The Power of Prevention General Dentistry Ridgewood
Sleep apnea is a serious and common disorder that causes the body to block air passageways and interrupt breathing during sleep. Patients with sleep apnea typically snore loudly with pauses, followed by stopped breath and a snort. This can happen hundreds of times per night, leaving you unrested.
Oral Cancer Screening
Every time you go to a dentist you should receive a cancer exam. It only takes a few moments and is non-invasive. You can also examine yourself. Look in a mirror with a bright light and check your tongue and cheeks for any unusual patches or bumps. If any unusual areas exist, go see your dentist.
Many of our patients who first sought services at other practices come to us wondering why their dental work failed, or why their oral health has declined. One of the things we often find with such patients is that an underlying issue such as periodontal disease has been covered up or neglected.
Temporomandibular disorder occurs due to problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that connects the lower jaw to the temporal bone. The cause TMJ disorder is unclear, although links have been discovered between jaw-muscle and jaw-joint problems. Injury or trauma can also cause symptoms.
Cleanings and Exams
Routine dental exams are important for maintaining your oral health and uncovering dental problems that may otherwise go unnoticed. After the exam, our hygienist will clean the bacteria from your teeth and gum line.
Though we will do everything we can to save a damaged tooth with restorative treatment, extraction may be necessary to protect the health of your smile. We perform every extraction with the utmost care, and we can replace extracted teeth with a dental implant and custom restoration.
Scaling and Root Planing
Scaling and root planing can eliminate plaque and tartar buildup underneath the gum line to control mild to moderate gum disease. Dr. Jin Ha Joung is a board certified periodontist and diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology.
Patients with dental phobia don’t need to avoid the dentist and can find relief from sedation dentistry. Ridgewood Dental Associates offers nitrous oxide and IV conscious sedation.