Where Are You Located?

We are a dental office in Albany, Oregon, but other areas we also serve include the cities and towns of Linn County. No matter where you are coming from, we are happy to have you here!

Why Do We Take X-Rays?

X-rays help our dentists see the deeper picture in your mouth. These images provide Dr. Greg Renyer and Dr. Cheryl Cooper a view underneath the surface of your teeth and gums to detect unseen problems. People with existing oral health issues may need more frequent X-rays, but the procedure is totally safe and comfortable.

Why Should I Go to the Dentist Regularly?

Routine dental visits are the best thing you can do for your oral health. With regular check-ups, our dentists will give you the best advice about taking care of your teeth in the long term. We can also identify any long-term issues that may cause problems if left untreated.

Why Do I Need To See the Hygienist Regularly?

Regular dental cleanings can relieve common oral problems such as gum disease, bad breath and tooth sensitivity. A hygienist can help clean your teeth of plaque build-up that causes pain and inflammation. Regularly scheduled dental cleanings keep your gums and teeth healthy.

Do I really need to floss?

Flossing is an integral part of not only your oral health but your overall health in general. Flossing helps prevent tooth decay which, if left untreated, can be very painful and debilitating. Flossing also helps prevent periodontal disease and bone loss around your teeth. Periodontal disease has been proven to be linked to a number of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, dementia, and others.

What are early signs of dental trouble?

The most common signs of dental trouble are sensitivity to cold/hot food or drinks, biting sensitivity, tooth ache, bleeding gums, bad breath, loose teeth, jaw pain, and dark areas around your teeth.

Why do I need dental exams?

Dental exams by a professional detect signs of early dental trouble that you cannot see or feel yourself. Once you start to notice signs of dental trouble, it may be too late to fix those problems, inexpensively and conservatively. Often treatment with procedures such as crowns, root canals, implants, or even extraction may be necessary if things go untreated for too long. It is the goal of every dental professional to catch your dental issues as early as possible.

What is CEREC technology in dentistry?

CEREC stands for (Chairside
Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) It refers to computer-aided technology used to create dental restorations. It is popular because it eliminates the need for messy putty-based impressions and allows for crowns or bridges to be completed in just one appointment.

Digital impressions are taken with a special camera and a powerful computer uses this information to create a virtual dental laboratory. You dentist then designs your crown or bridge virtually, and sends the information to a chamber that creates you restoration. The procedure usually takes an hour and a half and no return visit is necessary, saving you a later appointment and the hassle of wearing a temporary crown for a few weeks.

What are dental implants and how do they work?

A dental implant is a structure that replaces a missing tooth. With screw-like devices, your dental professional inserts an implant into the jawbone, and it acts as an anchor for an artificial tooth, called a crown. A device called an abutment connects the artificial tooth to the dental implant. The crown is custom-made to fit the person’s mouth and match the color of their teeth. Crowns look, feel, and function like natural teeth. Implants can also be used as anchors for dentures that are typically unstable and difficult to keep in place.

When should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?

It might sound early, but aim to schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment within 6 months of the time they sprout a tooth or turn a year old, whichever comes first, according to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). A good idea is to bring your young child in with you when you have a check up yourself. At Pinnacle Dental we will happily do a thorough complementary exam. It’s a great way to get them comfortable with being at the dentist and should never be a scary visit.

What is CARIFREE and why do we use it in our office?

CARI FREE is a company that designs products that are scientifically proven to reduce tooth decay. Their products range from treatment mouthwashes, maintainance mouthwashes, and dental gels brushed into your teeth. We recommend them because we feel they are the best evidence based line of products designed specifically to reduce tooth decay on the market today. For more information go to: https://carifree.com

What are dental veneers?

Dental veneers are thin, custom-made shells to fit onto the front surfaces of the teeth. They hide chips, cracks, stains, and other visual flaws. Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic dentistry procedures. Depending on the patient’s objectives, there are numerous types of veneers available. Veneers replace the front surfaces of teeth in order to improve the cosmetic appearance. They function by concealing visual imperfections. Not all veneers or dental laboratories that create them are the same, and should really be placed by dental professionals that have had extra training in cosmetic dentistry. Ask lot of questions of your dental professional and request before and after pictures of cases they have done.

Reach out to Pinnacle Dental Associates at 541-928-9299 to schedule an appointment today!