The purpose of general dentistry is to protect the smile from major complications and protect the health, function, and beauty of your smile. From checkups to sleep apnea treatment, we can offer a host of general procedures. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about our approach to general dental care.
Initial Exams and Cleanings
A key component of our general dental treatments is the checkup and cleaning. We want to see you for an exam every six months, as this allows us to watch for the earliest warning signs of developing problems, such as tooth decay, infection, gingivitis, and gum disease, and offer treatment before they threaten smile stability. We also screen for oral cancer, and watch for signs of TMD or bruxism (teeth grinding). If we discover something, we can create a personalized treatment plan to address the issue and bring relief.
Our team will also clean the teeth. A dental cleaning means we use an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool to break up and remove all plaque and tartar, lowering the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, and even cavities and gum disease.
TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
Our team can also treat TMJ disorder and bruxism. These are separate oral health issues that are often connected, as one can lead to the other. TMJ disorder means the jaw joints are strained, which could impact how you open and close your mouth. With bruxism, you grind and clench your teeth, which could damage them and leave your smile vulnerable to decay and infection. Both could be caused by factors like tooth loss, injury to the face or jaw, complications with the development of the smile, or malocclusion. With both, painful symptoms like toothaches, tooth sensitivity, ear and facial pain, jaw pain, and headaches and migraines could develop. We could bring relief with a simple and noninvasive oral appliance, one custom-fitted for your smile.
We could also use a scaling and root planing procedure to address gingivitis or the early stages of gum disease, managing the disease to prevent worsening symptoms and tooth loss! This can help you avoid worsening symptoms, such as bleeding gums, as well as the loss of your teeth.
Our team can also help you rest easier by treating sleep apnea. With a custom oral appliance, your airways can stay open during the night, so you sleep without interruption and feel rested the next day. If you have any questions, then contact our team today!
Visit Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist Today
We want to help protect the health and stability of your smile. If you would like to learn more about our approach to general dentistry, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.