More Than Just Clean Teeth: Little Known Services That Dentists Provide
When we think about visiting the dentist, visions of cavity fillings, x rays, and teeth cleaning take up residence in our minds. While it may seem that these essential functions of your dentist are quite conventional, there are some little-known services that your dentist can provide to round out your oral health care package. Read on to find out some additional benefits you can experience when visiting your dental care professionals.
Gum Disease Laser Therapy
Yes, it’s a real thing. More than half of all Americans are in some stage of periodontal decay, or gum disease. Due to its prevalence in our society, dentists offer gum disease laser therapy as a means of bringing your gums back into a state of vibrant health. With the innovative use of laser therapy, the discomfort of dental work is greatly minimized. There is less risk of bleeding, minimal swelling, and no more uncomfortable drill noise to endure during treatment. Stress and anxiety that many patients suffer from when undergoing dental work are significantly reduced due to the nature of laser therapy and its quick and painless execution. Because laser therapy is minimally invasive, healing and recovery occur much faster than with traditional methods of dental treatment.
Bonding is the process of improving the cosmetic appearance of your smile by repairing gaps, broken or chipped teeth. When teeth are bonded, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the affected area, then polished and shaped to fit the surrounding teeth and surface areas. Unlike veneers and dentures, which take several visits to install successfully, bonding is quick and easy, typically taking place on the same day of your appointment. Bonding adds strength and beauty to your teeth, enhancing your smile and bolstering your confidence.
Botox is not just for wrinkles anymore. When used in dentistry, Botox is used to treat issues such as jaw spasms, teeth grinding, and to relax muscles along the jawline and around the mouth that may be taxed from other dental procedures. In addition, jaw pain and headaches that occur as a result of tooth grinding can be lessened with the use of Botox.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is a condition where the bones of the jaw fail to move in a fluid manner, causing pain in the joints and muscles in the lower part of the face. In severe cases, TMJ can cause chronic headaches, ringing in the ears, and even partial facial paralysis as a result of the jaw joint not being able to move correctly. Your dentist can use Botox therapy in combination with prescribed musculoskeletal exercises to reduce and relieve symptoms caused by TMJ.
Dental anxiety and fear around undergoing dental procedures is something that many of us have experienced at one time or another. The use of mild sedation in dentistry is becoming more and more common--not to mention more and more appreciated, as it reduces the stress about going to the dentist. Patients are given a mild sedative before starting dental procedures, and they wake up comfortable and pain-free, knowing that their dental work has been completed.
Oral Health Consultation
Your dentist is a treasure trove of information on oral health and care. Most dentists provide their patients at least a basic proficiency in dental care “how to’s,” free of charge, as they partner with you to create your optimum oral health. Taking advantage of this knowledge, and asking questions about your care and oral health in general are essential for creating the best possible outcome.
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Dr. Gordon E. Krueger, DDS, MS, PA has built a reputation for excellence and quality of service in dentistry for more than 25 years. His staff are committed to creating your optimum health and wellness, starting with the health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. We offer a variety of services that will enhance your oral health; contact us today to find out how to take advantage of what we provide. Visit https://www.gordonekruegerdds.com to book your next appointment. A vibrant and healthy smile is in your future!