We take pride in providing the best dental services found anywhere in Idaho. Located in the central Idaho mountain of McCall, we also have many patients from the surrounding communities of Cascade, Donnelly, New Meadows, Riggins, and Council.
A crown (often called a cap) is a type of restoration that completely caps or covers the tooth and restores it to its original shape and size. Decay is removed and cleaned from the tooth and a highly accurate impression is made of the prepared tooth surface – either using mold material or a digital scanner. The majority of crowns are done with a scanner, which provides high precision and the convenience of making the crown while you wait. When a special touch of esthetics is desired, a mold is sent to a special laboratory that will create a crown. The crown is then cemented onto the prepared surface of the tooth.
An implant is usually considered the best way to replace a single missing tooth or even multiple teeth. The implant is a titanium insert that is placed where the tooth used to be. After a sufficient healing period, the bone fuses to the implant and it is ready to support a crown attached to it. By using implants, we are able to leave the adjacent teeth alone rather than using them as anchors to connect to.
A bridge is another option to replace missing teeth. A bridge is a single appliance that is generally attached to two teeth on each side of the space where a tooth is missing. An artificial tooth attached in the middle of the bridge fills the gap where the missing tooth was. The teeth on either side of the gap are prepared for crowns (see crowns) and a highly accurate mold is made of the prepared area. The mold is then sent to a laboratory where the bridge is made. The bridge is then cemented to the prepared teeth. This will create the look of a new tooth. Unlike dentures, a fixed bridge is never removed. It is stable in the mouth and works very similar to natural teeth.
Root canal therapy is performed in order to restore a tooth to health when damage is so progressed that it extends to the center of the tooth where the chamber of blood vessels and nerves is located. With profound anesthesia so that the tooth feels no pain, intricate instruments are used to remove the dead and infected pulp material from the canal inside a tooth root. Once completed, the hollow canal space is then filled with a material that seals the tooth and helps resolve any persistent infection.
Composite fillings are placed when there is decay in the tooth or when there is a desire to replace old silver fillings. A composite filling is a tooth colored quartz-like material. After tooth decay is removed and cleaned, the tooth colored material is layered into the tooth. Each layer is hardened or cured with a highly intense visible light. The surface is then polished to match the tooth. Once completed, the restoration is virtually invisible.
Composite fillings are environmentally non-toxic because they use no mercury. They are stronger because they bond directly to the tooth surface of the tooth. They protect the tooth from fracturing because they don’t require the severe “undercut” of a mercury filling.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Dr. Speirs treats sleep apnea and snoring with a dental appliance that hold the jaw forward during sleeping to prevent the tongue and soft tissues from collapsing into the airway. Once properly fitted, minor adjustments to the appliance can be made to make it more effective and more comfortable. For those who suffer from sleep apnea, this is a great alternative treatment to the CPAP machine. For those who experience the milder version of snoring, bed partners are thrilled to finally get a peaceful night of sleep.
Dr Speirs and his team want to provide you with natural and age-appropriate dentures. Dentures can be used to replace all of your teeth or partial dentures may replace a few teeth. Implants can also be used to support your dentures. We use only the finest and latest materials to provide you with the most natural looking teeth and tissue. They will look so natural; no one will even know you are wearing dentures!
Your regular visits to McCall Dental Care will usually include a checkup and cleaning. A thorough inspection of your gums and teeth will be performed by registered dental hygienists. Our hygiene visits are very comfortable, thorough and gentle. Dr. Speirs strongly believes in prevention. By actively preventing disease and decay through regular home care, professional cleanings and regular exams, we will help you maintain a healthy and beautiful smile.
Oral cancer examinations will also be preformed when you are here for a hygiene check-up. Every year, there are about 34,000 new cases of oral cancer and oropharyngeal cancer in the United States. The most common site of oral cancer is the tongue. We thoroughly inspect all the tissues of your mouth, along with your head and neck, for minor changes that might indicate oral cancer. This will afford you peace of mind.