If you’re looking for great dental care for yourself or your child, you’ve come to the right place. At Monroe Dental Arts in Monroe, CT, our friendly team of experienced dental professionals offers high-quality family dental services to help keep you and your loved ones healthy, happy, and smiling brightly. To book your appointment, schedule online or give us a call today!
Cleanings & Exams
One key to keeping your (or your child’s) teeth healthy? Regular dental cleanings. We suggest scheduling one every six months or so, so that we can remove the plaque and tartar that build up on teeth over time. This helps prevent cavities and gum disease and keeps your smile feeling fresh.
Sealants are a technique we use to prevent cavities from forming in certain hard-to-reach areas of your teeth, like the back molars. Using a plastic resin, we create a thin protective layer over the surface of the tooth, which creates a physical barrier that blocks bacteria from colonizing there.
Regular fluoride treatments can help prevent cavities or tooth decay by strengthening the enamel of your teeth. Called remineralization, this process literally means the rebuilding of tooth enamel, and can be catalyzed by fluoride treatments during your cleaning visits.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Our team is trained to provide oral cancer screenings during your regular cleaning appointments. An oral cancer screening is a quick, discomfort-free check to make sure that you are not exhibiting any signs or symptoms so that we can catch any indicators of a problem early on.
Bruxism, or grinding your teeth (especially during sleep) is a condition that can cause significant discomfort, strain on your jaw, and over time, considerable damage to your teeth. However, we can make you a custom-fitted, dental-grade mouthguard called a nightguard that you can wear during sleep to prevent grinding and protect your teeth.
Custom Sports Mouthguards
If you or your child regularly play sports, you’ll probably want to consider a mouthguard. However, don’t waste your time buying something off-the-shelf from a pharmacy — try one of our custom-fitted, dental-grade mouthguards that are designed to meet your specific needs. It’ll feel better and fit more smoothly so you’ll actually want to wear it!
Sleep Apnea Appliances
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your airway becomes temporarily obstructed during sleep. This happens when the muscles in the back of your mouth relax, essentially allowing your tongue to slide backward to cover the opening to your throat. Traditionally, sleep apnea is treated with a bulky, cumbersome CPAP machine. However, we can make you a small, custom dental appliance, similar to a mouthguard, that you can wear at night to keep your airway open and unobstructed.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a dental emergency or experiencing sudden symptoms or discomfort, don’t wait to get help. Call us today and we will schedule you in for an emergency appointment as soon as possible. Our friendly, experienced staff will conduct a thorough emergency exam so that we can help get you the care you need right away.
Nitrous Oxide Sedation
Nervous about your upcoming dental procedure? That’s okay! We offer nitrous oxide sedation to help you feel more relaxed and at ease during your visit. A safe, non-toxic gas that you inhale through a breathing mask while we work, nitrous oxide can help alleviate anxiety or nerves so that you can experience a smoother, more comfortable appointment.
The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is the hinge connecting the jaw to the skull. It is responsible for the opening and closing of the mouth—allowing for functions such as chewing and eating. The TMJ is a complex joint with various muscles, ligaments, and bones working in harmony to provide smooth movement. When these joints become inflamed or irritated, it is referred to as TMJ disorder (TMD). TMD can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including pain, clicking or popping of the jaw, and difficulty opening or closing the mouth. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit our office to determine the cause and develop a treatment plan.
Depending on the severity of your symptoms, there are a variety of treatment options available. These can range from simple at-home remedies to more invasive procedures. Our office will work with you to find the best possible solution for your individual situation.
Surgical Removal of wisdom teeth
While we most often work to preserve teeth, there are times when the best option for oral health is to remove a tooth. This is called an extraction, and there are two types: simple and surgical.
- A simple extraction is performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, easily accessible and have erupted fully.
- Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that are not visible in the mouth, impacted (stuck) or have not erupted fully.
When performing a surgical extraction, the purpose of our procedure is to take proactive action against the potential damage that an impacted tooth can cause. An impacted tooth can damage nearby teeth, gums, and bones. It can also lead to infections in the gum tissue. In extreme cases, an impacted tooth can cause cysts to form. All of these problems can be avoided by performing a surgical extraction. Wisdom teeth are the most common culprits associated with these problems, but any tooth can become impacted.
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