Laser Dentistry

Our office has the NV Laser which is the leader in laser dental technology. Laser dentistry is an important part of the care offered at Progressive Dental. Lasers reduce the need of anesthesia and make many procedures more efficient and comfortable for patients.

Progressive Dental patients benefit from the use of laser dentistry in the following procedures:

  • Cold Sore Treatment
  • Aphthous ulcer (canker sore) treatment
  • Laser soft tissue contouring, making it easier for the Doctor to proceed with treatment
  • Laser tooth desensitization, for those temperature sensitive teeth
  • Periodontal treatment
  • Frenectomy (tongue-tie, lip-tie release) in most cases without anesthesia or sutures

For additional information on Laser treatments call to speak with one of our dentists.

CEREC

CEREC benefits at a glance: one visit, no impressions, no temporaries, metal-free, highly aesthetic, long lasting.Revolutionary technology where teeth can usually be restored in a single sitting rather than the multiple sittings required with earlier techniques. No more messy impressions needed. On your visit the dentist will take digital impressions of your tooth using CAD/CAM technology then fabricate and mill the tooth-colored, metal free ceramic crown while you wait, allowing you to leave the office with your permanent crown.

ZOOM — Teeth Whitening

Your smile is important. It's one of the first things you notice when you meet someone. A whiter, brighter smile is beautiful - it can help you feel better about yourself and make a memorable impression. Your lifestyle and the aging process can stain and darken your teeth. Many things we do on a regular basis can contribute to stained teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, soda, red wine, and smoking. ZOOM whitening in addition to regular cleanings can keep your smile looking its best.

ZOOM! IN OFFICE WHITENING! Whitening is a single visit highly effective procedure done in-office performed by a dental professional. Get an average of 8 shades whiter in just 45 minutes with Zoom!’s innovative teeth bleaching system.

ZOOM! TAKE HOME KIT Take home ZOOM! teeth whitening trays are thin vinyl, custom fitted mouth trays made in office and ready for pick up in just one week. Bleaching of the teeth with at-home trays is accomplished by wearing bleaching trays with professional strength bleaching gel in them. Most patients find these trays very comfortable to wear and sleep with. The trays fit the teeth very well with just a slight gap on the outer side of the tooth for the bleaching gel. You will be given a bleaching kit that includes several syringes of bleaching gel and a storage case for the trays.

Insurance & Financing

Let our Insurance and Financial Coordinators help you maximize your dental insurance.

We work with most insurance companies and are preferred providers with Washington Dental Service/Delta Dental, Cigna, Met Life, Premera, and Regence.

We understand that insurance coverage can be confusing and are here to help you any way we can. We are happy to provide you with a pretreatment estimate of covered benefits and out of pocket expenses. Our coordinators will make every attempt to help you maximize your dental benefits. Please keep our office updated as to any change in your dental insurance plan(s).

Our treatment plans are based on each patients individual needs and the best treatment to maintain ideal oral health. We understand that not all treatment is covered by some insurance plans. Our doctors and staff will take time to review your individual treatment plan. Together, we can create the best plan to meet your individual needs and goals.

If you have a flexible spending or health savings account through your employer you may be able to utilize those funds for your dental care. We can assist you in coordinating your care in order to maximize your benefits.

Methods of payment: Cash, Check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express. Payment plans available through CareCredit®. Pre-payment plans available on request.

Nitrous Oxide/Conscious Sedation

Conscious sedation via oral sedatives is a great way to make dental appointments more comfortable for someone who is apprehensive of dental treatment. Conscious sedation has the benefit of being able to take a pill instead of receiving the medicine through an IV. You will be awake, but very sleepy and the effects wear off in a few hours! Nitrous oxide, (laughing gas) is used on patients of all ages and has very few side effects if any. Nitrous oxide is mixed with oxygen and inhaled through a nose piece. After your procedure the nitrous oxide is turned off and an oxygen flush will remove the nitrous from your system. All of our doctors are trained in conscious sedation and maintain the state required levels of continuing education to provide the safest environment for our patients.

