Using Your Custom TMJ Appliance

If you have a problem with the way your jaw moves, or if something has affected your alignment, it can be difficult to speak, bite, or chew without feeling some discomfort. The more time you spend not addressing this issue, the more likely you are to have worsening pain that intrudes on your quality of life. At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we can both determine if your discomfort is due to TMJ disorder, and we can provide a custom appliance to help you address it. Through the use of this appliance, you can put a stop to discomfort by encouraging a correction in your joint alignment and movement. Appliance therapy can also help if you have difficulties with teeth grinding, a problem that is frequently related to TMJ disorder. (more…)

Treating Cavities With Lifelike Fillings

Once a cavity forms, a restorative procedure will have to take place to protect your tooth against the spread of decay. While the damage is permanent, timely treatment will limit the harm to your enamel. At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we can do more than just stop a cavity from doing any more damage. With a lifelike dental filling, we can protect your tooth and preserve your smile! Our fillings are made with a biocompatible resin substance that can match the look and color of your tooth. As a result, it can be placed without causing an unwelcome change in your appearance!
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Discussing Sleep Apnea With Your Dentist

Why should you bother discussing your sleep troubles with your dentist? If those troubles are linked to sleep apnea, a condition that causes a person to snore and face breathing difficulties while they rest, you can actually receive beneficial treatment! At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we can discuss your condition and discuss treatment with a custom oral appliance that will help you maintain regular breathing. This serves as an alternative to treatment with a CPAP machine, one that you can find a more comfortable kind of care. Dealing with this problem is important, as it interferes with your rest cycles, which makes it difficult for you to enjoy the full health benefits of a night’s sleep. (more…)

Addressing Questions About Advanced Cavities

It can be scary to hear that you have an advanced cavity, but what does this really mean for your oral health? What kind of restorative dental work will you need to put this problem behind you? At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we are prepared to provide restorative dental work to patients who need help with dental decay. If your cavity is serious enough to cause an infection within your tooth structure, we can provide support through the appropriate treatment, which can include root canal treatment. To protect you after this procedure is finished, we can provide a custom dental crown that keeps your tooth safe and secure. (more…)

When You Want To Show Off A Whiter Smile

You can feel confident in the health of your smile, but you may be less than thrilled with the way it looks if you have embarrassing enamel stains. Over time, these stains can worsen and become difficult to ignore, and they can prove surprisingly difficult to address. Rather than limit yourself to over the counter treatments, you can talk to your Northwest IN dentist about cosmetic dentistry. Our cosmetic services include teeth whitening treatments that help patients deal with discoloration. We can also discuss services that can address dental damage, problems with tooth shape and size, and even some concerns about misalignment. (more…)

Can I Put Pressure On My Dental Crown?

When you need to do something about an oral health problem, you may have several questions about the impact treatment might have on your well-being as well as your appearance. A custom dental crown can completely cover a vulnerable tooth to keep it safe from further harm, and it can even improve your smile. However, you may be unsure of how much you can depend on it. Will your restoration be strong enough to absorb bite pressure, or will you have to change your dental function because it is there? At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we can provide custom crowns that can help you fully recover from problems. That means protecting a tooth and preserving your smile, but it also means providing valuable bite support. (more…)

Oral Hygiene And Gingivitis Risks

The work you put into caring for your smile protects you against tooth decay. When you maintain a truly effective routine, you also guard yourself against the onset of gingivitis, the first stage of a periodontal infection that can lead to worsening problems over time. At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we help our patients keep their gums as well as their teeth in good shape. We can do this by providing reliable preventive care, and when necessary we can even fight an active infection by providing a scaling and root planing treatment. On your own, you can maintain a brushing and flossing routine that will stop the accumulation of bacteria at your gum line and prevent the start of an infection. (more…)

How Bonding Treatments Address Smile Flaws

It only takes one smile flaw to drag down your confidence in the way you look. Even if the issue you have is relatively mild, it can be frustrating to see how an issue with a damaged, misshapen, discolored, or otherwise flawed tooth can bring down your appearance. At our Northwest IN dentist’s office, we can provide a conservative cosmetic procedure that is capable of changing the way you look while only making minimal changes to your tooth structure. Tooth bonding and contouring work can address several concerns at one time, making it effective at helping many people. Because there is no need to provide a custom restoration, the work can also take less time than you expect! (more…)

Resolving Problems With Nightly Teeth Grinding

Until you do something about the problem, nightly teeth grinding can continue taking a toll on your smile and oral health. Just how serious is this problem? We have the ability to grind and clench our teeth with considerable force. Someone who experiences issues with bruxism (persistent teeth grinding) each night can wear down their enamel over time. In addition to gradually hurting the shape and size of your teeth, this can lead to permanent chips and cracks! Your Northwest IN dentist is prepared to help you move on from this problem. A custom oral guard can keep your teeth safe, and it can prevent problems with strain on your jaw joints and muscles from creating more issues with your oral health. (more…)

How We Help Patients Manage TMJ Problems

If you start to experience problems with your jaw, the discomfort you feel can be difficult to ignore. The longer you wait to do something about issues like joint pain and stiffness, limited movement, or teeth grinding, the harder it can be to ignore your discomfort. Are you simply stuck with these problems? If not, how can you address them? Problems with jaw movement or alignment can occur for many reasons. Fortunately, your Northwest IN dentist can help you take on this issue by providing TMJ treatment. In addition to providing oral appliances that help correct uneven movements and joint imbalances, we can examine you to determine if restorative treatment is needed to improve your bite. (more…)