Dental Cleaning

A dental cleaning is a professional cleaning you receive from a dentist or dental hygienist. Cleanings should be performed every six months to prevent excessive plaque buildup. Plaque left untreated can lead to unhealthy gums and tooth decay.

Periodontal Therapy

The foundation for one's teeth is formed by the gums, ligaments and bone around the teeth. All structures are also referred to as the periodontium. When the periodontium becomes unhealthy, it jeopardizes the teeth just as a bad foundation would threaten the stability of a house. Signs of unhealthy periodontium include: gums that are red and bleed easily, persistent bad breath, gums that are pulled away from the tooth, loose teeth, and changes in the position or bite of the teeth. Any of these may be a sign of a problem. However, with proper gum treatment it may be possible to return gum tissue to a healthy state. Treatment usually involves a deep cleaning or root planing done under a local anesthetic. If the gum disease gets too severe it may need to be treated through surgery or extraction. This is why it is important to have it treated at the first sign of a problem.

How do I know if I have periodontal disease?

Common signs of periodontal disease include:

  • Gums that bleed whenever you brush or floss
  • Persistent bad breath that isn't helped by oral hygiene or mouthwash
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums
  • Feelings of pain and discomfort around the gums
  • Teeth that suddenly appear longer (this can mean that your gumline is receding)

Of course, it's important to remember that in some cases, periodontal disease can show only very subtle symptoms or even none at all. That's why attending regular check-ups with Dr. Durusky and his staff are crucial to maintaining your oral health!

How can you help me?

In the earliest stages of periodontal disease, regular cleanings should be enough to prevent any damage from being done. Dr. Durusky is always happy to share techniques and tips with patients on how to improve oral hygiene and keep your smile looking great!

If your specific case has progressed to a more advanced stage, we may need to provide a special cleaning called scaling and root planing. During this therapy, we'll clean tartar, plaque, and toxins from above and below the gum line, as well as clear away rough spots on root surfaces. This will help your gum tissue heal.

Sealants

Sealants are a common preventive treatment in dentistry. Some teeth have fine grooves or pits that accumulate plaque, not because the person doesn't brush, but because the grooves are too narrow to allow even one bristle into them. When plaque accumulates, it can lead to cavities and other types of tooth decay. To apply sealants, a plastic material is brushed onto the tooth, filling these narrow grooves and preventing the cavity-causing buildup. Sealants make healthy teeth possible.

Snoring & Sleep Apnea

Snoring can be far more serious than it seems. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by the tongue or jaw or some other oral obstruction blocking the airway during sleep. This results in the patient stopping breathing periodically through the night and can have severe impact on overall health over time. Sleep apnea is often successfully treated with oral appliance therapy or a CPAP machine. However, some severe cases may require surgery to widen the airway, reduce the size of the tongue or remove the oral obstruction.Surgery is generally viewed as a last resort and performed only when other treatments haven’t worked.

Severe sleep apnea may also require the help of a sleep specialist. Our team is proficient at diagnosing obstructive sleep apnea. We will walk you through a thorough consultation process to help you decide on the very best option for your unique situation.

Emergency Exams

Dental emergency? We’re here for you!

Severe pain or discomfort in the jaw, gums or teeth can often become unbearable. At Cornerstone Family Dentistry we offer same-day emergency dental services and appointments to provide immediate relief and long term dental solutions!

If you are suffering from severe pain or discomfort don’t hesitate to call us at (919) 595-1010! Our accommodating team will help you schedule an emergency exam as soon as possible. We’re here to help!

Fluoride Treatment

Fluoride is a chemical compound that is proven to be beneficial to teeth. It strengthens enamel and prevents decay. As a result, there are many over-the-counter toothpastes and mouthwashes containing fluoride; however, those who are at an extra high risk for cavities may benefit from professional fluoride treatments in addition to daily doses. This is generally delivered in the form of a varnish or solution that is highly-concentrated with fluoride. It's typically applied with a swab or brush or even placed in a tray that is held in the mouth for several minutes.

Too little or too much fluoride can be detrimental to your teeth. We will work with you to make the best decisions in regards to your preventive care.

Mouth Guards

Custom-designed mouth guards are made of flexible plastic and molded to fit the shape of your teeth. Mouth guards are recommended to protect the jaw, tongue, cheek lining and teeth during physical activity and sports such as boxing, football, basketball, or other activities where your mouth might get hit. Guards generally last 3-10 years.

Custom-made oral appliances can also be used as part of treatment for conditions like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. In general, plastic appliances can be used to correct a variety of problems.

If you are active in athletics or experiencing any concerning experiences with your mouth, teeth, or jaw, please let us know. If any kind of guard or appliance is a good option for you, we will take an impression of your teeth to create a custom-fit product for your specific needs.

Night Guards

Teeth clenching and grinding can damage teeth and be harmful to one’s long-term oral health. Night guards are recommended to protect patients who clench or grind their teeth during the night. These custom-designed appliances are made of flexible plastic and molded to comfortably fit the shape of your teeth.

Custom-made oral appliances can also be used as part of treatment for conditions like sleep apnea and TMJ disorders. In general, plastic appliances can be used to correct a variety of problems.

If you clench or grind your teeth in the night or are experiencing any concerns about your mouth, teeth, or jaw, call us today. Let us help you determine if night guards are right for you.