As any dentist would tell you, regular teeth cleanings allow us to identify potential concerns with your oral health and work to correct them. A teeth cleaning in our office includes a review of your medical history, x-rays, a thorough examination of your teeth, gums, and soft tissues, removal of plaque and stains, and a discussion about any concerns you may have. We’ll even give you tips to improve your at-home dental care.
During a periodontal exam, we’ll examine your gums and look for inflammation or bleeding, which could be signs of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, can lead to pain, receding gum lines, and even the loss of your teeth. When the disease is identified early, the progress of the symptoms can be halted or even reversed with proper treatment and care.
Sealants are a powerful tool in preventive dentistry. After a teeth cleaning, we can apply a sealant to select teeth which helps prevent decay on the chewing surface of your teeth. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach will determine if using a sealant is the right option for your dental health, and if it is, they will apply a safe, BPA-free sealant themselves.
Patients who suffer from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain can benefit from a custom-fitted occlusal splint and bite adjustment. This can realign the jaw joints and help the chewing system in your mouth work correctly.
While snoring may not seem like a big deal, it could be a sign of a more serious problem. Snoring can lead to sleep loss for you or your partner, which can affect your alertness while driving and your productivity during the day. It could be a sign of sleep apnea as well, which is a condition where you stop breathing during the night. Sleep apnea increases your risk for serious medical conditions such as heart disease and stroke. Drs. Van Gorden and Steinbach can fit you with a custom oral appliance that opens your airways without the use of surgery or a CPAP machine, reducing or eliminating your snoring and giving you and your partner a better night’s sleep.
Nightguards help protect you from the effects of grinding your teeth while you sleep. Mouthguards help keep your teeth safe while playing sports, preventing expensive and painful injuries. We can fit you for the custom molded guard that you need in our Basalt office.