Tri-Lakes Dental Center :: Jeffrey Rick D.D.S.

Treatments We Offer

Preventive Care

Dental Sealants
Dental sealants are the easiest, most painless, and most inexpensive way to prevent the formation of dental decay. The natural grooves in the tooth surface provide a place for bacteria from dental plaque to penetrate the tooth and create cavities. The placement of bonded dental resin in these grooves and pits quickly eliminates the location at which decay begins. We encourage use of sealants at age 6 (or as soon as the permanent first molars become accessible). There is no numbing or drilling required. Sealants are the most proactive, defensive step you can take to prevent your child from getting cavities. Sealants provide the best defense for children, but can be very effective on adults as well (review information on sealants at ADA's website).
Regular Checkups
Patient Education
To prevent grinding your teeth while you sleep, which damages your teeth without you even realizing it. This can also cause migraines, among other problems.
Breath Treatment

Restorative Procedures

Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
Our office was the first in the area to offer CEREC®  (CAD/CAM) technology. We have utilized this technique of computer assisted restorations since 1998 through its many evolutions and advances. CEREC offers us the option of a more conservative restoration and the ability to complete the process within a single appointment without temporization. This is just one of many advances in dentistry that our office is able to provide for our patients customized treatment.
Dentures & Partial Dentures
Root Canals
Dental Implants
Implant Retained Dentures
An ill-fitting denture can be one of the most frustrating and socially crippling oral problems. Fortunately, the use of dental implants can all but eliminate this problem. The number of implants and the position of their placement in the mouth is customized to each individual's specific needs. Nobel Biocare ( has been providing continued innovation in implants for over 40 years. This provides us with the long-term success to ensure your individual needs can be met.
Some key factors that result from the improved fit and stability provided by implants are:
  • Solid fit and position of teeth, eliminating the need for adhesive
  • Increased ability to taste and enjoy food
  • Younger appearance—reduced wrinkles
  • Prevention of future bone loss
  • Increased confidence that comes with stronger, healthier facial features
  • Improved overall health as a result of improved digestion
Cosmetic Services
Tooth Colored Fillings
Porcelain Veneers
Chair-Side Whitening
We offer chair-side whitening with immediate results.
Home Bleaching
Everyone wants to have a brighter, more vibrant smile. It is one of the first things that people use to form an impression of those they meet. Custom bleaching trays made in our office provide the simplest way of creating the kind of smile you will be quick to produce. This procedure can also be performed in conjunction with in-office "power bleaching," which involves use of special dental lights to accelerate the bleaching process. Whiter, brighter smiles are not a thing of vanity, but are a positive path to a younger, healthier appearance. You deserve to look your best—so bleach and smile!
All-Porcelain Crowns, Onlays and Inlays
Also generally called gum disease or periodontal disease, describes the events that begin with bacterial growth in your mouth and may end—if not properly treated—with tooth loss due to destruction of the tissue that surrounds your teeth. We diagnose this disease, as well as track and chart the disease progress if already diagnosed. We will work to help keep your teeth for a lifetime!

Charting and Diagnostic Services

Root Planing
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer can be devastating and difficult to treat when in advanced stages. Early detection through regular exams is the key to avoiding this disease. All of our patients are screened for unusual lesions within the oral cavity. If an abnormal area is detected, further diagnostic tests can be performed within minutes in the office. Vizilite ( is an oral rinse which is absorbed into abnormal tissues and becomes illuminated with a special test light. These suspicious lesions can be further tested by an in-office brush biopsy using Oral CDX ( This painless swab of the suspicious area will be sent to pathology for microscopic review, with results in less than one week. Positive results are then biopsied through traditional methods. Any red or white lesion or sore which has remained in the oral cavity for longer than a week should be evaluated. These are inexpensive, painless tests which may save your life and reduce the need for extensive surgeries.

Patient Comfort and Technology Services

Many advances have occurred in dental science in recent years; we have the most recent technology available to you.
Intra-Oral Camera
Digital X-Rays
Helps find decay where x-rays can't.
Chairside Computers/TVs
Patient Education System
Nitrous Oxide
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