Many major dental concerns can often be caught and even prevented by simply visiting your dentist for regular oral exams and teeth cleaning. Here you will be given information on the conditions and treatments used at both Parkway Dental locations.
Examinations and Cleanings
Regular teeth cleaning (Prophylaxis) by a dental hygienist is recommended to remove plaque and tartar that may develop even if you practice careful brushing and flossing. Professional cleanings also reach areas that are difficult for a patient to care for at home. After careful evaluation, a recommendation of a 3, 4 or 6 month schedule for routine cleaning will be given.
Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that focuses on straightening and aligning teeth and jaws. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean. If left untreated, patients are at risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal disease. Misaligned teeth can cause extra stress on the chewing muscles contributing to headaches, TMJ syndrome, neck, shoulder, and back pain. Of course, many people choose to get braces for cosmetic reasons as well. If it is determined that you are a good candidate for appliances, a treatment plan will be created to meet your specific needs.
Implant Restorations, Dentures and Bridges
Implants become fixed to your jawbone and provide stable support for artificial teeth. This secure fit can help the dentures, bridges, and individual crowns feel more natural than conventional bridges or dentures.
Restorative Fillings: Resins and Amalgams
Fillings restore a tooth damaged by decay. The decayed tooth material is removed, the affected area is cleaned, and then a filling material is placed.
Crowns and Bridges
Both crowns and bridges are fixed prosthetic devices. Unlike removable appliances such as dentures, which you can take out and clean daily, crowns and bridges are cemented onto existing teeth or implants, and can only be removed by a dentist.
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. Today's dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever. Our doctors will help you choose the type of denture that's best for you based on whether some or all of your teeth are going to be replaced (full or partial dentures).
Root Canal Therapy
Root canal treatment is the removal of the tooth's pulp (a small, thread-like tissue in the center of the tooth). If a tooth is injured, cracked or has a deep cavity the nerve may be affected. Once the damaged, diseased, or dead pulp is removed, the remaining space is cleaned, shaped and filled. Today, root canal treatment saves many teeth that would otherwise be lost.
Teeth are extracted for many reasons, including extensive tooth decay, infection, or over crowding in the mouth. Before a tooth is removed, your dentist will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take the appropriate x-rays so that a complete course of action can be recommended.
Gingivitis/Periodontitis (Gum Disease)
Gingivitis is usually caused by bacterial plaque and/or tartar that accumulates in the small gaps between the teeth, causing gum irritation. If left untreated, this inflammation can lead to periodontitis.
In Periodontitis, deep pockets form between the teeth and gums, causing bone loss and loss of teeth. Our doctors will assess the stage of your gum disease and set you on an appropriate course of treatment.
TMJ, Head, Neck, & Facial Pain Evaluation and Treatment
When your teeth are not in proper relation to each other and to your jaw joints, the jaw automatically shifts to a new position in an attempt to compensate. This compensation creates a variety of symptoms including:
Pain in the face, head and/or neck
Shoulder and back pain.
Your dentist will evaluate your symptoms and determine whether you can be treated at Parkway Dental.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment
Snoring occurs when the muscles relax in the back of the throat narrowing the airway to a smaller opening and causing vibrations. Snoring can be a sign of a more serious medical condition which progresses from Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome (UARS) to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). A complete exam will be preformed to determine if your snoring can be treated with an oral appliance.