Restorative & General Dentistry
In the last few decades, dental implants have transformed the way dentists approach tooth restoration. Dental implants are biocompatible titanium posts that are placed directly in your jawbone, where they provide durable support for several types of restorations. Although Dr. Alexandra Stahle does not place implants, she can refer you to a trusted, local oral surgeon. Dr. Stahle can oversee your entire implant process, from complete before-and-after care to lifelike restorations made from e.max® porcelain or zirconia.
Dental crowns are custom-crafted caps that protect broken, decayed, or otherwise damaged teeth. They are also a vital component of root canals, restoring functionality after treatment. To place a crown, Dr. Stahle will reshape your damaged tooth to accommodate the restoration. Then she will take impressions, and offsite lab technicians will fabricate your crown out of extremely natural-looking material. In addition to traditional crowns, we also offer implant-supported crowns to replace a single missing tooth.
A dental bridge fills the space left by missing teeth. Traditional bridges are attached to crowns placed on the adjacent teeth, while implant-supported bridges are secured to two or more implant posts. Whenever possible, Dr. Stahle recommends implant-supported restorations, since they offer greater stability and do not require the alteration of your natural tooth structure. In addition, the permanent implant posts help prevent jawbone deterioration that occurs after tooth loss. Like crowns, bridges are custom-fabricated from e.max® porcelain or zirconia.
Dentures restore a full arch of missing teeth. In most cases, Dr. Stahle prefers implant-supported restorations for greater stability and durability, and a more natural appearance. This type of denture is typically supported by several smaller implant posts, known as mini implants, set at an angle to minimize the impact to your jawbone. The dentures themselves may permanently attach to the implants, or removable restorations may slide onto a bar set across the posts. With either type, you will enjoy fully restored function and a beautiful smile.
Full mouth reconstruction is completely personalized, and it may be the optimal treatment if you have widespread dental damage. This treatment enables you to combine multiple procedures to fully restore your bite and functionality. Dr. Stahle will design a custom plan to meet your unique needs and match your budget. Before beginning treatment, she will perform any necessary preparatory procedures, like fillings or deep cleanings. She will also create mock-ups and wax-ups so that you know how your smile will look and feel once your reconstruction is complete.
Gum disease is a serious condition that can lead to gum recession, tooth loss, and even deterioration of the surrounding bone. Additionally, it has been linked to a number of general health concerns. Dr. Stahle offers effective treatment for early stage gum disease. During a deep cleaning, she will remove pockets of bacteria and smooth the rough patches on your dental roots. This treatment may take place over several dental visits, after which she will provide guidance on how to maintain healthy gums in the future.
Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are also known as indirect fillings. They are great alternatives when your tooth is too damaged for a single filling, and they preserve more of your tooth structure than a crown. Inlays and onlays fit over the top of your tooth and, like crowns, they are custom-created in a lab to match the natural shape and color of your teeth. Inlays sit in between the cusps of a tooth, and onlays extend beyond the cusps and continue down the sides of a tooth.
Oral Cancer Screening
Oral cancer is obviously a very grave concern. Fortunately, patients who receive an early diagnosis generally have a good prognosis. During routine exams, Dr. Stahle performs a complete oral cancer screening, combining a visual check-up with digital x-rays and intraoral photography. If she notices any abnormalities, such as lesions or soft tissue discoloration, she will typically refer you to a specialist for a biopsy. Though most people do not test positive for oral cancer, in a few cases, the screening could be a lifesaving procedure.
TMJ Disorder Therapy
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder occurs when your jaw joints become damaged or the surrounding soft tissues become irritated and inflamed. The condition can cause chronic headaches, moderate to severe jaw pain, a clicking noise when you open your jaw, and other bothersome symptoms. Oral splints are the most common treatment for TMJ disorder, and they can help to prevent jaw clenching and teeth grinding at night. In some cases, you may need an occlusal adjustment, which consists of gentle reshaping of your teeth to correct your bite alignment.
If you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, your soft palate or tongue sag and block your flow of air during sleep. In response, you will wake up repeatedly, sometimes hundreds of times a night. This can have serious consequences for your daily life, as well as your overall health. Dr. Stahle treats sleep apnea with occlusal splints. These custom-made mouth guards bring your lower jaw forward while you sleep, tightening the soft tissues to help you breathe properly throughout the night.