Tooth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten and enhance your smile. At our office we offer professional, in office, whitening as well as take home systems with bleaching trays. We have carefully chosen our whitening system to obtain the best results while maintaining complete patient comfort. Be sure to ask about our Whiter. Brighter. You. for Life patient loyalty program!
Yes! Our office is handicap accessible and most treatment can be performed without you ever needing to transfer to the dental chair. Dr. Chapman and his staff will make every effort to ensure you comfortably receive the oral care you deserve.
Studies have shown that for most people, an electric toothbrush will do a better job at removing plaque. Which toothbrush is right for you? Ask your hygienist and she will be happy to discuss it with you!
Dental radiographs (often called x-rays) are an important part of your dental care. Dental radiographs help Dr. Chapman see tooth decay under old fillings or between your teeth, diseases in bone, gum disease and some types of tumors. The amount of radiation used to obtain radiographs is very small (about 0.005 millisieverts) and is less radiation than you receive every day just by living in the United States (about 0.008 millisieverts).
While we make every effort to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during treatment, we do not perform sedation in our office.
We will process nearly all forms of insurance. Please see our Insurance page for more information.
Over time, the gums and bone in your top and bottom jaw can shrink or change shape. Even well-made dentures can lose their fit as these changes occur. Dr. Chapman recommends an annual exam and oral cancer screening for wearers of complete dentures.
Yes! The first step to treating your toothache is to find out what is wrong. Dr. Chapman will perform a thorough diagnosis and take only necessary x-rays to tell you exactly what is causing your pain. He will then recommend the appropriate treatment to relieve your symptoms.
For decades, the federal government — not to mention your dentist — has insisted that daily flossing is necessary to prevent cavities and gums so diseased that your teeth fall out.
Turns out, all that flossing may be overrated.
The latest dietary guidelines for Americans, issued by the Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, quietly dropped any mention of flossing without notice. This week, The Associated Press reported that officials had never researched the effectiveness of regular flossing, as required, before cajoling Americans to do it.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the American Academy of Periodontology acknowledged that most of the current evidence fell short because researchers had not been able to include enough participants or “examine gum health over a significant amount of time.”
The revelation has caused a stir among guilt-ridden citizens who strive to floss daily but fall short of that lofty goal. Among experts, however, it has been something of an open secret that flossing has not been shown to prevent cavities or severe periodontal disease.
As published in the NY Times August 2016
I see you have a DDS degree. What is the difference between dentists who have a DDS and dentists who have a DMD?
In the United States, DDS and DMD degrees are equivalent. The American Dental Association specifies: “The DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) and DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine) are the same degrees. They are awarded upon graduation from dental school to become a general dentist. The majority of dental schools award the DDS degree; however, some award a DMD degree. The education and degrees are the same.” Harvard University was the first dental school to award the DMD degree. Harvard only grants degrees in Latin, and school administrators thought the Latin translation of Doctor of Dental Surgery ("Chirurgae Dentium Doctoris," or CDD) was too cumbersome. A Latin scholar was consulted and suggested "Medicinae Doctor" be prefixed with "Dentariae." This is how the DMD, or "Dentariae Medicinae Doctor" degree, was started. Other dental schools made the switch to this notation, and in 1989, 23 of the 66 North American dental schools awarded the DMD. There is no meaningful difference between the DMD and DDS degrees, and all dentists must meet the same national and regional certification standards in order to practice.