Made of high-grade stainless steel brackets connected with an archwire, traditional braces apply gentle force to move your teeth. While Invisalign® can be very useful for aesthetic purposes and for simple dental corrections, traditional braces can handle a more comprehensive range of tooth issues. Modern metal braces are smaller, more comfortable, and better-looking than traditional orthodontics of the past. They are still the most common type of braces, and they are a good fit for many patients.
An endodontic treatment, root canal therapy can allow a dead tooth to remain intact, preserving the integrity of your bite. An internally infected tooth, usually due to a cavity, failed filling or crown, or significant trauma, must either undergo root canal therapy or extraction. Infection within a tooth causes acute pain and sensitivity, and bacteria can enter the blood stream if the infection is not addressed. Dr. Morris uses modern technology to complete root canal treatment in one visit to our office, in most cases.
Gum tissue helps support teeth, though you may not think much about your gums unless they are swollen, red, or tender. Nearly half of all Americans have some form of gum disease. The condition is chronic but treatable. A deep cleaning is the most effective form of periodontal care. A deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing, removes bacteria and promotes healing of damaged gum tissue. Our dental hygienists take pride in being thorough and gentle, while providing patients with the education and tools necessary to restore and maintain good gum health.
Jaw pain may be caused by a number of factors, one of which is temporomandibular jaw disorder, or TMJ disorder. Due to an improperly seated jaw joint (or joints), jaw muscles can work overtime trying to hold the mandible in proper position while at work and at rest. Stressed muscles may cause pain and headaches, which may contribute to nighttime teeth grinding, called bruxism. If you suffer with jaw pain, clicking jaw joints, neck or shoulder pain, an inability to fully open and close the mouth, or frequent headaches or earaches, talk with Dr. Morris about a TMJ evaluation.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that affects many Americans. In some cases, the condition is caused when airflow is blocked by soft tissues, called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This can lead to starts and stops in your breathing, waking you from sleep, many times throughout the evening. One conservative and relatively simple treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is an oral appliance that does not allow the jaw to shift when jaw muscles relax. The oral appliance ensures that the airway remains clear so that breathing is not impaired during sleep.
Preventive dentistry is a crucial component of your dental care. Through regular hygienic cleanings, dental examinations, x-rays, and oral cancer screenings, we can monitor, treat, and protect your teeth and gums. We strive to provide comprehensive oral health care that looks at each and every aspect of your mouth, including your bite, teeth, gums, and tissue health. We will always take a preventive approach to your dental care.
Pediatric dentistry is a unique specialty, and one we are proud to offer. Children require custom care when it comes to dental visits, such as administering fluoride treatments and placing dental sealants. We partner with parents to teach children how to take care of their teeth, so that their smiles can last a lifetime. Children should begin visiting our office after their first tooth erupts, then once a year after that, or in the event of a dental issue. When children reach three or four years of age, they can begin twice-a-year dental checkups and cleanings.
Our dental health significantly changes as we age. Older adults may notice natural changes in their dental health, like gum recession, tooth wear, and teeth staining. In many cases, seniors may require replacement dental work, replacement of traditional fillings with tooth-colored dental fillings, new dentures, or dental implants. Dr. Morris understands the unique aspects of senior dental care, and has the experience and training to provide comprehensive diagnoses and treatment for his older patients.