Cleveland area dentistry
Optimal health for Ohio smiles
Our doctors and staff want you to have the best oral health and dental experience possible. At Hudec Dental, we offer a wide variety of dental services including preventive dentistry, periodontal therapy, restorative dentistry, dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, so you can have the dazzling smile you deserve.
- Specialty Services
- Cosmetic Services
- Emergency Dental Service
- General & Preventative Dentistry
- Restorative Dentistry & Replacement Teeth
- Senior Dental Care
Dr. Gary SchweenDr. Schween earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery Degree from Case Western Reserve University. He completed his Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency at MetroHealth Medical Center. He is a member of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, The Ohio Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, and The American Dental Association.
Dr. Jia-Chun DaiDr. Dai graduated from Kunming Medical College Dental School in China. He then completed a five year Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency program at Kunming Medical College. He also graduated from Case Western Reserve University Dental School and licensed in Ohio in 2007. Dr. Dai is the expert for impacted wisdom teeth extractions and painless extractions.
Dr. Stuart DuchonDr. Duchon studied at The Ohio State University. He received his dental degree from Case Western Reserve University. He continued his training there and earned a Masters Degree and Certificate of Training in Orthodontics. He also served as a clinical instructor at Case Western Reserve University and a guest lecturer at Loyola University in Chicago.
Dr. Terry DentkosDr. Dentkos received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from The Ohio State University. He then went on to complete his prosthodontic residency at the Medical College of Georgia and endodontic residency and Master of Science degree at Marquette University. Dr. Dentkos is a member of the American Association of Endodontists, American Dental Association, Ohio Dental Association, Greater Cleveland Dental Society, and Lorain County Dental Society.
Clear CorrectFor minor crowding and spacing or more severe cases of malocclusion and misalignment, Hudec Dental offers ClearCorrect.
ClearCorrect is the simple, effective way to straighten your teeth and achieve your best smile, without the limitations of braces, wires or brackets. With a series of clear, custom, removable aligners, you'll be able to gradually straighten your teeth a little bit at a time. It's practically invisible and most people won't even notice you're in treatment. Plus, the aligners are easier to keep clean, providing better control for your dentist and better results for you.
Cosmetic BondingIf you have a chipped, slightly misaligned, or otherwise imperfect tooth that needs cosmetic restoration, we may suggest one-appointment bonding. The dentist can apply liquid composite resin, shaded to blend with your tooth's color, to rebuild a pleasing shape to your tooth. After hardening the resin with a curing light, he will artistically sculpt and polish the restoration. In just one visit, you can enjoy a beautiful new smile!
LumineersDo you want to solve all of your cosmetic dental concerns in just two short visits? Are you hesitant about porcelain veneers because of the tooth reduction involved? At Hudec Dental, we have just the solution. We offer Lumineers, no-prep veneers that mask stains, close gaps, and cover imperfections for an instant smile makeover. Lumineers are made from contact-lens-thin Cerinate porcelain so they can be adhered directly to the front teeth without removing any tooth structure. The procedure is totally reversible, enabling you to return to your natural smile if ever you choose. Many patients prefer Lumineers' minimally-invasive procedure, but others prefer traditional porcelain veneers because of the totally custom design.
Porcelain VeneersPorcelain veneers are becoming increasingly popular because they provide beautiful natural-looking results. Teeth that have gaps or spaces between them, are discolored, badly shaped or crooked can often be corrected with porcelain veneers. Teeth that have been damaged by trauma or teeth that have developmental defects can also be restored with porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of high-quality porcelain that are custom-designed to cover the front surfaces of the teeth. Modern porcelain veneers are very thin, translucent, and natural-looking. Our cosmetic dentists will carefully consider your mouth, facial features, skin tone, and personal preferences while designing veneers that will transform your smile. In just two short visits, you can begin enjoying your perfectly aligned, dazzling white smile.
