Other Care

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal disease affects the gums and bone that surround and support teeth. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in the U.S. Plaque and calculus build up over time. This can cause gingivitis which if allowed to go untreated can become periodontitis. An early warning sign is bleeding gums when you brush. Long standing gum problems develop deep periodontal pockets that need to be cleaned out. Our hygienists can comfortably do a deep cleaning that removes the bacteria and calculus from the deep pockets. This eliminates the bacterial infection, allows the gums to heal, and reduces the depth of the pocket, allowing you to clean the gums better and prevent serious disease from recurring. Not only will your mouth be healthier, but so will your body. There have been recent studies that link periodontal disease to other chronic conditions such as heart disease, strokes, and diabetes.

Once your mouth is restored to health it is important that you make a commitment to maintain your dental health. To achieve this it is important you return on a regular basis for routine care. Periodic routine periodontal care prevents the bacteria from re-colonizing the pockets and beginning the gum disease all over again.

TMJ and Bruxism Therapy

The Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) is a complicated system that works together for speaking, chewing and swallowing. Pain or dysfunction within the face, joints, bones or muscles is called Tempromandibular Disorder. Causes of TMD include grinding, clenching, trauma, dislocation of the disc, arthritis and stress. Over 40-60% of adults have some sign of TMD including noise in the joint on movement, limited jaw motion, chronic headaches, ear aches, dizziness and toothaches.

The most common cause of TMD is bruxism which includes grinding and clenching due to stress, missing or mal-aligned teeth and sleep disorders. It can occur while you sleep without you realizing that you are bruxing. Grinding places severe stresses and wear on teeth causing toothaches and fractures.

We have conservative TMJ therapies that help this painful and frustrating condition. We identify the source of the pain through a thorough history and examination. Radiographs may be taken to get a view of the TM joints. Treatment depends on the diagnosis and can range from self-care instructions, relaxation techniques, occlussal appliances, medication, physical therapy and surgery. Occlussal appliances, such as night guards, protect your teeth, decrease forces on muscles and joints while reducing TMD symptoms by 70 – 90% of the time. Let us help you relieve the symptoms by creating a proper diagnosis and treatment plan that can restore you back to better joint health.