Dr. Cory has loved working in the field of Dentistry since 2005. He graduated from Temple University and was chosen as a member of the Stomatognathic and Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Honor society. His practice currently sees a wide spectrum of general dentistry, with both children and adults. He enjoys providing comprehensive care from basic fillings to more involved treatment such as same day CADCAM Crowns. He also enjoys oral surgery including extractions, implant placement, bone grafting, and sinus lift treatment.His true passion since entering dental school has been providing humanitarian dental service. He has visited Honduras and Haiti and has also worked with domestic organizations including Colorado Mission of Mercy and Medical Teams International.

Dr. Cory was raised in the Utah Valley and enjoys many extracurricular activities including mountain biking, soccer, running and swimming. He has a beautiful family! Mindy, his wife, is very active in raising their five children and still finds time to bake delicious treats, teach exercise classes, and quilt.

Sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry enables us to provide a wide variety of dental treatment safely and comfortably for our patients. At Johnston Dental Care sedation dentistry is available for a broad spectrum of reasons, ranging from dental anxiety, difficulty sitting long periods of time or even difficulty getting or staying numb. With any procedure, necessary precautions are taken prior to sedation to meet the patients’ needs medically. The forms of sedation we offer include nitrous oxide, oral sedation and general sedation. General sedation is available for patients who are in need. Johnston Dental Care is available to do general sedation on site with the assistance of an anesthesiologist. During general sedation, the patient will be asleep for the dental procedure and be woken up once the procedure is complete. General sedation is normally administered intravenously or by inhalation by an anesthetist who also monitors the patient’s vital signs (breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, temperature) during the procedure. While under general anesthesia, a patient is unable to feel pain and will likely wake with some short-term amnesia (memory loss). Each patient recovers in office while monitoring vital signs before being released. With general sedation, a driver will be needed to transport the patient home after the procedure.

Oral Cancer Screening Examination

An oral cancer screening examination protocol has been developed for use by both dental and medical professionals. The different environments of practice will dictate obvious differences in the equipment and manner in which the examination is conducted. However, all aspects of this thorough examination are applicable to both types of practitioners to ensure that a complete assessment of the patient has been accomplished. Clinicians use instruments and direct examination to perform a thorough examination. A complete head and neck exam can be done in 5 minutes. Our doctors and Hygienist’s do this on a regular basis and are more than happy to answer questions if you have any.

Implant Placement and Restoration

Whether you are missing one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth, Dental implants offer a state-of-the-art, reliable solution to provide you a healthy, natural-looking smile.
Dental implants help prevent bone loss, avoid shifting teeth and changes in facial structure, and maintain the health of remaining natural teeth and your overall long-term oral health.

At Johnston Dental Care we place Straumann Implants based out of Massachusetts, United States. Straumann dental implants are one of the most well documented systems with more than 30 years of extensive scientific and clinical evidence.

Types of Implants Placed:

 Straumann SLActive® is an advanced implant surface designed to bond faster with bone, reduce healing time and increase the predictability of implant treatment.

 Straumann Roxolid® is the first Titanium Zirconium alloy designed for dental implants and provides improved strength2 over Straumann’s Titanium implants, offering a new option for patients with limited bone or narrow spaces between teeth.

Restoring Implants:

Restoring implants can be done in several different ways depending on the patient’s needs.

  • Replacement of single tooth with implant and crown
  • Replacement of multiple teeth
  • Replacement of all teeth

Pediatric Dental Care

When it comes to children, Johnston Dental Care can help you determine when your children’s first dental appointments should be as well as help you introduce them to our family friendly dental environment. When it comes to dental care for kids, Dr. Johnston is know in the Grants Pass and Southern Oregon community as the dentist with a gentle touch, which by the way, many of our adult patients appreciate. If you just moved here or are considering changing dentists, please take a look at our convenient downloadable child dental history form.

Q Which type of toothbrush should I use?

The brand of the toothbrush is not as critical as the type of bristle and the size of the head. A soft toothbrush with a small head is recommended because medium and hard brushes tend to cause irritation and contribute to recession of the gums, and a small head allows you to get around each tooth more completely and is less likely to injure your gums. It’s unnecessary to “scrub” the teeth as long as you are brushing at least twice a day and visiting your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings.

Q Is one toothpaste better than others?

Generally, no. However, it’s advisable to use a fluoride containing toothpaste to decrease the incidence of dental decay. We recommend our patients use what tastes good to them as long as it contains fluoride.

Q What’s the difference between a “crown” and a “cap”?

These are restorations to repair a severely broken tooth by covering all or most of the tooth after removing old fillings, fractured tooth structure, and all decay. The restoration material is made of gold, porcelain, composites, or even stainless steel. Dentists refer to all of these restorations as “crowns”. However, patients often refer to the tooth-colored ones as “caps” and the gold or stainless steel ones as “crowns”.

Q How often should I floss?

Flossing of the teeth once per day helps to prevent cavities from forming between the teeth where your toothbrush can’t reach. Flossing also helps to keep your gums healthy.

Q What’s the difference between a “bridge” and a “partial denture”?

Both bridges and partial dentures replace missing teeth. A bridge is permanently attached to abutment teeth or, in some cases, implants. A partial denture is attached by clasps to the teeth and is easily removed by the patient. Patients are usually more satisfied with bridges than with partial dentures

Q Do I need to have a root canal just because I have to have a crown?

No. While most teeth which have had root canal treatments do need crowns to strengthen the teeth and to return the teeth to normal form and function, not every tooth needing a crown also needs to have a root canal.

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