Other Dental Services for Adults and Children
We offer many other dental services for both children and adults at Bassett Creek Dental. Many dental insurance plans are accepted, and we welcome new patients. Please call our office for an appointment at 763-546-1301.
Other Dental Services from Bassett Creek Dental
Bassett Creek Dental provides comprehensive family dental services in our state-of-the-art office. Relax in our comfortable reception area. We make your visit pleasant while we take care of your dental health.
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a chronic inflammation and infection of the gums and surrounding tissue. You may not know you have periodontal disease until your dentist tells you that you have a problem. If left untreated, it can cause an infection which will weaken the area around your teeth due to bone loss, resulting in tooth loss.
In the early stages of gum disease, most treatment involves scaling (a special cleaning), root planing (which removes plaque and tartar below the gumline) and smoothing the root surfaces. Antibiotics or antimicrobials may be used to supplement the effects of scaling and root planing. In most cases of early gum disease, called gingivitis, scaling and root planing and proper daily cleaning achieve a satisfactory result.
More advanced cases may require surgical treatment, which involves removing gum tissue surgically, , and removing the hardened plaque build-up and recontouring the damaged bone. The procedure is also designed to smooth root surfaces and reposition the gum tissue so it will be easier to keep clean.
Root canal can save a tooth and help you maintain a proper bite. If a tooth must be extracted because of advanced decay or disease, it can leave a space in your mouth that makes chewing uncomfortable. Other teeth can shift, causing misalignment of your bite. Root canal therapy allows you to keep your own teeth while addressing the infection.
Underneath your tooth's outer enamel and the dentin is an area of soft tissue called the pulp tissue. While a tooth's pulp tissue does contain nerve fibers, it is also composed of arteries, veins, lymph vessels, and connective tissue. Each tooth's nerve enters the tooth at its very tip. From there, the nerve runs through the center of the root in small root canals, which join up with the tooth's pulp chamber. Root canals are very small, thin divisions that branch off from the top pulp chamber down to the tip of the root. A tooth has at least one to four root canals.
Root canal therapy is necessary because the tooth will not heal by itself. Without treatment, the infection will spread, bone around the tooth will begin to degenerate and the tooth may fall out. Pain usually worsens until one is forced to seek emergency dental attention. By that point, the only alternative is usually extraction of the tooth, which can cause surrounding teeth to shift crookedly, resulting in a bad bite.
Though an extraction is cheaper, the space left behind will require an implant or a bridge, which can be more expensive than root canal therapy. If you have the choice, it's always best to keep your original teeth.
A root canal is a procedure done to save the damaged or dead pulp in the root canal of the tooth by cleaning out the diseased pulp and reshaping the canal. The canal is filled with a rubberlike substance called gutta percha or another material to prevent recontamination of the tooth. The tooth is then permanently sealed, with possibly a post and/or a crown made of porcelain or metal alloy. This allows patients to keep the original tooth.
A mouthguard is a flexible appliance made out of plastic that is worn in athletic and recreational activities to protect teeth from trauma. It is helpful for contact sports like football, hockey, lacrosse, and other sports in which a blow to the mouth or head can be traumatic.
A mouthguard can prevent serious injuries – such as broken teeth, jaw fractures, cerebral hemorrhage, and neck injuries – by helping to avoid situations where the lower jaw gets jammed into the upper jaw. Mouthguards are effective in moving soft tissue in the oral cavity away from the teeth, preventing cuts and bruising of the lips and cheeks, especially for those who wear orthodontic appliances. They may also reduce the severity and incidence of concussions.
TMJ and TMD
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is found on either side of the jaw. Pain or dysfunction of the this joint is commonly referred to as TMJ, when in fact, TMJ is the name of the joint while temporomandibular joint disorder (or dysfunction) is abbreviated TMD.
Bruxism is the technical term for grinding and clenching of the teeth and may cause facial pain. Bruxers, people who grind and clench their teeth, unintentionally bite down too hard at inappropriate times, such as in their sleep. In addition to grinding teeth, bruxers also may bite their fingernails, pencils and chew the inside of their cheek. People usually aren't diagnosed with bruxism until it is too late, as many people don't realize they have the habit. Others mistakenly believe that their teeth must touch at all times. About one in three people suffer from bruxism.
An occlusal guard custom made to fit your mouth. Made to protect your teeth from further damage and to relax the muscle structures surrounding your jaw.
Nociceptive Trigeminal Inhibition-Tension Supression System (NTI) is an intraoral appliance intended for patients with chronic tension-type headaches, migraine headaches, and intraoral damage from the destructive forces of clenching.
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