Conditions

M.R. Bishop DMD and Associates is one of the few dental practices with the state of the art technology and expertise to treat almost every dental condition and disease we encounter. Listed below are just a few of the conditions and diseases we treat:

Bruxism (teeth grinding)

Bruxism, the unconscious act of grinding one’s teeth, is a condition that is believed to be caused by stress and/or sleep disorders, allergies, or missing or misaligned teeth. Bruxism can affect people of all ages—even young children.

Dental Phobia (Anxiety)

A visit to the dentist’s office should be something to look forward to—after all, it’s a chance to ensure that your smile is as healthy and beautiful as possible. But for some, a twice yearly checkup can cause mild fear (anxiety) to intense dread (phobia). If you or your child experience anxiety before or during your dental checkup or treatment, please let us know. Our goal is to provide you with a pleasant and comfortable experience; our professional dental staff has the equipment and training necessary to ease your discomfort.

Discolored or missing teeth

Discolored or missing teeth are not technically considered to be dental “conditions,” but they can have a negative effect on a person’s self-esteem and overall sense of well-being. At M.R. Bishop DMD and Associates, our team of dental professionals helps patients create an easy-to-execute and affordable plan to create a beautiful, healthy smile, whether it’s through teeth whitening, dental implants, or other cosmetic dental work.

Gum Disease

Gingivitis, a mild gum disease that affects only the gums and the tissue that surrounds the teeth, is indicated by gums that are red, swollen and tender, and/or bleed easily during teeth brushing and flossing. Periodontal disease, a serious form of gum disease that spreads below the gums to damage the tissues and bone that support the teeth, is indicated when gums pull away from or shrink back from the teeth, and/or when teeth become loose or fall out.

Halitosis (bad breath)

Halitosis is commonly known as bad breath—a condition that can result from poor dental health, smoking, and/or other health problems, such as the buildup of plaque and subsequent gum disease. Other potential causes include diabetes, respiratory illness, and kidney disease. If you are experiencing bad breath, Dr. Bishop and his team of dental professionals will help you identify the possible cause(s) and solutions.

Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can be painless, and it often occurs with little or no obvious physical changes. However, a dental checkup can, in many cases, diagnose the cancer while it is still in its earliest—and therefore most treatable—stages. Because of this, it is imperative that everyone receive a thorough dental exam twice per year.

Toothache

A toothache—especially recurring and/or lasting toothache is usually a sign that something is wrong with your tooth/teeth. Causes include (but aren’t limited to): cavity, gum disease, cracked tooth, and sensitivity to hot/cold. If you experience a toothache that lasts more than a few hours or occurs in the same area more than once, we recommend that you call us to schedule a visit.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a disease process that results in a cavity (dental caries). Tooth decay is created when acidic products created by oral bacteria eat away at and cause damage to the enamel, dentin and cementum (hard, mineralized tissues of the tooth). If untreated, tooth decay can create a hole or “cavity” in the tooth, and patients suffering from tooth decay may experience pain, infection and tooth loss. To stop tooth decay from happening, brush and floss your teeth regularly, avoid foods that are high in sugar, and visit M.R. Bishop DMD and Associates twice per year for teeth cleaning and checkups.