Good daily hygiene and biannual professional cleanings are the foundation of sound oral health. During your routine cleanings and exams at Main Dentistry, Dr. Basawaraj will remove the harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar that can build up on your teeth. X-rays may be taken, and your dentist will conduct a visual exam to look for the early signs of decay and gum disease. Your dentist will also check for tissue abnormalities that may be a sign of oral cancer, and can order a biopsy if necessary. With our thorough cleanings and exams, you can enjoy the benefits of clean, beautiful teeth while maintaining excellent oral health.
As any dentist will tell you, the best way to treat dental complications is to keep them from occurring in the first place. Dental sealants are one of the most important preventative services that we offer. When a child’s permanent molars first come in, Dr. Basawaraj can apply a thin plastic coating to the top of these teeth. This coating will prevent bits of food and bacteria from accumulating inside the fissures of the chewing surfaces. Although we typically provide sealants for our pediatric patients, adults can benefit from them as well.
TMJ disorder is a complex condition that can occur for a number of reasons, including arthritis and an imbalanced bite. If you suffer from the symptoms of TMJ disorder, including headaches or pain in the neck, shoulders, or back, our dentist will provide a complete diagnosis and determine the best treatment for your needs. In addition to mouth guards, treatments include lifestyle changes, medication, and acupuncture. If you have a more severe case of TMJ disorder, we can also refer you to a specialist.
Night guards and mouth guards can effectively treat a wide range of conditions, including TMJ disorder, bruxism, snoring, and sleep apnea. Mouth guards are also important protective devices for athletes, especially those in contact sports. We make customized guards here in the office that can protect teeth and prevent the dental erosion that often accompanies teeth grinding. Professionally crafted custom mouth guards and night guards are more comfortable and effective than over-the-counter mouth guards, and are less likely to cause jaw irritation.
In the early stages, patients often do not realize the are experiencing gum disease. Early symptoms can include gum sensitivity, irritation, and bleeding. As the disease progresses, it can result in bone degradation and tooth loss. In the early stages, a routine cleaning may be enough to reverse the effects, though advanced stages require more aggressive treatment. During scaling and planing, Dr. Basawaraj will remove pockets of bacteria from below the gum line and gently smooth the rough patches on the tooth roots to help prevent the spread of disease.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, or if you are preparing for a more extensive treatment, you can benefit from our sedation dentistry options. Patients can choose from nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”), oral sedation, or IV sedation. No matter which type of sedation you and your dentist choose, you can expect that it will be administered with the utmost regard for your safety. Thanks to our gentle yet effective sedation, you can comfortably receive the much-needed dental treatment you may have been avoiding for years.
Dr. Basawaraj will always work to save your tooth whenever possible, but in cases of severe damage or decay, extraction may be the only solution. Thanks to our sedation options and our dentist’s precise techniques, your procedure will involve minimal discomfort and downtime. We will discuss restoration options like dental implants and dentures before your procedure.
Wisdom teeth, or third molars, typically erupt during the late teens or early twenties. Because some patients do not have enough room to accommodate these teeth, they can cause serious dental alignment problems. In some cases, the tooth may become impacted, remaining partially enclosed by gum tissue or another tooth. Main Dentistry can perform wisdom tooth removal in their office, taking measures to maintain patient comfort throughout the procedure. While it is best to undergo wisdom tooth removal in your teens, Dr. Basawaraj can perform this procedure for patients of all ages.