Dental care from our family to yours in Lake Oswego, OR
Preventative Dentistry Is the Cure
Our family dentist maintains beautiful smiles both big and small.
We believe in a preventive and whole-body approach to your family’s dental health. Keeping you and your family’s smiles healthy is more than a job to us, it is our passion. We know a healthier smile translates into a healthier version of you and of your loved ones.
Dr. Charles L. Branen uses his knowledge and training to show you how your oral health is connected to your body’s wellness. He’ll also highlight the importance of regular exams and check-ups to keep your smile in good shape. These exams allow us to maintain your teeth and prevent future problems, which could cost you time and money. What’s more, we can catch any issues before they develop and guide you to improved daily habits.
Our friendly team is here to help your whole family and adapts dental solutions to your specific needs while identifying the best path for your overall wellness.
We want your family to benefit from a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Our Family Dental Services in Lake Oswego, OR
A key factor to preventive care is regular six-month dental exams. During these check-ups, Dr. Branen performs a comprehensive exam, which includes a thorough cleaning, x-rays, oral cancer screening, intraoral imagery, and a caries risk assessment. This in-depth evaluation allows us to check your smile’s health and uncover any issues before they become more severe and expensive problems.
Our dentist in Lake Oswego, OR focuses on:
- Tartar and stain removal
- Cavity prevention
- Tooth scaling
- Tooth polishing
- Gum disease prevention
Based on our findings, Dr. Branen extends proper recommendations and discusses your goals or desires. We are committed to your overall well-being and are by your side so you can benefit from modern dental care.
Over time, dental calculus can build and can form above the gum line or on the root surfaces. Professional cleaning is the best way to remove this and achieve a healthy smile. Left unchecked, these are the substances that lead to periodontal disease and other systemic failures.
For the past 30 years, our office has used Ultrasonic scalers for more difficult cleaning procedures. An ultrasonic scaler is a tool that vibrates 25,000-45,000 times per second to blast away plaque, calculus, and stains using a very fine tip. A stream of water passes over the vibrating tip to act as a coolant having the added effect of flushing away bacteria and debris. The vibration of the water creates millions of tiny bubbles (cavitation) that burst the walls of bacteria in the mouth making the mouth a healthier environment.
Thanks to modern advances, our contemporary scalers have virtually eliminated any discomfort. Other than the extra suctioning away of water and debris and an occasional high-pitched squeak, an ultrasonic scaler makes the cleaning of the tooth surface easier on the patient and more comfortable for a hygienist to administrate.
Sometimes, we still use hand instruments when it is particularly tough to remove stains or calculus. Most periodontal experts agree that the best results for non-surgical therapy are achieved by combining the use of power Ultrasonic scalers and hand instruments.
Your comfort and care are our number one priority. We are constantly updating our techniques and equipment to ensure you are receiving the best, most thorough dental cleanings possible.
Periodontal or gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. This disease is caused by the bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth and is not always cleaned by brushing or flossing. If not treated at its early stage, gum disease can result in more serious issues such as jawbone deterioration and tooth loss.
Moreover, your oral health is connected to your overall health, which means gum disease is linked to other health concerns, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and more.
Here are some common symptoms of periodontal disease:
- Red, swollen, or bleeding gums
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Persistent bad breath
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Loose teeth or loss of teeth
- Extreme tooth sensitivity
- Abscessed teeth
This disease can be treated if caught early with professional cleanings and a renewed hygiene routine. However, if it has developed to be severe, you may need a more thorough cleaning below the gum line known as scaling and root planing.
Our skilled dentist in Lake Oswego, OR, can offer the solutions you need to help with each stage of periodontal disease. This includes modern YAG Laser treatments to provide you with efficient care and minimum discomfort.
Oral cancer has a 90% survival rate with early diagnosis. At our practice, we want you to enjoy prolonged health along with your family. Therefore, we focus on preventive dental care, which means we take extra steps to ensure you are healthy.
During your regular check-ups, we perform a thorough oral cancer screening with the aid of the latest technology. By being proactive, we have a better chance of recognizing the risk of oral cancer and diagnosing it early so you can favorably treat it and become a survivor.
If there is any sign of cancer, Dr. Branen will send a sample off for a biopsy. If confirmed, we will work with you to find the best treatment and are here to help you along your journey.
If you suffer from toothache or extreme tooth sensitivity you may need root canal therapy. Root canals are required when a cavity reaches the nerve of your tooth, and the nerve becomes infected and filled with bacteria. A root canal repairs and saves your natural tooth structure instead of removing it or damaging it further.
During the procedure, our doctor cleans the area then extracts the pulp and bacteria within the tooth. The space left is filled with modern dental material to restore your tooth back to its full function.
In most cases, Dr. Branen assesses if you are a candidate for a root canal at our office and may refer more severe cases to an endodontist, if necessary.
We offer a variety of mouthguards for various dental reasons. Our mouthguards are custom-made to fit your smile and safeguard it comfortably. Dr. Branen provides mouthguards for protection during sporting activities and to correct bite issues.
Sportguards: Our sportguards are designed to protect your natural teeth from any trauma associated with contact sport. They are made using digital technologies that ensure an accurate fit over you or your child’s natural teeth to deflect any possible injury.
We are very proud to be preferred providers for our school’s women’s LaCrosse team!
Nightguards: Our nightguards also help with bite and sleep issues, such as bruxism (teeth grinding) or sleep apnea. These mouthguards are worn at home when you’re sleeping and prevent damage to your teeth.
All of our special mouthguards are customized to meet your exact needs. Dr. Branen provides his professional recommendations and thoroughly assesses your smile. You’ll benefit from a more comfortable fit and a fully protected smile!
Linking your oral health to your overall health.
Our entire team has extensive training on how your oral health is a direct indicator of your body’s well-being. Instead of just looking at the surface symptoms and providing a quick solution, we analyze the root cause of your dental problem to develop complete and durable solutions.
Dr. Branen is happy to offer a wide range of whole-health services, including:
We want our patients to have a beautiful smile, but we also want you to have an excellent overall health!
I am consistently impressed with the extremely high level of service. The entire staff is genuinely happy to work there--it always feels like visiting family. Not to mention how nice and welcoming they are to my children, who, on occasion have had to wait in the lobby.
K.C. (5-Star Patient Review)