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All-On-4

For people who have no remaining teeth or severely compromised teeth. The All-on-4 treatment concept replaces your missing teeth with a full dental bridge supported by only four dental implants. With less implants needed, overall treatment time is reduced. The unique All-on-4 solution also ensures greater stability in the bone, reducing the need for graft surgery to increase bone volume.

Typically, dentists can place temporary provisional teeth on the same day after treatment. These provisional teeth look and feel much like natural teeth and you can lead a normal life immediately after surgery. After the implants integrate, a final bridge can be placed. With your dental health improved, you can start enjoying your favorite foods again.

Intraoral Camera

Our office is equipped with intraoral cameras which allow patients to see on a large screen any areas of concern which we may encounter in our examination and subsequent evaluation. This enhances our diagnostic effectiveness and gives you a visual image of anything that might worry you. These images, as well as our computer-enhanced x-ray films, are part of your permanent record and can be sent to insurance companies or other dental specialists by email.

Precision Dentistry

We utilize the latest in dental technology to assure that any dentistry we perform will be precise and of the highest standards. We partner with the highest quality dental laboratories to assure that functional and esthetic goals are met. All dental materials have been rigorously tested and approved before we use them.

Our electronic hand pieces run more smoothly and assure us of more accuracy in our preparations with less noise and vibration. This results in better treatment outcomes with more comfortable appointments for our patients.

Periodontal (Gum) Disease

Periodontal disease is an infection that affects the tissues and bone that support the teeth.

Periodontal diseases range from gum inflammation to more serious issues that cause major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth. As the disease progresses the teeth may fall out or need to be removed.

Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease and stroke. Diabetics are frequently associated with various gum conditions.

CAUSES: A sticky film called plaque contains bacteria that produce toxins. If teeth are not cleaned well, the toxins can irritate tissues and inflame gums. Once the gums are inflamed, they pull away from the teeth and leave a space called a pocket.  The bacteria now have a home. If the plaque is not removed it will harden (tarter) and have to be removed professionally.

TREATMENT: Periodontal treatment methods depend on the severity of the disease. If the disease is caught early, you may simply require a professional cleaning. Specialized cleaning or periodontal surgery may have to be done if the disease has progressed.

TMJ Disorders (Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorders)

TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) is a condition that can have a range of symptoms, from mild to severe. These include pain in or around the ears, clicking or popping noises in the jaw, difficulty opening or closing your mouth, and frequent headaches and neck pain. More serious conditions include improperly aligned joints, dislocated jaws, or various arthritic conditions within the joint.

CAUSES: Grinding or clenching of the teeth can lead to this. A misaligned bite or traumatic injury can contribute to this.

TREATMENT: TMD disorders are often managed, rather than cured. This can be done by using muscle relaxants, aspirin, or wearing a small plastic appliance made for this particular disorder. More serious forms of this disorder can require jaw surgery.

BRUXISM (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. While some may view it as ultimately harmless, it can lead to symptoms like headaches, frequent toothaches, a sore jaw, tongue indentations, and can severely damage your teeth over long periods of time.

CAUSES: Among other causes, stress and anxiety can contribute to excessive teeth grinding.

TREATMENT: stress reduction methods, protective niteguard, tongue exercises, education relating to causes and prevention, orthodontics and restorative dentistry.

Dry Mouth

Dry Mouth is most often caused by a lack of saliva but mouth breathing can also create this condition. The drying irritates the soft tissue of the mouth and can lead to infections. What makes saliva so important is that it is one of your body’s natural defenses against plaque. It acts to rinse your mouth of cavity-causing bacteria and other harmful materials. It also is the initiating agent to begin digestion.

Symptoms or signs of dry mouth include bad breath, and more severe problems like burning tongue syndrome or secondary dental decay.

CAUSES: Medications, pain killers, antidepressants, radiation treatment, emotional stress, chemotherapy or Sjogren syndrome (salivary gland disease).

TREATMENT: chewing xylitol based gum or hard candies, sipping water with meals, sucking on ice cubes, keeping air moist with a humidifier, over the counter saliva tablets, lanolin-based ointments, sipping water, using alcohol- free mouthwash. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and carbonated drinks. More involved care can include some orthodontic or surgical procedures to eliminate the causative factors of mouth breathing.

Our practice philosophy is to postively contribute to our clients total health through the medium of dentistry.
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