Dental Care

Dental Care in a Warm & Welcoming Environment

Good oral health begins during infancy and continues throughout childhood, adolescent, and adult life. Michael J. Tupta, DDS offers a wide range of general dental services that include:

Routine Dental Cleaning

We suggest that every patient should come in for a dental cleaning every 6 months or as recommended by their dentist. During the cleaning, our registered dental hygienist will remove plaque and tarter build up from your teeth leaving behind a bright and polished smile. In addition, our hygienist will educate you on how to maintain your smile and therefore your oral health between visits.

Intraoral Camera

Our intraoral camera provides patients with an upclose look at their own teeth. This allows patients to view their smiles as others would see them. Images are projected onto plasma screen televisions that are also available for patients to view their favorite television shows while receiving their dental treatments.

Diagnodent by KaVo

Minute laser beam that measures the density of tooth structure allowing the doctor to detect decay that would otherwise be too small to be detected.

Bonding

Bonding can fix dulled, stained, chipped, cracked or misaligned teeth. This procedure places a thin layer of composite over your damaged teeth. This is so discrete you won’t even know it’s not your natural teeth.

Crowns

Crowns, sometimes called caps, are coverings that surround your entire tooth. Crowns can be gold or tooth-colored. A crown protects the remaining structure of your tooth and is used when a filling is not indicated. These are usually long-lasting options. Tooth-colored (porcelain) crowns match the natural contours and shade of your teeth.

Bridges

Bridges are done when you have a missing space in your mouth and you want more teeth to chew with, or you do not like the way it looks. Having missing spaces in your mouth can lead to many problems, mostly with your bite. When there is no contact with adjacent teeth, they begin to move in non-ideal places. Bridges are identical to crowns, except they replace a missing space in your mouth.

Endodontic Therapy (Root Canals)

Root canal therapy is needed when a cavity has reached the pulp of a tooth causing an infection of the nerve, or when severe trauma has affected the tooth. Regular checkups with your dentist helps to avoid and prevent the need for endodontic therapy. But once the pulp has become infected, it must be treated to avoid further issues since it cannot heal by itself. Some signs that a pulp is infected include sensitivity to hot or cold foods or liquids, pain, swelling, or even a bad taste in the mouth. For some patients no symptoms are obvious and they are unaware a problem even exists until they are seen by their dentist for an exam.

When endodontic therapy is performed, your dentist will clean out the infected pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the area has been disinfected, the canals of the tooth are filled with a special material to prevent from further infections, and help in the healing of the tooth. Sometimes a core build-up, bonded post, and crown are necessary for restoring a tooth to function.

Dental Implants

Dental implants are becoming a cornerstone of dentistry and provide the best option for replacing missing teeth in certain situations. We will provide a comprehensive evaluation if you have missing teeth and are considering dental implant therapy. We have multiple options available for replacing a single missing tooth or the entire dentition. We strive to make this option affordable for all our patients, so you can enjoy the full benefits of this technology.

Dentures

Complete dentures are used to replace a person's teeth when they are all missing. Removable dentures are designed to restore the health, function, and beauty of your smile. They are crafted to fit your individual mouth comfortably and snugly. When in place, dentures can:

  • Help restore your ability to eat and speak
  • Replace your missing teeth
  • Prevent facial sagging
  • Improve the appearance of your smile
  • Dentures can be attached to implants for added stability

We can create and place your custom complete dentures in just a few visits. Your dentures will be made to look and feel like natural teeth so that you can feel confident every time you smile. We invite you to call our office today if you are missing teeth to learn more about the benefits of dentures.

Teeth Whitening

Soon after starting treatment at our office for teeth whitening, you will start to see a whiter and brighter smile With our whitening services the effects of coffee, smoking, tea, and other causes for tooth discoloration, will slowly disappear leaving a beautiful white smile. Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Tupta to see if you're a candidate for teeth whitening.

Waterlase

The Waterlase all tissue Dental Laser is a safe medical device that uses hydrokinetic technology combining laser energy and water to gently remove dental decay with no needle, no drill, and little to no discomfort in most cases. The laser produces no heat, vibration or friction so many procedures can be preformed without anesthesia. There are no side effects, it's safe for pregnant women and it is affordable. Our office is one of the few dental practices in our area to offer this technology.

Infection Control

We maintain strict infection control procedures throughout our office as set forth by the American Dental Association, OSHA, and the Centers for Disease Control. Please feel free to ask any staff member to discuss our sterilization procedures. We would like to show you the measures we take to assure your personal health and safety.

Emergency Care

We realize that there may be times when you will need to get see us on short notice due to certain dental emergencies. We try to reserve time each day on our schedule to accommodate such occurences particularly for patients of record. We will do our best to get you in on a timely basis. In case of emergency after regular office hours call the office for instructions.

Appointments

Please call us at 304-744-4150 to schedule for an appointment or consultation. We will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns. We try our best to stay on schedule, however emergencies sometimes arise. If we are seriously delayed we will try to notify you beforehand. Please assist us by being on time for your appointment. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please give 48 hours notice so that someone else may use this time. This courtesy allows us to be of service to other patients.

Financial

We prefer not to send statements because the costs of paper work and postage affect our fees. We appreciate payment at the time of the office visit when services are rendered. For your convenience, we accept cash, check, MasterCard, Visa or Discover. We also offer easy online payment. If you would like to arrange a payment plan we can assist you by using CareCredit (6-12 months interest free). Ask our receptionist for details or apply online by clicking on the link listed on the activities page.

We will work with you to make your dental treatment affordable for you and your family.

As a courtesy to you and your family we will bill your insurance carrier for their portion on your date of service. We ask that you pay your portion, the deductible, and co-payment amount on the date of service. If for any reason the insurance carrier does not pay your claim within 30 days you need to contact your insurance carrier to determine why they did not process your claim. We will gladly assist you in determining your coverage levels and are happy to help complete and submit your forms; but please direct any questions or concerns regarding coverage to your insurance carrier. We do consider the patient responsible for the account.