Phone: (503) 765-7300
601 First Street, Suite A, Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Our Services

We offer a comprehensive line of services. Click below to read more about our services.

Preventive Dental Care

The best way to avoid restorative procedures is to be proactive in your preventive care. Proper tooth care can improve overall health and reduce the need for cosmetic procedures.

Dental Cleanings

Professional cleanings performed by a registered dental hygienist is just as important to your dental health as daily brushing and flossing. Using specialized tools and training, your hygienist or dentist will:

•  Remove plaque build-up from the surfaces of teeth. (Bacteria in the mouth form plaque, which collects on teeth and causes decay, gum disease, and gingivitis.)
•  Remove tartar from teeth surfaces. (Tartar, or calculus, is plaque that has become so hardened on the teeth that its removal requires special procedures. Tartar below the gum line is also an indicator of gum disease.)
•  Remove surface stains from teeth through polishing.

Dental Exams

When it comes to the overall health of your teeth, the best things you can do for yourself is brush, floss and rinse regularly as well as make regular appointments to visit us at Dr. Dose's Family Dental Care here in Lake Oswego. With our help, we can examine the current health of your teeth, detect problems and work to prevent health problems from the occurring. You can avoid coming into the office with big problems and rather attend to the small, treatable discomforts by keeping up with regular dental checkups. Our dental exams are comprehensive evaluations of everything your mouth needs to stay healthy. Our exams include screenings for gum disease and oral cancer, evaluation for decay and gum pocket measurement. We may also perform x-rays to detect and prevent tooth decay, cysts, tumors and hidden problems found in, around and below the surface of your gums.

Periodontal Disease

Gum disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. Because gum disease is usually painless, you may not know you have it. Also referred to as periodontal disease, gum disease is caused by plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on our teeth.

Gum disease accounts for approximately 70% of all tooth loss in adults. Early signs of gum disease include bleeding gums when flossing or brushing and gums that are red, inflamed, or swollen.


X-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Detecting issues with X-rays before they become problems can save you money in the long run by preventing the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect:

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•  Internal tooth decay.
•  Cysts (fluid filled sacks at the base of your teeth).
•  Tumors, both cancerous and non-cancerous.
•  Impacted teeth.
•  Teeth that are still coming in.

Children's Dental Care

Kid happy about his teeth being protected by a dental sealant.Parents of young children naturally want to know how they can ensure their child's health and well-being inside and out. Healthy teeth go a long way to help grow a healthy child. If you want to ensure complete dental health for your child, encourage healthy brushing, flossing and mouth washing habits, schedule consistent visits to our office for checkups and cleanings and consider applying sealants.

Restorative Dentistry

Devoting enough time to tooth care is difficult and sometimes we don't meet our expected regimen. This can lead to cavities and major tooth damage. Restorative dentistry focuses on restoring your teeth to their working order.


Fillings are used to restore tooth damage caused by tooth decay. After removing the decay and cleaning the area the dentist adds filling material. Fillings are made from traditional amalgam (silver colored), gold, or a composite (tooth colored). Composite fillings, in addition to being more esthetically pleasing, bond directly to the tooth surface unlike traditional fillings.


Crowns are used to restore severely damaged teeth due to fracture, decay, or large broken down unserviceable restorations. The crown strengthens the tooth structure and helps prevent future decay. Crowns also improve the tooth's look, shape, and alignment. Crowns are used to:
•  Restore a fractured tooth.
•  Restore a tooth severely damaged by decay.
•  Protect a tooth from fracture.
•  Cover a discolored or unattractive tooth.
•  Cover a dental implant.
•  Anchor a bridge.

Dr. Nicholas Dose uses dental crowns for restoring severely decayed or fractured teeth. First, he removes the damaged portion of the tooth. Then, a unique mold is taken and used to manufacture a crown out of gold or porcelain to fit the healthy tooth remains almost perfectly. The crown is then fixed into place with special cement.

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is composed of a ceramic resin that is brushed onto the tooth and hardened with intense light. Prior to bonding application the tooth surface must be prepared to accept the bonding. This is accomplished by roughening the tooth surface and applying a gel to micro-etch the surface. A primer agent is then applied so the bond will adhere properly. Dental bonding is used for:
•  Repairing tooth decay damage.
•  Improve tooth alignment.
•  Fill gaps between teeth.
•  Cosmetic reasons (improve tooth appearance).

