GENERAL DENTISTRY

Your oral health has a tremendous impact on your overall health. Sometimes, the right dental treatment not only heals your teeth and gums, but also positively affects other conditions, including migraines, neck and back problems, and even diabetes and heart disease. Dr. Stromboe and her team treat more than just your mouth – they improve your everyday life through advanced dental care.

Nightguards

A nightguard is a customized bite appliance that is worn while you sleep. Many patients grind and clench their teeth at night, resulting in headaches, migraines, neck pain, and other ailments. Additionally, grinding can lead to chipped, cracked, or broken teeth, as well as periodontal (gum tissue) breakdown.

Dr. Stromboe specially designs your nightguard so that it will allow your jaw to relax and rest while you slumber, thus eliminating the issues that stem from clenching and grinding. If you think you may suffer from the effects of nighttime clenching and grinding, ask Dr. Stromboe to place you on the path toward relief today.

Q: My teeth keep chipping and cracking. What causes this, and what can I do about it?

A: Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a nightguard. A custom-fitted nightguard protects your teeth from grinding & clenching in your sleep. Dr. Stromboe takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your nightguard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask us about having a nightguard custom created just for you.

Root Canals

A root canal involves removing the soft tissue (the pulp) within the tooth when it has become infected and inflamed. Infected tissue is gently filed out of the root canals of the tooth (which is where the procedure gets its name) and the void is filled with an inert material. The procedure is completed with the placement of a filling and, in most cases, a crown.

Patient Talk

“Dr. Stromboe and her staff are the most understanding and kind professionals. I was a total coward when I first stepped foot in the door, but not anymore! Would HIGHLY recommend this office!”

• TIFFANY G.

Oral Surgery

Whether your treatment involves implants, wisdom teeth removal, or simple extractions, you may rest assured that your experience will be personalized and safe. With multiple years of post-doctoral training in surgical procedures, Dr. Stromboe looks forward to meeting your needs.

Tooth Extractions

Every effort is made to keep all your teeth, as this is always the best and most preferred solution. In the instance where a tooth cannot be saved, however, it may be recommended to extract it. Whether it is a wisdom tooth or an incisor, these extractions can be done here in our office saving you from being referred to an outside specialist.

Q: How can losing a back tooth affect my smile?

A: Losing a back tooth will darken your overall smile, making it look smaller and more narrow. Your smile will appear to stop short, and the look will be exaggerated if your missing tooth has teeth on both sides of it. Function during chewing will be reduced, and the function of many teeth can be affected by losing just one tooth. When you are missing a tooth, you compensate by chewing differently, which puts pressure on different parts of your mouth. This can cause your other teeth to shift, creating gaps and spaces, and may even cause fractures that result in additional tooth loss or the need for restorations.

Fillings

When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it must be replaced with a “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were our only option; however, through advancements in dentistry and depending on your individual needs, Dr. Stromboe can now provide you a choice between tooth-colored fillings or silver fillings. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.

Professional Dental Cleanings

(Or Prophylaxis) And Doctor Evaluation

If you are free of periodontal or gum disease, we will schedule you for a professional dental cleaning with our dental hygienist and an evaluation by Dr. Stromboe. The average healthy patient needs to have his/her teeth cleaned every six months. Having your teeth cleaned and evaluated on a regular basis can help you avoid periodontal disease. This destructive disease is a silent, progressive disease that can result in bleeding and receding gums, bad breath, and even tooth loss. Your professional dental cleaning and doctor evaluation will include:

  • Removal of hard and soft deposits and stains from teeth and gums.
  • Yearly periodontal probing and necessary diagnostic radiographs (x-rays).
  • Oral health evaluation by Dr. Stromboe, including an evaluation of teeth and gums and an oral cancer screening.
  • Evaluation of current home care.
  • Recommendations and instructions by the hygienist to optimize your oral health.

Periodontal or Gum Disease Therapy

Periodontal, or gum, disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding and receding gums, and bad breath in adults. There is also now extensive research to show the correlation between periodontal disease and many other health issues, such as cardiac disease and diabetes. Many adults have some degree of gum disease without even realizing it because the disease is normally painless until in its advanced stages. Fortunately, periodontal disease is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, the treatment of periodontal disease is easier, less invasive, and more effective.

Treatment

There are different types of periodontal disease, which are classified according to their severity: gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis.

Your initial appointment with Dr. Stromboe will include a comprehensive evaluation of your gums and supportive tissues. If you have periodontal disease, Dr. Stromboe will customize a plan for achieving periodontal health. Typically, a treatment called non-surgical therapy, or scaling, and root planing is recommended, followed by supportive periodontal treatments to maintain your new level of health.

Your periodontal or gum therapy appointments will include:

  • Non-surgical periodontal treatment, including removal of the hard and soft deposits that are causing the inflammation and disease process.
  • Yearly periodontal probing and necessary diagnostic radiographs (x-rays).
  • Antimicrobial therapy to destroy the remaining bacteria.
  • Evaluation of home care techniques.
  • Recommendations by the hygienist on techniques to maximize your treatment results.

These treatments are not surgical, and no incisions of the gum tissue are made. Instead, we remove the disease-causing calculus and bacteria through non-surgical means. Patients often comment on how comfortable the procedure is and how quickly they see and feel positive results.

Q: What is periodontal disease?

A: Periodontal disease is a silent, progressive, and destructive disease that can result in bleeding and receding gums, bad breath, and even tooth loss. Periodontal (gum) disease is chiefly responsible for adult tooth loss, bleeding, receding gums, and bad breath in adults. There is also now extensive research to show the correlation between periodontal disease and many other health issues such as cardiac disease and diabetes. Many adults have some degree of gum disease without even realizing it because the disease is normally painless until in its advanced stages. Fortunately, periodontal disease is easily prevented with proper hygiene, home care, and professional treatment. If diagnosed in its early stages, the treatment for periodontal disease is easier, less invasive, and more effective.

Q: My gums bleed after I brush. Is this something to be concerned about?

A: It is certainly not desirable to have bleeding gums following brushing; however, the condition may or may not require attention – depending on the source of the problem. Bleeding gums can be caused by any of the following: improper, rough “scrubbing” instead of gentle, circular brushing motions; using a hard-bristled toothbrush instead of a soft one; plaque and/or tartar build-up below the gum line; or, gum irritation due to gingivitis or periodontal disease. If bleeding persists despite correct brushing and flossing methods, or if bleeding occurs every time you brush, contact our office to set-up an evaluation appointment.