TMJ Treatment & Other Services
At Dental Arts & Wellness, we practice bite-based dentistry and take whole body health into consideration when determining a treatment plan. We perform a number of restorative dentistry procedures at our Lake Oswego office to treat dental complications. If you suffer from poor oral health, we will take great care to provide a functional, comfortable, and attractive solution that minimizes tooth loss and restores the teeth to their ideal placement within the mouth. As part of our commitment to providing our patients with lifelong wellness and beauty, we work with them closely to ensure that their needs are met. You will be in good hands when in the care of Dr. Manami Yamaguchi. To schedule a consultation, please contact our dental office today.
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If a tooth is severely decayed or damaged, it may not be possible to adequately protect it from further harm through the use of dental fillings or direct restorations. However, if left untreated, a severely damaged tooth will likely require extraction at some point. To salvage compromised teeth, prevent the need for extraction, and safeguard against further decay or damage, dental crowns can be placed. Dental crowns (or “caps”) are tooth-shaped prosthetics that are placed over affected teeth, encapsulating them fully. This helps prevent further decay while restoring the function and appearance of the affected tooth. Dental crowns are a staple of restorative dentistry – at our Lake Oswego practice, we can determine whether you’d be a candidate for such treatment. Dental Crowns
At Dental Health & Wellness, we consider restorative dentistry a core element of our Lake Oswego practice. Missing teeth can pose a significant problem if left unaddressed. Bacteria can invade the edentulous site (location of the missing tooth) and affect the health of the gums, and surrounding teeth can shift to fill in the vacant gap, resulting in malocclusion and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. The most durable and permanent solution to a missing tooth is a dental implant and complimentary restoration. A dental implant is a titanium post that is screwed directly into the jawbone. Once embedded in the jaw, the post can serve as a root for dental restorations, including dental crowns, dental bridges, and fixed dentures. In essence, the implant becomes an artificial tooth root, and the restoration that is affixed atop it serves as the artificial tooth. Because of the strength of the implant material, and its placement into the jawbone, dental implants can last for many years – even a lifetime with proper maintenance. Dental Implants
Constantly fatigued teeth, sharp pains, abscesses, and excessive bleeding of the gums may indicate infected or diseased pulp tissue. If the root canal is infected and the condition is left untreated, it can result in tooth loss, persistent discomfort, and compromised oral health. We believe that it’s extremely important to treat dental complications as early as possible, as your oral health plays a role in whole body health. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, and TMJ disorder brought on by malocclusion (itself brought on by a missing tooth) can result in severe headaches, sore muscles, and inhibited jaw movement. Root canal therapy is a procedure that allows us to remove the infected pulp tissue (a collection of nerve endings, blood cells, and connective tissue beneath the tooth in the root canal), eliminating pain and discomfort, and safeguarding against the risk of tooth loss or further decay. Root Canal Therapy