Oral Health is a Gateway to Overall Health
Blue Heron Dentistry offers a full array of preventive, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services to help you feel and look your best. Oral health is a gateway to total health. Healthy teeth and gums make it easy to eat a variety of textured, nutritious foods which are vital to attaining and maintaining overall health.
The mouth can also act as an early warning system to alert you to other concerns within the body. Periodontal disease indicates a high presence of bacteria, which is a symptom associated with other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and other chronic issues. Ask about oral health screenings which can help identify potential health risks.
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It’s important for people to be proactive in the health of their mouth.
Patients should have a clinical hygiene appointment a minimum of two times per year along with a periodic oral exam to detect and prevent early pathogens. During your appointment, Dr. Maze also takes time to perform oral cancer screenings.
Dr. Maze and Blue Heron Dentistry specialize in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periodontal disease.
Dr. Maze is an expert with periodontal treatment and is familiar with the latest techniques for diagnosing and treating periodontal disease.
Periodontal health should be achieved in the least invasive and most cost-effective manner. This is often accomplished through ‘non-surgical’ periodontal treatment, including scaling and root planing (a careful cleaning of the root surfaces to remove plaque and calculus [tartar] from deep periodontal pockets and to smooth the tooth root to remove bacterial toxins), followed by adjunctive therapy such as local delivery antimicrobials and host modulation, as needed on a case-by-case basis.
Most periodontal experts would agree that after scaling and root planing, many patients do not require any further active treatment, including more comprehensive surgical therapy. However, the majority of patients will require ongoing maintenance regiments to sustain health. It is the goal of Blue Heron Dentistry to achieve the desired oral health through traditional non-surgical periodontal treatment. However, more severe cases of periodontal disease may need periodontal surgery. In these instances, Dr. Maze may recommend you visit with a periodontal surgeon to restore oral anatomy damaged by periodontal disease
Paint Away Decay
Sealants are a highly effective way of protecting the biting surface of the teeth from decay. Our simple procedure involves “painting” a tooth-colored acrylic onto the tooth surface to seal the deepest grooves where cavities often start.
We use beautiful, hard ceramic and composite materials which give patients a better, more stable, tooth-colored filling. After a tooth-colored filling has been completed, you won’t even notice there’s a filling on that tooth.
Reduced Radiation X-Rays
Blue Heron Dentistry uses high-tech digital X-Rays that are tied into a state-of-the-art computer system. Images instantly appear on a high definition flat screen monitor giving unparalleled clarity and detail. Using digital X-Rays drastically cuts down the amount of radiation exposure and saves time. Because of digital technology, we no longer have to rely on chemicals for X-Ray processing and the use of traditional X-Ray films.
Partial/Full Dentures and Dental Implants
Dr. Maze also specializes in partial and full dentures, as well as restoring dental implants. Implants keep your bone from resorbing and allow for the maintenance of remaining bone structure where a tooth is missing. A beautiful, natural looking crown is then placed on top of the abutment/implant. Blue Heron Dentistry also utilizes professional offsite laboratories for many other treatment options (i.e., gold restorations).
“Replacement Teeth” Look, Feel and Function Like Natural Teeth
Implant supported crowns are more of a prosthetic procedure where full sections of teeth that are missing need to be reconstructed. Implants are titanium screws that are surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. These implants are placed into the bone so that a prosthetic crown or prosthesis (the visible part of your tooth) can be firmly attached.
Blue Heron Dentistry’s technology in implant dentistry makes it possible to provide replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth.
Why teeth need dental crowns
A dentist might recommend placing a dental crown for a variety of reasons but, in general, most of these reasons will usually fall within one of the following basic categories:
- To restore a tooth to its original shape
- To strengthen a tooth
- To improve the cosmetic appearance of a tooth
- To improve a damaged or broken tooth
- Needed after a root canal
Blue Heron Dentistry collaborates with an outstanding team of specialists for diagnosing and treating complex implant-based cases.
Custom-made Tooth/Teeth Permanently Fill a Gap
A dental bridge (or pontic) is a custom-made false tooth or teeth that is permanently placed between two healthy teeth to fill in the gap. The bridge is held by porcelain crowns placed on the healthy teeth on each side of the space to be filled. This is known as a fixed bridge. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
If you have missing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices, you should discuss this procedure with Dr. Maze. If oral spaces are left unfilled, this may cause the surrounding teeth to drift out of position. Additionally, spaces from missing teeth can cause your other teeth and your gums to become far more susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease.
Replacements for Missing Teeth
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and put back into your mouth. While dentures take some getting used to, and will never feel exactly the same as one’s natural teeth, today’s dentures are natural looking and more comfortable than ever.
There are two main types of dentures: full and partial. Dr. Maze will help you choose the type of prosthesis that’s best for you based on whether some, or all of your teeth are going to be replaced and the cost involved.
How Dentures Work
With full dentures, a flesh-colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth), while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue. A partial denture rests on a metal framework that attaches to your natural teeth. Sometimes crowns are placed on some of your natural teeth and serve as anchors for the denture. Partial dentures offer a removable alternative to bridges.
