A Healthy Smile, A Healthy Body
We appreciate that your oral health is not only about appearing your best. It’s about cultivating healthy
teeth and gums. Do you realize that the cause of most tooth loss is not decay? It’s gum disease. And research
has confirmed a link between gum disease and your overall health. The good news is that gum disease can be
cured, often without surgery. We want all of our patients to experience great oral health. Our commitment to
you entails paying scrupulous attention to all of your needs so you look amazing and enjoy improved health.
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
One of the most vital reasons to see your dentist regularly is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional
hygienist. Even when you take proper care to brush and floss carefully, some bit of soft and sticky plaque
remains. Over time, plaque develops into tartar, which is even more difficult to remove with your average
toothbrush and floss. Tartar accumulates below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth. Unremoved
plaque and tartar escalate your risk of more serious infections developing. Recent studies define a clear link
between untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Having
your teeth cleaned regularly is one of the easiest things you can do to stay healthy!
Senior Dental Care is Different
No part of our bodies can escape the ravages of age. Years of plaque buildup, as well as consuming coffee, tea,
or tobacco, can make teeth discolor. Ask us about treatments that can alleviate these problems. Saliva reduction
is sometimes a side effect of medications. There are products that can ease this condition, as well. Your fillings
are getting older, becoming weak and susceptible to cracking. Regular check-ups will allow us to stay on top of
your existing fillings. Gum disease and root decay can be major problems in seniors. Daily cleaning and good
nutrition are vital for healthy gums. If your gums have begun to bleed, seem overly red, or your teeth start to
feel loose, contact us immediately.
Solutions for Denture Wearers
With a breakthrough in design and alignment, we can offer natural-looking, slip-proof dentures! This approach fastens
the denture plate so solidly that you no longer have to worry about the foods you eat or that your dentures might move
or slip. If you wear dentures, be sure to inquire with us about this. It will improve your life!
In-House Tooth Extractions
With impacted third molars, or with widespread damage or an infection, extraction may represent your best hope for a
solution. We do most extractions in our office, so you will not be inconvenienced with a referral to another office.
Our understanding manner will reduce your anxiety while we administer this treatment.
Oral Cancer – Minimize Your Risk
Statistically, oral cancer generates one American death every hour. For 40 years, this mortality rate hasn’t altered.
But it’s not all bad news. Early detection produces a 90% cure rate for oral cancer. That’s why we administer a visual
screening for oral cancer at every six-month checkup and cleaning. If the hygienist or dentist sees anything that gives
them reason for concern, they’ll refer you to an oral surgeon. This screening could mean your life!
No Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!
The most commonly admitted concern regarding traditional silver-mercury amalgam fillings is their appearance. Most people
just don’t want an unsightly black filling in their teeth. While they’re an acceptable fix, still used by many practices,
amalgam metals do not offer the most secure bond available for reconstructing your tooth, so decay can and does eventually
eat around the metal into your tooth. We offer state-of-the-art restorations that are a natural-looking white, contain no
metals, and can actually reinforce your teeth. They bond solidly with the healthy part of your tooth, so there will be much
less risk of decay in the future.
TMJ/TMD – Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Helps You Say ‘Goodbye’ to Headaches and Jaw Pains!
Do you know that the aches and pains that afflict your neck and shoulders may be the by-product of a misaligned dental occlusion
(i.e. your bite)? Excess tension in your jaw muscles may also explain your frequent headaches or throbbing and popping jaws. If
your teeth have become worn over the years or lost due to accident or dental disease, your jaw is not able to settle into a
naturally relaxed position. It is time to recover your dental occlusion and allow your jaw to return to the alignment that nature
intended, so you can stop suffering.
Full-mouth rehabilitation is a specialized procedure we offer at Monte Vista Family Dentistry & Orthodontics to restore your
oral health. If you have been coexisting with the pain and discomfort described above, we invite you to discover the improvements
that this treatment may bring to your quality of life.
Saving Hopeless Teeth
Missing teeth represent tremendous risk to your overall dental health. A root canal can restore teeth with roots that have been
injured or infected – teeth that used to necessitate extraction. A root canal is a procedure that repairs a tooth by extracting the
pulp chamber and packing the space with filling material. This is often unavoidable when dental decay reaches the nerve of the tooth
(or the tooth has become infected), and extends past the recovery of a simple filling. At Monte Vista Family Dentistry and Orthodontics,
we are skilled in advanced root canal therapy. In the past, the root canal acquired an undeserved reputation as something to be avoided.
However, with modern anesthetics and technology, root canals are actually a manageable form of treatment.
If it’s time for your next cleaning, or if you’re ready to schedule a no-cost/no-obligation
consultation, call us now at (210) 736-5161.