With oral sedation, you will feel relaxed and sleepy but completely aware of your surroundings. You can respond to Dr. Durham and his assistants with no problem. The effect of oral sedation wears off quickly, but you still need to arrange for a responsible adult to drive you home. Potential sedatives include diazepam, lorazepam, midazolam, and triazolam. Dr. Durham will let you know which pill he prescribes and provide instructions for taking it. Please see our sedation dentistry page for additional information.
Losing your teeth to trauma or dental disease can be devastating. Not only do you lose full functionality of your mouth, but you feel self-conscious having a gap in your smile. Dr. Durham understands your concerns and offers his patients many options from Immediate Dentures, Implants, Partials to Neuromuscular dentures. Please visit our dentures page to learn more about each of these options for permanent tooth replacement.
Dissatisfaction with your smile can cause more problems that you realize. You may appear unfriendly to others because you don’t feel comfortable smiling at them when you meet. This can greatly reduce your professional and social opportunities. We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry services at Durham Dental, including porcelain veneers, Zoom! professional teeth whitening, tooth-colored fillings, Invisalign, short term orthodontics, recontouring, and more. Feel free to schedule an appointment to see what your smile might look like after treatment. You can also view our cosmetic dentistry page to learn more about each individual service.
Many Americans have temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and don’t even know it. This common oral health condition, also known as temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), causes pain in the head, neck, and face as well as an abnormal bite. The cause is typically related to unconscious teeth grinding or clenching which can also lead to abnormal wear, chipping and tooth fracture. Dr. Durham practices neuromuscular dentistry to help patients find relief from their symptoms. If you are experiencing unexplained facial pain, headaches, clicking of your jaw, or other symptoms originating in the head or neck area, contact our dental clinic for a complete evaluation. Please visit our TMJ and TMD treatment page for more information about symptoms and treatment of this disorder.
Gum disease often has no symptoms in the beginning. As it progresses, you may notice bleeding when you brush your teeth, bad breath, mouth pain, and other uncomfortable symptoms. Left untreated, gum disease threatens your oral health and can lead to tooth extraction. As you can see on our laser gum (periodontal) therapy page, it’s even more serious than that. Dr. Durham doesn’t want to see you develop heart disease, diabetes, or another long-term health condition because bacteria from your mouth got into your bloodstream. He uses the most advanced equipment available to treat gum disease before it can cause such serious issues.
Adults who never had their teeth straightened with braces as a teenager may assume that they have missed their opportunity. At Durham Dental, we are happy to let you know this isn’t true. Instead of metal brackets and wires, you could have straight teeth in as little as six months using clear plastic alignment trays. Each customized tray puts continuous pressure on your teeth until they move into the desired position. While your reason for wanting properly aligned teeth may be purely cosmetic, orthodontic treatment makes it easier to keep your teeth clean and free of disease. Please see our orthodontics page to learn more about our Invisalign and Six-Month Smiles program.
Bi-annual dental cleanings and check-ups are an essential part of maintaining good oral health on a long-term basis. They help to prevent gum disease, which greatly increases your chances of developing serious health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Brushing and flossing every day is extremely important, but it may not be enough to keep gum disease at bay. Our hygienists clean and polish your teeth and apply fluoride varnish to make them less prone to bacteria and decay. Our staff also instructs you on proper dental hygiene at home. Please review our dental hygiene/cleanings page to learn more.
At Durham Dental, we pride ourselves on having the most technically advanced equipment available for diagnostic and treatment purposes. Some of these include our K7 equipment to plan for TMJ treatment, an ultrasonic scaler to remove hard calculus deposits from your teeth, digital dental X-rays that provide immediate results, quiet operation electrical dental hand pieces, and our own on-site sterilization center to ensure that all equipment we treat you with is safe and clean. If you would like to know more about a specific piece of equipment, please review the information on our advanced technology page.