Did you know that 50% of adults suffer from some form of periodontal disease? This serious medical condition can lead to tooth loss, halitosis (bad breath), bleeding or receding gums, as well as other oral health issues. Help prevent periodontal disease with regular cleanings, quality home care, and preventative appointments with a trusted dentist. If you are diagnosed with periodontal disease, trust St. Helens Dental Care for a treatment plan to heal and restore your smile. The common signs and symptoms of periodontal disease include:
- Bleeding and/or receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Teeth surrounded by pus
Notify St. Helens Dental Care in the event of these symptoms, and don’t wait to experience pain before assuming there may be a problem. There is often no pain until periodontal disease has progressed.
One Year Old Evaluations
You want your child to have the best of everything, including a happy, healthy smile for life. Start your child off right by following the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation, which is to take your child to the dentist by his or her first birthday. While many parents feel it may be too early for their child to receive dental treatment, it’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as placeholders for adult teeth. Proper, healthy growth of baby teeth is essential to prevent permanent teeth from growing out of position, which can lead to crowding. Give your child the healthiest start possible. Schedule his or her first dental evaluation by age one.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable…especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. St. Helens Dental Care takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while also taking less time.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively, and an extraction is the only proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth to complete your beautiful smile once again.
When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, however, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings resulting in a brighter, whiter smile.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of Americans every year, and one case in four is fatal. As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% success rate of healing after diagnosis. A trusted dentist like Dr. Elliott or Dr. Grim is truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. He and his team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from St. Helens Dental Care. With the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.
If you wake up in the morning with a headache, tooth pain, or a sore jaw, you may be grinding your teeth while you sleep. Not only does this involuntary habit lead to soreness and pain, it can lead to your teeth chipping, cracking, and breaking. To prevent the pain and damage of night time teeth grinding, St. Helens Dental Care recommends a nightguard. This removable device is customized by your dentist for a perfect fit and is worn at night to protect your teeth. With a custom-fitted nightguard, you can rest easy, and wake up pain free.
According to the American Dental Association, mouthguards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone, but a perfect fit is paramount. Trust St. Helens Dental Care for the proper diagnosis, design, and fitting of a mouthguard for you or for a family member. Mouthguards are an important precaution to preserve a healthy smile ― especially if the wearer is active in sports. Talk to a dental team member today.
You need a complex dental procedure, and that means using a local anesthetic for the pain. But, you hate that numb feeling in your mouth that takes hours to go away after you leave the dentist’s office. At St. Helens Dental Care, we have the solution ― OraVerse®! Utilizing a startling breakthrough technology, OraVerse® “reverses” the effects of local anesthesia, allowing you to regain lip sensation in less than half time. With OraVerse, you can trust that your smile, your speech, and your ability to eat and drink will return much faster, so you can get on with your life!
An exciting new technology, E4D is a complete system, giving our staff invaluable tools for designing and fabricating a number of materials to improve your dental health.
The DIAGNOdent is a small, portable laser unit that detects the cavity and alerts us with an audible signal and a numerical readout, providing information about the cavity’s size.