Unfortunately, even with methodical brushing and flossing, some plaque sticks on your teeth. Eventually, this plaque will harden into tartar that is impossible to remove without a professional cleaning. Tartar not only forms on the surface of your teeth, it can also accumulate below the gumline. If not removed, tartar buildup can lead to gum disease, which in turn can seep into your blood stream and contribute to more serious conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Our hygienists use the latest advancements in diode lasers to provide you with the best in antimicrobial, debridement, and biostimulation treatments that promote thorough cleaning and faster healing. After all, regular professional cleaning is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.
A root canal can save an infected tooth or even one with damaged roots. Prior to the root canal, the only option for these situations was dental extraction. Missing teeth can lead to more serious oral health issues and should be avoided at all costs. The good news is that we are specially trained and experienced in advanced root canal therapy. With modern anesthetics and technology, the process of fixing a tooth by excavating the pulp chamber and replacing it with filling material has become quite manageable.
In regards to our health, growing older does us no favors. Just as our bodies slow and show the unmistakable signs of age, so do our teeth. Excessive wear, cracking, and weakness can also appear in fillings, crowns, and bridge work done in our youth. Fortunately, you're not alone in the battle to combat the challenges of advancing age. We offer treatments to reverse the dark staining caused by years of consuming acidic beverages or tobacco and the buildup of plaque. Simple products are now available to alleviate the reduction of saliva caused by some medications. With regular checkups, the increasing hazards of gum disease and root decay can be mitigated. Remember, daily cleaning and good nutrition, to maintain healthy gums, is even more critical for us as seniors. If you are experiencing red, irritated gums, bleeding, or loose teeth, please contact us immediately.
Coffee breath is one thing. Chronic bad breath is another. It can not only destroy your social life, it's often a sign of more dangerous health problems. Often, chronic bad breath is a symptom of gum disease or other serious mouth infections. Improvements in diagnosis and treatment of bad breath have prompted Dr. Hatch to add a Fresh Breath Center to our practice. Fresh breath can be yours again!
Xylitol is a natural substance produced in the fibrous portions of fruits, berries, mushrooms, and other vegetables. Even your body generates 5 to 10 grams of xylitol daily. This sweetener is highly effective in reducing the tooth decay caused by eating foods high in sugars and starches. Over 25 years of clinical testing bears out this claim. It has been endorsed by dental associations worldwide, including in Sweden, Norway, England, Estonia, and many others. Available in a number of forms, xylitol not only fights tooth decay but has proven beneficial to those inflicted with allergies and other respiratory problems. We offer and encourage our patients to use xylitol products. Ask us about it today!
The link between diabetes and gum disease is a vicious cycle. Each condition is aggravated by the other and makes treatment of both difficult. Poor dental health creates additional challenges to successfully controlling your blood sugar levels. Not all dentists are equally prepared to assist diabetics with their dental health. Here at Hatch Dental, we've received special training in diabetic dental care. Call us today for a complimentary consultation about dentistry for diabetics.
Are you afflicted with frequent headaches, aching or popping jaws, or neck and shoulder pain? If so, these can all be signs you're suffering from a TMJ disorder. When your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is out of place, your whole body can suffer. Worn or missing teeth, dental disease, or a variety of other factors can cause your jaw to be unable to settle into its natural relaxed position. This shifting of your jaw joints alters your "bite" (dental occlusion) and a host of other problems can result. In a highly technical procedure known as full-mouth rehabilitation, we can help you restore your dental occlusion and return your jaw to the position nature intended. Stop living with the pain and discomfort. Let us help you recover your quality of life.
Wellness care is a program for learning how not to become ill, and that's what we practice in our office. We can heal your teeth and gums and repair damage just like any other dental office, but we go a step further and show you how to avoid dental problems before they become trouble. It starts with a thorough examination. Most of our patients say they've never experienced such an extensive examination of their gums or teeth. We examine your bite and how your teeth fit together. We screen for oral cancer, gum disease, signs of wear on your teeth, and any other issue that might cause you concern at a later date. We want to head off difficulties and make your teeth and gums healthier, so you will be spending less time in the dental chair!
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your airflow is interrupted
or stopped during sleep. Symptoms and side-effects include excessive
drowsiness during the day, loud snoring, and interrupted breathing
patterns while you sleep. A CPAP machine is the most common
treatment for sleep apnea. The patient is fitted with a machine that
pumps a continuous stream of air into the patient's nose or mouth
throughout the night. However, between the mask, hoses, and noise,
many people find they can''t tolerate the device and give it up.
If you have sleep apnea and are frustrated with your CPAP, you should know modern dentistry has new treatment options available such as oral appliances. You could be wearing a small acrylic device that fits over your upper and lower teeth similar to an orthodontic retainer or mouth guard. A gentle realignment of your tongue and jaw opens your airway and allows more air flow into your lungs as you sleep. These appliances are easy to insert and remove, a snap to clean, and convenient for travel. If you snore or a physician has diagnosed you with sleep apnea, give us a call today.
Third molars – typically known as wisdom teeth – are located at the very back of the mouth and develop later than other adult teeth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25. If they don't fit in the arch of the upper or lower jaw, they can become impacted. This happens because the tooth can't grow straight up and becomes enclosed in the jaw bone instead. Various problems can result, as wisdom teeth push and crowd other teeth, making them grow in improperly. Because they're difficult to keep clean, cavities develop easily in these and adjacent teeth. Infection can even occur in the jaw bone. The best solution is to have them removed as soon as they develop, before these problems occur and before the density of the jaw bone increases, making it more difficult to extract them. Sedation is available to make you comfortable during your visit, and you'll be at easing knowing Dr. Hatch has extensive oral surgery training with a VA internship.
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 (608) 524-4775.