Dr. Tolliver and our skilled team are proud to offer such a wide variety of dental services to families in the Springfield area, but we go even further than the basics. We provide care with up-to-date technology and techniques so that diagnosis and treatment are much more comfortable and effective for our patients. Interested in learning about what kinds of technology we use on a daily basis? Keep reading the helpful information below!
Do you have consistent jaw pain or headaches? Your jaw joint, called the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), may be to blame. The TMJ and its associated muscles and ligaments can cause clenching or grinding of the teeth, leading to premature enamel wear, soreness, and difficulty opening and closing your mouth. At Galleria Dental of Springfield, we have the advanced training and ability to diagnose TMJ disorder (TMD) and provide the necessary treatment. Through simple, non-invasive means or adjustments, such as custom oral appliance or splints, we can alleviate your symptoms and relieve the stress on this important joint.
If the idea of dental treatment fills you with fear, know that you aren’t alone. Millions of people avoid going to the dentist because they feel nervous. Well, that’s not a problem for those who turn to Galleria Dental of Springfield. Dr. Tolliver and the rest of our team offer nitrous oxide sedation, a safe method to ease dental anxiety. Basically, we administer this odorless gas through a nasal mask that you breathe through during the entire appointment. The effects kick in and wear off quickly, allowing you to get back to your day with no negative side effects.
Some oral problems do not initially manifest with easily noticeable symptoms. Especially if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for or aren’t experiencing pain, issues like tooth decay can go undetected without professional intervention. We use DexCam intraoral cameras to show you exactly what we see and to more clearly explain the problems we identify. That way, you can move forward with treatment fully understanding how it will benefit your smile.
As highly trained and qualified as Dr. Tolliver is, he wouldn’t be able to catch certain problems without digital X-rays, which capture images of your oral structures below the gum line. These images also enable him to inspect areas between teeth, ensuring that we treat issues before they develop into big, painful problems later on. Beyond that, our digital technology for X-rays involves less radiation exposure, no use of harsh chemicals, and immediate review of the images, giving you more peace of mind.
Your teeth aren’t the only determining factor in a healthy smile. Your gums and other soft tissues need to be healthy and appealing as well. To treat infected gum tissue or recontour the shape of the gums, we can use our Picasso Diode Laser. This device can perform procedures that traditionally have included incisions and sutures, but with our soft tissue laser, you will likely have little to no pain or bleeding at all!