MAINTAIN THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF YOUR SMILE
Maintaining a healthy mouth begins with good preventive care. At Huntington Bay Dental, we provide our patients with exceptional general dentistry treatment to keep their smiles in top form. With each oral exams, we conduct a comprehensive head and neck screening for the early detection of abnormalities, including head and neck cancers. Our diagnostic procedures include the use of low radiation digital X-rays, and our professional cleanings help to keep your mouth in top health., We offer a wide range of therapy options including treatment for TMJ problems, sleep apnea, peridontal problems, and root canal therapy. Our goal is for our patients to have all of their dental needs met at Huntington Bay Dental.
Our general dentistry treatment options include:
ORAL EXAMS AND CLEANINGS
Regular brushing and flossing is vital to the health and well-being of your mouth, but maintaining good dental hygiene also requires routine professional dental cleanings and oral exams. Individuals should have professional dental cleanings and oral exams at least every six months or so, depending on their particular needs.
Professional dental cleanings and oral exams are meant to be preventative in nature, helping patients avoid such problems as decay, gum disease, and infection or catching these problems early before they progress to more advanced stages. At Huntington Bay Dental, a professional dental cleaning includes scaling, root planning, and polishing, plus recommendations for further preventative or restorative care. To schedule a cleaning, contact our staff at Huntington Bay Dental.
A tooth may need to be extracted for a number of reasons, the most common of which is advanced tooth decay. If a tooth has decayed to a point where restorative procedures such as drilling and placing crowns, onlays, or inlays will not save it, then an extraction is needed to protect the mouth from further infection and damage. Tooth extractions are also performed on patients who have impacted teeth or who need more room in their mouths in order to receive the benefits of orthodontic treatment.
When the tooth is visibly above the gum line, we perform a simple tooth extraction that only requires local anesthesia. For teeth that are still below the gum line, a surgical extraction is necessary. Patients undergoing a surgical tooth extraction may opt for sedation in addition to local anesthesia.
ROOT CANAL THERAPY
Root canal therapy involves the removal of damaged dental pulp (the soft tissue composed of nerves and blood vessels inside the canal of the tooth). In order to avoid infection, permanent deadening of the tooth nerve, or an abscess, root canal therapy is often necessary.
A cracked tooth or a severe cavity may allow germs to enter into the canal, where they can infect dental pulp. If allowed to progress, the infection may cause so much damage that the tooth needs to be removed. Root canal therapy is designed to prevent the kind of damage that leads to the need for a tooth extraction.
During treatment, we remove the patient’s diseased pulp, clean the canal to free it from germs and bacteria, and then seal it to keep other germs and bacteria out. A crown will then be bonded to the tooth, returning it to full functioning capacity.
Gum disease is a serious oral health issue that, if left untreated, can eventually lead to tooth loss. Periodontal care at Huntington Bay Dental provides patients with both preventative options for maintaining healthy gums and corrective options for addressing gum disease already in progress.
Periodontal care begins with a thorough examination of the patient’s teeth and gums. We establish whether there has been any breakdown in gum tissue and whether pockets have formed between teeth and gums. We may also take digital X-rays of the patient’s mouth to determine whether there has been any bone loss below the gum line. If necessary, we can treat gum disease by removing microbial plaque and calculus deposits below the gum line. For more advanced gum disease, periodontal surgery may be necessary.
Huntington Bay Dental routinely uses the diode dental laser in the treatment of moderate to more advanced periodontal diseases. Lasers allow for very comfortable care, with no post-operative discomfort, minimized use of anesthesia, and minimal bleeding.
If you are experiencing bleeding, receding, or swollen gums; mouth pain; persistent bad breath; or shifts in the way your teeth fit together, we recommend that you contact us today to schedule an appointment.
LASER RESTORATIVE AND PERIODONTAL THERAPY
At Huntington Bay Dental, our facility is fully equipped with the most advanced laser technology available. Laser therapy provides patients with minimally invasive options for treating tooth decay and gum disease. Unlike traditional methods that involve injections of local anesthesia, drilling, and metal instruments for poking and prodding, laser therapy is quick, simple, and virtually pain-free.
Using a diagnostic laser (the DIAGNOdent®), we can detect tooth decay without irritating the teeth with a metal probe. To remove tooth decay, we use the Erbium laser, a very accurate tool that allows us to vaporize tooth decay while preserving more of the healthy tooth structure. For patients with gum disease, we use the Diode laser, an instrument that emits pulses of energy so quickly that there is virtually no pain involved.
