Services

Family Dental Care in Hermiston, OR

Serving Patients of All Ages Since 1994

Fourth Street Family Dental provides the highest quality of dental care to families and individuals from Hermiston, OR and surrounding communities. For over 20 years, our dental specialists, dentist, and office staff have provided patients with the care and services they deserve. From the moment you enter our practice, we help our patients feel at ease and comfortable. We are proud to be a trusted name for a variety of family and general dentistry procedures.

Our number one goal is to help our patients achieve and maintain great dental health. Preventive care plays a key role in improving your immediate and long-term dental health. Together with you, our team will help you address dental issues before they turn into bigger problems. The team at Fourth Street Family Dental is committed to providing our patients with nurturing and supportive dental care in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Our dental services include:

Dental Cleanings

Bi-annual dental cleanings allow your dental hygienist to remove tartar and plaque build-up on your teeth, as well as clean and polish your teeth. This service is just as important as your at-home brushing and flossing. Removing plaque and calculus from the teeth is important in preventing decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.

Dental Exams

A bi-annual dental exam helps your dentist detect any issues with your teeth and mouth before they become major issues. Regular exams typically include oral cancer screenings, gum disease screenings, x-rays, and evaluations for tooth decay. A dental exam can help you gauge if your at-home dental hygiene habits are helping, and can prevent the need for costly dental treatments in the future.

X-Rays

X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool for identifying a range of dental issues and problems. Our practice uses x-rays to detect tumors, impacted teeth, decay, cysts, and teeth that have yet to come in. Early detection can help save you time and money in the long run, by preventing the need for expensive procedures or dental intervention.

Bridges

For patients who have lost teeth due to injury, gum disease or decay, a dental bridge can be utilized. The placement of a dental bridge helps fill space left by missing teeth, restores chewing and speaking ability, helps maintain facial shape, and restores you smile. A dental bridge acts and looks like your natural teeth, and is permanently cemented into your mouth. Getting a dental bridge requires two or more visits.

Crowns

Dental crowns help restore function, esthetics and strength to a tooth which has been damaged by advanced tooth decay. The crown covers the remaining tooth structure and can be made from a range of materials including gold, porcelain, and porcelain fused to metal. The material used depends on which part of the mouth is being restored. We will discuss which type of crown best fits your dental health needs. Having a crown placed usually takes two visits.

Teeth Whitening

Smoking, tea, coffee, medication, and other factors can cause teeth discoloration. Professional teeth whitening services can help remove stains and cause discoloration to slowly disappear. Together with you, our team will determine if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening treatments. We will discuss your dental history and discuss which teeth whitening option best fits your needs. We offer both custom tray systems, as well as in office treatments. We want to help you bring out a more radiant, white smile.

Extractions

If you have a tooth that is damaged beyond repair, an extraction may help you return to optimal health. We will discuss the various treatment options with you, and if we decide on an extraction, we will determine the best way to replace the tooth. Replacing the extracted tooth helps prevent problems with the surrounding teeth. Many extractions can be performed in our office, but more complicated procedures may be referred to an oral surgeon who we work closely with. Extractions are also done to remove wisdom teeth.

Fillings

Dental fillings are a restorative option used to treat teeth affected by tooth decay. Fillings can be made from both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) materials. Both types of filling materials are used to protect a tooth after decay has been removed. In addition to restoring structure and strength to the tooth, it helps provide protection against broken teeth in the future. Composite material is carefully matched to your tooth color and structure. In addition to being used for fillings, it can be used to restore a chipped front tooth.

Implants

If you are missing teeth, it is crucial to replace them. Leaving gaps in your mouth can cause your remaining teeth to shift which can cause discomfort and destabilize your bite. A dental implant is a great restoration option that can last a lifetime if properly maintained. Dental implants consist of titanium rods which are surgically placed into the bone beneath the gums. These rods then fuse to the jawbone and provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown, bridge, or dentures. Replacement teeth look, feel, and function like natural teeth. You must have sufficient bone structure to support dental implants.

Root Canals

Endodontic Therapy or Root Canal Therapy is used when a cavity reaches the pulp of a tooth. Your body is unable to heal this type of infection, so it must be treated to avoid further issues. If you have a sensitivity to hot and cold foods and liquids, have a bad taste in your mouth, or are experiencing pain and swelling in your mouth, you may have an infected pulp. During a root canal, the canals of a tooth are cleaned and then sealed to prevent further infections. To restore full function to the tooth, a dental crown, bridge, or bonded post may be applied to the infected tooth.

Sealants

Sealants are a preventive treatment used to protect the biting surfaces of back teeth from tooth decay. The natural grooves in back teeth (molars) can trap food and bacteria which can multiply and cause tooth decay. When sealants are applied to teeth, it creates a barrier against decay-causing bacteria and food particles. Sealants are painted directly onto the tooth, and can help compensate for what toothbrushes cannot always clean. This treatment option can last for around 5 years before replacement. This treatment can benefit both children and adults.

For more information about our dental practice, our services and treatments, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us or call 541-567-1693. We are proud to serve families and individuals from Hermiston, OR and surrounding communities.