Smile MakeoversTeeth whitening, porcelain veneers, orthodontics, replacement teeth…so many options exist to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Our team can help you with scheduling, financing and determining which treatments will give you the smile you've always wanted. We encourage patients to bring photos of some of their favorite celebrity smiles so that we can pinpoint attributes to incorporate in a smile makeover plan. The dentist will examine your oral health, discuss your vision of a gorgeous smile and study the dynamics of your face, mouth, and skin tone. We can then plan a smile makeover to suit your personality and unique style. The dentist will explain your options and show you (with a computer image, before-and-after photos, or a wax model) the potential results of the proposed treatment plan. The time involved in your smile makeover will be directly determined by the procedures you decide upon.
Teeth WhiteningTeeth will naturally darken over time, and things like coffee, tea, tobacco, and medications will speed up the process. Dentist-supervised teeth whitening has been proven the safest and most effective way to eliminate stains and reveal your bright, youthful smile. If you'd rather whiten your teeth in the comfort of your own home, we can provide a professional at-home teeth whitening kit. Unlike over-the-counter strips which only cover the front teeth, we will make custom trays that fit over all of your teeth. Just fill the trays with the extra-strength teeth whitening solution we provide and wear them for an hour or two every day. In about two weeks, your teeth will shine eight shades brighter than when you started. Use the trays about once a month to maintain an indefinitely white smile!
Emergency Dental ServiceEmergency Dental Service As your dedicated family dental healthcare providers, we're here for you in the event of an emergency. We reserve time during our regular office hours to see emergency patients. If you are an existing patient, the doctor may be able to see you after hours. Please call our office immediately to request an emergency care visit if you experience a severe toothache, knock out a tooth, badly damage your teeth, or find yourself in another precarious dental situation. If you experience intense bleeding or your emergency extends beyond dental care, please go to the nearest emergency room for assistance.
General & Preventative DentistryGeneral & Preventative Dentistry Proper dental care is important. Neglecting your teeth can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Your dental health can also have an impact on your physical health. Heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions can be adversely affected by improper or inadequate dental care. In fact, some of the first signs and symptoms of such diseases can appear in the mouth. That's why it's important to schedule oral exams and cleanings every six months. With regular checkups, our general dentist can catch minor problems early to prevent them from becoming major problems.
Athletic MouthguardsBecause the face is an important part of a person's image, self confidence and sometimes success, it's better to be safe than toothless! Protect your smile and your mouth with a comfortable, custom-molded mouthguard to dramatically reduce the risk of sports-related oral injuries and the severity of concussions. Our dentists can also create special mouthguards or mouth protectors for patients with braces, removable bridges or dentures, a protruding jaw, or a cleft palate.
Types of MouthguardsReady-Made These generic mouthguards are inexpensive and readily available department or sporting goods stores. Unfortunately, because they are not custom-fitted and are secured by closed jaws, they may seem bulky, uncomfortable and make speaking and breathing more difficult. Mouth-Formed Acrylic, shell liner mouthguards provide a comfortable and secure fit over your natural teeth. Unfortunately, many users report that this mouthguard can harden over time, lose its flexibility and has an unpleasant odor or taste. Thermoplastic mouthguards are another type that can be customized to take on the shape of your bite, simply by heating it in water then biting it. While these do maintain their flexibility, they can also feel bulky. Custom-Made Comfortable, practical, and protective, custom-made mouthguards are the best choice in teeth and mouth protection. Designed specifically for your smile, a dentist or lab technician takes impressions of your teeth then custom-creates a mouthguard to fit your mouth. Before you purchase any mouthguard, talk to your dentist. Special mouthguards or mouth protectors are recommended for patients with braces, removable bridges or dentures, a protruding jaw, or a cleft palate.
CheckupsWhat to expect at your checkup The American Dental Association recommends you see your dentist at least twice each year for a checkup. At your checkup, we will inspect your soft tissues for oral cancer, periodontal disease, and other problems. The dentist will also look at each tooth in your mouth to assess problems like tooth decay or cracks, as well as old dental work. Sometimes old dental work wears out and needs to be replaced. We will be happy to replace metal fillings, inlays, onlays, and crowns with tooth-colored alternatives. By looking for trouble every six months, we can often reduce your potential for large dental problems. For instance, left untreated, a small cavity can grow to destroy an entire tooth and spread to surrounding teeth. A cracked tooth can cause pain or break off and create additional problems. Furthermore, advanced gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss for American adults, and oral cancer causes more than 7,500 deaths each year. Caught and treated early, these diseases can be controlled. Children as young as two should visit the dentist, and by age four or five, a child should attend regular checkups.