Laser therapy at Huntington Bay Dental makes it possible for patients to have tooth decay and gum disease treated without the pain, the hassle, and the fears associated with traditional dental treatments.&
TMJ syndrome causes a number of troublesome symptoms, including joint pain in the jaw, shoulder pain, headaches, earaches, and tooth pain. The clicking or popping of the jaw (when it is opened very wide) is one of the telltale signs of TMJ syndrome. Among the most common causes of TMJ syndrome are teeth grinding or jaw clenching, which put the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) under extreme pressure.
The professionals at Huntington Bay Dental provide bite therapy for patients complaining of TMJ disorder symptoms. Bite therapy involves a careful analysis of the jawbones, joints, and muscles in order to assess the cause(s) of the TMJ disorder symptoms. We also instruct patients in jaw exercises that help mitigate jaw misalignments, promote jaw control, and reduce clenching and grinding.
Splint therapy is available at Huntington Bay Dental for addressing some of the causes and symptoms of TMJ and some other types of craniofacial pain. For jaw clenchers and teeth grinders, we can custom design a mouthguard or “splint” using an impression made of the patient’s teeth. Splints inhibit patients from grinding and clenching and promote optimal jaw alignment.
SNORING AND SLEEP APNEA TREATMENT
Excessive snoring may merely be a nuisance, disturbing sleep for both the patient and his or her partner. But it may also be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially life-threatening condition. Sleep apnea is the obstruction of the breathing passage between the nose and the voice box, a situation that can reduce oxygen in the blood to dangerously low levels.
Treatments for excessive snoring and sleep apnea are available at Huntington Bay Dental , where we offer dental appliances that can reduce or prevent the disturbing nighttime noises and health risks associated with these sleep disorders. For many of our patients with snoring disorders, we use the Lamberg Sleep Well Device, which works by moving the lower jaw and tongue forward. This repositioning of the tongue opens up the breathing passageway and inhibits snoring.
If you think you may have sleep apnea or are at risk for the condition, contact our office as soon as possible to schedule an appointment.
To prevent cavities from forming, sealants are bonded to teeth to act as barriers against cavity-causing bacteria. Typically, they are placed on the surfaces of back teeth that have cracks, fissures, and deep grooves—teeth most susceptible to decay.
Sealants create a smoother chewing surface so that teeth do not as easily trap plaque. Smooth surfaces also make brushing more effective. Made out of a plastic, tooth-colored composite resin, sealants are not easily seen in most situations. In fact, in most cases only a dentist can tell if someone has sealants on his or her teeth.
Sealants are often recommended for children and teens because grooves and fissures in teeth tend to form in childhood and adolescence. However, many adults are good candidates for sealants as well.
Good oral hygiene is a lifelong process, and the best oral hygiene begins during childhood so that the benefits of learning good oral care habits can be enjoyed throughout life. At Huntington Bay Dental, we provide comprehensive dental care for children and teens that includes oral exams, digital X-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatment, gum disease prevention, sealants, and cavity repair.
We make every effort to teach our young patients about the importance of regular brushing and flossing and provide instruction that yields the best possible results. Our caring staff maintains a safe and comforting environment for children so that they can learn early on that going to the dentist doesn’t have to be a scary experience.
ORTHODONTIC TOOTH MOVEMENT
Straightening and aligning teeth is not just for kids! In fact, for adults, straight teeth can have a major impact on the health of both the teeth and gums, and will markedly improve the esthetics of your smile
Many adults admit to being self-conscious of their crooked smiles, and actually avoid showing teeth in photos because of this.
Invisalign and SmartMoves are two options we offer at Huntington Bay Dental, and these are effective with many orthodontic problems. When an Orthodontic Specialist is required, we work with ony the best.
Opting for Orthodontic treatment can improve your smile, your confidence, and the overall health and well-being of your mouth.
EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE
Because dental issues can affect one’s ability to work or sleep and cause excruciating pain, the doctors of Huntington Bay Dental are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to care for their patients during dental emergencies. Our on-call staff is available to handle emergencies whenever they arise, even if it’s in the middle of the night.
Our staff is also adept at handling emergencies that occur due to sports injuries. Aggressive sports such as hockey, football, and rugby can cause oral injuries with heavy bleeding and severe damage. Huntington Bay Dental can care for these and other sports-related emergencies.
Whether it’s a toothache, a swollen face, or an athletic injury, patients at Huntington Bay Dental can rest assured that we’ll be there in their time of need.
CONTACT US TODAY
To have all of your general dentistry needs met, contact Huntington Bay Dental today. We provide comprehensive care in a safe, clean, and comfortable state-of-the-art facility.