We are pleased to offer comprehensive general and family dentistry in Bedford, New Hampshire. Our dentist and dental team are committed to providing your entire family with the dental care you need and deserve. We can accommodate all of your individual dental needs and goals, so you can maintain a smile that is healthy and beautiful for life.
Whether you are interested in a simple preventative treatment like fluoride treatment or a more complex procedure like root canal therapy, we are here to care for your smile. In addition, we offer a variety of cosmetic dentistry services.
A bridge is a dental restoration we may recommend if you have lost a single tooth or a couple of teeth in a row. A fixed dental restoration, the bridge replaces the missing teeth to restore your smile’s beauty, functionality, and health. While there are multiple types of bridges used in dentistry, the most common one is called a traditional bridge. The traditional dental bridge is composed of a prosthetic tooth (called a pontic) that is supported on either side by a dental crown. These crowns are attached to the natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap in your smile in order to support the pontic. Bridges are designed to look like your natural teeth and are custom made for a comfortable, aesthetic restoration.
A crown is a dental restoration we may recommend to restore a seriously damaged tooth to optimal shape, health, and structure. If a tooth has been compromised by extensive decay or injury, Dr. Jo-Anne Johnson will use a dental crown to entirely cover the tooth structure, starting at the gums. Dental crowns are custom made to fit your smile, so you can rest assured that your crown will be both comfortable and aesthetic. Designed to match the size and shape of your natural teeth, crowns can also be made from high-quality porcelain matched to your natural tooth color.
Dr. Jo-Anne Johnson and her team love caring for patients of all ages, including children! Pediatric dentistry includes treatments specifically suited to the oral health needs of children. As part of our children’s dental care, we focus on making certain that your child’s teeth stay healthy and strong for a smile that lasts a lifetime. At Jo-Anne Johnson, D.M.D. Family Dentistry, we care for children as young as three years old; however, if your child has a problem with their teeth or gums earlier than the age of three, we encourage you to schedule an appointment for them. You may also want to bring your child to our office when they are about two years old so they can feel more comfortable and familiar with our office.
A dental implant is a permanent, natural-looking tooth replacement. The dental implant process includes two main steps:
First, the implant post is surgically inserted in the jawbone. This is a small, screw-like post made of biocompatible materials like titanium. The implant post replaces the missing tooth root and provides a stable foundation for the restoration. Our dentist then allows a period of healing so the bone tissues can begin to the bond with the implant post.
The second step is the placement of the implant restoration. The restoration is a custom-made crown, denture, or bridge that is attached on top of the post to replace the crown of the missing tooth.
Once these steps are completed, you will have a replacement tooth that looks, feels, and functions like your natural teeth.
Dental sealants are a simple yet effective way to protect your teeth from decay. A dental sealant is a resin coating applied to the chewing surface of the tooth. Sealants are made of a tooth-colored or clear resin, so you can rest assured that this treatment will not alter the appearance of your smile. Most often applied to the molars and pre-molars, sealants form a barrier over the natural grooves and pits of the tooth surface. This blocks out the bacteria, food particles, and plaque that cause tooth decay. In addition, the sealant creates a smoother surface that is much easier for you to keep clean through regular brushing.
Dr. Jo-Anne Johnson provides two main kinds of dentures. The first is known as a partial denture. Partial dentures are used when multiple teeth are missing but some natural teeth still remain. The partial denture fills in the gaps left by the missing teeth and is usually held in place by attaching to the neighboring natural teeth. A complete denture, which is the second kind of denture, is used to replace all of the teeth in an arch. Depending on your needs, you may need a complete denture for the upper arch, lower arch, or both.
Fluoride is a naturally found mineral that has been found to be beneficial to your oral health. Fluoride attracts other minerals and helps to strengthen your tooth enamel. By strengthening the enamel, fluoride helps to prevent tooth decay and keep your teeth healthy.
