Patient Services: General Dentistry

Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Laurel Manor Dental is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry available.

Tooth Extraction

Every effort is made for you to keep all of your teeth, as this is always the best and preferred solution. However, in the instance where a tooth cannot be saved, it may be recommended to have the tooth extracted. This extraction can be done here in our office, or if your doctor feels it is necessary, they may refer you to a trusted specialist.


When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with "filling" material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings.


The effects of clenching or grinding your teeth while sleeping can not only cause damage to teeth, but also can also lead to headaches, tension in the neck and shoulders, and even snoring or difficulty breathing. This often sub-conscious habit can be costly. Your doctor may be able to prescribe a custom-made bite splint, also known as a nightguard, to help alleviate these effects. A bite splint is a clear, thin, removable device worn over either upper or lower teeth as a proactive step to offset the pain caused by bruxing (grinding).