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Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.

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Dental Services
... Services we offer include: Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Fillings, to make your teeth strong and healthy again Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect disease at a curable stage Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Periodontal (Gum) Disease Therapy, to prevent tooth loss Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Professional Teeth Cleanings, to maintain good oral health Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to save an infected tooth Sealants, to protect children's teeth from decay Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMJ/TMD Treatment, for chronic jaw pain Tooth Extractions, when a tooth is hopelessly damaged or decayed Emergency Dental Treatment If you have a life-threatening or severe injury, call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room...

Fitness Expert Jillian Michaels Helps Kick Sleep Apnea
...The appliance, worn at night, repositions the jaw to reduce the possibility of the tongue obstructing the throat and closing the airway...

Attention to Detail Crucial to a Beautiful Smile Supported by Dental Implants
Installing dental implants involves more than the mechanics of placing them into the jawbone...

TMJ Therapy Solutions
...There are many symptoms of TMD, and a patient may have one or several of the following conditions: Pain in the Jaw Joint Ear pain/stuffiness Pain on chewing Limited mouth opening Joint noises; pops/clicks/grinding sounds Inability to close the mouth Tinnitus Neck pain/stiffness Vertigo There are over 26 different diagnoses associated with TMD...

Sleep Apnea Solutions
... Dental appliances provide an effective, conservative approach to managing snoring and other sleep-disordered breathing problems by: Bringing the lower jaw open and forward...

No "Glee" in Tooth Grinding
...Comfortable and secure, this appliance prevents your teeth from being damaged by contacting each other, and protects your jaw joints from stresses due to excessive grinding forces...

Dwight Howard: A Bright NBA Star With a Smile to Match
...To relieve it, you can use an over-the-counter pain reliever and/or a warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw...

Be Wary When Considering Botox Treatment for TMD
If you’ve suffered from problems with your jaw joints, known collectively as temporomandibular disorders (TMDs), then you know how uncomfortable and painful they can be...

Facial Nerve Pain can be Reduced with the Right Treatment Approach
...The nerves in question are the trigeminal, a pair that travel up from the brain stem through the skull into each side of the face where they each branch into the upper, middle and lower parts of the face and jaw...

Master Illusionist Benefits from the Magic of Orthodontics
... There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints...

A Toothless Tiger?
...An implant consists of a screw-like post of titanium metal that is inserted into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure...

Neil Patrick Harris: What the Oscars Host Treasures Most
...By the time wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21, there often is not enough room for them in the jaw...

Game, Set, Match: Milos Raonic Says A Mouthguard Helps Him Win
...This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth...

Researchers Looking for Links between TMJD and Other Health Conditions
...suffer from chronic jaw pain and disability...

Eden Sher and the Lost Retainer
... As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force...

Quitting Smoking Decreases Your Risk of Implant Failure
...Slower healing also impacts the post-surgery period when bone cells in the jaw are growing and adhering to the implant surface, forming a stronger bond...

Correct a Cross-Bite by Widening the Upper Jaw with an Expander
... An example of this is the development of a cross-bite due to problems with the upper jaw and palate (the roof of the mouth), jointly called the maxilla...

An Assortment of Orthodontic Tools helps us Solve Complex Bite Problems
... Teeth aren't directly connected to the jawbone...

Johnny's Teeth Aren't Rotten Any More
... Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw...

Success with Dental Implants Depends on Attention to Detail
...Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time...

Ariana Grande Breaks Free - of Her Wisdom Teeth
...Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws...

Adjust Your Diet to Accommodate TMD to Maximize Nutrition
... TMD is a collection of conditions that affect the jaw joints, connecting muscles and other related facial structures...

Noah Galloway's Dentally Dangerous Dancing
...Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way...

Encourage Your Child to Stop Thumb Sucking Around Age 3
...Over time this can place undue pressure on both upper and lower front teeth and contribute to the development of an open bite, a slight gap between the upper and lower teeth when the jaws are shut...

