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Adult and Children’s Exam Packages: $149 for exam, x-rays & cleaning

*Fluoride treatment included with the Children’s Exam Package

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Meet the Team

Kelly B. Whelan, DMD — Dr. Whelan grew up in Dunstable, MA and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Rhode Island...more

David B. Chan, DMD — Dr. Chan received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at Oregon State University...more

Treatments & Services

 

Wellspring Dental Group offers a comprehensive suite of dental services.  We are a full-service family dental practice, so you would not be referred to another office for your general dental needs. If you have questions about any of these procedures, please do not hesitate to call or email our office. This is by no means an extensive list of our offerings, but a guide to the procedures you will most commonly encounter during your dental visits. Should any of these or other procedures become a part of your treatment plan, we will be sure to take the time to thoroughly explain them and, if applicable, describe any alternatives, so you can be well-positioned to make decisions about your treatment.

In the event of an emergency, please be assured that we will treat you or your family member(s) that same day.

Routine Exams and Cleanings

Dental ExamsAt Wellspring Dental, your oral health is our number one priority.  Regular preventive dental visits allow problems to be identified early when they can be fixed easily and painlessly, with minimal intervention. Our professional cleanings and assessments enable us to remain abreast of your oral health status and allow us to provide you with guidance on how to maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Periodontal Treatments

Modern dental care can assist you in maintaining teeth that look and feel great for a lifetime. The major area of concern is your tooth’s supporting bone and gums (which is called the periodontium). Without periodontal health, the tooth will eventually become very loose and this is because the tooth has lost its “support.”  Our goal is to prevent these problems from occurring. There are many different procedures that our office specializes in to prevent the loss of your natural teeth through periodontal therapy.

Sealants

Sealants are used to fill narrow grooves in a tooth that cannot be adequately cleaned by routine brushing and flossing.  To avoid cavities from developing over time, the dentist will brush on a coating that seals the grooves and pits, making it possible to brush off all the plaque and keep your teeth healthy.

Bonding

Bonding involves adhering composite resin material that is matched to the color of the tooth. This is performed to repair damage caused by decay, to alter the alignment of the tooth, close gaps between the teeth, or for other cosmetic purposes.

Fillings

dental fillingsA filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function, shape, and aesthetics.  There are different filling materials available including amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth colored). The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best, depending on the extent of repair, where the filling is needed, and procedural cost.

Crowns and Bridges

A dental crown is a restoration that is placed over an existing tooth that has decayed, worn down or cracked and cannot be corrected properly with a tooth filling.  Crowns are typically made of porcelain, gold, or a combination of metal and porcelain.  Dental bridges are utilized to replace missing teeth by using existing adjacent teeth as supports or anchors. Crowns are placed on these adjacent teeth spanning over the missing tooth, creating a pontic or "dummy tooth."

Oral Surgery

Although we use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still situations where it is necessary to extract a tooth.   We know that having a tooth removed can be frightening, but our caring and empathetic staff will make sure you are relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.

Dental Implants

Dental implants can help patients regain the function and confidence of dependable teeth.  Most people take for granted the work that natural teeth perform over the years, from every smile to every dinner savored. For patients faced with tooth loss, these seemingly small functions can be difficult to give up.

Dental implants are also considered to be the standard of care for complete denture patients. With implants, less pink plastic is used on the denture, allowing for a more natural feel and better taste of your favorite meals.

Dental implants attach artificial teeth directly to the jaw using three components: the anchor embedded into the bone (the implant), the post or abutment, and the crown.  Implants can replace one or more teeth and provide support and retention for a denture, giving you more confidence and comfort.  The implant process can take up to a year from start to finish, but when completed, it helps to create natural-looking teeth that feel as secure as your own.  Implants can last a lifetime with appropriate oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist.

Dentures

Complete dentures are used to replace teeth when there are no teeth remaining.  Dental implants can also be placed to retain complete dentures.  This provides extra retention during everyday functions such as eating and speaking. 

A partial denture is a removable dental appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth.  It can be attached to existing teeth with clasps. 

If your natural teeth need to be removed, we will have your dentures made and ready for you on the day of your surgery so you can seamlessly transition to better oral functionality.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric DentistOur doctors and staff love working with children.  We understand that a visit to the dentist can be scary for a child and we will make sure your child has a pleasant experience.

Mouth Guards Night Guards

Custom designed mouth guards and night guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit your tooth's natural contour.  Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, teeth and oral soft tissues during physical activity and sports.  Night guards are recommended for patients who clench or grind their teeth at night to protect their teeth and bite.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry includes procedures that correct imperfections or enhance the appearance of the mouth.  Tooth color, alignment and spacing, as well as regularity of the teeth are the characteristics that contribute to a beautiful smile.  Any of these characteristics can be enhanced in a variety of ways to provide a stunning new smile.

Invisalign®

Invisalign® is the invisible alternative to braces for straightening your teeth.  It uses a series of clear, removable aligners to straighten teeth.  Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks, and removed during eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.  Treatment time varies from 9-18 months.  Invisalign is great for adults and teenagers.

Tooth Whitening

Tooth whitening is a popular procedure to make teeth whiter and brighter, and therefore more attractive. Bleaching can be used to whiten stained and discolored teeth, or simply to enhance a dull smile.  Tooth whitening is a safe, effective procedure ideal for most patients.

Orthodontics for Children

While there is no exact age for children to begin orthodontic treatment, around age seven is typically the best time to start a discussion with your dental provider. By this age, most children have a mix of baby teeth and adult teeth, making it easier for the dentist to diagnose and correct tooth and jaw problems.

Early treatment allows your dentist to:

  • Correct and guide the growth of your child's jaw to help the permanent teeth come in straight
  • Regulate the width of the upper and lower arches
  • Create more space for crowded teeth
  • Avoid the need for permanent tooth extractions later in life
  • Correct thumb sucking and help improve minor speech problems

Orthodontics for Teens

How long will I or my child have to wear braces?
The amount of time it takes to treat your smile with braces depends on three key factors:

  • Early treatment — Early treatment allows your dentist to monitor the growth of the jaw and recommend further orthodontic treatment if it becomes necessary. Not everybody receives early orthodontic treatment, and in some cases it may be recommended that a patient wait until they are older to receive treatment.
  • What needs correction — The amount of treatment needed to correct a problem will determine how long the process takes. Different patients react to treatments differently, so while it may take one patient only 12 months to complete their treatment; it may take another patient 24 months. Treatment times can vary depending on how quickly your body responds and how much work is needed to give you the smile you expect. 
  • YOU! — Your willingness to use the appliances your dentist gives you plays a major role in the length of time it takes to complete your treatment. Always remember to take care of your braces and appliances; this truly will help make your treatment shorter!

Orthodontic Treatment for Adults

Orthodontic treatment is no longer just for teens. Many adults are choosing to receive treatment because they understand the importance of maintaining their health, and they want to feel better about their appearance. Adults everywhere are taking advantage of the opportunity to receive orthodontic care, and now you can too.

Common reasons why adults are considering orthodontic treatment:

  • A bad bite or malocclusion, causing teeth to fit together incorrectly
  • Teeth are crowded or spaced apart, possibly leading to tooth decay or gum disease
  • Abnormal jaw pain or pressure that is caused by crooked teeth
  • Desire for a healthier mouth and a more confident smile