Services

With the use of a mobile dental delivery unit and portable equipment, our dental care team can provide a wide array of services, including those procedures most commonly performed at a traditional dental practice. These include, but are not limited to:

Services

During the exam the dentist will evaluate your overall oral health by visually inspecting the inside of your mouth. Your bite and jaw will also be examined. X-rays may be taken. If the dentist identifies an area of concern, he or she will develop a treatment plan to address those issues. At the conclusion of the exam, the dentist or hygienist will perform a cleaning and remove stains or deposits. After the exam has been completed, the dentist will review the treatment plan with you or the responsible party and schedule any necessary follow-up appointments. The visual inspection and x-rays will help the dentist assess your risk of tooth decay, root decay, and gum or bone disease as well as your potential need for tooth restoration or replacement. All new patients are required to have an exam by the dentist; thereafter, patients are required to have an exam every six months unless otherwise dictated by the doctor.
Cleanings are typically performed by a hygienist, but can also be performed by the dentist. Cleanings typically involve the removal of plaque, stains, and calculus that has developed on or just below the gum line. A patient diagnosed with gum disease may require a “deep cleaning,” a treatment that involves scraping the roots of a tooth to remove bacteria and tartar. Failure to remove bacteria and buildup can lead to more serious issues like gingivitis and periodontitis. Most patients are encouraged to have two cleanings per year, but patients who are elderly or who practice poor oral hygiene often need more frequent attention.
X-rays are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. We use a state-of-the-art, portable x-ray system (which uses less radiation than a traditional x-ray machine) to see inside a tooth, beneath the gums, and other areas not visible to the naked eye. Our ability to capture high-resolution images allows us to better assess the oral condition of our patients. X-rays are required for all new patient appointments unless radiographs taken within the previous six months by another provider are transferred to us in advance. Thereafter, x-rays are only required once a year or a schedule otherwise determined by the dentist.
Your dentist or hygienist will look for signs of oral cancer as part of your regular exam. He or she will feel the area under your jaw, the sides of your neck, and the insides of your lips and cheeks, as well as examine the sides of your tongue and the roof and floor of your mouth, looking for lesions or areas of concern. The purpose of an oral cancer screening is to detect any localized lesions as early as possible. The earlier a problem is caught, the easier it is to treat. An oral cancer screening is performed at every visit by either a hygienist or dentist. It is non-invasive and comes at no additional cost.
A filling is a tooth-colored plastic mixture used to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. We use our portable equipment to clean out the affected area and high-quality composite materials to fill the remaining cavity, both of which help prevent further decay.
When a tooth has a cavity or crack that encompasses half the width of the tooth or more, it often needs a crown, also known as a “cap”. Cracked or decay ridden teeth are usually so weak to be restored any other way, so a crown – which covers the entire tooth – is placed. The crown itself is designed to save what is left of a tooth and prevent further degradation. Patients who forgo the crown procedure typically require a root canal or extraction. If a crown is needed, the dental care team will fit a temporary crown, take impressions, and send those impressions to a lab to create a crown tailored specifically for the patient. The dentist will seat the permanent crown at a follow up appointment, usually two to three weeks later.
A bridge is typically used to fill gaps left by missing teeth. Bridges are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth or teeth once stood. Gaps caused by missing teeth often cause remaining teeth to shift, which can cause undue stress on other teeth as well on jaw joints. Teeth that have drifted are also harder to clean, putting them at a higher risk for decay, gum disease, and TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder). The dental care team will fit a temporary bridge, take impressions, and send those impressions to a specialized lab. The dentist will seat the permanent bridge at a follow up appointment, usually two to three weeks later.
Dentures are removable replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back in your mouth. There are two types of dentures: full and partial. Full dentures replace a full set of teeth while partial dentures fill in the spaces left by missing teeth. Our dentist will provide you with options and help you choose the type of denture that is most comfortable and natural in appearance. Impressions will be taken, sent to a lab for fabrication, and placed at a subsequent appointment. Our dental care team will make follow-up adjustments if needed to ensure a proper fit.
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save a badly damaged or infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the nerve or pulp of the tooth, cleaning and disinfecting the area, and then filling and sealing it. Our portable operatory allows us to perform root canals easily and safely.
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, our dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown, or other dental treatment. But when there is too much damage for a tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted – or removed – from its socket. Our doctor is able to perform simple surgical extractions on-site.
Anesthesia is administered prior to a procedure to help dull pain or sedate a patient. The most common form is local anesthesia, meaning that it dulls pain in all or part of the mouth during dental work, but does not cause the patient to go to sleep. It usually wears off two to three hours after the procedure and is most often used when a patient is getting a filling or a root canal. Some people may require conscious sedation. Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is often used, as are oral sedatives and oral injections. The doctor will always discuss anesthetic and sedative options prior to administering them.

Fluoride has been proven by the American Dental Association to prevent cavities and tooth decay. In cases where a patient shows signs of declining oral health, our dentist may recommend fluoride treatment. Fluoride can be delivered in a tray, toothpaste, mouthwash, or a varnish that is “painted” on the teeth.

MDS Service Commitment: Before you or your loved one receive dental care, MDS will review the details of the procedure(s) at hand, discuss all costs associated with the treatment plan, and obtain the appropriate consent forms.