Family Preventative Care
 Teeth Whitening
Emergency Care
Crowns and Bridges
 Full and Partial Dentures
Implant Restorations
 Porcelain Laminate Veneers
Periodontal Therapy  Nitrous Oxide
 Family Preventative Care

Tooth decay and gum disease are the one and two most common diseases on earth and thus effect more people than any other disease.  It is important to have your teeth cleaned routinely to help prevent these diseases and to maintain healthy teeth, gums and a great smile.

We recommend periodic cleanings to keep your teeth and gums healthy.  Most people get their teeth cleaned every six months but some have special problems and may need to have them cleaned at three to four month intervals.  It is important to customize treatment to fit the needs of the individual.  It is important, easier and less costly to prevent diseases than to treat them once they happen.

X-rays are also taken at intervals based on your need.  Our x-rays at Lakeside Family Dentistry are digital and operate at 1/3 the dose of conventional x-rays which reduces your exposure.
 Emergency Care

Emergency’s can happen at any time such as toothaches, a broken tooth, infection, trauma, etc.  At Lakeside Family Dentistry we are prepared to treat such problems quickly and usually the same day.  A call to our office during office hours will promptly be answered and you will be appointed as soon as possible.  After hours our answering machine will instruct you what to do and where to call.  Also, messages can be left and your calls will be returned.

In case of an Emergency call:  (574) 267-3359

After Hours:
Dr Conley: (574) 265-3175
 Fillings, Crowns and Bridges

When decay is present it must be removed from the tooth or it will continue to grow and eventually destroy it.  Once decay is removed the tooth will need to be restored to its original shape.  Fillings can be placed in most teeth and there are two basic types:

White or Tooth Colored

These fillings are resin based materials which will
match the color of your tooth and are beautiful as well as very strong.
They are bonded into place.  Nobody but you and the dentist
will be able to tell that you have fillings in these teeth.


Silver fillings have been around for well over 100 years
and have a great track record as strong and long lasting. 
It still is a great material.

Sometimes crowns are a better choice to restore the tooth if there is a large amount of tooth missing from a very large cavity or if a tooth is broken or cracked.  Crowns will surround the tooth on all sides and can strengthen one that has a large filling in it.  Crowns are made from gold or porcelain and make for a beautiful, long lasting restoration when a tooth is badly damaged.
 Implant Restoration

Implants are an artificial tooth that can be placed into the jaw.  Once an implant is in the jaw a crown would be placed on the top of the implant to completely restore the area where the tooth was missing.  Multiple implants can be placed to restore large areas such as:

1) Replacing false teeth with fixed bridge work that cannot be removed.
2) Placing implants to use with your dentures so they do not move. 

Implants are placed in your jaw and with just a few adjustments to your denture, it snaps onto the implants. No more fighting with dentures that move around and are hard to eat with.  This procedure is all done in one day at one appointment.

Implants have been around for approximately 30 years and have been getting better and better over the last 20 years.  The implants of today have a very high success rate and are a wonderful way to replace a tooth. Root Canal Therapy

Root Canal Therapy is performed on teeth when the nerve of the tooth starts to deteriorate and will often times be hot, cold and tender to bite on.  Sometimes a nerve can deteriorate very slowly without any pain and eventually die.  When this happens the tooth will abscess (become infected) and Root Canal Therapy can often times correct this problem.
 Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal literally means “around the tooth” and refers to keeping the gum and bone tissue around the tooth healthy.  Periodontal Disease is the second most common disease on earth and the number one cause of tooth loss over 35 years of age.  Periodontal Disease starts in the early years with gingivitis (gum inflammation) and progressively starts to involve the bone causing bone loss, gum infections (not the same as tooth infections) and eventually tooth loss.

The easiest and cheapest way to prevent or treat Periodontal Disease is with meticulous home care (brushing and flossing).  Now you know why at Lakeside Family Dentistry we are constantly reminding you to do these things daily.

A couple of other things to consider are recent research has shown direct links between Periodontal Disease and cardio-vascular problems, diabetes, and other systemic diseases.  Also, smokers make up the vast majority of our serious cases.  So---quit smoking!!
 Teeth Whitening

All teeth can be whitened but some respond better than others.  There are many different systems on the market today.  The most common questions we get are:

1) “Do they damage your teeth?”
2) “What is the difference between systems from a dental office and the over the counter products?”

Millions of people have whitened their teeth over the years and it has been proven to be effective and safe if used properly.  You should never whiten if you have active decay as the bleaching agent can get into the cavities and can cause pain and even nerve deterioration.  That is why a dental cleaning and exam is important before you begin.  Basically, whitening is very safe with no tooth damage.

Over the counter products (Crest White strips) work well but are not as comfortable or convenient as custom trays that are made in a dental office.  At Lakeside Family Dentistry you can get Professional Strength Crest White strips which the retail stores cannot offer or professional strength gel kits with custom trays.  These trays hold the whitening gels against the teeth making it easier and quicker to get the desired results.  We also check the results to make sure there are no problems.  Sensitivity is an issue sometimes but there are desensitizing gels that can help.

We feel that whitening your teeth is a great way to give you that great smile that you deserve.


Surgery to remove teeth is always the last resort but sometimes has to be done.  At Lakeside Family Dentistry we do remove teeth but sometimes on more difficult cases we refer to the oral surgeons (OMSA) as they are specialists with years of training.  Each situation is unique in itself and needs to be evaluated to determine the best course of treatment.
 Full and Partial Dentures

These are removable appliances that replace missing teeth but are our last choice of treatment but sometimes our only choice.  They are generally not as comfortable as fixed bridge work.
 Porcelain Laminate Veneers

Laminate Veneers are a very conservative and a very beautiful way of correcting cosmetic liabilities (such as severe discolorations, poor alignments, malformed teeth, spaces between teeth, etc.) that conserves tooth structure.  On occasion, they can be placed with little or no tooth reduction.  Here again, each case is individual and would need to be closely evaluated to select the best option.
 Nitrous Oxide and Other Sedatives

Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas), other sedatives (Valium) and combination are available to help ease your anxieties during your dental appointment.  We do not perform general anesthesia at Lakeside Family Dentistry.
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