Night Guards (also called an occlusal splint) are made of clear plastic, and fits over the biting surface of the teeth of one jaw so that you bite against the splint rather than your teeth. This can help your jaw joints and muscles to relax. Depending on your situation, your dentist may tell you to wear a splint 24 hours a day, only at night, or for some length of time in between.
Sports Guards are individually designed and made in a dental office or a professional laboratory based on your dentist’s instructions. First, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and a sports guard is then molded over the model using a special material. Due to the use of the special material and because of the extra time and work involved, this custom-made sports guard provides the most comfort and protection.
Oral cancer screening is performed as part of your new patient exam and at your preventative care hygiene appointments. We do this exam once a year to check for any changes that may occur with the tissues in your mouth.
We use a device called VELscope. This device offers a painless and non-invasive way to screen for abnormal tissues in the mouth, and only takes a few minutes. While it cannot diagnose oral cancer, the safe blue light emitted will help detect changes in the oral tissue which may be abnormal. these changes may not be apparent to the naked eye until the disease progresses to the surface. These changes may need to be investigated further to diagnose oral cancer. The key with oral cancer is early detection. Only 35% of oral cancer cases are diagnosed in the early stages. It is our hope that with this screening we can detect oral cancer early so that successful treatment can occur.