Even the most conscientious daily brushing and flossing cannot eradicate all the plaque from your teeth. In just 48 hours, plaque can harden into tartar, a stubborn substance that can only be removed professionally. Both plaque and tartar contain bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease. This is why it is so important that you schedule regular dental cleanings with a trusted practitioner. During your dental cleaning at our office, a hygienist will remove plaque and tartar, helping to lower your risk of gum disease and tooth decay. Your hygienist will also answer any questions you have about brushing, flossing, and the best practices for at-home oral hygiene.
Oral exams, or dental checkups, are necessary every six months to remain vigilant about the onset of any dental issues. We want to find and treat problems in their earliest stages to avoid complications. During your checkup at our office, we may take low-radiation digital x-rays and intraoral images of your teeth. Your doctor will review your oral and medical history, current medications, and any symptoms you are currently experiencing. He will then evaluate your teeth, gums, soft tissues, and jaw joints. If the doctor discovers anything of concern, he will explain his findings and work with you to develop an optimal treatment plan.
We believe that you and your family deserve the best dentistry available, so our doctors continually investigate and implement the latest technology. We offer tools that enhance comfort, convenience, and clinical precision for our patients. For instance, our CEREC® machine designs and fabricates custom, all-ceramic dental crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. CEREC® produces restorations in about an hour, enabling us to place them the same day they are made. We also use digital x-rays, which require 80 percent less radiation than traditional technology. Finally, we typically use an air abrasion device to place fillings. This is the gentle modern alternative to the dental drill, and air abrasion treatment often requires no anesthetic.
TMJ Disorder Treatment
Do you suffer from migraines, earaches, or jaw pain? Some patients who exhibit these symptoms are actually suffering from a disorder of the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, called TMJ disorder. Our doctors utilize a variety of methods of TMJ disorder treatment, in some cases including the use of an oral appliance that repositions and stabilizes the jaw. The stabilization of the jaw joint serves two purposes. The first is pain relief: when tense and overworked jaw muscles can finally relax, TMJ pain subsides. The second purpose is to help "reprogram" jaw muscles to hold the joint in proper alignment. TMJ is a complex disorder with a variety of causes, and it manifests in myriad ways. It is important to seek treatment from a skilled practitioner who has experience successfully managing TMJ.
Loud, chronic snoring can negatively affect your sleep quality as well as the sleep of your partner. Snoring is caused when soft tissues in the throat vibrate as air passes in and out of your lungs while you sleep. To gently move these soft tissues out of the path of airflow, we can provide you with an oral appliance known as a sleep guard. This device will gently hold your lower jaw in a forward position as you sleep, preventing soft tissues from interfering with your breathing, and helping to eliminate snoring. With a sleep guard, you can enjoy a more restful night's sleep, improved daytime alertness, and a happier partner.
The best dentistry is preventive, because it reduces the risk of patients developing dental and oral health issues that require restorative treatment. In accordance with the American Dental Association’s recommendations, we advise patients to schedule two checkups and dental cleanings each year, or more frequently if recommended by your dentist. At checkups, your doctor can screen for gum disease, oral cancer, and alignment problems. We advise patients to brush and floss daily and eat a balanced diet with limited sugar to help prevent cavities. We also encourage patients to bring their young children to our office for their first dental cleaning, helping to instill good oral hygiene and alleviate dental anxiety at an early age.