Joseph R. Craig, DDS

Patient Services - General

Although we perform a large number of cosmetic and restorative procedures, our practice emphasizes the importance of preventative measures. By helping you maintain proper dental hygiene and by treating problems in their earliest stages, we can reduce the number of cosmetic and restorative procedures you will require in the future.

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Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Oister and her team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.

Wisdom Tooth Removal

Do you still have your wisdom teeth?  Have you been putting off their removal?  Dr. Oister and her team can help.  At some point in your life, most everyone requires that their wisdom teeth be extracted as a measure of preventative dentistry.  A number of painful and lasting problems can occur due to the arrival of wisdom teeth.  But with today’s dental technology, this procedure has been improved to maximize your comfort and speed along your recovery time. 

In most cases, your recovery from wisdom tooth extraction will only last a few days.  Dr. Oister’s dental team will provide with you with detailed information on the do’s and don’ts of recovery, and you will be prescribed medication to manage any pain.  Finally, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re no longer at risk for the many problems wisdom teeth can present!

1 Year Old Evaluations

Do you know when your child’s dental care should begin?  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good sign.  For most babies, this occurs when they are between 6 months and 1 year of age.  A simpler way to remember for your child is: first dental visit by first birthday. It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked.

Root Canal

Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. Oister takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.

A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth – the pulp – when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or in some cases, a crown.

Tooth Extraction

Every effort is made to keep all your teeth, as it is always the best and preferred solution.  However, sometimes extracting a tooth is the first step toward reclaiming your oral health. By extracting a tooth, we can remove a source, or potential source, of infection or discomfort. Removing a tooth is also sometimes necessary as a solution to problems with tooth spacing and bite function. In Dr. Oister’s expert care, trauma, pain and healing time are minimized.

Fillings

Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings resulting in a long lasting, brighter, whiter smile.  The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.

Oral Cancer Screening

Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of Americans every year, and one case in four is fatal. As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% success rate after diagnosis. A trusted dentist like Dr. Oister is truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. She and her team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from Dr. Oister. With the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.

Nightguard

A nightguard is a simple solution that protects your teeth and jaw from the harmful results of nighttime teeth grinding and clenching. Dr. Oister provides a custom molded plastic mouth guard to comfortably fit over your upper or lower teeth creating a barrier between your teeth.  The cushion of the nightguard between the teeth absorbs the force of grinding.  A nightguard reduces clenching, grinding and TMJ problems by helping relax the muscles in the jaw.  Finally, rest comfortably again!