With an in-depth knowledge of quality dental care, you can be confident and feel comfortable knowing that Dr. Fischer, Dr. Alconcel and our entire staff will act as a true advocate for your health.
The “Temporomandibular Joint,” more commonly referred to as the “jaw joint,” assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, this joint is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that “popping” sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a “popping” sound is present when chewing or talking.
We offer a TMJ exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the “hinge” of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, deterioration of the joint tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.
For more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures
Oral DNA screening provides medical diagnostic tests using a simple oral saliva collection method. Your results are usually back within one week.
There are two tests available: Bacterial and Genetic
The bacterial test determines the cause of periodontal infections. This test identifies the type and concentration of specific perio-pathogenic bacteria that are known to cause periodontal disease.
- Patients presenting with signs and symptoms of a periodontal infection
- Patients with pockets of 4mm or greater with clinical signs of a periodontal infection
- Patients presenting chronic periodontal disease who are not responding positively to their current treatment
- Patients with Type I or Type II diabetes
- Patients with a history of Cardiovascular disease
- Patients who use tobacco products
- Patients that will undergo surgical procedures or radiation treatment
- Can be used as a “Baseline” for any patient that may be at increased risk for periodontal infections
The genetic test determines who is at increased risk for severe periodontal infections. This test identifies individual genetic susceptibility to periodontal disease and enables Dr. Fischer to establish which patients are at increased risk for more severe periodontal infections due to an exaggerated immune response.
- Patients with a family history of periodontal disease
- Patients with compromised immune systems
- Patients that have received therapy but continue with disease activity
- Patients that will receive implants and have lost teeth to periodontal disease
Last year, there were over 30,000 cases of oral cancer in the US, including 8,000 deaths (that’s one person per hour). Oral cancer is the only cancer in the US that is rising. The dangerous thing about oral cancer is that it may start off harmless looking with a small bump, lump, or a red or white spot in your mouth which in many cases is hard to notice.
Oral cancer is not limited to just smokers, however smoking combined with heavy alcohol consumption puts a person at higher risk for oral cancer. Only 25% of oral cancer victims do not use tobacco or abuse alcohol.
Our office routinely performs a visual oral cancer screening not only at the initial patient dental exam, but all recall and periodic exams as well. If you notice something unusual in your mouth, DON’T WAIT. Call the office today, early detection is key!
A new technology, OralCDX, allows Dr. Fischer and Dr. Alconcel to easily and painlessly test for oral cancer. The testing involves using a small brush to collect a sample for computer-assisted laboratory analysis. Typically, unhealthy cells take years before they can cause any harm. During this time, the spot can typically be removed, long before oral cancer can start. OralCDX has been proven to be accurate in large published clinical studies and has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
Remember these lesions can be small, look like an irritation, could be ulcerated, red, or white. If you see any of these things on your lips, cheeks, or especially along the sides or under your tongue, please call our office today to schedule an appointment, 303-740-9353.