It’s Important to Have Your Teeth
Even meticulous brushing can miss some of the hard-to-reach
places. Once plaque builds up and hardens into tartar,
regular brushing and flossing will not remove it. When
tartar goes below the gumline, you risk the problems of gum disease. This can have an effect on more than just your
teeth. Medical research has detected a link between gum
infection and heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. We urge
you to have our hygienist clean your teeth thoroughly on a
regular basis to significantly reduce the chance of other
problems that contribute to serious health conditions.
Saving Teeth with Root Problems
In the past, the solution to a tooth that had infected or
damaged roots was to remove it. It is now known that it is
better to save the tooth to avoid other problems. Root canal
therapy is the best solution for this condition.
With today’s technology and anesthetics, this procedure is
much easier for patients. The pulp in the interior of the
tooth is removed and replaced with a specific filling. This
saves and strengthens the tooth. Sometimes, to give added
strength and full functionality, a crown is placed over the
Dr. Schoenenberger is very experienced with the latest
procedures in this treatment. What do patients say about it?
They receive positive results in keeping the tooth from a
procedure of little or no pain.
The Needs of Seniors for their Dental
Just as needs for our bodies change as we age, so too, our
teeth and gums have more specific needs. With regular
check-ups we can take care of problems in the earliest
Over time, fillings may crack or leak, allowing decay to set
in. Certain medications reduce saliva flow, which is
necessary for oral health. Teeth may have lost their luster
due to years of drinking caffeine or smoking tobacco. And
gum and root disease are frequent problems in seniors that
require immediate attention. We continue to emphasize the
importance of daily healthy nutrition and proper hygiene. If
gums start to bleed or a tooth becomes loose, please contact
If it’s time for your
regularly scheduled cleaning, or if you need a consultation
for treatment, don’t put it off. There is no charge for
having us discuss a plan of care. Call us now at (920) 452-8042.