Dr. Upperman began this practice in 1974, the same year he graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. His unwavering belief in doing the best he can for others has contributed to his personal relationships with his patients and his success as a dentist in the Chillicothe community for over 40 years. The ever-changing nature of dentistry and daily challenges are what Dr. Upperman loves about his job. He has created a patient-centered practice in an office where people truly love their jobs and people can feel confident in coming to have their dental needs met. Dr. Upperman met his wife, Fran, at Asbury College. They were married in 1968 and moved to Chillicothe where they raised their three children. Dr. Upperman is full of energy-when he is not at the office both he and Fran are active members of their church and always working on something on their farm. Dr. Upperman is also a highly skilled woodworker. When you come to the office, you will find that Dr. Upperman will treat you like a family member and provide you only the best and most sincere care.
Complete dentures can sometimes feel loose due to lack of bony support or excess tissue in the mouth. Your denture can be made to “snap on” to multiple, strategically placed implants to help them feel more secure.
A crown (sometimes referred to as a “cap”) completely covers a tooth beginning at the gum line and can be made of metal or a tooth-colored ceramic material. A crown restores a tooth to its natural appearance and is permanently cemented onto your natural tooth.
A dental bridge is sometimes an option for replacing one or a few missing teeth. A bridge is made from permanently affixing a false tooth or teeth between crowns.
Crowns and bridges can be made in just two appointments.
Whether you are missing some or all of your teeth, partial or complete dentures are an option for replacing them. At our office these removable appliances are carefully designed and fitted to your mouth over a series of appointments. We make sure you are happy with the fit and look of the dentures before you take them home
Veneers are thin coverings permanently cemented on the front surface of a tooth or teeth in order to fix any esthetic concerns you may have. They can help you achieve a more uniform, attractive smile. Dental veneers are typically a very conservative treatment requiring minimal preparation to the teeth. Veneers can help fill in spaces between teeth, correct slightly misaligned teeth, correct severely discolored teeth, and correct misshapen, broken or worn teeth
When a tooth dies or begins causing you pain, a root canal may be an option to help you save it. TV and movies have given root canals their bad rap but it is actually a very painless, quiet procedure. Once you are numb, the tooth is opened up and the nerve is cleaned out so it can no longer hurt you. You will be in and out of the chair in about an hour and on your way home with a pain-free tooth.
Orthodontics can help you achieve not only a straighter smile, but a healthier one, too. Braces and aligners utilize gentle pressure that moves your teeth gradually over a period of time and they are an option for most children and adults. Orthodontics can correct malocclusion's as well as neuromuscular and skeletal abnormalities. By aligning teeth you are better able to keep them clean, resulting in fewer cavities and less chance of developing periodontal problems
You may face the need for a tooth or multiple teeth to be removed. Though no one enjoys having this done, we aim to make the experience as pain-free and easy as possible.
We enjoy providing dentistry for everyone from infants on up, including those with special health care needs.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child visit the dentist by his or her first birthday. Your first visits are intended for your child to get used to our office and to provide you with important information on caring for your child’s mouth. These visits will set them up to have a healthy mouth for life!
To replace lost tooth structure due to decay, a filling may be placed. We place both amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) fillings at our office. The filling type we choose is based on our knowledge of which material will last longer for your given circumstance, but we also respect if you have a preference for one over the other.
In order to help you keep your smile in the best possible health we recommend that you visit us every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam as well as once yearly x-rays. These visits can help prevent tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental problems. It is our goal to help you identify any problematic conditions early, before they can cause significant damage or pain. This helps to reduce the amount of time and money needed for dental treatment in the future
If you have noticed that your gums are red and swollen, very painful or tender, or bleed easily, you may have periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Simple at home brushing or flossing cannot remove the bacteria that cause gum disease but it can be treated in our office by your hygienist.
Your personal gum treatment plan may include extra dental cleanings, antibiotic treatment, deep cleanings (called scaling and root planing), a strict at-home oral hygiene regimen, or gum surgery
From at-home prescription strength whitening strips to in-office same-day whitening, we offer multiple options to help you achieve the level of white you want for your teeth.
Please call our office if you are having dental pain or a dental problem causing you concern. We always try our best to get your emergency taken care of same day.
After an oral surgeon places an implant, you will need a tooth (or a “crown”) placed on it. Once the implant is secure in the bone we can make you a crown for it in just two appointments.
“Laughing gas” is available to anyone upon request and is recommended for children who have trouble sitting still.
For adults with strong anxiety associated with dental treatment we may prescribe an oral sedative for you to take the night before and morning of the procedure to help you relax. You will need someone to drive you to and from the appointment. Please just ask if this is something you are interested in.
If some or all of your teeth need removed and you do not want to be without them for any amount of time, an immediate denture or partial denture is an option for you. This denture is fabricated before the tooth or teeth are removed and it is ready to be worn immediately after tooth removal.
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