Procedures We Perform

Our office is full service for any of your dental needs. There are some procedures we do really well and may need some explanation. Just click on the names below to see a brief description of them:

Dentures and partials
Orthodontics
Pedodontics (children's dentistry)
Oral Surgery

Periodontics
Cosmetic Dentistry
TMJ treatment
Snoring and sleep apnea

Initial exam and cleaning: Dr Chronister believes in building a foundation of care with a careful, detailed examination, then a well thought-out treatment plan. We don't practice one-size-fits-all dentistry. Every routine exam includes a careful head and neck cancer exam to make sure all your tissues are normal and healthy. Our cleanings emphasize patient education: Clean a patient's teeth and they are clean for a day, teach them how to brush and floss, and they are clean for a lifetime.
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Fillings: Dr Chronister uses only tooth-colored (white), adhesive fillings. He has not used Mercury-containing "silver" fillings for over 20 years. We use only the latest, best materials and techniques to assure your fillings will serve you well.
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Crowns and Bridges: We offer porcelain-fused-to metal, as well as all-porcelain crowns. We also offer the time-proven quality and reliability of gold, for patients that prefer gold.
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Root Canals: Most root canal treatments are simple and have minimal discomfort. Dr Chronister does root canal work on all front teeth and most back teeth. Occasionally, if a tooth appears to have complications, he has a good working relationship with the root canal specialists in town and will make a referral to make care you get a good outcome.
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Dentures and partials: Dr Chronister is a member of the American Prosthodontic Society, which is the world's largest professional organization that studies this type of dentistry. He has a special interest and enjoyment of denture work.
Even though he is not a board-certified prosthodontist, Dr Chronister frequently receives referrals from other dentists in town to do denture work.
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Orthodontics
: Dr Chronister does minor tooth straightening using retainers, but for full braces, he utilizes the services of orthodontists, such as Dr Scott Edmonds, who has special training and great skill in the field.
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Pedodontics (children's dentistry): Dr chronister welcomes children, but limits his treatment of kids to cleanings, check-ups and minor filling work. If there is any major work needed, he utilizes the good care of children's specialists such as Dr Anita Murry-Clary.
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Oral Surgery: Dr Chronister does minimal surgical procedures, such as simple extractions, but for all multiple extraction situations, or any other surgical procedures, he refers patients to oral surgeons, such as Dr Steve Zeller or Dr Lynn Baker.
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Periodontics: (gum disease treatment). Dr Chronister provides full range of care to prevent and treat early stages of gum disease, but for advanced gum disease, he refers to local periodontists.
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Cosmetic Dentistry: Dr Chronister enjoys brightening patient's smiles with tooth whitening and cosmetic bonding. This procedure involves sculpting new color and contours on the front teeth using a tooth-colored ("white") putty (composite resin) that hardens to enamel-like strength. This can be done in one appointment to correct and beautify discolored and misalligned teeth.
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TMJ treatment: TMJ syndrome is a dysfunction of the jaw joints that causes popping, clicking, tightness, limitation of movement and pain the the jaw joints. Although this is a very challenging condition to treat, and often has no complete or permanent cure, Dr Chronister's patients have enjoyed good results with his treatment of this syndrome. This typically involves creation of an acrylic appliance to wear over the teeth, a full bite analysis, and in some cases, minor reshaping of the chewing surfaces of the teeth if warranted to allow the teeth to fit together properly.
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Snoring and sleep apnea: There is a large body of evidence that a properly-fitted oral appliance that positions the jaw open and forward can help hold open the airway while a person sleeps. This reduces the constriction of the airway that causes snoring and sleep apnea. The "gold standard" for sleep apnea is still CPAP (a breathing machine), but for minor cases, the oral appliance can work well. Dr Chronister has had experience treating many patients with such problems.
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