Chrissy Teigen's Teeth-Grinding Troubles
...Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face...

A Teen with a Missing Tooth May Need to Wait on a Dental Implant
...We don’t recommend implants for younger patients because even a teenager’s jaws haven’t yet reached full maturity...

(Don't) Break It Like Beckham
...Here, a tiny screw-like device made of titanium metal is inserted into the jaw bone in a minor surgical procedure...

New Front Teeth for a Teenaged David Duchovny
... With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw...

Get Ahead of Bite Problems with Interceptive Orthodontics
...This growing concept involves early orthodontic treatment around 6 to 10 years of age with the goal of guiding the development of a child’s jaws and other mouth structures in the right direction...

Getting Dental Implants Requires Minor Surgery
...A threaded titanium post is inserted directly into the jawbone where, over time, bone cells grow and adhere to it...

Encourage Your Child to Stop Thumb Sucking by Age 4
...Babies move their tongues forward into the space between the two jaws, allowing them to form a seal around a nipple as they breast or bottle feed...

How to Treat the Problem of Teeth that Never Developed
...If the permanent restoration of choice involves dental implants, we’ll usually need to wait until the completion of jaw development around early adulthood...

There may be more to that Toothache that Suddenly Stops Aching
... Although the pain has stopped, the infection is very much active in the tooth and will continue to work its way through the root canals to the jaw...

Bitewing X-Rays Safely 'Reveal all' About Back Teeth to Prevent Tooth Decay
...When exposed, we’ll be able to view the interior of these back teeth: a set of four bitewings gives us a full view of all the upper and lower molars and pre-molars on each side of the jaws...

Adolescent Orthodontic Care
...In later years, when the bones of the face and jaw are fully developed, many conditions become more difficult (and costly) to treat...

Adult Orthodontic Treatment
...However, orthodontic treatment for adults is different in two important respects: For one thing, the growth and development of the jaws is complete in adults, so changes in actual jaw structure can't be accomplished with orthodontic appliances in the way they can with a growing child...

Early Orthodontic Treatment
...To treat this problem, a device called a palatal expander can be used, which gradually and painlessly widens the upper jaw; it's especially effective when the jaw itself hasn't fully developed...

Post-Orthodontic Care
...Simply put, it's because if you don't wear one, your teeth will start moving right back to where they were! Teeth aren't set rigidly in the jawbone — instead, they're held in place by a network of fibers called the periodontal ligaments...

Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADS)
... Moving teeth in the jaw has been compared to moving a stick through the sand...

Thumb & Finger Appliances
...But if the practice persists after the primary (baby) teeth have erupted, it can drastically change the growth patterns of the jaw, and cause significant misalignment of the teeth...

Orthodontic Emergencies
...A warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw can also offer some relief...

Orthodontic FAQs
... Orthodontists are dental specialists who diagnose and treat problems with the position, alignment or spacing of the teeth, and related irregularities in the face and the jaw...

Orthodontic Headgear
Sometimes, braces alone aren't enough to move teeth into a better position, or to correct trouble with the bite or remedy problems in the growth of the jaws...

Your First Orthodontic Appointment
...Besides looking in the mouth, we you may be asked questions, such as whether the jaws make noise when the mouth is opening or closing, or if there are any problems chewing or swallowing...

Gummy Smiles
... Causes Gummy smiles may be caused by one or more factors relating to the gums themselves, the teeth, or even the lip or jaw...

Mouthguards for Adults
...Read Article The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries Accidents to the teeth, jaws and mouth can happen at any time during any sporting activity...

Mouthguards for Children
...Read Article The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries Accidents to the teeth, jaws and mouth can happen at any time during any sporting activity...

Removable Dentures
...The upper jaw requires more implants (generally three or more) than the lower jaw due to a lesser bone density...