Dental SealantsMany people have deep pits and grooves in their teeth where bacteria and food particles can hide and cause decay. Children with poor brushing habits may also develop decay on hard-to-reach molars. For situations like these, dental sealants offer a means of protecting molar and premolar chewing surfaces from decay. Recognized by the American Dental Association as a key means of cavity prevention, dental sealants are simply a thin plastic film that can be applied to teeth. Dental sealants create an impenetrable physical barrier for small food particles and cavity-causing bacteria, making them highly effective in preventing tooth surface decay and the resulting cavities. Sealants can last up to ten years. Most insurance companies only cover sealant procedures at a minimal level, but the good news is that insurance companies seem to be recognizing this technique's value as a preventive measure that will help reduce future dental costs and more aggressive treatments.
Gum Disease TherapyGum disease is the single most prevalent disease in America. In fact, it affects more people than heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's, and cancer combined. Also known as periodontal disease, periodontitis (advanced), and gingivitis (mild), about 80% of the population has some form of gum disease. Once gum disease sets in, we can often treat it with non-surgical therapy including:
- Scaling - to remove hardened plaque from below the gum line
- Root Planing - to reduce rough areas on teeth roots
- Antibiotic Therapy - to battle infection
- Laser Treatment - to remove bacteria and promote gum reattachment
- Surgery - advanced cases may require the care of a periodontist, in which case we will refer you to a trusted colleague
Professional Dental HygieneWe prefer to help you maintain optimal oral health so that you never have to worry about gum disease. That's why we encourage everyone over the age of four to visit the dentist for a professional hygiene appointment twice per year. Our gentle hygienists are specially trained to detect, deter, and treat gum disease. They will inspect your gums for periodontal disease, the leading cause of tooth loss for American adults. If we find cause for concern, we may recommend that you change your oral healthcare routine or the products you use at home. We may also suggest a deep cleaning.
Restorative Dentistry & Replacement TeethRestorative Dentistry & Replacement Teeth With proper oral hygiene and regular dental checkups, your teeth can last a lifetime.
Fixed BridgesA Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile If you've lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent fixed bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis.
CrownsThe dentist may recommend a crown to cover and protect a tooth when it has had a root canal, a large filling, or breakage. Crowns can also improve the color of a tooth, change the shape of a tooth, or cover a dental implant. We use precious metal, porcelain pressed (or fused) to metal, or all-porcelain crowns. Porcelain fused to metal crowns are generally used for strength on back teeth and all-porcelain crowns are generally used on front teeth for their aesthetic and translucent properties.
Dental ImplantsUntil fairly recently, bridgework, partial dentures, and full dentures were the only options available to replace missing teeth. Recent advances in medical science have given us a more efficient, comfortable, and aesthetic alternative- dental implants. With dental implants, our dentists can restore your smile and help you regain your confidence. Some people are unable to adjust to wearing partials or dentures and want a more stable solution. A permanent bridge is not ideal in every case, either. In order to construct a bridge, the permanent teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) need to be prepared for crowns. If those teeth are healthy, you may not want to have them reduced. Dental implants are permanently fixed, and they don't rely on surrounding teeth for support. Placing dental implants is a fairly straightforward surgical procedure performed by an oral surgeon. The oral surgeon places the small, titanium post (s) into the jawbone. Titanium is biocompatible, which means that, over time, the bone will fuse around the implant post. After the healing period, one of our dentists can place a crown, bridgework, precision attachment, or retaining bar onto the post(s). Retaining bars and precision attachments are used with dental implants to secure a partial or full denture. Dental implants are the perfect solution for patients who are healthy, have adequate bone density, and have good oral hygiene.
DenturesFull dentures replace all of the teeth and are designed to fit snuggly with the ridges and contours of the gum tissues. At Hudec Dental, we offer four kinds of dentures:
Denture RepairDentures are a worthwhile investment in your health and appearance. Here are a few helpful tips that will prevent you from needing denture repair.
