In addition to the comprehensive array of esthetic and restorative dental services we offer at Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC, our prosthodontists provide an assortment of advanced procedures that patients commonly require. In some cases, these procedures are performed in conjunction with trusted specialists who deliver the high level of care that is necessary for achieving a successful outcome. Learn more about the additional treatment options we perform by exploring the informative sections we have provided below.
Root Canal Therapy
If the pulp (nerves and blood vessels) of a tooth has been irreparably damaged – either from decay, fracture, or trauma – your doctor may suggest a referral to an endodontist for root canal therapy in order to save the tooth. Once the root canal treatment has been successfully performed, you will return to our office to complete the restoration of your tooth, typically with a filling and crown.
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Use of versatile, specially-designed dental diode lasers can provide optimal soft-tissue treatment and enhance the outcome of many cosmetic, restorative, and preventative procedures we offer at Schweitzer & Schweitzer, PC. Laser dentistry typically causes less bleeding, less pain, faster healing, and more successful results than traditional treatment techniques.
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Night guards are fabricated primarily for patients that suffer from bruxism: the medical term for grinding or clenching your teeth. When left untreated, bruxism can cause:
- Severe destruction of the teeth
- Pain in the temporomandibular joint(s) (TMJ)
- Soreness and/or spasm of the muscles involved with jaw movement
The precise cause of bruxism is somewhat unknown and can be linked to a variety of factors. It has been proven that increased psychological stress and anxiety worsen this condition. Thankfully, custom night guards fitted by our prosthodontists can be used to treat bruxism and prevent dental damage. Night guards are clear acrylic devices that are worn comfortably between the upper or lower teeth. They are designed to absorb the wear and damage caused by nighttime grinding or clenching of the teeth, and they can also have a relaxing effect on the jaw muscles and TMJ.
A dental extraction is the surgical removal of a tooth from your mouth. This procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic. A tooth may be removed for a variety of reasons, including:
- Extensive decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Chronic infection
- Dental Impaction
After the tooth is removed, the initial phase of healing will result in the formation of a blood clot. Occasionally, this clot can become dislodged, resulting in a condition called dry socket. This localized inflammation of the tooth socket is also known as osteitis. The presence of a dry socket can lengthen the healing process and cause additional pain and discomfort. Your dentist will provide post-extraction instructions for you to follow closely to prevent complications during the healing process. It is also important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of infection, which your prosthodontist will discuss with you.
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We offer a wide range of services in addition to our expert restorative and esthetic treatments. If there are dental procedures you are interested in and cannot find the information you are looking for, please contact our office to get in touch with a knowledgeable member of our dental team.