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At Total Care Dental we use the latest in radiation free laser cavity detection. We also have on-site CT scanning determine if your existing treatments (fillings, root canals, bridges, crowns) are affecting your overall health.
Brushing and flossing after each meal is the first step to ensuring optimal dental health. However, it isn’t the only necessity to keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Despite regular brushing and flossing, food and bacteria in the mouth will leave hardened deposits called tartar. These hardened deposits, if not routinely removed, can cause cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. There are many toothpastes and mouth rinses on the market that reduce the amount of plaque or tartar build up, but none can completely prevent it. Routine or preventive cleaning appointment should be a part of everyone’s dental hygiene regimen at least once every six months.
You work hard for a beautiful smile. Your routine dental cleanings will help you keep it forever.
Brushing, flossing, and a good routine of dental cleanings are necessary to prevent cavities. Additionally, one should be mindful of consuming sugary beverages and snacks and the effect that they have on your teeth and gums. Excess sugar can feed bad bacteria that remains in your mouth after brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Also, highly acidic foods, such as orange juice, can break down the protective enamel in your teeth, allowing bad bacteria a place to feed on excess sugar.
Sugar, acid, your diet, the way you clean your teeth – all these things can contribute to cavities. Once the cavity is through the outside enamel layer of the tooth, it must be treated. Cavities can be treated at Total Care Dental. The cavity must be cleaned, all tooth decay removed, and the tooth filled with a resin or porcelain material that is as close to your natural tooth as possible. If you are suffering from general tooth pain or haven’t had a cleaning in the last 6 months, be sure to schedule your initial exam and consultation so that we can access the condition of your mouth.
Do you have a broken tooth or a tooth with a very large cavity or filling? Sometimes a tooth has damage or develops decay larger than a regular filling can repair. In these cases, Dr. Jorgensen, and Dr. Larsen often recommend an onlay or dental crown. Both onlays and dental crowns cover and protect the tooth.
Are you concerned about having metal in your mouth? We have many options for metal-free smiles. We have all-porcelain for beauty, Zirconia for strength, and resin for compatibility with your other teeth. An onlays is something not every dentist will offer. It conserves all the good enamel your tooth has remaining, and it protects the parts of the tooth that aren’t strong anymore. It offers the best of both worlds.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that is placed into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth or bridge. Dental implants may be an option for people who have lost a tooth or teeth due to periodontal disease, an injury, or some other reason.
Total Care Dental will work with you to establish a treatment plan to decide whether dental implants are the proper procedure for you.
Root canal is the term used to describe the natural cavity within the center of the tooth. It also describes the treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form.
The only alternative to a root canal procedure is having the tooth extracted and replaced with a bridge, implant, or removable partial denture to restore chewing function and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting.
Total Care Dental has researched root canals extensively, and can advise you on whether a root canal is the best option for your tooth and your health.
How to Keep Your Root Canal Clean With Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
There are many causes for gum disease. Excessive sugar in the diet, poor brushing or flossing habits, smoking, or piercings can lead to deterioration of the gums, allowing bad bacteria and food particles access to the root of the tooth causing more damage. Gum disease can be managed and the hygienists and dentists at Total Care Dental can establish a plan for eradicating it.
Some mouths are prone to gum disease or deterioration due to certain ligaments being tighter, shorter, or looser than they should be in an ideal mouth. Regardless of good dental habits or optimal diet, certain mouths simply need routine gum treatment.
Solutions For Gum disease with Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
There are several different causes of bad breath, or halitosis, including:
At Total Care Dental, we care about your whole body health. Although bad breath can simply be caused by too much garlic in your diet, it can also be a warning sign of a more complicated problem. We can help you determine the possible cause of your problem and work with you toward a lasting solution.
The temporomandibular joints, called TMJ, are the joints and jaw muscles that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Located on each side of the head, your TMJ work together when you chew, speak or swallow and include muscles and ligaments as well as the jaw bone. They also control the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves forward, backward and side to side.
Each TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc cushions the load while enabling the jaw to open widely and rotate or glide. Any problem that prevents this complex system of muscles, ligaments, discs and bones from working properly may result in a painful TMJ disorder.
Part of your dental examination includes checking the joints and muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or difficulty moving. Total Care Dental will identify the cause of your TMJ and work with you to determine the solution that is best for you.
Do you want teeth you can actually use again? You don’t have to live like this anymore. There are amazing options for locked in dentures that will allow you to smile, eat and talk comfortably again!
Dentures can be locked in with dental implants. The possibilities are great – you can snap a denture into 2-3 implants and it will make an amazing difference. An exam and specialized X-rays are taken to see how many implants would work for you. There are many options – don’t settle for hearing just one idea about restoring your teeth or replacing your denture.
With dental implants, you can replace some or all of your missing teeth and throw away your denture forever. American Fork Dentists, Dr. Jorgensen, and Dr. Larsen can tell you whether you are a candidate for this life-changing procedure. Don’t wait any longer!
Keeping Dentures From Getting Loose With Dr. Michelle Jorgensen
At Total Care Dental, we understand that switching to a new dentist, or finding a new dentist can be a worrisome task. You want to find someone who is professional, offers services that you need or want, and provides a friendly atmosphere. We believe we meet that standard and beyond. Follow one of the steps below and have your most enjoyable dental visit ever!