If you need a Manhattan Beach general dentist who can address the basic dental needs of you and your family, look no further than Dr. Don Mungcal and Dr. James Lee at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions. It is our privilege to help our patients and their families keep their teeth and gums healthy and strong and maintain a lifetime of good oral health.
Dental Cleanings and Exams
Regular dental cleanings and exams are the foundation of good oral health. So it’s important to see your Manhattan Beach general dentist at least every six months for a check-up and thorough cleaning by a dental hygienist. Your hygienist has the tools to scrape away the plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush and dental floss cannot reach.
During this visit, you will also receive an oral cancer screening and your dentist will examine your mouth for signs of gum disease, damaged or compromised teeth, cavities, and more. Occasionally, you will have digital x-rays taken to look under the surface of your teeth and gums.
If you suffer from chronic jaw pain, headaches, and worn teeth, you could have a problem with your temporomandibular joint, also known as the TMJ. When the TMJ is not aligned properly, you are likely to unconsciously grind and clench your teeth. The side effects are a host of oral health problems, including damaged dental work and receding gums.
Your Manhattan Beach dentist can customize a night guard that will protect your teeth from each other and minimize these side effects. Lifestyle changes can help as well and more intense TMJ treatments are recommended as needed.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep apnea is a serious health condition that prevents people from achieving a rejuvenating sleep and is potentially life-threatening. When your breathing is obstructed while you are sleeping because the tongue and soft tissues are blocking airflow in the back of the throat, you will exhibit symptoms like chronic snoring and wake frequently through the night. Breathing can become shallow and even stop for minutes at a time.
Your Manhattan Beach dentist is one of the most logical medical professionals to diagnose this condition and treat it. You can be fitted for an oral appliance that slips discreetly over the teeth, keeping the tongue depressed and holding the jaw slightly ajar and forward to maintain an open airway. Adjusting to this appliance is usually easy and create a significant improvement in snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
Root Canal Therapy
When you have a tooth that is so badly decayed or infected that the problem has reached the core of the tooth, the only way to save the tooth is through root canal therapy. It is always better to try to keep your natural tooth in your mouth than opt for extraction and replacement of a missing tooth. Root canal therapy quickly relieves the pain caused by the infection and the problem tooth is capped with a porcelain crown afterward to protect the tooth from further damage.
In root canal therapy, the pulp is removed from the chamber and canals of the tooth, which are then sanitized and sealed. The result is a fully functional tooth that is pain-free and a solid smile that is strong and durable.
Gum Disease Treatment
It takes time for gum disease to develop, which is why it is so important to honor your Manhattan Beach general dentist visits every six months. Your dentist will see gingivitis – the earliest stage of gum disease – before you ever notice it. Addressing this problem before it has the opportunity to grow and fester will save you from unnecessary discomfort and serious infection.
Gum disease is treated with antibiotics and other medications, along with aggressive scaling and root planing to eliminate the problematic bacteria. Diseased gum tissue is painlessly removed with laser therapy, if necessary.
Visit Your Manhattan Beach General Dentist
When you visit your Manhattan Beach general dentist, you are making your oral health a priority. Maintain healthy teeth and gums with help from the team at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Maintain healthy teeth and gums with help from the team at Manhattan Beach Dental Solutions.310-340-6663