General Dentistry for Overall Oral Health
A deep chip, crack, or cavity can compromise the health of a tooth’s root, and once the root becomes infected, it will die and lead to a cascade of related oral health issues. A dentist may suggest root canal therapy for a tooth with internal infection. If you have a chronic toothache or have been told that you need a root canal, but you would like a second opinion, schedule an evaluation with us. With today's modern dental techniques, root canal therapy is often compared to the sensation of receiving a filling, so you can expect to remain comfortable during and after your treatment.
Periodontal disease, commonly known as gum disease, is a chronic condition that afflicts about half of all Americans today. Gum disease is the main cause of adult tooth loss, and it can even increase a person’s risk for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and respiratory problems. Gum disease is particularly problematic for pregnant women and diabetics, as it can cause serious health complications.
The temporomandibular joints (TMJs) connect the mandible (lower jaw) to the temporal bone of the skull. When a person’s upper and lower teeth do not fit together properly, a condition called malocclusion, the TMJs can become strained, which leads to TMJ disorder. Teeth grinding, stress, heredity, and injuries can cause TMJ disorder as well. If you suffer from headaches, migraines, popping jaw joints, or jaw pain, visit Dr. Ijams or Dr. Turner for an assessment. Both of our dentists have undergone occlusal training and can prescribe an oral splint to realign the jaws and treat TMJ disorder.
Preventive dentistry is a key element in sustaining optimal oral health and retaining your natural teeth for life. We prioritize prevention by teaching patients the best methods for homecare and diet. In addition, our hygienists are always happy to demonstrate how to effectively brush and floss. At home, you should brush twice a day, floss once a day, and use ADA-approved dental products. In addition to at-home care, everyone over the age of three should visit us twice a year for checkups and cleanings.