Preventative Hygiene (Dental Cleanings)
The core belief of our practice is helping our patients achieve and maintain exceptional oral health for a lifetime. Our knowledgeable hygiene specialists in Savannah provide a thorough dental cleaning and education on how to properly care for your teeth.
Regular dental checkups are vital to optimal oral hygiene and are the best way to prevent the onset, progress and recurrence of dental diseases and conditions. We encourage all of our patients to visit us every six months for routine checkups to keep your teeth healthy. As oral hygiene (the condition of teeth and gums) changes with age, more frequent visits may be beneficial.
- Removal of calculus (tartar) and plaque
- Teeth polishing
- Gum disease evaluation
- Periodontal maintenance
- Non surgical Periodontal (gum) therapy
- Examination of tooth decay
- Examination of existing restorations
- Examination of diagnostic digital X-rays
- Oral cancer screening
- Direct restorations (fillings)
- Dental Implants
- Removable dentistry (dentures and partials)
Emergency Dental Services/Oral Surgery
Our practice offers same-day or following-day appointments for existing, established patients. We are also happy to see new patients on an emergency basis as our schedule permits.
Emergency dental services:
- Extraction of teeth
- Treatment of oral/facial infections
- Endodontic therapy (root canal)
- Excision and biopsy of oral lesions
- Wisdom teeth removal
Most restorative dentistry is cosmetic by nature. We work with our patients to achieve the aesthetic results desired while restoring their teeth to harmony and function. Additionally, we offer strictly aesthetic/cosmetic options.
Cosmetic dentistry services:
- Tooth color restorations
- Teeth whitening
- Porcelain veneers
If indicated, we can place Lumineers, no prep veneers, to permanently enhance your smile. To learn more about Lumineers, click here.
Non Surgical TMJ Services
We routinely provide TMJ treatment in a nonsurgical format. TMJ is a broad term that applies to temporomandibular disorders (TMD). Temporomandibular disorders are generally subdivided into three categories:
- Myofascial pain is the most common form of TMD. The pain is typically located in the muscles that control jaw opening and closing. Often the pain can also involve muscles in the neck and shoulder as well.
- Internal joint derangement usually involves either a dislocated jaw joint or displacement of the disk that cushions the joint.
- Degenerative joint disease most often is attributed to arthritis.
A person with TMD symptoms could have one or multiple conditions. Initial therapy involves a thorough TMJ/TMD exam to locate the origin of pain.
TMJ treatment options depend on the individual. Mild to moderate symptoms can be helped with jaw exercises. Teeth clenching often occurs at nighttime for TMJ patients and a night guard (splint) can make a big difference. Dr. Gladden customizes night guards to keep the jaw in a more optimal position while you sleep. This custom splint is utilized to protect teeth and the joint as well as to relax the muscles.