Snoring & Sleep Apnea
...Snoring is often worsened sleeping on one's back because this encourages the lower jaw to slip back, which in turn pushes the tongue in front of the airway...

TMD
If you experience ongoing pain in the area near your ear, your jaw or the muscles on the side of your face, possibly accompanied by a clicking or popping sound or restricted jaw movement, you may be suffering from TMD — an abbreviation for Temporomandibular disorders...

Tooth Contouring & Reshaping
...These usually unconscious habits can result in jaw muscles going into spasm, teeth wearing down, and other problems...

Sleep Apnea & Behavior Problems in Children
...It's often worse while sleeping on one's back because this encourages the lower jaw to slip back, which in turn pushes the tongue in front of the airway...

Space Maintainers
...Therefore, it is very important to use a space maintainer with a false tooth on it until jaw growth is complete and an implant can be appropriately placed...

Thumb Sucking
...But it's possible for the pressure of a thumb, finger or pacifier resting on the gums to interfere with normal tooth eruption and even jaw growth...

Loose Teeth & Bite Problems
...These habits can accelerate bone loss and also cause jaw pain and excessive tooth wear...

Bone Grafting
...For example, the jawbone's adaptability allows an orthodontist to move teeth into a better position with braces...

Cleft Lip & Palate Repair
...Follow-up treatment may be needed to restore the appropriate form and function of the lips, teeth, and jaws (for proper speech, eating, etc) and to correct hearing problems...

Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery
...That's when corrective jaw surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be recommended...

Extractions
... Orthodontic Treatment — Teeth are sometimes extracted when there are too many of them for the size of the dental arches (jaws), a situation known as crowding...

Facial Trauma and Reconstructive Surgery
... Facial trauma in general involves injuries to the soft- or hard-tissue structures of the face, mouth or jaws — including the teeth, the bones of the jaws and face, and the tissue of the skin and gums...

Headaches & Migraines
...These habits, which often manifest during sleep, put tremendous pressure on the muscles that work your jaw joint, also called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)...

Sinus Surgery
If you want to replace a missing or failing tooth with a state-of-the-art dental implant (watch dental implant video), your dentist will first need to make sure that you have sufficient bone in your jaw to anchor the implant...

Wisdom Teeth
...Here are some typical reasons why: Your jaw may be too small to accommodate all your teeth, leading to excessive crowding and the chance of your wisdom teeth becoming impacted — that is, unable to emerge from the gums, and potentially harmful to adjacent bone or teeth Your wisdom teeth may be erupting (coming in) in a crooked orientation, which can damage other teeth or anatomical structures in the jaw, and/or cause bite problems If your wisdom tooth does not fully erupt (emerge from the gums), it can increase the chance for bacterial infection A cyst (a closed, fluid-filled sac) may develop around the unerupted wisdom tooth, which can cause infection and injury to the adjacent bone or nerve tissue Whether it is aimed at preventing future problems or needed to alleviate a condition you already have, the extraction of wisdom teeth can be an effective treatment...

Gum Injuries
... Related Articles The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries Accidents to the teeth, jaws and mouth can happen at any time during any sporting activity...

Orthodontic Emergencies
...A warm washcloth or heating pad placed on the outside of the jaw can also offer some relief...

Tooth Pain
... A severe sinus headache or congestion from colds or flu may cause you to experience symptoms such as a dull ache or pressure in the upper teeth and jaw...

Traumatic Dental Injuries
... Partially Displaced Teeth If teeth are driven into or pushed partially out of the jaw, or if they are out of alignment, the patient should see a dentist or oral surgeon within six hours of the accident...

Missing Teeth
...Teeth aren't fixed solidly in the jaw; instead, when even one tooth is missing, the remaining teeth tend to “drift” into new positions...

Oral Piercings
...It's important to understand that before the gums can recede, some of the underlying bone in the jaw must be lost...

Osteoporosis & Oral Health
...Osteoporosis can affect any part of the body — including the jawbone that supports the teeth...

