Dentistry for Adults

Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body

We know that your oral health is about maintaining healthy teeth and gums as much as it is about looking your best. Did you know most tooth loss isn’t caused by decay? Gum disease is the main culprit, and recent studies have established a link between gum disease and your overall health. The good news is that gum disease can be treated successfully, often without surgery. Our commitment to you includes paying meticulous attention to all of your needs so you look your best and have optimum health, mouth and body together.

Hygiene Visits – The Number One Reason to Visit the Dentist

One of the most important reasons to visit the dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Over time, plaque forms on teeth and builds into tartar. Most of the soft, sticky plaque can usually be removed with regular brushing. But plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the scope of your typical toothbrush and floss. Tartar also can accumulate below the gumline in addition to the surface of the teeth. If plaque isn’t removed, you risk more serious problems with your teeth and gums later on. Recent research links untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. Getting your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep by Controlling Your Sleep Apnea and Snoring Disorder

Far more than an annoyance, snoring is often the primary symptom of a serious condition called obstructive sleep apnea. When the airway is fully or partially blocked by the tongue falling backward during sleep, it causes the vibration we call snoring. The body struggles to obtain air, but will usually get just enough so there will be very little harm. However, this condition is one of the signs that sleep apnea could be right around the corner.

Apnea episodes often occur 30 to 60 times per night, but that number can climb into the hundreds. Oxygen deprivation causes people to feel exhausted when they wake up, as though they haven’t really been sleeping. Fighting for air most of the night leaves them tired, irritable, and headachy. The lower oxygen levels also strain the heart.

Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are medical problems, so we make sure your individual situation is fully addressed by starting with an objective medical assessment. After referral from a physician, you’ll receive a thorough examination by our doctor, who will discuss all options, advantages, limitations, and consequences. Oral appliances can reduce the health risks common to sleep apnea without surgery or medication. There is a 96% success rate for people treated with these appliances.

Seniors Require Unique Dental Care

As our bodies age and change, so do our teeth and gums. Darkness results from years of plaque buildup or consumption of tea, coffee, or tobacco. We have procedures that can combat these problems. Medications often have a side effect of reduced saliva, which can hasten decay. There are simple products that can help this condition. Older fillings can weaken or crack, but regular check-ups will allow us to stay on top of any potential issues before they get too serious. Gum disease and root decay can be major problems in seniors. Daily cleaning and good nutrition are critical for healthy gums. If your gums become red or begin to bleed or your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.

Minimizing the Risk of Oral Cancer

There isn’t much discussion about the statistic that oral cancer causes one death every hour in America, and this mortality rate hasn’t changed for 40 years. But it’s not all bad news. Early detection of oral cancer means a 90% cure rate. That’s why we conduct a visual screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If the doctor or hygienist sees anything that gives them cause for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could literally save your life!

TMJ/TMD – Say 'Good-bye' to Headaches and Jaw Pain with Proper Bite Alignment Treatment

Dental occlusion (i.e. your bite) is sometimes the cause of shoulder or neck pain, frequent headaches, and aching or popping jaws. This can result when teeth have been ground down over time or lost due to accident or dental disease. Then your jaw is unable to settle into a naturally relaxed position, causing tension in the muscles in the jaw. This in turn often leads to a variety of pain. Many people just grow accustomed to living with it. But restoring your dental occlusion can allow the jaw to return to the position nature intended. This highly technical procedure, known as a full mouth rehabilitation, is available in our office. If you have been living with the pain and discomfort described above, we invite you to discover the benefits that this procedure may bring to your quality of life.

Third Molar Extractions

Third molars, commonly known as wisdom teeth, develop later than other adult teeth, usually between ages 17 and 25. These teeth are located at the very back of the mouth, often causing impaction if they don’t fit in the arch of the upper or lower jaw. Impaction does not allow the tooth to grow straight up; instead, it becomes enclosed in the jaw bone. This can create a range of problems, as they push and crowd other teeth, making them grow in improperly. Cavities easily develop as they are difficult to keep clean. Infection can even occur in the jaw bone. The best solution is to have them removed as soon as they develop, before these problems and the density of the jaw bone increases, making it more difficult to extract them.

Does Xylitol Really Reduce Cavities?

A natural substance found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables, xylitol is also produced by our own bodies at a rate of 5 to 10 grams every day. It’s known to be effective in combating tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Clinical testing over 25 years has confirmed that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. It has been endorsed by dental associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia, and the Netherlands.

Xylitol is available in the form of mouthwash, toothpaste, chewing gum, tablets, or even candy. It’s also very helpful for those suffering allergies and also comes in a nasal spray. In our practice we offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. The results have been amazing. If you want fewer cavities and better upper respiratory health, ask us about xylitol!

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 (210) 590-4100.