Exams & Cleanings
Biannual cleanings are an important measure for a number of reasons. If you allow plaque and calculus to accumulate on teeth and gums, it can expose you to a number of dental problems. Bacteria along your gum line can create an acidic environment, which can lead to tooth decay, damage, and loss (not to mention gum disease). Seeing our office twice a year for your dental cleanings and exams can save your teeth for a lifetime.
Laser Cavity Detection
Cavities happen to everyone, so don’t feel awkward coming to us to get yours fixed. Even those who practice excellent oral hygiene can be susceptible to tooth decay, especially if they have a genetic predisposition. Sometimes cavities are hard to notice, which is why we check each of your teeth every time you arrive for an exam. Small cavities are hard to see on your own teeth and rarely cause any symptoms or pain. This is the best time to find and treat them!
We use a high-tech, minimally-invasive option to spot cavities at their earliest stages. The laser cavity detection process is simple. We examine a healthy tooth recording the rate at which the light reflects. Then, we carefully record the rate of reflection on every tooth surface to determine where patients are at greater risk for decay or already have cavities. In this way, we can help patients prevent cavities from forming and offer the most conservative treatments.
Our general dentistry office provides tooth-colored fillings to save you from a mouth full of metal. Not only do natural-looking composite fillings save you from potential embarrassment stemming from a metallic grin, they’re also able to bond with your tooth more effectively. This means natural-colored fillings are less likely to leave spaces in which bacteria can form. Save your tooth from extensive damage today!
Using the same composite material, dental bonding can also be performed on teeth that need cosmetic enhancement for chips, cracks, or permanent stains. Because these fillings bond to teeth, we can preserve more of your healthy tooth structure. There’s no need to make the cavity bigger, deeper, or undercut, as is usually required for silver amalgam fillings.
Taking care of your gums and the tissue surrounding your teeth helps maintain total oral wellness. Regular general dentistry visits and proper homecare can ensure your gums remain strong and healthy. If you need gum disease treatment, our talented and dedicated team will help you restore and monitor the health of your gums and mouth.
You may need to consider a nightguard or other TMJ appliance if you have trouble with teeth grinding (bruxism), clenching, or suffer from symptoms of TMD – a chronic condition of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) that causes mouth and jaw pain. Let your general dentistry team at Dr. Gillis’s office help you protect your teeth and alleviate discomfort with TMJ therapy.
Concerns such as sleep apnea, bruxism (teeth clenching/grinding), or TMD can be debilitating – but a qualified dentist can help. Our nightguards, splints, and other appliances can alleviate problematic symptoms for many patients and let them rest easy.
Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment
We offer specialized appliances designed to alleviate symptoms of snoring and sleep apnea, which are conditions that can narrow the airways and even produce breathing pauses during sleep. Prosthetics like Silent Nite®, dreamTAP™, and Herbst® are designed to move the lower jaw into a forward position, enlarging the airway and subsequently decreasing vibration in soft tissue. The key to successful treatment with your sleep apnea equipment is custom fitting so it meets your unique needs and will maintain an open, unobstructed airway while you sleep.
If you’ve ever lost a tooth on the football or lacrosse field, you know it puts a damper on the fun. Unfortunately, sports-related injuries are the most common external cause of tooth loss. You deserve to be worry-free when you play, which is why we offer customizable athletic mouthguards. These devices can provide your mouth with significant protection during a variety of different activities, and you can choose from a single- or multilayered guard depending on the aggressiveness of the sport. Let us help you play your best game!