Your team at Ostrem Dental is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry.
Most of the conditions that negatively affect your smile can be avoided with regular care. Your team at Ostrem Dental is committed to answering your questions about proper hygiene and providing you with the most advanced preventive dentistry and general dental care.
1 year old exams
Do you know when your child’s dental care should begin? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the appearance of the first baby tooth is a good sign. For most babies, this occurs when they are between 6 months and 1 year of age. A simpler way to remember for your child is: first dental visit by first birthday. It’s important to remember that baby teeth serve as place-holders for adult teeth. If baby teeth are damaged, permanent teeth can grow in out of position, resulting in crowding and/or crooked.
Damage to the nerve tissue inside of a tooth sometimes requires a root canal procedure. Despite the tales you may have heard regarding the procedure, most root canals are minimally uncomfortable, especially compared to the pain and discomfort you may be feeling before the procedure. Dr. Ostrem takes advantage of advances in technology and dental techniques that make root canal procedures more effective while taking less time.
In some cases, injury or decay damages a tooth extensively and an extraction is the proper treatment option to start you on the path toward complete dental health. We can remove your troublesome tooth and give you the treatment options for replacing that tooth and completing your beautiful smile again.
When the decay has been taken out of the tooth, it is replaced with “filling” material. In the past, amalgam (silver) fillings were placed into the cleaned out portion of the tooth. With advancements in dentistry, you can now have tooth-colored fillings instead of silver fillings resulting in a brighter, whiter smile.
You need a complex dental procedure, and that means using a local anesthetic for the pain. But you hate that numb feeling in your mouth that takes hours to go away after you leave the dentist. At Ostrem Dental, we have the solution: Oraverse.
Utilizing a startling breakthrough technology, Oraverse “reverses” the effects of local anesthesia, allowing you regain lip sensation in less than half time. With Oraverse, you can trust your smile, your speech, and your ability to eat and drink will return much faster, so you can get on with your life
Many people who notice chipped or cracked teeth, but don’t remember when the injury occurred, damaged their teeth while they were sleeping. Grinding or clenching your teeth during the night will cause your teeth to chip, crack and even break. To keep you from seriously damaging your teeth, we recommend a dental appliance called a night-guard, which protects your teeth from grinding & clenching in your sleep. Our team takes great care in making sure you have a proper fit to prevent pain in your jaw joint. Do you suffer from headaches? You may find that a side benefit of your night-guard is headache prevention. Many headaches start during the night, caused by the extreme pressure generated as you grind and clench your teeth. Ask our team about having a night-guard custom created for you.
While nightguards protect your teeth from grinding against one another and becoming damaged, a NTI is another solution.
A NTI is a small device that only covers your anterior teeth. Similar to a nightguard, it is made from acrylics and hard plastics. In addition to preventing the grinding of teeth, the extra benefit of the NTI is that over time, the device teaches your muscles to relax. In this way, a NTI may be able to help you break the habit of grinding all together. If you are suffering from frequent migraines as well as damaged teeth, a NTI may be the answer. Ask your Ostrem Dental team if an NTI is right for you.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer affects tens of thousands of Americans every year, and one case in four is fatal. As with most cancers, the key to beating the disease is catching it before it progresses to a later stage. With early detection from a routine oral cancer screening, there is a 90% success rate after diagnosis. A trusted dentist like Dr. Ostrem is truly your only line of defense against oral cancer. He and his team of dental professionals are the only ones to regularly evaluate your oral health and to notice any potential abnormalities. Gain the peace of mind that comes with a regular oral cancer screening from Dr. Ostrem. With the help of the latest dental technology, even a diagnosis of oral cancer can be successfully treated through early detection.
Under Armour® Performance Mouthwear
Improve your athletic performance with a custom mouthguard! Under Armour® Performance Mouthwear helps enhance strength, endurance, and reaction time; reduces athletic stress; and, protects from jaw impact. Used by Olympians and professionals, the mouthguard improves ability and protects in many sports, including football, hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, wrestling, baseball, golf, tennis, cycling, and running.
If your child plays sports or other similar activities, mouth guards are a great way to protect their teeth from potential injury. They are easy to clean, come in many color combinations and are custom made to fit comfortably in your child’s mouth