Natural-looking Restorations to Mildly Damaged or Decayed Teeth
Dental onlays are restorations used to restore posterior teeth that have a mild to moderate amount of decay. They can also be used to restore teeth that are cracked or fractured if the damage is not severe enough to require a dental crown. Onlays are usually made from porcelain or gold. Because they can be created from tooth-colored materials, onlays are often used to replace metal fillings for patients who desire a natural looking appearance.
Dental onlays are used to treat teeth that have decay or damage lying within their indented top surfaces. Only treatment preserves tooth structure and can also be used to replace old or damaged metal fillings. Onlay recommendation depends on the size and severity of the tooth.
A Cosmetic Cure for Severely Discolored, Chipped, Misshapen or Crooked Teeth
Veneers are very thin pieces of specially shaped porcelain that are bonded over the front of your teeth. They are the cure for teeth that are severely discolored, chipped, have small holes or pits, misshapen or crooked, or for the correction of unwanted or uneven spaces. Unlike crowns, veneers won’t require the removal of much of the tooth itself in most cases. Veneers are created from an impression. Your custom veneer is then bonded directly onto your tooth. Veneers don’t stain, making them a very popular solution for many people seeking that perfect smile. Strong and very durable, veneers last from ten to fifteen years, and come in colors that will brighten dark teeth without the worry of them changing color.
How Veneers are Attached to the Tooth
Teeth are prepared for veneers by lightly buffing to allow for the small, added thickness of the veneer. Veneers are thin like contact lenses, and will usually only need tooth reduction of 0.5mm to 1.0mm. If a drastic change is being made for the result you want, reduction may be 1.0mm to 2.0mm. A mold is taken of the teeth, from which the veneers are modeled after. Temporary veneers may be placed and worn until your permanent veneers are ready.
Dr. Maze places the veneers with water or glycerin on the teeth to verify their perfect fit and the shade or color. The color cannot be changed after the veneers are bonded to your teeth. The tooth is then prepared with bonding agents to achieve a durable bond. Once the cement is between the veneer and your tooth, a light beam is used to harden the cement.
A Non-invasive Treatment for Bruxism (tooth grinding)
This disorder, which is characterized by problems or dysfunction in the temporomandibular joint that connects the jawbone to the lower half of the skull, affects millions of Americans everyday. TMJ disease can make talking, eating – even laughing – a painful ordeal.
TMJ appliances work to gently protect a misaligned bite over time through the use of dental devices, rather than through invasive surgical techniques. There are several different types of TMJ appliances Blue Heron Dentistry provides that can be used to relieve symptoms and protect the bite. The first, and perhaps most commonly used type of appliance is a nighttime mouth guard. These guards are usually made of soft, flexible plastic and inserted into the mouth before bed, then removed in the morning. These appliances may work well for TMJ patients who suffer from bruxism, or tooth grinding in their sleep, or who cite stress as one of the main factors in their TMJ disorder. This is because mouth guards that are worn at night can help relax the jaw to prevent clenching, as well as protecting teeth from the wear and tear of repetitive grinding motions. However, if your TMJ symptoms are severe or persistent, a more complex treatment plan may be recommended calling for a full mouth evaluation and a different style of appliance. If there still isn’t resolution, then a recommendation will be given to see one of the physical therapists we work with in order to resolve more difficult TMJ cases.
Improve performance, increase strength, prevent oral injury, and reduce athletic stress by preventing your jaw and teeth from clenching during competition.
UnderArmour® is a leader in sports apparel, safety equipment, and athletic mouthwear. Blue Heron Dentistry provides oral fittings for a complete line of UnderArmour specialized mouthguards. Blue Heron has been helping athletes from high school sports to the collegiate level. Improve performance, increase strength, prevent oral injury, and reduce athletic stress by preventing your jaw and teeth from clenching during competition. Mouthguards also relieve pressure on your TMJ joint and studies have shown that athletes that wear UnderArmour mouthguards are at less risk of concussions. UnderArmour Mouthguards are also worn by U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists.
Excessive Snoring and Daytime Drowsiness Could Indicate Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They often occur 5 to 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. You often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep when your breathing pauses or becomes shallow. This results in poor sleep quality that makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is one of the leading causes of excessive daytime sleepiness. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. This most often means that the airway has collapsed or is blocked during sleep. The blockage may cause shallow breathing or breathing pauses.
When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children may have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats, which can lead to obstructive sleep apnea.* Ref. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
If you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) or snore, the SomnoDent® MAS mouth appliance should benefit you. It will almost certainly put an end to your snoring and will most likely eliminate or significantly reduce your OSA. The SomnoDent® MAS is comfortable and easy to wear. Made from two separate pieces consisting of an upper and lower arch, the appliance uses the smallest amount of material possible, reducing bulkiness in the mouth. The SomnoDent® MAS does not limit tongue space which results in a high comfort level.
Maintain a Brighter Smile for Life
Want a brighter smile? We want to help you maintain this for life. Our $195 fee includes custom molded bleaching trays and an original supply of gel. Maintain your 2 hygiene visits per year and you’ll receive a free gel tube each year.