Some of our additional dental services include:
TMJ and TMD
“TMJ” refers to the temporomandibular joint, which is where your lower jaw is anchored into your skull. When problems arise with this joint, it’s referred to as a “temporomandibular disorder,” or “TMD.” Problems with this joint can result in headaches, pain around the ear, clicking or popping sounds when the joint moves or an inability to fully open or close the jaw. There are several remedies for this problem and we always want to start with the most conservative ones first.
Just like any other joint, the TMJ can be affected by inflammation, arthritis, sore muscles and deterioration of the padding between the bones. Our first priority is relieving your pain. This is followed by an alleviation of any underlying conditions. For instance, a diet consisting of softer foods can help calm the muscles down, cold compresses can help reduce inflammation and moist heat helps muscles relax. In some cases, we may recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants.
Getting to the bottom of the problem could mean orthodontics (moving your teeth into the optimum locations), bridges to remedy missing teeth and improve the bite, or cortisone injections to bring down inflammation. In severe cases, surgery may be needed. However, we will do everything we can to remedy TMD without surgery. If you think you might suffer from TMD, please reach out. We can help.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Sleep apnea is a disorder in which breathing stops and starts, interrupting a person’s rest. It’s a frustrating problem that makes life difficult for one’s spouse and reduces the quality of life for the sufferer. In the morning, a person suffering from sleep apnea may feel no more rested than they did the night before because of the many periods of gasping and choking. Prolonged periods of sleep apnea can contribute to serious health problems like heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure, so it’s very important to seek a resolution.
Snoring is less serious but can also result in poor-quality sleep. We can help you understand why snoring or sleep apnea are disturbing your rest and work out a solution. Treatments range from changing your sleeping position to the use of a device that keeps your airways open all night. Obesity and health conditions like low thyroid function may be contributing to this problem and we can help you remedy these causes as well. Consult with us to learn how you can eliminate snoring or sleep apnea and get a great night’s sleep at last.
LANAP Dental Laser
When a person suffers from gum disease, they begin to develop pockets of bacteria around some teeth. In other words, instead of the gums being tightly attached to the teeth, they have separated from the tooth surfaces. Repairing these open pockets is vital because they allow bacteria to grow in areas that are very hard to clean out. The long-term presence of this bacteria damages the bone in your jaws and can finally lead to tooth loss. For many years, the only solution was invasive gum surgery.
Smile Savers Dentistry is proud to be one of the only dental practices in our area to offer LANAP periodontal treatment. With the LANAP (Laser-Assisted New Attachment Procedure), we can quickly resurface the area of your gums that should be sealed to your teeth and remove plaque deposits below the gum line. The laser treats just the damaged tissue with a minimum of trauma to surrounding tissues. Healing is routinely faster, easier and less painful than recovery from conventional gum surgery. Receiving treatment with LANAP should be done as soon as the problem is diagnosed, before advancing bone loss can cause more extensive problems such as tooth loss.
No one likes to remove teeth but sometimes it is best for one’s overall health or the integrity of nearby teeth. At Smile Savers Dentistry, we know how vital it is to perform an extraction the right way so that healing is fast and pain after the procedure is minimized. We will carefully assess the position of any tooth that needs to be removed and the condition of surrounding teeth and bone. For your comfort, we will consult with you on the anesthetics or sedatives that may be needed to help you stay relaxed during the procedure.
Quality, Caring Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland
If you are a candidate for one of our additional dental procedures, please call us to schedule an assessment of the care needed. Our goal is your lasting dental health. To help you achieve that goal, we provide high-quality dental care in a welcoming and friendly environment. In fact, you may not even feel like you are at a dentist’s office! Find out how comfortable dental care can be. Call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation or treatment: (410) 730-6460.