The best course of action to maintain your beautiful smile is to prevent problems before they start. Nearly all the conditions that hurt your smile can be avoided with regular care. The Dental Shoppe team is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Periodontal disease is responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums, but it is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment from a trusted dental team. Periodontal disease can easily be eradicated when diagnosed early with less invasive treatment. A visit to The Dental Shoppe includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. You will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Fifty percent of all adults have some form of Periodontal Disease, often without realizing it. Note the signs and symptoms below and contact your dental team as necessary:
• Bleeding gums
• Bad breath
• Receding gums
• Loose teeth
• Pus around teeth
At some point in life, almost everyone requires that his or her wisdom teeth be extracted as a measure of preventive dentistry. If you’ve been putting off the removal of your wisdom teeth, The Dental Shoppe team can help. With today’s dental technology, this procedure has been improved to maximize your comfort and speed up your recovery time.
Before extracting your wisdom teeth, additional sedation may be given the night before and an hour before the procedure. Then your Dental Shoppe dentist will administer anesthetic, open up the gum tissue over the tooth, remove any bone covering the tooth, separate any connective tissue, and remove the tooth itself. In most cases, your recovery will only last a few days. Your Dental Shoppe team will provide you with detailed information on your recovery, and you will be prescribed medication to manage any pain.
If damage to the nerve tissue inside a tooth requires a root canal procedure, your dentist will gently remove the infected tissue and fill the void with an inert material. The routine procedure is completed with the placement of a crown. Thanks to advances in technology and dental techniques, modern root canal procedures are more effective while taking less time.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively, and your dentist will determine that extraction is the correct treatment option to start you on the path back toward a healthy smile. After removing your troublesome tooth, The Dental Shoppe team will give you the treatment options for replacing the tooth.
If you’re embarrassed about your smile because of decayed, disfigured, or discolored teeth, you may be a good candidate for composite resins, also known as tooth-colored fillings. Once the decay has been removed from the tooth, your dentist replaces it with “filling” material. Silver fillings were the standard for years, but with new advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings, resulting in a bright, white smile.
As a comprehensive dental practitioner, The Dental Shoppe offers routine oral cancer screenings to you as a patient. As with all cancers, early detection is essential; the high death rate from oral cancer is incredibly high due to the late discovery of the disease. Patients who do not seek regular, continuous care from a dental professional are risking their health by delaying a diagnosis in the early stages. Drs. Langefeld, Czapla, and Matthaei are dedicated to providing this potentially life-saving procedure for you.
Many people notice chipped or cracked teeth but don’t remember when the injury occurred. If you have experienced this, you may have damaged your teeth while sleeping through grinding or clenching. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, The Dental Shoppe recommends an appliance called a nightguard, which protects your teeth while you sleep. Your dentist will take great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Ask your dentist about having a nightguard custom created for you.
No one enjoys the numb feeling that follows dental procedures. That’s why The Dental Shoppe team offers OraVerse® – the first and only product that rapidly reverses the effects of your local dental anesthetic. OraVerse® is safely administered by your dentist after your dental procedure, reducing lingering numbness. This technology allows you to get back to your routine twice as fast!
You don’t have to live with chronic head and neck pain! An NTI is a specialized tension suppression system that involves the creation of a customized mouthpiece that is worn at night. The mouthpiece prevents jaw clenching and grinding associated with overstimulation of the Trigeminal Nerve, which causes TMD, chronic tension headaches, and migraines.
The American Dental Association estimates that sports mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. This proves that adequately designed and custom-fit mouthguards are essential in the prevention of athletic oral and facial injuries. If you enjoy an active lifestyle that includes sports or other similar activities, mouthguards are a great way to protect against concussions and oral injury. The Dental Shoppe offers custom-made mouth guards for you or your children that fit correctly, are comfortable, resilient, tasteless, and cause minimal interference with speaking and breathing.