General Dental Care,
West Lafayette, IN


  • Preventative Dental Care
  • Periodontal Therapy 
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Root Canals

Preventative Dental Care

Dental Cleanings and Exams West Lafayette, IN

Preventative dental care is necessary to maintain a healthy smile for your lifetime.

Routine cleanings and examinations are recommended no less than every six months. Keeping a regular maintenance schedule allows for our experienced dental team to detect dental concerns in their infancy, allowing them to be treated before more invasive, and costly, conditions occur.   

At your appointment we will chart the health and condition of your gum tissues, provide a dental cleaning, take any required dental radiographs (X-rays), and conduct a comprehensive evaluation to diagnose tooth decay and other dental conditions. Doing this on a regular basis will allow for early detection of potentially harmful dental conditions while also offering you the option of a more proactive treatment plan approach.

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Periodontal Therapy West Lafayette, IN

At your first hygiene appointment we will evaluate the health and condition of your gum tissues.  Based on this evaluation, it may be determined that you suffer from periodontal disease, the leading cause of adult tooth lose. 

Periodontal disease is inflammation of the gums, which can progress to affect the bone that surrounds and supports your teeth. The three stages of gum disease — from least to most severe — are gingivitis, periodontitis and advanced periodontitis

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

-Red, Swollen, or Bleeding Gums
-Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth
-Gums that recede or pull away from the tooth
-Loose or Mobile Teeth

Treating Periodontal Disease in West Lafayette, IN

If it is determined that you have periodontal disease, it is important to initiate treatment immediately to avoid its progression.  A common treatment plan may consist of six to eight visits to our dental office in West Lafayette, IN where “deep” cleanings are performed on the affected areas. If your case is severe, you may be referred to a periodontal specialist.

We want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible while receiving treatment.  In more severe areas we may utilize a topical numbing gel, or even traditional anesthetic to completely block any uncomfortable sensations.  Additionally, our team uses the Cavitron system to ultrasonically treat areas, reducing the need for traditional hand scale instruments.

The first therapy visit will start in the most severely affected area of the mouth.  We will then continue around the mouth at future visits, but we will also revisit areas treated at prior visits so that they receive the benefit of repetitive treatment.  The repetitive treatment of severely affected areas is what contributes to more favorable treatment outcomes.

Once you have treated your periodontal disease, we recommend you adopt a more frequent hygiene maintenance schedule.  Most hygiene patients are seen every three to four months throughout the year.  This allows us to keep buildup from reoccurring around the teeth and the condition from reoccurring. 

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Tooth Colored Fillings West Lafayette, IN

Fillings may be required if you have a cavity (carries, decay).  Cavities occur when the tooth enamel has been compromised and is most often detected on dental X-rays we take at your routine cleaning visits at our West Lafayette, IN dental office.  X-rays allow for the early detection of cavities before more harmful conditions occur.

Signs and Symptoms of Cavities

The most common symptom we see is a slowly growing pain or discomfort.  This discomfort may increase with changes in fluid temperatures or eating sweet or sticky foods.  If decay is allowed to progress, it may result in visible black spots on the surface of the tooth, however, a large number of cavities occur between the teeth and are invisible to the naked eye. 

Treatment for Cavities

The most common treatment for cavities is white tooth colored fillings, or resins.

Schedule your appointment at our dental office in West Lafayette, Indiana to ensure that your smile is free of cavities.  

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Dental Crowns West Lafayette, Indiana

Bonded crowns are the right solution for worn, broken and damaged teeth. Custom lab craftsmanship, combined with CEREC 3D CAD/CAM technology are both strong and natural looking. Not only does placing a custom-fitted crown allow us to treat your teeth in a less invasive manner, it also lets us protect the remaining, healthy portions of your tooth. The end result is a stronger, healthy smile.

Creating a crown is now easier than ever, thanks to CEREC. This breakthrough technology allows us to place your crown in just one visit, often within 90 minutes. This saves you from having to make multiple visits to our office. The porcelain restoration is milled right in our lab.

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Root Canal West Lafayette, IN

Those that undergo a root canal treatment report that the experience is similar to having a routine filling. The time leading up to the procedure, however, is anything but pleasant, comfortable, or routine. Symptoms signaling the need for a root canal include:

  • Tooth pain that comes from chewing or applying pressure
  • Prolonged sensitivity to hot or cold
  • Discoloration (darkening) of the tooth
  • Tenderness or swelling in the gums

A root canal becomes necessary when cavities (decay) have penetrated through the enamel and into the center pulp of the tooth.  When this occurs, the pulp’s once sterile environment becomes infected.

