Modern Dentistry for Patients of All Ages
General & Family Dentistry
Utilizing modern dental technology, we provide the following general and preventative services:
- Teeth Cleanings
- Digital X-Ray Examinations
- CariVu™ Cavity Detection
- Periodontal Treatment
- Pediatric Dental Services
- Root Canal Therapy
- TMJ Treatment
- Tooth Extractions
If it’s time for a routine cleaning, or if you’re experiencing a dental emergency, please call our office.
What are the best practices for healthy gums & teeth?
Brush your teeth twice a day, and avoid going to bed without brushing your teeth. When brushing, use gentle, circular motions to remove plaque from the grooves of your teeth and tough-to-reach areas. Remember to brush your tongue, floss, and consider using mouthwash, fluoride toothpaste, or an electric toothbrush.
You should also limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods, as these can erode the enamel and make you more susceptible to cavities. Staying hydrated, getting enough calcium, and eating crunchy fruits and vegetables can help your teeth.
What are the signs of periodontal disease?
A buildup of bacteria and plaque can cause gum (periodontal) disease. In the early stage, this condition is called gingivitis, and if left untreated, it can develop into a more serious and advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis.
The signs of gingivitis include:
- Swollen, tender, puffy, or red gums
- Gums that bleed easily
- Bad breath
- Receding gum line
As gingivitis progresses into periodontitis, patients can experience the following symptoms:
- Tooth & bone loss
- Swollen & bloody gums
- Abscesses & pus between teeth & gums
If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, we encourage you to request an appointment with our licensed periodontist, Dr. Zaid Atarchi, today.
What is root canal therapy?
Are you experiencing persistent toothaches, sensitive teeth, swollen gums, or tooth discoloration? If so, you may need root canal therapy. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation.
When should your child first visit the dentist?
At Southland Smiles, we take a gentle approach to your child’s first visit with us. We want all of our pediatric patients to have a calm and comfortable experience and enjoy going to the dentist throughout their life.
If you’d like to schedule a pediatric visit for your child, call 708-794-4253 today.
What are the signs & symptoms of TMJ disorder?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull. When the TMJ becomes misaligned, whether due to an injury, bruxism (teeth grinding/clenching), stress, or arthritis, it can cause a painful and uncomfortable condition known as TMJ disorder (TMD).
You may have TMJ disorder if you experience the following:
- Frequent jaw or facial pain
- Frequent headaches
- Grinding, clicking, or popping sounds when opening or closing your mouth
- Pain or difficulty speaking, chewing, or yawning
- Radiating pain in the neck, shoulders, or ears
There are several TMD treatment options, which include mouth splints/guards, prescription medications, and Botox® injections.
Our dentists will work closely with you to determine the cause and severity of your TMJ disorder. We’ll then personalize a treatment plan to help you better manage your symptoms and make adjustments to your lifestyle, which may contribute to your TMD pain.
If you’re struggling with TMJ pain, contact us today.
Are you new to Southland Smiles?
Tooth loss can be a life-altering event that changes the way a person speaks, chews, and feels about themselves. If you’re at risk of tooth loss or currently have missing or damaged teeth, the dentists at Southland Smiles are here to restore the health, beauty, and integrity of your smile.
Advanced technology and minimally invasive procedures have made it easier than ever to restore smiles and maximize patient comfort.
We provide the following restorative dental services:
- Composite Dental Fillings
- Dental Crowns & Bridges
- Dental Implants
- Partial & Complete Dentures
Are you ready to restore your confidence & the health & integrity of your smile?
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At Southland Smiles, we also utilize CariVu™ laser-based technology to detect cavities in the earliest stages, allowing us to diagnose and treat cavities sooner and more efficiently.
If you suspect you have a cavity, call 708-794-4253 today.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants not only replace missing teeth ‒ they restore the health, function, and integrity of your smile. If you have one or more missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental implants, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
What are dental crowns & bridges?
Dental crowns are often placed on dental implants once they’ve healed. They also anchor and attach to dental bridges, which replace and restore multiple missing teeth that are adjacent to one another or in the same row.
Not sure if you’d benefit from a dental crown? Call 708-794-4253 to schedule an appointment.
What’s the difference between partial & complete dentures?
Removable complete and partial dentures require an adhesive to stay stable. Permanent partial and complete dentures attach to dental implants. Contact us to schedule a consultation for dentures. Our dentists are here to help you choose the right denture for your smile and oral health needs.