Traditional orthodontic braces have helped millions of patients achieve straight teeth and proper bites. Drs. Joe McIntyre and Dan Whiting believe in the importance of diagnosing misalignment as soon as possible because they can often use spacers and other techniques to minimize orthodontic treatment times in these cases. Having straight teeth not only provides benefits to the aesthetics of your smile, it also makes it easier to maintain proper oral health.
To help protect the overall health of our patients, we proudly provide treatment for sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when breathing becomes repeatedly interrupted during sleep. In order to address the condition, we offer a take-home sleep study that is evaluated by a certified sleep physician. Patients with mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea can be treated with a custom-made oral appliance. Patients with moderate to severe cases are referred to undergo treatment with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.
Preventive care is one of the focuses of Smiles For Life. By undergoing routine examinations and cleanings at our practice, you allow our team to diagnose and treat oral health issues before they can develop into serious concerns. Our office is also equipped with a DIAGNOdent® laser, which we use to diagnose cavities at their earliest stages.
We proudly offer complete oral care services for children, including sealants and fluoride treatments, because establishing proper oral care at a young age helps to put young patients on the path toward a lifetime of healthy smiles. Children who maintain good oral health are named to the "Cavity Free Club," and they are awarded a certificate, medal, and free gift. Each year, members of the Cavity Free Club are invited to a free meeting at Pump It Up activity center for a day of fun.
We perform oral cancer screenings as a part of routine examinations at our practice. We will look for early symptoms of this potentially deadly disease, which can include lesions, inflammation, and white or red patches. Although these potential concerns are often harmless, we can order a biopsy in order to provide patients with a professional diagnosis.
In cases of severe dental infection or damage, tooth extraction may be the best way to preserve a patient's oral health. We will work slowly and carefully during the procedure in order to minimize bone loss and ensure your comfort. Thanks to the gentle touch of our doctors, many patients do not even realize when the tooth is out. After undergoing extraction, we can use a restorative treatment to renew the appearance and function of your smile.
We do not want dental anxiety to prevent patients from receiving the care they deserve, which is why we offer sedation dentistry. If you choose oral-conscious sedation, you will take a pill before undergoing treatment. The medication will put you into a state of deep relaxation. However, you will remain awake and able to respond to questions or commands. When undergoing treatment with oral-conscious sedation, you will need to have someone drive you to and from your appointment.
When left untreated, bacteria can reach the interior of a tooth and lead to a range of oral health concerns. Root canal therapy is performed to halt a tooth infection, restore oral health, and prevent the need for extraction. During this procedure, we will use advanced rotary tools to minimize treatment times. After removing damaged portions from within your tooth, your doctor will fill the area with a rubber-like paste. The treated tooth will be reshaped and covered with a dental crown to provide lasting support.
Periodontal (gum) disease is a serious concern because it can eventually lead to gum recession and tooth loss. At Smiles For Life, we have four on-staff hygienists who provide comprehensive periodontal treatments. We can often treat mild to moderate cases of gum disease with a scaling and root planing procedure (also known as a deep cleaning). We can also use Arestin®, an antibiotic gel, to eliminate periodontal bacteria from above and below the gum line.
Temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints become inflamed, patients can experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms, including headaches, difficulty chewing, and severe jaw pain. Fortunately, we can often effectively treat TMJ disorder with a special oral appliance. With this conservative approach, you will wear a custom-made mouth guard while you sleep to gradually move your jaw into proper alignment, helping to reduce strain on your TMJs.