Below you’ll find the wide-ranging collection of procedures and treatments we offer and some of the common dental challenges patients may experience.
Caries, or tooth decay, is a preventable disease. While it may not endanger your life, it could negatively impact your quality of life, which is of course something our team wants to help you avoid.
When your teeth and gums are consistentley exposed to large amounts of starches and sugars, acids may form that begin to eat away at your teeth’s enamel. Examples of these carbohydrate-rich foods include candy, cookies, soft drinks, and even fruit juices. These foods leave deposits on your teeth which can bond with the bacteria that normally survive in your mouth and form plaque. The combination of deposits and plaque forms acids that can damage the mineral structure of teeth, with tooth decay resulting.
When the weather changes – so do your teeth. Your teeth expand and contract in reaction to changes in temperature, so hot and cold food and beverages can cause pain or irritation to people with sensitive teeth. Over time, tooth enamel can be worn down, gums may recede or teeth may develop microscopic cracks, exposing the interior of the tooth and irritating nerve endings. Just breathing cold air can be painful for those with extremely sensitive teeth.
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Periodontal, or gum disease can cause inflammation, tooth loss, and bone damage. Gum disease begins with a sticky film of bacteria in the mouth called plaque. Gums in the early stage of disease, or gingivitis, can bleed easily and become red and swollen. As the disease progresses to periodontitis, teeth may fall out or need to be removed by a dentist. Some signs of gum disease are consistent bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, or gums that bleed when brushing. The good news is that gum disease is highly preventable and can usually be avoided by daily brushing and flossing.
Proper oral hygiene, daily dental care and regular dental checkups with our team will help minimize the risk of gum disease. Gum disease can range in severity from mild (gingivitis) to moderate (periodontitis) to the severe (periodontitis).
The effects of gum disease can be damaging to your dental health. However, through proper preventive care and oral hygiene, you can avoid problems associated with gum disease.
Bad Breath (Halitosis)
To ensure your breath always makes the best impression – daily brushing and flossing is a must! Daily brushing and flossing helps to prevent the buildup of food particles, plaque, and bacteria in your mouth. Food particles left in the mouth will deteriorate and cause bad breath. While certain foods may create temporary bad breath, consistent bad breath may be a sign of gum disease or another dental problem. If you think you may be experiencing these symptoms, give us a call to schedule an appointment with your dentist.
Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) are small sores inside the mouth that often recur. They have a white or gray base and are surrounded by a red border. While they typically last one or two weeks, the duration of canker sores can be reduced by the use of antimicrobial mouthwashes or topical agents.
A bite that does not meet properly, is called a malocclusion and can be inherited, or acquired. Some causes of malocclusion include missing or extra teeth, crowded teeth or misaligned jaws. Accidents or developmental issues, such as finger or thumb sucking over an extended period of time, may cause malocclusions.
Fillings restore your tooth structure that has been damaged due to decay or fracture. Our team will replace old, broken-down amalgam or metal fillings. These fillings can contain traces of mercury and will be replaced with white fillings, called composites, in order to restore your teeth and overall smile to a more natural look and feel.
A root canal is a procedure that stops pain you may be feeling in your teeth by removing nerves from the central part of the tooth, reshapes the canal and replaces it with strengthening filler.
A cavity is the result of superficial decay of the enamel of the tooth. Left long enough, this decay can burrow into the deeper reaches of the tooth, causing extensive damage to tooth structure. When the damage goes beyond what can be treated with a filling, dentists can perform a root canal, or endodontics, preserving the tooth and retaining its original integrity. This procedure will save the tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
We know that root canal can seem like an overwhelming procedure, so if you are nervous or anxious about this dental treatment, we are proud to specialize in Sedation Dentistry. Sedation Dentistry will ensure you feel as comfortable as possible with this procedure.
When any tooth lacks the space to come through or simply develops in the wrong place of your jaw and becomes impacted, problems can arise. Primarily, these problems could cause damage to adjacent teeth and crowding. In certain cases, the tooth that cannot come through becomes inflamed under the gums and in the jawbone, causing a sac to develop around the root of the tooth that then fills with liquid. This can cause a cyst or an abscess if it becomes infected. If either of these situations goes untreated, it can result in serious damage to the underlying bone and surrounding teeth and tissues.
To potentially avoid this, an extraction of one, several, or all of the involved teeth may be recommended. Of course, our team will review all available options to see if extraction is in fact needed. If extractions become necessary, our office utilizes all of the latest equipment needed to perform them with minimum discomfort. Additionally, we offer sedation dentistry to make this procedure even more comfortable for you.
The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
At Linden Oaks Dental, we offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth).
In most cases, common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief of TMJ.
For more serious cases of TMJ, our dentists may recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may even recommend certain invasive procedures or radiographic imaging and specialist treatment. If you are experiencing TMJ, give our office a call today so that we can schedule a consultation to discuss all of your available options.
Snoring is caused by the vibrations of your soft or hard tissue palates. These vibrations occur because of increasingly narrow air passages. When air passes through these passages, a “flapping” sound occurs because the tissue is soft in nature. The sound may not originate from the soft palate and sometimes the snoring originates from tissues in the upper airway.
Loud snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages, known as obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Obstructive sleep apnea can contribute or lead to many other serious conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack and depression. If you are experiencing any sleep-related symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment to diagnose the problem.
From fillings to sensitive teeth, extractions, and everything in between – we have you, and your teeth covered, here at Linden Oaks Dental. Give our team a call today to schedule your next appointment.