At Martin Dentistry in Stockton, CA, we offer a variety of techniques and treatments that are specifically geared toward ensuring that you have the finest treatment and the most satisfactory experience possible when you visit our dentist office. Throughout their years in practice, Dr. Doug and Dr. Dax have seen practically every dental issue and emergency imaginable. You can always rely on us for compassionate, caring, effective treatment.
For general dentistry, an emergency, or a situation that requires specialized treatment, you can rely on us to take care of you and your family. Your well-being is our primary concern.
At Martin Dentistry, we offer 24/7 availability to our patients on record. Now, what exactly is a dental emergency? It might actually be easier to talk about what does not constitute an emergency. A cavity is not an emergency. Neither is a minor chip. “Oh, no, I haven’t had a checkup in seven months!” is not an emergency.
A dental emergency is something that needs immediate attention, like a blow to the mouth that has knocked out your teeth, facial swelling, or extreme and sudden dental pain. We always try to see our patients as quickly as possible, but emergencies have to take precedence. So if you have to wait a little longer in our dentist office because we had to accommodate a patient with a mouth trauma or other serious issue, we ask you to be patient. We care about you, but emergencies have to come first. If you have a dental emergency, call us right away and we will be there for you.
Do you grind your teeth? You may do it in your sleep without ever knowing. The tip-off is usually your bedmate telling you in the morning that you were grinding your teeth all night or waking up with a headache or pain in your jaw. You might be surprised at how common night grinding is – in fact, sometimes people do it to the point where they damage their teeth.
In such cases, a night guard can be the right solution. A night guard is simply an appliance that fits over the teeth, keeping them from meeting. Dr. Doug or Dr. Dax can fit you with a guard that is specific to your mouth, and will protect your teeth from harm.
Of course grinding is not the only reason why you might need a guard. If you participate in contact sports, you could be risking mouth trauma. We can also provide you with a mouth guard that will protect your teeth while you play.
At Martin Dentistry, we believe that children should have regular dental checkups very early in life – ideally, as young as one years old. This is the time when baby teeth can begin to come in and they set the stage for healthy teeth later on. Additionally, children should get used to seeing the dentist before treatments are needed, in order to prevent them from being fearful.
We want to be your child’s friend, and we want to make sure that they are never afraid of Dr. Doug or Dr. Dax. So ideally, bring him or her in to see us early in their development. If you haven’t done this, it is not too late. We would be happy to simply give your child a tour of our dentist office before their actual appointment, so they can see who we are and what we do. We are very good at putting children at ease, and you might feel better about that first appointment too!
Oral surgery is nothing to fear – it is simply any procedure that involves cutting tissue. That means that something as simple as an extraction is actually a type of oral surgery. If you have ever had an extraction done though, you know that it is done using a local anesthetic so that you will not feel pain.
Having implants installed is also a type of oral surgery, as are root canals. Both of these treatments require getting down into your gums. Like extractions, these procedures are done using local anesthetic.
If you have been afraid of the term “oral surgery,” you can put your mind at rest. It is not surgery in the sense that you have to be in a hospital, put to sleep, and spend a lot of time recovering. With oral surgery procedures, you will be awake, and will simply go home to recover after the procedure.
TMJ / TMD
TMJ is an acronym for temporomandibular joint. TMD is an acronym for temporomandibular joint disorder. Some patients (and some dentists too) simply use the catch-all TMJ. It really doesn’t matter what you call it. What does matter is that it causes you discomfort.
Common symptoms of TMD are pain in the jaw (especially upon waking), headaches, and neck pain. The disorder is caused by grinding the teeth at night, or by misalignment of the temporomandibular joints, which connect your skull and your jaw.
Often, the treatment for TMD can be as simple as wearing a night guard, which is a device that fits over your teeth and prevents you from grinding or clenching your jaw at night. In severe cases, surgery may be warranted.
If you have symptoms of TMD, Dr. Doug or Dr. Dax can do an assessment and recommend a course of treatment that will ease your discomfort.
Ozone is simply a negative-charged oxygen particle. In your body, “bad” cells like viruses, free radicals and bacteria have a positive charge. The negative-charged ozone searches out these bad cells and penetrates the membrane, destroying the bad cell.
In dentistry, ozone therapy is used to treat periodontal disease. Your dentist flushes ozone-charged water under your gum line to kill the bacteria that cause periodontal disease. It is also used during root canal treatments, to sterilize the canal and encourage healing. In cases of tooth decay, ozone therapy is used to kill the decay-causing bacteria, and if the cavity is not overly deep, a filling can often be placed without the need for local anesthetic. As a bonus, because ozone also recalcifies the structure of the tooth, the treated areas will be stronger than they were before.
Ozone therapy can even help to ease the pain of sensitive teeth. Since it hardens the tooth structure, the sensitivity is corrected.
Often, patients are apprehensive about dental treatment. If you fear dental treatment, therapeutic sedation dentistry can help. At Martin Dentistry, we offer oral and intravenous sedation. You will be relaxed during your treatment, and will not fear the needle or the drill. If you have sedation dentistry you will need to have someone drive you home post-treatment.
Martin Dentistry is located at 1310 East Swain Road, Suite 2, Stockton, CA 95210. You can arrange an appointment by using the link on our Contact Us page, or by calling us at 209-951-4251.