Exams & Cleaning
A comprehensive exam and cleaning is essential to maintaining your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit your dentist every six months to ensure your teeth stay healthy and your smile stays beautiful. As part of any good oral care plan, a preventive maintenance program serves to avert the onset, progress, and recurrence of various dental diseases and conditions.
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is caused by excessive grinding of the teeth and/or excessive clenching of the jaw, usually occurring during sleep. Fortunately, there is a non-invasive and effective solution for teeth grinding, and the tooth enamel damage it can cause, Dr. Balderson can create custom-fabricated nightguards to help alleviate the issue.
Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, are most often made of silver amalgam. The strength and durability of this traditional dental material makes it useful for situations where restored teeth must withstand extreme forces that result from chewing, often in the back of the mouth.
Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the main reasons for tooth loss in adults. Gum disease is often pain-free, many patients and you may never know that you have the disease. During each regular checkup, Dr. Balderson will check for signs of periodontal disease by measuring the space between your teeth and gums.
Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from chronic facial and neck pain as well as recurring headaches. In some cases, this pain is due to Temporomandibular Disorder, or TMD. Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints get a lot of use throughout the day as you speak, chew, swallow, and yawn. Pain in and around these joints can be unpleasant and may even restrict movement. Dr. Balderson can help diagnose TMD and create a personalized treatment plan for you.