Preventive and Diagnostic
Pre-formed, ready-to-wear mouth guards can be purchased inexpensively at many sporting stores, but they do not always fit well. They can be uncomfortable and can interfere with talking and even breathing.
Sporting goods stores also offer semi-custom mouth guards in which the plastic is heated and then the athlete bites on it while still warm to provide some level of custom fit.
Our office can make a custom mouth guard by taking an impression of your teeth and then creating a device fitted to your mouth for the highest level of both comfort and protection. A custom fitted mouthguard can be particularly important for athletes who wear braces.
Be sure to bring your mouthguard to your dental appointments, so we can be sure it still fits you well.
For multiple missing teeth, an implant may be used to anchor the bridge. Learn More About Implant Supported Bridges
Once a tooth is lost there is a negative impact on appearance as well as health. Dental implants are the replacement of tooth roots which provide a strong foundation for fixed or removable replacement teeth.
We would be happy to assist in your decision making process of dental implants!
To start, we take multiple impressions of your jaws, measuring to ensure accuracy and determine size and space relative to each other. We then replicate the shape and position of your jaw into models for you test out multiple times before we cast your perfect set.
Signs It’s Time for Dentures
- Tooth Decay – When a tooth becomes unsalvageable, it rots deep enough to touch a nerve, causing great pain and discomfort.
- Gum inflammation – Flares up with symptoms like tenderness, redness, bleeding or swelling of the gums.
- Bone Loss – rears its ugly head through shifting or loose teeth.
- Missing Teeth – As teeth go missing, people feel greater pressure on other teeth.
- Difficulty Eating – When chewing becomes challenging to break down hard or chewy food, severe aches can happen.
Advantages of Dentures
- Functional – Dentures are primarily made to help you feel zero discomfort while chewing, but they serve a much greater utility. They are comfortable, slip-resistant, and give you a great confidence to go about your daily activities, such as eating and talking, without skipping a beat.
- Great Looking – Manufactured in porcelain or plastic materials, dentures lend a natural appearance to your teeth and ensure you’re always ready to crack a beautiful smile.
- Partial Dentures – These most often consist of replacement teeth connected to a pink (gum colored) plastic base. This solution comes in handy for patients with one or multiple existing natural teeth
- Complete Dentures (CD) – Patients with all their teeth extracted are perfect candidates for complete dentures. CD come in immediate and conventional varieties. Immediate dentures can be worn directly after tooth removal and are molded before your procedure. CD are the more affordable option, but they require more adjustments over time after you jaw heals fully.
Metal braces made from stainless steel brackets and wires remain the most popular choice for braces and are very effective.
Self-ligating brackets have some advantages over traditional metal braces. The primary difference is that they do not use elastics or metal ties to connect the archwire to the brackets. There are several potential benefits to choosing self-ligating brackets if it is determined that they are a good option for your treatment.
- Aesthetics – Brackets may appear smaller than traditional brackets.
- Cleaning – The absence of elastics and ties can make these braces easier to clean than traditional braces although special care to daily cleaning and maintenance is important with any type of orthodontic treatment.
- Time – Adjustment appointments are often shorter with this efficient system and overall treatment time can sometimes be reduced compared to traditional orthodontic treatments.
When are lasers used?
- Teeth Whitening
- Referred to as power whitening, we place a rubber dam over your teeth to protect your gums and then paint a bleaching product onto your teeth. We then take the laser and shine it on your teeth, thus activating the whitening chemical. The power of the laser accelerates the chemical reaction which causes the color to change in usually around one hour, and whitening can last for many years.
- Tooth Decay
- When you are suffering from symptoms of tooth decay, it was once accepted that you would be forced to undergo painful and costly surgery to fix the issues. Lasers are a more sensitive means of targeting and treating tissue decay, often rendering the removal of tooth bits with a drill unnecessary.
- Gum Disease
- When applied to gum tissue, the laser removes the inflamed (or infected) area of your gums from around the root of your tooth. One the root is exposed, we will scrape off the gunk and plaque that have accumulated below the gumline. Lasers are precise in targeting infected areas, may help you avoid anesthetics, and allow you quicker healing time. Plus, it’s less invasive and can reduce pain, swelling, and bleeding.
- If we determine you have a suspicious area of soft tissue, lasers are a very useful tool at instantly removing lesions, which are tissue damaged through injury or disease.
Disadvantages of Lasers
Lasers are unable to be used in many garden variety dental procedures such as filling cavities between teeth and around old fillings among others. In some instances, lasers still require the use of a drill to complete operations.
Snoring can be a problem for both children and adults. Although it may be perceived as a small nuisance or inconvenience, disrupted sleep is a problem that may need to be addressed. The use of a snore guard during sleep is often a simple and effective solution.
To treat TMJ disorders, first the cause has to be identified. In less severe cases, TMJ disorders can be treated with self-managed care (eating soft foods, using ice packs, avoiding extreme jaw movement) or nonsurgical treatments (anti-inflammatory medications, Botox® injections, stabilization splints).