Decay, injury, and other issues can cause a tooth to become infected. We perform root canal therapy to eliminate infection, painful symptoms, and the need for extraction. This procedure typically requires two appointments. During the first, we will remove the diseased tissue from within the tooth, disinfect the empty chamber, and fill it with an inert rubber-like substance. During the second, we will place a custom crown to support the tooth.
Our team of experienced dentists provides exceptional and affordable treatment for patients of all ages, from youngsters to seniors. Bringing children in for preventive dentistry care early in life can establish the foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. We encourage families to come in for their biannual cleanings and examinations together. In addition to providing immediate health benefits, this also allows us to document trends in your family's oral health, which can help us provide more effective care.
Studies indicate that up to half of all adults suffer from periodontal disease, an infection that occurs beneath the gum line and causes painful symptoms and eventual tooth loss. Our dentists can assess your risk factors for periodontal issues (nutrition, smoking, bruxism, and stress all play a role) and look for symptoms of gum disease so that it can be addressed in its earliest stages using laser periodontal therapy and other treatments.
Many children and adults alike suffer with dental anxiety or phobia. If going to the dentist makes you uncomfortable, we can help you remain calm under our care. We provide a comfortable, spa-like office environment complete with pillows, blankets, massage chairs, and even virtual reality glasses. Our dentists believe in patient education as a way to help patients feel secure when undergoing dental care. We also offer nitrous oxide, if necessary.
Sometimes extraction is the best solution when a tooth becomes extremely infected or damaged. If the tooth cannot be restored with more conservative treatment, our dentists can perform an extraction to set the stage for rehabilitation. During this procedure, we will use local anesthesia and nitrous oxide sedation as necessary to keep you comfortable and relaxed. We also offer wisdom tooth extraction as a preventative measure, or to address impaction and other issues.
If you play contact sports or grind your teeth at night, your teeth are at risk for injury. Chips, cracks, and wear can take a serious toll on the appearance and health of your teeth. If you are involved in any activity or suffer from any condition that could damage your teeth, we can provide you with a custom mouth guard. This plastic oral appliance fits comfortably over your top and bottom teeth to protect them from trauma.
Our dentists can perform oral surgery to preserve the health of your smile. We can extract severely compromised teeth, as well as wisdom teeth. We can also place dental implants, which are titanium posts inserted into the jawbone to replace lost tooth roots and support crowns, bridges, and dentures. If you lack sufficient jawbone tissue to qualify for dental implants, we can perform a bone graft so your jaw can accommodate implants.
We strive to make your treatment experience as comfortable as possible. When necessary, we provide nitrous oxide, also called laughing gas, to sedate patients during treatment. This is one of the most common and safe sedation dentistry methods. After inhaling nitrous oxide, you will become deeply relaxed, but remain able to respond to the dentist’s questions and requests. Once your procedure is complete, the nitrous oxide wears off quickly, so you can drive yourself home afterward.
Your TMJs, or temporomandibular joints, act as a hinge between your temples and your lower jaw. If they become inflamed, you can experience a host of uncomfortable symptoms. To alleviate this discomfort and improve your oral health, we may recommend a custom oral splint. This mouth guard will hold your jaw in the proper position to relieve stress on your TMJs. We may also place a dental restoration to improve your bite, or recommend lifestyle changes.
We use tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth following cavity treatment. These composite restorations are safer and more natural-looking than traditional metal amalgam fillings. To perform a filling, our dentists will remove the decayed portion of your enamel, clean your tooth, and place the composite resin (matched to your natural tooth shade) over the treatment area. Next, the filling is cured and polished. This procedure typically takes less than an hour.
There are times when an unexpected injury occurs, and you may not have the time to schedule and wait for your appointment. Cases in which a tooth is lost or knocked out, or you experience severe pain in the mouth or face, may require an emergency procedure. Our doctors provide emergency dental work to help prevent more serious complications and tooth loss.
Smile Solutions by Emmi Dental Associates