Advanced Dental Procedures
Mid Bay Dental is committed to your total oral health. Dr. Chase has years of continuing education to ensure our practice is always on the leading edge of dental technology.
For our patients with extensive tooth decay or cracked, broken, or missing teeth, we offer consultations to determine the best treatment plan for you.
Mid Bay Dental specializes in advanced dental procedures to restore your smile and oral health. Dr. Justine Chase will go over each recommended procedure and answer any questions you may have. When your treatment is complete, we will educate you on how to properly care for your teeth to help keep them healthy and beautiful for a long time to come.
Dental Care Procedures
Among the more advanced dental care procedure Dr. Chase performs are:
Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy
Orofacial myofunctional disorder (OMD) is a disorder of the muscles and functions of the face and mouth that may affect chewing, swallowing, speech, oral hygiene, and a slew of other normal functions. A typical OMD involves an abnormal bite due to the improper alignment between the upper and lower teeth. This is known as malocclusion, and it can lead to problems in chewing, swallowing, and the digestion of food.Myofunctional therapy consists of a regular program of simple and painless exercises designed to activate and use certain muscles to correct improper muscle patterns and enable proper coordination of the tongue and facial muscles.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a disorder in which you stop breathing periodically throughout the night due to a physical obstruction of the airway. The muscles in your mouth and throat relax during sleep to the point that soft fatty tissues fall back into the upper airway and block the flow of incoming oxygen. One option in the treatment of sleep apnea is the use of a continuous positive airway (CPAP) device, which delivers a steady stream of pressurized air through a mask into your respiratory system. However, this form of therapy can result in dry nasal passages, skin irritation from masks, difficulty tolerating the pressurized air, or feelings of claustrophobia.
A better option for sleep apnea is an oral dental appliance for sleep apnea. There are two types: adjustable mandibular advancement devices (MADs) and tongue retaining mouthpieces. MADs work by pushing the lower jaw and tongue slightly forward, thereby helping prevent throat muscles from collapsing back into the airways, while allowing for normal breathing. Tongue retaining mouthpieces have a small compartment that fits around the tongue using suction to keep it held forward, preventing it from collapsing back into your airway.
Advanced dental care procedures such as these require advanced diagnostic tools. That’s why Mid Bay Dental is equipped with these cutting-edge, on-site technologies:
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray that enables Dr. Chase to produce three-dimensional (3D) images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerve pathways, and bone in a single scan. It provides detailed images of the bone to evaluate diseases of the jaw, dentition, bony structures of the face, nasal cavity, and sinuses for more precise and effective treatment.
An advanced replacement of traditional photographic X-ray film, digital radiography uses sensors that produce enhanced computer images of teeth, gums, and other oral structures and conditions, which enable Dr. Chase to pinpoint and treat problem areas in your mouth.