AT RODNEY BRANDT, DDS PS
AT RODNEY BRANDT, DDS PS
General Dentistry Services
Your smile and the condition of your dental health are unique to you. Optimal care, including dental cleaning and treatment of tooth decay and toothaches, results in a lifetime of healthy smiles!
Some form of periodontal disease affects 50% of adults. With dentist-directed home care and regular cleanings from a trusted hygienist, you can help prevent and treat this serious disease. When left untreated it can lead to bone loss, chronic bad breath, and bleeding or receding gums, among other oral health issues. It’s also important to watch for signs of periodontal disease, including:
- Bleeding gums
- Receding gums
- Bad breath
- Loose teeth
- Teeth surrounded by pus
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, don’t wait! Call Dr. Brandt’s office immediately for an evaluation. With proper treatment, you can be back on the road to optimal oral health.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Sedro-Woolley dentist Dr. Brandt takes advantage of advances in technology and in dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively, and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth giving you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and for completing your beautiful smile once again.
When the decay has been removed from the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. However, with advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver ones. You may even elect to remove your old silver fillings in favor of new, undetectable tooth-colored fillings.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Did you know that every day approximately 100 adults in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer? Unfortunately, most of these cases of cancer are not identified until the late stages of development, which leads to a high rate of death. But this does not have to be the case! When found in the early stages of development, oral cancer has a survival rate approaching 90 percent. That’s why each time you visit Dr. Brandt, you will receive a thorough oral cancer screening. Dr. Brandt will monitor your oral tissue very closely, making note of any changes over time. Even though you may not realize it, your lips, inner cheeks, gums, tongue and other soft tissues are being examined during every visit. And, you can help. Make sure you mention any tender areas or sores you may have, especially if you can’t remember what caused the injury or if they persist longer than a couple of weeks. Our goal is to stay ahead of any developing problems by being proactive and diligent in your care.
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but who don’t remember when the injury occurred may have damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack, and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding and clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you also suffer from headaches? If so, you may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a night-guard custom created especially for you.
You may be quite happy with the size and alignment of your teeth; however, time may have dulled or yellowed their surfaces. Dr. Brandt offers several tooth-whitening programs, including at-home treatments and professional treatments in the office.
Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures are locked into place, preventing the problems that occur when dentures loosely slide around the mouth, including gum sores and difficulty speaking and chewing.