Quality dental care extends well beyond improving the appearance of your teeth and gums. At our dental practice in Bankers Hill, Dr. Mark Griffiths can treat a multitude of issues that may be negatively impacting your oral and physiological health. Whether your concerns involve dental anxiety, jaw pain, snoring, or teeth clenching and grinding, Dr. Griffiths can help develop a customized solution to enhance your overall well-being.
“Coming from a person who has had a very long journey to a healthier, happier and better looking smile I would highly recommend Dr. Griffiths and the entire staff. Professional, honest, patient and great hand holders for those who are apprehensive of anything dental. Don’t put it off any longer. The answer you have been looking for in a dentist is here!”
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Many patients experience dental anxiety to some extent, the severity of which typically ranges from apprehension before a dental appointment to outright fear prior to an upcoming visit. Our sedation dentistry options can help eliminate the feeling of dread before your treatment and allow you to receive the care you need more comfortably than ever.
Sleep Apnea & Snoring
Snoring may be symptomatic of sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous sleep disorder characterized by frequent pauses in breathing. If you snore loudly or experience periodic lapses in breathing, sleep apnea may be preventing you from achieving a restful night’s sleep. Dr. Griffiths can help you minimize the symptoms of sleep apnea, which often include headaches, daytime fatigue, and chronic snoring.
Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Bruxism is a very common concern that can lead to muscle pain, jaw joint dysfunction, and unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth. Many times, teeth grinding may occur unintentionally while asleep, unbeknownst to a patient. Our practice can reduce damage caused by bruxism by fabricating a custom night guard or mouthguard to protect your teeth and jaws.
TMJ disorder/TMD encompasses a wide range of jaw joint dysfunctions. As the mechanisms that connect the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints (TMJs) allow you to chew, yawn, and speak with ease. When factors such as teeth clenching, grinding, arthritis, or inflammation prevent the TMJs from working properly, this impairment can manifest in headaches, jaw pain, as well as a clicking/popping noise when the mouth opens. Dr. Griffiths can help diagnose and treat TMJ disorder with potential solutions including a bite analysis, jaw and bite therapy, customized oral appliances, and medication, among other non-surgical treatments.
Occlusal disease is a progressive condition caused by improper bite alignment, clenching and grinding, stress, or injury. This can catalyze a destructive process in which the enamel breaks down and the teeth become weaker, shorter, and more sensitive. In some cases, occlusal disease can lead to eventual tooth loss. Dr. Griffiths has extensive training in evaluating and treating occlusal disease. He can perform a thorough evaluation to determine the most ideal solution to halt the progression of the disease and restore your teeth to proper form and function. In most cases, significant damage can be avoided with early intervention.
For many of our dental procedures, Dr. Griffiths utilizes laser dentistry to treat your concerns without the pain and invasiveness of more traditional techniques. Our highly advanced BIOLASE® dental lasers can allow Dr. Griffiths to perform treatments like gum recontouring, dental cleanings, gum disease treatment, and more with reduced discomfort and downtime.