You know the old saying, “Prevention is the best medicine”? At Smiles of Orange, we live and practice by this rule every day. We don’t want anyone to experience dental problems that require extensive and costly treatments. We would much rather see you twice yearly for your regular exams and cleanings than have to treat gum disease and replace lost teeth. We use advanced laser diagnostic technology to help us detect and treat dental problems before they progress.
We love the science and technology that goes into the work that we do, and we love sharing that with our patients—especially when it improves patient outcomes and experiences. One of our favorite pieces of technology is our DIAGNOdent laser cavity detection device. Using a low-level laser, we can illuminate tiny areas of decay that would otherwise go undetected with a visual exam and even on an x-ray. Detecting and treating cavities sooner conserves more healthy teeth.
The foundation for oral health is oral hygiene. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, brushing, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams are your best lines of defense against tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health problems. The good news is, the benefits reach far deeper than just your mouth—a healthy mouth encourages a healthy body. When necessary, we can also provide deep cleanings that reach below the gum line.
Gum disease affects a large majority of adults and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Not to mention, left untreated gum disease can significantly increase your risk for over 50 serious systemic health problems including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer’s. Combat gum disease with thorough oral hygiene and regular visits with us. We can provide deep cleanings and gingivectomies to remove bacteria and tartar buildup from below the gumline to treat gum disease and promote healing.
Oral cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer because it’s often not detected until late-stage, and rates are on the rise in the US. While tobacco and alcohol consumption are still big risk factors, HPV now outweighs the two combined as the leading risk factor. When only 15% of dentists in the US screen their patients for oral cancer regularly, you can find peace knowing we screen every patient at every check-up. Early detection is key.
Whether you or your little one is the star athlete in the family, a custom mouthguard is a wise investment. Not only is your smile one of your greatest assets, but custom mouthguards also protect the head and brain, potentially minimizing damage from concussions. If you clench and grind your teeth at night, like many of us do, a custom nightguard can provide a soft cushion to minimize the damage to your teeth and allow your jaw to rest overnight.
If you have a tooth that’s badly decayed, infected, or broken, an extraction may be in your best interest. We always do our best to avoid extractions whenever possible, but sometimes they are necessary, and you’ll want a skilled and compassionate team on your side. There’s no need to find an oral surgeon in Orange, we can provide routine extractions from the comfort of your dental home. For wisdom teeth, we refer cases out to one of our trusted local colleagues.
You may still have old metal fillings hiding in your back molars from the days of yesteryear. Today, we use a durable and natural-looking tooth-colored resin that is safer and blends in seamlessly with your natural teeth. If you’re tired of seeing dark spots when you open your mouth, you have mysterious health problems or are concerned with mercury toxicity, we can safely remove old mercury fillings and replace them for a more seamless smile.
Over the last decade patients have learned the potential dangers in using amalgam or silver fillings because the exposure to mercury. But many patients are just learning that composite fillings may contain BPA. Most composite resins available today do contain this endocrine-disrupting chemical or related compounds.
BPA is a controversial chemical found in plastics. Just as mercury fillings leak trace amounts of mercury over time into the bloodstream, scientists have managed to find oral enzymes that leak BPA into the bloodstream from composite dental fillings. Dr. Jackson uses a ceramic material versus traditional composite which is a plastic. This allows her to offer the filling option that is 100% BPA free.
Do you clench and grind your teeth? Does your jaw often feel sore, painful, or tired? Do you suffer from chronic headaches or migraines or neck pain? You may be one of many suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction, also known as TMJ, TMD, or TMJD (all these terms are used interchangeably). We would be happy to diagnose the source of your pain and provide solutions to minimize the damage and prevent pain at the source.