A night guard is a mouth guard used to treat teeth grinding in Bedford, New Hampshire. Because grinding and clenching are typically unconscious habits, an oral appliance is needed to protect your teeth from the effects of bruxism. The night guard fits over your teeth and is worn at night while you sleep to protect your teeth from clenching and grinding together. Our dentist, Dr. Jo-Anne Johnson, may also recommend other practices to relieve the symptoms of bruxism, such as anxiety and stress management, stretching and massaging of the face and neck muscles, focused facial relaxation, applying ice or wet heat, hydrating your body, eating soft foods, or proper rest. If you believe you may suffer from bruxism, we encourage you to contact us today at Jo-Anne Johnson, D.M.D. Family Dentistry.
Our dentist and dental team are trained in identifying the signs of oral cancer so we can diagnose the condition as early as possible. During your routine visits to Jo-Anne Johnson, D.M.D. Family Dentistry, we will provide an oral cancer screening. If we notice any signs that may indicate oral cancer, we will order further testing and treatment, and we may also recommend you to a specialist.
Gum disease is the most common disease in the United States. Caused by bacteria in plaque, this condition involves infection in the gums and bone that support the teeth. While symptoms in the early stage, known as gingivitis, are fairly mild, untreated gum disease can lead to serious damage to your smile and your overall health.
If you notice the signs of gum disease, which include gums that are tender, red, swollen, and bleed easily, we encourage you to contact Jo-Anne Johnson, D.M.D. Family Dentistry for professional, high-quality treatment. When allowed to progress untreated, periodontal disease may lead to bone loss and tooth loss. In addition, gum disease has been linked to several serious health problems, including diabetes, respiratory conditions, heart disease, stroke, pregnancy complications, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia, and some types of cancers.
Periodontal therapy, or gum treatment, depends on the severity of the condition. In the early stages of periodontal disease, it may be as simple as changing your flossing or brushing routines to improve your oral health. Based on your individual needs, periodontal therapy for more advanced cases may include scaling and root planing (deep cleaning treatments), antibiotic treatment, or gum surgery.
Root canal therapy is an endodontic treatment that we may recommend if your tooth has become infected. The pulp, or inner tissues of the tooth, may become infected if decay or damage is very extensive and is not treated at an earlier stage. When left untreated, an infected tooth may die and require extraction. To ensure that your smile stays in optimal health, to relieve the pain caused by the infection, and to prevent the infection from spreading to other healthy areas of your mouth, our dentist may suggest a root canal in Bedford, New Hampshire. During root canal therapy, we remove the bacteria and infected tissues from the tooth, fill the tooth with a medicated material, and cap the tooth with a restoration like a crown. This avoids the need for extraction and allows you to keep your natural teeth strong and healthy.
A white filling, also called a tooth-colored or composite filling, is a type of dental filling. Fillings are restorations used to repair minor to moderate tooth decay or other forms of damage. White fillings are so called because they are white in color and are matched to your natural tooth shade. This results in a restoration that is natural looking and aesthetic. Unlike amalgam fillings, which were used in the past and were silver in color, white fillings blend in beautifully with your smile’s overall appearance.
Dental emergencies can be frightening and are often painful. Prompt treatment is generally required to alleviate pain and ensure the patient's oral and overall health. If you are dealing with a dental emergency, call us immediately at 603-471-6000, and we will schedule you as soon as possible. Should you call after hours, our answering service will get in touch with us.
"Dr. Johnson and her staff are very professional and responsive. I had an emergency and they made time to see me and took care of the situation beautifully. I highly recommend this wonderful practice.
"I've been going to Jo-Anne since she first started her practice and I have to say her practice is one-of-a-kind. Her staff is exceptional and they all work very hard for you."
"I've been a loyal patient here for about five years with Dr. Johnson. The staff is professional and I've never had a problem setting appointments or spending days in the waiting room. They always take me in a minute or two. "
"I never dread going to the dentist anymore. The staff at Jo-Anne Johnson Family Dentistry is so kind and helpful."
"Dr. Jo-Anne Johnson is very knowledgeable in the dental field and her practice is fantastic. She does a good job to put her patients at ease by going in depth about treatments and letting you know what she is doing. I'd highly recommend Jo-Anne Johnson Family Dentistry. "
174 Rte 101 C-1
Bedford, NH 03110
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