Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Lee & Barton DDS is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
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, gum disease can cause tooth loss, breakdown of the soft tissue in the mouth and jaw and other significant health problems. Your dentist at Lee & Barton DDS assesses your periodontal health and if needed, conducts the appropriate therapy to restore gums and supportive tissues. The use of a water cooled, gentle laser can augment or provide valuable treatment to the tissue of the oral cavity.
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 minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Your dentist at Lee & Barton DDS 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.
Although we always work to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, sometimes the best treatment option requires the removal of one or more teeth. When injury or disease dictates that extraction is the best course of action, we can perform the procedure gently and safely in our offices, and then provide you with the ongoing treatment to complete your beautiful smile again.
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 advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings resulting in a brighter, whiter smile.
ORAL CANCER SCREENINGS
Drs. Lee and Barton offer routine oral cancer screening to you as a patient. Because as dentists, they are the only medical professionals in a position to evaluate routinely and detect abnormalities early. The doctors are dedicated to providing this potentially life-saving procedure for you.
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. A custom made night guard protects your teeth from grinding & clenching in your sleep. Our staff takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint.
If 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 any team member about having a night guard custom created for you.