Your mouth plays a very important role in the health of your whole body. If any infection or issues are present, it can impact the organs in your body and your overall well-being. That’s why our dentist, Dr. Danielle Wehle offers a range of general dentistry services, to help keep your smile and body healthy and happy. In addition to regular dental hygiene check-ups which can help remove harmful plaque and tartar before it develops into a more serious problem, our dentist also treats conditions such as TMJ disorders, root canals and bruxism.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) occurs as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control movement of the jaw. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw to the bone of the skull. This joint is located immediately in front of the ear on each side of the head. The muscles attached to the jaw allow the jaw an incredible amount of movement, such as side to side and up and down. This flexibility allows us to chew, talk, and yawn. Our dentist may recommend different treatment options to help eliminate painful symptoms, such as anti-inflammatory medications, stretches, or a night guard. More aggressive treatments like cortisone shots can relieve inflammation and pain, or surgery may be needed in severe cases.
Root canals are necessary when the pulp layer of a tooth becomes infected. Infection can lead to the loss of a tooth so it is necessary to remove the infection with root canal therapy. The procedure is generally comfortable and saves the natural tooth, prevents the spread of infection, and returns the smile to complete health. Without treatment from our dentist for root canals, pus from the infected tooth can spread to the root tip and eventually pass to the jaw bone. This can cause an abscess, or a pus pocket, that can damage the bone that surrounds the tooth. The pressure this causes can result in excruciating pain and, if left untreated, can be life threatening. An infected tooth or one that is suffering from tooth decay cannot heal on its own and will only get worse.
A composite filling is a white or tooth colored plastic and glass mixture that is used to restore decayed teeth. Composites can also be used to improve the aesthetics of a smile by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping a disfigured tooth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children first see the dentist at one year old or when the first tooth emerges. Pediatric dentistry focuses on preventive care. Emphasis is placed on home care, regular checkups, and cleanings. There are many preventive measures available to help you’re your children’s teeth healthy and clean, including sealants, fluoride treatments and mouth guards.
Preventative dentistry is the best way to avoid painful, expensive dental procedures as it stresses at-home dental care that will help prevent decay or disease. Preventative, or at-home, dental care is important because it results in healthy teeth and gums throughout one’s life. Visiting our dentist every six months will also help prevent serious dental issues such as tooth decay or periodontal disease. Dental checkups and oral cancer screenings can catch things that you may have missed during your home care routine.
Bruxism refers to any type of forceful contact between the teeth. This can be a loud and grating contact or a silent and clenching contact. Either form can cause serious damage to the teeth. Our dentist may recommend being fitted for a night guard which will help to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding while you sleep.
Keeping your mouth and gums healthy beings with good home care. This means regularly brushing and flossing your teeth, ideally after each meal. Food particles that are not regularly removed can cause tooth decay, periodontal disease and bad breath. However, even the most diligent brushing and flossing will not remove all food particles which is why regular visits to our office for dental cleanings is so vital to your oral health. During your cleaning, your dental hygienist will remove left over plaque and tartar and identify any areas of concern including tooth decay and gum disease. Catching these issues early can mean a less invasive or expensive treatment.
Oral pathology involves diagnosing and treating diseases of the mouth such as cysts, tumors, and precancerous and cancerous lesions. Many patients experience unusual changes in the mouth, bone, gums, tongue, or throat that may or may not be caused by disease. Diagnosing diseases in the mouth as early as possible is very important. The earlier a disease is diagnosed, the faster treatment and healing can begin.