Self-Assesssment Test

It is our goal to keep your mouth healthy, your teeth fully functional, and your smile bright — and we are proud of all the services we offer to do exactly that. At the same time, we want you to understand all that modern dentistry in general has to offer you. To that end, we have assembled a first-rate dental library in which you can find a wealth of information on various dental topics, including:

Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Cosmetic & General Dentistry

From a thorough professional cleaning to a full smile makeover, there is an amazing array of services that cosmetic and general dentists offer to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. If your smile is not all you want it to be, this is the place to start. Read more about Cosmetic & General Dentistry.

Emergency Dental Care

Emergency Dental Care

When you have a dental emergency — whether it's caused by a sudden accident or chronic disease — your teeth and/or the tissues of the mouth that surround them need to receive proper care right away. It's also important to be aware, before you're actually in the situation, of what you can do to ensure the best outcome. Read more about Emergency Dental Care.

Endodontics

Endodontics

This is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inside of the tooth — specifically the root canals and sensitive, inner pulp (nerve) tissue. When this tissue becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal procedure may become necessary. But contrary to the popular myth, a root canal doesn't cause pain, it relives it. Read more about Endodontics.

Implant Dentistry

Implant Dentistry

If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that naturally deteriorates when even one tooth is lost. Read more about Implant Dentistry.

Oral Health

Oral Health

Oral health is an essential component of general health and well-being. Good oral health means a mouth that's free of disease; a bite that functions well enough for you to eat without pain and get ample nutrition; and a smile that lets you express your happiest emotions with confidence. Read more about Oral Health.

Oral Hygiene

Oral Hygiene

A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene at home, and coming to the dental office for routine cleanings and exams, you have the best chance of making this goal a reality. Read more about Oral Hygiene.

Oral Surgery

Oral Surgery

The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period. However, the experience of having oral surgery is usually very different from that. Some common oral surgery procedures include: tooth extractions, dental implant placement, and biopsies of suspicious oral lesions. Read more about Oral Surgery.

Orthodontics

Orthodontics

Adults and kids alike can benefit from the boost in self-confidence that comes from having a great-looking smile with beautifully aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can even improve chewing, speaking and oral hygiene in certain cases. And with today's virtually invisible orthodontic appliances, it's possible to keep your treatment a private matter… until your new smile is unveiled, of course! Read more about Orthodontics.

Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is the primary focus of pediatric dentistry. Read more about Pediatric Dentistry.

Periodontal Therapy

Periodontal Therapy

If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Read more about Periodontal Therapy.

Technology

Technology

In the field of dentistry, new technology is constantly changing the way diseases are diagnosed, routine procedures are performed, and illnesses are prevented. Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients. Read more about Technology.

Here are a few questions you may want to ask yourself, to help determine if you have any symptoms:

Do you get an unusual amount of headaches?
Y
N
Do you have a grating, clicking or popping sound in either or both jaw joints, when you chew or open and close your mouth?
Y
N
Do you have pain or soreness in any of the following areas: jaw joints, upper jaw, lower jaw, side of neck, back of head, forehead, behind the eyes or temples?
Y
N
Do you have sensations of stuffiness, pressure or blockage in your ears? Is there excessive wax buildup?
Y
N
Do you ever have ringing, roaring, hissing or buzzing sounds in your ears?
Y
N
Do you ever feel dizzy or faint?
Y
N
Do your fingers, hands or arms sometimes tingle or go numb?
Y
N
Are you tired all the time, fatigue easily or consider yourself
chronically fatigued?
Y
N
Are there imprints of your teeth on the sides of your tongue?
Y
N
Does your tongue go between your teeth when you swallow?
Y
N
Do you have difficulty in chewing your food?
Y
N
Do you have any missing back teeth?
Y
N
Do you clench your teeth during the day or at night?
Y
N
Do you grind your teeth at night? (Ask your family.)
Y
N
Do you ever awaken with a headache?
Y
N
Have you ever had a whiplash injury?
Y
N
Have you ever experienced a blow to the chin, face or head?
Y
N
Have you reached the point where drugs no longer relieve your symptoms?
Y
N
Does chewing gum worsen your symptoms?
Y
N
Is it painful to stick your "pinky" fingers into your ears with your mouth open wide and then close your mouth while pressing forward with your "pinky" fingers?
Y
N
Does your jaw slide to the left or right when you open wide?
(Look in a mirror.)
Y
N
Are you unable to insert your first three fingers vertically into your mouth when it is open wide?
Y
N
Is your face crooked and not symmetrical?
Y
N

If you answered yes to some of these systoms, you may have a TMJ disorder (TMD) Consult your dentist for an examination.

Here are some ways you can visually check your TM joint:

  • Put your fingers inside your ears. Open and close several times. If the jaw clicks or cracks, or if you feel a grinding sensation.
  • While looking in a mirror, open very slowly, notice whether or not your jaw swings to one side while opening and closing. Is there any pain present?
  • Slide your jaw from side to side, make note of any pain you may experience.

Check for muscle sensitivity:

Place your fingers in front of your ears on the joint and apply pressure.

  • Also apply pressure to the cheek area
  • If you notice discomfort or pain have your jaw joint checked by a dentist who treats patients with jaw joint disorders!