General Dental

Available at Stillwater Dental in Bend, OR

The Stillwater team is committed to providing the very best in high-quality general dental care and treatment in Central Oregon. We offer a comprehensive range of general dental care services. Whether you need a thorough cleaning and exam or more complicated, long-term procedures such as dental implants, our doctors provide the comfort and care you need.

Common General Services

Having healthy teeth and gums is an essential part of your self-esteem and overall health. Not to mention that having a gorgeous set of pearly whites can make you feel like a happier, more confident person. Stillwater Dental offers personalized dental services in Bend, providing treatment options so that you can choose what is best for you and your family.

A frenum is a small muscular fold that attaches two tissues together. Sometimes the frenum is overly restrictive which causes speech impediments and difficulty eating. This is often diagnosed in children and adults and can be repaired with surgery. We take great care with our littlest patients making sure both parents and the child are comfortable and happy with the treatment.

Recovery Tips Post-Frenectomy

  • Ice the outside of your mouth to reduce swelling
  • Take medication as directed by your dentist
  • Rest for the first 24 to 48 hours post-surgery
  • Eat soft foods
  • Keep your head elevated
Frenectomy Specialists at Stillwater Dental

Fluoride acts as an extra layer making your teeth stronger and helps protect against decay. It is naturally a part of your bones and teeth but it is important that your teeth have enough fluoride throughout your life.​​ This is especially important to individuals who live in Bend where fluoride is not added to our water systems.

Need Extra Fluoride?

One way to get extra fluoride in your system is to drink water that has it in it. Other ways to get more fluoride include:

  • Drink water with fluoride
  • Use a toothpaste with fluoride as an ingredient
  • Find a fluoride mouthwash
  • Talk to your dentist
Fluoride Treatments available at Stillwater Dental

Gingivitis is a relatively minor oral health concern but if left untreated it can worsen and cause ample gum and jaw damage. This damage could lead to tissue loss, bone loss and tooth loss. If you are diagnosed with gingivitis our team will help you prepare a dental regiment that will help your gums recover.

Why is Gum Health Important?

  • Protects against bone and tooth loss
  • Once your gum line recedes it won’t grow back
  • Keep your smile looking its best
  • Avoid more extreme cases of gum disease
  • Gums protect the roots of your teeth
Gingivitis Treatment at Stillwater Dental

Periodontitis is a bacterial infection of the gums and bones that support the teeth. If plaque is allowed to build up for too long your gums will begin to pull away from your teeth. These areas create pockets that are the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. If not treated this can cause bone loss, severe gum recession, and tooth loss.

How Can I Avoid Periodontitis?

  • If you are diagnosed with gingivitis take your treatment seriously because if left untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months
  • Get your teeth cleaned every six months at your dental office
  • Maintain excellent oral hygiene
  • Try an electric toothbrush
Periodontitis Treatment at Stillwater Dental

Temporomandibular Disease, commonly referred to as TMJ disorder, occurs when undue stress negatively affects the two TM joints, the joints that connect the lower jaw to the skull. This can lead to chronic pain, frequent headaches or earaches, and clicking or locking of the jaw.

If you find yourself struggling with symptoms of TMJ, we can help with several non-invasive treatments.

Potential causes of TMJ

  • Clenching or grinding teeth while sleeping
  • Excessive muscle tension
  • Trauma
  • Misaligned teeth
Temporomandibular Disease (TMJ)

Losing a tooth is never fun but sometimes it is the best option to keep the rest of your teeth healthy. We know that having a tooth extracted can be a stressful experience which is why we make sure you are in a comfortable and calm environment.

At Stillwater Dental we begin the tooth extraction by injecting your gum with an anesthetic which helps to numb the surrounding area. Once the area is numb we detach the tooth from the ligament and remove the root from the bone.

Tooth Extraction Recovery Tips

  • It takes about 1-2 weeks to recover
  • Take pain medication as directed by your doctor
  • Ice the outside of your mouth to reduce and swelling
  • Eat soft foods
  • Rest for the first 24 hours to jump-start your recovery
Tooth Extractions at Stillwater Dental

Wisdom teeth are the last of the adult molars, usually coming in throughout the teenage or early adult years. The majority of people will experience misaligned, impacted, or partially erupted wisdom teeth. This can result in damage to the surrounding nerves, bone, and tissue in the mouth. It can also occasionally force the surrounding teeth into misalignment, resulting in a crooked smile. ​

Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

Our dentists will ensure that the removal is quick and painless, and provide sound guidance to a smooth, quick recovery. During the removal procedure, you will receive a numbing agent that should prevent you from experiencing any pain. If you do experience pain, please alert your dentist immediately. After the procedure, it is normal to experience pain, tightness, and discomfort in the jaw, but this should clear up within 7-10 days after the procedure.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction at Stillwater Dental

Not all oral health concerns can be seen by the naked eye. Oral X-Rays help us identify hidden tooth decay, cysts, abscesses, bone loss, or impacted teeth. At Stillwater Dental we require X-Rays for every new patient, and follow up every 6-18 months, depending on individual patient needs. Frequent X-rays help our team identify hidden dental issues that can’t be seen on the surface.

Digital Vs Traditional X-Rays

Digital X-Rays produce up to 80% less radiation than traditional X-Rays. The images are ready in as little as three seconds, and the dentist has the capability to enlarge the images; leading to bigger, clearer images. Digital X-rays also eliminate the need for film, reducing the environmental impact. Further, due to their quick development time, digital X-Rays make processing insurance claims faster!

Dental Xrays at Stillwater Dental
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Excellent Care In Every Aspect

When you visit Stillwater Dental, you’ll receive the care you deserve, customized to your needs. Whether it’s a frenectomy, fluoride treatment, or fresh X-Rays, our experienced staff will provide comfortable and complete care.

Call or message us to schedule a general dental appointment!