General dentistry at Meza Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is among the best dental care you and your family can receive. If you experience tooth decay, gum disease, or other oral health problems, your general dentist helps you get your wellness back on track through diagnosis and restorations.
Root Canal Therapy
The name, root canal, may be intimidating but this is a very common procedure that Dr. Meza has great experience in. The pulp (nerve) of a tooth can become infected either due to trauma or decay. The pulp is a system of blood vessels in the center of the tooth “canal” which connects the tooth to other blood vessels in the jaw.
With persistent infection or inflammation, the pulp of the tooth may need to be cleaned out and the tooth sealed. An antibiotic may be prescribed and a local anesthetic will be applied to alleviate any discomfort to allow us to treat the tooth and get you on your way to a pain-free healthy smile.
Oral Cancer Screening
Visually we look for tissue abnormalities such as sores that do not heal properly over time, red and/or white spots anywhere in the mouth, thick rough spots on otherwise soft oral tissue, or visibly enlarged nodes. Physically we palpate the head, neck, oral, and pharyngeal regions.
Cancer screenings are important as they can detect cancer early. If we note any form of pathology in your screening we may refer out to a specialist for further evaluation.
Because TMJ Disorder can affect the nerves that control your jaw’s movement, symptoms can range from jaw and head pain to the inability to open or close the mouth. Treatment of this disorder often involves the use of a custom-designed oral appliance that will help the jaw rest by realigning it. This can allow the jaw joints to heal and alleviate the discomfort associated with jaw dysfunction. In more extenuating circumstances Dr. Meza may feel it necessary to refer to an oral surgeon for further treatment options.