Preventive Dentistry & Cleanings
A vital part of our work is to educate our patients. A well informed patient will be able to take an active role in their treatment and together we can accomplish a great smile! The absolute best way to preserve your dental health is to maintain a sensible oral hygiene regimen. In addition to daily flossing and brushing, this includes regular dental examinations, professional cleanings and x-rays when necessary. A complete oral exam can help ensure you keep your smile bright and healthy. Keeping your oral health a priority will help reduce money spent on dental treatment later. Call today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Aunon, our personal service and experience will make your dental visit a pleasure.
The removal of a tooth from your mouth is referred to as a dental extraction. There are a variety of reasons a patient may require an extraction, including decay, which has deteriorated enough of the tooth structure to render the tooth unable to be restored. Many extractions are due to impacted or problematic wisdom teeth, or to provide space for orthodontic treatments, which are routinely performed.
Dr. Aunon strives to maintain your natural smile with regular cleanings and exams, yet if extractions are required, you can rest assured he and his team will take you through the treatment in a gentle and caring manner.
For many people, the best treatment for wisdom teeth is to remove them. This treatment helps prevent future dental problems and maintain a healthy mouth and smile.
Wisdom Teeth Can Cause Problems Impacted Wisdom Teeth, called the third molars or wisdom teeth, typically begin to come in (erupt) during the late teens or early twenties. When they don’t have room to grow in properly, they are considered impacted.
This can cause serious problems:
- A very painful infection, called pericoronitis, can affect a partially erupted wisdom tooth and the surrounding gums. This infection can spread into the face and jaw.
- When a wisdom tooth tries to erupt at an angle, it can cause decay in the neighboring tooth.
- This happens because wisdom teeth are nearly impossible to keep free of plaque, and the area between the two teeth becomes a trap for the bacteria in plaque that cause tooth decay.
- Additional bacteria in plaque cause periodontal (gum) disease, which may start near the wisdom teeth and spread throughout the mouth.
- A fluid-filled sac called a cyst may develop around an impacted tooth. A cyst can destroy a great deal of bone in the jaw before it’s noticed.
Fortunately, there are safe, biocompatible alternatives to dental crowns that don't have any of the above-mentioned problems. They are called tooth inlays, or onlays, and they can replace the missing, damaged tooth structure. These inlays or onlays are made of toothlike materials, and are bonded to the teeth using lasers, actually becoming a part of the tooth and restoring it to its original strength, in many cases.
When a tooth has been treated in this manner, it has a much better chance of never needing any further treatment later in life, with the added benefit of no intra-oral galvanic, battery effects being produced. Additionally, these alternatives to dental crowns are safe, non-toxic, more biologically friendly and extremely more reliable than the conventional crown restorations that are traditionally done.
However, it is important to note that sometimes the damage to a tooth structure may be so severe that the only viable, practical restoration is a crown. If that is necessary, Aunon Dental Group uses non-toxic, non-metallic biocompatible porcelain crowns that are very strong and very natural looking.
The technical term for clenching and grinding your teeth is referred to as Bruxism. Many times people are completely unaware of the fact this biting down too hard when they shouldn't be, and a lot of the time in their sleep. Some people also believe their teeth should be touching at all times, yet this too is a misconception. Unfortunately, most are not diagnosed with bruxism until it's too late, and don't even realize this habit has been ongoing.
Dr. Aunon is able to notice physical signs of bruxism, yet may be observed over multiple visits, before recommending therapy. Some patients may be able to overcome the problem by changing their behavior. Others may need to wear a custom plastic mouth appliance, referred to as a night guard, to reduce the pressure and absorb the force of biting.
If you've been suffering from jaw pain, clicking and popping of the jaw or teeth sensitivity, contact the Aunon Dental Group to discuss your options for a better nights sleep.