Dentistry for Adults
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Missing teeth pose a sobering risk to your long-term dental health. A root canal can restore teeth with roots that have been injured or infected, situations that used to mean enduring an extraction. A root canal is a procedure that repairs a tooth by removing the pulp chamber and stuffing the space with filling material. This is often unavoidable when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth (or the tooth has become infected), and extends past the recovery of a simple filling. We are skilled in advanced root canal therapy. In the past, the root canal acquired an undeserved reputation as something to be avoided. However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are actually a manageable form of treatment.
Oral health can have larger repercussions on a person’s life than routine cleanings and the occasional filling can address. Many patients who’ve undergone injury, illness, bite problems, or even simple wear and tear can experience chronic problems that they don’t realize started in their mouth. Bruxism (tooth grinding), TMJ, periodontitis, crooked or misshapen teeth, and missing teeth can compound into issues that result in headaches and migraines, toothaches, chronic bad breath, and all of these problems take their toll on your appearance. But you don’t have to live that way.
Dr. Graham or Dr. Rider will talk with you, exploring your concerns, symptoms, and goals. After processing digital X-rays, photos, and imprints of your mouth, they will present options for a treatment plan that is specific to your issues and goals for achieving a healthy, pain-free, beautiful smile. We can also discuss phased treatment and financial planning that will put your desired smile within reach.
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Senior Dental Care is Different
Do you know that gum disease and root decay develops more frequently in seniors? Our teeth mature and deteriorate along with the rest of our bodies. Even our prior dental work weakens and may fracture with age. Ask us about procedures that can fight all of these issues. In addition, growing older typically brings more medications into our lives, which often generate a side effect of reduced saliva flow. There is no reason to suffer with a dry mouth. There are simple products that can ease this condition.
We can even help you reverse the effects of years of plaque buildup, and the dark appearance of teeth subjected to prolonged consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco. Don’t forget, regular check-ups, daily cleaning, and good nutrition are all vital for preserving healthy gums. In fact, if your gums have become red, irritated, or are prone to bleeding, or if your teeth have started to feel loose, please contact us immediately.
Do You Suffer from Headaches, Popping Jaw Joints, or Pain While Eating? Neuromuscular Dentistry May Be the Answer
Neuromuscular dentistry combines specific treatment procedures that explore how your jaw joints and teeth fit together. If your teeth don’t meet correctly due to a jaw joint disorder, they can experience excessive wear and you might not be able to chew your food properly. This can also lead to a variety of head and neck pain issues. Many people with jaw joint problems clamp their teeth at night, which can injure teeth or dental work. It does no good to give a patient an amazing new smile that will then be destroyed by a bad bite. We want your teeth to last a lifetime!
Using neuromuscular dentistry, we’ve successfully treated many patients who have sought relief from their pain. Even patients whose physicians, chiropractors, and neurologists have told them they are a difficult case. If you suffer from aches and pains in your temples or jaw muscles, or perhaps struggle with earaches, headaches, or problems with your jaw locking up or making popping sounds, you may benefit from neuromuscular dentistry.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
If you or a loved one falls asleep throughout the day, snores, or has disrupted breathing during sleep, you or they may be experiencing sleep apnea. The conventional treatment for this disorder is the CPAP device. The patient is equipped with a machine that pumps a continuous flow of air into their nose or mouth during the night. However, many people find this irritating and they stop wearing their mask.
If you have sleep apnea and can’t accept or are irritated by your CPAP, modern dentistry has new treatment options available in the form of oral appliances. These appliances are small acrylic devices that slip over the upper and lower teeth much like an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. They realign your tongue and jaw to open your airway and permit more air flow to your lungs as you sleep. They require little effort to place and remove, are easy to clean, and are convenient for travel. Over 90% of the patients who use them report satisfaction and prefer them as an alternative to their CPAP machines. If you snore or a physician has determined you have sleep apnea, give us a call today.