Dental Education Videos

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At Columbia Family Dentist, Dr. Sahil Goyal and his expert team want our Columbia, MD area patients to be educated about dental health and the dental treatments we offer. As your local dentist in Columbia, MD, we maintain this collection of SPEAR Education videos to allow you to become familiar with the various dental procedures our dentists perform at our Columbia office. 

Progression of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay develops as plaque and bacteria buildup on teeth, creating acid that erodes through tooth enamel. Decay can spread through the tooth, into the root, causing damage and pain. In order to prevent tooth decay, regular visits to your Columbia dentist are recommended. Together we can take steps to prevent tooth decay from harming your teeth!

Gingival Probing and Pocket Depth

Gingival probing is performed by our Columbia, MD dentists in order to measure the depth of the space between teeth and the surrounding gums and bone. This is done to determine the health of your gums and evaluate any signs of periodontal disease (gum disease).

Non-Carious Cervical Lesions

Non-carious cervical lesions occur when tooth structure is lost below the gumline. While there are several causes of non-carious cervical lesions, the best form of treatment comes when the signs of these lesions are detected early to prevent further damage to the teeth. It is important to work closely with your Columbia, MD dentist to receive effective treatment to address your dental situation.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea experience a blocked airway while sleeping. This arises from throat muscles tensing and relaxing, making snoring a noticeable sign of this type of sleep apnea. As your dentist in Columbia, we can help you alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea with appliances worn in the mouth that push your jaw forward to unblock your airway.

Bruxism (Clenching and Grinding)

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind your teeth out of habit or while you sleep. Constant teeth clenching and grinding can weaken teeth and make them susceptible to damage. If you notice you grind your teeth during the day or while you sleep, visit your Columbia dentist to receive the proper dental care.

Recurrent decay ( Decay around a Restoration)

Sometimes decay can return to a tooth that has been restored. If caught early enough, the decay can be removed. However, if the decay progresses far enough, one of our Columbia dentists may need to use a more extensive form of treatment, like a root canal, bridge, or dental implant.

Cracked Tooth

Cracks in teeth can harbor bacteria and lead to tooth decay. These cracks can also lead to pieces of a tooth breaking off and cause loss of the entire tooth. If you notice one of your teeth is cracked, seek treatment from your Columbia dentist as soon as possible to prevent any further damage.

Gingival Recession

Gingival recession occurs when gum tissue recesses lower on the tooth, exposing the root of teeth. Receding gums have different causes, including improper brushing technique and abnormal tooth position. Gingival recession is best treated with early detection, so regular visits to our Columbia dental office are important.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

Temporomandibular joint disorders arise from issues with your jaw and the muscles in your face. Symptoms include face, jaw joint, neck, and shoulder pain, clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint, and trouble chewing. In order to determine if you are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, it is best to be check out by your dentist.

Understanding Tooth Wear

Tooth wear is caused by erosion, attrition and abrasion. Erosion is the progressive loss of tooth due to acids, attrition is the loss of tooth material from grinding between teeth, and abrasion is the loss of tooth from activities like improper toothbrushing. Your dentist in Columbia, MD can help you to take steps to prevent tooth wear.

Contact Your Columbia, MD Dentist For Further Information

If you have any questions about dental health, the dental procedures we offer, or about any of the topics above, please feel free to contact us and one of our team members will be happy to assist you. If you would like to schedule an appointment to visit our Columbia dental office, we encourage you to fill out our online appointment request form. Alternatively, you can give us a call at (410) 730-6020. Our dentists in Columbia, MD hope to help you achieve a healthier and brighter smile!