire a successful and long term comprehensive plan to make your teeth look great and last for a long time, then ask us how you can benefit from the Comprehensive Cosmetic and Bite Tests.
Clear Removable Braces ClearCorrect® or Invisalign®
Invisible braces that are actually plastic retainers that you are able to remove to eat and brush your teeth. Please visit the following links for more details www.clearcorrect.com or www.invisalign.com and call us if you wish to find out more about Invisalign or if you wish to schedule an appointment to find out if you are candidate.
If you have a history of clenching or teeth grinding (Bruxism), or you have evidence of a stressful bite such as short teeth, uneven edges of your teeth, gum recession, or chipped/broken teeth, then it is important to protect your teeth from further damage. There are two different types of Bite Guards that Dr Benson prescribes to help manage the stress in your bite.
High Performance Night Guards are long term removable appliances worn over the upper arch that are custom made with a clear hard acrylic outer shell and a soft inner liner. The outer shell protects your teeth from the damaging forces in your bite and the soft inner shell provides for a soft comfortable fit. Due to the unique nature of it’s design for each patient the High Performance Bite Guards serve three functions for the patient: It serves to help seat the jaw into the sockets and relax the muscles of your jaw and face, it servers to stop your teeth from shifting acting a a Orthodontic retainer, and is also serves to protect your teeth from damage while it is being worn. This type of Bite Guard is the most durable and longest lasting of the three types of Bite Guards that Dr Benson uses and recommends for his patients. For the cost of a single crown you can protect all of your teeth for years to come.
The “Hard over Soft Night” Guard is similar to the High Performance Bite Guard in the way that it protects your teeth from damage while it is worn and that it acts as an Orthodontic retainers. However, unlike the High Performance Bite Guard, it does not help to seat the jaw into the sockets and help relax the muscles of the jaw and face. Dr Benson tries to limit his use of the “Hard over Soft” Bite Guard with his patients to those patients who are in long term restorative treatment that is being completed in phases and they need the protection while they are in between phases. The cost of the “Hard over Soft” Bite Guard is about a third of the cost the High Performance Bite Guard.
In the field of Dentistry there are over twenty different kinds of Bite Guards and it is important that you wear the Bite Guard that is right for your situation.
Whiter teeth can be achieved in as little as 2 hours with our in-office system or as little as 2 weeks with our take-home tray system. Results with teeth whitening are determined by a number of factors including genetics, habits (coffee, tea, smoking), and compliance when using any whitening system. Call us for an appointment so we can help you determine what system if best for you.
Crowns and Tooth Tops
We can restore your bite, damaged teeth, or worn teeth with new man-made tooth colored ceramic tooth tops such as crowns and onlays. Dr Benson takes a special approach to “crowns’, as patients sometimes call them. Instead of “shaving the teeth down into little stubs” or “cutting all of the healthy enamel away”, as many new patients to the practice say has happened to their teeth, Dr Benson treatment plans each tooth differently- every design is different. Dr Benson feels that the treatment goal for crowns should be to maximize the amount of enamel left on the tooth and maximize the ability of his patients to maintain easy and adequate hygiene of their new crown(s) so that they can last longer.
Whether made of tooth colored filling material (composite) or man-made ceramic material (porcelain), veneers are a conservative alternative to crowns as a replacement for the front or back surface of a tooth. The thickness of the veneer is determined on a tooth by tooth basis depending on the overall goal of your case. In some cases, no tooth structure needs to be removed (“no prep” veneers). Properly placed in a stable and low-stress environment veneers can remain beautiful and functional for many years.
Dental implants are replacements for the roots and crowns of missing teeth and are becoming the treatment of choice by patients to replace one or more missing teeth. When properly placed with precision in a stable and low stress bite environment, they are an attractive and decay-immune solution for patients that are missing one or more teeth. Implants do not decay or breakdown, thus rarely do they ever need future treatment. Dental Implants can also be placed to hold in partial or full dentures (sets of “false” teeth) which allow for greater retention and better chewing capacity. Please call us to schedule an appointment to find out more about dental implants or to see if you are a possible candidate.
Removable Partial and Complete Dentures
Rapidly falling by the wayside as the treatment of choice for patients that are missing many or all of their teeth, removable partial (some teeth missing) or complete (all teeth missing) dentures can be made to serve as replacements for your teeth. Patients who wish to have teeth removed and dentures made for them to be ready the day that their teeth are removed will need to have two sets made. The first set is called the Immediate Set and is delivered on the day of the surgery to remove your teeth. The second, or Final Set, is fabricated after the Immediate Set has been worn for six months in order to allow all of the bone and tissue to heal properly from the surgery. The Immediate Set allows the patient to have acceptable teeth to eat and speak with during the time their bone and gums are healing. Patients will also use the healing period to make any suggestions regarding changes they would like to see between the Immediate and Final Set of Dentures. The fit and feel of the Final Set can only be properly achieved after the bone and tissue has had adequate time to heal.