Dentistry for Adults
The Importance of Hygiene Visits
A crucial reason to visit your dentist is to have your teeth cleaned by a professional hygienist. Plaque
and tartar build up on teeth over time. Plaque is gooey, and regular brushing can normally eliminate the
bulk of it. But leftover plaque solidifies into tartar, which is outside the scope of your standard
toothbrush and floss. Tartar collects below the gumline as well as on the surface of your teeth, leading
to the growth of bacteria that can produce gum disease. Recent research shows a definite link between
untreated gum disease and other serious conditions like heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. If you don’t
remove plaque, you’re taking a serious risk with your continued well-being. Having your teeth cleaned
regularly is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy!
Saving Hopeless Teeth
A root canal – the very thought is sufficient to make most people wince. In the past, before the development
of proper instruments and anesthesia, the root canal deserved its dreaded reputation. However, with modern
anesthetics and new, innovative technology, root canals are now exceptionally manageable. This technique
fixes a tooth by removing the pulp chamber and replacing it with a filling material. This is often mandatory
when dental decay touches the nerve of the tooth or the tooth has developed an infection, and a simple filling
will not repair the damage. Teeth with these issues used to necessitate extraction, which can bring on even
more difficulties and should be avoided whenever possible. Call us today and find out how Dr. Rykard can help
you save your teeth. He’s very experienced in advanced root canal therapy.
Senior Dental Care is Different
Nothing about our bodies remains young forever, not even our teeth and gums. Gum disease and root decay can be
big problems for seniors. Daily cleaning and proper nutrition are critical for healthy gums. Aging typically
means receiving more prescriptions to maintain your health, and reduced saliva flow is sometimes a side effect
of these medications. There are simple products available that can help this condition. Your fillings are getting
older, too. They can weaken or crack. Regular check-ups will allow us to keep your prior dental repairs in good
working order. Years of plaque buildup, as well as consuming coffee, tea, or tobacco, can make teeth grow dark.
Ask us about procedures that can fight these problems. Remember, if your gums become red and begin to bleed, or
your teeth start to feel loose, contact us immediately.
No Mercury! No Metals! No Kidding!
In the past, silver-mercury amalgam served as the standard filling material used in dental practices, and many
practices still offer it. While they are a common restoration, amalgams have undeniable shortcomings. Primarily,
metal does not fuse well to teeth, so decay can and does seep into the repaired tooth. These days, most of our
patients are choosing white bonded fillings, which are easier to camouflage than the ugly black plug that resulted
from a silver-mercury amalgam filling. Dr. Rykard provides modern restorations that are a natural-looking white,
contain no metals, and can add strength to your teeth. And since they bond very closely with the healthy part of
a tooth, there is much less risk of decay in the future.
TMJ/TMD – Proper Bite Alignment Treatment Helps You Say ‘Goodbye’ to Headaches and Jaw Pain!
Do you know that dental occlusion (i.e. your bite) is sometimes the trigger of recurrent headaches, aching or
popping jaws, shoulder pain, and neck pain? When your teeth wear down over the years, or are lost due to accident
or dental disease, your jaw is incapable of settling into a naturally relaxed position. This creates tension in the
muscles of the jaw, and can lead to a multitude of pains that you may have become used to enduring. By restoring your
dental occlusion, your jaw can recover the position that nature intended for it to hold. This highly technical
procedure, known as a full mouth rehabilitation, is available in our practice. If you suffer from the pain and discomfort
described above, we invite you to learn the benefits that this treatment may return to your quality of life.
Do You Find Yourself Falling Asleep on the Job?
Snoring is bad for your health (and it won’t win you any friends either). If you or a loved one find yourself drifting
off to sleep during the day, snoring loudly, or even experiencing interrupted breathing during sleep, it may be the result
of sleep apnea. For years, the standard treatment for sleep apnea has been the CPAP device. The patient is fitted with a
mask attached via hoses to a machine that pushes a continuous stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth throughout the
night. As you can imagine, most people find this awkward and they quit wearing the mask.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and can’t stand or are exasperated with your CPAP, modern dentistry offers new treatment
solutions. Oral appliances are small acrylic devices that slip over the upper and lower teeth much like an orthodontic
retainer or a mouthguard. They gently position your tongue and jaw to open your airway and permit more air flow to reach
your lungs as you sleep. They are simple to insert and remove, a snap to clean, and handy for travel. Over 90% of the patients
who use them report them as a success and find them to be a terrific alternative to their CPAP machines. If you snore or a
physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, give us a call today.
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 (405) 752-2626.