- Clean your dentures every day with a dentist-approved denture cleanser.
- Use room temperature water when washing your dentures.
- Handle your dentures over a sink full of water or a towel. This way, if you accidently drop them, they'll be less likely to break.
- Soak the dentures overnight in a cleansing solution.
FillingsIf you're embarrassed about your smile because of decay or dark fillings in your teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A silicon dioxide-filled, tooth-colored plastic mixture, composite resins can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins represent several advantages over traditional silver or amalgam fillings. Because composite resins are not made of metal, we can blend and mix shades to find the perfect color to match your natural teeth. This means only you and your dentist will know you have fillings. Another pro is that the tooth/composite bond actually supports the remaining tooth structure, deterring breakage and insulating against temperature changes. Medium and small composites can last seven to ten years - that's as long as the tried and true amalgams. Best of all, composite resins allow us to keep more of your natural tooth structure intact than amalgams. We believe in conservative dentistry - the more natural tooth structure you keep, the better teeth you'll likely have in the future.
Root Canal TherapyEndodontic treatment is commonly referred to as root canal treatment. A root canal involves removing diseased tooth pulp from the inside of the tooth. This procedure may be necessary if the nerve has been damaged due to trauma, deep decay or a deep filling. After the dentist removes the infected pulp, he will clean out the root canals and fill the tooth to prevent infection. Depending on the extent of the damage, the dentist may recommend covering the tooth with a custom crown. The crown will strengthen the root canal tooth and protect it from future breakage. Root canal treatment can provide relief from toothaches and save your tooth from extraction.
Senior Dental Care
After Any Dental ProcedureIt is normal to experience some hot, cold and pressure sensitivity, which should subside. Refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness is completely wore off. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call us immediately.
After Composite Fillings (white fillings)When anesthesia has been used, your lips, teeth and tongue may be numb for several hours. Avoid chewing and hot liquids until the numbness wears off. To diminish any tenderness or swelling, you may be advised (even before the numbness wears off) to take ibuprofen. Once the numbness is gone, you may chew on your new fillings right away, since they set completely on the day of your appointment.
After Cosmetic ReconstructionRemember that it will take time to adjust to the feel of your new bite. When the position of the teeth is altered, it takes several days for your brain to recognize the new position of your teeth. If you continue to detect any high spots or problems with your bite, call us so we can schedule an adjustment appointment. Mild pain medication should ease your discomfort during the adjustment period. Don't be concerned if your speech is affected for the first few days, you will quickly adapt and be speaking normally. Any food that could chip, crack or stain your natural teeth can do the same to your new cosmetic restorations. Avoid sticky foods and hard items such as peanut brittle, fingernails, pencils, ice, etc. Minimize your use of and staining beverages such as tea, coffee and red wine. Let us know if you grind your teeth at night or engage in sports so we can make you a custom mouth guard. To preserve the health and beauty of your new smile it is important to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine and regular professional cleaning appointments.
After Tooth ExtractionWhen a tooth has been extracted it is important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process.
- Bite on gauze until the bleeding stops. This may take 1 to 4 hours depending on the surgery.
- Be careful to not dislodge the blood clots from the surgery site. It is important that the clots stay in place for several days after surgery.
- Do not rinse or spit vigorously, do not suck on straws, smoke, drink alcohol or brush the teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours.
- Do not stick your tongue or fingers into the surgery site; do not chew food near the surgery site; and limit vigorous exercise for 24 hours.
- Swelling is to be expected, usually subsiding after 48 hours. An ice pack or an unopened bag of frozen peas applied to the area will keep swelling to a minimum. Place ice on your face for 10 minutes and then off for 20 minutes. Repeat this cycle as you feel necessary for up to 24 hours.
- Beginning 24 hours after the extraction you can rinse with salt water (1/2 teaspoon in a cup of water) after meals and before bed.
- Use pain medication as directed. Call our office if the medication doesn't seem to be working.
- It is important to resume you normal dental routine after 24 hour to speed healing. Avoid commercial mouth rinses as they tend to irritate the site.
- If you have heavy bleeding, sever pain, continued swelling for 2-3 days or a reaction to the medication; call our office immediately at 216-661-8888.