Root Canal Therapy

A root canal becomes needed when tooth decay is so badly neglected it reaches the tooth pulp. Once the pulp is infected it cannot heal on its own. Sometimes tooth trauma such as a fracture can lead to the need for a root canal as well. In addition to being painful, untreated infections can reach the root tip and compromise the entire immune system. Symptoms of pulp infections may be:
•  Sensitivity to hot/cold.
•  Sensitivity to sweets.
•  Pain, especially when biting.
•  Swelling.
•  Bad taste in the mouth.

A root canal procedure includes cleaning out the infected pulp, disinfecting the canals and filling the void with a rubber like substance to prevent further infection. Sometimes a crown is recommended to restore the tooth shape, look, and to strengthen the tooth structure.

Sleep Apnea

At our Lake Oswego practice, we understand what it's like to have a bad night's sleep. We know what it's like to get out of bed to start the day, when you have not slept a wink all night. The rest of your day is spent in a complete haze and compensating with cup after cup of coffee. You are tired enough to pass out and yet, as soon as you get to bed, you cannot seem to shut off. How are you supposed to function without sleep? The truth is, you can't. Sleep deprivation is a real condition that affects a huge majority of the population. Sometimes it is caused by stress, inconsistent scheduling, or in the case of patients who have "always had trouble sleeping" they may be suffering from an undiagnosed sleep disorder.

Without at least eight hours of sleep a night, you become at risk for low productivity in the workplace, high vulnerability to illness, inability to heal from injuries, aggressive and impulsive behavior and even dangerous driving habits. Should you get pulled over for the way you are driving, "I'm just tired" is not an accepted excuse. The law considers sleepy driving just as dangerous as drunk driving. If you consistently sleep less than eight hours a night, Dr. Nicholas Dose is here to help you get back on a healthy sleep schedule.

Cosmetic Dentistry

With state-of-the-art materials, and tested, trusted dental techniques, cosmetic dentistry improves appearance and enhances self-esteem. Composite fillings have replaced traditional silver colored amalgams, while gold has given way to porcelain in the creation of bridges. Other techniques like teeth whitening and veneers can improve the color and/or shape of your natural smile.

Teeth Whitening

Whiter teeth, better smile and the confidence to brighten people's days.

Cosmetic Bonding

Cosmetic bonding rebuilds chips and fills in gaps with a resin that can be colored to blend with the surrounding teeth. The bonding adheres directly to the surface of the tooth and is hardened in place with bright ultraviolet light.

Cosmetic dental bonding may require replacement due to wear and gradual discoloration over time. For this reason some patients prefer more permanent solutions such as dental crowns, bridges, and porcelain veneers. All these options should be discussed with your dentist.

Dental Bridges

Bridges are used to replace a missing tooth in both a cosmetic and functional fashion. A bridge structure is one or more artificial teeth anchored in place by natural teeth, crowns, or implants, on each side of the bridge. Using a bridge to fill the gap from missing teeth helps restore proper bite and prevent teeth from shifting to fill the gap (which may lead to additional bite and jaw joint issues). Bridges can be constructed from gold, porcelain and metal, or all ceramic. Ceramic bridge color is made to match your natural tooth color. Material choice will depend on structural requirements, wear, and esthetics. Bridges are used to:

•  Replace missing teeth.
•  Prevent teeth from shifting.
•  Correct bite issues due to missing teeth.
•  Help prevent jaw joint problems from altered bite.
•  Improve appearance (cosmetic reasons).

Dental Implants

Assembled and exploded views of a dental implant with crown.They are natural-looking and provide the functionality of a normal tooth. Dental Implants require the same maintenance as a normal tooth; brushing, flossing, and regular check-ups. Dental implants can replace missing or severely damaged teeth and can be used to secure restorations like dentures and dental bridges. Patients with dental implants often have greater satisfaction and results than other types of dental restorations.

Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are custom crafted porcelain laminates fitted by a dentist over the front of an existing tooth. They bond directly to the front of the tooth, dramatically enhancing its shape, color, and appearance.
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601 First Street, Suite A
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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