Biological, or holistic, dentistry focuses on the relationship between oral health and overall health. Dr. Al Norton undergoes continuing education to understand how different dental treatments and the materials utilized in dentistry can affect a patient's whole body. As a part of his approach, Dr. Norton can safely remove mercury fillings and replace them with tooth-colored restorations.
Dr. Norton uses laser technology whenever possible as an alternative to a traditional methods. Lasers can be used to treat teeth as well as the soft tissues in the mouth. Our Waterlase® laser has a pain-killing effect that can be used on children and adults alike. The DIAGNOdent® laser is a preventive laser Dr. Norton uses to detect decay in the teeth much earlier than with a traditional oral scan or x-rays.
Dr. Norton recommends that you bring your child in for his or her first dental visit at age 2 or 3. At that age, during the first appointment, your child will be able to sit in your lap while Dr. Norton explains the examination process and acclimates your child to our office. He can detect the early stages of decay with a dental head lamp and high-powered magnifying glasses and will sometimes be able to use the laser cavity detector. This is far more comfortable for children who are new to the dentist. By bringing your child for an appointment early in life, you set the stage for lifelong oral healthcare.
A misaligned bite can result in inflamed muscles and ligaments, jaw pain, headaches, poor posture, popping in the jaw, bruxism, dizziness, insomnia, and a host of other problems. Dr. Norton employs neuromuscular dentistry to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, sometimes called TMD. This method of treatment realigns the joints connecting the jawbone to the skull to give patients relief from symptoms. Dr. Norton may recommend Trans-cutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation, splints, and dental restorations during treatment.
Dr. Norton provides treatment for gum disease and other periodontal issues utilizing an ultrasonic instrument to vibrate the tartar off and flush out the bacteria. Sometimes the application of antibiotics into the crevice between the gum and tooth is used for more advanced cases. When detected early, the ultimate effects of gum disease, such as tooth loss, can be avoided. Dr. Norton performs periodontal exams as a routine part of your dental care.
Preventive care is an essential component of your family's dental healthcare. At your regularly scheduled checkups, one of our registered dental hygienists will perform a routine cleaning and Dr Norton will do an exam exam to ensure that your oral health is up to par. This examination will include a cancer screening with a special light source and the use of a laser cavity detector. This instrument can distinguish between stain and decay and can find problems long before they would appear on an x-ray. These checkups are essential because they help our team find problems early on, saving you from more costly and complex dental procedures in the future. By keeping up with your at-home hygienic regimen and visiting us for your regular checkups, you can make a huge difference in your oral and sometimes overall health.
For patients who are nervous about their dental care, we provide local anesthesia as well as sedation options. Whether you are nervous about your dental appointment because of dental anxiety or because you are simply worried about a specific treatment, we can help. We can provide nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and arrange for a MD anesthesiologist to come in and do IV sedation if that is your wish. Our team can help you determine which option would be best for you.
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