The Power of Preventive Dental Care
Prevention is the most-practiced concept in general and family dentistry. The most common and destructive dental health issues—namely, tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease—are progressive. They develop as minor infections, and then gradually progress into severe diseases. By preventing them from forming in the first place, you can avoid the damage that they can cause (including tooth loss, in severe cases).
Preventive dentistry also allows us to inspect your jawbone and other oral structures for signs of bite issues, such as bruxism (habitual teeth-grinding) and TMJ disorder (a dysfunction in your jaw). If not treated, bruxism and TMJ disorder can severely damage your teeth and/or jaw joints and muscles, leading to severe chronic discomfort and increasingly worse oral health problems.
Dental Checkups and Cleanings
Your routine checkups and dental cleanings are two-part appointments. During your visit, we will thoroughly examine your teeth, gums, and oral tissues, then perform a comprehensive cleaning to rid your teeth of bacteria-rich plaque and tartar (which is calcified plaque). Using advanced imaging technology, like digital X-rays and intraoral cameras, we can perform a detailed inspection of your teeth and mouth to spot signs of potentially troublesome issues.
During your cleaning session, our talented hygienist will carefully and effectively clean every surface of your teeth, including along and underneath your gum line. The bacteria hidden within plaque and tartar are the forces behind most dental health issues, and regular dental cleanings are the only way to effectively manage oral bacteria in the long-run.
Oral Appliances for Bite Management
Bruxism and TMJ disorder are closely-related. Excessively grinding your teeth can overly-strain your jaw’s joints (TMJs), which can lead to joint damage and TMJ disorder. On the other hand, the discomfort of TMJ disorder can cause your jaw muscles to shift and spasm, forcing your teeth to grind against each other. Whether you exhibit one or both symptoms, we can help you find relief with personalized bruxism treatment and/or TMJ treatment. In most cases, a custom-made mouthguard can help protect your teeth from grinding against each other as you sleep, or help your jaws rest in a more comfortable position to lessen the pressure on your TMJs.