Dentistry for Adults
Visits to Maintain Your Healthiest Smile
An important reason to visit the dentist is to get a teeth cleaning by a professional hygienist. Plaque and
tartar build up on teeth over the years. Plaque is sticky, but regular brushing and flossing can remove most
of it. However, plaque hardens into tartar, which is beyond the ability of a toothbrush. Tartar builds up
under the gumline as well as on the tooth structure. If plaque isn’t removed, you risk serious problems with
teeth and gums eventually. Recent research demonstrates a link between untreated gum disease and serious
conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having a regular teeth cleaning is a great thing you
can do to maintain your health.
Saving Teeth That Might be Hopeless
Teeth with damaged or infected roots used to require extraction, which can cause problems and should be avoided
if possible. The good news is that we are highly experienced in the latest root canal therapies. A root canal is
a procedure to repair teeth by removing the pulp of a tooth and replacing it with a filling material. This can
be necessary when decay reaches the nerves of a tooth (or the teeth are infected), and a regular filling will
not be suitable at this point.
Not too long ago, the solution for the situation we just described would be to extract the tooth. When dentists
began doing root canals, they were unpleasant, and the root canal got a bad reputation. However, with anesthetics
and new technology, root canals are generally manageable by most patients.
Tooth Fillings Without Metal
Over the years, the silver-mercury amalgam has been the typical filling used in dental practices, and many practices
still offer metal fillings. While they work well from a functional perspective, amalgams have a couple problems.
Metal does not attach well to tooth structure, so decay eventually leaks into the tooth. But the main reason many
of our patients choose the white fillings has to do with appearance. Many people don’t want an ugly metal plug showing
in their teeth. We offer restorations that are a natural-looking tooth color, are metal-free, and can even strengthen
your teeth. They also securely bond to the healthy part of the tooth to limit the possibility of decay in the future.
Find Yourself Falling Asleep During the Day?
If you or someone you know finds yourself falling asleep during daytime hours, or snoring loudly or having poor breathing
while sleeping, it might be symptoms of sleep apnea. The usual treatment for sleep apnea has been a bulky CPAP device. A
patient is fitted with a machine that forces a steady stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth during sleep. However,
many people find it difficult to sleep wearing a CPAP and eventually give up using it.
If you experience sleep apnea and can’t wear a CPAP, modern dentistry has a range of treatment options such as compact oral
appliances. These lightweight appliances are small acrylic devices that fit over the top and bottom teeth similar to a
retainer or mouthguard. They reposition your tongue and jaw to open the airway and allow more air flow to the lungs. They are
convenient to place and remove, cleanup is easy, and they’re convenient for travel. These have been a success for over 90% of
patients using them and are a wonderful alternative to CPAP machines. If you snore or a physician has diagnosed you with sleep
apnea, please contact our office today.
All-Natural Xylitol – A Sweet Sugar Alternative
Xylitol is a natural substance that can be found in fruits, berries, mushrooms, and some vegetables. Even our bodies produce
about 5 to 10 grams each day. It is effective in halting tooth decay created by foods that are high in sugar or starch. Over
25 years of clinical testing confirms xylitol is one the best sweeteners for healthy teeth. It has the endorsements of dental
associations in Finland, Norway, Sweden, England, Ireland, Estonia, and the Netherlands.
Xylitol can be found in a variety of products such as chewing gum, tablets, toothpaste, mouthwash, and candy. In our practice,
we offer and encourage patients to enjoy xylitol products. Make this part of your plan to combat cavities and tooth decay by
asking us about xylitol!
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation consultation, click the online
scheduling button or call us now at (915) 581-1511.