Dental Conditions we Treat
A cavity, caries, or tooth decay, is the damage that occurs to tooth enamel over time that is one of the most common (and preventable) chronic conditions seen in children (20% of 5-11 year olds have at least one untreated decayed tooth, particularly in those children/adolescents from lower socioeconomic households).
Cleft Lip and/or Palate
A cleft lip and/or palate is characterized by the presence of a gap (split) in the lip and/or palate seen at birth when the tissues of the lip and/or palate don't come together at all, or come together only part of the way.
The word dentoalveolar refers to the teeth and the sockets that the teeth rest in. When bacteria enters a tooth through a hole (caries), crack in the tooth, poor hygiene, thin enamel etc. causing a localized infection in or around the tooth (abscess), or if the infection spreads from the tooth to cause deep infections in the neck, it’s known as a dentoalveolar infection.
Occlusion is the medical term that refers to the alignment of the teeth. Normally the upper teeth should fit over the lower teeth slightly. Malocclusion simply means that the upper teeth of the jaw are irregularity in contact with the lower jaw teeth.
Nursing Bottle Caries
The tooth decay that occurs in infants and very young children is often referred to as “baby bottle tooth decay”.
Odontogenic tumor is the medical term for a growth or cyst that affects the jaw.
Periodontal disease is the medical term for gum disease.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
The temporomandibular joint is the area where the lower jaw connects to the base of the skull. It’s surrounded by muscles and ligaments all of which have to work well together. Any condition that impacts any part of the system can cause a problem with the temporomandibular joint.
The term toothache refers to pain that comes from an inflammation of the pulp (pulpitis) inside a tooth (this contains the nerves which cause the pain).