We understand proper oral health is not only about looking your best. It’s about maintaining a healthy smile. Did you know that the cause of most tooth loss is gum disease? Recent medical studies have established a link between gum disease and your overall health. The good news is that gum disease is treatable, often without surgery. We want all of our patients to have excellent oral health.
One of the most important reasons to visit the dental office is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque and tartar build up on teeth over time. Plaque is soft and sticky, but regular brushing can usually remove most of it. However, plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the abilities of a typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the tooth surface. If you don’t remove plaque, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums later. Recent research shows a strong connection between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having your teeth maintained is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Teeth with damaged or infected roots used to require extraction, which can cause problems and should be avoided
when possible. The good news is that we are experienced in advanced root canal therapy.
A root canal is a technique to repair a tooth by removing the pulp chamber in a tooth and replacing it with a filling material. This is often needed when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and a regular filling won’t be suitable. Not too long ago, this situation would have needed an extraction. When dentists began performing root canals, they were dreaded by patients, and the root canal has gotten a reputation as something to avoid. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are generally manageable.
Are you aware there is a link between your dental health and the ability to successfully control blood sugar levels? Did you know that not all dentists are equally prepared to help diabetics maintain their dental health? Untreated gum disease makes diabetes worse, and diabetes worsens gum disease. It’s a vicious cycle. You’ll be happy to know we have received specialized training on dental care for diabetics. Contact us today for a complimentary consultation. We will never criticize you for having put off dental care. You can be certain of compassionate and completely non-judgmental care. Please let us help.
For some time, the silver-mercury amalgam was the traditional filling material used by dentists, and many practices still use it. While they are a reasonable restoration, amalgams have a couple of problems. Metal does not bond well to teeth, so decay will leak into a tooth. The biggest reason many of our patients select white bonded fillings has to do with the way they look. Many patients just don’t want an ugly metal filling in their teeth. We offer modern restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no metals, and will actually strengthen your tooth structure. They also bond securely with the healthy part of the tooth so there is much less chance of future dental decay.
dentistry is built around specific treatment procedures that deal with your jaw joints and how your teeth
mesh together. If your teeth don’t come together properly due to a jaw joint disorder, they can wear down and you may
not be able to correctly chew food. This can also lead to a variety of head and neck pain. Many people with jaw joint
problems clench their teeth during sleep, which can damage teeth or dental work. It does no good to give a patient a
beautiful new smile that can be messed up by a bad bite. We want your teeth to last a lifetime!
We are one of the few dental offices in the area trained extensively in neuromuscular dentistry. We’ve successfully treated many patients who sought pain relief from physicians, chiropractors, and neurologists and have been told they have a difficult case. If you have pain in your temples or jaw muscles, or perhaps suffer from earaches, headaches, or problems with your jaw locking up or making popping sounds, you may be able to benefit from neuromuscular dentistry.
you or someone you know find yourself falling asleep during the day, or snoring loudly or having interrupted breathing
at night, it might be sleep apnea. The standard treatment for sleep apnea has been the CPAP device. The patient is fitted
with a machine that pumps a continuous air stream into the patient’s nose or mouth while sleeping. However, many people
find this machine uncomfortable and they discontinue the mask.
If you have sleep apnea and have difficulty with your CPAP, modern dentistry has new treatment options such as oral appliances. These appliances are compact acrylic devices that fit over the upper and lower teeth much like an orthodontic retainer or mouthguard. They gently realign your tongue and jaw to open the airway and allow more air flow to the lungs. They are easy to use, easy to clean, and convenient for travel. These have been successful for over 90% of the patients who use them and are a replacement for CPAP machines. If you snore or a physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, contact us today to learn more.
is a natural substance found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and vegetables. Our own bodies produce from 5 to 10 grams
each day. Over 25 years of testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It has endorsements from dental
associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
Xylitol can be found in chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, or even candy. It’s also helpful for anyone suffering allergies and even comes in a nasal spray. At our practice we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The results have been astounding. If you want fewer cavities and better upper respiratory health, talk to us about xylitol!
Third molars, also known as wisdom teeth, develop later than other adult teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. These teeth are located in the very back of the mouth, often becoming impacted if they don’t fit in the arch of the upper or lower jaw. Impaction causes the tooth to become enclosed in the jaw bone. This can create a range of problems, as they crowd other teeth, causing improper growth. Cavities may develop as they are difficult to clean. Infection may even occur in the jaw bone. A good solution is to have them removed as soon as they develop, before these issues and the jaw bone density increases, making it more difficult for extraction. We can perform these here in our office, without having to refer you elsewhere for most cases.
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, call us now at (515) 412-4200.