Other Dental Services

Root Canal Treatment

Root Canal Treatment is necessary when a deep cavity reaches the nerve of a tooth. Multiple fillings on a tooth or trauma to a tooth may also cause the nerve to become damaged and infected. An infected nerve must be treated; it cannot heal on its own. A root canal is the process to clean out the infected nerve tissue and disinfect the nerve canals of the tooth. The canals are then sealed and filled to prevent any further infection. Once the root canal is complete, a crown may be needed to re-build and strengthen the tooth. The only long-term alternative to treat an infected tooth is extraction, to remove the cause of the infection. In unusually difficult or retreatment cases, we may refer you to a root canal specialist (called an endodontist) to help us arrive at the best outcome for the tooth.

Oral Surgery

Our oral surgery services mainly involve the extraction of teeth that cannot be restored, are in an unusable position, or do not have room to come into the mouth. Many of these extractions can be performed in our office. For more complex tooth conditions or the need for sedation during a procedure, we may refer you to one of the highly qualified surgeons that we work with. We have great confidence in our referred specialists and know that they treat our patients with our standards of care and skill.

TMJ

TMJ stands for temporal-mandibular joint. This is the joint that hinges the lower jaw right in front of the ears. Malfunctions of this joint have been labeled both TMJ and TMD. Problems with the joint can be caused by trauma to the jaw or face, excess muscle tension from clenching and/or grinding, or misalignment of the teeth among others. Treatment can range from heat and massage, to bite splint therapy (also called night guards), to orthodontics, and sometimes in more pronounced cases, corrective surgery may be needed.

Sleep Apnea

This condition has received much attention in both the medical and dental fields because of it's significant relationship with other more serious medical issues. Apnea is defined as “lack of breathing” which results in decreased oxygen flow to the systems of our body. It most often happens subconsciously during our sleep, when we hold our breath or stop breathing for prolonged periods of time. Apnea is often closely linked with snoring habits. Diagnosis methods range from in-office questionnaires to over-night stays and monitoring in a sleep lab. Treatments range from simple anti-snoring mouthpieces to positive air pressure masks (CPAP) to surgical corrections that eliminate extra tissue in the back of the throat. Much research and testing is on-going, and new treatments are being proposed at a rapid pace. We would be happy to discuss with you the latest information on diagnosis and treatment should you think you might be experiencing periods of sleep apnea.