Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Taylorsville Family Dental is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and to providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry possible.
Periodontal disease (also called gum disease, gingivitis, or periodontitis) refers to the infection of the supportive tissues of the mouth due to toxic bacteria found in plaque. Most adults suffer from some degree of gum disease, and if left untreated, gum disease can cause tooth loss, the breaking down of the soft tissue in the mouth and jaw, and other significant health problems. Dr. White or Dr. Keefe will assess your periodontal health and, if needed, will conduct the appropriate therapy to restore your gums and supportive tissues.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes makes a root canal procedure necessary. Despite the tales you may have heard about the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may have been feeling before the procedure. Drs. White and Keefe take advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective and less time consuming.
A root canal involves removing the soft tissue within the tooth (the pulp) when it has become infected and inflamed. Your dentist gently files the infected tissue out of the root canals of the tooth (where the procedure gets its name) and fills the void with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling or in some cases, a crown.
Although we always work to maintain as much of your natural tooth structure as possible, sometimes the best treatment option requires the removal of one or more teeth. When injury or disease dictates that extraction is the best course of action, we can perform the procedure gently and safely in our office, then provide you with the ongoing treatment required to restore full form and function to your smile!
When decay and bacteria are removed from a cavity, the area is then filled with a material that will seal and protect the structure of your tooth. With this procedure, your dentist helps minimize your risk for further decay.
As a comprehensive dental practice, Drs. White and Keefe offer routine oral cancer screenings to every patient. Your Taylorsville Family Dental team is aware that, as dentists, they are the only medical professionals in a position to routinely evaluate and detect abnormalities in their early stages. Your doctors are dedicated to providing this potentially life-saving procedure for you.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, a nightguard appliance may be recommended.
A nightguard protects you from grinding and clenching your teeth while you sleep. Drs. White and Keefe take great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Ask your Taylorsville Family Dental team today about having a nightguard custom created especially for you.
It is estimated by the American Dental Association that mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone.
Properly prescribed, designed, and custom-fit mouthguards are essential in the prevention of athletic oral and facial injuries. If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouthguards are a great way to protect them from concussions and from potential tooth injuries. Taylorsville Family Dental offers custom-made mouthguards for your children that are properly fitted, comfortable, resilient, and tasteless, while causing minimal interference with speaking and breathing. They are easy to clean and come in many color combinations.
If you or a loved one snores, it could be a sign of a more serious problem like sleep apnea. Sleep apnea occurs when an individual stops breathing for an extended period of time during sleep. Snoring happens when the soft palate relaxes to the point of cutting off the airway. Snore appliances are designed to comfortably hold the airway open during sleep. There are a wide variety of snore appliances available to you. Let Dr. White or Dr. Keefe select the right appliance to suit your needs.