DENTAL Services Provided By Dr. Cox
Prevention & Education
This service includes comprehensive exams, checking the overall health of your teeth and gums, oral cancer screening, and taking the necessary diagnostic digital x-rays. Dental cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride treatments are all important aspects in preventing dental disease. It is recommended you see your dentist every six months for a check-up and exam. Patients with Periodontal (gum) disease will be evaluated for more frequent visits according to severity. These patients may be referred to a Periodontist for more extensive care. For more information, visit WebMD or Senior Living to read more.
Procedures which are done to enhance the appearance of your teeth and smile are considered cosmetic treatment. The color, alignment, spacing and shape of the teeth are the characteristics which make up your unique dental profile. We offer a wide variety of cosmetic dental options which include teeth whitening, bonding, tooth-colored fillings, veneers by “Cerinate”, and crown that are metal free. These specialized crowns are very life-like in appearance, with no issue of any dark areas around the gum tissue.
Prosthodonics is the replacement and reconstruction of teeth. These procedures are achieved with veneers, crowns, bridges, dentures and implants. You have also heard this referred to as “cosmetic dentistry“, or “full mouth reconstruction” or “dental make-overs“.
Procedures are achieved with:
A permanent solution to a better quality of life. Dental implants replace your missing teeth, preserve your bone and restore your confidence.
A dental implant is designed to replace the root of a missing tooth or teeth. Once placed in the jaw and healing is complete, Dr. Cox will seat atop the implant a final restoration. This could be a single crown, a bridge, fixed dentures, or removable overdenture.
This dental service is better known as a “ROOT CANAL“. Root Canal treatment may be needed when a cavity is allowed, through neglect, to reach the pulp or nerve of the tooth. Injury or trauma to a tooth may also cause the pulp to be damaged to the point that a root canal is needed. Whenever the pulp of the tooth is damaged or infected (abscessed), a root canal usually can be performed to save the tooth.
Sleep Apnea And Snoring Treatment
Sleep Apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep. If you have been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, you may have been instructed to use a C-pap machine. If you are someone who cannot tolerate the C-pap machine, Dr. Cox may be able to construct a sleeping device to help maintain an open airway. If you are a person who snores loudly, we may be able to construct a device to help with this problem.
EMERGENCY DENTAL TREATMENT
Dr. Cox understands that dental emergencies occur outside of normal business hours and he will make every effort to serve you outside of normal office hours when necessary if a dental emergency occurs.
TMJoint Diagnosis And Treatment
TMJ or TMD disorder can be a group of complex problems of the jaw joints, sometimes referred to as myofascial pain dysfunction. Because muscles and joints work together, a problem with either one can lead to stiffness, headaches, ear pain, ringing in the ears, bite problems, clicking sounds, or locked jaws. Some possible causes include, but are not limited to, grinding or clenching the teeth, habitual chewing gum, trauma, stress, dislocation of the soft disc between the condyle (ball) and socket of the jaw joints, misalignment of the jaw, occupational tasks, missing or broken teeth. Dental treatments can include replacing missing teeth, moving teeth (braces), adjusting your bite, splints or orthopedic appliances and physical therapy.
Night Guards / Bite Guards
Stop The Grind!
If at the end of the day or when you wake up in the morning with a stiff, tired jaw or your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold, you may be grinding or clinching your teeth. This is a medical condition called bruxism. Over time, bruxism will result in the wearing down of your natural tooth enamel.
Appliances are custom-made and easy to insert or remove. Wearing these appliances can help to reduce the risk of wear and tear on your existing healthy teeth and your jaw joints.
Teeth Cleaning & Instruction
The bacteria in plaque produce acid that can eat right through tooth enamel, opening the way for cavities to develop. Plaque also irritates the gums, leading to gum disease, which in its early stage is called gingivitis.
Plaque can be controlled if you follow these simple steps:
1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a SOFT-Bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste that contains fluoride.
2. Cleaning between teeth is essential. You need to FLOSS after you brush your teeth. If you don’t floss, you are leaving up to 40% of tooth surface untouched and unclean.
3. Visit your dentist and hygienist regularly, at least twice a year for professional cleaning and oral exams.