Adults & Children
Pebble Hills Dental Care firmly believes that regular dental cleanings are the key to good oral hygiene and health. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy allows us to identify potential problems like tooth decay or gum disease so that we can treat them early on – before it becomes a major issue!
Here is what you can expect during a routine dental hygiene appointment at our El Paso office:
Health History Review
At the beginning of your appointment, your hygienist will discuss your health history and update any changes that may have taken place to ensure a safe and pleasant experience.
Oral Cancer Exam
Your hygienist will complete a brief oral cancer exam which includes examining your lymph nodes, pharynx, soft palate, hard palate, tongue, as well as the roof and floor of the mouth.
Your hygienist will then thoroughly examine your gum tissue to identify any potential problem areas and will provide tips on how to improve and maintain those areas in between appointments.
Your teeth will be gently and expertly cleaned above and below the gum line. Our hygienist will use an instrument to remove buildup and then polish the teeth to help remove stains. Fluoride may also be applied after the cleaning to help reduce tooth sensitivity and help prevent future decay.
Dr. Lagoo will come in to complete an oral cancer exam, check your teeth and gum tissues, and evaluate any images that were taken.
Periodontal (Gum) Care
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque. If the plaque is not removed by routine brushing and flossing, as well as regular dental checkups, it will continue to build up and create toxins that can damage the gums. Gum disease has two stages…
Periodontal disease is more complex than the earliest stage of gum infection, known as gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when the gum tissue becomes red and swollen. As the tissues are more affected, they detach from the tooth, creating a deeper pocket between the gum tissues and the root. Consequently, bone support is also lost. Without adequate professional treatment, the teeth gradually loosen and fall out.
If you have gum disease you may experience symptoms including:
- Bleeding gums
- Gum recession (“long teeth”)
- Bad breath
- Tooth mobility
To determine the health of your periodontal tissue Dr. Lagoo will complete a thorough exam which includes measuring any loss of attachment of the gum tissue or bone around your teeth. We will examine digital images of the bone supporting your teeth to compare with our measurements and with this information develop a treatment plan specifically designed for you.
Treatments for gum disease can vary depending on the severity of each individual case. Typical treatments include at-home periodontal trays, scaling and root planing (deep cleaning), or periodontal surgery, and laser gum surgery.
While daily brushing is essential for good oral health, it is nearly impossible for your toothbrush to reach the tiny nooks and crannies on the back teeth to remove food and plaque. Those tiny, sometimes even microscopic, areas are more prone to develop tooth decay. Sealants are a simple and effective way to give your teeth extra protection against decay and help prevent cavities.
Dental sealant is a liquid plastic resin material painted on the chewing surface of the teeth that bonds and hardens in the grooves and cracks. When a tooth is sealed, those grooves become smoothed out and are less likely to harbor plaque. Dental sealants make brushing your teeth much easier and even more effective against tooth decay. Dr. Lagoo can quickly apply sealant on your teeth during your next appointment at our El Paso dental office.
Protecting your smile while playing sports is extremely important, especially for children. Mouthguards are worn over the top row of the teeth to help protect them from injury. The American Dental Association recommends wearing a mouthguard when participating in any kind of full-contact sport, or sports that involve falls or flying equipment.
There are three types of mouthguards: pre-formed, “boil-and-bite”, and custom-made mouthguards from your dentist. When choosing a mouthguard, make sure it is tear-resistant, comfortable, and fitted. The team at Pebble Hills Dental Care can help you choose the right mouthguard to protect your smile.
If you find that you wake up in the morning with jaw pain, earaches, headaches, you may have a condition called bruxism. Bruxism simply means excessive grinding or clenching of the teeth. Most of the time, people do not even know that they grind their teeth since it usually happens when sleeping. If the issue is left unaddressed, bruxism can lead to worn-down teeth, cracked teeth, or even tooth loss.
There is a simple and affordable treatment for bruxism: nightguards. Nightguards help prevent the damage and wear on the teeth that grinding and clenching can cause over time. At our El Paso dental office, Dr. Lagoo creates custom-made nightguards from a soft material to fit your teeth precisely. Nightguards can be worn over the top or bottom teeth, or in some cases on both, and prohibit contact with the opposing teeth.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Sleep Apnea is a growing problem in the United States: more than 18 million adults have been diagnosed with the disease, and it also affects an estimated 2-3% of children!
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a disorder that occurs when your airway collapses while you sleep. Your brain wakes you up to continue breathing, so you don’t get as much sleep.
The main symptom of OSA is loud snoring that tapers off to stopped breathing. Other symptoms include: waking up often throughout the night, getting up to go to the bathroom multiple times, and grinding of the teeth. If left untreated, OSA can cause high blood pressure, heart disease, and even lead to incidents such as car accidents due to the lack of quality sleep. The best way to know if you’re snoring or grinding your teeth is to ask your sleep partner.
Whether it’s a cat nap, 40 winks, or a full eight hours, everyone needs their sleep. When you start waking up tired and your partner complains about your snoring, you might not be getting all the sleep you need! Getting a proper diagnosis is the first step to overcoming sleep apnea.
Find Out if it’s Sleep Apnea:
- Set an appointment with your General Practitioner to refer you to a sleep doctor.
- Keep your sleep doctor appointment and schedule a sleep study.
- After the sleep study, go over the findings to determine if you’re struggling with apnea and to what degree.
- Be sure to ask your El Paso sleep doctor if a home sleep study is available. If so, you can use the kit in the comfort of your own home, then bring the machine back for your doctor to read the data!
Can My Dentist in El Paso Treat Sleep Apnea?
Sleep Apnea is usually treated with a Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine, but many people find it difficult to adjust to sleeping with a CPAP. Not only are the machines noisy, but they’re also bulky and make it impossible to sleep in certain positions.
Fortunately, a newer – and just as effective – treatment is using a custom-made oral sleep appliance. These mouthpieces modify your jaw position while you sleep, guiding your lower jaw forward to keep your airway open. Some of our El Paso sleep apnea patients are able to get rid of their CPAP altogether!
Oral sleep appliances could help stop your apnea in as little as the first night of wear. Let your Pebble Hills Dental Care dentist in El Paso help stop your snoring once and for all!
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