Stress & Oral Habits
...Bruxism can also lead to jaw pain and/or headaches...

Cone Beam CT Imaging
...For the dentist, it offers the ability to visualize intricate structures inside the mouth, such as root canals, nerves and sinuses (air-filled spaces) in the jaw — in three dimensions — without surgery...

Bone Grafting
Replacement teeth supported by dental implants function so well and last so long because, like natural teeth, they are securely anchored in the jawbone for maximum support...

Dental Implants FAQs
...They are inserted into your jawbone during a minor surgical procedure that takes place in the dental office...

Fixed Dentures
...Doctors and patients alike prefer fixed over removable dentures because they: Look, feel and function just like natural teeth Don't slip when you eat or talk Prevent bone loss in the jaw Last a lifetime How It Works Dental implants serve the same purpose as the roots of natural teeth: anchoring the replacement teeth to your jawbone...

Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth
... Importantly, a loss of jawbone inevitably follows tooth loss...

Top Reasons to Choose Dental Implants
...Most like natural teeth Your natural teeth have roots that keep them securely anchored to your jawbone...

Cracked Teeth
Firmly anchored in your jaw and protected by an outer coating of tough enamel, your teeth are remarkably strong — yet it's still possible for them to chip, crack, or even break...

Root Canal Treatment FAQs
...Saving the tooth can prevent other troubles from occurring later on; these could include bite problems from teeth shifting position, difficulty eating, and loss of jawbone volume and density...

Cosmetic & General Dentistry
...These procedures include: Cleanings & Oral Exams, to keep your teeth and gums healthy, and catch early signs of dental disease Cosmetic Bonding, to repair small chips or cracks Crowns & Bridgework, to replace large amounts of lost tooth structure and/or missing teeth Dental Implants, for the longest-lasting tooth replacement available today Extractions, to remove unhealthy teeth that cannot be saved Fillings, to restore decayed teeth Inlays & Onlays, to fill teeth with larger cavities Invisalign Clear Aligners, for highly discreet orthodontic treatment Oral Cancer Screenings, to detect a dangerous disease that can be cured if caught early Orthodontic Treatment, to move teeth into the right position Porcelain Veneers, for repairing larger chips and cracks, and reshaping teeth Removable Dentures, to help you smile again Root Canal Treatment, to rescue diseased teeth Sealants, to help prevent cavities Teeth Whitening, to brighten a faded or discolored smile TMD Treatment, for pain in the jaw area that can interfere with biting and chewing Tooth-Colored Fillings, for a completely natural, healthy look Tooth Decay Prevention, so you keep your natural teeth as long as possible When to Visit the Dentist Many people only go to the dentist when something is wrong...

Emergency Care
...Read Article The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries Accidents to the teeth, jaws and mouth can happen at any time during any sporting activity...

Implant Dentistry
... How Implants Work During a minor surgical procedure, your dental implant is inserted directly into the jawbone in the space vacated by the missing tooth...

Oral Health
...Missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and inadequate nutrition...

Oral Surgery
...Oral Surgery can range from routine procedures such as tooth extractions and implant placement to more complex jaw realignment surgeries and emergency care for facial trauma...

Orthodontics
...These include underbite, crossbite or excessive overbite, where upper and lower teeth don't close in the proper position; open bite, where a space remains between top and bottom teeth when the jaws are closed; and crowding or excessive spacing, where teeth are spaced too close together or too far apart...

Pediatric Dentistry
...Interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment...

Periodontal Therapy
...Today's preferred method of tooth replacement is a titanium dental implant, which is placed beneath the gum line and into the jawbone during a minor surgical procedure...

Technology
...An on-screen, movable 3-D representation of your jaws! By taking a series of x-ray “slices” and stitching the images together with a powerful computer program, Cone Beam CT imaging creates a virtual model of your mouth...

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Southard Family Dentistry

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