When the inner portion of a tooth becomes infected, inflamed, or otherwise damaged, patients can experience a range of uncomfortable symptoms and the tooth may eventually need to be extracted. In these cases, we can perform traditional root canal therapy to remove the diseased root, clean the interior of the tooth, and fill it with a synthetic material to preserve its strength. We also offer more advanced endodontic treatments such as root repair for cracked teeth, root amputation, which involves removing the tissue entirely, and root canal retreatment to handle unresolved issues from prior endodontic therapy.
Dr. Lemay performs a full suite of oral surgery procedures to help patients improve their oral and overall health. If you suffer from an advanced root infection, Dr. Lemay may need to perform an apicoectomy to surgically remove the diseased tissue from your bone. We also offer bone grafting procedures to augment your tissue in preparation for dental implant placement. If your child was born with a cleft lip or palate, Dr. Lemay can utilize his extensive experience to perform reconstructive surgery. In addition, we can extract damaged teeth, wisdom teeth, and impacted canines. Depending on your needs, Dr. Lemay can also remove any unusual periodontal tissue growths as part of oral pathology and provide surgical and nonsurgical TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder treatment.
If you are one of the tens of millions of Americans experiencing the early stages of gum disease, we can perform a scaling and root planing procedure, or deep cleaning, to restore your periodontal (gum) health by removing bacteria from above and below the gum line. In more advanced cases, we can provide antibiotic treatment with Arrestin®, or perform pocket irrigation to clean infected tissue. If a periodontal infection is causing your gums to begin to recede, we may recommend pocket reduction, a type of oral surgery, or advanced laser treatment.
At Desert Dental Alternatives, we work hard to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for every patient who visits our practice, especially those who suffer from dental anxiety. To help you remain at ease during treatment, Dr. Bruno Lemay offers oral-conscious sedation. If you opt for oral conscious sedation, you will take a pill several hours before your procedure, which will eventually put you in a twilight state, helping you remain relaxed while also able to respond to questions and commands.
Combining consistent at-home care with routine examinations and cleanings is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy smile. During your bi-annual exam, we will evaluate your teeth and gums to spot the signs of any oral health concerns. By addressing problems at their earliest stages, we can effectively treat them with minimally invasive procedures before they become serious. Your hygienists will also perform a comprehensive cleaning and provide any necessary recommendations to help you care for your smile more effectively at home.
At Desert Dental Alternatives, we seek to use dentistry to help our patients maintain both good oral and overall health. As a part of this commitment, we perform oral cancer screenings here in our office. During a screening, a member of our team will use the advanced ViziLite® device to shine a light on your soft tissues. The special spectrum of light will highlight lesions, discolorations, and other potential signs of oral cancer. If we notice anything unusual, we may recommend undergoing a biopsy for professional diagnosis. By spotting this condition at its earliest stages, patients can greatly improve their chances of successful treatment.
We utilize our YAG laser for a range of oral care treatments because this innovative tool allows our doctors to perform procedures with exceptional efficiency and accuracy. Primarily used as a part of periodontal procedures, we can also use our YAG laser to treat hard tissues. When compared to scalpels and other traditional methods, using a YAG laser offers shorter procedures, minimized discomfort, and reduced recovery times.
If you will be undergoing a more extensive procedure, we can use platelet rich fibrin to minimize recovery times. This technique involves drawing a small amount of your blood before using a special device to obtain a high concentration of platelets, which are special blood cells that help blood clot. The enriched cells are then administered to help improve healing. The use of platelet rich fibrin can be particularly beneficial for patients undergoing oral surgery or soft tissue regeneration.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition that causes breathing to be repeatedly interrupted during sleep. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the most common type, occurs when throat muscles intermittently relax and block your airway. This can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like fatigue, irritability, and headache, as well as raising your risks for serious health issues such as stroke or cardiovascular disease. Our team can diagnose OSA and provide night guards and splints to treat it, which work by gently moving the jaw into proper position.
The team at Desert Dental Alternatives understands that a pressing oral health concern can happen at any time, which is why we offer emergency services for existing patients. If you experience a dental emergency, call our office phone number at (760) 324-4450. We will schedule a same-day appointment to see you as soon as possible or refer you to an available specialist for immediate treatment.
The team at Desert Dental Alternatives is committed to using some of the most advanced technology available to provide our patients with the highest level of oral care. We are one of the only practices in the region to feature an in-office computerized tomography (CT) scanner, which allows us to generate detailed 3-D images of your teeth and oral structures for enhanced diagnoses and treatment planning. In addition, we can use our sophisticated YAG laser to perform a variety of procedures with greater accuracy and achieve shorter recovery times.