Left untreated, the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue will continue to be a nesting ground for bacteria until one or more of a variety of unpleasant scenarios unfolds:

  • Swelling will spread from the area around the tooth to other parts of the body like the face, neck, or head.
  • You may receive bone loss around the tip of the root.
  • You may get drainage problems that may result in a hole in the side of the tooth that drain into the gums or cheek.

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Cosmetic Dentistry


  • Cosmetic Dentures
  • Full Mouth Smile Makeover
  • Veneers
  • Tooth Colored Fillings
  • Teeth Whitening

Cosmetic Dentures West Lafayette, IN

Most people want to keep their teeth for a lifetime and avoid dentures, but for some they are a necessity.  Just because you require dentures doesn’t mean you can’t have an amazing smile.  Today’s materials and techniques allow our cosmetic dentures to look just like natural teeth. 

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Full Mouth Smile Makeover West Lafayette, IN

Dr. Swoverland is one of roughly 600 dentists worldwide that can prepare a full mouth reconstruction in one appointment. Roughly one month later, when your final restorations have returned from the lab, Dr. Swoverland will deliver the porcelain restorations, giving you the perfect smile you have always desired, in just two visits.

For those that want the perfect smile, full mouth reconstruction may be an option. Guided by the Golden Proportions, we are now able to design you a perfectly proportioned smile. You are involved completely in the design process and can even view a 3D model of what your final teeth will look like before we begin your physical reconstruction. These models, or wax-ups, can be modified so that you are perfectly happy with your final results.

view some of our full mouth reconstruction cases.

Veneers West Lafayette, IN

Veneers are the ideal way to reshape your teeth to give you a straight and beautiful smile. Veneers quickly straighten your teeth without the hassle of braces. They have the ability to:

  • Eliminate spaces between teeth
  • Fixed broken or chipped teeth
  • Cover any unsightly stains
  • Cover permanently stained teeth
  • Fix crooked or misshapen teeth
  • Remove small holes or pits
  • Cover worn down teeth

Veneers are specially shaped porcelain shells that are bonded to the outer surface of your tooth. The use of veneers often requires a minimal amount of preparation, leaving more of the natural tooth structure in tact. Although veneers are typically no thicker than .5mm, they become extremely strong when they are bonded to your tooth.

Benefits of Porcelain Veneers

  • Natural in Feel and Appearance
  • Conservative Approach to Reshape Teeth and Improve Shade
  • Can Replace Orthodontia
  • Healthy for Gum Tissues, leaving no dark lines
  • Stain Resistant

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Tooth Colored Fillings West Lafayette, IN

Tooth colored fillings, or composite resin fillings, give your newly repaired teeth a natural appearance, as opposed to a typical silver amalgam filling, which can mar your smile with unsightly dark spots, depending on which teeth have been filled.

Apart from the cosmetic benefits of composite resin, there are also health benefits to steering clear of silver fillings. First of all, silver fillings are made with mercury, which can expose you in small amounts should your teeth become damaged or decayed again. Also, being made of metal, silver fillings run the risk of fracturing your teeth by expanding, which can cause decay through leakage into the new opening.

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A whiter and brighter smile West Lafayette, IN

Research has shown when people are asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” that the most common answer is “Whiter Teeth.”  Whitening your teeth is the easiest and most cost effective cosmetic procedure for improving your smile. 

There are three main options when it comes to choosing a method to whiten your teeth.

  1. Professional Take Home Whitening – Professional strength take home whitening treatments are the most cost effective way to whiten your teeth.  Various strengths of solution allow you to wear the trays anywhere from an hour up to all night (all night – 16%, 1hr – 22%).  Treatment time varies for each patient, however; on average optimal results will be visible in two to three weeks.  Your new shade can typically be maintained by wearing your whitening trays a few nights a month or as needed depending on your habits.  Whitening solution refills are available at our office and provide the most cost / benefit way of maintaining your new bright smile.
     
  2. Professional In office Whitening – In office treatments provide a jump start to whitening and can lighten your teeth several shades in just over an hour. This option is great for those that are restricted on time.  While it is a quick and effective treatment method, it is also the most costly.  The use of take home trays is also required for maintaining your new shade.
     
  3. Over the Counter Whitening Strips – Over the counter strips, such as Crest Strips, are well known for whitening teeth.  While they provide beneficial results for some, they do have some drawbacks.  Since whitening strips adhere to the exterior surface of the teeth, it is more difficult for the whitening strip to come into contact and penetrate areas where the teeth come together.  This can make uniform results more difficult to achieve.  What comes as a surprise to many is that for ongoing maintenance, it is often more costly to continue purchasing over the counter whitening strips than it is to use professional strength whitening solution from our office.

