Total health begins in the mouth

Oral systemic health is a philosophy based on studies that show, as a complete organism, your body relies on good oral health to support optimal overall health. At Rotunda Dental, our practice philosophy focuses on the connection between oral health and overall health. We are determined to provide services that improve quality of life with comprehensive dentistry.

Gum disease: a potentially fatal condition

Studies have shown links between periodontal disease and heart disease. Gum disease can influence diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, respiratory problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious issues for the entire body. As a precaution for your total health, we screen for periodontal disease, as well as oral cancer, at every dental checkup so that we can treat symptoms early.

TMJ disorder: stealing your sleep

Another example of oral systemic health is TMJ disorder. Often caused by injury, heredity, or misaligned or worn teeth, TMJ disorder causes jaw pain that wreaks havoc on your sleep. Many TMJ patients grind and gnash their teeth while sleeping, due to a related condition known as bruxism. Furthermore, TMJ pain can manifest in the mouth, neck, shoulders, and back. To alleviate pain in your jaw and throughout your body, we offer TMJ diagnoses with advanced technology, and minimally invasive, yet effective treatment options.

Missing teeth: threatening your bone health

Tooth loss in adulthood not only lowers quality of life, it also endangers for the health of your jawbone. Without the chewing stimulation of a tooth rooted to the alveolar bone, a severe shrinkage of the bone can occur with what is called alveolar atrophy. We offer restorative dentistry services, like dental implants, bridgework, and dentures, to replace the missing teeth and prevent further damage to your health.

Systemic Oral Health in Oakland

We look at every dental service as a way to improve your total health. Your smile can affect your entire body, so caring for your teeth means caring for your life. Invest in your entire health by prioritizing your oral health. From providing preventive dentistry services, like dental cleanings that stop gum disease in its tracks, to offering cosmetic dentistry services, like teeth whitening, that unlock your smile's potential, our compassionate and experienced professionals will provide you with the tools and means to improve your total wellbeing.

How can dental implants improve my overall health?

Do not ignore the void left by missing teeth. Dental implants will restore oral function and also prevent related alveolar atrophy (jawbone shrinkage), malocclusion (bad bite), and jaw, neck, and shoulder pain caused by a misaligned bite. Dental implants will allow you to chew your food properly, thus protecting your digestive system, as well. In addition, implants look natural, and you'll notice improved self-confidence after implant treatment.

Located in downtown Oakland, Rotunda Dental is here to serve all of your dental needs. To schedule an appointment, second opinion visit, or consultation, contact our Oakland dental office at 510-893-0808. We proudly serve our patients in Oakland and the surrounding areas with quality holistic dental care.

Periodontal Disease and Your Health

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease and periodontitis, is an infection and inflammation of the tissues that support the teeth. Gum disease has been linked to cardiovascular disease, premature delivery of low-birth-weight babies, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and diabetes. Though the exact nature of the link is unknown, it pays to keep your gums healthy to prevent or avoid exacerbating these conditions.