Teeth cleaningsare a very important part of oral hygiene and involve the removal of dentalplaque from teeth with the intention of preventing cavities, gingivitis andperiodontal disease. While proper home care is the first step in maintainingoral health, it is essential to have professional cleanings every six months,or more frequently depending on the need. These visits, referred to as “dentalprophylaxis”, are generally performed by a certified dental hygienist whose training specializes in keeping patients maintained in optimum oral health. Weregularly use the Ultrasonic SCALEX, but cleaning may be manual according toyour needs.
Through the useof dental x-rays, dentists are able to diagnose many diseases of the oralcavity. This technology is an essential element of proper diagnosis, and usedin very small doses, is a safe tool to provide proper dental care. The newestradiography available uses digital technology to capture a very precise imagewhile subjecting the patient to a smaller dose of radiation.
Dental Cone BeamComputed Tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray equipment used when regulardental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. Your dentist may use thistechnology to produce three dimensional (3-D) images of your teeth, softtissues, nerve pathways and bone in a single scan.
Panoramic radiograph is a panoramic scanning dental x-ray of the upper and lower jaw, itshows a two dimensional view of a half circle from ear to ear. Panoramic X-rayoffers multiple planes of maxilla and mandible and the structures that aresuperficial and deep to the through are blurred.
Mouth guards areoften recommended for patients with bruxism as it provides cushioning andprotection of teeth. Bruxism is the unconscious grinding of the teeth. Mostpatients with bruxism clench their jaws and grind their teeth at night whilethey sleep. Bruxism is caused by a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).Patients with TM often experience pain in their jaw and face and can haveimpaired eating and speaking in serious cases.
Millions ofpeople today are living with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea. Leftuntreated, this sleep disorder is linked to increased risk of heart attack,stroke, diabetes and other illnesses. Many people, however, dislike using a CPAPmachine to treat the issue.
For patients withmild to moderate sleep apnea, there are alternative options available. Customdesigned mouthguards called Mandibular Advancement devices (MAD) areindividually shaped to each patient's mouth and eases sleep apnea symptoms bymoving the jaw forward. The realignment of the jaw opens up the airway toimprove breathing and often puts a stop to snoring. Severe sleep apnea willoften require the use of CPAP machines.