Conditions We Treat

At Pine Desert Dental, we treat a large variety of conditions, including dental decay, gum disease, tooth pain, and missing teeth. All the treatments that we offer aim to restore and achieve optimal dental health. Each patient’s case is reviewed individually, and a personalized treatment plan is tailored to fit their needs.

Dental Decay

Dental decay occurs when food particles mix with saliva and bacteria, and a sticky film called plaque adheres to the teeth. If plaque is not removed by daily brushing and flossing, excess plaque hardens and forms tartar. 

After the cavities are identified, Dr. Sunitsch will discuss the treatments available to you to fix the dental decay. Depending on how advanced your dental decay is, the ideal treatment could be one or more of the following options:

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Missing Teeth

Missing teeth can be caused by multiple factors, such as an extraction due to dental decay, injuries, or gum disease. A missing tooth can also occur due to genetic conditions where some teeth fail to develop. 

No matter the cause of missing teeth, the Pine Desert Dental team has multiple treatments available to replace them. These include the following options:

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Dental Trauma

Dental trauma is any mouth, cheeks, tongue, lips, teeth, gums, or jawbone injury. Soft tissue and dental injuries are painful and should be urgently treated to avoid medical complications. 

Your dentist will review and clean the area during your emergency treatment for a fractured, dislodged tooth, or soft-tissue injury. The treatment to follow may be one of the following options:

  • For a dislodged tooth: The treatment options for a dislodged tooth case that is not severe often include placing a splint or wire bracket. If the trauma is significant, your dentist will evaluate the possibility of performing a root canal
  • For a fractured tooth: Depending on its length, the fracture may be covered with a crown or root canal.
  • For a soft-tissue injury: Depending on the extension and depth of the damage, the dentist may apply a topical antibiotic to avoid infections or suture the wound closed.
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Tooth Pain

Tooth pain (or toothache), whether sharp or dull and constant, is often a sign of an underlying dental issue. Multiple conditions (dental and non-dental) could be causing dental pain. This can include conditions such as grinding your teeth or a dental abscess. 

Treatment can range from the following options:

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Gum Disease

Gum disease in its early stage, also called gingivitis, causes irritation and swelling in the gum area at the base of your teeth. It is usually caused by plaque accumulation due to poor dental hygiene. Age and oral habits are common factors linked to gingivitis development. 

When gingivitis is not treated, it could develop into periodontitis, where the inner layer of the gum and bone pulls away from the teeth. In time, the pockets that collect debris may become infected. Treatment for periodontitis will depend on the extent of the decay. Options may include the following options:

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that occurs when the upper airway becomes repeatedly blocked during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow. The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). During sleep apnea, the airway becomes too narrow and interrupts proper breathing. Sleep Apnea is diagnosed by your Physician.

Treatment for sleep apnea may include improving overall health habits, like exercising and eating correctly. Alternatively, oral appliances, like custom night guards, can help correct your sleeping position. 

Not attending to these issues may cause other health concerns, such as heart disease or high blood pressure.

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Treatment for Dental Conditions in Sisters, Oregon

Dr. Zach Sunitsch and the Pine Desert Dental team can handle all your dental needs. He is an active member of the American Dental Association, the Oregon Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry. 

Pine Desert Dental offers comprehensive dentistry for all types of dental conditions. For more information, call us at (541) 549-0109 or request an appointment online. You can also visit us at our clinic in Sisters, Oregon.

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