Additional Treatments & Information
We take great pride in our work and also in offering patients true, honest recommendations. We care about your problems, and understand the many barriers people face in seeking dental care. We like to think of our patients as our family, and we strive to treat everyone as such.
Thinking Outside of the Box
At Sunridge Dental Care, we enjoy helping patients find unique solutions to challenging problems. When a challenging situation arises, we will listen to you to understand your unique concerns, discuss the problems and desired outcomes, and together, come up with different options to address the issues.
Everyone enjoys having straight teeth. At Sunridge Dental Care we work closely with several orthodontists (braces specialists) to coordinate your orthodontic treatment. We can provide an initial screening and discuss your needs. We will then help communicate your needs and concerns to a specialist to provide you with the best possible care.
Periodontal (Gum) Disease or Bone Loss
Periodontal, or gum disease, is the loss of attachment surrounding the teeth. This condition may be seen in families however, the main cause is due to prolonged poor dental home-care and infrequent professional dental cleanings. Bacteria settle into a pocket between the gums and teeth and begins to form layers called plaque. Even if the teeth appear clean above the gums, bacteria may be present below the gums. If not removed properly and regularly, this plaque becomes hardened or calcified, to the tooth and root structure. Once hardened, this bacteria is now called tartar, or calculus. Tartar causes chronic inflammation at or below the gums. Your body’s reaction to this tartar is to recede the bone and gums away from the teeth in an attempt to get away from the bacteria. As this happens, your teeth may become loose, sensitive, and more susceptible to cavities.
Scaling & Root Planing
A dental “cleaning” performed in regular intervals will help to maintain a healthy mouth and prevent gum disease. If active gum disease is present, your dentist may recommend a more advanced cleaning called scaling and root planing. Scaling and root planing, often referred to as deep cleaning, removes harmful bacteria and tartar that are below the gum surface, which causes gingivitis and periodontal disease. To help ensure that an effective and thorough deep cleaning is achieved comfortably, your dentist or dental hygienist may recommend an anesthetic to numb the gums during the procedure. Scaling and root planing is typically completed in two sessions. Once completed, your dental team will recommend the proper techniques for home care and the proper maintenance interval that will help ensure a healthy mouth for years to come.
When you wake up in the morning, do you ever experience jaw pain? When you bite down, do you ever feel as if your jaw is lopsided? If you answered yes to either of these questions, an occlusal adjustment may be the solution for you. With an occlusal adjustment, we correct the alignment of your bite, relieving the pressure of an uneven bite, and all with minimal discomfort!
Periodontal Splinting (Weak Teeth)
Simply put, loose teeth are a pain. Having to deal with loose, moving teeth can leave you with severe discomfort and can have you thinking that loosing your teeth entirely might actually be preferable to the constant motion of your teeth. An increasingly common choice, Periodontal Splinting is a quick and effective solution for loose teeth. With it, we use your surrounding teeth to stabilize your loose teeth with a composite-material splint, leaving you free of discomfort and pain.
For those facing an area of gum disease that is not responding to normal treatments, Arestin may be an effective adjunct to care. Arestin (minocycline hydrochloride) is an antibiotic that is placed directly in the problem area where it is needed most. Arestin is formulated to stay in place for several days and is effective in killing the harmful bacteria that cause many gum problems.
When one enters his or her late teens or early twenties, a third set of molars emerges in the mouth: the wisdom teeth. For some people, these teeth emerge from the gums in the proper alignment and without any complications. For most people, these teeth have inadequate space to come into the mouth fully and can create multiple problems including crowding, pain, and infection. In these cases the teeth must be removed. At Sunridge Dental, we can schedule a consultation with you and evaluate whether you would benefit from this procedure. We will discuss with you the different options for how this can be achieved, answer questions, and alleviate any anxieties that you may have.
Bone Grafting/Socket Preservation
When removing a tooth where an implant is planned to be placed, a socket preservation procedure can help ensure that there will be adequate bone available for the implant, as well as shorten the healing time necessary between the tooth removal and implant placement. This is a generally simple procedure done at the time of extraction. A bone grafting material is placed into the hole where the tooth was removed. This material is covered with a plug and then left to heal. Your body will replace this material with its own new bone with better volume than if it were left to heal alone.
Accidents happen. Trauma occurring to the teeth can come in many forms. In most cases, trauma involving teeth is most successfully treated if care is received immediately. The link below gives information detailing the proper steps to be taken at home if trauma occurs. At Sunridge Dental Care, we understand that time is of the essence in these cases, and we will always accommodate such problems into the schedule. Learn More Here
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, which connects your jaw to your skull at the temporal bone. This complex joint is used heavily in daily occurrences such as chewing and talking, making it essential to everyone. If you are experiencing pain in your TMJ or the surrounding muscles, you may be suffering from temporamandibular disorder, or TMD. If you suspect that you have TMD, we can schedule a consultation to determine the cause, as well as come up with a solution to ease your discomfort. In severe cases, you may need surgery to fix this issue however in most cases, we can ease your condition through such things as a night guard, splint, or jaw exercises.
For many, one of the most common oral afflictions is dental grinding (bruxism) or clenching (centric bruxism). Although some experience grinding or clenching during the day, the most common time for this occurrence is at night during sleep. Over time, these conditions can lead to a number of unwanted side effects, such as tooth sensitivity, excessive tooth wear, gum irritation, jaw pain, headaches, and painful muscles. If you grind your teeth during sleep, one of the easiest solutions is to utilize what is known as a Night Guard. A night guard is made of custom-molded plastic and is designed to place your jaw in a more comfortable position while you sleep. It also protects your teeth from the effects of unwanted grinding. As it is custom-fitted to your teeth, your night guard will fit your mouth perfectly, allowing you to sleep comfortably and soundly.
Protective Mouth Guards (Sports Guards)
For those participating in a sport in which contact is possible, a protective mouth guard is key to protecting your oral health. With a mouth guard, you will not only be protected from chips, cracks and loss of teeth, but from lacerations to your soft tissues as well. At Sunridge Dental, we can custom fit your mouth guard so you can maximize its protective abilities, assuring you that your mouth will be safe and sound during a game.
Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that is characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of shallow or infrequent breathing during sleep. There are many causes of sleep apnea; consequently, there are many different treatments for this condition. For some forms of obstructive sleep apnea, the tongue can fall to the back of the throat during sleep blocking the airway. In these cases, a dental sleep apnea appliance can be a comfortable, effective treatment. These appliances hold the jaw into a forward position during sleep, holding the airway open, and allowing you to get a better and safer nights rest.
Inlays & Onlays
Also known as partial crowns, inlays and onlays are used when you have partial decay of the tooth, and use your existing teeth as a base for attachment. These are made of either a high-strength ceramic or gold. When placed, these are used to strengthen the tooth, restore its shape, and prevent further damage. When you come in for an inlay or onlay, we will make a mold of your teeth to send to a lab which creates the inlay or onlay. We will also provide you with a temporary replacement while you wait for the final product. When it arrives, we will then seat the permanent inlay or onlay, leaving you with a smile that will function like new.