It may seem basic and routine, but getting your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist is one of the most important reasons to visit us. Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. Soft and sticky plaque can usually be mostly removed by regular brushing. But plaque hardens into tartar, and your typical toothbrush and floss aren't enough to take care of it. Why is that bad? Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of the teeth. If it's not removed by a professional, you are at greater risk for more serious problems with your teeth and gums in the future. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Get your teeth cleaned regularly; it's an easy, important way you can stay healthy!
It used to be that teeth with damaged roots or infection had to be extracted. The consequent problems this can cause should be avoided whenever possible. That's where root canal therapy comes in. We are well trained in this procedure, which fixes a tooth by removing its pulp chamber and replacing it with a special filling material. This is often necessary when dental decay or infection reaches the nerve of the tooth and is beyond the solution of a simple filling. With modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are far more comfortable than their reputation indicates.
You may have heard the term "temporomandibular joint disorder," also known as TMJ or TMD. When someone has a bad bite, called a dental malocclusion, this can cause a variety of discomfort including aching or popping jaws, headaches, shoulder pain, and neck pain. There are many potential causes for this, such as lost teeth due to accident or disease, grinding of enamel that changes tooth shape and how they fit together, and other misalignments that prevent your jaw from settling into a naturally relaxed position. Poor positioning is a major cause of tension in the jaw muscles, resulting in a variety of pain. We will evaluate all the potential causes of your TMD and present specific solutions that can improve your quality of life dramatically.
Our teeth and gums change as we age, just like the rest of our bodies. Plaque can accumulate, and tooth enamel darkens from years of consuming tobacco, tea, or coffee. Common medications taken by seniors can reduce saliva flow, which can worsen gum disease and decay if not treated. We have simple resolutions for this condition. Old fillings can weaken or crack, and we have a safe removal system that minimizes your exposure to mercury vapor and metal particulates. Regular check-ups help us stay on top of these as well as concerns about root decay or gum disease. If you have red or bleeding gums or your teeth feel loose, don't put off scheduling your next appointment.
We know how important it is to have natural-looking, solidly fitting dentures that don't move around when you talk or eat. We use a breakthrough technique to design custom dentures for you that involves securely anchoring the denture plate to eliminate worry about the foods you eat or shifty dentures in your day-to-day life. If you are a denture-wearer, be sure to ask us about this. It will make your life so much easier.
Dental health and overall wellness are inextricably linked, and in few cases is this more true than with our diabetic patients. When gum disease is allowed to grow untreated, it makes blood sugar levels in diabetics even harder to regulate. Being diabetic also makes gum disease more likely and progress faster in a vicious cycle. Not all dentists are trained properly to care for diabetics, but this is part of our holistic approach that takes into account every aspect of your health. Call us today for a complimentary consultation about dentistry for diabetics. No one here will ever be critical if you've put off dental treatment. You can be assured of compassionate and completely non-judgmental care. We can help.
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 (734) 572-4428.