Oral Health

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Oral Health

Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.

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Comprehensive Exams

The mouth is often considered a window to the rest of the body because many other illnesses first present themselves as changes within the mouth. As a result, a comprehensive oral exam is recommended each time you visit a new practice to serve as a benchmark for your overall health.

During an examination, your dentist will perform a visual examination as well as a more detailed dental examination using one or more X-rays to detect:

  • New cavities
  • Weaknesses in already installed crowns, fillings, and bridgework
  • Gum or bone recession
  • Teeth deterioration due to abnormal bite, bruxism, or TMJ

Your dentist will also perform a visual and digital examination of lymph nodes throughout the face and neck, looking for any abnormalities, pain or flexibility within the nodes that could be markers for disease. Likewise, a similar examination of your lips, gums, tongue and other internal mouth surfaces will be conducted. Again, this is to seek out any signs of illness or disease. 

Since the comprehensive dental exam is designed to set a baseline of your health and to catch any early signs of serious illness that may be otherwise undetected, your dentist will be on the lookout for the following illnesses which can be detected during a comprehensive oral evaluation:

  • Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Immune abnormalities
  • Sinus problems
  • Oral cancer

The VELscope is a powerful device specifically used to screen for oral cancer by identifying mucosal abnormalities and premalignant changes. Unlike other auxiliary devices our dentist uses, the VELscope does not require any dyes or prolonged testing procedures. In fact, VELscope examinations can be done in our office during routine hygiene exams, and under normal lighting conditions, in about two minutes. 

The VELscope works through tissue fluorescence – an optical phenomenon that makes abnormal tissue show up in a different color under a specialized white light. Under this specialized white light, normal tissues will glow a bright green color, while abnormal tissue will show a marked lack of fluorescence.

Oral cancer screening through VELscope helps our dentist:

  • Identify cancer at an early stage, improving the survival rate by almost 50%

  • Identify oral cancers that are not readily visible

  • Inspect any abnormal changes in other parts of the mouth, such as the tongue

With a comprehensive exam every six months, we can manage small dental problems before they grow into larger, more complicated issues. Keep up to date with thorough dental checkups at Tennyson Lake Dental. Call us today at 972-378-3601 to schedule an appointment.

Fluoride

Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and especially tap water. This mineral helps prevent tooth decay by making the tooth more resistant to acid attacks from plaque and sugars in the mouth. It attracts other minerals and strengthens tooth enamel.

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Gentle Professional Cleaning

People over the age of four or five should visit their dentist for a professional teeth cleaning at least twice a year. To maintain oral health, it's very important that you stay current on the condition of your teeth so that if problems are detected, they can be treated early to avoid developing more serious issues. At Tennyson Lake Dental, we provide comfortable, gentle teeth cleanings, specifically to detect, deter and prevent gum disease. If we find a cause for concern, we may recommend a deep gum cleaning to remove tartar below the gum line, smooth out surfaces where plaque builds up and eliminate bacterial infection.

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Mouth Guards

Custom-fit mouth guards are prescribed and created by a dental professional from thermoplastic material and are based on a detailed mold taken of your mouth and teeth. They can be made for either sports or for nighttime teeth grinding and are created differently depending on the intended use. They're highly personalized, as your dentist can adjust the thickness of the mouth guard, and they're designed to fit perfectly in your mouth with no adjustments needed. 

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Night Guards

If you're experiencing chronic headaches and migraines because of involuntary night-time teeth clenching, let Tennyson Lake Dental help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin, transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.  Night guards have also proven to be an effective remedy for patients who are suffering from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping.

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Oral Cancer Screening

The dental community is the first line of defense in early detection of oral cancer. The goal of oral cancer screening is to detect mouth cancer or precancerous lesions that may lead to mouth cancer at an early stage — when cancer or lesions are easiest to remove and most likely to be cured. When found at the early stages of development, oral cancers have an 80-90% survival rate. Early detection is imperative!

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TMJ / TMD Treatment

Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint itself.

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