Building and maintaining a beautiful smile for life requires a specific plan and ongoing care. The best defense against the perils that can damage your smile is prevention. With general dentistry and other treatments, your team at Madison Dental Care will help you keep your beautiful, complete smile year after year.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease or gingivitis) refers to the infection of the supportive tissues of the mouth due to toxic bacteria found in plaque. Many individuals suffer from some degree of gum disease, and if left untreated can cause tooth loss, break down of the soft tissue in the mouth and jaw and other significant health problems. Your dentist will assess your periodontal health and if needed, recommends the appropriate therapy to restore gums and supportive tissues.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are not uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Your dentist takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth – the pulp – when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (this is where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or in some cases, a crown.
Tooth Colored Fillings
If you are embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured or discolored teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins. A composite resin is a silicon dioxide-filled tooth-colored material mixture that can restore teeth to an attractive, healthy state. Composite resins present several advantages to the patient compared with traditional silver fillings. First, your dentist is able to blend composite shades and shapes so as to match the original teeth nearly perfectly. Second, the tooth-composite bond actually serves to support the remaining tooth structure, preventing breakage and providing insulation against temperature changes. Finally, small- to average-sized composites have demonstrated similar duration to silver fillings.
Resin placement is simple. Depending on the size of the filling and location of the composite, it may require as little as 10 or 20 minutes longer than what is needed for a traditional silver filling. Although some patients notice a bit of post-placement sensitivity, this is temporary. The only caution we usually mention is that coffee, tea and other staining types of foods and beverages may discolor your composites.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of Americans every year, and one case in four is fatal. As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% success rate after diagnosis. Your dentist is truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. He and his team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from your dentist. With the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.
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. Our team 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 our team about having a night-guard custom created for you.
If you or your child play sports or other similar activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect teeth from potential injury. They are easy to clean, come in many color combinations and are custom made to fit comfortably in your mouth.
Dental injuries are possible in many sports (even low contact sports.) The teeth, jaw, and other oral structures can be injured through accidental collision with either the ball or with another player; or, your child may clench, chip, or crack their teeth on their own during play. Mouth guards have also shown to decrease risk of concussions. A mouth guard prevents such injury. And, mouth guards are not just for children with braces or other orthodontics, they prevent injury for children and adults alike.
It is important to ask us to customize a mouth guard for your child, rather than buying a generic “boil and bite” mouth guard. We can ensure better protection and a proper fit for your child’s developing smile.
Contact us for a custom mouth guard to protect your teeth and ensure that you maintain the highest level of performance on the field, court, or rink.
You can look good and have a healthy smile. Most people who are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth do not realize the numerous ways cosmetic dentistry can heal a smile. Cosmetic dentistry can correct crooked teeth, spaces between your teeth, stained or discolored teeth, chipped teeth, broken or missing teeth and having a “gummy” smile.
After years of wear and tear, injuries, or less-than-optimal care, you may not have the same smile you used to enjoy. Luckily, the Madison Dental Care team offers several restorative procedures to repair and renew your smile to its best form and function. Don’t wait for the damage to worsen. Rejuvenate your smile today with restorative treatments!
If you have been diagnosed with and treated for periodontal (gum) disease, regularly scheduled supportive therapy is vitally important to your success in management of disease progression. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, “following a course of active periodontal treatment and periodic ongoing care at regularly prescribed intervals is essential.