Trust Stanley Family Dentistry for general dental procedures. Learn about tooth-colored composite fillings, root canal therapy, periodontal (gum) therapy, and TMJ-TMD.

Tooth-Colored Composite Fillings

We know the importance of a natural, healthy looking smile and that's why we offer tooth colored fillings to restore your tooth to its natural appearance. These fillings are made of long lasting porcelain or resin material that is easily bonded to your natural tooth. To find out if bonding is the right option for you, please contact us today.


Root Canal Therapy

Saving injured or infected teeth is a high priority at our practice. Years ago, extracting these types of teeth was a common practice, but with root canal therapy we are able to save these teeth and restore them to normal function. Under local anesthesia the infection is removed from the inside of the tooth's canals. These canals are then sealed to prevent new infection. To find out more about root canal therapy, please contact us today.

 


Periodontal (Gum) Therapy

Your teeth are intended to last a lifetime; and they can, with proper care. This means thorough daily brushing and flossing and regular professional cleanings to avoid periodontal diseases. Periodontal diseases are the major cause of tooth loss in adults, but they can be prevented.

"Periodontal" comes from two Greek words that mean "around the tooth." There are several types of periodontal diseases. All are started by a bacterial infection which attacks the gums, bone, and ligaments that support the teeth and hold them in the jaw. Periodontal diseases are usually painless and develop slowly or progress quite rapidly. Usually, the disease process begins with gingivitis, a reversible, painless inflammation of the gums. The usual first sign is bleeding of the gums when brushing or flossing. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress into periodontal disease.

Periodontal disease is much more than a detriment to your oral health. It is also a detriment to your overall health. Research indicates that the bacteria associated with periodontal diseases are also linked to systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart attack, stroke, respiratory infections, and low birth weight in newborn babies. Our goal is to diagnose patients at the early stage, before bone destruction begins. We are then able to safely and effectively treat patients with periodontal disease to help them maintain a healthy oral environment, and overall health. We encourage our patients to continue scheduled dental cleanings so that we can work with them to maintain a healthy oral and overall condition. Please contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

 

TMJ-TMD

Temporomandibular disorders, or TMD's, can cause a number of vague symptoms that can mimic other diseases. These symptoms can include one, or a combination, of problems involving the teeth, the muscles used when chewing, or the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), the jaw joint.

The many symptoms can include unusual sounds in the jaw joint. These include popping, grinding, and clicking. These sounds may or may not be accompanied by pain and are indicative of an abnormal condition. This condition can worsen without proper treatment. Clenching and grinding the teeth at night are often associated with these symptoms. Warning signs include difficulty opening the mouth, locking in an open position, or pain in the joint when chewing. Since the TMJ is located close to the ear, patients often feel like they have an ear infection. To learn more about TMD's before your symptoms worsen, please contact us today.