Dear Patients of Dental Health Works,
The health and safety of our patients, staff and community are of utmost importance to
us. As always, we are following OSHA, CDC, and ADA guidelines for infection control and
treatment of our patients.
-We will ask that we speak with you on the phone prior to your appointment to review
protocol and screening questions.
-Per NH State requirements please wear a mask coving your mouth and nose when you enter the office.
-Arrive right on time for your scheduled appointment. In order to maintain proper
social distancing we ask that only the patient enter the office. Friends, family etc are
asked to wait outside. Benches and tables are just outside our doors.
-Children or patients requiring assistance may be accompanied by 1 adult.
We look forward to seeing you and are happy to answer any questions you may
have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient safe in our practice.
We thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time.
The Staff of Dental Health Works
Founded in 2002, Dental Health Works opened its doors to help meet the oral health needs of Cheshire County, which at the time, was a Dental Professional Shortage area. Since then we have grown to be a full service dental provider and have helped thousands of residents in our region. Our mission is to help provide dental care to the residents of Cheshire County who have limited access to oral health services, though all are welcome at Dental Health Works!
Cheshire Smiles, our region’s only school-based preventive dental hygiene program, is a service of Dental Health Works. Children seen at their school by our staff may continue their care here at our offices. For over 20 years Cheshire Smiles has served the children of the Monadnock region.
Whether you’re looking for a new dentist, have a toothache, need a cleaning, or have other dental needs … you’ve come to the right place. Dental Health Works’ caring dentists, hygienists and the rest of our dental team are ready to take care of you. We accept a broad range of insurance plans, work with those who are uninsured and are a New Hampshire Medicaid Provider. Adults and children of all ages are welcome.
We offer a full range of general and family dentistry services. Give us a call and we will be happy to set up an appointment for you!
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.
When decay develops in a tooth it is necessary to remove the decayed tooth structure and
replace it with a restoration.
Resin (white) fillings: Resin or white fillings are made of a composite material which
comes in different shades so that they can be designed to match the shading and color of your natural teeth. When resin fillings are placed, the decay is removed from the tooth and the material is bonded to the natural tooth and then shaped so it looks like your original healthy tooth.
Amalgam (silver) fillings: Amalgam or silver fillings are made of an alloy of metals
including mercury. Amalgam comes in only one color, silver. When a tooth is restored with amalgam, the decay is removed and then grooves are carved in to the remaining tooth in order to mechanically hold the filling in place.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. Porcelain crowns can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
Have a tooth ache? Call us - we have same day and next day appointments that fit your schedule. Not sure if your dental problem is an emergency? Please call and tell us your symptoms. Even injuries that seem small can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth
A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.
Your Child's First Visit
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see a dentist on or after his first birthday. An examination on a one-or two-year-old child doesn’t involve a lot of teeth and can be done very quickly. Very few children need to have their teeth cleaned at that age. However, an actual cleaning can be done while demonstrating oral hygiene to parents. The focus on the dental well child visit is to very easily examine the infant and educating the parent.
Partial or complete dentures are necessary when teeth are extracted. This can happen due to extensive decay, periodontal disease or an accident.
When complete dentures are needed, a patient has two choices, immediate or conventional.
Immediate Dentures are placed right after the extractions are done. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of having teeth during this healing period, it is very unlikely that they will fit well after the mouth has healed. Most likely, it will be necessary to either redo the part of the denture that sits on the gums, called a reline or to make a new denture completely.
There are several reasons why teeth need to be extracted. Sometimes, the tooth is decayed
beyond the point where it can not be restored. Other times, the nerve has died or been damaged,
in which case the options would be root canal therapy and a crown or extraction of a tooth.
At Dental Health Works we perform simple extractions of all types of teeth using local anesthesia. This enables you to drive yourself to and from the appointment.
Most patients for whom we perform extractions don't have the need for prescription pain medication.
Dr. Stephen Hoffman
Dr. Kyle Dunmire
Deanna, Dawn, Traci
69 V Island Street
Keene, NH 03431
Monday – Thursday : 8AM – 5PM
Friday : 8AM – 12PM
Saturday and Sunday : Closed