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Preventive & General Dentistry In South Tampa

At Ruppel Dentistry in South Tampa, we’re a recognized leader in general & preventive dentistry services aimed at helping patients enjoy healthier teeth and gums and more beautiful smiles. Our staff is skilled in state-of-the-art care options using the latest techniques and technology for superior results in patients of all ages, from children to seniors.

Routine Dental Cleanings & X-rays

Routine cleanings and x-rays are the cornerstones of general & preventive dentistry, with techniques focused on getting rid of plaque and gum disease-causing bacteria that’s a leading cause of tooth loss among adult patients. Our Tampa practice is equipped with state-of-the-art x-ray technology, intraoral cameras and laser cavity detection systems to identify decay and gum disease in their earliest stages, when treatment is simplest and most effective.

Tooth Decay

From simple fillings to more complex root canal therapy, we provide the highest-quality general and preventive dentistry care for Tampa patients suffering from tooth decay. Even a tiny cavity can grow into a major problem, causing pain, infection and even tooth loss if proper treatment is delayed. Our staff is skilled in techniques designed to eliminate decay while helping patients retain their own teeth, and our durable white restorations ensure repairs are natural-looking and undetectable. Plus, we use special pain management techniques to relieve discomfort during and following treatment so you can feel confident and relaxed at every stage of care.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease (or gum disease) is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the U.S., and providing advanced care solutions for gum disease in all its stages is an important part of the general & preventive dentistry solutions we offer. From having more frequent routine cleanings to ward off the initial stages of gum disease, or gingivitis, to more in-depth cleaning techniques designed to reach below the gum line and eradicate hard-to-reach bacteria and plaque, our Tampa practice helps patients prevent tooth loss and maintain their healthy smiles.

TMJ (tempomandibular joint disorder)

Also called TMD, tempomandibular joint disorder occurs when your bite is misaligned due to tooth loss, uneven wear, crooked or poorly spaced teeth, or other issues. A misaligned bite causes increased and unequal stress and strain on jaw joints, resulting in chronic jaw pain and headaches. Many people with TMJ also have a noticeable “clicking” noise when eating, sometimes accompanied by the nerve-racking feeling that their jaw will become “locked” in an open position. As a top-ranked general & preventive dental services practice, Ruppel Dentistry is a leading provider of safe, effective treatments for TMJ, helping Tampa patients treat the underlying issues that cause poor jaw alignment and providing relief for pain and other symptoms.

Dental Emergencies

Dental problems don’t always happen at the most convenient times; in fact, many issues occur unexpectedly, causing pain and other problems that need immediate attention. Ruppel Dentistry offers a complete array of treatment options for Tampa patients experiencing all sorts of dental emergencies, including toothache, cracked or broken teeth, and broken bridges, crowns and dentures.