When a tooth has damaged or infected roots, the best treatment to save a tooth is a root canal. In times past, a tooth with this problem was extracted. But it has been proven that saving a tooth, if at all possible, is important to avoid other dental problems.
Dr. Gentry is experienced in this procedure and has successfully saved and returned many teeth to full functionality once again. The pulp within the interior of the tooth is removed, and a special filling material replaces it. Sometimes a crown is also placed over the tooth for additional strength.
No longer is this procedure painful and something patients want to avoid. With modern anesthetics and advanced techniques, patients find it very manageable.
If you have been previously diagnosed with sleep apnea and have been given a CPAP device to remedy the problem, perhaps you have become frustrated with this solution. Although the CPAP takes care of the intermittent breathing problem while sleeping, wearing a bulky mask at night is very uncomfortable for many people.
We offer an alternative with a small, acrylic, oral device. It is simply inserted over both dental arches and is similar to an orthodontic retainer. It works by keeping your tongue and jaw in the proper position to allow maximum airflow into your lungs. Easy to insert, remove, and clean, it also packs lightly when traveling. Over 90% of patients have experienced relief with this alternative solution.
Start getting a good night's rest in comfort again. Come in and let us give you the relief you need from this problem.
Different age groups have specific problems that we watch for. With seniors, we carefully check fillings to see that they are not loose or that decay has set in under or around them. We look for any fractures or chips in teeth to also repair before decay sets in. Seniors may be taking medications that create a dry mouth, and we can remedy the problem with basic products we provide. Teeth may no longer look attractive due to staining and discoloration from tobacco and caffeine consumption. We can whiten and brighten teeth to their original luster again.
The most serious and often common problem with seniors is gum disease or root decay. If ever you experience bleeding gums or loose teeth, please contact us immediately. We continue to emphasize the importance of proper cleaning of teeth and gums every day, and consuming more nutritious meals and snacks.
If you have been suffering from TMJ or TMD for quite some time, you are probably aware the common reason for this problem is called a malocclusion, which is an improper bite. When the upper and lower dental arches do not come together as nature intended, pain in the head, neck, shoulder, and jaws is the result. Often teeth may be ground down, which also interferes with the jaw resting as it should.
Don't suffer any longer with this disability. We can restore your bite to its proper position and alleviate the pain to which you may have become accustomed. Without this pain, you will experience a new quality of life that will make you want to smile!
If it's time for your next cleaning, or if you're ready to schedule a no cost/no obligation consultation, call us now at (252) 764-2784.
1165 Cedar Point Blvd, Suite P
Cedar Point, NC 28584
Mon. & Tue. 8-5
Thurs. 9-6, Fri. 8-4
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