Many of the most common oral health problems can be avoided with regular care. Dr. Johnson and his team are committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry, so you can stop issues with your smile before they even start.
Though many don’t realize it, over 50% of all adults have some form of Periodontal Disease. There’s often no pain associated with this disease until it is too late. While it is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding gums, bad breath, and receding gums, Periodontal Disease is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care and professional treatment. These treatments are easier, less invasive, and more effective if the disease is diagnosed in its early stages. Your visit with Dr. Johnson includes a complete evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues, and you will have access to advanced periodontal therapy to heal and restore your oral health.
Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease
- Bleeding gums
- Bad breath
- Receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Pus around teeth
Despite their poor reputation, a root canal is a routine procedure with little to no discomfort. When damage has occurred to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth, Dr. Johnson gently removes the soft tissue that has become infected and fills the void with inert material. Lastly, he places a crown on the tooth. If you are experiencing intense tooth pain, talk to Dr. Johnson and his team immediately. A root canal procedure could relieve your pain so you can return to your regular activities.
Once the decayed portion has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material such as a precious metal or a tooth colored resin. Dr. Johnson places this filling into the cleaned-out portion of the tooth, resulting in a long lasting restoration.
Oral Cancer Screening
As your comprehensive dental practitioner, Dr. Johnson offers routine oral cancer screening. Your dentist is the only medical professional in a position to evaluate routinely and detect abnormalities early. Dr. Johnson is dedicated to providing this potentially life-saving procedure for you. He provides a quick, safe, and comfortable way to detect oral cancer when it is the most treatable.
Oral Cancer Statistics:
- Deaths due to oral cancer equal 1 person per hour, 24 hours per day
- Death rate is high not due to difficulty of diagnosis but due to late diagnosis
- 90% success rate if detected early
- Three times more common than cervical cancer
Do you suffer from headaches? Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. In addition to causing pain in the head, neck, and jaw, grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth or suffering bad morning headaches, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard. Dr. Johnson takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Ask a member of Dr. Johnson’s team about having a nightguard custom created just for you.
When you need a complex dental procedure, typically your dentist will use a local anesthetic for the pain. But what about once your procedure is over? The numb feeling left in your mouth can take hours to go away.
To combat this problem, Dr. Johnson trusts OraVerse®, a breakthrough technology that “reverses” the effects of local anesthesia, allowing you to regain lip sensation in less than half the time. With OraVerse®, you can trust your smile, your speech, and your ability to eat and drink will return much faster, so you can get on with your life!
Properly diagnosed, designed, and custom fit mouth guards are essential in the prevention of athletic oral and facial injuries. If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect them from concussions and dental injuries. Dr. Johnson offers custom made mouth guards for your children that fit properly, are comfortable, resilient, and tasteless and cause minimal interference with speaking and breathing. They are easy to clean and come in many color combinations.
It is estimated by the American Dental Association that mouth guards prevent approximately 200,000 injuries each year in high school and collegiate football alone. We encourage you to come in and talk to Dr. Johnson and his team about your mouth guard options.
Dentistry for Kids
Dr. Johnson strongly believes in the importance of dental health at every age. Children have a variety of dental needs – particularly when it comes to preventing tooth decay and managing the growth and development of their smiles. Research has shown a direct correlation between good dental health and many other aspects of a child’s life, including school performance and personal relationships.
Even in the early stages, the health of your child’s primary teeth are an integral part of their well-being. While they’re not permanent, primary teeth maintain the space for your child’s permanent teeth that will eventually develop. Moreover, decayed primary teeth can transmit bacteria to the permanent teeth as they erupt. Your kids will likely have some primary teeth (such as molars) until their early teens, so maintaining a healthy smile is important. Dr. Johnson provides children’s dentistry for the younger members of your family so they can begin a lifelong pattern of good oral health.