Providing Beautiful Smiles for Patients in Gillette, WY & Surrounding Areas
Pronghorn Family Dentistry in Gillette, WY offers a variety of general and cosmetic dental services for you and your family. Our team is equipped and experienced to handle both basic and more advanced procedures. We are proud to provide total patient care, including exams, diagnosis, treatment plans and maintenance.
We are dedicated to helping you and your family obtain and maintain excellent oral health. Choosing Pronghorn Family Dentistry ensures you receive comprehensive care and service personalized to fit you and your family!
Keeping Teeth Healthy & Bright
Dental Sleep Health
The entire team at Pronghorn Family Dentistry has been certified through OSA University in Dental Sleep Health. We are very passionate about education and screening our patients for sleep airway conditions, including sleep apnea. We work to ensure that your airways are open as you sleep, to improve your health and help you and your family get a better night’s rest.
This thermoplastic device fits securely on your lower or upper front teeth while you sleep, and prevents your back teeth from touching. This device reduces how tightly you clench your teeth, which can help relieve migraine pain and tension headaches. This method provides you with a secure, custom fit, without the obtrusion of a full-arch mouthguard.
Regular Dental Cleanings
Regular teeth cleanings are an important component of maintaining your dental health. We recommend that you come to us for two dental cleanings a year, so that we can catch and treat any developing issues as soon as possible. Our hygienists not only thoroughly clean your teeth and gums of plaque, calculus and food residue, but they will also inspect your mouth for signs of decay, oral cancer, gum disease, and other problems. Plus, we will give you tips on how you can improve your dental hygiene routine at home.
Scaling & Root Planing
Scaling is a technique used to remove plaque and calculus beneath the gumline. A local anesthetic or topical agent may be used to reduce any discomfort. A small scaler or ultrasonic cleaner is used to remove plaque and calculus carefully, down to the bottom of each periodontal pocket. The tooth root surfaces are then smoothed or planed to allow the gum tissue to heal and reattach to the tooth.
Adjunctive Periodontal Therapy
Perio Protect is a non-invasive treatment for oral bacteria associated with gum disease (periodontal disease). The customized perio tray has a special sealing system that keeps medications below the gumline to fight infections. This is important because oral biofilms regenerate very easily and grow below the gums where toothbrush and floss cannot easily reach, making them difficult to control between office visits. You use the tray with prescribed medication at home for just minutes each day. Research shows that combining debridements and scaling with perio tray delivery leads to better results than debridements and alone.
At our practice, we use KöR Deep Bleaching. Molds of your teeth will be made to fabricate your own unique ultra-comfortable KöR-Seal whitening trays. You and your dentist will select which level of KoR whitening is the proper fit for you. You will normally wear your KöR-Seal trays for two weeks while you sleep. Depending on your selection, you may also have one or two simple whitening visits in the dental office.
Digital x-rays are an important diagnostic tool, as they help us to find developing issues in the mouth that can’t be seen during an examination, such as decay, bone loss, impacted teeth and more. Digital x-rays expose patients to a significantly reduced amount of radiation as compared to traditional x-rays, and the images are immediately available to view, store, and share if necessary.
Crowns & Bridges
We offer several tooth restoration options, including crowns and bridges. A crown is a covering that is custom-created to be placed on the top of a tooth that is decayed or broken. The crown is made to blend in perfectly with your smile and helps restore the tooth’s function and appearance.
A bridge is a device that is used to replace a missing tooth. We cement crowns onto the teeth on either side of the gap and then connect the crowns to an abutment tooth placed into the gap. This is a non-removable tooth replacement option that functions just like normal teeth!
Veneers can completely transform the appearance of your smile. They are thin, yet very strong porcelain shells that are bonded onto the front of teeth. Veneers are custom-created to give you the results you are looking for. They can be used to make the teeth appear whiter or to change the shape or length of a tooth. They can disguise chips, gaps, cracks, discoloration and more!
CariVu Caries Detection Device
CariVu is a compact, portable detection device that reveals Caries (cavities) and fractures using a patented transillumination technology.
There are a variety of ways diode lasers can be used in dentistry. Lasers can be used to decontaminate and facilitate healings in periodontal pockets. Lasers can be used to trim excess tissue, remove frenum pulls, and benign growths. Traumatic lesions, apthous ulcers, and cold sores can also be treated with a diode laser to reduce pain and speed healing time.
When a tooth has an infection that has reached into the nerve, we will perform a root canal. During a root canal, we extract the infected pulp from the tooth and the root. Then, we disinfect the inside of the tooth to eliminate any remaining bacteria. Then, we will restore the tooth with a crown or a filling, depending on the size of the root canal.
When a tooth is too broken or decayed to be saved, or if a tooth is causing overcrowding, we will perform an extraction. During the extraction, we remove the tooth and the root. Then, we will discuss your options for a tooth replacement, which include a partial denture, bridge or dental implant.
A digital impression is a scan of your teeth that produces a virtual model that we can easily view from all angles. This is especially helpful when creating crowns or appliances for your teeth!
Custom Mouth Guards for Athletic Participants
We care deeply about our patients’ safety. That’s why we offer complimentary, custom-fit mouth guards. Our mouth guards are designed to fit each patient’s individual needs, and can prevent unnecessary and costly injuries.
Cone Beam CT
Cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a diagnostic tool that allows us to create a three-dimensional image of the teeth, tissues, and jaw bone. It produces a more comprehensive image through which we can examine every angle of the orofacial area. Our team uses this technology when regular 2-D x-rays aren’t enough to uncover potential oral health problems or to help us devise a treatment plan.
We are proud to now offer the Solea dental laser, which eliminates the need to use a drill for the majority of our treatments! That means a quieter, more comfortable and enjoyable experience for you. Solea is a CO 2 dental laser, the first of its kind approved by the FDA for hard and soft- tissue treatments. We can use it for both simple and complex procedures. The laser’s wavelength is controlled by computer technology for precise, gentle, and virtually painless treatment. Solea will revolutionize the way you think about dental care!
Oral Cancer Screenings
Like gum disease, the development of oral cancer can be subtle and hard to detect with the naked eye. Oral ID technology helps dental professionals detect abnormalities that may lead to oral cancer. This system uses a light to detect and identify any major changes in your oral tissues. Early detection methods mean if an abnormality is found, you can receive earlier treatment, increasing the chance of a cure.
This is a simple, painless method of testing suspicious oral spots. Testing these spots helps to identify unhealthy cells, which can be an indication of future oral cancer risks. If unhealthy cells are found, the spot can typically be removed, which can prevent oral cancer from ever developing.