Dental Exams and Digital X-Rays
Regular dental checkups and x-rays at Gresham Smile Designs are a necessity for patients who want to enjoy the best possible oral health. While you can remove most dental plaque and lingering food particles by brushing and flossing daily, your toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach certain places in the mouth, allowing plaque to cause tooth decay and gum disease.
A professional cleaning by our registered dental hygienists at Gresham Smile Designs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry will ensure the removal of plaque so your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong.
For those with specialized treatment needs, visits may be scheduled more frequently, as we will customize your cleaning frequency based on your individual health and periodontal needs.
Dr. Ries may determine that fluoride should be part of your overall treatment. Fluoride treatments re-mineralize teeth, stop developing cavities and make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria, and sugars in the mouth.
Food particles and plaque collect in the grooves of your teeth, which are areas that often cannot be reached by regular brushing and flossing. In these cases, Dr. Ries can apply a tooth sealant to protect teeth from plaque and resulting decay. This pain-free treatment effectively protects teeth as children grow and develop.
A variety of dental problems are the result of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism. Symptoms can include sensitive teeth, jaw pain, headaches and ear or neck pain. Teeth grinding can cause serious long-term effects, such as broken, chipped or cracked teeth. If you suspect that you grind your teeth during sleep, Dr. Ries can help you discover whether or not an underlying medical condition may be contributing to this habit.
Once teeth grinding has been diagnosed, Dr. Ries can provide a custom fitted mouth guard for your teeth from a simple impression of your top and bottom teeth. Dr. Ries will take special care to ensure that your mouth guard is adjusted to your unique needs and fits securely for maximum protection.
If you suspect you might suffer from sleep apnea, it's essential to seek treatment which can be administered by Dr. Ries and his team at Gresham Smile Designs Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue lying at the back of the throat collapses into the airway. The tongue then falls towards the back of the throat, which tightens the blockage and prevents oxygen from entering the lungs. Common signs of obstructive sleep apnea can include severe early morning headaches, daytime drowsiness, and insomnia. Fortunately, Dr. Ries has the necessary expertise and technology to treat sleep apnea in several different ways.
Dr. Ries offers patients a variety of treatment options, depending largely on the exact diagnosis and your current health, and may advise halting some habits that aggravate sleep apnea. If you are looking for the best Dentist Gresham OR has or an expert on sleep apnea, please contact us today. Sleeping masks were traditionally used to keep the patient’s airways open while they slept, but now patients have less intrusive options available. Dental devices that gently tease the lower jaw forward offer an effective means of preventing the tongue from blocking the main air passage. These dental devices are gentle, easy to wear, and often help patients avoid unwanted surgeries.