At Recker Dental Care, we offer comprehensive dental care treatments for you and your family. We provide personalized and gentle care for all ages.
We want to improve our patients' overall health. We want the dental experience to be as pleasant as possible. We want to be the place where our patients want their family and friends to come because of how we make them feel.
Typically, at or around 6 and 12 years of age, children get their 6-year and 12-year molars. These teeth often have deep grooves and pits on the biting surface. This is a place where children are especially prone to cavities, so sealants help to prevent cavities in these teeth.
These fillings are the most common material we use. They are tooth-colored, bonded, and are much more conservative than amalgam fillings. These fillings do not stress teeth like silver fillings because we do not have to cut away as much good tooth to make the fillings stick.
There is a great deal of controversy surrounding amalgam fillings due to the mercury they contain. The use of silver fillings is decreasing, and we are placing these fillings less and less. They can cause a tooth to be sensitive to cold and, if large enough, can cause stress on a tooth—possibly leading to a fracture.
They are long lasting, as many people have had them for 10–20 years or more, and are more effective in areas where it is difficult to keep the tooth dry.
Lasers are relatively new to dentistry; they are very useful in procedures where we need to change soft tissue or gum tissue. There is very little post-operative discomfort or pain with laser treatment. Lasers are used to remove suspicious tissues in the mouth for biopsy and for people who are tongue-tied or have a tight upper lip.
Do you grind your teeth at night? Do you wake up with headaches? Are your teeth worn? An Occlusal splint may be right for you. Made to fit your mouth precisely (unlike store-bought varieties), these splints are made of hard plastic and are used to control the way teeth fit together and protect your smile.
The positioning of your jaw has a lot to do with headaches and TMJ pain, so an occlusal splint can often help with these issues.
Snoring can be detrimental to relationships, but sleep apnea can be detrimental to your health. We can help with both. We have a few basic screening tools to see if you are a candidate for a sleep study.
While snoring can be annoying and indicate poor sleep, sleep apnea is an actual stoppage of breathing multiple times in the night. This can be life-threatening. CPAP is no longer the only treatment for sleep apnea.
Also known as TMJ, you may have a TMD issue if you have any of these signs or symptoms:
Any of these can point to an issue with position or condition of your jaw (or temporomandibular) joints. There are too many variations on conditions and symptoms to go into a full discussion here, but if you have any of these symptoms or signs, it would be wise for us to have a discussion about this. Untreated issues with the TMJ complex do not tend to get better. The symptoms may go away, but damage will progress.