The best way to protect your beautiful smile is by preventing problems before they start. Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Jensen, Dr. Hendrickson, and the Eagle Dental team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Fifty percent of all adults have some form of Periodontal Disease, often without realizing it. Periodontal disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath and receding gums. The truth is, it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, periodontal disease treatments are easier, less invasive and more effective. Your visit with your dentist includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. You will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease:
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus around teeth
- In some cases, there may be no pain associated with this disease until it is too late, which is why it's important to have regular dental visits.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Your dentist takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time. The procedure involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently removes the infected tissue and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a crown.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. Your dentist can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and completing your beautiful smile again.
Are you embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth? You may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings or restorations. When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with "filling" material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. With new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a long lasting, brighter, whiter smile. The new tooth-colored material is bonded to the teeth for a stronger restoration.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don't remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding & clenching in your sleep. Your dentist takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask your dentist about having a night-guard custom created for you.
While night guards protect your teeth from grinding against one another and becoming damaged, a NTI is another solution.
A NTI is a small device that only covers your anterior teeth. Similar to a night guard, it is made from acrylics and hard plastics. In addition to preventing the grinding of teeth, the extra benefit of the NTI is that over time, the device teaches your muscles to relax. In this way, a NTI may be able to help you break the habit of grinding all together. If you are suffering from frequent migraines as well as damaged teeth, a NTI may be the answer. Ask your dentist team if an NTI is right for you.