Compassionate Dental Care
Providing Every Type of Dental Service
When you visit Town Square Dental in Oskaloosa, IA, you receive top-notch dental care for any service. We can handle everything in the office. Our team saves you time with flexible hours and all dental services are performed in-house.
Preventative care starts with regular hygiene visits, teeth cleanings, routine checkups, and continued home oral health routines. We also provide high-quality teeth whitening, dental disease treatment, oral injury treatment, and more. Through our use of advanced techniques, we will have your oral health in great shape in no time.
Routine Exams & Cleanings
When you come in for a routine exam or cleaning, we perform the highest quality of care. Whether you need an X-ray or a comprehensive cleaning, we can handle it all.
If you need to replace or restore your tooth, we recommend getting a filling. When the tooth is damaged due to decay or fracture, we fill the space with a tooth-colored composite to restore your smile to a more natural look and feel.
In the case of a cavity or severe damage to the root, we perform a root canal. We extract decayed pulp from the central part of the tooth, reshape the canal and replace it with strengthening filler. Thereby saving a tooth that in the past would have to have been pulled.
Most people get their wisdom teeth extracted in their late teens or early twenties. We can also perform other tooth extractions if decay is severe or other problems arise. Our team will develop the best solution for your case.
We offer crowns in different materials for your convenience. Crowns are a permanent covering that fits over an original tooth that is either decayed, damaged, or cracked. This process generally consists of a minimum of 2-3 visits over a three to four-week period.
Bridges are great for filling a space to avoid bite or jaw problems, safeguarding the existing teeth, and restoring your smile. A bridge is cemented in place to give you long-lasting results that will restore your mouth’s overall function.
It is important to start your child’s dental care as early as six months old. The first teeth usually erupt by 12 months, and the gums can be sore, tender, or irritable until age 3. Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines.
The primary teeth play a crucial role in dental development. A child’s mouth cannot function correctly without them. In addition, infants with missing primary teeth may require a space maintainer, a device used to open the natural space. Therefore, you should always mention missing teeth to your family dentist.
Child’s First Visit
You should schedule a child’s first dental visit by their first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know the doctor and staff. A pleasant first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Children are encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
Primary teeth are important for allowing a child to eat and maintain good nutrition. In addition, with good oral hygiene habits, healthy teeth allow for clear pronunciation and speech habits. Primary teeth also guide the eruption of the permanent teeth.
Establishing A Good Diet
The teeth and soft tissue of the mouth require a healthy, well-balanced diet. A variety of foods help minimize cavities and other dental problems. Try to incorporate vegetables, low-fat yogurts, and cheeses into your child’s diet.
Infant Tooth Eruption
A child’s teeth start forming before birth. As early as four months of age, the primary or “baby” teeth push through the gums. Permanent teeth begin eruption around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until around age 21.
If you have spaces between your teeth, discoloring, cracks, or crooked teeth, veneers are a visually appealing solution. The thin, semi-translucent “shells” attach to your front teeth. As a result, they are a great alternative to otherwise painful dental procedures. In most cases, the veneer application is completed in only two office visits.
For repairing chips, cracks, or unsightly gaps, bonding is a common solution. Composite material is bonded to an existing tooth. Unlike veneers or crowns, composite bonding removes less natural tooth structure. However, it is not as durable or long-lasting. Therefore, your composites should be brushed and flossed daily to extend the life of the bonding.
One of the methods we use to whiten teeth is Opalescence Whitening. It involves applying a gentle carbamide peroxide gel either in our office or at home using custom-made trays. We offer three different gel flavors: mint, melon, or regular. We will apply the solution in one visit.
Other Dentistry Services
The Temporomandibular Joint assists in the basic opening and closing of the jaw. It is a common area for pain. Our TMJ exam evaluates the tissue for swelling, deterioration, or damage in the joint tissue.
For severe cases, we recommend a mouth guard, retainers, or other appliances. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend specific invasive procedures.
For severe snoring problems, we offer to change your sleep patterns, orthodontic-related appliances, and more. Unfortunately, surgery to alleviate snoring is not always successful because the sound may not originate from the soft palate; the snoring sometimes originates from tissues in the upper airway.
Snorers may have a more serious case of blocked air passages. In these cases, the blockage of air is so great that no air can get through, causing repeated awakenings throughout the night. Sleep apnea can lead to health conditions, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, or depression. Therefore, it is essential to see a medical professional if you experience any sleep apnea symptoms.
Emergency Dental Care
If you have a toothache, try swishing warm salt water around in your mouth to get rid of any trapped food. Do not use aspirin on the aching tooth or the gum. Instead, for any facial swelling, apply a cold compress to the area. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can provide temporary pain relief until you see your dentist.
Cut or Bitten Tongue, Lip or Cheek
We recommend applying ice to any sore areas with a cut, bitten tongue, lip, or cheek. If you are bleeding, use sterile gauze to apply pressure to the bleed. If the bleeding does not stop with pressure or continues after 15 minutes, you must visit an emergency room immediately.
Broken Braces and Wires
If you have a broken appliance, you can remove it if it easily comes out. If the brace or wire is stuck and painful, we recommend covering it with wax, cotton balls, gauze, or chewing gum. Do not remove wires caught in the gums, cheek, or tongue. Wait to see a dentist immediately
A broken tooth can be extremely painful. We recommend first rinsing the affected area with warm water and placing a cold compress over the facial area. Then, you should try to hold on to any broken tooth fragments and see your dentist immediately to repair the tooth.
Knocked Out Permanent Tooth
To recover the tooth:
- Hold it by the crown and rinse it.
- Try to keep the tooth in place at the socket with a clean piece of gauze or cloth.
- On the way to the dentist, carry the tooth in a cup of milk or water if you cannot reinsert it.
Possible Broken Jaw
If you suspect you may have a broken jaw, we recommend you tie the mouth closed with a towel, tie, or handkerchief. Then, you should get to an emergency room immediately to get the jaw repaired and put back in place.
Bleeding After a Baby Tooth Falls Out
Baby teeth fall out easily, and usually, there is little to any blood. However, if there is a lot of bleeding, fold a piece of gauze and place it tightly over the area. Bite down on the gauze for 15 minutes; if bleeding continues, see a dentist.
Cold or Canker Sores
Cold or canker sores are extremely common. Usually, over-the-counter medications provide temporary relief until they heal. However, if the sores don’t heal, we recommend seeing a dentist as soon as possible.
At our office, we can handle endodontics, which focuses on the soft tissue within the tooth. We can perform root canals and have advanced education after graduating from dental school. A common misconception is that a root canal is a painful procedure. Root canals are similar to having a cavity filled, producing minimal pain.
Common causes for the need for endodontic treatment:
- Inflamed/infected tooth pulp
- Severe sensitivity to hot and cold elements
- Tooth decay
- Chipped or broken tooth
- Blow to the tooth
- Swelling or tenderness near the infected tooth
- Repeated dental procedures on a tooth