At Sonrisa: A Periodental Spa, we offer a variety of services to care for your mouth. If you have any questions or would like more information on how we can care for your teeth and mouth, please contact us today.
Cleanings and Prevention – Professional cleanings will remove the buildup of plaque and tartar. Then, your teeth are polished nicely. If you need it, fluoride will be applied to your teeth. We will also preserve any teeth that you have had restored. Professional cleanings also give our dentists a chance to really look at your teeth. We will do a thorough examination to make sure that you don’t have any other problems that need to be addressed. We are hoping to catch any little problems before they become bigger ones!
Cosmetic Dentistry – A beautiful smile is one of the most sought after features in cosmetic medicine. People from all backgrounds and professions want a white, straight smile, and we can help make it a reality. Whether through minor adjustments or major changes, cosmetic dentistry aims to help people feel good about the way their teeth look. There are many procedures that can improve your teeth and correct issues such as discoloration, chips, gaps, or irregularities. Common options include bonding, veneers, bleaching, reshaping, and crowns. In addition to cosmetic improvements, these procedures can help solve other oral problems as well.
Gum Treatment – Gums are the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Gum disease is when this tissue becomes infected and is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Plaque (the bacteria on teeth) is constantly forming, so regular dental care is important to preventing buildup that affects the gums. If you experience bleeding or swollen gums, gums that are pulling away from your teeth, bad breath or taste, loose or changing teeth, you may have signs of gum disease.
Periodontal disease is the infection of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth, which can progress to tooth movement and tooth loss. Our office specializes in periodontics and we offer a very wide range of periodontal treatments.
- Scaling and Root Planing (Deep Cleaning) – The first step in treating periodontal disease usually involves a special deep cleaning called scaling and root planning. This treatment involves the removal of bacterial plaque and tarter from under the gums to allow the gum tissue to heal.
- Bone Grafting – If significant bone which supports the teeth has been lost, bone grafting may be necessary. This treatment involves folding back the gum tissue to remove the disease-causing bacteria. Bone grafts or tissue-stimulating proteins can be used to encourage your body’s natural ability to regenerate bone and tissue which will support the teeth.
- Gum Grafting – Healthy gum tissue protects your teeth from periodontal disease and sensitivity. Gum recession is when the gum tissue starts to move away from the teeth, giving the teeth a long appearance. Gum recession can be treated by using a gum graft to return the gums and teeth to a healthy state and a more attractive appearance. This can be done without using tissue from the roof of the mouth, which provides a more comfortable post-op experience.
- Dental Implants – Losing one or more teeth creates a gap in your smile, affects your ability to chew properly, and can alter your diet and nutrition. Tooth loss also causes bone loss. Dental implants are the new standard of care for tooth replacement. Dental implants bond with healthy bone, providing a permanent support for dental crowns and dentures. They also look and feel like natural teeth.
Oral Surgery – Oral surgery encompasses procedures treating a wide array of diseases, injuries, and defects in the oral cavity. It is an internationally recognized medical specialty. Our surgeons are knowledgeable and have received extensive training and education. We practice the highest standards of care and we also utilize cutting edge medical technology for our patients.
Orthodontics – We are proud to offer the best and most up-to-date orthodontic services for our patients. Our orthodontists treat malocclusions which are often called bad bites. This is when a client bites down and their teeth do not line up correctly. We also treat crooked teeth or teeth that simply do not line up correctly. Orthodontists also focus on the development of the facial bones and jaw. While orthodontics can be considered mostly cosmetic procedures, it is important to fix these problems for a healthy mouth. Teeth that are crooked or do not line up are the perfect place for food and bacteria to hide. They can also be hard to clean, leading to cavities and other problems down the line.
Pedodontics – Our entire staff is very good with children. We know and understand how children think so that we can start them off right. We want them to associate the dentist’s office as a good place, instead of being scared. We take our time with each patient so that they have an enjoyable visit. Our dentists (and entire staff) understand the importance of good oral health even as young children. They have specialized training with primary teeth. They are here to help protect and restore children’s teeth so that they can speak and eat easily, as well as having a wonderful smile. They understand the growth and development of children’s teeth so that they can start their oral health off correctly.
Root Canal – A root canal is a procedure used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. Although normal tooth decay can become increasingly worse and eventually lead to a root canal, often times blunt trauma can cause the tooth to die as well. Your dentist will remove the dead nerve from the tooth and then seal it off to prevent another infection or abscess from forming around the tooth. If the nerve is not removed the infection will continue to climb deeper into your gums, often causing swelling, pain, and discomfort.
Sedation Dentistry – We are proud to offer different types of anesthesia to our patients to make their visits more comfortable. The most common type of anesthesia used is a local anesthesia. This prevents pain in a specific part of a patient’s mouth. This works by blocking the nerves to that area. We often use a topical anesthesia before using local anesthesia. This helps to numb the area before we inject the local anesthesia. This is most often used for cavities. There are some patients who require more anesthesia so we also offer sedatives. These are most effective if they are given before the procedure but they can be given during it. There are different types of sedatives. Some are inhaled as a gas though there are some in pill form. Some sedatives need to be given intravenously.
TMJ – If you have TMJ, it probably started with pain and discomfort in your jaw joint and the muscles used to move your jaw. Pain and discomfort do not always signal a problem and usually go away on their own. However, if you are having headaches, trouble chewing, and pain in the face, jaw, and ear, you may be experiencing symptoms of TMJ. Some people complain about an uncomfortable bite. Some even feel dizzy or a pain in their neck. If you are suffering from TMJ, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will schedule an appointment so we can discuss your options. We will do everything we can to help you have a beautiful, pain-free smile!