Preventive Care

1. Dental Hygiene and Periodontal Health
2. Oral Pathology
3. Night Guards
4. TMJ Treatment


1. Dental Hygiene and Periodontal Health

The best way to fight dental health issues is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. We’re happy to provide thorough cleanings and other treatment while you’re in our office, but good oral hygiene extends to your home and personal hygiene routine. We can help you develop and implement a dental hygiene plan that will keep your teeth and gums in top condition.


2. Oral Pathology

Oral Pathology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the mouth, jaws, and related areas. We use radiographic, microscopic, biochemical, biopsy, and other examination methods to arrive at accurate diagnoses.


3. Night Guards

Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that affects many people, and can cause damage to your teeth, jaws, and gums. It may occur while conscious, but it’s usually a larger problem at night while you’re asleep. Night guards are designed to prevent this.

Physically resembling the mouth guards worn by athletes, night guards provide a physical barrier between your teeth while you’re sleeping. Night guards are built around an impression taken of your teeth to ensure a perfect and comfortable fit.


4. TMJ Treatment

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects your lower jaw to your skull, and controls most of your jaw functions. Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD) are issues with the joint and surrounding structures, and can be caused by stress, teeth grinding, or prolonged, continual clenching of the jaw muscles.

Key symptoms of TMD include:

  • A dull, aching pain when moving the jaw or associated muscles.
  • Jaw problems, such as trouble opening your mouth wide and your jaw getting stuck, either open or closed.
  • Clicks, pops, or grinding sounds when opening and closing your mouth that may or may not be painful.

More general symptoms include:

  • Headaches, pain in the face, neck, shoulders, or surrounding areas.
  • Hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
  • Dizziness.
  • Feeling like your upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned.
  • Pain or pressure behind the eyes.

Many of these symptoms can often be the result of other unrelated issues, so it’s important to get a professional opinion if you suspect you may have TMD.

Surgery may be required in severe cases, but most often behavioral changes and/or a night guard are sufficient to treat TMD.