 

As you can see, you have options when it comes to teeth whitening in West Lafayette, IN. Let us help you choose which option is right for you.  

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FAQs

What are porcelain veneers?
Veneers are a great way to perfect your smile. Veneers are made of porcelain and generally cover the front, sides and biting surface of the tooth. Veneers can change a tooth's size, shape and color, yet still look and feel like natural teeth. Also referred to as "instant orthodontia", veneers can be used to straighten teeth in just two appointments, lasting a few hours. Braces, on the other hand, can take months or years to show results.
Can your office treat my migraines or neck pain?
Neuromuscular dentistry can treat migraines and many other chronic pains. By relaxing muscles, we can determine proper jaw position and maintain it. This reduces muscular stress levels, returning them to a more stable position. The end result is less migraines, and in some cases, none at all.
Why do you use porcelain restorations?
Porcelain restorations are both very strong and natural looking. Gone are the days when porcelain had to be fused with metal, making for unsightly greying around the gums. Today's porcelain restorations look more like your natural teeth and offer you the chance to have a beautiful smile.
Which do you use, a crown or veneer?
There's little difference between a crown and a veneer. Both are made of bonded porcelain. The biggest difference is in the amount of tooth structure that needs to be reduced to make sure the restoration fits properly. Most veneers only cover the front, sides and biting surface of a tooth. Crowns, or caps, can often cover from three-quarters to the whole tooth.
What is neuromuscular dentistry?
Neuromuscular dentistry deals with the relationship between the teeth, muscles, and jaw joint. When the muscles are not functioning in their most optimal position, patients can experience a host of different signs and symptoms ranging from TMJ and migraines to worn and broken-down teeth. We focus on relaxing the muscles and letting them function to their optimal position. We maintain this position with a bite appliance, allowing the muscles to retrain themselves and give the jaw joint time to heal.
What makes you different from other cosmetic dentists?
Dr. Swoverland and his staff have received extensive training from the world renowned Las Vegas Institute. Our training has allowed us to acquire the techniques to properly restore a smile to its healthy position. Dr. Swoverland is one of only 450 worldwide graduates from this prestigious institution, thus allowing him to complete a full mouth restoration in as little as two visits.

In addition, we offer state of the art technology that lets us provide the best care possible to all of our patients. While there are many dentists to choose from, not all of them practice cosmetic dentistry. Shouldn't all dentistry be cosmetic?
 
I do not want to go through having braces. Can you straighten my teeth anyway?
Many of our patients don't want to go through the lengthy process of orthodontia. Porcelain veneers can be the right option for them. By using porcelain veneers, we can straighten teeth, eliminate chips, spaces or gaps and improve color in an instant. This treatment can be completed in two appointments and just a few hours, not the months or years braces can take to show results.
I am unhappy with the color of my teeth. What bleaching method do you recommend?
There are several options when it comes to bleaching your teeth. Some can be very costly. Our preferred method is at home bleaching with custom made trays from our laboratory. This allows you to bleach when it's convenient for you. We offer several solution strengths, allowing you to bleach for one hour to all night.
How quickly can I get my new smile?
Depending upon your situation, we can complete a restoration in as little as one hour, or a full mouth reconstruction in two appointments. The staff will accommodate your schedule to make sure you receive your new smile as quickly as possible.
Why do you only use white tooth colored material for you fillings instead of silver?
Silver mercury was once a common material used for fillings. We now know that mercury can actually cause further damage to a tooth's structure. Because mercury is made of metal, it expands and contracts. The expansion of the metal presses against the remaining healthy portions of your tooth, leading to fractures. Likewise, when the metal contracts, the margin between the mercury metal opens up, allowing bacteria to harbor under the filling. This causes recurrent decay under and around silver fillings.

Today we use tooth colored restorations, or resin. These restorations look and feel just like your natural tooth. The material doesn't expand and contract like metal fillings, limiting the chances for decay to redevelop. It is also a healthier solution, since it's free of any mercury.
What kinds of plans are available to help me fund my new smile?
We have several funding options for your treatments, from shorter-term, 0% interest payments to longer-term payments with varying amounts of interest. Whatever your financial needs may be, our courteous staff will assist you in determining the right plan to meet your needs.
Is cosmetic dentistry covered by my insurance?
Insurance companies vary in their benefits from one employer to the next. Your insurance coverage is based upon the contract between your employer and your insurance company. In most situations, cosmetic dentistry is not covered by insurance. While they may cover a portion of a tooth that requires medical treatment, they will most likely not cover procedures that offer a beautiful smile.