Cleanings & Exams
Comprehensive Oral Examinations
Even if you maintain good oral hygiene in your daily routine, regular in-office exams are essential for preventing disease and mitigating problems early on. During your oral exam, one of our dental hygienists will remove any plaque or tartar missed during regular brushing. The cleaning will take approximately 30 minutes, after which your dentist in Chicago, IL will examine your mouth to make sure your teeth and gums are in optimal condition. Comprehensive oral examines can help prevent problems before they become emergencies.
In addition to hygiene treatment and maintenance during your regular oral examinations, Dr. Clause offers fluoride treatment to help inhibit tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral naturally found in water and other foods; it makes teeth more resistant to acid from oral bacteria and sugars. It can also reverse the effect of early tooth decay. Your dentist can prescribe fluoride supplements, or apply it directly to the teeth in the form of a gel, foam or varnish. Fluoride treatment may be necessary for people who suffer from chronic dry mouth, the early stages of gum disease, or a history of frequent cavities.
Typically, the first line of treatment will be the use of a splint or oral appliance. A TMJ splint or oral appliance is worn to reduce the stress on the jaw. This allows the muscles to function properly and may reposition the lower jaw to fall properly into the TMJ socket.
TMJ appliances are a conservative and reversible treatment option that may provide pain relief. There are many different types of splints and appliances that your doctor can fabricate for you. Your doctor will complete a clinical examination, use radiographs and your symptoms to help you decide the best treatment for you.
Bruxism is clenching and/or grinding of the teeth. This nonfunctional and continuous contact can eventually cause enamel wear and damage teeth. It can be severe and frequent enough to lead to TMJ disorders, headaches, and other problems.