Dental Implants

Dental implant restorations have become the premier choice for replacing missing teeth or teeth that are beyond other restoration options. The implant can simulate a single tooth or multiple teeth, and is integrated naturally to the bone replicating a natural tooth root. This allows the dental implant to preserve facial structure by preventing the deterioration of the surrounding bone and tissue that would inevitably occur without a replacement. Replacing a missing tooth with a dental implant allows the functionality to brush, floss, laugh, and eat comfortably while maintaining a healthy, natural-looking smile. If you would like to find out more about the dental implants that Progressive Dental Group uses please see the links below.

Straumann Implants
Neoss Implants

Digital X-Rays

X-rays are an invaluable diagnostic tool for detecting cavities between teeth, examining the nerves and roots of teeth, and determining the health of gums and jaw bones. With our digital imaging system, your exposure to X-ray radiation is minimal with a decreased exposure by 90%, in addition we store your digital images in our computer system for a quick transfer to other specialists or insurance companies if needed.

The auto fluorescence technology in SOPROLIFE allows you to detect occlusal or interproximal decay, even in its earliest stages, which can often be missed by the eyes or by x-rays. SOPROLIFE allows you to differentiate healthy from infected tissue in order to excavate only the tissue which is diseased. SOPROLIFE functions live in three modes and is free from ultraviolet or ionizing rays.

Periodontal Hygiene

Your oral health is as important to you as it is to us. Daily brushing, flossing and routine checkup and cleanings can prevent and detect dental disease early on. We at Progressive Dental Group are family dentists and encourage parents to bring children in to help educate and instill good oral health habits from an early age.

In certain circumstances, a routine six-month cleaning is not sufficient to achieve optimal dental health. Examples of these circumstances include: If a year (or more) has elapsed since your last dental visit, the amount of calculus present and the resulting inflammation in the gums will require a deep cleaning. In cases of periodontal disease, or inflammation of the gums and deterioration of the bone structure surrounding the teeth, the dentist will recommend scaling and root planning. This procedure is more extensive and intensive than a routine cleaning, and is generally done with anesthesia. It can help reduce the inflammation in the gums, shrink the depths of the pockets between the gum and the tooth, and create a healthier oral environment.

Following this procedure, periodontal maintenance cleanings will be done three or four times per year to monitor the condition of the gums. If the condition does not improve and stabilize, we will make a referral to a periodontist (gum specialist) for further evaluation and treatment.

Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection in the gum tissue which can have many detrimental affects on your overall health, a fact which many people forget .The American Dental Academy and the American Heart Association have determined that periodontal disease is linked to other health issues, including heart disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.

General Dentistry

Fillings are the most common restoration for teeth damaged by decay or injury, and advances in technology have revolutionized the materials available to restore your smile. We do not use the silver fillings or amalgam mercury fillings that were used in the past that created dark and discolored areas that stood out from the rest of your smile. Metal fillings expanded and contracted with temperature changes, allowing bacteria to enter and cause decay, and additionally caused weakening of the tooth and possible fractures. We at Progressive Dental Group use only the latest technology to create a metal-free filling that is both healthy and aesthetically pleasing. Composite fillings are a safer, stronger and more enduring restoration that bonds directly to your tooth and allows more of the healthy natural tooth structure to remain.

We do a variety of different extractions for different reasons from; extractions requested by orthodontists, when decay has rendered the tooth structure unrestorable and wisdom teeth on a case by case basis.

Root canal treatment is made necessary when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach all the way to the pulp. (Regular cleanings and checkups prevent and detect problems early) Sometimes deep restorations or trauma to a tooth may cause the nerve to be damaged to the point it needs root canal therapy, also. By the time the pulp is infected it must be treated, and cannot heal on its own. It can even weaken the entire immune system. This is dangerous, not to mention very painful. Symptoms that the pulp has become infected may include sensitivity to hot/cold or sweets, pain, swelling, pain to biting or pressure, and a bad taste in the mouth. Sometimes, however, no symptoms are apparent and the person is unaware of any problem until a checkup. A root canal is then performed to clean out the infected tooth pulp, and disinfect the canals of the tooth. Once the infection is resolved, the canal(s) are filled in to prevent any further infection.

WAND ANESTHESIA

Anesthesia Wand is a computer-controlled dental anesthesia delivery system. The flow rate of the local anesthetic is controlled by a computer. This means that the delivery is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore more comfortable.