Dentistry for Adults
Hygiene Visits – Our Most Vital Service
It may seem basic and routine, but getting your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist is one of the most important reasons to visit us. Plaque and tartar form on teeth over time. Regular brushing can usually remove most of the soft and sticky plaque, but it hardens into tartar, and your typical toothbrush and floss aren’t enough to take care of it. Why is that bad? Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of the teeth. If it’s not removed by a professional, you are at greater risk for more serious problems with your teeth and gums in the future. Recent research shows a definite link between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Get your teeth cleaned regularly; it’s an easy, important way you can stay healthy!
To Your Overall Health and Vitality
There are a number of studies linking heart disease, stroke, and other serious conditions to the presence of gum disease. This research shows that dental health is more than just a nice smile and no toothaches. From having strong teeth to properly chew food, to healthy gums that perform their protective function, excellent dental health is an important component to the overall wellness and vitality of your body. In recognition of this importance of dental health, we have implemented a revolutionary new process that goes beyond the “diagnose and repair problems” approach that is common in the dental profession. With this process, your dental health (and particularly your gum health) is tracked on graphs from visit to visit and maintained in our computer, where you have a visual history of your oral health. From there, you and the doctor can set health goals. Our practice works with you, much like a coach or trainer, in achieving those goals.
No Metals in Our Fillings
The restoration material most commonly used by dentists for years has been an amalgam filling of silver-mercury. This works fine, but doesn’t adhere well to the tooth enamel, allowing decay to seep into the tooth. Many patients are unhappy with the dark fillings in their teeth that are very noticeable when speaking, smiling, or laughing. We use only composite resin filling material that can be matched to the shade of your natural teeth. It is barely noticeable and enhances your smile. It does not contain any metal and bonds very tightly to teeth to minimize any chance of decay.
Do you Suffer from Headaches, Popping Jaw Joints, or Pain While Eating? Neuromuscular Dentistry May Be the Answer
Neuromuscular dentistry consists of specific treatment procedures that deal with your jaw joints and how your teeth mesh together. If your teeth don’t come together just right due to a jaw joint disorder, they can become worn down and you may not be able to chew your food correctly. This can also cause a variety of head and neck pain. Many people with jaw joint problems clench their teeth at night, which can damage teeth or dental work. It does no good to give a patient a beautiful new smile that will then be destroyed by a bad bite. We want your teeth to last a lifetime!
We are trained extensively in neuromuscular dentistry and have successfully treated many patients who have sought relief from their pain from physicians, chiropractors, and neurologists and have been told they are difficult cases. If you have aches and pains in your temples or jaw muscles, or perhaps suffer from earaches, headaches, or problems with your jaw locking up or making popping sounds, you may benefit from neuromuscular dentistry.
Hopeless Teeth? Not Anymore!
Previously, teeth with damaged or infected roots required extraction. Today, root canals can successfully save a tooth and with modern anesthetics and technology, there is little discomfort during or after the procedure. During the process, the tooth’s pulp chamber is removed and replaced with a sealer paste and compound filling. If there was extensive decay in the tooth structure, a crown may be placed over the tooth to strengthen it. A procedure that was once dreaded by patients is today a manageable and successful step to keep a healthy and full smile.
Seniors Have Unique Needs for Their Dental Care
Everyone knows our bodies change as we age. It makes sense that our teeth and gums do too. Plaque that has built up over years, combined with the consumption of coffee, tea, or tobacco, can turn teeth dark. Medications can sometimes cause reduced saliva flow. Ask us about simple products and procedures that can address all of these issues. Remember, when your fillings get older, they can also become weaker or develop cracks. That’s why regular check-ups are so important. We can keep an eye on your current fillings and address any problems before they get too big. Seniors can also suffer from advanced gum disease and/or root decay, which renders daily cleaning and good nutrition critical to maintain oral health. If you notice redness or bleeding in your gums or that your teeth are loosening, contact us immediately.
Sleep Apnea – What is it?
If you snore or wake up feeling exhausted, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. An individual with this condition will stop breathing numerous times throughout the night. Many people have not been diagnosed with this serious disorder and aren’t even aware they have it. Less oxygen throughout the night can result in learning or memory disabilities, as well as easily falling asleep during the daytime. These patients have a greater risk of accidents and injury. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to stroke, heart attacks, or high blood pressure.
Our Alternative to CPAP
The usual solution for those who have sleep apnea is the CPAP device, which stands for Continuous Positive Air Pressure. This is a machine that pumps a continual supply of air into the patient’s lungs through a mask that fits over the nose and mouth. Although the device works well, many people find the mask uncomfortable and do not want to wear it night after night. If you find this device to be more of a problem than a solution, we have a different answer that is comfortable and lets you breathe while you sleep. Dr. Jackson can custom fit you with the SomnoMed™, a small, acrylic device that fits over your upper and lower teeth. It repositions your tongue and jaw to open your airway for uninterrupted breathing. It is easy to put in and take out, simple to clean, and easy to pack when traveling. This is a successful and comfortable way to relieve the problems of sleep apnea and snoring.